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Roots Picnic Lineup Announced!

The Roots, Wiz Khalifa, Nas (backed by The Roots), Esperanza Spalding (backed by The Roots), Ariel Pink, Man Man, The Dismemberment Plan, Mac Miller, Yelawolf, Little Dragon, J. Period, Nicos Gun & Donn T.

Can’t say this lineup isn’t looking sick (and I’m sure it’ll shape up even better) but….that’s the same weekend as Starscape (which also has a crazy ballin lineup – fucking Flux Pavilion, for one thing) so I guess I’ll have to miss the Roots Picnic. Again.

Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10am. Hit up LiveNation if you’re tryna do it up.


Emcee’s endangered species like manatees: A review of Talib Kweli’s “Gutter Rainbows”

Talib Kweli dropped a new disc. I love Kweli, but I wasn’t expecting much, y’know? He’s one of those artists I know I enjoy more intellectually than actually (that’s basically how I feel about all conscious rap, ‘cept Common, he’s the shit.) And I’ve been taking this Hip-Hop class this semester so I’ve been trying to change the way I look at music (and texts, and comics – it’s really, it’s this whole big thing I’m dealing with in regards to aesthetic shifts. Ignore my rambling)

So I did something while listening to this album I’ve never really done before, something Trev told me he does that I thought seemed kind of excessive, but decided to try anyway: I read the lyrics to the songs on the album as I listened to them.

Here’s how that made me feel:

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Illuminati Music.

ONLY ILLUMINATI MUSIC! ALL HAIL THE ALL SEEING EYE! IT CREEPS HARD AS A MOTHERFUCKER!

Seriously though, this song is a banger. Jay is still on his old man rap tip, which I guess can’t be avoided any longer (seriously, listen to how wheezy and tired his flow sounds) but this is still a, *ahem* “true radio banger”

Otherwise, sorry for the lack of music updates. Y’know how it is. Winterbreak was mad hectic and I’m getting adjusted to my new schedule (which features a banging Hip-Hop History class. Get like me.) buuut, it’s not like I’ve become deaf or anything. Here’s what I’ve been jamming to (other than the above)

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Ground Up – Girls Who Smoke Cigarettes

I probably should actually review this jawn, but fuck it, I’ll get to it another time (which really means never) but all ya’ll should head over to Datpiff and cop that jawn. Trev tells me they do a lot of shows here in the illadelph (and I would assume they’re local but they don’t have a site I can find) so show them some love.


Eating My Words – REVIEW: Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday

Aight, Cass & Marv. I said I’d give Nick Minaj’s debut, Pink Friday, and I did so, begrudgingly. I mean, i could’ve been listening to a real banger like Redman’s new ish, Reggie, which just dropped today.

But nope, I decided to give it a listen so I could slam it and silence ya’ll.

(Un?)Fortunately I don’t have much to slam.

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New Music Round-Up *Updated*

What’s ill, people? Hope ya’ll are enjoying this find Thursday afternoon – I certainly am. Got a day off work so I’ve just been loafing about, scanning the blogosphere for new music. It’s still a little early in the day but there are def some gems floating around out there.

How would ya’ll like to hear some new Deadmau5, Dr. Dre, T.I., Em & Royce and, best of all, a new music video from an up-and-coming band straight out of the illadelph? I shouldn’t even have to ask.

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Tuesday’s Takeout

Well it’s another dreary day in the illadelph. Winter is rolling through, so not only is the concert season coming to an end but we’re starting to really get shat on by that terrible Pennsylvania weather.

I don’t like waking up with the world all wet, especially not after a night of really effed dreams. I can’t help but feel like there’s a correlation.

Yes. I am that self-centered.

Whatever, I’m not gonna bore you with my egotism, unlike yesterday, where I just threw words at you, today, I’ve got some jams (and various other goodies.)

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REVIEW: Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

Here it is folks, the long awaited new release from Kanye West…

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Tuesday Roundup: Dubstastrophes, Bro-step, Kid Shitty & Once-In-A-Lifetime Oppurtunities

What’s really ill? Just chilling at work (once again) devoid of things to fact-check, so I thought I might hit ya’ll with a little something-something.

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My Favorite Lil’ Wayne Songs

In honor of Lil’ Wayne’s release from prison, I now present to you, my favorite Lil’ Wayne songs. I’d add in a bit of color commentary on each track, but I’m at work right now.

Given that, you’re all gonna need to do me a favor: Kick back, spark something up and bump this shit.

Oh, and before we get to the tunes, don’t forget to sign Sign this petition I made and keep the FourLoko flowing.

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Back With The ill: An Exclusive Kanye West Interview

Okay, not really. That’d be sick if I did interview Yeezy though, wouldn’t it?

Kanye gave a pretty dope interview on Q102 this morning which I caught the tail end of as I was driving to school. As always, Kanye manages to somehow be both insightful and an asshole at the same time.

Give it a listen if you’ve got the time.

Kanye West.

PS: I promise I’ll be back with your regularly scheduled dose of ill as soon as I get my shit together (I’ve been slacking on my music game mad hard)

I’m definitely tryna throw up a review for the new Cudi disc as soon as I listen to it.

Be easy ya’ll.

PPS: They’re tryna ban Four Loko. This shit is unacceptable. Sign this petition I made and keep the FourLoko flowing.


New Music Backwash

What’s really hood people? Sorry there’s been a lack of updates this week, been busy with school, working like a dog for Philly Weekly. Not really, that gig’s been chill, had to do a bit of a flyer safari today which would’ve been better if it wasn’t so hot, but all in all enjoyed it. I rarely ever go down to South Street because everyone always wants to go in the Spring and Summer when it’s filled with assholes. South Street on a weekday in the Fall is perfect.

Now, let’s get to some new music, shall we?

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Music Jumps the shark: Runaway Love Remix

So it’s finally here, the remix of Justin Bieber’s “Runaway Love” featuring Raekwon and Kanye West….and…yeah.

This isn’t the future we wanted.

Let me just put this out (in case it was in doubt) – Kanye and Raekwon come fucking hard on this track, and it’s helped even more by the fact that Kanye used a sample from the classic “Wu-Tang Clan Ain’t Nuthin To Fuck Wit.” That whole bit is great, it really is, it’s just the fucking Bieber I can’t get over.

I’m not going to sit here and wantonly knock the little Canuck. I legitimately have no beef with him, he can keep doing his thing because for the most part it doesn’t intersect into my daily life. But right now it is so I’m gonna have to escalate just a little bit.

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Kanye West: Monster Ft. Everyone In Rap And… Bon Iver?

I’ve been mad slow on my music tip these past few days with packing for school and what not. But here’s the newest track from  the busy Kanye West. “Monster” features Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj and Bon Iver. I’ve only listened to it a few times, but it’s pretty good and Kanye continues to impress, garnering more hype for his next album slated to drop in September. Also, Nicki Minaj straight up murders this track.

-Trev

Listen Here:

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Kanye West- Monster Ft. Rick Ross, Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj and Bon Iver


Afternoon Delight: 47 Seconds of the future, UGK town, Dubstep.

Just found out about this over at Pigeons and Planes. It’s from a track on the new Big Mike mixtape. Gotta give Weezy props for timing out the release of his material so it doesn’t seem like he was gone at all. He’s gonna make a big splash when he’s home in November.

Cascade – Lil’ Wayne

Check out the rest of what I’ve got for you this b-e-a-utiful afternoon after the cut.

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Manic Monday: 50 Impersonates Twista & Jules Falls In Love

Found this over at Blameaspartame and I’m pretty sure I’m in love, which feels comparatively better than feeling like dying. I’ve been feeling like shit since Saturday and it seems that I might have a ragweed allergy. My hands and feel itch so bad they feel like they’re on fire and my throat is as dry as the desert. Pray for me.

You know what didn’t help me feel better? 50 Cent’s terrible remix to Cee-lo’s amazing “Fuck You.” He only spits for the first minute or so, and it’s painfully obvious listening to Curtis stumble over his words that he really wishes he was a better rapper. Jump below the cut and give it a listen, hope your ears don’t bleed.

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Lupe Fiasco- Go To Sleep

I don’t know where Jules or Lars are, but I don’t think they’ll mind a little usurping on my part. Here’s a new track from Lupe Fiasco that I was mad hip to a little while ago by the fine people over at Ear Milk. The songs called “Go To Sleep” and its mad chill. I really like Lupe’s flow on this one and the backups mixed with the piano make this a very well produced track. I’m definitely hype for some more.

-Trev

Want it for keeps? Snag it here.


New Music Barrage 3 of 3: “I’m on my Van Gogh, I don’t hear shit.

So here’s the last serving of fresh tracks for the day. If you follow along here at the Experiment, you probably know that I usually don’t cover hip-hop. Not that I dislike hip-hop or am incapable of writing about it, I just see it more fit for me to differ to Jules and Andy on the subject, they do know the genre a good deal better than I do. But I just couldn’t help myself from posting these two tracks that just hit the web within the last 24 hours.

First up is Cee-Lo’s new track “Fuck you”. Though it’s much more along the lines of a  funky soul song, it’s still from Cee-Lo, who is a rapper.  Cee-Lo posted it on his own youtube channel, promising a full video next week, with a single on sale October 4th. “Fuck You” is slated to be on Cee-Lo’s upcoming album The Lady Killer.

Last night Kanye dropped a remix of “Power” featuring Jay-Z and Swizz Beatz. I like a lot of Kanye’s music and I think that his super ego thing is mad entertaining and interesting. This remix here is a certified banger and is sure to help you start your weekend off right.


A Mashup Of My Favorite Things: Comic Books & Rap Music

Look at that ish? Ain’t it ill?

We’re gonna have to find a way to keep mentioning that Big Bear album.

Kenny Keil, creator of Tales to Suffice and artist of the new webcomic Apple Bit Newton has created the most amazing thing I’ve seen all week. Jump below the cut to check out the rest of these.

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Teflon Don (Not John Gotti)

If I say “Teflon Don” and you immediately think of John Gotti, head of the Gambino crime family of New York, then you aren’t far off. Though Gotti died in 2002, his nickname lives on through Rick Ross (the Boss). Ross releases his 2010 album Teflon Don under Maybach Music Group and Def Jam Recordings (no surprise there) and has garnered some popularity with his singles “Super High” (featuring Ne-Yo), “B.M.F (Blowin’ Money Fast)” and “Live Fast, Die Young”, so it’s likely you’ve heard one of these singles or at least have heard of the release of the album.

When I think of Rick Ross, I think of a big black man with a deep voice, smoking a large cigar and rapping from a leather couch. His music has always followed this kind of style. His deep, gritty voice with his medium flow speed combine to create a very unique sound, one which I can really get behind. Teflon Don is no exception to this formula, staying away from super-hype sounding tracks, instead sticking to nice, clean beats and flows working well over these beats. Despite Ross’ gritty delivery, the album is surprisingly cleanly cut, which I expect from Def Jam

Teflon Don starts out with a very strong mix of tracks including “I’m Not A Star” (featuring J.U.S.T.I.C.E League) and “Free Mason” (featuring Jay-Z and John Legend). You’ll find that every one of his songs includes a collaboration, which is nice if you like unique verse styles, but takes away from Rick Ross’ chance to craft any meaningful synergy between tracks. The tracks are solid, though I will admit that Ross is certainly not a lyrical genius in any sense. His collaborating artists often outshine him lyrically, but that can be overlooked with his classic character shining throughout the album. My choice for the weakest track on the album has to be “MC Hammer” (featuring Gucci Mane). The track simply doesn’t do it for me, with a weak beat (relative to the rest of the album) and boring rhymes and an even more boring subject (MC Hammer? The poor man has been a running joke since his bankruptcy almost 14 years ago). Gucci also doesn’t add anything substantial to the track

The album is definitely a strong release, however. You’ll find yourself bobbing your head with Rick Ross’ voice and easy-to-listen-to beats. His lyrics, though generally fairly weak, can sometimes surprise you with their cleverness and can elicit a smile at their pop-culture references. If not in my Top 10 releases of ’10, it’s certainly in my Top 15. It’s a strong effort by Ross and his collaborators, and it shows well. A definite pick up this year for any rap-enthusiasts.

-Lars

“I’m Not A Star” – Rick Ross Featuring J.U.S.T.I.C.E League

“Free Mason” – Rick Ross Featuring Jay-Z and John Legend


Dr. Dre is the Hip-Hop Equivalent of a Cocktease.

“I’m somethin like an X-pill, everything about me makes bitches start touching they selves”

Turn Me On

I’m not even going to make you guys wait until the end of the post to get at this new track, “Turn Me On,” an unfinished number which just hit the web. Not only is this song amazing (trust me, just listen to it) it’s also entirely infuritating. Why? Because the way things are looking it’s on a “possible” track for Detox, which is a damn shame because I think a completed version of this track could be a true hit. The track sort of reminds me of a more sophisticated version of Snoop’s “Sexual Seduction.”

It’s not even the production on this song that’s just great, Dre spits some fire. I really feel like I forgot about Dre’s flow. I think we all did.

Go be reminded.

-Jules


Sunday Salvo: Hip-Hop Bombs & Blogroll Escalation

A few weekends ago, fueled by beer, Beitcher (who writes over at The New Montreal) and I almost entered into what almost became heated argument over who we thought was the best hip-hop producer. I mostly held my tongue because arguments like this usually can’t go any place good (especially when people have been drinking.)

Shit, someone’s preference in producer usually stems a lot from where the musically worldview is coming from. Beitcher (and I say this in the nicest way) is a fucking Hipster and lives in the Hipster capital of the New World (Since Williamburg has been falling off,) this is why him busting out Diplo as his choice for greatest producer isn’t surprising to me.

Now I love Diplo but I definitely disagree with my friend’s opinion. For one thing, I think a lot of Diplo’s production is hit or miss. You either love it or you hate it and there’s no middle ground. Next, I think Diplo spends a lot of time banking on the kitsch of being Diplo. I don’t want to get into a long treatise about authenticity and how much Diplo has or is lacking it, but if you take a blonde hair, blue-eyed motherfucker, and put them next to M.I.A. or Switch, you’re going to draw plenty of attention from hipsters and bloggers. I’m not saying it’s wrong for an artist to cash in on their aesthetic…

…actually, I might be, just a little bit.

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Chocolatey Socrates & Other Hip-Hop Oddities

HBWS
Random things:
Don’t give stupid, drunk people you don’t know psychedelics. Please. Lars and Trev are lucky bastards for not having to deal with that mess on ice. Still, party was pretty fun.

I went to the Hard Rock Cafe last night (pre-gaming for the party, I guess) and met with an old friend of my older brother, Duce Blunt. He’s Public Enemies bus driver.

Tequila and Tonics are only good when I make them.

There’s no reason to smoke a pack and a half of Newports in a night.

Blogworthy things:

Some of my favorite artists (Weezy, Cud & Kanye) all decided to drop new singles this week. Here’s the rundown:

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The Good Doctor

So here I am, sitting up at 3 am wandering aimlessly about the internet, checking out music and other oddities when I inevitably stumble onto some stuff about arguably my favorite rapper/producer/entrepreneur Dr. Dre. With bated breath I look for more info regarding the release of his next album, Detox. Supposedly the wait is over. Dre has officially announced that his next release will be by the end of this year (I’m still waiting for the inevitable push-back to polish it more…).

But the more surprising news regarding Dre is his new concept album The Planets. Apparently the Doctor has been studying the planets and their properties and is attempting (and hopefully succeeding) in converting them into audio forms. This album will be all instrumental, a hip-hop album without hip-hop. Dre, you’re a revolutionary.

Seriously though, if anyone can do it, it’ll be Dr. Dre. Let’s hope we see Detox first though, else I may just call it quits on music altogether. This wait has been excruciating.

-Lars

Also, his leaked track “Under Pressure” (featuring Jay-Z). You’ll recognize the beat from his Beats by Dre commercial

In case you forgot…

And my personal favorite