It’s been a busy week here, so apologies for the delay on the latest episode of SNSS. Lots of good music on this episode from artists like Action Bronson, J. Cole, ASAP Rocky, Lloyd Banks, Yo Gotti, Tinashe, Childish Gambino, Made In Heights, The Game, Cormega, OnCue, Aloe Blacc, and more, but I must admit, the most enjoyable part of my week was checking out the Drake tour.
It’s pretty clear to me that as big as some of these other artists are, it’s Kanye and Drake at the top…and then everyone else. Nobody else has the popularity, artistry, and quality like those two. Drake’s a great live performer, with better breath control and enunciation than most of the backpack rappity rap rappers that try to criticize him (or at least their fans do). He also has hits…an astonishing number of hits…for someone’s who’s only been releasing music for a little over 5 years now. He shut down the arena and didn’t even do about 30 records he could have. Impressive.
Anyway, in more important and serious news, our deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of a longtime fixture in the Seattle hip-hop community, Byrdie. While he passed away last week, his music will live on and it’s clear that everyone in the scene here cherishes the memories they have with him. I only knew him a little bit, since he was most active while I was at college in California, but I remember him being one of the first artists from the town that I played on my college radio show. I was always excited to hear new music from him and it’s unfortunate his illness didn’t allow him to release more material. RIP Byrdie.
Show #442 (12-1-13)
- Byrdie – “B.Y.R.D.I.E.” (Local Music) (Throwback of the Week)
- Step Brothers (Evidence & Alchemist) – “Step Masters”
- Action Bronson & Party Supplies – “The Don’s Cheek”
- Justin Timberlake ft. J. Cole, ASAP Rocky, & Pusha T – “TKO (Black Friday Remix)”
- Schoolboy Q – “Man Of The Year”
- Yo Gotti ft. T.I. – “King Sh*t”
- Lloyd Banks – “Lead The Blind”
- Tinashe ft. Travis Scott – “Vulnerable”
- Jhene Aiko – “The Worst”
- Drake – “Come Thru”
- Childish Gambino – “Telegraph Ave”
- MeLo-X – “A Tree Must Be A Tree”
- Made In Heights – “Death” (Local Music)
- Gabriel Teodros ft. Sarah MK – “Black Love” (Local Music)
- Kenautis Smith & Black Spade – “Lay It Down”
- Aloe Blacc – “Love Is The Answer”
- Black Milk ft. Mel – “Interpret Sabotage”
- Owuor Arunga ft. DadaBass & Felicia Loud – “Black As They Come” (Local Music)
- The Game – “Breakfast With Al Pacino”
- Pusha T ft. Pharrell – “S.N.I.T.C.H.”
- Cormega ft. Raekwon – “Honorable”
- OnCue ft. Sonny Shotz – “Anything’s Real, Pt. 2”
- Shad – “Thank You”
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