At what point do similarities become more than mere coincidental likenesses? This is an important question when discussing Logic’s Paramore-sampling “Numbers”. I won’t mention whose music “Numbers” resembles, but it should be obvious to anyone who has listened to mainstream hip hop within the past couple of years. When do these stylistic resemblances turn into forms of imitation, and consequently, when does imitation lose it’s credibility as “art”?
(For the record, I like the song)
P.O.S. has long been one of my favorite MC’s. “Fuck Your Stuff”, the latest leak off his soon-to-be-released 4th solo album We Don’t Even Live Here, continues the Minnesota rapper’s tradition of releasing great music full of bombastic production and intelligent, layered lyrics.
Here’s west coast MC Dumbfounded’s latest single (and video) for his track “Growing Young.” Featuring some slick, nostalgia-inducing production, the track showcases DFD’s lyrical skills as he describes the maturation he’s undergone as he’s grown older. Other than a cringe-inducing Moby Dick reference, not a single lyric is wasted on the track. Also, the video is fairly creative and well put together. Listen (and watch) below:
Here’s an older (relatively) hip hop track from the Seattle group Blue Scholars. Soulful as can be.
I’d like to initiate a “song of the day” feature to the website as a way of sharing my taste in music. On days when I have enough time I’ll try and add serious analysis or commentary to the posts. On other days, like today, I’ll just post the song and let the reader interpret the music for themselves.
Today’s song of the day is “Clique,” the latest leak from Kanye West’s label G.O.O.D. Music. The group’s album “Cruel Summer” is set to drop on September 18th.
Some videos have so many things going on in them, and are so indescribably awesome, that words wouldn’t do them justice. That is the case with Seattle radio station KEXP’s latest live set, featuring Despot, Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire, Killer Mike and El-P. Especially of note is a preview of one of the songs from Despot’s new album, a collaboration with electronica group Ratatat. Watch the video below and decide for yourself what degree of perfect it is:
It’s only been two days since I posted the last Selector freestyle and we already have another one. This one features El-P and Despot, two New York denizens who happen to be amongst the best MC’s currently making music. The scenery in this video is perfect, their interview is one of my recent favorites and the actual performance is outstanding. Listen below: