“Did You Miss Me” is a natural follow up to “Hot Sex and Cold Wine” and boasts one of Yung Clova’s strongest appearances. The contrast of delicate piano and booming 808s just agrees with his whispered cadence. G-Side don’t need to venture too far left to make great music.
It always felt to me like everybody was fronting and acting bigger than what they actually were. For me to be around them, it looked like I was doing the same thing. Let’s say you sitting in a room and you know you washed your ass today. Picture you sitting there and a bunch of funky niggas is in there with you. Now a chick walks in. When she walks in, all she see is a bunch of funky niggas.
Freddie Gibbs’ signing to Young Jeezy hasn’t prevented him from working with artists like Joker, but Gibbs and Jeezy’s songs together have all fallen short of Gibbs’ standards. “On My Shit” with CTE artist 2Eleven reverses that trend with both artists giving their very best double time flows. “On My Shit” will appear on 2Eleven’s Product of the Block 2 mixtape.
Producer Quelle Chris’ album Shotgun & Sleek Rifle is due out November 15 with appearances by Danny Brown, Roc Marciano, House Shoes, and Big Tone. In other words, a concentrated shot of ice pick/brass knuckle rap.
It takes a lot to get my lazy ass out of the house. A DJ Premier set and free french fries constitutes a lot.
Re:Generation is a documentary in which five DJs collaborate with artists well outside their respective genres. DJ Premier worked with Nas on a song with the Berklee School of Music Orchestra, Pretty Lights worked with Leann Rimes and Ralph Stanley, the Crystal Method worked with Martha Reeves on an R&B song, and Mark Ronson went to New Orleans to record a jazz song with the Dap Kings, Trombone Shorty, Erykah Badu, and Mos Def.
Director Amir Bar-Lev and DJ Premier appeared at an event last night in New York to debut the trailer, an extended version of the one that’s already online. There was booze and hors d’oeuvres (mini-burgers and boxes of fries from Pop Burger) and Bar-Lev and Premo participated in a Q&A where they talked about how making the movie increased their appreciation of music of all genres.
In the spirit of the night’s eclecticism, Premier played a set spanning Ann Peebles, Paul Simon, and A Tribe Called Quest. He played an unfinished version of the song he made for the movie. Often, when rappers do projects like these, they put on airs because they’re in the same room as a cellist. But the track still sounded Premo-ish and not too self-important. A wave of content hit the crowd when Premo dropped “Unbelievable” and went into some of his classics. A fun night, if a little bougie.
The asian-american electronic juggernaut known as the Far East Movement is back for another go around. This time recruiting the M.I.A. endorsed & Baltimore raised Rye Rye to the sing the hook on this track off their next album (dropping next year). FEM has carved out a nice little formula of synths, bass, chopped up catchy hook that you can’t get out of your head. If I was a betting man, rappers are going to stop hopping on this track to add verses with the quickness. When the album drops, it will feature RedOne, David Guetta, Bangladesh, wil.i.am, The Stereotypes.
Oh, and if Oprah can dance to Black Eyed Peas, watch her jam to this.
The Roots always have great singles and they tend to pick guests that are both buzzed about and talented. They got a verse from Wale for “Rising Up” back when he was positioned to be the next big thing and they got Big K.R.I.T. for “Make My,” where he atones for the rap star lifestyle. K.R.I.T. shows his gentler side that appears on songs like “Dreamin,” but that he can’t bring to Tity Boi songs. Black Thought doesn’t put as much feeling into his verse and has some out of place lines like “Praying like a mantis.” Touching.
Hubert Daviz’ Proceduri De Rutina is one of my favorite instrumental albums. It’s 30 minutes of bold but intuitive Romanian jazz flips, the kind of beautifully esoteric project that makes beat heads swoon. He has a new album with his fellow German Hulk Hodn dropping October 21 (November 4 digital), but in the interim, here’s his mellowed out remix of Grand Puba’s “A Little Of This.”