Los Angeles based rapper The Koreatown Oddity is another emcee whose identity, that of former comedian and sometimes actor DominiquePurdy, is obscured by a mask.
And while his appearance may be a little on the wild side, his music, in this case "Title Sequence", the opening track from his debut album, is understandably smooth on some classic underground LA Rap shit.
Cop '200 Tree Rings'
, featuring contributions from the likes of Jeremiah Jae, Aceyalone, Ras G, J-Swift, Giovanni Marks, and House Shoes, now on the New Los Angeles label.
17 year old New York emcee Bishop Nehru gives us the first taste of his and MF DOOM's upcoming NehruvianDOOM project via the new video for "Darkness (HBU)".
The track shines due in large part to the funky bassline, majestic horn loop, slick vocal samples, and snappy drum programming flipped from the fingers of the notorious metal faced villain.
After rising from Odd Future's message boards, to co-signs from the likes of Nas, Kendrick Lamar, and Wu-Tang Clan, Nehru is preparing to drop the DOOM collabo soon.
Identity-free emcee Billy Woods is easily one of the best rappers in the game right now. 'Race Music'
, his collaboration with Elucid as Armand Hammer continued the tradition of outstanding music released by he and his Backwoodz Studioz.
"The Rent is Too Damn High", where Woods and Elucid elucidate the realities of tenement living, was a definite highlight from the LP. And the video, courtesy of director William Bodega and shooter Anna Stypko, provides some pretty ground level imagery to accompany the sounds.
Cop 'Race Music'
now on the Backwoodz Studioz label, and watch out for an EP from the group soon.
Oh, and since I apparently forgot to post it when it dropped this spring, peep the video for "Willie Bosket".
As some readers may know I've got a bit of history with The Roots' Okayplayer organization. That's never stopped me from being a harsh critic of their musical output though.
With that said, I'm proud to present the best single the band has released since "You Got Me". It's a remarkably Tricky-esque downtempo slab of gloom featuring the voice of singer Patty Crash called "Never".
Incidentally the video clip bears more than a few similarities to the video for "You Got Me". I mean, everybody's not necessarily dead, but the rapture is kinda the same deal, right?
"Never" is from The Roots' eleventh
album '...And Then You Shoot Your Cousin'
, which is in stores now on the Def Jam label.
"Doug Stamper (Advice Raps)" featuring comedian Hannibal Buress is one of the standout cuts from Open Mike Eagle's outstanding 'Dark Comedy'
While the song title is a reference to Frank Underwood's go-to "problem solver" on Netflix's 'House of Cards'
, the video is full of callbacks to one of my favorite television shows of all time, David Lynch's 'Twin Peaks'
You can cop "Doug Stamper (Advice Raps)", and a bunch of other dope songs, on Mike Eagle's 'Dark Comedy'
, out now via Mello Music Group.
Open Mike Eagle
Surprisingly, Swedish Future-Soulsters Little Dragon pick up where their "Klapp Klapp" video left off in the clip for their new single "Pretty Girls".
The tune bubbles funkily, invoking classics like "Juicy Fruit" and "Hangin' on a String", while the video finds our voodoo priestess successfully resurrecting a few minions before being spirited away to work her magic on an unsuspecting group of pageant attendees cum auction bidders.
The Nabil directed clip is pretty striking, both visually and thematically, especially when juxtaposed against the ethereal sound of the tune.
"Pretty Girls" is the latest single from Little Dragon's 'Nabuma Rubberband'
LP, which is out now on Loma Vista Recordings.
Franco-Cuban duo Ibeyi chant some serious Vodoun to the Orisha Oya on their debut single and video of the same name.
The whole thing, including the computer animated video, is very Björk-esque, despite the Afro-Caribbean origins of the group and their subject matter.
The "Oya" single is out now on the XL Recordings label.