Every connection in life is based off energy and vibrations. It is exactly these things that connect you to music unconsciously. Depending on what's in your headphones, it can either get you hype or mellow you out. As you listen to a song, it might take you to a place remiscent of past love or remind you of a better time. Detroit-Producer, Soundboy, embodies that concept and leaves it all out the floor with the new single "What My Soul Sees" off his upcoming EP "Vibrations". The EP will be released in the form of a weekly series presented by VibeHaus every Wednesday. This week's release features an amazing vocalist by the name of Claire Reneé and surprisingly, a verse from Soundboy himself. Not often known for rhyming abilities, he glides over the instrumental with ease. Take a listen and tell us what you think.
In case you don't know, this week the Dog Man was found unconscious in his hotel in Yonkers, New York seemingly from an Asthma Attack (don't believe the bullshit about a drug overdose). His condition has stabilized and he is resting with his ex-wife, Tashera Simmons. So this Thursday is for Mr. Earl Simmons. Get well soon X!
"From Roaches to Butterflies" would be the title of my book on the life of Tyler the Creator if it was written today.
Tomorrow marks the five-year anniversary of Tyler releasing 'Yonkers' on YouTube for the world to see. I still vividly remembering being in my dorm room during my sophomore year, sitting at a table watching it for the first time. I had to run the video back again and again, to soak up what I had truly just witnessed. A skinny African-American kid with a Supreme box logo hat was discussing a range of topics from therapy, to Adventure Time, to his disdain for the song 'Airplanes', while simultaneously eating a roach and eventually hanging himself.
While the song and video where both dark and brooding, I couldn't help but revel in the fact that this was a breath of fresh air in hip-hop. At that moment, I was a fan of Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All.
Watching Tyler the Creator and the rest of OF grow over the years has been a wonderful ride. But even at the moment I first laid eyes on the 'Yonkers' video, I knew Tyler, an almost no-name at the time, was going to be the biggest artist out of that group (sorry, Frank).
I could go on for paragraphs about his accomplishments, but his directing has always been the facet of his persona I have loved most. Under the moniker, "Wolf Haley", Tyler has put out some of the most shocking, meaningful, and quality videos in recent music history. From 'She', to 'Rella', to 'Sam Is Dead', to 'Glowing', Wolf Haley has hit on so many levels of human consciousness with his eye for hyper-realistic situations.
In his latest video 'Perfect', which features DMV/Colombian artist, Kali Uchis, and frontman of Slow Hollows, Austin Feinstein, Tyler is at a point in his life where butterflies more appropriately represent him than a cockroach. The contrast of colors alone is enough to draw the eye, as the sultry voice of Kali melts your heart over production easily recognized as Tyler's own, and a smooth transition into the slow melody of Austin's guitar round out this beautiful love ballad.
Manhattan artist Skizzy Mars is ramping up for his upcoming tour to promote his debut album Alone Together. In the midst of tour preparation, Skiz decided to share some new sounds. Having already shared three singles off of the project, Mars gifts his fans with some non-album material in 'Magic'.
Recruiting the vivacious Phoebe Ryan, whose debut single 'Mine' turned the heads of some major artists last year, Skizzy's bravado takes a backseat to introspection of the life he has led in his 22 years. Honest emotions flow through the verses, as Myles Mills aka Skizzy Mars questions almost everything including his sanity, and are set free in Ryan's hook.
"We know its bad for us, but we like it"
Atlantic Records' artist and Penthouse Music's own Michael Keenan delivers another driving performance. Fresh off a Billboard top 20 placement, Kennan's subtle percussion and a crying guitar blend perfectly for an unusual perspective coming from a "rapper".
Alone Together drops March 11th and is available for pre-order on iTunes. Be on the lookout for "Alone Together The Tour" coming to a city near you.
Allan Kingdom gives the title track of his latest project the video treatment, keeping true to the name with a display of flashing lights and the brutal cold to which the song, and project, pay homage to.
With all the monikers that the young Kingdom possesses (The Peanut Butter Prince, The Northern Gentleman, King Kyariga), the Northern Lights might be the most accurate comparison to his personality: colourful, vibrant, and differing elements colliding to create this wonderful phenomenon.
The video seems to juxtapose the thrill that embodies the run Allan has been since gaining serious recognition to the hunt, the director, Kron, flashes between images of a dancing Kingdom in his snow-covered homeland and cop car that has seemingly caught a young man after hitting a lick.
"I've been on a mission lately."
You can follow Allan Kingdom on his mission as he tours with Denzel Curry, which kicks off in the spring.
There’s something in the water. And if it isn’t then there should be something in the water when listening to REZZ’s premier EP “The Silence is Deafening”. This trippy, futuristic masterpiece of EDM bliss is the brainchild of Niagara Falls native DJ/Producer Isabelle Rezazadeh, the newest member of famed producer deadmau5’s label mau5trap. TSiD—we do acronyms now—dropped not even two weeks ago and has already amassed over 100k streams in that short amount of time. Enlisting the help of fellow Canadian Delaney Jane, who owns the only feature on the EP and makes the most of her cameo on Lost, Rezazadeh starts out how she ends the project, hard, dark and edgy. Canada may be known for Drake, the Weeknd and their oftentimes jiggy Prime Minster, but that won’t stop REZZ from building her following and becoming the Queen of the Beat Drop.
Most of the time Boston is synonymous with sports and controversy and championships. Hate if you want—as a Baltimore Raven’s fan I have much hatred in my heart—but it’s the undeniable truth, Boston—and by extension the New England area—are winners. That is until you mention Hip-Hop. Other than Statik Selektah, Benzino and Marky Mark (Feel it, feel it!), there has never been that much noise coming from our northern brethren.
However, one emcee is vying to change your perspective of what Hip-Hop means in Boston. And no, I’m not talking about John Cena. His name is Vann and this Massachusetts native has the bars and the charisma to make you forget everything you ever thought about the Boston Hip-Hop scene. Grey Area, Vann’s newest project, brings soulful, introspective lyrics, polished delivery and dope ass instrumentals into a complete package that harkens to K. Dot’s .section80 project mashed up with Drake's Take Care. Spanning 18 tracks with production by standouts Roca Beats, Wayvee and King Yosef, Grey Area is a front to back effort worth a few listens. Maybe Tom Brady can take a listen and remember how to win (I couldn’t help it…)
After surviving "Snowmageddon" and the ensuing cabin fever, we’re back with our regular New Music Monday sessions. This week we have Tappahannock rapper and Cabinet member, Prezi Smith with an infectious club banger in “Money & Codeine” (shout out to Screw and Pimp) featuring Tae. Always evolving his style, this track is a departure of sorts from his last offering—the vastly underrated Rose Garden EP—and embraces a sound swathed in trance-like synths and hammering trap drums via ITrez Beats (Young Dolph, OT Genasis). Listen to this trippy track and thank us later.
New York City crooner Skizzy Mars gives us the third single off of his upcoming album Alone Together entitled, 'Comb'. The infectious hook sets the tone for this kick-back record as Mars and Penthouse Music's in-house producer, Michael Keenan, keep their unprecedented consistency as a duo. With help from production team, 4e-forever, Keenan & Co. manage a perfectly balanced soundscape to help Skizzy explain to his muse the situation they have found themselves in.
Make sure to pre-order Alone Together, which is expected to drop March 11th.
This is a warning. This video contains high energy levels (Over 9,000!!!), scathing lyricism, and wordplay that will beat you over the head and have you screaming for more. Msanii and Karmalifee aren't responsible for the levels of dopeness you are about to receive. You've been warned. Now, bear witness to Loko brought to you by Msanii and Blakkouse.
Oh, and this is a world premiere.