Friday, October 30, 2009

Jay Electronica "exhibit C' radio rip

Admittedly, its a bit difficult to get excited about new hip hop in 2009. The genre which I once was so impassioned about (and still am to a certain degree) has suffered immeasurably in the last decade (decade and a half?)for various reasons. Still despite all of this and the tempting assertion that 'hip hop is dead,' I still do get excited when I hear a great verse over a hot beat, delivered oh so well, as only a handful of rappers, I feel can still pull off today. But lets face it, hip hop isn't dead. While the proclaimation that it is, was an interesting, perhaps necessary and thought provoking marketing strategy, it can't die. It simply can't. Why you may ask? As long as a new hip hop song is still maintaining those aforementioned and rather simple characteristics that make a hip hop song good, as well as staying creative by experimenting with and trying new things, it remains alive- not necessarily in the best shape overall, but alive nonetheless.

Jay Electronica is an emcee who I feel is staying true to the core elements of hip hop as well as being creative and new with it. 

"Exhibit C" (produced by Just Blaze) is exhibit a of  new hip hop today in 2009 still being able to produce songs that are alive....and well! 

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Douster "Triassic" Video

Triassic from natilu on Vimeo.

This is the teaser video for Douster's new album out today on the homeboys ZZK Records. Im really loving this video, I think it was executed sublimely with the track a great offering from the Frenchman who puts forth his mix of funky, tropical, and fidget house into a delicious mixture. I believe the video was done by his wife Natilu.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

A-Trak + Armand Van Helden = Duck Sauce

I am loving these two videos for the new Duck Sauce (collabo between A-Trak and AVH) track "Anyway". The second half of 2009 has been a little slow on the jams, but this tasty track definitely gets the seal of approval as a 2009 classic!

Duck Sauce "aNYway" (Surface To Air version) from A-Trak on Vimeo.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

La Roux - I'm Not Your Toy

Y'all know me. I am sucker for super slick stylized ish, and so I could not resist the charms of La Roux's "I'm Not Your Toy" video. However, the music itself did leave bit to be desired. I figured a little remixing would probably make it work for me, so I proceeded to seek them out.

The dubsteppy Nero remix below does not disappoint.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

ArtDontSleep : Skid Row Sessions

ArtDontSleep: Skid Row Sessions w/ Pharoahe Monch, Shafiq Husayn, Om'Mas Keith, and more.... from Plug Research on Vimeo.

Here is some footage from a recent jam session put on by ArtDontSleep featuring some of my favorite (LA) musicians including members of Sa Ra(Om Mas and Shafiq), Brook D Leau of J Davey, the super awesome Thundercat, and he legendary Pharaohe Monch(of Organized Konfusion). This are some accomplished cats who are really getting down in a free form environment, gotta love that!

Miguel Atwood-Ferguson - Viola
Gene Coye - Drums
Mark De Clive Lowe- Keys
Om'Mas Keith - Drums, Keys
Stephen "Thundercat" Bruner - Bass
Shafiq Husayn - Keys, Ambient
Alla Koi - Percussion
AinJoy - Sax
Brook D'leau - Keys

special guest - Pharaohe Monch

Download audio here