Mixtapes

Evian Christ drops Kings and Them mixtape

It makes sense that 2012’s first youtube-born ‘next big thing’ would land on Tri-Angle — the home of How To Dress Well, Balam Acab, oOoOO and Clams Casino.  The label just dropped this mixtape of the 8 tracks the enigmatic Evian Christ posted in late December.  Having only listened to “Fuck It None Of Ya’ll Don’t Rap” before this release,… Read more →

‘the combination made my eyes bleed’

Wugazi – 13 Chambers (self-released, 2011) Obviously this album layers Wu-Tang rhymes over Fugazi post-rock to create the ultimate tribute to the early 90’s.  What might not be so obvious before listening to the album is how well these diverse groups fit together.  Like Danger Mouse and Jaydiohead before them, Cecil Otter, Swiss Andy, Plain Ole Bill and Adam Constable… Read more →

Wugazi = Doomtree + Wu-Tang + Fugazi = Awesome

In these days when most are too jaded to even waste their time claiming ‘hip-hop is dead’, the Minneapolis-based Doomtree collective continue to put out exciting releases from P.O.S., Dessa and most recently Simms.  Today they leaked the first track off their Wugazi project.  Joining the likes of Danger Mouse‘s Grey Album and Jaydiohead‘s mixtapes, Sleep Rules Everything Around Me… Read more →

‘stripper booty and a rack like wow, brain like berkeley’

It’s been a minute since I’ve posted about a single song, but I feel Frank Ocean’s “Novacane” deserves a permanent spot here…he deserves more than a lost Facebook post. Ocean was transplanted to L.A. from New Orleans when Katrina hit and it was there that he hooked up with the Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All crew. At first… Read more →

jj wants to kill you

jj – Kills (Sincerely Yours, 2010) There was a time when jj was an anonymous Swedish pop project that hid Lil’ Wayne lyrics under balaeric beats and were presented as nothing nothing than blood splattered marijuana leaves.  Blood on the cover was ironic at the time because the music was so quiet and the female voice so sweet, but the… Read more →