I'm obsessed with 6LACK's PRBLMS and just found Mark John's cover and maybe in low key celebration of International Women's Day, I thought I'd share this sick cover.
The track is super complimentary to her voice and I think this is a great cover. Also the art!!!!!
Stream below via Soundcloud and note that it's available for free download.
Also check out the YouTube video for the song.
As someone who listens to a wide variety of rap artists and styles, I was immediately intrigued by this interview exploring race within rap.
It also helped to see Mac Miller was involved, that was the only clickbait I needed if we’re being honest.
The Fader’s Matthew Trammell brings readers a compelling conversation between rap artists Mac Miller and Vince Staples.
The two focus on the topic of race within rap, the evolution of white rappers, relating to listeners, support (or the lack thereof?) from the artist’s corresponding racial community, typical “types of white rappers”, to recognizing the roots of rap music and how those artists and styles come into modern rap nowadays.
Both Vince and Mac appreciate each other as peers and take a very realistic, unbiased, matter-of-fact stance on all of these issues.
They recognize areas where either they, their racial communities, or both excel or could use some reflection and improvement.
Big Sean released his latest album on February 3rd, prior to the formal release, the public was teased with the singles “Moves” and “Halfway Off The Balcony”.
Following the release popular radio stations immediately picked up “Bounce Back” and it has been playing constantly.
Two of my personal favorites from the album are “Jump Out The Window” and “Voices In My Head/Stick To The Plan”.
I think Big Sean has struck a perfect balance of self reflection, and public appeal/relatable content within this album.
A few weeks ago, Foxing released two remastered classics in their EP “Two.” It includes the reworked versions of Redwoods and Indica, off their album “Dealer.” The first time I listened to it, Two reminded me of the album Hospice (the Antlers, anyone?)
Something about the lyrics and ambient-indie sound that haunts you in the same way Hospice does. From the strong vocals to the melancholy tone, Foxing didn’t cease to amaze their listeners with a Part “Two” that stays true to their sound. Though this was the first time listening to Foxing, I think I’ll be checking out their music more often.
You can listen to/purchase Foxing’s new EP here and buy tickets from their tour here.
It’s been eight years since Scranton-based band The Menzingers released their first EP, and this generation of pop-punk rockers has grown up together throughout the years. In fact, that’s the theme of their new album After The Party- each song sticks with the idea of growing up, having your heart broken, and figuring it all out.
The album opens up with “Tellin’ Lies,” the one song that best embodies the tone of the album, the main lyrics being, “Where are we gonna go now that our twenties are over?” Another hit off the album is “Midwestern States,” which highlights many young adults’ burden of student debt. My favorite off the record is “Bad Catholics” because it manages to make you feel nostalgic about adventures you haven’t even had yet.
What makes this album so special is that it perfectly sums up the experience that most Menzingers die-hards are going through right now; this generation of the punk scene are all around the same age (mid-twenties to mid-thirties) and all growing up and getting over their first loves, their college years, and everything that comes with the transition from adolescence to adulthood.
Previous to After The Party, I hadn’t given The Menzingers much of a listen, but I have officially started to dig their music. They embody everything great about the PA pop punk scene, and I’m looking forward to hearing whatever they create in the future.
Check out this video essay by Kristian Williams:
Code Orange started 2017 off with a bang when they released Forever, a new album that leaves different aftertastes with everyone who listens to it.
If there’s one band that perfectly overlaps hardcore and metalcore, most can agree that it's Code Orange.
The record holds true to the Pittsburgh-native’s usual intensity and chaos, while throwing in a couple tracks that leave listeners with a sense of darkness from the brief moments.
Jami Morgan explained that the goal of the album was to stress the highs and lows in a short amount of time-- Forever is a little over a half-hour long.
Die-hard Code Orange fans were more than satisfied with the newest release; most agree that the record embodies the best aspects of hardcore.
Despite the angry atmosphere of the music, the lyrics are about “trying to become better than what you’re summed up as,” as the drummer told the Pittsburgh Gazette last month.
Audience favorite tracks include the namesake track, 'Forever' and 'Bleeding in the Blur.'
You can listen to Forever on Youtube, or support the band by purchasing the album on iTunes.
Stream below via Spotify:
Watch Touché Amoré's video for "Benediction" here via NPR:
Watch the new Hippo Campus video for "Way it Goes" here via Youtube:
Watsky just released the music video for his song, “Stick To Your Guns” featuring Julia Nunes. You can watch the video below, or here.
The video is visually modeled after a storybook, with bright colors and cartoon sheep. Despite the seemingly simplistic nature of the video, it aims to tackle the controversy of gun violence and mass shootings.
In an NPR article, Watsky writes;
“My aim was to present one archetypal shooting, each verse coming from the perspective of a different person involved in the event, and highlight the similar pageant we go through every time this happens in America. The first verse is from the perspective of the shooter — I'm trusting the audience to listen on, because until you get to the second verse, it's almost impossible to know the song is satire. I did worry that this could come off as callous to people who have lost loved ones in shootings, but ultimately decided that I would let the song stand on its own merits.
Purchase Watsky’s most recent album, ‘X Finity,’ here.
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