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Entries in hip-hop (11)


me and your mama

Check the opening track to Childish Gambino's newest album [Awaken, My Love!].

It's called 'Me and Your mama', and it's breaking into a whole new world of soul and vibes.


The album will be available December 2nd, and if this is any indication, it promises to be wirth the money.


- james



A Sudanese-American Rapper from Washington state who doesn't feel the need to rap about drugs, violence, and thug living. Oddisee has a knack for mixing jazzy house beats with east-coast style rap put to meaningful lyrics. Dude's worth taking a listen.

Check out this video of himself explaining...himself. And then a song called

Own Appeal

Back of My Mind

You Know Who You Are


The Goings On


NPR Tiny Desktop Concert


- James


friday feelz.

Skrillex + Diplo + Justin Bieber - where are you now 

The weekend + Eminem - the hills (remix)

rich homie quan - type of way

j.cole - g.o.m.d.


A$ap rocky + rod stewart +miguel + mark ronson - everyday

lil dicky - save dat money

- dripcult



Stromae, the belgian artist blending hip-hop/, house, electronica, and legitimate lyrics. Stromae not only brings a unique sound to international pop culture, but he does so with seriously deep topics and lyrics, which is uncommon in the genre. His songs are good, and his style is on point.

We love stromae. you will too.







ave cesaria


ta fête


Formidable (ceci n'est pas une leçon)


Bienvenue chez moi


Full Performance (Live on KEXP)


- james


Midweek Jams.

usually wednesday means the middle of the work week; however, this week is a short one since most of the corporate world rewards us for living in America with a three-day-July 4th weekend. That sounds like a pretty good reason to celebrate. What better way to celebrate than with a solid playlist?

Ellenberg - cities between us

niva - dirty water

grimes - realiti

kagu - human

milo greene - 1957

from gold - novo amor

tei shi - bassically

vok - before

rhye - open

A$AP Rocky - Everyday feat. Rod Stewart x Miguel x Mark Ronson


 - james




do something different.

Generally when we think of T-Pain (which is not often) we think of the goofy top hat, the fancy grill, and incredibly ridiculous lyrics presented by way of auto-tune to club beats.

Now there's nothing wrong with that, if that's what you're into. I'm just saying that we can all agree that's the brand he's created for himself.

That being said, he didn't allow that brand to dictate his every move. Turns out the dude has some solid pipes (the vocal kind). Check out this video of T-Pain singing sans autotune for the NPR tiny desktop concert series.

dare to be different.


- james


saturday jamz.

it's saturday. and I don't know about your neck of the woods but here, right here where i live, it's gorgeous outside. so i put these songs from the NPR Tiny Desk Concerts on my phone and i'm repeating them all day.


mother falcon

the lone bellow


ages and ages

- james


ebay + "hip-hop" = comfort.

found these gems on ebay the other day. I promise i wasn't searching for anything "hip-hop" related, as the title suggests. But I saw polka dots and had to check them out. I searched high and low and couldn't really find anything that resembled a brand name, nor any kind of logo. So, for all intents and purposes, we'll just say that ebay is making clothing now for hip urban-street youths that want to break dance in comfort. 

All joking aside, these are pretty awesome. I mean, yes, the black ones do somewhat resemble clown pants, but the grays are most excellent. Nothing you'd be wearing to breakfast at a café even though the guy in the picture says it's okay, but lounging in the house? going for a jog? working out? doing work around the house/yard? Yes, yes, yes, and yes.

I'm not completely sure about the fit, but for $25 (about the same price you'd pay for tapered sweats at H&M) and free shipping, I figure it's worth a shot.


Swoop here to pick up a pair. And by pair I mean one set with openings for two legs. 


- james


brit-hop playlist.


i've never really been much of a rap guy. it's not that i don't respect the classics, nor do i disrespect the craft, it just hasn't been my cup o' tea for awhile.

Having said that, why in the world would you trust my judgment when it comes to rap? Allow me to ease your concern with some facts:

  • First of all, don't you dare question me if you know what's good for you
  • Being a world-renowned music expert, I know what good music sounds like regardless of genre
  • I was really into rap in like 6th and 7th grade
  • I know all of the words to one Ludacris song, one Lil' Wayne song, and one Dr. Dre song
  • The first CD I ever bought was MC Hammer's Please Hammer Don't Hurt 'em from a garage sale
  • I know Andrew Gibson

I mean, I think we can all agree I'm pretty hip to the 'rap game' as they say. So, if you're finished badgering me about my obviously sufficient qualifications, let's move on.

I feel as though I should preface this playlist. This carefully ordered selection of songs is no ordinary rap playlist. This is a playlist of british rap and hip-hop songs that shall thus be called 'brit-hop' (i totally invented that name). Surprisingly the UK has quite a few unique genres of rap and hip-hop. there's the standard gangster rap, the party rap, the hip-hop with a message, the grime (fast rap over drum & bass), the hipster hip-hop, or 'hipster-hopster'. This playlist is not aimed at presenting you with the best at any particular genre; it is simply a collection of brit-hop songs that i've been listening to a lot lately. 

There's just something about a british accent that completely changes the game. I'll warn you that a few of these videos put out a slightly behind-the-crowd late 90s/early 2000s vibe, but even still, it's most excellent. But enough of me talking, how bout you start listening.

rizzle kicks price tag
mikill pane feat. ed sheeran little lady
dizzee rascal love this town
professor green remedy
p money round the clock
ghetts feat. kano, mykl paty animal
haze feat. akala, swiss against all odds
akala feat. selah a message
devlin feat. wretch 32 off with their Head
plan b ill manors
tornado grime music
Skepta Hold on
Skepta Ace hood flow
k koke lay down your weapons
caxton press the press


Or if you prefer, here's the link to the youtube playlist to view them all continuiously


- James



lewho? lewhatnow? lewtf? Lecrae is a ridiculously talented rapper. That being said, you still probably haven't heard of him and there's a reason for that. I'm not just trying to be a music snob and brag about music that only I know about, I'm just saying there's a reason that Lecrae isn't incredibly popular yet -- it's because of what he chooses to write about. 

Lecrae is openly Christian, and it's extremely apparent in his lyrics. All of his songs are based around his faith, which has labeled him as the 'frontrunner' of Christian Rap (a genre that I didn't even know existed). I don't know how successful his career will be while remaining a part of this very specific genre, but as long as he's happy with what he's doing, more power to him. I will say, however, that it's refreshing to see a rapper that isn't writing songs about sex, drugs, ca$h money, power, crime, b-words, partying, gangs, thug life, their hood, or being legit. As gripping as those types of lyrics can be, it's nice to see someone stepping outside the realm of mainstream rap topics. 

I can't say that every single one of his songs is good, but your boy lays it down on this track:

- James