Maybe it’s premature to claim good kid, m.A.A.d city to be the hip hop album of the year but between its vivid storytelling and thought-stripping flow, its competition is as shallow as the bowl of a glass pipe. Unless the game ditches high-on-life socialites and an obsession with runways to produce another piece of provocative literature, the record sits in the driver’s seat bumping Thug Motivation 101. That’s exactly where the Compton protégé puts the listener; rather than add a spotlight to turn the attention to his mic, Kendrick Lamar provides the faint glow of a lighter to introduce you to an inclusive sketch of his upbringing, where “IV’s are on top of IV’s”, “the orphanage we call the ghetto is quite a routine” and he’s anxiously “trying to conquer the city with disobedience”.
It’s far from wholesome but the production behind it, which shifts from diffused jazz soundtracks “good kid” to scripts of wounding bass and warped lush tones “Real”, fits snug with a binding approach. If that’s not enough, Lamar’s lyrical precision will stomp your mouth. His narratives are addictive revivals of conscious rap inflicted with realism, portraying playful arrogance “Backseat Freestyle”, snap backs to reality “Money Trees” and relationship woes that have enough bravado to lay next to a Janet Jackson sample on “Poetic Justice”. At 25-years-old, it’s hard to believe good kid is a non-fiction rap novel based on a West Side story but the major label debut is nothing short of authenticity in its purest form. Prominently because Lamar doesn’t know an antonym for originality or how to simply restrain maturity and though hip hop isn’t in need of a saviour, he’s its voice when the streets go pitch black.
Download: Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.d. city
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Late last night, Mac Miller let loose the latest single, “Glow,”from his forthcoming Pink Slime collaborative EP withPharrell Williams. The producer/designer provides a frantic, Neptunes like beat for the Pittsburgh rapper to throw bars at.
There isn’t any release for the project, whose first single was”Onaroll.” The project is definitely a go, with Skateboard P revealing in June that the pair had recorded about 10 tracks together.
Listen to and download “Glow” after the flip.
The Wu-Tang Brand Limited collection, entitled Chapter 6, embodies the classic American summer. Red, white & blue is consistent throughout the line starting with what may be the most sought after item of the summer, the Wunited tank top.
Sailing and the Olympics serve as inspiration in the cut n sew and accessories like the sailing belt and tie to an array of sport’s driven snapbacks. New categories include accessories like the Wu-Tang Key pouch and card holder wallet. As always there is graphic reference to ring in the nostalgia of a brand thats forever. The Wu-Tang Brand limited summer collection is now available at select retailers.
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Ugh…I’m so mad that I love this song because Kreayshawn is someone who I love to hate. But…her latest and catchiest single goes hard! She looks great! And I see her and Lil Debbie are cool again…La LA LA
The 58s and B. White present the official release of “The Verdict” which features production from the likes of Big Jerm, Statik Selektah, Sledgren and more with features from Boaz, Primavera Vills, Mayo and more. B. White on his 2nd mixtape is quickly becoming one of the leading names in Pittsburgh Hip-Hop. The Verdict has the formula of a dope hip-hop mixtape: banging beats with some vicious rhymes. Its thats simple. DOWNLOAD
Quiana sits down with New Jersey-based artist Talent, where he speaks candidly about his art, family and more. In this video,Talent discusses moving from the West to the East Coast as a child, his upbringing, family life and recent work. Check out “Nature” the Summer 12′ collection from Talent’s line Famous iink.
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FRANK!!! Frank Ocean debuted a new song! Rumored to be called ‘Forrest Gump’ at Coachella 2012 that was the dopiest. I love how the into had the organ made me feel like I was in church or listening to an old Sam Cooke record. Then dude goes and covers Lauryn Hill’s ‘Tell Him’ and performed a slightly different version of ‘American Wedding’, a cover of The Eagles’s ‘Hotel California’. First off you guys know how I feel about Ms. Hill and her music, and I love it!!!!! Great job kiddo!
Michael Jackson’s Thriller has inspired many things from music, videos, trends, dancing and now SUPRAS. Supra presents two new sneakers that take a bit of a premium fashion approach in terms of design and material use.
“SUPRA has created two styles, red and black, of Jim Greco’s classic Thunder that evoke the archetypical 80’s MJ look. The upper is created from soft and sumptuous kidskin leather, and the inside of each shoe is lined with visa terry. Unique features include a fully functional retro 80’s zipper on the outside of each shoe, as well as the custom “Thriller” print on the sock liner, and a custom “Thriller” hang tag.”
I-D magazine’s “Pick Me Up” issue features several covers and today it released one of hot & fun West Coast rap artist Kreayshawn. Nice mani, woman! Sicka!
Ok, seriously first there was a pistol hairdryer, then they have those pistol mugs at Urban Outfitters. Now this dude Ted Noten, an ART JUNQUI, creates “Beauty as a Weapon”, which is his Dior 001 Gun. Am I the only one that hears the music from the ‘White Diamonds’ with Liz Taylor commercial when I say…”Beauty as a Weapon”? With the concealed compartment in the barrel, this is the perfect accessory for my grandma for a her medications, or the someone who like to take a variety of “Vitamins”. The pistol’s silencer contains a Dior lip gloss—for “KILLER” red lips, of course. Because beauty is an art form, after all.
Rihanna’s MAN DOWN video below