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Must have been sleeping on this one, since this remixed version of OG Maco’s “U Guessed It” featuring 2 Chainz is the first I’ve heard of it. Yet, the young Atlanta rapper is apparently blowing up right now, with the original track charting on Billboard shortly after its release. The last year or two has seen an uptick in these kinds of concept rappers, taking on new flow styles and experimental beats. This remix is the next step in that direction, with a dissonant beat that OG Maco and 2 Chainz wrap and warp perfectly with their deliveries.

El-P doesn’t do a whole lot for Killer Mike’s intimidation factor, does he?

Run The Jewels have always sort of done things their own way and they’re to be commended for that. This time around they’re releasing Run The Jewels 2 for FREE on October 27th and taking pre-orders for tour dates instead. And you can’t talk about them right meow without mentioning the fact that there is a Kickstarter for a Meow the Jewels album. If it raises $45K in the next month, they’ll re-record the entire album using cat sounds to replace the instrumentals. El-P, you crazy bruh.

In the meantime, holy shit, they released this single from the upcoming album called “Oh My Darlings Don’t Cry” and it’s one of the best I’ve ever heard from them. The whole track is a non-stop journey through filthy space with Captain Killer Mike, escalating at every step along the way. By the time you hit the end you’re left wondering what the fuck just happened.

Look at that f***ing candy kid

There’s something to be said for diving straight into a beat and never looking back. Transgressive Records is releasing a bunch of old and rare tracks from artists on their roster and we were lucky enough to get an early (but very, very good) track from progressive hip hop producer Flume. This is one of the jams that helped him get signed in the first place and it’s easy to see why. I could almost listen to this all day on repeat.

RIP Mike Brown

RIP Mike Brown

There has been some discussion about what role a music blog should play in social issues. The goal of Electric Panda Music is to share great music with people, but sometimes things get too heavy to ignore. Unfortunately, there are a lot of people in this country who aren’t afforded the opportunity to put their head in the sand. J. Cole gives voice to the injustice happening in Ferguson with the release of “Be Free.” This isn’t anything new in America, but maybe this is the time where people say enough is enough.

RIP to Mike Brown, Ezell Ford, Eric Garner, Dillon Taylor and all other victims of police violence. Love to their families and loved ones, may they yet see justice.

Sure. Play it cool, hotshot.

Sure, play it cool, hotshot

Hip hop was originally the domain of the DJ. From the early days of Kool Herc and others, the emcee was just an accessory to the sound. Obviously things changed and over the last 25 years the rapper took the stage as the beginning and end of hip hop. But spitting rhymes is only one part of the musical equation, and it makes me really happy to see that over the last couple of years the producer is re-emerging as an equally significant contributor. A recent example was the Rome and Four Tet collaboration, and now we have another great one from Oddisee and 20syl. Sorry backpackers, but I’ve got your “real hip hop” right here.

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