Sunday, September 21, 2014

Macklemore performs Same Love with Ed Sheeran at iHeart Radio Festival

*I highly watching Ed's entire set, but if you are only interested in seeing him and Macklemore perform Same Love, skip to the 11:34 mark*

The iHeart Radio Music Festival was this past weekend in Las Vegas, and the event was full of surprises. Though Macklemore didn't have a set of his own, he did make two guest appearances, one with Fences in which he performed their collaboration Arrows, and one with Ed Sheeran in which they performed Same Love together. Watching Macklemore perform always gives me the chills due to the undeniable passion he puts into it every single time. Check out the video above to see the amazing performance.

S-X - Free At Last feat. Childish Gambino

With Donald Glover's hip-hop stock debatably at an all time high, it's no surprise to see more and more awesome features from multi-talented artist.  

"Free At Last" is a great surprise feature from Gambino. British artist/producer S-X lays down a sensational beat. An optimistic feel produced by a great piano loop is wonderfully accented by some new age sirens and claps. Childish Gambino's contribution is vintage Bino from what we've seen of late. The simple yet elegant chorus' we've seen have blossomed from Gambino's amazing leap in singing ability. The hard hitting, lyricism focused verses have come such a long way which is a testament to Gambino's currently amazing freestyle game. 

With the release of "STNMTN/Kauai" unknown, but intimately proclaimed, the hype for Childish Gambino fans should be through the roof right now! We can expect such a high level of creative freedom and range from the off-label mixtape. With the first release being 4 minutes of hip-pop fire, stay ready for anything! 

For more Gambino, catch up on his amazing interview and freestyle on Hot 97 and watch his full set from Grammy Museum 2014!

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Brandyn Burnette - Life's A Beach [Official Video]

In his latest release, singer-songwriter Brandyn Burnette gives us a very personable music video for his song Life's A Beach. In the video, not only does Brandyn give us some sweet shots of playing his guitar on the beach, but he also introduces us to his family. It looks like the Burnette's know how to have a good time, and its pretty clear that everyone in the video has influenced Brandyn in some way. I've been saying it for a while, but the Warner Brothers recording artist truly has one of the best voices in music, and I can't wait to see what he goes on to do. He's planning on touring sometime next year, and is currently finishing up his EP Couch Surfing Chronicles, which is sure to be a fantastic project.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Felly - Cella

The name of the game for any budding artist is progression, whether that be with sound, aesthetic, vision, or otherwise, it's absolutely vital to make sure you're continually moving forward and improving. Connecticut native, buzzing emcee and producer, Felly, really embodies this sense of progression, as with every new release we see the young USC student take on a new sound and really expand outside his previous comfort zone, and the result is pure art.

With his latest effort "Cella", Fel demands are attention right off the bat with the eerie, futuristic, almost ghostly instrumental, and really embraces the darker vibe of the track. With an exaggerated reggae-esque delivery, Felly takes this chance to get a few things off his chest "They asking when I'll blow up / I tell 'em when I wanna", and show off a polished flow, as he spits some reflective bars.

This snippet of goodness is a little preview of what to expect next from the 2273 Records affiliate, and we can only hope that we get more material from Felly very soon. Stay tuned for that in the near future, and show Fel and his team some love.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Kings Dead - Satellite Kids

Well received like it should be. The newest track off the upcoming Kings Dead project does not disappoint. A spacey, new-age Mendoza beat lays a great foundation for a catchy, thought provoking independent drop off the project. Mac The Hand puts down an addictively good chorus that may end up stuck in your head in the best way possible. Sonny's verses and lyricism show what he has taken away from his solo work to build on his beastly style. The hype for the October 7th release of Utopia could not be any higher!

After spending months following both artists independently, getting to enjoy the two artists together on the same track is an amazing feeling for any Kings Dead fan. There is no denying that spending time on their own projects has only strengthened Sonny and Alex's creativity and artistic firepower. With a combination of relief, excitement and appreciation; we can now breathe. Utopia is finally here, the long awaited sequel to Revenge of the Beast is upon us, and it is amazing.

No more waiting, withholding, wondering or whatever! Pre-Order Utopia on iTunes for your download of "Satellite Kids" and keep October 7th circled on your calender! The beast is back!

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RapFest Cypher featuring Chris Webby, Gunplay & Nyck Caution

After the first episode of The RapFest Cyphers premiered last week on MTV, this new platform has been getting a ton of attention. In this weeks episode, RapFest is back with another filthy episode which features Chris Webby, Gunplay and Nyck Caution. All three of these emcees prove themselves in the cypher, and I can't wait to see next weeks episode!

Jared Evan & Statik Selektah - Outside (feat. Ransom)

Jared Evan and Statik Selektah recently announced that they will be releasing a follow up to Boom Bap & Blues, titled Still Blue. Anyone who knows Jared knows that he makes some of the most diverse music out there and they he is full of talent. Likewise, anyone who has heard Statik's production knows that he is a living legend. Whenever these two link up for something, the outcome is always perfection. On this cut, Jared's rich melodies combine perfectly with Ransom's hard hitting verses to create one hell of a record. Be sure to check out Outside and listen to Still Blue when it is released on October 28th!

Witt Lowry - Like I Do (Video)

I challenge you all to find an emcee more passionate than Connecticut's Witt Lowry. Witt puts his soul into every single bar he writes, and never is this more apparent than on "Like I Do". "Like I Do" sees Witt channel that intense emotion into a break-up track that is powerful, relatable, and heartfelt.

With the Bebe Rexha sampled chorus matched with Witt's cutting lyricism the track toes the line impressively between being catchy enough to attract your ear , and meaningful enough to provoke a visceral reaction from all that listen. The Tido Vegas produced cut is truly one of Lowry's best efforts, and captures the essence of a roller-coaster relationship, and the heartbreak it ends in perfectly.

Since it's August release the track has quickly amassed over 320,000 plays, and continued the momentum that has made Witt into a budding star with a massively dedicated fan-base. The track has actually resonated so much with the ever-expanding #TEAMWITT, that Witt himself, alongside the excellent Squires Entertainment, decided to give the song the visual treatment.

The result is the above effort, which only adds to the already stellar work, as you can see Witt's anguish over this relationship play out in front of you. Music this personal, and powerful doesn't come around often, so when it does please listen and support. Show Witt Lowry a ton of love for this one, and definitely check back for more soon.

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