Shame — Arti$t

If you’ve ever walked around NYC you’re used to being yelled at by strange men, “Hey you, cop my CD! Get some of this hot shit now!” And if you’re a true New Yorker, you’ve turned your head away and hurried your steps to cross the street. However, today I bring you a homie from NYC that you shouldn’t forcibly ignore.

He goes by the name Shame, reps his crew NIKY Mob and just released his debut mixtape “Arti$t.” While I think rappers need to stop adding a dollar sign to every motherfucking word, that shouldn’t stop you from checking out his tape. It’s always interesting to hear new artists find their voice, test out different soundscapes and above all, feel their passion for their work.

One thing that sets Shame apart from the rest of the rap game is his poetic side. And I don’t merely mean he waxes poetic. Where normally you’d have album skits, Shame has tracks where he spits actual poetry. It helps give the mixtape an overall vibe as well as show two lanes of attack for Shame to pursue in the future.

My favorite cuts on the mixtape are Mellow and Icepick. Shame seems to be at his most natural rapping over classic hip hop styled beats like Mellow, and his charism really shows through here. Icepick on the other hand ditches the introspective strings and instead goes for a more modern sound: smashing 808’s, pitch shifted vocals and Shame speeding up his flow to knock out some killer lines. My only critique would be to lose the ending laugh. Not everyone has to be Wiz Khalifa.

In closing, support your lovely NYC, cop this free tape and get a bump up in your knowledge of hip underground musicians. You know, so you can brag to your friends about hearing them first.



2 Chainz – Used 2

A very entertaining song I’m sure many of you have heard already. It’s from 2 Necklaces’s new album B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time, and it’s a lot of fun. Typical 2 Chainz shit about hoes and such, but the beat bangs. For the video he just went to some hood in New Orleans and went “Hey, y’all wanna be in a video?” Lil Wayne, Mannie Fresh, and others come through too.

Hermann Gehlen – Kyrie

I have no idea who Hermann Gehlen is (a google search returns pretty much nothing but this song), but I heard this track on the Spiritual Jazz 3 compilation and it immediately struck me. He constructs a dope jazz track around a “Kyrie” movement from a mass (I’m not sure what mass). A very interesting and enjoyable listen. Check out Spiritual Jazz 3 here.

Isaiah Rashad – I Shot You Down (Remix) f. ScHoolboy Q & Jay Rock

Isaiah’s new TDE bros help him out for the remix of his breakout track, and it’s DOPE. I wish Kendrick was on it, but I also wish Kendrick was on everything. Groovy Q and Jay Rock come through with some solid verses. Definitely a quality addition to your end-of-2013-underground-rapper collection.

Gil Evans – Las Vegas Tango

A very cool piece from Evans’s 1964 album The Individualism of Gil Evans. It’s got that signature ’60s coolness, while the refrain seems almost majestic, like a jazz fanfare. Some solid, slightly muted solos from members of Evans’s big band, which for this album included people like Wayne Shorter and Elvin Jones. It has an almost Bond-y feel, although a bit cooler and less poppy. A dope track.