MUSIC

SONG OF THE WEEK

Glittery UK production duo Snakehips have joined forces with Canadian Singer/Rapper Tory Lanez for the latest #songsfromscratch collaboration. While staying close to their dreamy, synth-heavy roots, Snakehips show off their skill and diversity by offering a harder-than-usual R&B beat for the half rapping, half singing Tory to flex on.

This song goes off – Shout out to my boy Andy for sharing.

[Watch a behind the scenes video here]

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ART/LIFESTYLE, MUSIC

5 THINGS TO DO TODAY

WATCH: Keith Ape – It G Ma

This video raises so many unanswerable questions in my mind and heart – Who are these people? Where did they come from? How does this video not have more views? Whose apartment is this? How do they afford such epic clothing/jewellery? What are they even saying?

Why will I never be this cool?!

LISTEN: Leon Bridges

25 year old Texan, Leon Bridges, is the reincarnation of Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, and everything else good and beautiful about 1960s soul. What a striking voice. (Thanks Man Repeller for this recommendation!)

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MUSIC

A SOUTHERN UPRISING

It’s no secret that as far as Hip Hop music and the culture as a whole is concerned, the South goes off. Always has; always will. That said, every region in turn seems to get their time at the top and evolution within hip hop is not only constant, its quick. The last few years have seen a huge rise in the relevance of Midwest rap – particularly in Chicago – largely thanks to a gentleman named Sosa and his associates (or ex-associates? I can’t keep up with the beef) Fredo Santana, Young Chop, Katie Got Bandz, and the various “Lils” – Durk, Bibby, Herb, Reese and so on.

On the same side of town but with a sound so different they could be from another planet, you’ve got Chance the Rapper and his buddy Vic Mensa doing big things and proving that there are multiple stories to be told within the confines of one city. This year’s XXL Freshman Cover reflected this massive Midwest moment with 4 of the 12 artists hailing from South Chicago.

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