Last week, Chicago’s Chance The Rapper, Saba, and The Social Experiment, debuted a new track called Angels on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

The performance was riveting and refreshing for many reasons, but what really stood out to me was the way Chance put on for his city.

From the footwork (juke dancing), to the local radio shout out and hoodies both he and Saba were wearing (WGCI 107.5 and Power 92 are the main stations in Chicago that play hip hop), the slang (“woo woo this woo wap da bam”), the many references to Chicago culture in the song itself (including a recycled Kanye line and a nod to Chief Keef), and the way Chance speaks on his life as a new father, and the fact that he will never stray far from his roots (“clean up the parks so my daughter will have somewhere to play”, “I’m still at my old church”).

After a deeper listen to the lyrics, I found that at it’s core, the track subtly touches on the very real issue of violence in Chicago, and a widely felt sentiment by many in the city that they have been abandoned by those in power. However, in true Chance style, he chooses to turn this bleak idea on it’s head and has put forth an upbeat song which, despite all its hardship, celebrates and strengthens Chicago.

You can download the track for free on iTunes now (plus, it’s also on Spotify and SoundCloud).

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NEW MUSIC: LOUIE KNUXX

My friend, Auckland-based rapper Todd Williams (aka Louie Knuxx) is looking to release his new album Tiny Hearts within the next month. And now for the really exciting bit – YOU can be a part of ensuring that this project sees the light of day by contributing to his Boosted album campaign.

Here are a few words from Todd:

My third full length project Tiny Warm Hearts will be my best yet, my magnum opus as they say (do they say that?). 

Ten tracks of progressive romance rap brought to life with the assistance of Mzwetwo, Haz Beats, Fortunes and many others oh and YOU! 

You can be a part of NZ rap history, by contributing to my boosted campaign you can ensure this project actually see’s the light of day and attention it deserves.

I always put my music up for free and I would like to keep it that way but it does make it difficult financially when it comes to winding up the process and getting the music mastered, getting the art work done and all those other costs that come into play. Labels and funding bodies don’t get me but my listeners do, this is why I am appealing to you the audience to be apart of this.

What I plan to do to make this interesting for all is document as much of this process as possible. We are looking at releasing the album in mid November and up until that point (and after) I want to document as much of the journey as I can and share it with you. This is exciting for me because I love when artists do that shit.

In addition to this when we hit certain goals I will release things like songs, videos, artwork and a tracklisting, 

Anyhow it does feel a little odd to call on the generosity of your listenership  but I guess this is for the lovely souls who insist on paying for my music even when I tell them to get it for free (which you can do on my Louie Knuxx bandcamp btw).

Thanks so much!

Louie Knuxx

Because the campaign has now reached (and surpassed!) 50%, Louie Knuxx has released a heartfelt and stirring new single, Mercury Plaza.

Check out the single below and if you like what you hear, head over to Boosted to support the cause.

Louie Knuxx is on BandCamp, SoundCloud, Facebook, Twitter & Instagram, and also is part of a killer team who release a weekly podcast called ‘How Not To Be An Asshole’ which you can check out here.

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READ: RYAN HEMSWORTH INTERVIEW FOR ACCLAIM

I interviewed Canadian producer/DJ, Ryan Hemsworth just before his epic performance at Melbourne’s Listen Out festival. Click here to check it out via ACCLAIM magazine.

ACCLAIM mag is on FacebookTwitter, & Instagram

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HAPPY BDAY LORD WILLIN’

Today in 2002, Virginia’s Clipse (brothers Pusha T & No Malice) released their debut album, Lord Willin’.

A special body of work for many reasons, most notably the production, carried out entirely by The Neptunes. (Pharrell Williams & Chad Hugo)

13 years later, this album still bumps – Happy Birthday Lord Willin’!

CLIPSE + NEPTUNES FOREVER

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LISTEN: SHANTAN WANTAN ICHIBAN – KANYE MIX

[Photo via Rolling Stone]

Another one of my favourite mixes via the homeboy Shantan from Sydney. This was originally premiered on Triple J last year to commemorate Kanye’s visit down under.

Regardless of your thoughts on him as a person, Kanye demands respect through his dense and vast body of work. Listen to any of his beats and it is clear there is an unmistakable creativity to the way in which they are created. His knowledge of music is deep, and because of this, his sample selection is expert.

Since his foray into music back in the mid-nineties, he has been responsible for copious musical trends – ie. Speeding up the vocal pitching of a classic soul record? If Kanye didn’t invent that, he certainly popularised it. Because much of his early work reflects this style, digging into the origins of a Yeezy beat uncovers myriad sonic gems.

Not convinced? Check the mix and tracklist below:

Tracklist:

Continent Number 6 – Afromerica
Kanye West – Power (feat. Dwele)
Watch The Throne (Kanye x Jay Z) – Gotta Have It
Ponderosa Twins Plus One – Bound
Kanye West – Bound 2
Eddie Kendricks – Day By Day
Lil Wayne – Let the Beat Build
Dead Prez – Hip Hop
William Bell & Mavis Staples – Strung Out
Cam’ron, Kanye West, & Syleena Johnson – Down and Out
Creative Source – I’d Find You Anywhere
The Game – Wouldn’t Get Far
Talib Kweli Feat. Mos Def, Jay-Z, & Kanye West – Get By (Remix)
Menahan Street Band – Make The Road By Walking
Jay Z – Roc Boys (And The Winner Is…..)
Kanye West – Stronger
Daft Punk – Harder Better Faster Stronger
Kanye West – Paranoid
Michael Jackson – PYT
Kanye West – Good Life
Kanye West – Touch The Sky
Curtis Mayfield – Move On Up
Lenny Williams – Cause I Love You
Twista – Overnight Celebrity

*ALL DAY*

Shantan is on SoundCloud, Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram

[Check out more Kanye samples here, as well as Shantan’s Outkast mix here]

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INTRODUCING: ENOxDIRTY

[Friday night with Eden & Manu]

It’s a freezing Friday night in Auckland City and I’m on Ponsonby Road waiting to meet Eden and Manu aka ENO x DIRTY, Central AK’s latest addition to the thriving New Zealand music scene. Their EP, Easter Eggs & Good Sportsmanship was released last month to resounding, positive feedback. Noisey premiered it stating that the sound was something ‘both familiar and unique.’

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