Monday, September 30, 2013

Don't Punk with My Heart: Fall Out Boy & Ryan Adams - "Love, Sex, Death" (Island-PAX AM)

It's pretty safe to say that Fall Out Boy are far from the righteous Chicago Punk band they used to be and quite honestly, their most recent album was far from "Saving Rock and Roll." But I also have to admit that FOB's live show, which I caught on Temple's basketball court, was an enjoyable Pop-Punk experience all in itself; a mix of tracks both old and new spanning from Take This to Your Grave (2003) to Save Rock and Roll (2013), scattered with giant branded beach balls and momentary piano/acoustic guitar break-downs. Post recording and releasing Rock and Roll, Fall Out Boy headed down to Alt. Country/former Punk youth Ryan Adams' Los Angeles-based studios. Patrick Stump, Pete Wentz, Andy Hurley, Joe Trohman & Mr. Mandy Moore managed to record 8 tracks over a 2-day period at PAX AM Studio, sessions which would eventually become the PAX AM Days EP; It was officially announced in the wee hours of Sunday-Monday morning that the Ryan Adams-produced tracks will be appended onto a deluxe Save Rock and Roll 2-disc package slated for an October 15th re-release. "[Guitarist] Joe [Trohman]'s hair was super huge both days and Patrick [Stump] sang his vocals in the front yard of the studio facing the 7-11 on Sunset Boulevard," Adams goofily stated in a Rolling Stone mini-interview.

Along with the release details, Island Records & PAX AM also unleashed the first pseudo-single from PAX AM Days late Sunday night, "Love, Sex, Death." It's a roughly 1:30-long Hardcore Punk romper that's reminiscent of 1970-80's Black Flag, Misfits, and Iggy & The Stooges, which were most likely sources of influence. During an impromptu "listening session" with music journalist Drew Millard, guitarist Joe Trohamn lamented: "People would have expected a bunch of remixes after the album. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but this is not what people expected us to do... Misfits, Black Flag, Descendents, Dag Nasty, anything real late 70's, early 80's Punk and Hardcore stuff was influential to the creation of the music, and I think even the lyrical content, too." Patrick Stump & Pete Wentz have seemingly abandoned their now-infamous wordy song titles in lei of some slightly more hard-edged track titles like "We Were Doomed from The Start," "Hot to The Touch," and "Eternal Summer." While it's currently available for pre-order and soon, packaged along with Save Rock and Roll (Oct. 15th), PAX AM Days will become available on it's own this upcoming Record Store Day (Black Friday), too.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Joaquin Phoenix & Kanye West Present: Pusha T - "King Push" (G.O.O.D. Music)

It's pretty damn awesome that Kanye & Joaquin Phoenix even hang out, let alone co-produced a track for Pusha T together; "King Push" is most likely culled from Phoenix's I'm Still Here era (2009-10), when he may or may not have quit acting to become a Hip-Hop producer/rapper. Pusha T previously lamented to Pitchfork back in August, "as soon as I heard it, I was like, 'Listen. I hope you're not playing this for me just to show me how good this beat is [Kanye]!'" It's a surprisingly Boom-Bap-rooted, Clipse-ready rattling beat, which it seems is now being pushed slightly ahead of My Name Is My Name's previous semi-questionable Chris Brown-featuring "Sweet Salvation" single.

Taking some much needed time off from Kanye's recent "I Don't Like" ranting spree(s), G.O.O.D. Music & DONDA unleashed "King Push'" companion music video mid-Friday afternoon. Directed by Nathaniel Brown (according to Vimeo), who implements muted colors juxtaposed against stark black-and-white washed scenes; the latter scenes vaguely resemble Pusha T's DONDA-designed alternate CD artwork. My Name Is My Name, the Virgina emcee's long-awaited and oft-delayed solo debut will finally see an October 8th release. Pusha T's assist-heavy album is rumored to feature the likes of Joaquin Phoenix, Rick Ross, Hudson Mohawke, John Legend, Ab-Soul, Kelly Rowland, Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell, and more... One of Phoenix's first motion pictures back since "returning" to film, Her, directed by Spike Jonze and co-starring Scarlett Johansson [voice only] will see a December 18th limited release, followed by a January 10th, 2014 wide-release.

* EDITOR'S NOTE: Joaquin Phoenix recently revealed to XXL that "While it was widely reported that Pusha T used my beat and that I produced his song, I can't take any credit. A friend's son played me his music, and all I did was make an introduction to Kanye's camp." Still a pretty damn awesome beat regardless; so, now the better question is, "Who produced "King Push!?'"

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Blood On The Leaves: Jimmy Kimmel's "Kanye Kid (Re)Kreation" (Kanye Twitter Rant)









- KANYE WEST (@kanyewest)

Somewhere In America, Miley Cyrus Is Still TWERKIN': HAIM - "Wrecking Ball" (BBC Radio 1)

I'm just gonna go ahead and say it: I kinda feel like everyone is making fun of Miley Cyrus and she TOTALLY doesn't even get it ha. What ever happened to the little girl who played Hannah Montana, "Partied In The USA" that one summer, and passionately sang about "The Climb" or whatever? Maybe it's just bad parenting; either way, I'd assume she's crushing her dad's achy breaky heart. I feel like "We Can't Stop" and Miley Cyrus' whole quasi-affiliation with Hip-Hop is just a giant Rick Roll, too. But on the other hand, if Kanye & Miley's rumored "BLKKK SKKKN HEAD" remix ever comes to fruition, that'll likely be the theoretical icing on the cake.

"Wrecking Ball" is the second single pulled from her upcoming Bangerz album and it's a little more along the lines of a modern-day power ballad, sans it's now-infamous scantily-clad Terry Richardson-directed video. During a recent European mini-press tour, R&B-tinged Power Pop sister act HAIM recorded a spirited "Wrecking Ball" cover for BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge. Danielle, Este & Alana almost effortless morph the track into a guitar-laden Camile era Prince Funk-Rock jam, but somehow still keep it's radio-friendly integrity fully intact. HAIM are gearing up to unleash their long-awaited debut full-length, Days Are Gone (out Sept. 27-30th). It's been preceded by 4 highly successful teaser singles: "Forever," "Don't Save Me," "Falling," and most recently "The Wire" in addition to non-album Kid Cudi, Childish Gambino, and Major Lazer features.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Grand Theft Autumn 5 Soundtrack: OFF! - "What's Next?" (VICE Records & Rockstar)

It must be pretty hard to try to stay "Punk Rock," rebellious, and still keep food on the table these days; Grand Theft Auto 5 (GTA V) was released last week and features a pretty awesome, broad-spanning in-game soundtrack. Rockstar uploaded an expansive 59-track 3 volume collection to iTunes: The Soundtrack, Original Music, and The Score (composed by Tangerine Dream). Included within are tracks, both new and old, from the likes of Clams Casino, Tyler The Creator, Oh No, Yeasayer, Jai Paul, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Yellowman, WAVVES, and recently re-invigorated Hardcore super-group OFF!

The Keith Morris-penned "What's Next?" was conjured up exclusively for GTA V and plays alongside Black Flag, Descendents, The Weirdos, and The Germs on a fictitious radio preset. Noisey reports that Morris, just off a stint with Black Flag off-shoot FLAG, should "head [in]to the studio soon to record a full-length of all new tracks." VICE Records proudly released First Four EP's (2010), which re-collected 4 previously released quick-strike EP's, and an equally short self-titled album last year, too. Just do yourself a favor, head on over to YouTube, and check out OFF!'s 8-10 OFFicial videos; It really shouldn't take you any more than 15-20 minutes because in tried-and-true Punk Rock fashion, OFF!'s D.I.Y. video-singles generally span about 2 minutes max ha.

From Philly to Detroit: Guilty Simpson & Small Professor - "Highway Robbery" (Coalmine Records)

Guilty Simpson, one of Hip-Hop's most criminally under-rated rappers, has worked with everyone from the late great J Dilla to Geoff Barrow (Portishead), but has somehow only released one full-length solo record, Ode to The Ghetto (2008). Post-Ghetto, Simpson has worked with a brigade of Stones Throw affiliates including Madlib, Oh No, Quakers, Four Tet, MED, Roc "C," Percee P, Apollo Brown, and Philly-based producer Small Professor. Initially linking up for "Spare Razor" (2012), Guilty & Small had so much sonic chemistry that Matt Diamond at Coalmine Records/Diamond Media 360 signed the pair and eventually coaxed them to record a 10-track album, Highway Robbery. It's 7 tracks-worth (and 3 remixes) of relentlessly hard-hitting "Golden Era"-reminiscent Hip-Hop; including features from Statik Selektah, Boldy James, A.G. (Diggin' In The Crates Crew), DJ Revolution, Elucid, Castle, and a Scooby-crafted remix.

Small Professor recently stated in a Prefix interview that some animated Highway Robbery music videos are most likely in-the-works, but that he's never actually met Guilty Simpson and would "love to do some kind of live video, but Simpson is all over the place. He's always on tour!" Honestly, "It's Nuthin,'" "On The Run," and "Get That Pay" (Scooby Mix) are a few of my personal insta-favorite tracks that have quickly risen to the top of my Recently Played playlist... While Highway Robbery was just released this past Tuesday (Sept. 24th), it sounds like Guilty Simpson & Small Professor will soon find their rightful place amongst Boom-Bap CLASSICS like License to Ill and Raising Hell! Editor's Note: The track included above DOES NOT appear anywhere on Highway Robbery. "Fitta Happier" is actually Quakers & Guilty Simpson's aforementioned Radiohead-sampling track, which was just too dope not to include along with this post!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Justin Timberlake & The Tennessee Kids - "Shake Your Body (Down to The Ground)"

Full disclosure here: "Shake Your Body (Down to The Ground)" is quite easily amongst my favourite Michael Jackson/The Jackson 5 tracks; thanks to my wonderful parents (married 29 years today!) who exposed me to Jackson, Billy Joel, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, etc. records at a very young, impressionable age. While Justin Timberlake is currently ramping up to unleash the second part of his first album in nearly 6 years, The 20/20 Experience, he stopped by BBC1 Live Lounge over the weekend, just days after debuting new material at iHeart Radio Music Fest (Vegas). Along with familiar hits new and old, Timberlake and The Tennessee Kids ripped through a pretty spot-on, Funk-laden version of "Shake Your Body." Random coincidence or not, Justin Timberlake was very recently awarded the coveted Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at this year's MTV VMA's, where Timberlake briefly reunited with his wildly popular and now-defunct "boy band," N'SYNC.

The Randy & Michael-penned Destiny era smash-hit (1978) was supposedly inspired by both Teddy Pendergrass' [then] just-released "Get Up, Get Down, Get Funky, Get Loose" and some run-of-the-mill Marvin Gaye ad-libs. While The 20/20 Experience (Part 2) is slated for a Sept. 27-Oct. 1st world-wide release, it's currently streaming over at iTunes, a little more than a week early. It's been described by Timberlake himself as The 20/20 Experience's "hotter, older evil twin sister." He continued in a recent New York Times featurette: "If you could imagine you're 16 and she's everything you thought. She's Marilyn Monroe and then you meet her older sister; everything that's dark and wrong about her at that age is why you become infatuated with her." Sounds... interesting!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Can't Buy a Thrill: The Stepkids & Kyle Mooney - "Moving Pictures" (Stones Throw)

Rising comedian Kyle Mooney is one of the latest additions to a recently-gutted SNL, after a few long-time cast members made their final departure(s) last season; Director Henry Demaio recently pre-cast Mooney in his latest music video creation, "Moving Pictures," which itself is pulled from The Stepkids' second album recorded for Stones Throw, Troubadour (Sept. 9-10th). It's a mildly trippy affair, fittingly outfitted with plenty of real-life moving pictures, as the cameraman slowly pans across various scenarios. The Stepkids seemingly used green screens to their full advantage and were able yo "travel" to sun-soaked beaches, an awkward house-party with a kiddie pool, various city streets and sidewalks, an ever-changing trendy beach/desert party, and a giant-joint rolling super-science lab. Now, on a purely sonic level, "Moving Pictures" is really what we've grown to expect from The Stepkids: a seamless hybrid of cheesy Yacht Rock-inspired sounds, with a Hip-Hop edge, some Soul-Funk for good measure, and Steely Dan-esque rhythms! Troubadour is now available online, digitally, and physically, while SNL's staggering 39th season (2013-14) starts on September 28th; Lorne Michaels has recruited show alum Tina Fey on hosting duties and musical guest, Arcade Fire for the show's season premier next weekend.

Friday, September 20, 2013

It's Tricky... Trippy, Trippy, Trippy: White Denim - "Pretty Green" (The Modern Plow Collective?)

Once you get past the inherent trippiness and utter nonsense that comes along with White Denim's latest "Pretty Green" video, it's a pretty damn great Rock "N" Roll number. Austin's finest recently teamed up with director(s) The Modern Plow Collective to create what The Line of Best Fit (who premiered the video) describes as "a particularly hungry acid trip." It features both quick glimpses and extended scenes of White Denim dressed in all sorts of fucked up food masks, face-encompassing beards, empty-looking gold masks, green screened giant lips, and a bunch of 90's-reminiscent cheesy CGI video trickery. Forget about anything vaguely weird that Michael Jackson ever released, White Denim have easily produced the most tripped out performance video I've ever seen! ha Sonically, I think "Pretty Green" sounds a lot like The Black Keys and I'm sure we could sit here and argue ALL DAY about who came first... Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy produced 2 tracks along with help from buddy Tom Schick on Corsicana Lemonade, which is either out on October 29th or November 4th; a "Listen to White Denim" yellow vinyl/sleeveless T-shirt/LP slip mat bundle is currently available for pre-order online for just $49.99.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Hesitation Marks: Isaiah Toothtaker & Jacob Safari - "ИOTHING EP" (Noisey Premier)

Just as Trent Reznor re-formed Nine Inch Nails after a nearly 5 year hiatus for their recent Hesitation Marks album and an upcoming 54-date world tour, comes the first full-fledged NIN sample-based Hip-Hop project: Isaiah Toothtaker & Jacob Safari's ИOTHING EP! The aspiring Arizona-based rapper and one-time WAVVES drummer constructed 8 tracks-worth of beats using unlicensed samples; ranging from "A Warm Place" to "The Day The World Went Away," hand-picked from across NIN's broad-spanning discography. "It’s far from Linkin Park. God damn no. Ain't no Aerosmith and Run-DMC, ain't no Coldplay and Kanye shit, ain't no Onyx and Biohazard shit," Isaiah Toothtaker lamented to The Kid Mero at Noisey, who premiered ИOTHING EP. "This is a proper hit. Nine Inch Nails are some weirdos but so is Young Thug, you feel me?" he continued.

Honestly, they're really on to something here, if you think about it... because over the years, Trent Reznor has only had a brief affiliation with the world of Hip-Hop; either working with or mentioning El-P, Dr. Dre, Saul Williams, and Kanye. Isaiah Toothtaker is supposedly a tattoo artist by day who's only been on the Hip-Hop blog radar for about a year, yet has already recorded material with Harry Fraud, Gunplay, Max B from "behind bars," Sixtoo, The Hood Internet, etc. Contrary to what The Kid Mero might believe, Jake Safari isn't a "DORA THE EXPLORER CHARACTER," even though he may kinda sound like one. Safari [Cooper] has been actively working as an Indie Rock musician, remixer, producer, songwriter, and DJ in and around Tuscon, AZ since 2003. He was previously a member of both WAVVES and The Mae Shi, and sporadically records as either Bark Bark Bark (solo) or Signals with former bandmates/brothers Bill & Jon Gray.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

1-800-DINOSAUR Presents: James Blake & Chance The Rapper - "Life Round Here" (Remix)

James Blake is a London-based First Wave Dubstep super-producer; one of the genre's originators, before it got all Americanized, club-ready, and alcohol-infused (ie: Skrillex ha). Blake has always kinda seemed like an on-looking Hip-Hop supporter/closet fan... he actually unleashed a series of white label 12" Harmonimix[es] prior to his self-titled debut: Lil' Wayne, Destiny's Child, Snoop Dogg, and handsome hermit D'Angelo. After working with master swordsman RZA on his second album Overgrown, James Blake recently recruited hyper-rhyming Chicago upstart, Chance The Rapper to help remix "Life Round Here." It's supposedly the "first of many songs with @jamesblake," if Chance The Rapper's righteous Twitter feed is to be believed; Blake told Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe Tuesday morning that the track was re-recorded post-SXSW and lamented that "[He] never really felt the track was finished; even when it went on the album, [he] just felt there was this space." Noisey will soon release "Life Round Here"'s companion music video, which they can assure will include "everything from horses to Somalian pirates and Chevy Impalas." It's amazing how flawless and exceedingly far from phoned-in this remix sounds, especially considering it was re-recorded after the fact!

Monday, September 16, 2013

Daft Punk, Pharrell & Nile Rodgers - "Lose Yourself to Dance" (Soul Train 2013?)

Pharrell was quite arguably the undisputed hit-making champion of Summer 2013; having his hand in chart-topping mega-hits like "Blurred Lines," "Get Lucky," and "Burgundy." Over the past 10-12 years, Pharrell has effortlessly transformed from a relatively in-demand producer/N*E*R*D frontman to a viable Hip-Hop-R&B hookman and he's most recently become Daft Punk's pseudo-lead singer, more or less. "Lose Yourself to Dance" has been slowing picking up steam since it's radio/online release back in August. It's one of 2 devilishly smooth Funk-based Random Access Memories (RAM) cuts that feature Pharrell and Chic bassist Nile Rodgers, along with founding members Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo & Thomas Bangalter, of course.

Pharrell stated in a recent interview that the track "makes [him] feel like waking down the street in the middle of the night in London and it's 1984, 1985," elaborating that David Bowie could've theoretically sung the song, too. After a few initial spins, I quickly deemed RAM a little too glitched out, Disco-reminiscent, and robotic-sounding for my liking. But with Pharrell, Panda Bear, Julian Casablancas, Giorgio Moroder, and countless others' sonic endorsement, I've given the record a second chance and it's slowly but surely growing on me. Daft Punk finally unleashed the previously teased music video for "Lose Yourself to Dance" Monday morning; it really isn't too dissimilar from their now infamous "Get Lucky" Coachella ad, aesthetically. Co-directors Bangalter, Homem-Christo, Warren Fu, Paul Hahn & Cedric Hervet somehow manged to cohesively orchestrate a fairly simplistic, yet effective clip that evokes a vibrant Soul Train-style performance/dance party.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Adult Swim Presents: Action Bronson & RiFF RAFF - "Long Pinky" (Beautiful Lou)

While last week's "new track" turned out to be a fraudulent remix, Action Bronson has since teamed up with beat-maker Beautiful Lou and Twitter persona/rapper RiFF RAFF; "Long Pinky" is the final track in Adult Swim's summer-long singles series, which will be re-upped online for FREE come Monday. RiFF RAFF recently described himself in 140 characters or less, of course, as: "AN ALL-AMERiCAN ALL-STAR... iF U DONT LiKE HiM, THEN U WiLL BE FORCED iNTO EXiLE iN GUAM & EAT EXPiRED GOAT MiLK FOREVER." Action Bronson & RiFF RAFF previously traded bars on the Harry Fraud-produced "Bird On a Wire" (2012) and RiFF RAFF had a brief cameo appearance in Bronson's blistering VICE Records-backed "Strictly 4 My Jeeps" video-single.

While this time around, it was kitty [pryde]'s former collaborator Beautiful Lou who reunited the 2 rapping friends, they'll be appearing together on Diplo's upcoming Revolution EP (October 8th). City Morgue NYC has created a limited edition tour-only/online T-shirt to commemorate Action Bronson & Danny Brown's impending 2 High 2 Die Tour; along with Odd Future-affiliated Hardcore Punk band Trash Talk, they're planning to wreak havoc across the US from Sept. 8-Oct. 5th... including a stop at South Philly's very own TLA venue, which my lovely lady and I will be seeing! But let's just hope and pray to the almighty Hip-Hop mega-gods that "Long Pinky" is merely the first [second] in what ends up being a long line of Action Bronson & RiFF RAFF team-ups, be it a full-length mixtape/EP, a buddy-cop movie, or even an adult-minded cartoon series.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Disney Un-happily Presents: Randy Moore's "Escape from Tomorrow" (Fair Usage or Not?)

While it was filmed on-location at Disney World/Land, Escape from Tomorrow is about as far from family-friendly as it gets; First time director Randy Moore bravely filmed his Neo-Noir Fantasy flick guerrilla-style over a month-long period at 2 separate Disney theme parks, entering undercover as "tourists" along with his cast and crew. Moore strongly suggested that "scripts and all shooting directions [be] kept on iPhones so that "when actors and crew were looking down between takes, passersby thought they were [just] glancing at their messages."" Surprisingly, with little to relatively no suspicion, Roy Abramsohn and his on-screen family entered the park(s) day after day in the same repeat outfits, which Randy Moore's crew filmed on average Cannon handi-cams.

It seems like Escape from Tomorrow centers around a father and son's last day on their semi-disjointed family vacation, whose "sanity is challenged by a chance encounter with two under-age girls on holiday." For the most part, The Walt Disney Company is very selective with who exactly they lend the rights to their trademark characters, movies, likeness, etc. But at press time, Disney has yet to publicly respond to Moore's jarring take on vintage Americana, to seemingly avoid negative press and help further exercise "fair usage" rights. Following it's fairly well-received Sundance premier last January, Escape from Tomorrow is finally headed to select theatres and home-video ONdemand services this upcoming October 11th. It should be pretty interesting to see how many audiences Randy Moore's film eventually manages to reach and what they'll think of his unique interpretation of Disney theme parks and whatnot!

Intergalactic Planetary-Man: Sh*t Robot & Reggie Watts - "We Got a Love" (DFA Records)

"We Got a Love" is Side 2 of a recent limited edition DFA Records black label 12" featuring The Juan Maclean/Shit Robot (500 numbered). "Shit Robot brings in famed stand-up comedian (and closet Soul vocalist) Reggie Watts, whose incredible voice glides from falsetto to baritone in a single verse. The combination of the deep bass lines, wild voice, and piano stabs weaving in and out make this one of the strongest and unique singles in the Shit Robot catalog," as a fairly well-written label-crafted press release puts it. Premiered over at PitchforkTV Wednesday afternoon, "We Got a Love"'s companion Tom Keneny-directed video ingeniously stars some sort of intergalactic-faced spaceman doing pretty average things; shootin' hoops, getting a haircut, taking public transit, a little gambling, drinking coffee, playing piano, and just walking around the city. Keneny really makes quite the awesome and inventive use of cutting-edge CGI special effects, if I do say so myself! It's kinda a shame that Reggie Watts didn't get a chance to beat-box and construct a glitched-out beat from the ground up, like he usually does. But I guess Marcus Lambkin aka Shit Robot is just a struggling Electro-Dance producer in his own right, too. Shit Robot re-released "We Got a Love" digitally on iTunes earlier today and plan to unleash a full 12" in October, complete with a few remixes.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Late Night with @questlove Gomez: Kanye & The Roots - "Bound 2" (Charlie Wilson)

"Bound 2" is quite easily the most Kanye West-sounding track on Yeezus, an album which on-again Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor is indeed a fan (and obvious influence): "Yeezus, I really love it. I think the sound of it is cool. I can't endorse what he's saying lyrically, but I will say that in terms of the role of the dangerous entertainer in 2013, nobody is beating him at that game. It feels like he might implode. Even if it is calculated to some degree, it feels rough on the edges in a way that I can appreciate. I'm glad he's out there. Consistently he's put out ahead-of-the-curve shit. He's definitely a talented guy." The Roots drummer and de facto bandleader ?uestlove expressed his admiration for Track #10 pretty early on in 140 characters or less: "ok this #Bound2 on repeat all day is a problem. don't wanna hear anything else, but #Bound2 (including the 9 songs before it) #Yeezus." Meticulously constructed from a Ponderosa Twins + 1 sample, "Bound 2" is rumored to be the next Yeezus single; after building-projected "New Slaves," righteous anti-single "BLKKK SKKKN HEAD," and the controversial VMA-performed "Blood On The Leaves."

While it's such a well-orchestrated track and even though this is one of my favourite recent pair of couplets, Kanye almost fucks up "Bound 2" with his madd line-ending repetition: "I know I got a bad reputation / Walking 'round, always mad reputation / Leave a pretty girl sad reputation / Start a Fight Club, Brad reputation." Kanye supposedly appeared as special walk-on guest during Late Night's planned Monday night Duck Dynasty & Steve Harvey episode, which Jimmy Fallon said is one of the "cool things[s] about doing a show in NYC - anyone can drop by #nojoke." Former Gap Band frontman and re-bounded G.O.O.D. Music affiliate Charlie Wilson was also in toe to help deliver "Bound 2"'s ever so slightly deranged-sounding hook. While Kanye looks pretty un-enthused post-performance, it was quite the made-for-TV-moment; we're talkin; about College Dropout era Kanye, further accented by The Legendary Roots Crew, and extremely talented kid's choir, and Mr. Wilson's Deep Soul-drenched vocal afflictions. Hollywood's latest proud father announced that he'll head out on his first solo tour since 5 years in support of Yeezus this past Friday, along with Kendrick Lamar and a currently unannounced special guest... coincidentally running almost concurrently with Jay-Z's Magna Carter World Tour (10/19-12/7).

Saturday, September 7, 2013

King Cozmic's Ethereal Playground: Mr. Muthaf*ckin' eXquire - "Butt Naked Baby Cupid" (Universal?)

Following June's fairly long-awaited return to form and more or less, an artistic re-birth, Kismet, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire randomly unveiled 2 new tracks late Wednesday-Thursday night; "Butt Naked Baby Cupid" and "A Sun's Calypso" are supposedly from eXquire's forthcoming project, King Cozmic's Ethereal Playground. So far, it sounds like his mixtape'll be a stylistic hybrid of Mr. MFN eXquire's new-found Psych-Rap sound and those 90's Hardcore reminiscent rhymes... almost effortlessly rocking over a beat swiped from Brainfeeder Jazzman Thundercat and frequent collaborator, Bowery Beats. Accented by a brief buttery-smooth Thundercat intro, eXquire ferociously raps, "I suck at love songs, but still write some / Just last night we Skyped all night long / Took a screenshot of your dummy-ass smile / Set it as my wallpaper... in love. I'm in denial. Lost in your Ora. We got it figured out. But nigga, baby cupid hit me with an arrow!"

It wouldn't be too far off to say that Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire kinda sounds like a disjointed mix between Biggie & ODB, equal parts lyrical genius and deeply tortured soul. While little else is known about King Cozmic's Ethereal Playground, it should see a wide release within the next few months (before 2014, for sure). I guess it's worth noting that when okayplayer Tweeted, "Two new joints from @MRMFNeXquire, The @Thundercat-produced "Butt Naked Baby Cupid" + "A Sun's Calypso," Thundercat quickly replied, "I did not produce that;" and needless to say, the incorrect Tweet and companion blog post were immediately fixed. Final note: can we just take a minute to acknowledge the 2 extremely Lo-Fi/awesome ghetto fabulous "cover images" that eXquire uploaded to Soundcloud!? He's basically squatting down in front of a tree and TOTALLY MySpace posing, reflected in some sort of mirror (flash and all) ha.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Stones Throw Presents: Jonwayne - "Reflection" (Formerly, Bohemian Rap CD)

Following the recent conclusion of his 3-part Cassette series, Jonwayne can now concentrate 100% of his focus on his long-awaited Stones Throw full-length; Formerly titled "Bohemian Rap CD," it's now called Rap Album 1 and cleverly sports a saltine cracker strewn across it's cover (likely a nod to how far "white boys" have come in Hip-Hop ha). While he was actually born Jon[athan] Wayne, the budding emcee kinda swagger-jacked the other, more infamous John Wayne's birth-right for his latest mixtape, Marion Morrison (Cassette 3). "Reflection" is just one of 11 largely self-produced tracks culled from Rap Album 1, which drops October 29th and is currently available for pre-order. Stones Throw liberated what Jonwayne later effectively dubbed a non-single mid-Wednesday afternoon; as Wayne perfectly put it, "If you don't like "Reflection," give yourself some time to adjust to new ideas in Hip-Hop and then listen again."

He's spent the last year and some change revising, recording, editing, mixing, mastering... and having buddy Quelle Chris re-record "drink a tall glass of pu$$y for breakfast" close to 40+ times. Rap Album 1 features sparse production/vocal contributions from a bunch of Jonwayne's fellow Alt. Hip-Hop cohorts: Scoop DeVille, Zeroh, Quelle Chris, D-Styles, and MNDSNG, although nothing from his recently-added Digital Diamonds bandmate, Chuck Inglish. What I've included here is a fan-made quasi-music video for "Gross" because Jonwayne has yet to release any sort of proper-looking video (aside from a Quakers cameo). But hopefully, with his impending Stones Throw debut in the pipeline, that'll soon change! For Jonwayne new-comers, I'd highly recommend Cassette 1, Marion Morrison, and Jonwayne Fucks Disney to hold you over 'til then; It's 3 collections-worth of hard-hitting beats, stone cold raps, CLASSIC Disney samples, a ruthless Pusha T freestyle, etc.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Introducing: Chance The Rapper... Lil' Wayne - "Your Song" (Nate Fox, Peter Cottontale & Cam)

It's pretty safe to say that Chance The Rapper is quite easily the best thing to come out of Chicago since Kanye was a virtually unknown producer, making Soulful beats for Blueprint-era Jay-Z. His latest mixtape, Acid Rap is 13 tracks-worth of sheer drug-fueled Psych-Rap weirdness; at just 19, Chance has already worked with now defunct Kids These Days, Hannibal Buress, J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, Nosaj Thing, Action Bronson, Twista, Jake-One, Childish Gambino, Ab-Soul, Blended Babies, etc. After the nearly insta-success of Acid Rap, Lil' Wayne's people recently came a'calling for Chance The Rapper and co-producers Nate Fox, Peter Cottontale & Cam to conjure up a collaborative track.

Nate Fox recounted the almost unbelievable scenario to Complex just the other day: "Chance texted me saying, "Come to the studio at 11." I get there at 11, and it's me and Peter, Cam, Chance, and Pat, and everybody's there. And he pulls us to the side and he's like "So,... we have to make a song for Dedication 5...tonight." We were like, "OK for sure, whatever you say." And Chance was like, "No, for real, they called me, they said I can send them whatever I want. Not like [Lil'] Wayne has a song for me, Wayne NEEDS a song from me!" "Your Song" is actually 1 of 29 tracks off Dedication 5 and one of the few original tracks, which is based around a "The Way You Make Me Feel" (a capella) sample. It really sounds more like a Chance The Rapper track featuring Lil' Wayne, that kinda harkens back to his arguably superior Tha Carter II-III era flow.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Instagram & Bisquick Present: #Pancakemornings with Gavin McInnes (thegavin2000)

More of less a self-proclaimed "1984 punk, 1990 comics, 1993 writing, 1994 publishing, 2004 videos, 2008 production, 2012 commercials, 2013 movies"-affiliated Renaissance Man, Gavin McInnes surprisingly has one of the most interesting and family/kid-friendly Instagram accounts [sans boobs]. Granted, it's a little more tame and less in-your face than DO's & DON'Ts or say, uh... Street Boners or How to Piss In Public AKA The Death of Cool; McInnes started doing #pancakemorning(s) almost every Sunday roughly 42 weeks ago. I'm an amateur baker by day and I'd guess he's either pumping pancake batter out of icing bags of skillfully cutting breakfast art into pre-made pancakes. What kinda seems like a made-to-order kitchen service has included golden brown renderings of everything from Jon Cena to a "walking butt," as well as countless Ninja Turtles and TMNT super-villains. When he's not playing with his food, Gavin McInnes runs a Hipster fashion-bashing site called Street Boners & TV Carnage, hosts an online mini-series for French Kiss Records TV every once in a while, frequently appears as a guest panelist on Red Eye, and may or may not be working on 2 separate quasi-documentary films: How to Be a Man and The Brotherhood of The Traveling Rants, which will be available ONDemand, Netflix, and iTunes this upcoming Sept. 24th.