new album dropping january 7th, preorder Green Apples and Oranges:… http://t.co/v4WcVOKX57
— eQ | Sona. (@Elaquent) December 4, 2013
It feels great to wake up to good news, courtesy of The Come Up Show favourite, Elaquent. The Guelph producer who makes me use a neck brace after I listen to his beats just set the release date of his new album, Green Apples and Oranges for January 7th, 2014. YES.
Oh, did I mention that he also dropped a cut from the album? No? Well, get in your car, put on your best screwface, and snap your neck while banging “Aurora”.
Anyone who knows me knows what a huge Gangsta Gibbs fan I am. In my opinion, he’s the realest rapper out right now and his versatility is on par with Kendrick’s or Ab-Soul’s. Putting out one banging project after another (Baby Faced Killa, Shame/Thuggin/Harold’s with Madlib, E$GN), I have yet to be disappointed with Freddie Gibbs’s catalog. “Deuces” is no exception.
As much as I’m a fan of his 90s Scarface flow, I love it when he snaps on a drill/trap beat and who better to provide that than Young Chop? The cold and murderous instrumental is the kind of atmosphere I believe Gibbs is truly in his element in. Let’s not forget the video here, which showcases the legendary Holyfield v. Tyson fight. Enjoy.
If you’re not familiar with Vic Mensa, get away from me. Rude opening statements aside, this guy put out one of my favourite rap “mixtapes” (I use the term loosely) of 2013: INNANETAPE. Basking in the afterglow of the success and the collective love of the innanet, Vic decided to put out something from the vault. “Children of the Sun” is from 2010, when Victor Mensah was only 17 (!) and rocking with Kids These Days, his group at the time. Thelonious Martin creates a nice, smooth guitar loop and rocks the beat with the 90s’ chops but it’s Mensa’s rapping that really opened my eyes to this kid’s raw talent.
Even though he’s come a long way since then (rocking with the Acid Rap movement and moving to LA), it’s great to hear him spitting fire from 3 years ago. That assures me that this guy is not the flavour of the month but he’s here to stay. SAVE MONEY.
I have to come clean: I was never the biggest Mac Miller fan. I just couldn’t rock with his earlier “frat-rap” aesthetic and I had been to enough house parties to see who exactly his music appealed to. Then 2013 came around and Mac Miller (who we recently interviewed) slowly started to creep back into my radar. Collaborations with Ab-Soul, Earl Sweatshirt, Flying Lotus, Clams Casino and more? The dude was working and hanging out with all my favourite artists and that’s when it hit me. It’s unfair to box people into the same categories that they were a part of a few years ago because they/we are constantly evolving and growing. It’s the Human Process.
Fast forward to latter-half 2013, post-Watching Movies With The Sound Off. Mac seems to be very comfortable in the sound he’s chosen for himself, like he’s no longer trying to impress a fan base he has nothing in common with. Listening to his recent work as Mac Miller, Delusional Thomas or Larry Fisherman (his producer alias), it’s clear that drugs are involved in at least some capacity. “I Come In Peace” is no different. The beat is blunted but heavy and harks back to the days of the old West Coast (you hear that whistle?) and perfectly complements Mac’s stream-of-consciousness flow. He seems to be channeling Earl Sweatshirt’s influence heavily on this track but that should come as no surprise seeing as how they’re good friends. I’m not complaining. In fact, I’d say this is one of my favourite Mac Miller songs of all time.
Holy holy. This is project of my dreams (and the dreams of anyone who is a nü-LA fan). The curator of the deceased Classic Drug References, Sweeney Kovar, thankfully decided to salvage the essence of the blog in the form of a box set limited to 500 units. The set consists of three 7″ singles, all by duos: Danny Brown & mndsgn, zeroh & Ras G, Blu & Knwxledge. As you can see, 80% of these artists are part of the core beat scene of LA’s wonderful music landscape. Although I’m a fan of all of these dudes, the Danny Brown and mndsgn project simply blew me away. mndsgn creates a murky, eery atmosphere with the demented instrumental which gives Danny the perfect opportunity to slash it apart. Fans of his will remember this flow from the XXX days, his most acclaimed project to date. Enough rambling, listen to these guys rip it up on “Sweeney Song” and check out the other singles as well.
December 3rd is quickly approaching and Sese is on his grind; dropping the pre-order, “Sayzor’s Edge” to entice everyone, taking a minute to talk to us on Saturday live on the radio show for an interview. Building the hype even more, Sese is back with a remix over PARTYNEXTDOORS’s “Break From Toronto” and you should already know how it going to turn out, nothing but bars! This is one you have to hear to know what I mean, so take in “Escape From Toronto” from Sese and be sure to RSVP to his show in London tonight with Luu Breeze, G Milla, Jay Downz and Rob this Friday at The APK, it’s going to be a crazy night full of amazing artists.
December 3rd can’t come quick enough! With Sese just dropping the pre-order for the Sayzor Ramone EP which includes the early download of “Chico”, he just handed out another track off Sayzor Ramone completely free, you don’t have to pre-order to download this one but I highly recommend doing so, the EP is fire! Currently on tour throughout various cities in Ontario, Sese has been selling early copies of Sayzor Ramone along with a hoody (as a package deal) for $50, he will be in London this Friday at The APK so you can definitely pick up your hoody in the flesh if you haven’t got the chance to order yours online.
“Sayzor’s Edge” produced by Superville, kicks off with some smooth ambient sounds as Sese starts it off with “no time to waste, no time to be still, it’s time, I feel like I’m climbing a hill, but I’m climbing, and the winds are so violent, speak no evil I kill em’ with silence”; and then “Sayzor’s Edge” hits you right in the face as everything amps up. Sese and Superville both did their thing on this one. Check out “Sayzor’s Edge” and go pre-order Sayzor Ramone afterwards if you haven’t yet!
Pre-Order: Sese – Sayzor Ramone
Good lord, hallelujah! With only two days to go until Between Heaven and Hell drops, Add-2 and Khrysis just let loose another gem in “Club Church”. If the rest of the project is as good as this and “Don’t Go”, we’re in for a real treat on November 21st. Everything about this is great: the beat’s knocking, and Add-2 comes correct on the mic once again. For more on Add-2, be sure to check out our interview with him where we talk about the upcoming project, working with 9th Wonder, learning from Common, and much more. Stream “Club Church” below.
This one hit me by surprise! Coming home logging on line the first thing I seen was a new Timbaland track featuring Jay Z, Drake and James Fauntleroy. If you’ve been to a recent Timabaland show you might of heard this one already because he has been previewing it at various venues, with his forthcoming album Textbook Timbo coming soon, take in “Know Bout Me” the first single off it and let me know what you think, Timbaland always has that fire and adding Jay and Drake to the mix, you know it’s bound to be good.