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uknowwhatimsayin¿ – [Danny Brown]

Danny Brown’s brand new album uknowwhatimsayin¿ is the sound of the Detroit rap artist settling into a new chapter in his life. It’s been three years since the release 2016’s Atrocity Exhibition: an off the wall rap record that has proved to be a standout from the decade due to its erratic nature, dark topical focus, and ability to push boundaries to a point where it can’t quite be classified at times.  Most have been wondering since then, how does one follow up an album like Atrocity Exhibition? Based on the singles he has released in 2019, along with his new record’s cover art and his overall appearance, all signs pointed towards a Danny that is in a better place than ever. And now after hearing uknowwhatimsayin¿ in full, that is further exemplified, as this is Danny having his most fun in years. Of course, Danny’s rapping is on point as always, and the production is top tier here, with credits from Q-Tip, Paul White, JPEGMAFIA, Flying Lotus, Thundercat, and more. Something else that stands out from this record are some extremely well-placed features, from Blood Orange to JPEGMAFIA. The JPEGMAFIA contributions in particular need to be mentioned, mostly due …

cliff – [Brevin Kim]

Still changing by the minute, the internet is a fascinating environment for music to exist in. Having removed the barrier of entry that we recognize as conformity, there now exists a time and a place for just about every kind of artist, no matter how experimental. Take, for example, the recent success stories of 100 gecs and JPEGMAFIA. Without sacrificing the integrity of their left-field artistic visions, each of the two have found unconventional success on their own terms, paving the way for other abstract artists to do the same in the years to come. Today, ready and roaring with the creative ambition to forge their path in a similar way, brotherly duo Brevin Kim is here with their brand new project, cliff. Just 4 tracks long, cliff is the kind of release that doesn’t take listeners’ attention for granted. Every second of the project is maximized with vibrant bursts of energy, and speaking to my favorite element of this one, cliff finds an unmatched balance between well-structured songwriting and unpredictable turns, constantly approaching from all directions. As a result, the duo’s latest provides a crowning example of music that doesn’t exist just to exist. Rather, instead of taking up room in …

All My Heroes Are Cornballs – [JPEGMAFIA]

JPEGMAFIA’s new album All My Heroes Are Cornballs is finally here, and it is without a doubt an album of the year contender.  Cornballs proves that the sky’s the limit for Peggy. He reaches into pockets no one knew existed and pulls out sounds that shouldn’t work together, bringing together elements from genres ranging from noise to glitch hop and combining everything into a sound that is unique to him.  Lyrically, he’s blunt as ever, telling it like it is, and only like it is, and every track on here is full of quotables. His cadence and delivery is dynamic as ever, as he fits into every track with ease despite the way that these tracks will switch up on a dime.   Only time will tell how this stacks up to the 2018 standout Veteran, but this new record is the most cutting edge and off the wall form of JPEGMAFIA yet. All My Heroes Are Cornballs genius will appear even further with repeated listens, but it is already apparent that it’s something special. Enough talking though, check out the album for yourself on Spotify below and all other platforms here!

Beta Male Strategies – [JPEGMAFIA]

The final disappointment that JPEGMAFIA has been teasing for months is finally in sight. In just two days, fans everywhere will be able to hear his new record All My Heroes Are Cornballs in full. Before that though, Peggy has given us another single from the album, titled “Beta Male Strategies”, keeping up the trend of having the best track titles in the game. As the name implies, Peggy goes at haters of his that talk shit about him on the internet, rapping about the fact that they wouldn’t say any of the things in person that they say to him on social media, and just overall he picks apart the way they operate behind a screen. Production-wise, this track is pretty abstract, which isn’t anything new for Peggy. Despite the lack of heavy-hitting drums, the song still goes hard, with a powerful delivery from Peggy and a fierce guitar melody that is introduced about halfway through the track. On the front and back end of the song is a soul-sample based beat that eases listeners in and out of the track. With two singles as strong as these, All Me Heroes Are Cornballs is sure to be an album …

Dirty Laundry – [Danny Brown]

Danny Brown is quite the character. More than that though, he’s one of the most talented that rap has to offer, and he refuses to be put into one box, which he displays once again on his new single, “Dirty Laundry”. His new album uknowhatimsayin¿ is set to drop on October 4th, three years after the monumental Atrocity Exhibition released back in 2016.  This new single is slightly more toned down than a bulk of what was heard on Atrocity Exhibition, but still features Danny’s ear for creativity and his ability to push the ball forward. The beat on here, courtesy of Q-Tip, features some wonky quirks in the production that match Danny’s delivery perfectly. Danny comes through with some of his funniest bars yet, along with great wordplay, as he raps his ass off for the whole track, all the while showing off his hilarious personality in the visuals down below. It’s pretty safe to expect nothing short of greatness from Danny Brown at this point, and this new single proves it. Be on the lookout uknowhatimsayin¿ next month, which features Blood Orange, Run The Jewels, JPEGMAFIA, and more, and stream “Dirty Laundry” here. Directed by Simon Cahn

Wassup Phonies – [Danger Incorporated]

While I’ll save the bigger conversation for a later date, it needs to mentioned that the rise of acts such as JPEGMAFIA, 100 gecs, and Danger Incorporated speak a great deal about the condition of music in the age of the internet. With more bandwidth for just about any kind of music to gain momentum, fans are taking chances on experimental, left-of-center acts, and the result is a refreshing surge of boundary-pushing music. Today, capturing this momentum en route to their forthcoming album, Danger Incorporated is here to share a brand of new single, “Wassup Phonies.” Upon my first few listens of the song, I immediately came to somewhat of a realization; Danger Incorporated has created a prosperous lane that quite honestly, no other artists exist in. They’re the exact embodiment of “one-of-a-kind,” and while tracks like “Wassup Phonies” certainly fall in line with some of the group’s past work, they certainly don’t stop pushing the needle forward. Rather, Danger Incorporated is constantly evolving and growing, developing a loyal following of Danger Boys along the way. Accordingly so, between the looming intensity of the deliveries and the sheer force of the guitar-based instrumentation, “Wassup Phonies” is a perfect way to continue …

Awake – [Tkay Maidza] ft. [JPEGMAFIA]

Next time you’re awake at 3:00 AM with seemingly no sight of falling asleep, you’ll have to take Tkay Maidza and JPEGMAFIA’s new collaborative track, entitled “Awake”, for a spin. I can’t say it will help your cause of catching some z’s (if anything, this high energy track will keep you up), but at least you’ll be able to resonate with this track knowing that you aren’t alone.  It only takes about twenty seconds to realize that this track is a smash. The blistering bass, along with Tkay’s commanding delivery on the hook makes for nothing short of a hit. To top it all off, JPEGMAFIA, who just dropped one of the best singles of the year, is featured on the track, and absolutely kills his verse, bringing his signature energy to the song and adding to its late-night intensity. The bass-powered production and lively Peggy feature is reminiscent of Denzel Curry’s “Vengeance” , and I highly recommend fans of that track to check this one out. Don’t sleep on this banger, check it out on Spotify here, and view the jarring visuals, which features an alternate ending, down below!

Jesus Forgive Me, I Am a Thot – [JPEGMAFIA]

It’s officially JPEGMAFIA season. If you’ve been keeping tabs on the Baltimore-native recently, you would know he’s been teasing a “disappointment” for quite some time now, and quite the “disappointment” his new offering, titled “Jesus Forgive Me, I Am a Thot”, is. In all seriousness, the new track is phenomenal, which shouldn’t be a surprise at this point, considering that Peggy is one of the most creative and cutting-edge rap artists to rise out of the past decade. While the song will switch up on a dime, it’s his vocals that are providing the most variation, proving his versatility more than ever on a single track. The production becomes noisy when Peggy is screaming his heart out, and spacey when he belts out his sweet auto-tune vocals on the song’s refrain, which I personally can’t get out of my head: “you better count your blessings for REEEEAALLL.” What remains consistent at the core of this track is an off-kilter piano melody that serves as a foundation for the track. It’s pretty addictive and proves to be the only thing listeners can rely on being there for them throughout the track’s two and a half minutes, as warping synthesizers and heavy …

Read Frank Ocean’s New Interview with Dazed Magazine

Frank Ocean isn’t an artist I can always expect new music from, and for that reason, I don’t. For one, he’s completely on his own schedule, and takes the time he needs to perfect his craft. Along with that, I’m still spinning the two albums he dropped in 2016, Blonde and Endless, as if they came out yesterday, being that they haven’t aged even a second. So as great as new music would be, I’m not too hard pressed on it because of who Frank is, and I don’t like to get my hopes up. However, that doesn’t mean we should count out any and all new content from Frank, and this is proven again today, as his new cover story with Dazed Magazine has been released. He is questioned by a number of performance artists like John Waters, Janet Mock, and Billy Porter, but also receives a couple of questions from contemporary hip hop artists like JPEGMAFIA and Matt Ox. He is asked dozens of questions, ranging from his infamous record deal fiasco to the perfect swimming pool environment. Frank is also asked if he is a futurist or nostalgic, and even hints at the idea that a Channel Orange vinyl may be released in …

Injury Reserve – [Injury Reserve]

We’ve been hearing “Injury Reserve Coming Soon” for months now, and the day that we can finally listen to their self-titled album in full is here. Earlier this week, I wrote a piece highlighting everything the group has done so far including the singles in support of this album, what makes the group so great, and how committed they are to their craft. I’m happy to say that the group delivered with their latest release, as expected. The production on this project is layered, diverse, and pulls from a variety of genres. Elements of noise are heard on the hard-hitting second half of “What a Year It’s Been”, there’s some early 2000’s sounding production on the quirky “Gravy n’ Biscuits”, and “Best Spot In The House” features some glitchy and atmospheric production. “GTFU”, track three, is a journey in and of itself. It opens with a hard-hitting and raw, stripped-down beat, along with intense verses from Cakes Da Killa and Ritchie along with additional vocals from JPEGMAFIA that add a sense of chaos to the track. Before long though, the song transitions into this mystical soundscape backdropping a couple of brutally honest verses from Groggs and Ritchie. “Rap Song Tutorial” …