Untamed is a mild alternative to adlib-heavy Southern rap. They have more in common with Freddie Gibbs than Waka Flocka; that is, they can actually rap. Grab The 6 Day Equation below and don’t forget about Street Solid.
Jamie XX last blew our minds back in February when he teamed up with Gil Scott-Heron. He’s been busy since then putting out an Essential Mix with BBC’s Radio 1 (posted below) and dropping one of the best mixes I’ve heard in a while for FACT magazine. It’s 32 minutes of awesome that fits into pretty much anything I do in my daily routine so I highly suggest you fit it into yours. Jamie XX starts off this mix with crazy ominous bass that probably scares my neighbor and progressively picks up until he starts getting dirty with his beats around the 14:00 mark and then it just turns into a straight up dance party towards the end.
Filed under rappers who don’t look like rappers. Lushlife raps like he’s Inspectah Deck’s scrappy younger brother, but looks like a severe breed of hipster that would shock and confuse your dad the first time he dropped you off at NYU. On “The Romance of the Telescope,” Lushlife ignores the obvious route of his tie-dye, vegan beat (a dreamy sample of British synthpop group OMD) and raps about worldly things like dice games and basketball teams. “Cinder block rap,” he calls it. But listen closely and you’ll catch some deep musings in there, Instagram caption type shit.