Days in advance of his post-humous Imperius Rex release (one of the best album titles ever if you know the science), we get Sean Price along with the late Prodigy and Styles P over a minimalist Harry Fraud track. If you were looking for something to Nae Nae to, this is not it, fam. Pre-order the album and cop other merchandise over at Duck Down.
Rare Footage: Me reading the tracklist for Imperius Rex:
In a recent interview with Complex about Andre 3000’s relatively new position as creative director for Tretorn, the interviewer naturally meandered into some questions about the future of 3-Stacks’ rapping career. To the disappointment of many, it doesn’t look good for a brand new OutKast album, let alone a solo LP. He went on to describe rap as more of a “hobby” for him right now, preferring the occasional guest feature to the effort and time it takes to put together an album. However, there was a particular tangent he went on about aging in hip-hop that didn’t quite make sense and which Complex chose to highlight in the subtitle, though the interview is seemingly intended to focus on his career in fashion design.
On the idea of rapping into his later years, Andre 3000 had this to say:
“Rapping is like being a boxer,” André continues. “No matter how great you are or were at a certain time, the older you get, the slower you get—I don’t care who you are. And I can feel that coming on. There’s always a new wave of artists, and sometimes I’m just like, ‘I’m good. I’ll let the young guys do it.’”
How does one go about dropping a major rap album in the crater left by Jay-Z’s recent master-work, 4:44? If you’re Tyler The Creator, you drop a whole other animal entirely, but one that’s similarly brief (at 46 minutes), but with a lot to unpack. Flower Boy is Tyler The Creator’s fourth album and, just to get right to it, a project that will probably mark a pivotal moment in his career, as it’s sure to have people checking for him who weren’t before.
I had to take a beat when I noticed the above shirt in my Instagram feed. I made an active decision to ignore both it and the very disturbing comments section under it. The issuer then reposted the shirt with the following message regarding the previous post:
In the details section of the item page, the company has written the following:
“Designed in response to the senseless killings of people of color BY people of color.” – @ServedFreshLive
DJ Shadow teams up with Danny Brown for another joint off of the DJ’s brand new The Mountain Has Fallen EP, which also features “Systematic” with Nas, that ice-cold surprise banger featured at the end of this past season of Silicon Valley‘s premiere.
Another dope joint from Portland’s Myke Bogan with singer Blossom on the vocals. A couple of days ago, I was put onto a collective making some ill music out of Portland, Oregon under the EYRST Records label that includes Bogan and Blossom featured here as well as The Last Artful, Dodgr and others. If it’s not Portland that’s the city to watch for next up in hip-hop, it’s definitely this particular label, founded by Martell Webster and local producer Neill Von Tally. So far, the attention to detail and quality of the visuals, let alone the music, speak to a sense of wanting to be around for a while, not just going with the grain for a “hot” record.
You can also check out the live Pickathon performance of this song HERE.
Oakland’s Brookfield Duece brings us a track that’s a throwback to when posse cuts were about steel sharpening steel. Over production from Tha Shipmates, everybody in attendance gets busy. Always good to see something dope come out of the Bay (my home).
The awkward feeling when you feel like you should’ve known about an artist a long ass time ago.
I feel that way about the producer and the rapper here, as “Jazz Crimes” is a single from Bone Music, an EYRST Records collaboration between The Last Artful, Dodgr and Neill Von Tally (2015’s Fractures EP being their first). Portland MC The Last Artful, Dodgr (yes, there’s a comma) is an incredibly unique breath of fresh air while still giving you everything from Missy to Bone Thugs to ODB energy at the drop of a dime, and that’s just on this song. Songs like “Foreclosure” reveal her to be a capable MC who can also sing…pretty damn well, too. Get familiar if you’re not.