Filed under: Issue 22 | Tags: 2Pac, an introduction to ellie goulding, bird and whale, brazilian indie folk, Brian Oblivion, crushin' feelings, Cults, Dr. Dre, Ellie Goulding, Freddie Gibbs, gay singles, go outside, good kisser, hip-hop, Hunx and his punx, Interscope Records, karin dreijer andersson, Lights, Madeline Follin, Matador Records, midwestgangstaboxframecadillacmuzik, Old Folks (New Year), Outkast, Rosie and Me, Str8 Killa No Filla, teardrops on my telephone, The Knife, The Ramones, tupac
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If you thought the best genres Brazil produced were metal (Sepultura), Bossa nova (Stan Getz, Joao Gilberto) and tropicalia (Os Mutantes), we’ve got two words for you: indie folk.
Mostly bypassing the obvious Brazilian influences, Rosie and Me sound more like an American Continue reading
Filed under: Releases of the Week | Tags: 8 Diagrams, album review, Freddie Gibbs, Ghostface Killah, Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Meth Ghost & Rae, Method Man, Michael Jackson, Raekwon, Tracy Morgan, Wu-Massacre, Wu-Tang Clan
PREVIEW: VISIT Meth, Ghost & Rae’s MySpace
WE GIVE IT: 16/20 Watts
Back together for the first time since 2007’s 8 Diagrams, Wu-Tang Clan‘s Method Man, Ghostface Killah and Raekwon haven’t lost a beat. Recording their self-proclaimed “fan album,” Meth, Ghost & Rae end up turning back the clock to gangsta rap’s 1990s heyday, as they sling smooth, yet violent rhymes over fresh backing tracks. Needless to say, the results could surprise the current rap game.
In today’s hip-hop scene, gangsta rap has mostly disappeared. There have been fleeting moments when its return seemed possible– mostly releases from Wu-Tang members (mainly these three) and various mixtapes (see either of Freddie Gibbs‘s 2009 efforts). But for the most part, that segment of the genre has given way to the more radio-oriented Kanye Wests and Lil’ Waynes of the world. As you may have guessed, Wu-Massacre meets none of these popular conceptions. Continue reading
Filed under: Editor Picks, Uncategorized | Tags: 2Pac, Editor's Picks, Freddie Gibbs, Outkast, UGK
PREVIEW: DOWNLOAD Freddie Gibbs’ “Crushin’ Feelins” MP3
At one point in time, getting dropped from your label spelled the end to your music career. With no outlet and no method of getting your songs to people, it was time to search for a new career. However, in today’s world, artists like Freddie Gibbs are adjusting that line of thinking.
Released from his contract with Interscope before ever putting out a record, Gibbs has since released two highly-successful mixtapes. The first, 2009’s The Miseducation of Freddie Gibbs, was a compilation of all of his work up to that point. Featuring mildly popular tracks like “Summa Dis” and “Goodies,” it was a step in the right direction, and got people talking about the young rapper from Gary, Indiana.
Later in 2009 came Gibbs’ watershed moment amongst Internet blogs–the main source of his hype. His second mixtape midwestgangstaboxframecadillacmuzik showed an enormous amount of growth, even from the collection he released just months earlier. Critics have compared aspects of his rapping to the likes of 2Pac, UGK and OutKast, amongst others.
Now in 2010, Gibbs is working hard on mixtape number three–Str8 Killa No Filla–as well as his debut studio effort. Based on what we’ve heard thus far, we should be seeing a lot more press on Gibbs in the near future.
–John Cassillo, Reviews Editor