King Pervert is back at it.
Sex Quest 3 coming soon.
[Listen to Sex Quest 1 & 2 here.]
RTJ’s latest visual effort accompanies their frantic and bouncy track Close Your Eyes (And Count To F**k) and like much of their output, is a distinct political statement.
This completely black and white video beautifully illustrates the futility of violence; A powerful message made even more poignant by its 2 main characters – the white cop, and the young black man. Run The Jewels have been key players in the ongoing debate within music/culture about race and police brutality. (Kendrick even mentions Killer Mike on his track Hood Politics from To Pimp A Butterfly)
The video is confronting for all the right reasons.
Listen to RTJ2 in full here.
Widely regarded as one of the best lyricists under 25, Earl Sweatshirt’s participation in the rap game is equal parts unwavering, and low-key.
Since his return to music in 2012, Earl has carved out a lane all his own. His lyrics are terrifyingly honest, introspective, and while often dark, there is always an underlying glimmer of hope which seems to reveal itself through Earl’s stark awareness of his own potential.
His latest release, Grief continues in a similar vein to work from his last album, Doris. The haunting, slow, and lo-fi production paired with his dense, frenzied raps is the perfect marriage. This is the leading single from his upcoming album, I DON’T LIKE SH*T, I DON’T GO OUTSIDE, dropping next week.
The black and white video, [presumably] filmed on a thermal imaging camera, picks up on heat rather than light. It depicts a troubled Earl gliding through various scenes, people at every turn but unable to shake the overwhelming feeling of loneliness and isolation.
Check the track list below, and pre-order the album here:
5. Off Top
6. Grown Ups [ft. Dash]
7. AM // Radio [ft. Wiki]
9. Dna [ft. Na’kel]
10. Wool [ft. Vince Staples]
Love him or hate him, Kanye West understands culture. He understands that in order to shift culture and veer public minds into futuristic thinking, you must take risks. He understands that if you want to connect with the youth, you need to use the youth; learn from the youth.
These last two months have been intriguing as we have watched him make his return to music with four very different sonic offerings – First it was the stripped back, melodic, and heart-wrenching Only One featuring an emotional Kanye singing, with Sir Paul McCartney on the keys.
He followed that with another McCartney assisted track, FourFiveSeconds, this time adding Rihanna’s fiery vocals to juxtapose the simplicity of the folk-infused instrumental.
New York rapper Wavy Spice has gone through something of a rebirth in the last couple of years, releasing her latest EP, Metallic Butterfly in 2014 under the pseudonym, Princess Nokia. Known to the government as Destiny Frasqueri, Metallic Butterfly is a collaboration between Destiny and fellow New Yorker; Producer OWWWLS.
This project is equal parts earthy and other-worldly. It is soulful, reflective, digital, cosmic, and three-dimensional. It represents an important shift into a new realm for Destiny and her music, a place of supreme divinity, intelligence, exploration, and empowerment.
Watch the breathtaking visuals above (directed by Destiny and Milah Libin) for her latest single, Young Girls in which Princess Nokia pays homage to her fertility, strength, and womanhood.
I can’t think of a better way to return to the scene after a short hiatus than this heart-warming video depicting some quality time in Philly with the rapper and his incredible, vibraphone playing Grandfather.