Posts Tagged Hip-Hop
It isn’t often you can get your hands on complete albums for free these days. Especially from a large group of talented musicians. If you read my posts you know I love music that feature musicians. It is astounding how many popular artists aren’t musicians and rely on synthetic noise makers to create music.
Earlier this week you may or may not have heard that hip-hop artist Nate Dogg passed away after suffering a stroke. If you don’t know who him specifically, I am sure you have heard his voice before on songs from Snoop Dog, Fabolous, and Dr. Dre. His voice stylings have definitely shaped the sound of popular hip-hop for the last 20 years.
It seems death is a running theme this week, as I caught the Comedy Central‘s special “Give It Up For Greg Giraldo” on Friday night. Greg Giraldo was a very successful comedian whose work reflects that of Nate Dogg, as he had his hand in the shaping of comedy though you may not be directly aware of his presence.
Where do you get off, inviting amazing hip-hop acts after I have moved away? For five years I lived within your city limits and never did you think to bring music artist that would peak my interest. You sir are a jerk of the highest order… By now you must know I am kidding and have only great things to say about you Bozeman, but you could have at least told me that Chiddy Band was coming so I could have joined in on the celebration.
From Utah with jealousy,
- T. William Gooch
Late last night I was scanning my Twitter feed and received some info that has me feeling a little left out, @realchiddy posted “six am flight for Montana tomorrrro. Bozeman we comin!”. It turns out Chiddy Bang is playing the Chamberlin Rail Jam in Bozeman, Mont. this weekend. As an added bonus XV will be there too, damn I wish I was going.
It doesn’t happen often but when it does you know it and you can’t put it into words. Ok so I’m not REALLY in love, but I knew after hearing a couple of K.Flay’s tracks that anything else she did would be worth checking out.
I ran across K.Flay over on bandcamp.com when I heard her mixtape MASHed Potatoes (you can get the whole tape for free I highly recommend you get it). I was impressed with the choice beats and smart lyrics. As it happens I forgot about the tape and didn’t check up on her until this week.
To my surprise it seems she had given me a Christmas present and I didn’t even know it. K.Flay released a cover of Liz Phair‘s “Fuck & Run” for the holidays and made it available as a free download. No a bad gift if I don’t say so myself.
We are feeling the holiday spirit here On the Couch and thought we could give our listeners a gift. Sure, you can come and listen to tunes here on the blog, but what do you do when you’re not on internet? In order to keep you jamming when you’re away we’re giving you the gift of a mixtape.
If you haven’t heard of Sam Adams yet, you will soon. Boston’s Boy is gaining steam across the country with his dubstep hip-hop style. He dropped Party Records with DJ Whoo Kid and DJ J. Cash back on September, needless to say the tape is hot as fire now-a-days.
It is Friday and you know what that means! Time for T. Will to get you some tunes to that will get your weekend off on the right track. This week’s sample comes from Das Racist off their mixtape Shut Up, Dude.
Shut Up, Dude was the precursor to the trio’s critically acclaimed full length release Sit Down, Man. The first song to get attention off the mixtape was “Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell” and to be honest it was the first track that jumped out at me too. That being said it wore on me quickly, but luckily the mixtape offered many other options.
Twenty ten is almost over and it is time to turn our focus to the future. Instead of living in the past I feel it is time to shed some light on album that is set to be released in 2011.
Talib Kweli, a personal favorite, has announced that Gutter Rainbows will be released next month. Kweli may not be a chart topper, but make no mistake his work should be noticed by those who consider themselves hip-hop fans. His last LP, Eardrum, was released in 2007. The album pushed the hip-hop veteran further into the spotlight, with tracks like “Hot Thing” and “Hostile Gospel, Pt.1 (Deliver US)”.
Girl Talk – All Day
In all of the excitement of Say Hi’s announcement Tuesday, I forgot to put up a post about Girl Talk’s new album “All Day”. Girl Talk has been a favorite since I heard his album “Feed the Animals” back in 2008. My biggest regret was missing his live performance in Salt Lake when I wasn’t familiar with his work.
A download link was post on Monday morning and he was allowing free downloads for 24 hours. Luckily I have a job that allowed me to get it during the day. I heard that in the evening that the link broke because of the amount of demand.
Ok full disclosure… I never understood why people always talked about mixtapes. I had never listened to one, let alone owned one, until earlier this year. Now I think I understand why they are so important to fans and artists. The mixtape allows the artist to release something that already has some cred because they are flowin’ over a recognizable track and then play with lyrics without the record label controlling how the disc is presented. It also gives the fan a feeling of exclusivity because this mix will not be widely distributed.