CATEGORY: hip-hop

The Gaslamp Killer – My Troubled Mind

The Gaslamp Killer released his long-awaited first EP, My Troubled Mind, on Brainfeeder yesterday. The album is about 15 minutes of what you’d expect from GLK; A dark, beautiful collage of psychedelic samples and dusty drums. It’s available digitally through…

R.I.P. Baatin

Baatin, from the original line-up of Slum Village (with T3 and J Dilla), passed away today. T3’s now the remaining member from the original SV, with the addition of Elzhi. The photo above (Dilla, T3, Baatin) was taken by photojournalist…

Shaun Bloodworth – L.A. Dope

Stones Throw linked to LA Dope today, a great photo essay by photographer Shaun Bloodworth documenting a few of the best artists out of the LA music scene. Give Up Art and Bloodworth took a seven day trip to the…

Beck’s Music Inspired Art

It’s always interesting to see beverage companies using artistic and cultural endeavors to promote something as simple as a drink. Like Red Bull, for example, who runs the Red Bull Music Academy and sponsors gallery showings, concerts and stunt events.…

Dak – Standthis

Dak’s Standthis EP is the debut release of Leaving Records, a new LA-based digital label created by electronic music artist Matthewdavid and visual artist Jesselisa under Alpha Pup Records. Their website is focused on sharing experimental music, mixes, found art…

Willie Isz – Georgiavania

After several years, Lex Records continues to put out crazy, unexpected artwork with their releases. This album is no exception. Georgiavania by Willie Isz is a collaborative project between Philadelphia-based producer/MC Jneiro Jarel and Georgia-based Good Mob-associate Khujo. The album…

Reflection Eternal – Train of Thought

I’ve been feeling nostalgic lately, digging through my CD collection and playing albums I haven’t heard in-full since high school. One of those albums is Talib Kweli and Hi-Tek’s Train of Thought, released in 2000 on Rawkus Records, back when…

Kanye West – Robocop (1988 Import Version)

My buddy Mykola, a Ukraine-based artist and designer who I mentioned before for his DJ I-Dee and DJ Shadow videos, put together an amazing pixel-based unofficial music video for Kanye’s “Robocop” off of his last album, 808s & Heartbreaks, inspired…

Gnarls Barkley – The Odd Couple

It’s been about a year since Cee-Lo and Dangermouse’s second album was released and I still hear it everywhere. Commercials, stores, etc. I haven’t had a chance to hear The Odd Couple but I did pick up their first, which…

Shawn Lee & Clutchy Hopkins – Clutch of The Tiger

The mysterious Clutchy Hopkins does a long distance collaboration with multi-instrumentalist Shawn Lee. I have yet to pick up an album by either of them, but I plan to soon. I’m still baffled by Clutchy Hopkins, with his connection to…

J Dilla – Dillanthology 1

I had heard about the release of this Dilla compilation right around the time I had stumbled upon some great illustrations of Muhsinah and Stacy Epps in Zurich-based artist Anna-Lina Balke’s Flickr account. About a week later she uploaded the…

J.Period & Q-Tip – The [Abstract] Best Vol. 1

I meant to post this a long time ago when it was released but never got around to it. The mix is a tribute to Q-Tip, mixed by J.Period. It features a long list of artists from De La Soul,…

Ras G & The Afrikan Space Program – Ghetto Sci-Fi

Finally got my hands on Brainfeeder/Flying Lotus-associate Ras G’s album, Ghetto Sci-Fi, a collection of spaced-out electronic hip-hop beats. The cover features an equally spaced-out collage of three African men and a space vehicle sitting beneath the stars on what…

J Dilla – Donuts

February’s been officially declared “Dilla Month”; a time to celebrate one of the most influential producers in hip-hop and ‘neo-soul’, James Yancey, who sadly died on February 10th, 2006, three days after his birthday. I thought this would be a…

Prefuse 73 – Everything She Touched Turned Ampexian

This is the album cover for Preuse 73’s new album, due April 14th. Not sure who’s responsible for it According to commentor Judah, the cover is by Dan McPharlin, who I’ve been seeing a lot of lately and discussed previously.…

Worlds on Fire: Grammy-Nominated Artist Exhibition

Juxtapoz says that Will.I.Am, in association with The Shooting Gallery and GEN ART, is presenting an art show in San Francisco curated by Justin Giarla and Kris Lewis. The focus is on portraits of Grammy-nominated music artists. The show will…

Under The Influence: Beastie Boys Tribute

I’m a little late with this (show ends on the 29th) but Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles is currently displaying work inspired by The Beastie Boys. I recognize a few of the artists, like Jim Mahfood, Andrew Hem, Mear One,…

P.O.S. – Never Better

I was linked to this video featuring the design of P.O.S.’s new album on Rhymesayers Records. The cover had caught my eye a few weeks ago, but I wasn’t aware of this crazy packaging. I never got to pick up…

Obligatory Top 10 Albums of ’08

Every music blog has a end-of-the-year top 10 something. 2008 was a good year for music, I think. This list is a sample of all the great things released in ’08. There may be a slight advantage to music released…

Count Bass D – Neon Soul

I am very concerned that I don’t own this album yet. I need it before the year ends so it can be placed on my obligatory Best of 2008 list. Anyway, this is a weird video for Count Bass D’s…