Kari Faux Shares New Song “While God Was Sleepin’…”

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Why is Kari Faux so criminally underrated? That’s a question i’ve been asking for awhile now. The Little Rock, Arkansas-based rapper/singer released an incredible E.P. last year titled Cry 4 Help, and it was the kind of introspective honesty that needs to be spotlighted more in contemporary music, but hey, it’s no surprise something real slips under the radar, but Faux is doing just fine gaining attention from those yearning for substance. Today she dropped a new single titled “While God Was Sleepin’…” and it is an all-rapped banger that finds Faux reflecting on her vices, her view on people, and her relationship with God. It’s a short track, but it’s impactful nonetheless. You can listen to “While God Was Sleepin’…” below:

Album Review: Denzel Curry & Kenny Beats – UNLOCKED

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Artist: Denzel Curry & Kenny Beats

Album: UNLOCKED

Genre: Hip Hop

Label: PH Recordings

Rating: 7/10

Some rappers and producers just work very well together. You’ve got Murs and 9th Wonder, Freddie Gibbs and Madlib, Killer Mike and El-P, the list goes on and on of matches made in Hip Hop Heaven. Now we can add Denzel Curry and Kenny Beats to that list. Being two well respected artists in contemporary Hip Hop, artists that are about the culture as opposed to exploiting the genre for a quick buck and 15 minutes, it’s no surprise that the two linked up. However, it is a surprise that the two dropped their collaborative album so out of the blue, but their album UNLOCKED is here and it is what you’d probably expect it to be, bars on top of bars over killer beats. This album finds the two having the time of their lives with Kenny Beats providing experimental Boom Bap flavored beats that wouldn’t have sounded out of place backing someone signed to “Definitive Jux” back in the early 2000’s, and Denzel completely flexing his rhyming and free-styling ability while dropping his usual pop culture references, clever wordplay, and odes to his Hop Hop forefathers. On one song he’ll channel DMX, (DIET_) and on another he’ll reference CeeLo Green and Goodie Mob (Pyro leak 2019.) This is the work of two Hip Hop scholars having fun and not caring about a grandiose concept. In the grand scheme of things this album may seem disposable or inessential to some, and that’s completely understandable, it is completely obvious this album was made in 24 hours, but I don’t think the two were shooting for a groundbreaking effort. It was a fun jam session that just so happened to flow cohesively enough to be an album, but if there’s anything we can take from this album besides the fact that Denzel Curry and Kenny beats make that fire is that if the two get together again and take time to fully construct fully fleshed out songs with more direction, then they are a force to be reckoned with. Something tells me this isn’t the last we’ll hear from the duo.

Written By: Steven Sandoval

Felt 3: A Tribute to Rosie Perez Turns 10

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On this day in 2009 Underground Hip Hop supergroup “Felt” released their third album Felt 3: A Tribute to Rosie Perez. The group consisted of rappers Murs and Slug, working with a different producer for each album. Felt 3 is arguably the group’s best album, once again switching their style up thanks to Aesop Rock’s unique production. This album signified the end of an era for Underground Hip Hop. The go to scene for Hip Hop heads who wanted to hear substance, flow, and lyricism as opposed to hearing the mindless stuff that was being played on the radio reigned supreme all throughout the 2000’s, and Felt 3 was almost like an unintentional last hurrah, because let’s face it, the majority of artists in the underground scene didn’t really make anything essential in the next decade, but they made their staple in time and influenced a myriad of younger artists taking the D.I.Y. route. What better way to represent the underground than to feature 3 artists representing 3 essential crews in the scene? Slug represented “Rhymesayers” from Minneapolis, Minnesota, Murs represented “Living Legends” from California, and Aesop Rock represented the now defunct “Definitive Jux” label from New York. 3 different styles colliding but working perfectly together with innovative and at times odd as Hell production and an impeccable back and fourth between Murs and Slug as they range from boastful flow and mature themes, to vivid storytelling. I can’t think of a better album to end an era. Happy Anniversary.

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Danny Brown Shares New Song “3 Tearz” Featuring Run The Jewels and JPEGMAFIA

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Danny Brown is set to release his new album uknowwhatimsayin¿ this Friday on October 4th. Today the Detroit rapper has shared a new song off the upcoming album titled “3 Tearz,” and it features “Run The Jewels” and JPEGMAFIA on production. This follows his previous singles “Dirty Laundry” and “Best Life.” You can listen to “3 Tearz” below:

 

Album Review: JPEGMAFIA – All My Heroes Are Cornballs

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Artist: JPEGMAFIA

Album: All My Heroes Are Cornballs

Genre: Hip Hop/Experimental Hip Hop

Label: EQT Recordings 

Rating: 9/10

What separates JPEGMAFIA from all of the edgelord shitposters whom try to get a rise out of people by being offensive for the sake of being offensive? Well, to a lot of people absolutely nothing, but if you delve deeper into what may come off as surface level shock, you’ll find that there is merit to what Peggy is saying. On his last album Veteran, the album that garnered him acclaim, the Baltimore rapper/producer assaulted the genre of “Hip Hop” by giving us an album that was instrumentally discombobulating with bizarre and abrasive samples and unorthodox song structure, and on top of that he rapped aggressively, getting a rise out of everyone from right-wing extremists to millennial keyboard warriors. This radical delivery prompted a lot of Hip Hop traditionalists to grab their 2Pac and Biggie bibles, and it’s the kind of shaking up the Hip Hop world needs right now. He’s the “Punk” of Hip Hop, and dare I say he’s the “Throbbing Gristle” of Hip Hop? Many of  you are probably thinking “what the Hell is a Throbbing Gristle?” Deemed “the wreckers of civilization,” “Throbbing Gristle” were a band in the late 70’s that made everyone else in the realm of “Experimental” music sound like “ABBA.” They had no interest in making traditional music, instead they were the complete deconstruction of traditional song structure, touching on taboo subjects that left many disturbed and unsettled. They helped birth “Industrial” music, and over 40 years later here we are with a genre called “Industrial Hip Hop,” a genre where JPEGMAFIA fits in quite well, and like “Throbbing Gristle,” Peggy has stated that the whole traditional song structure of verse-chorus-verse-chorus needs to be rejected. I would say he’s on a mission to deconstruct the norms of Hip Hop, but it seems as if his “anti” approach comes out of him naturally, as opposed to having to try hard to go against the grain. So where do you go after a highly successful album such as Veteran puts you on the map? Well, there are two options. You can either play it safe by giving the people what they want and become a gimmick of yourself, or you can progress even further and sharpen your skills by utilizing what makes you great to explore new ideas, and on his new album All My Heroes Are Cornballs Peggy does the latter. This album is still radical, it’s still abrasive, and it’s still instrumentally discombobulating, but there is a bit of maturity believe it or not. Peggy has sharpened his masterful production skills incorporating more melody with atmospheric synths, samples, and even acoustic guitars that appear randomly throughout the tracklist, but at the same time this album is even more anti-structured than Veteran. That isn’t to say this album is without it’s killer choruses. The track “Free the Frail” will make anyone shed a tear with it’s gorgeous chorus and the album’s opener “Jesus Forgive Me, I Am A Thot” has an auto-tuned high note that is hard not to sing along to, and crafting a whole album that throws traditional structure out the window that doesn’t come off as a bunch of noise is no easy feat, and he was able to do this because he himself is a fan. His eclectic taste translates to his music. Everything from creating “Punk Rock” without picking up an instrument on the track “PRONE!” to covering “No Scrubs” on the track “BasicBitchTearGas,” it’s evident that Peggy has an ear for melody as much as he has an ear for abrasion. One thing we need to remind ourselves though, is that Peggy is primarily a student of Hip Hop. To top off his unique production skills, he flows nicely, and much of the lyrics are a lot more thematic and conceptual. There is a recurring “thot” theme, and this can be interpreted as Peggy calling himself a thot, painting a picture of a fictional promiscuous woman, but when he speaks from her perspective it’s almost as if he’s talking about himself, and whether or not he’s using this as a metaphor for being a “thot” for money, materials, and fame is very much open for interpretation. The track “Grimy Waifu” is a lush guitar-driven track that finds Peggy dressing up the track as a love song, but underneath the surface it’s about a gun. He claims that his gun is his waifu, waifu being a term for a fictional anime character that fans have an affection for. This track can be seen as commentary on America’s obsession with guns, and serving in the military, Peggy has experienced firsthand how guns have a lot of power in this country. Following the mixture of topical subject matter, thematic concepts, and his usual braggadocio, the album is summed up with the brutally honest closing track “Papi i Missed U.” Many of this song’s lyrics can be viewed as offensive and insensitive, but Peggy has no interest in sugar-coating or being your non-corrupt hero, which reflects the album’s title All My Heroes Are Cornballs. This speaks on the unrealistic image we create of our so-called heroes. We view celebrities as these untouchable beings when at the end of the day they’re only human like everyone else, humans that aren’t as pristine as we’d like them to be. JPEGMAFIA may not be a traditional celebrity, but his fearlessness, his honesty, and his unique style are exactly what music needs right now, because sometimes we need an artist to make us look at ourselves and realize that we’re all a bit ridiculous.

Written By: Steven Sandoval

Date: 09/16/19

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Denzel Curry & slowthai Share New Song “Psycho”

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Denzel Curry and slowthai have shared a new collaborative track titled “Psycho,” and it’s just as psychotic sounding as you’d expect it to be. Backed by an ominous bass-heavy beat, it’s business as usual for Denzel Curry with his abrasive and unique flow, but slowthai most definitely steals the show with an aggressive verse that reflects Denzel’s energy quite well. Can we just hear a whole collaborative album from these two? The music video is slated to drop this Friday. You can listen to “Psycho” below:

JPEGMAFIA Shares New Song “Jesus Forgive Me, I Am a Thot”

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It’s looking like JPEGMAFIA is teasing a new upcoming album. This morning the experimental rapper shared a brand new song titled “Jesus forgive me, I Am a Thot,” and it’s as uncompromising, loud, off-kilter as you’d expect it to be, but this track does offer an element of “Pop” and an “R&B” inspired auto-tuned hook that somehow fits amidst the chaos. Peggy has also said “The disappointment cums soon. Just a taste before I waste you.” Hopefully that means we’ll be getting a follow-up to last year’s Veteran. You can watch the music video for “Jesus Forgive Me, I Am a Thot” below: