Sisyphus is a group made up of Sufjan Stevens, Son Lux, and Serengeti, all artists I’ve (probably unjustly) neglected thus far, but this track immediately got my attention. It fuses hip-hop, electronic, and indie music in a pretty seamless way. It’s catchy, has a fun beat, and manages to work as a light almost-dancey pop number and a groovy indie track for just kicking it. My only criticism is that at the end, when it tries to get a bit more sentimental by dropping everything but the vocals and piano, it feels a bit hokey. Anyway, it’s a fun song for all you college kids out there.
This video is hilarious. The song is pretty dope too – as the title suggests, it’s a bass-heavy banger, and Dizzee does his thing, but the video is the real highlight, as Dizzee goes around threatening children and spreading the word of the bass with his very creepy sidekick. BASS WILL SAVE YOUR SOUL.
Let’s put aside the fact that mostly anything that references the George Roy Hill classic Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid (one of my favorite movies) is OK with me. Even if this wasn’t already in my good books because of the title, it would be after hearing the track. Busta and Q-Tip trade bars over a nice jazzy beat for 3 minutes. It’s smooth, lyrical, and it’s a pleasure to listen to two veterans still give us reliable bars after so long in the game (Something not everybody can do. Looking at you, Jay-Z. Shots fired.). This is from their new collaborative mixtape, The Abstract & the Dragon, which you can get here.
Hip-hop legend DJ Premier remixing one of my favorite tracks of the year? I downloaded this as soon as I heard it. I was at a loss for how he could pull this off, but he does so impeccably, replacing the beat with a slow piano line and some drums that KNOCK. I like this version easily as much as the original. From Disclosure’s new album Settle: The Remixes, which you can get here.
Not the newest video, but monumental news. And who knew his daughter was so cute?
Most of you probably know NoName Gypsy from her dope verse on Chance’s “Lost” from Acid Rap. She’s been releasing a lot of dope stuff, but this is my favorite of her tracks so far. She raps about confidence issues, her struggle, and the rap game over a jazzy, laid-back beat. Mick Jenkins comes in with a good guest spot, too. Definitely a good listen for any fan of Chance or Joey Bada$$.
A dope short track from Chance the Rapper’s homie Kami de Chukwu. It sounds like he’s been taking some delivery tips from Kendrick, with the whole breathless thing, but his talent and insight comes through regardless. Look out for more from him, apparently he’s got a mixtape/album coming out soon.