Local Music: “Only Us” by Freddie Grahamz

  Freddie Grahamz cruises the Miami streets in his latest video for “Only Us”. Grahamz’ sophomore mixtape, Goldmouth, is soon to be debuted. It follows the UpAllNite mixtape and short film. The upcoming mixtape features a BTS blog showing the making of the KIDEEZ remix and unreleased songs. In “Only Us” Grahamz displays his great storytelling ability…

Local Music: “Dressed 2 Kill” by JK the Reaper

JK the Reaper, 23,  is straight out of Greensboro, North Carolina. He’s been named as a member of Denzel Curry’s C9 collective. JK and Curry are surrounded by pretty models at a pseudo-photoshoot. Kaytranada’s signature sounds can be heard throughout the song. “Dressed 2 Kill” will be featured on Digital Tears due out next year.   ***…

VOTD: Blu Collar Workers

Blu & Exile released “Below the Heavens” in the summer of 2007. Blu Collar Workers is the 6th track out of 15. Exile produced the album and mixed samples with gritty-quirky beats. He sampled “Quicksand” by Martha and the Vandellas and “When Sunny Gets Blue” by Johnny Mathis in this track. Blu talked about his money and…

Local Music: Rainy Daze – Ivan M/M

Need a perfect mix to start the weekend? Check out Ivan M/M‘s smooth night mix. With features like Sweet Sweet by Travis Scott, Bad and Boujee by Migos, and Floyd Mayweather by Young Thug this mix will get you hype. Play it below and BLAST IT. Have a safe weekend. Stay tuned. Ivan M/M will release…

Music Finds: “Coins” by Local Natives

Taylor Rice’s voice was surely missed. Local Natives took a 3-year hiatus since their last album release of Hummingbird. Their new album, Sunlit Youth, was released earlier this month. Coins, the 7th track of the 12 track album has a colorful distorted lyric video created by Adam Fuchs. Fuchs, the art director of Adult Swim.com, is known for working…

Kid Cudi freestyles on an 88 Keys beat

I can proudly say that I know this freestyle by heart. In his early days, Kid Cudi collaborated with 88 Keys to create some memorable songs like “Ho’ Is Short for Honey” (The Death of Adam) and “Wasting My Minutes” (Adam’s Case Files: The Mixtape). After recording “Wasting My Minutes”, 88 Keys played a few of his old beats, Cudi…

Meet Nai Palm of Hiatus Kaiyote

  Hiatus Kaiyote is a neo-soul band based in Melbourne, Australia. Nai Palm is the lead singer with a sultry voice and “punk” appearance. StyleLikeU‘s What’s Underneath project lets artists talk about their story and their self-acceptance. At the end of the interview, the guests are in their underwear and vulnerable but happy with their core selves….

Music Finds: Wopaveli EP – Tio

Tio released a 9-track EP 2 days ago. It features the track Waves. The production and lyrics are both heavily influenced by trap, perfect for a party or kick back. Check it out.

Mick Jenkins performs “The Waters” at Pitchfork’s Festival

Without Vine, I wouldn’t have known about Mick Jenkins and his mixtape, The Waters. The lyrics “My n*gga mow the lawn it’s too many snakes. That’s the same shit that got Eve” looped over and over and I had to figure out who the artist was behind the words. After listening to the 15-track Mixtape, The…

“Nikes” by Frank Ocean

Can you believe that Frank Ocean is finally releasing music? Endless has been on repeat and I’m sure Boys Don’t Cry ( or whatever he names it) will too. Bask in this new video for the track, Nikes. Courtesy of Apple Music. Watch the video here.

Sample Saturdays: “Rhinestone Cowboy” by Madvillain

The Olympics are still taking place in Brazil and I’m half-way supporting it (It’s done too much damage to Brazil and Brazil’s poor). For today’s Sample Saturday, I’m going to introduce you to the Brazilian pop singer, Maria Bethânia, and how she influenced Madlib and MF Doom. MF Doom and Madlib formed the duo, Madvillain,…

Throwback Thursday: Oba, Lá Vem Ela

In honor of the Olympics taking place in Brazil, today’s Throwback Thursday is dedicated to the Brazilian artist, Jorge Ben Jor. The 2008 film, City of God, introduced me to Brazilian sound. I fell in love with the adlibs, style, and raw instruments (especially the reco-reco).  Since the film took place in the 70s, the…