Thursday, April 19, 2018

Stones Throw Records Quietly Unleash Homeboy Sandman & Edan's First Collaborative Single "#NeverUseTheInternetAgain" (Sand & Edan)

Last month, Stones Throw (@stonesthrow) mysteriously posted "@edanexists & @homeboysandman are working on some music together, which will debut at our SXSW showcase this Friday" on their Instagram page, which has since garnered 2,667+ Likes. As should be expect, for anyone interested in Indie/Underground Hip-Hop, a few of my writer friends and I went nuts on Rap Twitter. About for weeks have passed with no additional mention of Sandman & Edan's rumored collaborative efforts from Stones Throw. Just this morning, on a whim, I decided to check Stones Throw's home page and BAM! there it was: "Homeboy Sandman & Edan #NeverUseTheInternetAgain"—right there in the middle column of the front page. It seems as though no one (aside from RAW DRIVE) had noticed or even checked Stones Throw's site for the past 7 hours or so, this including myself! While on a roll about the downsides of The Internet, Sandman jokingly(?) rhymes: "Internet journalism, here's what you're gonna find / Everyone who can't get paid for it, does it online / Most of the ones online that's getting paid suck, too / F**k you!!!"

Despite his apparent disdain for music writers, I actually, had the rare opportunity to meet Homeboy Sandman at Union Transfer, Philly after his 2016 "LICE Tour" stop with Aesop Rock and he was kind enough to sign my LICE EP 12-inch. I seriously, can't express how stoked I am to finally hear what Edan & Sandman have cooked up together; especially, after hearing "#NeverUseTheInternetAgain," as well as "Talking (Bleep)" from Homeboy Sandman's 2016 album, Kindness for Weakness. Judging by these, as well as Edan's recent work with Your Old Droog & Wiki, Mr. Lif, Memory Man, and most recently, Cut Chemist's DIE CUT, this unspecified collaborative effort from Sand & Edan is likely going to "Break The Internet!" Homeboy Sandman & Edan's "#NeverUseTheInternetAgain" is now available on Spotify, Google Play, DEEZER, junodownload, YouTube, and like-minded digital streaming platforms. For now, here's a bit of Hip-Hop Forum speculation on Sand & Edan from UndergroundHipHop's message boards, as well as some cell phone footage of "EDAN & HOMEBOY SANDMAN @ Empire Garage (Stones Throw Showcase) 3.16.18 SXSW" and "Rock And Roll" [Excerpt], as filmed by tech-savvy concert-goer Jeremy Cargill.

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