CATEGORY: hip-hop

Nique – Framed & Unfocused

Here is an album cover illustrated by fellow VCU-alumni Richie Pope, a Richmond-based illustrator influenced by “Expressionism, comic books, politics, hip-hop and music in general”. Nevada-based rapper Nique sent several reference shots which Richie drew from, cut apart and gessoed…

DJ Okawari – Mirror

I’m usually not big on vector collages like these. I’ve seen a few too many poor imitations on sites like DeviantART. But the execution and color palette of these covers for DJ Okawari’s first and second albums makes them work.…

D.C. Record Fair #3

The third DC Record Fair last Sunday at Comet Ping Pong was exciting. Hundreds of vinyl junkies came through. I spent a lot of money. Pizza was eaten. Unfortunately I missed getting a signed poster by Mingering Mike. But I…

Electric Wire Hustle – Electric Wire Hustle

While wandering around the Stones Throw message boards, I ran across a recommendation for a soul group from New Zealand. Interesting… I was pleasantly surprised to be confronted with an amazingly mellow electronic/soul/hip-hop track with a beautiful vibe by a…

CoverCast #4: 9/6

Download: ♪ CoverCast #4: 9/6 [Audio clip: view full post to listen] As I mentioned earlier, my job’s been a little stressful recently. So this week I put together a mix of tracks that are good for keeping me sane…

Martha Cooper – The Hip-Hop Files

This Current TV clip by Thomas Green is a year old, but it showed up on TV a few minutes ago and I thought it was worth posting for those who haven’t seen it. From Current.com: “Martha Cooper was a…

Washington, D.C. Record Fair

Another D.C. Record Fair is being held on Sunday, October 4th at Comet Ping Pong on Connecticut Avenue. I’m excited about this because I had a lot of fun at the last fair. I also think it’s cool that they…

Eyedea & Abilities – By The Throat

I am not the big Rhymesayers Entertainment fan that I was in high school, but they still manage to grab my attention every now and then (Brother Ali!). Eyedea & Abilities is one RE duo that I never fully examined.…

Koushik – Outside My Window (Instrumentals)

Slow posts this week and last week. Job is hectic, etc. Anyway, in a string of free releases by Koushik through Stones Throw Records, today they are offering up an instrumental version of his album Out My Window for free.…

Mick Boogie / Peter Bjorn & John – "Stay This Way"

Mykola Dosenko, the artist behind the pixel-based videos for Kanye West’s “Robocop”, DJ Shadow’s “This Time”, and DJ I-dee’s “Swollen Dome” was asked by DJ Mick Boogie to put together a video for his new mixtape, Re-Living Thing. The free…

CoverCast #3: Three

Download: ♪ CoverCast #3: Three [Audio clip: view full post to listen] Unfortunately, I didn’t make many posts this week. But I did put together a new CoverCast. This week I wanted to share some great electronic music and a…

Hudson Mohawke – Butter

I had to share this artwork posted by Warp Records today for the upcoming Hudson Mohawke album, Butter. It’s pretty ridiculous and I love it. You could toss this on a kid’s Trapper Keeper and it would be perfect. There’s…

Jay-Z – The Blueprint 3

As a lot of people already know, Jay-Z is releasing his eleventh studio album next Tuesday. Despite the amount of searing hate and frustration I’ve encountered over this release on Twitter and message boards, I’ve enjoyed the tracks I’ve heard…

Georgia Anne Muldrow – Umsindo

In July Georgia Anne Muldrow released a new album, Umsindo, featuring 24 tracks of her trademark heavy funk and soul music. Around this same time her partner, Dudley Perkins, also released a new album, Holy Smokes, solely produced by Georgia,…

Jay Z Rhapsody Commercial

I’m actually impressed with this new commercial, featuring Jay Z posing through imitations of his album covers. They all end up being pretty accurate and recognizable. Now let’s see them try that with the cover of Blueprint 3! Heh. Speaking…

CoverCast #1: G4G4

Download: ♪ CoverCast #1: G4G4 [Audio clip: view full post to listen] Today I’m posting the first ever Cover Up mixtape (I don’t want to call it a podcast), G4G4. I’ve wanted to create a mix for a while, so…

Transmitting Live Volume One

I never post my own work on this blog. But since it’s a free download, I thought I might as well share. On Monday Potholes In My Blog released a collection of unreleased and exclusive hip-hop tracks mixed by DJ…

Shawn Lee & Clutchy Hopkins – Fascinating Fingers

Jim Mahfood was asked to illustrate the cover for a new Shawn Lee / Clutchy Hopkins collaboration, Fascinating Fingers, being released in October. He previously illustrated the cover of their album Clutch Of The Tiger, which I mentioned back in…

Harmonic 313 – When Machines Exceed Human Intelligence

Harmonic 313 (aka Mark Pitchard) released When Machines Exceed Human Intelligence back in February on Warp Records. Heavy on the synth-laden robotic beats, the album is a satisfying mix of Detroit techno, dubstep and instrumental hip-hop worthy of its title.…

Flying Lotus – Los Angeles

Yes, another Brainfeeder-related post. But I should have posted this long ago. On August 17th, electronic music artist Flying Lotus will release the final piece of his three-part L.A. EP series. The EPs are an extension of his second release…