When El-P and Killer Mike teamed up last year under the Run the Jewels moniker they made one of the indisputably best albums of the year.
Run the Jewels is still going strong in the New Year thanks to a colorful, but suitably macabre, video for their namesake track "Run the Jewels".
It's simple, but effective.
Run the Jewels
Tree Collaborations is a collective of artists, musicians, animators, filmmakers, and clothiers of people from California's stories Bay Area.
Their current saleable "collaboration" is a record, visual art, and short film project featuring the work of Beat Culture, Lena Kuhn, and friends.
"Stuck Down the Wrong Rabbit Hole" is a darkly whimsical short film featuring animation, and live action segments, set to a really pretty SynthPop jam.
Grab the vinyl, and find out more about the nature of their various multimedia collaborations at the Tree Collaborations website.
Apparently Spark Master Tape never leaves the kitchen, 'cause he's just dropped another cup of that hot, hot #SWOUP on the hungry masses.
This batch is a four minute and twenty second long stoner anthem based around a repetitive bit of a haunting Gospel vocal sample titled "GASINMYLUNG".
Described as "DEEP OCEAN MUSIKK", I think it's safe to assume that "GASINMYLUNG" will be on the still forthcoming 'Silhouette of a Sunkken City'
We the best mostly
Sometimes the freshest rhymers
We the tightest, kind of
Respect my qualifiers
Open Mike Eagle
Mello Music Group
We've known for a while that we could expect all new music from Spark Master Tape some time in the New Year.
We just didn't know it would come as soon as his most recent leak, a straight gangsta trunk rattler called "Propeica".
He's also announced that his forthcoming record, due some time this year, is titled 'Silhouette of a Sunkken City'
If I die before it drops remember to bury me at sea on some 'Bioshock'
shit so I can still be down.
Lakutis '3 Seashells' (.ZIP)
Based on guest spots alongside Das Racist, and his МишкаNYC
-co-signed 'I'm in the Forest'
EP Queens emcee Lakutis has been one of my most anticipated on-the-come-up artists.
He's kept me and his other fans thirsty with guest spots on several joints from various underground rappers and beatmakers, but his full-length, '3 Seashells'
, is finally here!
Don't let his long-haired, leather jacketed, "Hip-Hop meets Hardcore" image fool you, Lakutis' rhymes are nothing but hardcore Hip-Hop with no Rock-influenced affectations or gimmicks.
While the beats, from an assortment of producers including Hot Sugar, Steel Tipped Dove, Bill Ding and others, pick up the post-'Run the Jewels'
torch El-P lit and run it like Forest.
Seriously, everybody involved with the creation of this motherfucker went dumber on their respective apparatus than Dan Quayle spelling "potato" at an elementary school spelling bee.
And if the album wasn't enough, dude's also dropped some more than memorable imagery to accompany his music thanks to the Kate Bryant-directed video for album cut "Jesus Piece"
Shit is hard.
It seems like Slug and Ant of Atmosphere leaked the audio for "Bob Seger" forever ago.
I've been digging on the track since it dropped for a couple of different reasons.
Foremost it seems like a return to boom-bap drums and samples form after the last album's foray into live band instrumentation.
I also love the shit out of Bob Seger (who is unfairly judged by most solely on "Old Time Rock & Roll") and am especially fond of his cut "Night Moves", which gets name dropped here.
For some (surely very Minnesotan) reason the band chose a whole "grizzly legend of Paul Bunyan" theme for the accompanying video clip.
"Bob Seger" is just a song, with no new album as yet announced.
Deal with it.