We’re running around like chickens with our heads cut off this summer so it’s been a little hard to find the time to write about all the new music coming out, but here is a big old bouillabaisse for you!
Jubilee’s Magic City series is all about Miami, a city of intersectionality, where dancehall meets freestyle, electro bass meets grime, and the lineups just get better and better. There is a song on here that sounds like The Prodigy and another that sounds like Drexciya, it’s really all over the place in the best way.
DL for free here: https://soundcloud.com/jubileedj/sets/jubilee-presents-magic-city
Just to get our bias out of the way: Black Thought has alway been the most skilled boring rapper, a very good performer who resonates with music fans who think rap flows peaked with the Juice Crew, and/or people who discovered hip-hop when they saw The Roots on tour supporting Dave Matthews. Imagine a version of The Roots that never collaborated with Rahzel, Scott Storch, Erykah Badu, Peedi Crakk, Jill Scott, Beenie Sigel… so yeah that’s kind of why we don’t normally check for Black Thought solo work, aside from that mind bending 11 minute freestyle he dropped on Funkmaster Flex last December. BUT you know what, this EP is pretty good and you’re not us so you might really love it! WTF do we know?
God, imagine being as effortlessly good at music as The Internet! We honestly love everything they do.
Super minimal, experimental electronic music, like if Aphex Twin was drugs, this would be the come down. Super chill and interesting.
All this plus Tierra Whack, J Hus and new Drake on our TNN Q2 playlist:
If you’re wondering why Kanye West and Pusha T’s albums didn’t make it into TNN, there are a few reasons, primarily that the music would have to be banging as fuck to make up for all the nonsense Kanye’s been spouting for the last 6 weeks. There’s so much great music coming out right now, so there’s really no reason to feed into that TMZ Hollywood reality shitshow. Meaghan Garvey’s review on Pitchfork says it so much better than we can: