SpaceGhostPurrp comes through with a new video in support of his current single ‘Osiris of the East’ – a track which originally appeared on this Blvcklvnd Rvdix 66.6 tape and recently again on his 4AD released debut album Mysterious Phonk: The Chronicles Of SpaceGhostPurrp.
If you’re following us on Twitter, Instagram or Tumblr, you will know that summer (named by season, not the weather) has been popping off here in London and it keeps getting better it seems.
Legendary footwear and apparel brand, Converse have just announced the line up for their summer series ‘Represent’ which will run from July 30th to August 10th at the iconic 100 club. The likes of Nas, Plan B, Santigold, Yuna, SBTRKT, Rudimental, Paul Weller, Friends, Kano and so many more. Perfect line up to soak in those Olympic summer evenings in.
For your chance to win tickets, head over to the Converse website.
As one of the more divisive characters in Hip Hop, Lupe Fiasco is out to prove his nay-sayers wrong with his new single ‘Bitch Bad’. As the second single taken off his upcoming Food And Liquor 2: The Great American Rap Album album (Sept 25th), the song is a complex lyrical commentary on the influence Hip Hop can have on young people – in particular, young girls.
‘Bitch Bad’ is one of Lupe’s strongest offerings to date. With his flow switched up, his riddled wordplay on the influence music, the internet and pop culture has over the young and the impressionable feels like a genuine cultural observation – as opposed to a self-righteous sermon. As his verses develop, so does the intricate imagery – by all accounts ‘Bitch Bad’ is an academic approach to issues very few rappers are able to tackle so thoughtfully.
The residue of Lasers may finally be slipping away.
Enter into full throttle, L.A summer chilling with this one.
He Met Her were recently busying themselves in London, taking in the sights and sounds and polished off a fresh new mixtape to share with us. Following in the direction of ‘Tropical Trident‘, the duo continue down the road of trapster Hip Hop with flutters of retro Electro and Southern Bass. Using familiar beds from A$AP Rocky, J Cole, Lil Wayne and of course Kirko Bangz, they throw in Mowgli Moon’s composed alto flow, endearing and engraved with verity. What better realism is there than the dream to drive a Lambo to Mickey Deez? Balanced against Rocky’s fun shrill hooks – somehow it works.
It’s an interesting, quirky pairing I admit that may go amiss with some. Possibly an acquired taste for now, but I think there is something here. Watch out for the debut EP Crime Novela coming 23rd July but until then, get into it below.
DJ and producer Mark Ronson aired a rare demo of Amy Winehouse singing ‘Back to Black’ (a track he produced) on his 6 Music show yesterday.
The previously unheard version exemplifies why Winehouse was such a extraordinary talent – the way she wrote and translated her gut-wrenching songs is something that very few artists are able to do like she did. Her voice, raw and unmastered here sounds as powerful (and in some ways, maybe even more so) as it does on the version that made her historic Back to Black album.
Another reminder of how great a loss music suffered when Amy passed.
New sexystep (his words, not ours – who are we to argue?) from Canadian producer Jacques Greene. This bewildering piece bounces from a bubbling slow-burner into a glaze-eyed, off-your-tits ruckus – it’s a voyage into the dark and sordid. Well, at least that’s how it feels. Slighly more aggressive than his previous offerings maybe, yet at it’s core ‘Ready’ still carries the benevolence Greene incorporates across all his productions.
‘Ready’ is the title track of Greene’s upcoming EP which will also feature two other new songs ‘Prism’ & ‘Dakou’ – expect that July 16th. Stream a preview here.
During a performance at PowerHouse this past weekend, Top Dawg Entertainment/Aftermath MC Kendrick Lamar revealed that his debut album Good Kid in a Mad City will be released October 2nd. The news comes a week after Q-Tip announced his involvement with the Black Hippy affiliated rapper. While most of the production will be taken care of “in-house”, the LP will boast some (as yet revealed) guest appearances - including the already-released single ‘The Recipe’ featuring label boss Dr. Dre.
Good Kid in a Mad City, which marks his first major label release will be in addition to the joint album Kendrick & J. Cole have already announced they plan on releasing some point this year. Loads to look forward to.
Lamar plays London tonight and tomorrow – we’ll be heading down later. Follow us on twitter (@PinBoardBlog & @PinBoardLive) for all the off-blog action.
Update: Kendrick has now announced the title of his debut album is in fact Good Kid, Mad City.
Ahead of the release of his new album Life is Good on July 17th, Nas gets remixed by British Trip-Hop pioneers Massive Attack. Their version of ‘The Don’ has added echoed effects, riddled drum patterns and a haunted bassline. Leaving his vocals untouched, their moody and elongated synths build up to a dramatic conclusion.
The BBC’s Hackney Weekend was by all accounts a roaring success this weekend. Set in the heart of Hackney, the 2-day event saw performances from superstars Jay-Z & Kanye West (The Throne), Nas, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Plan B, Labrinth, Jessie Ware, Azealia Banks, Jessie J, Michael Kiwanuka, Santigold and loads more.
Watch some of the highlight performances from the festival up top and after the jump and check our tumblr for some snaps of our adventures from Saturday.
On July 17thFrank Ocean will release his much anticipated debut album channel ORANGE. In the lead up to what will probably be one of the biggest releases of the year, the Odd Future singer has unveiled the LP’s album artwork and tracklist.
The minimal cover reveals very little about the album itself, but the tracklist (see after the jump) uncovers some interesting news. Boasting only three guest features, Ocean has gone for quality over quantity – inviting Earl Sweatshirt, John Mayer and Sir Andre 3000 to contribute to his debut. Not a bad list of acts; And a smart move at that.
… And if reports from his album playback in the States earlier this week are anything to go by, it would appear Ocean’s upcoming release could be something quite special..