We’ll find Freddie Gibbs on plenty of loopy, hissing beats when Piñata finally drops next month, and he’s never very far from apocalyptic trap fare, but Cookin’ Soul’s clean soul beat on “Thug Till It’s Over” suits Gibbs particularly well. Cache of bonus cuts after the break. (more…) Sphere: Related Content
A nice surprise in December was the 777 compilation from L.A.’s Hit+Run crew featuring a swath of the city’s most exciting beatmakers. Deep breath: Mono/Poly, Jeremiah Jae, Zeroh, Kutmah, Gonjasufi, J.Rocc, Dibia$e, Ras G, Gaslamp Killer, Computer Jay, and Knx. Come for the progressive beats, stay for the latent Jewishness —..
Not gonna lie, I’ve never paid much attention to Nocando, Open Mike Eagle, Busdriver, and their Los Angeles ilk. But their collective Hellfyre Club compilation Dorner vs. Tookie surprised me with one of my favorite tracks of last year. “Fabian Cortez” by Rheteric Ramirez and Nocando is a strange animal. The track..
In October, Coca-Cola commissioned fashion designer Darren Romanelli (DRx) to make “a capsule collection of pieced-together retro Coke clothing found at flea markets and in vintage stores around the world.” Still with me? They also tapped Alchemist to make this track to with it, in which Al flips vintage Coke..
Shout out to rappers who aren’t friends with Gwyneth Paltrow. Don’t Drink The Kool Aid was one of my favorite rap albums of 2013 for its casual vibe. It’s like the kids banging on the desks grew up and got jobs, but kept the same fun, scrappy approach to rap but now..
Baltimore beats: producer MoGiLLah serves a beat tape that veers from chaotic to smooth and back again with fresh ideas the whole way through. Shades of J Dilla. A personal favorite is “Sound Garden” which sparkles but cuts and loops on some hip-hop shit. The Harbor by MoGiLLaH Sphere: Related..
I struck SoundCloud gold when I found this. Producer Swarvy created a beautiful, chaotic beat for the Stones Throw Beat Battle, where aspiring producers make beats from preselected samples and share the results on the Stones Throw forums. “Shiver” is even more impressive when you consider that it stands out..