*books beach vacation ASAP*
This is flames.
Kelela’s upcoming EP, Hallucinogen, drops on May 5th.
This has been my theme song so far in 2015.
A year ago, I was about to move to Los Angeles to pursue an ESPN role in sales. At the last moment, Amazon swooped in out of nowhere and convinced me to stay in Seattle to work on their digital music team. While the job was a great one and the people were awesome, I could tell early on that ESPN was really where I belonged and I was anxious to get back. I thought it might be years down the line, but then I got the call to rejoin the Worldwide Leader In Sports with the opportunity of a lifetime. They sent me to London for the year to work in our office here and it’s already been a life changing experience. Sometimes I’ll be out exploring London and just randomly think to myself…”I’m waaaaaaaay up, I feel blessed!”
“there’s so much more in this world than just blowin’ up in rap”
Sol’s been one of the standout artists in the Pacific Northwest for years and has steadily built a growing fanbase all over the world, but many have been wondering where he’s been recently. Well, wait no more. Zilla is back with a double single release, “People / Pages,” and here are the excellent visuals for the former. Cop the tracks right here!
If you follow me on my socials, you’ve probably noticed that I’m out in London for my ESPN day job and while I’m here, I’m really trying to explore as much as I can, both geographically and culturally. I’m getting put up on some really good music left and right, and here’s a track that kind of floored me on first listen. George The Poet is just that, a spoken word artist from London, who puts some of his pieces to music and the results are incredible.
Here’s the video for “Cat D,” a title that most folks in the States won’t understand (myself included, until it was explained to me). Category D is a term used to describe damage a vehicle sustained in an accident, before it was rebuilt/refurbished. D is the most extreme, meaning the vehicle may look new, but it was heavily damaged at one point. Watch the video to see how George extends the metaphor brilliantly.
New visuals off the most slept on album of 2014, Anderson Paak’s Venice. What are you waiting for, cop that!
It’s early, but I’ll make two statements I’m pretty confident will end up being true: this is one of the best songs of 2015 and Joey’s B4DA$$ is one of the best albums of the year. J. Cole at the end of 2014 and now Joey, Lupe, Drake, and soon to be Kanye and Kendrick to kick off 2015. Not too shabby…
btw, Dilla and The Roots on the beat!
Man…Kwabs has one of the most powerful voices around. It gives you chills, quite literally in this video for “Perfect Ruin,” shot beautifully in a sub-zero location. Captures the song wonderfully…
Another guilty pleasure alert (shout to Fetty Wap). I dunno, there’s just something about the record that I like, but content-wise, it’s the same ol’. For ignorant times, make it
Suntory Chinx Drugz time.
To me, this is the best record that showcases Sam’s voice on In The Lonely Hour. I still get chills at a few parts of this track. Powerful vocals.