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RIP MCA [Adam Yauch From Beastie Boys]

R.I.P   :(

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ASAP Rocky – Goldie [Explicit Video]

ASAP back with the lead single to his upcoming release.  Goldie is classic ASAP – screwed hook, dope beat and him flowing his ass off.  I think this is a great song choice for his first single, and the video is great.  I know the video doesn’t really break new ground but stylistically it just works.  The backdrop of Paris, and the black/gold color scheme add some freshness to the “life of excess” videos that are so common with rap music.  Also Youtube now shows bewbs.  +1

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Chief Keef – I Don’t Like

Been absent awhile, will try to pick it up by making multiple posts in the upcoming days.  This song is currently on repeat for me. Nothing fancy, no fancy lyrics – just hard beat with an infectious hook.  I’d compare it to last years “Racks”.  While not a technical masterpiece it invokes feeling and is plain catchy.  Notice I mentioned this as one of my fav songs of the year, and not fav videos.  I am not a homophobe, but any time the room reaches that level of shirtless guys with no girls…not my scene.

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Kardinal – Kill Shot

Kardinal!  Gotta always show love to Toronto’s own.  This is a great track, that actually reminds me of Kardinal’s older work – the beat kind of has that old Circle sound from Eye & I Days.  Liking this track a lot – and simple but great video.

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Earl Sweatshirt – Oldie [QUOTE]

And me? I just spent a year Ferrisin'// And lost a little sanity to show you what hysterics is// Spit to the lips meet the bottom of a barrel, so that sterile piss// Flow remind these niggas where embarrassed is
Earl Sweatshirt

Earl is back, and he is letting us know about it.  The “Ferrisin’” line is about his “day off” from Rap, which was actually a number of months spent in a Samoan boarding school. The rest of the verse is him basically telling people, that even tho he is sober (sterile piss), he is still embarassing you all.

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Odd Future – Oldie [Official Video]

I haven’t been checking Odd Future out too much lately, and I didn’t love the recent mixtape but this track is definitely a stand out for me. The video really caught my attention as well.  The track and video have a real throwback feel to them – feels like a classic Posse cut from back in the day.  The sound quality in the video is obviously compromised due to the way it is shot – but I wouldn’t change a thing.  The beat has an old schooL Rza feel to it, and there are def some rapping highlights.  Mike G proves he is underrated.  Frank Ocean looking out of place, but still spits a nice verse and let’s not forget the RETURN OF EARL.  He has the second last verse and like usual slays it – the most obvious comparison is a young Eminem – obv an influence for him.

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Boldy James – 9 Years Old

Let’s stick with Chicago – they got a nice scene bubbling there.  Boldy James takes a sped up Soulja Boy sample (I think or is this someone else singing this?) and turns it into his brand of street rhyme. 

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Tree – Amy

Combining my love of Amy Winehouse and a great sound currently coming out of Chicago and we get this gem.  I am loving Tree’s old school, drunken sounding flow.  He also produces this track.