In a world where Chicago has one of the highest violent crime rates in the country, and turds like Chief Keef are at the top of the city’s rap game, it’s refreshing to hear someone like Chance the Rapper step to the mic. Teaming up with Nosaj Thing (one of my favorite producers, check him out), he brings some realness on this jam – a hidden track of his mixtape Acid Rap. Just don’t call it conscious rap, this is some good kid, m.A.A.d. City shit.
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You know who Purity Ring is. We don’t have to do that whole song and dance. Their debut album Shrines was one of our favorite albums of 2013 and just a few months ago they released this surprisingly (well, not so surprisingly) INCREDIBLE cover of Soulja Boy’s “Grammy.” Typically when the whole indie-band-covers-rapper thing goes down it’s very tongue in cheek, but in this case we have a laughably ironic track turned into something vulnerable and pretty. The cover has received so much traction that it makes regular appearances at live shows and fits in seamlessly with their repertoire.
After posting some indie tracks on the lighter end of the spectrum I feel like we’ve earned a banger post here. And holy shit do we ever have a banger. Trap beat duo TNGHT, the rising collaboration of Lunice and Hudson Mohawke and recent Kanye West BFFs, have dropped an absolute bomb here with “Acrylics.” The kind that lures you with a smooth complexity and then DROPS THE FUCKING WORLD ON YOUR FACE LIKE OH MY GOD. And while it’s hard to sell a sound like that through writing (considering the same principle is used to describe just about any heavy hitting “EDM” track), the track will speak for itself.
Seriously, oh. my. god… Thizz faaaaaace. This is some nasty shit!
File this one under “rap music for white people” but you won’t hear me complaining. Off his just released Phases mixtape, “Sideways” by Skizzy Mars marries indie nightclub-worthy electro pop fuzz with proper dork rap and a catchy, affirming hook. It feels more anthemic with each passing listen.
This isn’t the best time for new music popping up as most the industry is in a SXSW hangover, but Queen Bey clearly gave no fucks when she dropped this massive track yesterday. It isn’t clear if this is a 2-single mix or the whole track but what cannot be denied is this is the trillest we’ve heard her yet. Maybe all the recent Baauer madness led her to get trap nasty – but she’s from Texas and the South had a stranglehold on trap before white producers ever got their hands on it so I’m not going to place my bets on that just yet. Either way, hot damn. Bow down, bitches!