In an interview with Complex, tribesman Q-Tip discusses his move to Kanye’s mighty G.O.O.D Music label and his involvement in the upcoming Cruel Summer album. “It’s [been] a long journey, but I’ve basically been signed to Universal in some way shape or form or incarnation for about 10 years. So I’ve just kind of been through the system. I still had an obligation to fill and they didn’t necessarily want to discard me for whatever reasons so I kind of had my pick of the litter. Dreamworks, Interscope, Motown, and then Def Jam… I met Kanye years ago at a show. I was working with [with him] during Watch The Throne. I was playing him beats that I was doing and he was like, “Yo, what label are you on?” And I was like, Def Jam. And he was like, “Damn you need to be on G.O.O.D”. And we were rocking, and I was like, let’s do it. It’s that simple”.
Speaking on his involvement on the upcoming Kanye West curated Cruel Summer album, Tip reveals “I’ve done beats. I’ve done rhymes. We’ll see. I didn’t mix. I’m just contributing… We are all a part of it, it’s all our thing, but [Kanye] made kind of the decision [to manage it]. I think we all make each other better… That one thing with Kanye is he’s a really smart guy, and he doesn’t call it a group. He doesn’t necessarily call it a label in a way. He doesn’t necessarily call it family in a way. It’s just a bunch of people who are alike. Even though they come from different place and different places and say different things, everybody’s drive is the same… Everybody from Kanye to Pusha to Chainz, everybody to myself to Common, everyone has their foot like this. Mashed down to the floor. We on the Autobahn though. We ain’t mashed down on the floor on 2nd Avenue running lights. Everbody’s in they lane, in they space. Everyone is moving with passion”.
The veteran rapper also talked about offering advice to younger guys in the camp like Big Sean and KiD CuDi, saying “I love to give information out. Anything that I’ve known I give; from sounds to mixes to opinions. I just try to be vocal. So I give a lot. I don’t really know what I give. But I know that I do give. I don’t keep inventory of what I give. I just do it because I enjoy it”.
Tagged under ‘Childhood’ on Soundcloud is another gorgeous, harmonic trip produced by 18-year old Parisian wonder kid Dream Koala. Like ‘We Can’t Be Friends’ before it, ‘Treehouse’ is another emotive, confidently executed offering – this time absorbed by a soft guitar melody with perfectly matched instrumental embellishments.
As more begin connecting the aesthetic dots of that Pizzy style, including the illustrious Guardian, it appears that Piff Gang are showing why their vintage Polo swagger hasn’t been in vein for the last 16 months. Their spaced out Plantlifetape is hot on rotation right now, a well formed soundtrack to accompany this London 2012 hangover and perhaps even one of the years best. Whilst John Ford’s production on ‘Candy Cup’ is spectacular in it’s spectral cadette venturing; he also directs the trippy video with Joey2Bunn, that runs us through the perfect recipe for gourmet piffing and promethazine’ing, whilst the 90s ceefax credit at the end is a clever touch. “Ooh ooh babeh,” must be the signal to raise one up as the new face of UK rap starts transcending it’s regional limits.
‘You Are Why I Am Invisible’ starts in what is becoming a trademark for XXYYXX, lush filtered drums, corkscrewed vocals set to a hazy Hip-Hop inflected beat. But what sets this track apart from his other offerings is its lightness. The chords played out on the piano and the joyful vocal sample of Sarah Vaughn’s ‘Stardust‘ pierces through the trudging beat and illuminates the track like rays of sunlight smashing through cumulus clouds.
It’s encouraging to witness the rise in popularity XXYYXX has been experiencing over the past few months (a quick look at the numbers on his Soundcloud will affirm his growing fanbase). When you consider his age (16) and in turn how long he’s been doing this for, it’s a pretty safe assumption that he’ll continue to improve and grown.
Make sure you catch him playing C.A.M.P. on the London leg of his european tour this September.
Here goes the first video off A$AP Mob’s upcoming Lord$ Never Worry album, expected August 28th. A$AP Rocky takes the lead with ‘Purple Kisses’, a codeine induced first single accompanied by a grown ass video shot in London and directed by Rakim himself with co-direction from Luke + Barber. #FuckSwag.
2-in-1 video action. Directed by Hype Williams, DJ Khaled releases the video for his Kanye West & Rick Ross featured single ‘I Wish You Would’. But sh*t really pops off when visuals for Kanye West’s ‘Way Too Cold’ follows – watch out for that ‘surprise’ cameo from his boo Kim K too.
Lupe Fiasco is determined to reaffirm his reputation as one of the most audaciously political emcees in the game. What Lupe does when at his best is combine his dexterity as a social commentator with his incontestable finesse as an emcee. And on ’Lamborghini Angels’ Fiasco accomplishes just that. Issued with the warning ”If you are easily offended or religiously sensitive DO NOT listen to #LamborghiniAngels it contains very strong subject matter”, Fiasco wastes no time going for the jugular, relentless in his mission to address the atrocities rampant in certain sectors of religious societies.
‘Just What I Am’ taps into the spacey sound KiD CuDi first began rapping over back in ’08. Featuring long-time collaborator King Chip (Chip Tha Ripper), this self-produced single is the first to be taken off CuDi’s forthcoming Indicud album, which according to him will mark his return to rap. After two albums and a few wayfaring side projects it sounds like KiD CuDi is focused again, hopefully his new album will feature more sh*t like this…
In other G.O.O.D Music related news, Kanye’s crew album Cruel Summer has been delayed again – it’ll now be released September 18th.
We’ve been quietly observing the progression of British singer/producer Tev’n Kennedy over the past few months. His growing confidence as a producer has pushed his sound into a more focused space, communicating his experimentalism in a more refined way. His post-Burial influences are channelled superbly on ‘On My Mind’, a shadowy R&B slow jam that stacks compressed chords, pitched down vocals and a classic sample over a shuffled 2-Step beat.
Azealia Banks is so bored of going after female emcees, she’s moved on to Jim Jones. Sigh. Produced by araabMUZIK ‘Succubi’ is the result of a few heated exchanges on twitter between the two regarding the word ‘vamp’. Double sigh. Take a listen to Banks’ shooting venom at Jones’… Expect a response from him shortly.
Azealia recently released her Fantasea mixtape – grab that here.