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.
"Work Work" from LA-based trio Clipping. and guest Cocc Pistol Cree is a pretty straightforward slab of bass heavy West Coast money Rap.
But the video, directed by Carlos Lopez Estrada, something else entirely which will have you asking "what the fuck" from the moment it starts until very end.
"Work Work" is from the crew's Sub Pop debut 'CLPPNG'
which is in stores now both terrestrial and digital.
Left Coast Electro maestro Egyptian Lover lends a hand to freaky Parisian DyE on "She's Bad", his latest single for Tigersushi.
There's vocoder all over the place!
The video, directed by Jean-Phillipe Chartrand and Benjamin Mege of Dent De Cuir, presents some wild sex and violence in a manner that's pretty fresh, and artistic.