All posts in August 2015

Jay Rock (feat. Kendrick Lamar) – Easy Bake

onstage during day 1 of the 2012 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Field on April 13, 2012 in Indio, California.

While restlessly waiting for its release we get yet another hot single from Jay Rock’s soon-to-drop full-length return, 90059. This album’s title track (which was released last week) was intense, but “Easy Bake” builds off of that, being unpredictable and completely explosive. Rock shows off some newly-honed style to his rapping, with his bars snapping more than ever while still maintaining his hallmark hunger. It’s also worth mentioning that his label mate K Dot dropped into the track to set his own respective verse ablaze with aggressive and passionate spitting. This will hopefully be the last single holding us over before the LP itself arrives, so go pre-order your digital copy on iTunes or an autographed CD directly from Top Dawg’s website.

Get ready people, this album is coming from TDE’s dark horse and original soldier, and from what we’ve been hearing, we are right to expect something great.

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Mac Miller – Break The Law (Single)


After revealing his new major label debut GO:OD AM with a release date, a tour, and its first single, Mac Miller quickly returns with a crazy-fun new cut from the upcoming project entitled “Break The Law”. On this track, Mac dubs himself “Mr. Love to Grab His Nuts”, and that pseudonym perfectly sums up the attitude of this single. “Break The Law” is fast-paced, ridiculous, dangerously entertaining, zany, and brimming with quotables. This isn’t even mentioning the flow, which, as Mac reminds us in this song, is stellar.

GO:OD AM‘s two singles have been all that I need to rest assured that this album is going to be an entertaining and worthwhile Mac Miller project. Luckily, the wait is almost over. September 18th is the day, mark your calendars Hip hop heads.


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Jay Rock (feat. Lance Skiiwalker) – 90059 (Single)


Jay Rock, who is meant to be the next TDE member to drop an album, releases yet another single for his still untitled upcoming release. The other singles were great (including but not limited to the excellent “Parental Advisory”), but “90059” — named after Jay Rock’s home zip code —  is something crazy, plain and simple. The ever-hungry Jay Rock utilizes vocal modulation and balancing to create an unnervingly ruckus sound. This combines with his sharp, thoughtful, yet hard-as-hell lyricism to make yet another reason to get excited about the album. In fact, this may be the final straw. Rock, we need this album, stat. These singles got all of us too hyped.

Peep the hot new single below, and be on the lookout for Rock’s new album coming soon.

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Earl Sweatshirt – Off Top (Official Music Video)

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Earl Sweatshirt has had quite the year in his own rite, even if, by the sounds of his latest album, it’s been a lonely one. Plucked from 2015’s I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside, “Off Top” is a somber ballad set to uneasy and fuzzy production where Earl is probably the most transparent we’ve ever seen him. The California emcee drops bar after telling bar outlining the changes that his life has seen, in terms of his music, family life, and fame. My personal favorite, and what perhaps sums up Earl’s feelings the best, is near the end of the track when he tackles the hype that is stapled to any music he releases: “I’m only happy when there’s static in the air ’cause the fair weather fake to me.”

Enjoy Earl’s Beavis and Butthead/Schoolhouse Rock-esque visuals below.

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Danny Brown and Clams Casino – Worth It


Over the past couple of years Adult Swim has prevailed as a surprisingly dependable and competent source for nice-ass Hip hop music. Just last year we were gifted gems such as “Coupe” from Future and “Oh My Darling (Don’t Cry)” from Run The Jewels, but we are real lucky to be getting the tracks that we are this summer. In the coming months we can prepare for joints from Shabazz Palaces, DOOMSTARKS, Flying Lotus, and another from Run The Jewels, but today we have the track I was perhaps most excited for: “Worth It”, brought to us by the collaborative efforts of Detroit rapper Danny Brown and producer extraordinaire Clams Casino. The two combine in a strange yet cohesive way to make “Worth It” the track to send a jolt of energy through your slow Monday. Peep their track below and let us all be thankful for Adult Swim‘s benevolence and altruism.

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