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Cuss Monthly: Mazagine Launch

Grown music : Goapele – Play (video)

Love the visuals on this.

Blu – York album

Blu whose collaboration with Exile brought us the highly acclaimed LP “Below the Heavens” is back. No york is his first major label release and his coming with a different sound with it,  a more electro hip hop feel. He says “It’s not a State, It’s a state of mind, No York state of mind, it’s a West Coast album with no references to New York” . The line up of producers and mc’s on this is heavy and definitely worth a listen but if you aint familiar with Blu I suggest you get the Below the Heavens LP thats a classic on its own. Peak this track “dancing in the rain” one of my personal favorites.  Below the Heavens

Click here for No york

Wait!!!!  before I go I gotta drop this track …… BANGER!

 

 

Theophilus London – I stand alone

Theophilus London will be smashing down the stage at STRT CRD 11 so you can’t miss it!!

Str.Crd ’11

I haven’t been to a Str.Crd event, but they had one in Cape Town last year. It’s coming down to eGoli in a couple of weeks. i did some digging and Emkeez from doepelganger did a piece on Str.Crd check it out here.

So Str.Crd happening down in Joburg this year down by the Maboneng Precinct. If you don’t know what they  the only street culture showcase event in Africa  and it’s going down on the long heritage weekend, 24th September.

One thing i love about Str.Crd is that they are  promoting local artist. They are encouraging people to vote for the local acts they want to see. All you have to do is follow @STRCRD on twitter or like them on Facebook here and share with them which artists you want on the stage.

Show some love to a couple of our local artist. All you got to do is that follow some artists we got love for @nonkulululu @Bhubesii @fratpackmusic. Tweet @STRCRD tell them which artists you want to see up on the stage.

Listen to a couple tracks and so you know what we are talking about,

Nonku Someone like you 2

Someone Like you 2 by Nonku

We have done something on Fratpack sometime back (see it here)  and we have mad love for the fam. Make sure to get them on that stage. They got a new track out and its blazing check it out below.

Outhere by fratpack

Make sure you tweet and get them on that stage. These artists are very talented.


Tickerts are R150 and are also available at the event. For more information and to check the programme of events check http://www.strcrd.com

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Childish Gambino – Atypical rapper

Got the chance to interview one of my favourite rappers at the moment, Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino.

Donald Glover is well known for his role as Troy in the NBC hit show Community,however he also raps under the alias Childish Gambino.

In 2008 Gambino released the album SickBoi followed by Poindexter in 2009, this was followed up by 2 mixtapes titled I am not a rapper and I am not a rapper 2 . All his work up to this point had showcased his skills however, personally I still felt I couldn’t really take him seriously as a rapper until he dropped Cul De Sac in 2010, you see at this point Gambino evolved into a brilliant lyricist in my opinion. On his previous efforts, you couldn’t help but feel he was trying too hard,On Cul De Sac he toned down the nasal-heavy ‘nerdy’ flow and adressed more personal and relevant subject matter.

He told the refreshing story of a middle class, intelligent, artistically gifted black kid in the backdrops of some of America’s toughest school playgrounds, to NYU, to the way he felt he has been receieved by mainstream hip-hop.

On ‘I’m on it’ for example a reflcective Gambino raps:

‘Walkin’ ’round NYU looking for a dollar, to proud to ask my friends or my struggling father// so I skate around the city for a couple hours,dreamin’ of the day that I could say this world was ours//, now I got some!! But I want it all, and I won’t stop until Rihanna gives my ass a call// and I know that I’m addicted to this alcohol’

Gambino is a breath of fresh air, he’s just different, someone who’s music you have to hear. He combines personal subject matter with a crazy flow, and some insane wordplay whenever he pours his heart out on records.

A turning point came in December 2010 with the release of a free EP which included the track Freaks and Geeks, the video for this song went viral on youtube and at this point many people began to take notice of exactly how good he is.

Check out the interview below:

Q: What is your least favorite song? And why would you never make a song like that?

Probably Sam Adam’s ‘Just Sayin’. I like songs about nothing, but it has to be fun.  I just didn’t have fun.  I like to think all of my songs have a point of view.  They’re songs that some people will hate because they’re not okay with the way I talk about a subject in them. I think that’s what art is. An expression of something that may not always be right.  Songs about nothing that aren’t even fun to listen get on my fuckin nerves.

Q: Comedy writing/Acting/Modeling/Rapping/Djing is there anything else you want to master?

Everything fun.  Anything that’s expressive and fun.

Q: You have an interest in fashion, any chances of a clothing line?

I guess.  But I think it’s fuckin lame how rappers, actors, models, whatever just decide to be designers.  Like when someone buys an ipod and now they’re a DJ.  That’s lame.  So if I did, I’d want to know what I’m doing first.  But a polo with “Donglover” on the breast isn’t in the immediate future.

Q: Who was your favorite rapper as a kid and why?

Probably somewhere between everyone in Pharcyde and Eminem.  I like the ways they told stories.  I felt like them. They were really good story tellers.

Q: Your favorite hip hop instrumental?

Camp Lo’s “Luchini”.  It’s fuckin perfect.

Q: If you had to assemble an all star cast of producers for your record ,dead or alive, who would you put on it?

It’s funny cause I believe that rap albums should have one producer for the whole album.  You need a sound.  So I’d probably have one producer for ever album.  And those would be: Quincy Jones, Kanye, Missy Elliot, Dilla, Neptunes, Toro y Moi (the French remix they did is my favorite), and Edward Kalehoff (he did the Price is Right shit. Moog man.) 

Q: Do you know anything AT ALL about South Africa or South African Hip-Hop?

One of my best friends lives there.  She tells me there’s a big scene there. She gave me a mixtape from there.  I forgot what it was called. She said they were listening to Childish Gambino and I was surprised.

Q: Do you remember the 1st rhyme you EVER wrote? What was it called? What was it about?

First rap was about how much I liked weed.  I hadn’t smoked weed yet…so it wasn’t that accurate. I think it was called “waves”.

Q: You once blogged about meeting Kendrick Lamar backstage at SXSW, have you met any other rappers personally and how have they reacted to you and your music?

I met RZA.  He’s the reason I’m on the Rock the Bells tour. I met Jay-Z. Coolest person on the planet.  I try not to think about what they think about my stuff. They’re giants. The fact they even no I exist is more than enough.

Q: When can we expect a full length album from you? Who would you want to feature?

I want it to come out before summers completely over.  I’m not sure who I want on it, but I know it won’t be typical and it will be very personal to me.

Q: Are you currently looking to sign with a major or go the indie route?

Talking to labels now. If I find one that fits…one that want to be a partner and not overlord, yeah, I’d sign. But putting it out for free has been going gangbusters. But who doesn’t want to see their album in a store?

Q: Besides yourself, who do you believe has ‘got next’ amongst the new crop of rappers at the moment?

I don’t know.  But whoever it is, they’ll be daring.  Won’t be scared.

Q:  Favorite song you have ever made and why?

Probably “Not Going Back”.  I said a lot of things I thought needed to be said.  it felt good.  And black kids felt me.  That made me feel good.  Not so alone. I wanna keep doin that

Q: Are you currently in a relationship? and if so with who?

No.  Just dating.  It’s hard to keep relationships on my schedule.  Making out once in a while seems to be doing the trick, but I’m mature enough to understand now that that’s different from someone you can talk to and sticks by you and actually loves you….but making out is pretty dope too.

You can check his music out on his blog http://www.iamdonald.com

Follow me on Twitter @_T_Xer0

Odd Future Wolfgang

OFWGKTA

The WolfGang

Odd Future Wolfgang, where do I start? ; definitely not the beginning.

In this post I’m not going to give you a biographical account of Odd Future, there’s enough of those on the net and honestly they’re quite boring. Rather I thought I’d discuss what exactly excites me about this group, why I think they are destined to take over the industry and change it irreparably, for better or worse.

These guys made waves when their leader, Tyler the Creator’s video for a track called Yonkers went viral, got co-signs from Kanye West and the industry at large. Immediately people sought to understand this phenomenon the only way human beings know how, defining it. So how do you define Odd Future WolfGang? Many first described it as HorrorCore, a sub-genre made (in) famous by groups like Insane Clown Posse and Geto Boys; personally I felt it wasn’t horrorcore but rather the rap equivalent of Death metal. Tyler The Creator hates this label though, claiming he ‘doesn’t f*ckin make HorrorCore’, and as I listened closely, dude had a point. The disturbing imagery shook me at first and I listened with a closed mind till I was talking to friend of mine who had put me on to Odd Future in the first place, he compared Odd Future’s music to watching a Quentin Tarantino film. This is when it clicked, think about it, there’s death destruction violence the whole gamut, but there’s always a point, an artistic perspective he’s inviting you to see.

This was further vindicated when I heard Goblin, Tyler admits that he doesn’t do any of the things he talks about in his previous album Bastard on the intro track (doesn’t even drink or smoke haha). Now Bastard is conceptualized as a therapy session where he basically vents and this continues throughout the entire album. This is where I realized the brilliance that is Odd Future WolfGang. You see such cult movements are always ‘claimed’ by a certain crowd, usually hipsters and indie heads who insist on creative control, genuine artistry and most importantly that their favourite artists ‘keep it real’ and don’t ‘sell out’. This is a double edged sword , I mean it provides a target market for the group, however it also limits them artistically, now on this track, mimicking one of his idols Eminem’s flow PERFECTLY, Tyler talks about not listening to Immortal Technique and any underground music, he prefers to listen to Pusha-T, Wacka Flocka Flame etc…

What is the significance of this you ask? What’s my point? Well in one fell swoop Tyler has articulated the Odd Future manifesto going forward, these guys are in a unique position where they are a cult movement, alternative, yet they can do literally ANYTHING they want. This was also vindicated when I heard Odd Future reach out to Soulja Boi about doing a track, crazy!. This, for me is the most exciting aspect of the Odd Future WolfGang, they haven’t allowed themselves to be claimed by the hipsters and the underground, yet they haven’t conformed to the mainstream. These dudes have infinite potential musically and can do literally anything they want, putting themselves in a position to explode onto the mainstream and take over. What they will do with this potential and what direction they’ll take remains to be seen, one thing I can promise you is that NOTHING will be the same. Watch.

Peace