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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MUSIC

LISTEN: SHANTAN WANTAN ICHIBAN – OUTKAST MIX


With a career spanning two decades, Outkast are stalwarts of the rap game. (I personally have trouble trusting people who don’t listen to them.) As pioneers within hip hop, they championed some of the very first instances of genre fusion, adopting elements of G-funk (first popularised in the West) and mixing that with gritty Southern attitude. If the Pixies are the most influential rock band in the world, Outkast are the reason your favourite rapper picked up a pen. Their impact is immeasurable, and their style ubiquitous. With countless hits across 6 albums, the resume is thick. My homie Shantan from Sydney made this dope mix last year featuring the bangers, as well as some of the lesser-known tracks and verses.

Start your weekend right.

Tracklist

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble – Spottie
Willie Hutch – I Choose You
UGK – International Players Anthem (I Choose You) (Ft. Outkast)
Rich Boy – Throw Some D’s ft. Andre 3000
OutKast – So Fresh, So Clean
Outkast – So Fresh So clean (Locsmif Remix)
Outkast – Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik
TLC – Sumthin’ Wicked This Way Comes Ft Andre 3000
OutKast – ATLiens
Outkast – Last Call (Feat. Slimm Calhoun, Lil’ Jon & The Eastside Boyz, & Mello)
Big Boi – Shutterbug
Outkast / Andre 3000 Roses (Kero One 2014 Remix)
Sleepy Brown feat. Big Boi Margarita feat. Big Boi (Dirty)
Big Boi feat. Little Dragon – “Mama Told Me”
Outkast – Spottieottiedopalicious (Nacey Remix)
Santigold – Creating Kryptonite (Ft. Purple Ribbon All-Stars)
Young Jeezy ft Andre 3000 – I Do
Andre 3000 – Prototype (eSenTRIK Remix)
Janelle Monáe – Tightrope (Feat. Big Boi)
Big Boi – Lanes Ft. A$AP Rocky & Phantogram
Kelis – Millionaire ft Andre 3000
OutKast – B.O.B.

Shantan is on SoundCloud, Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram

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MUSIC, PEOPLE

NEW MUSIC: JONO DAS – ILLUSTRATIONS EP

The latest effort from Auckland-based producer, Jono Das seems to borrow from a vast and deep arsenal of musical influences – Jazz, Latin, Soul, Blues, Psychedelia, and Hip Hop.

His project, aptly titled ‘Illustrations’ combines all of these elements without fault, creating something as visually enriching as it is sonically forthright. Das, who also happens to be an artist, illustrator, graphic designer, and videographer, is no stranger to bringing ideas to life visually, however as of late, prefers to paint songs rather than pictures.

Illustrations is the perfect marriage between earth and space; a fusion of nature and the cosmos.

Listen above and download the project free here.

Jono Das is on SoundCloud, BandCamp, Facebook, & Instagram

 

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