Guilty pleasure. Dope visuals, fun delivery, I’m not mad. HWAH!
Problem traveled up the west coast from L.A. to Seattle and dropped by the KUBE 93 studios to chop it up with us for Sound Session on 9/10/14.
We discussed his background, how he originally started by producing on a PlayStation, how he started rapping for chicks, and how he developed arguably the best ad-lib in rap (WHAT!?!). After talking about his past, he spoke on his upcoming album, “Karma,” and Diamond Lane Music Group’s strategy to make it his biggest release yet. And as you might expect with a passionate LA native, the conversation ended with Problem explaining why Kobe is the greatest Laker of all time and who’s better, Kobe or MJ.
Big shout to Problem and all of Diamond Lane Music Group, plus the First Ladies for shooting/editing!
Y’all need to peep the Broods album that drops 10/7 called Evergreen. Very dope music. If you’re sleeping, here’s a taste with their breakup themed video for “Never Gonna Change.”
These are the kinds of songs that simply put Shad on a level that few other artists can touch. Truly next level in his message and his delivery. Wow.
Words from the director, Justin Broadbent:
“The death of music is similar to the death of visual art. The online, numb, browsing experience has (naturally) started to effect the current state of art. We’ve become a Tumblr’d culture, over Googled, educated and bored in 4 seconds or shorter.
“I made a non-music video for Shad’s “Progress”. It’s a website. It’s a comment on the state of art and also maybe the only video that could attach to such an intensely accurate and poignant song for our generation. It is like the movie credits to now. Tumblr on.”
MNEK (and the UK) wins again. This kid is super talented.
UK R&B is killing ours right now. Here’s a new one from Sinead Harnett, who you may have heard on Disclosure’s album, produced by Snakehips, who are murking everything they touch right now. Fire.
Souled Out drops Tuesday and I’m really interested to see how it performs. I’d love to see an artist like Jhene breakthrough on the mainstream level and with the success of “The Worst,” a lot of folks are checking for her right now. This album will likely determine if she can get up to that star level, but either way, the music continues to be dope…and that’s the most important thing.
I mentioned this on Twitter when Mac Miller’s last mixtape, Faces, dropped, but I’m kinda worried for dude. He’s really talented (people sleep on the production skills too), but he seems to be in a pretty dark place. You can’t go more than a few bars on the tape without hearing a drug reference and while he’s always been on that vibe, it seems excessive…and dangerous…lately.
That said, the music is still quality, as evidenced by “Diablo.” Truthfully, I’m all in on any beat that samples “In A Sentimental Mood,” but Mac’s rhymes are on point here too. This one line seems to sum up what may have brought Mac to this dark place though: “the industry a lie, all the promises were hollow.”
When you start going through the list of producers that also rhyme on the mic, you’ll actually come up with more names than you might expect. That said, our homey Black Milk is definitely right there near the top of the list. Milk’s been dropping great music for years now and we always enjoy catching up with one of our favorites when he comes through town.
On this appearance on Sound Session, he spoke specifically on his peers that both rap and produce, and the advantages that handling everything yourself affords you as a MC. He’ll continue to take matters into his own hands by releasing If There’s A Hell Below on his own Computer Ugly label later in the year, and Milk talked in depth about the project, including revealing his guests. Other topics included the state of mainstream rap production over the years, the temptation of compromising his sound and how he stays true, his desire to work with Earl Sweatshirt, and more.
Shout to Black Milk, Rosalinda, and the First Ladies. What up doe!
Think a female version of The Weeknd, minus the drugs and with a stronger voice. No idea how she became involved with Tyga’s label (seems random), but I really like what I’ve heard from Esty so far. Be sure to cop her EP here if you haven’t already.