Spins & Needles

Adult Swim has partnered with Doom to bring new music every week

Yep you read that right. Over the course of the next 15 weeks adult swim and Doom will be releasing a track from The Missing Notebook Rhymes. The series is a nod to the notebook that went missing at metal face records in LA.

The full EP will be available November 14th.

Listen to the first installment “Negus” featuring Sean Price HERE

Twon don releases visuals for Jennifer's song

Peep new visuals from our homie Twon Don: 

"TwonDon unleashes what can be his most powerful video yet. A favorite off the 'Paradise Isn't Free' (EP), Twon gives us Jennifer's Song which leaves you stuck with your own imagination and idea of what this video can represent. It gives us a Shutters Island kind of feel with the mind fuck side of it. Definitely take a watch, and soak up whatever you get from it." 

@TWONDONUC | @FamousS_Dave | @haillstana

Isaiah Tajee is trying to put the pieces together

The speaker bully’s produced track opens with bellowing guitars that usher in the soft and melodic tone of Isiah Tajee. The single entitled Broken details Tajee’s love misfortunes. If anything this is a good indication of the heat he is expected to bring with his next releases.

Listen to the track below:

@isaiahtajee 

Op ED: We gave R Kelly a pass

As most of us have heard the pied– piper better known as R Kelly has been allegedly keeping 6 young women against their will. The status of their situation has been labeled as an abusive cult.  The law is surprisingly on his side as the women are all of age and have been previously checked in on by the police and confirmed that they are in fact “fine”. 

However salacious the story is the question still remains, are we listening to R Kelly’s music?

While the Atlanta and Chicago law states that the 6 women are allowed to live and “be” with him, the parents outcry to bring their daughters home prove otherwise. Robert has had a long, long, long history with under age women. The importance of this situation is his true predatory nature and the fact that he is a master manipulator. Hence the expose article in BuzzFeed that took the reporter Jim DeRogatis several years to put together. Kelly’s actions are unquestionably heinous. So I ask again are we listening to his music.

I like most had turned a blind eye to Kelly and his actions. I don’t consider myself a regular listener to the singer but when “I believe I can fly came on” I sang it with conviction. It was part of my childhood among many other R Kelly songs. They were nostalgic and always brought on a positive memory or feeling, Ironic right.

Does ignition matter though after 14 counts of child pornography was hurled at Kelly in 2002? Acquitted or not? I remember hearing the story of Kelly creeping around high schools to pick up young women when a DJ spoke about it on the radio. The video of him peeing on a woman not only was the talk of the town for weeks but it brought an even more notable song via comedic genius Dave Chappelle. Piss on you and the remix were huge. It still makes me laugh to this day. The question begs to be answered though. Are we listening to R Kelly’s music still?

I remember listening to step in the name of love at sweet sixteen’s and stepping the name of love to the song. Step- step – side to side….how could you not follow along. This was by the same man who wore a mask and called himself the pied piper a story about an older man luring children away.  R Kelly was the highlight of my high school coming of age functions.

One of my favorite singers was Aaliyah, who had been married to R Kelly at the tender age of 15. She lied on her marriage certificate and said she was 18. We all knew that, we all knew he wrote “Age Aint Nothing but a Number” as well. It was hit though right? I listened to Aalyah’s discography recently, the song “Never No More” made the hairs on my arm stand up. Was the man who did that to her in fact R Kelly?   

I should have left you / When you called me out my name / I stooped to your level / Replied you the same / Now here we are again / You at my throat / Now I see the same old change / That I did before

I walk away from you / At the drop of a dime / Saw that this treatment is way out of line / And that ran through my mind / Over and over again, I promised myself / You wouldn't put your hands on me again
Never no more

There’s no confirmation that R Kelly treated Aaliyah like that, he got acquitted from all of his charges and yes he is still hold up in one of his mansions with women who may or may not want to be there. There is no space to give someone like that streaming dollars or airtime. I accept that I have turned a blind eye to his actions but if you ask me if I am still listening to his music. My answer is no

 

Versailles the everything is 10 feet tall in her new EP Currently

“Baby I’m a sheep killing wolves”

Versailles is back with her new project entitled Currently. The 8 track EP features Versailles insane lyricism her airy and lush singing voice and per her usual standard, amazing music.

The project is an immersive journey for Versailles. She barrels between greatness, appeal and confidence in songs like HNIC and Ridin. In the same breath she hits you to your core in the song Wishing Wells and evokes a new found vulnerability in the track Come Closer.

Listen to the amazing EP here:  

Do we care about Music’s involvement with the Virtual Reality Craze?

Do we care about Music’s involvement with the Virtual Reality Craze?

A “hot topic” in media right now is virtual reality; it’s all the rage especially in storytelling. Major media platforms like Huffington Post, New York times and more are building VR teams or acquiring VR studios to bring life like experiences to their storytelling. I’m with it but these integrations are also occurring in live music experiences.

No this isn’t an intelligent article seamlessly explaining the ways VR has been optimizing live performances and festival experiences; it’s more of paranoid take on the state of music consumption.  Put on your aluminum foil hats folks!

Before I launch into the collegiate level research I did via google lets highlight the general consumption status of music.  The amount of time that an album or mixtape has lasting power with the general public would be the time it is “announced” or “leaked” to when the general chatter of the album starts to dwindle. This time frame in the past was dictated by weeks, months even years. Now we are in a new time frame which I personally refer to as “Eastern Standard TwitterTime”.  I’m not on the west coast so I chose EST but no shade to Cali, Pac forever.

Nowadays Music has the lasting power of a synthetic wig in a basement party on a hot summer day. We are constantly being inundated with song after song and have minimal time to process what we’re hearing.

What’s crazy is there are memes that outlive what public opinion has deemed legendary albums. So with the rate of music consumption being unhealthily short how does virtual reality mosey itself into the equation? Live performances, let’s use the term live loosely, real loose.

In a BBC article Jacek Naglowski, chief executive of Circus Digitalis said:

"Experiencing the concert in VR is something that people would be willing to pay for," he says. "In future it may be one of the most important revenue streams for musicians and producers."

Hello people reading this, would you pay for it? Especially if they charge concert prices, would you?

In 2016 Google Play and Enosis VR collaborated with queen to create a 360 VR version of their hit Bohemian Rhapsody. As a way to pay tribute and reignite a music staple such as Freddie Mercury into music again is genius. In that sense I cannot argue with the use of VR. 

 image via BBC

image via BBC

But let’s consider VR being used at a festival. Essentially you’ll be watching a screen while outside and pay a festival price for it. My wallet and my pride say no.

In an article written by Miles Raymer for VICE he details his VR – concert experience which surprisingly wasn’t as idiotic as it sounds.

“I expected to see demo stations and groups of headsetted guests in the awkward postures of people trying out new VR setups as they experienced what it was like to see a music festival from a drone's 360-degree perspective. I didn't expect that I'd be walking into a chilly forest scene with actual birch trees reaching up toward the sound stage's ceiling and actual snow drifting down, alongside a mob of young Californians who seemed legitimately mystified to be suddenly encountering winter.

The experience only got more Narnia-like as I was escorted through an entrance in a wall full of doors and into a cubicle, where an attendant strapped me into a Playstation VR headset. With the headset on, I was left to experience a short immersive animation set to the Chainsmokers' "Roses," starring wolves and giants rendered in the psychedelically vivid style that pops up frequently on branded festival merch. When it was over the attendant opened a door in the other side of the cubicle from where I'd entered and let me out into a huge room elaborately decorated to resemble an IRL manifestation of the animation's summery dreamworld, where the Chainsmokers would perform on what looked like a grassy hill. I was confused. This… didn't suck?”

Setting up the ambience of a room for an artist isn’t the initial thought when you hear live music and VR in the same sentence. In my own sarcastic way I can’t knock this idea either. Will the majority of VR experiences offer an extravagant bridge to our natural senses, one could hope. There are plenty of million dollar grossing festivals that could “afford” something like this but there isn’t a standard to set for VR festival experiences. Remember festivals aren’t built out like customer service holy grails; they can still mess up i.e. Fyre festival.

The question still is do we care? Maybe-kind of-nah.

The forefront of technology always breeds innovation within respective areas and music is no exception. We will see more immersive events that cater to live aesthetics and a VR counterpart. Is VR something that people are clamoring for just yet, no. VR infused festivals are  essentially the whole foods of live music experiences, expensive and somewhat unethical so you will make the trek downtown to Trader Joes because it has the same shit for much less.

Will I be paying for a VR concert anytime soon? Nope.

Toro Y Moi are back with electro

WHAT IF I ASK YOU WHY, IF YOU CAN REALIZE, YOU SAY I NEVER FIGHT, WHAT DO YOU WANT ME TO? 

The electro, soul, alternative and all around genre bending force that is Toro Y Moi aka Chaz Bear is back with new album just in time for summer called Boo Boo. You can listen to the project on Youtube via short film or nab ITunes.

Twon Don is back with new EP Paradise isn’t Free

TwonDon follow’s up his freshmen release Stay Golden with his new EP Paradise isn’t free. The project features Dessy Hinds, Dj Relly Rell and more. Listen to the tape below and peep the first video off the project for his single Successful.

@TWONDONUC

In true Marvel Alexander fashion here’s 3 singles to get you ready for his next project

Marvel Alexander is gearing up for the release of his next project Honey & Money with the release of three singles FWYOU, 145th and Lenox and Pace featuring Ricky Anthony. Your summer playlist needs these additions. Listen to the tracks below:

@MarvelAlexander 

Get to know Cam Wallace

Texas is chock full of good music and a name to add to the bunch is Cam Wallace. The Producer, rapper and music maven caught my attention as I was perusing my SoundCloud timeline. Up popped his newest release World Tourist Mix.. The 8 track EP is a good introduction to the notable who regularly catches a decent amount of plays on SoundCloud. Pay attention to the young man because he has a knack for music that sticks to your soul.

Peep his full SoundCloud below:

@CamIAm4Ever

Images via @camiam4ever

The Zagg boys are back with March Zaggness 3

OG Roddy and Henny Hendrixx are back with their third installment of March Zaggness. The project consists of 10 tracks with features from Jah Banks and DreDoso. The emphatic duo seamlessly warps trap beats over pops on unexpected sounds. They never fail when it comes to catchy music as their first single Bad bitch VS Wife was a complete banger. Listen to the dope project below:

@OGxHENNY  

Meet Jahlaam sultry songbird out the A

 

Jahlaam releases the visual for her third single entitled fantasy off of her upcoming project #FLOWerEP. Peepthe lusty song was brought to life by Hued Productions below and be on the lookout for her new project this summer.@Jahlaam

Check out New Jersey’s first annual Juice Hip Hop exhibition

The purpose of this is to unite all of the elements of hip-hop and let the youth know what it really is about. It’s a mixing pot of what hip-hop has been all along; a way of life, not just rap. It’s a feeling, it’s an emotion, and it’s a story. Each person involved will be telling their story through their talent. Pay close attention, take every moment in, and cherish all that this Church has to offer. –  via Moxie1973.com

ICYMI: Moxie 1973 put on for New Jersey. The first and hopefully annual Juice Hip Hop Exhibition happened this weekend. The day and night was filled with art, dancing, music, DJ sets and vendors from the garden state selling their original pieces.

The event was held in a church on Montgomery Avenue in Jersey City and was a fitting home for the uplifting event. The forecasted purpose was achieved for sure. 

Peep some of the performances from the night and keep up to date with Moxie1973 for future events.

@Moxie1973

Meet Atlanta’s newest sweetheart she has the voice of an angel and will tell you exactly how she likes it

Meet Atlanta’s newest sweetheart she has the voice of an angel and will tell you exactly how she likes it

Staccato piano cords begin and after three bars - the voice of an angel with a low alto tone and airy trail offs begins to sing:

 “So you know I like to show off, might fuck you with my heels on”

Jae tips may have the best EP series in NYC

The New York Native, emcee and ADD alumni better known as Jae tips recently dropped his third installment of the HYPEBEAST series. The Series in itself has irrefutably become a timeline of his progression as a wordsmith and artist.  While the EP still has a charming NYC flair with muted horns, quick paced downbeats and warm tones it is definitely a representation of Jae tips prowess.

Records like My City featuring Pyro Traxx and Old Chick featuring Phil Walker are easily summer classics.  The real highlights of EP come into play when you listen to tracks like Godfather, Insecure, Gotta Go Now and Proceed ft. Tina Yao. While Tips has always been a rather candid artist his honesty is much more potent this time around. He outlines life’s pauses of sheer tragedy and fear so eloquently and still has metaphors peppered throughout to make the concepts relatable. It is an intelligent project.

In true Jae fashion he slipped a lyrical dagger into the EP with the track Cancelled Christmas. It’s seething with the nastiest bars that scurry up your spine until your face curls up in disgust. Yes people BARS ON BARS ON BARS.

Listen to Hypebeast 3 if you don’t believe me.

@JaeTips