In the final week of July, Dead End Hip-Hop: In Case You Missed It will be covering all things hip-hop and catch you up on all things DEHH! [Read more…] about DEHH ICMYI: July, Week 4
Curated by: I.S. Jones & Jake Milgate
When I began writing editorials two years ago, I never conceived that one day I would become Managing Editor of any major platform. I still see myself as a super fan of hip-hop. Even now, I’ll message rappers on the side to gush about how much I love their work. I never want to lose that wide-eyed wonder this music gives me. I believe there is a unique magic in emerging rappers. There is immense potential ahead, to be profoundly successful and shape a generation, and there is profound odds stacked up against an artist.
That is why I wanted to make this playlist, because I wanted others to experience my wide-eyed wonder. The following are tracks we pulled out from a hefty pile of artists who submitted on Twitter. Thank you again to Jake for helping with this amazing selection and we hope you enjoy.
Track 1: USED 2 Love You: Nu3ra Ness
“Nu3ra Ness pronounced (New Era Ness) is a rising Virginia Hip-Hop artist with a determination to separate himself from his peers. Nu3ra has been working to create a foundation for himself based off meaningful lyrics, raw emotion, and a connection with his loyal fan base”.
Track 2: Hole In My Pocket (feat. Selina Carrera): Peter Sayke
“Cincinnati native, Chicago resident. Pete Sayke‘s sound is one of homegrown soul. After releasing his solo project, The New Black, in 2010, Pete partnered with emcee Mike Schpitz to form the duo Grumpy Old Men. a group that was invited to perform at Atlanta’s A3C Hip Hop Festival and was also “Broken” on Shade45’s Wake Up Show in 2013″
Track 3: Practice Work: AissaSpades
AissaSpades is fun, flirty, irreverent, but also still carries that sweet nectar of pain that comes a black women singing her truth. I simply couldn’t see this playlist being possible without her sound.
Track 4: Room for Hoes: See.Francis
Casmir Francis, also known by his stage name See.Francis, is an artist-songwriter, producer, and actor born in Newark, New Jersey.
Track 5: 7 Figures: Saevi
A newcomer to music, Saevi’s voice already holds centuries of wisdom, heartache, and endurance.
Track 6: Baby Miloh Two: Miloh Smith
Atlanta rapper, Miloh Smith, raps quite confidently on her latest track, “Baby Miloh Two”. Her flow along with some cool synths will certainly have your head knodding.
Track 7: Voices (ft. Pet Zebra): My Favorite Color
Rapper, My Favorite Color, is hearing “Voices” in his single featuring Pet Zebra
Track 8: Stay Froze(n) feat. Ariana Grande: Cazper
Canadian rapper, cazper, hazily flows over some lo-fi production on “stay froze(n)”
Track 9: Purified: Sire Kaizër
Sire Kaizer is a Charleston native. He keeps it short and sweet on “Purified”.
Track 10: BST: KlassickEmcee
– You can really feel the soul in this one. KlassickEmcee shreds the mic on “BST”.
Track 11: Winning: Jah Jr.
– Jah Jr., Dublin, GA native, takes us on a victory lap on “Winnin”.
I.S. Jones is a writer living in New York by way of California. Send pizza not nudes. She is the new Managing Editor of Dead End Hip Hop & it’s been a ride so far. She misses the warmth dearly. You can tweet at her here
Jake Milgate a.k.a. MILFENCE is a hip-hop writer and enthusiast from Rochester, New York
Hip-hop is extremely special to me, and I love it more than anything. But one thing I noticed about this genre and its listeners comparing it to other genres such as rock and r&b, is that the bar for excellence changes so much over the years. One thing that bothers me about this and with fans is that the fans are so extremely passionate about the genre, sometimes to a fault. What I mean by that is the overuse of the word “classic”. Allow me some time to explain please.
If you use any sort of social media I’m sure if you’ve seen it. An album comes out by ANY rapper on a Thursday night, and before the night is over, the fans are calling it “classic”. And boy oh boy is it troubling and down right annoying. I’ll litter a few examples in here. About a month Jaden Smith released his highly anticipated SYRE album. Solid body of work from a young kid who still has room to grow. But sure enough when it was released, hours later, the fans on Twitter were calling it a classic album. What pissed me off about this is that I hadn’t even gotten a chance to listen to the album yet. I know what you’re saying to yourself. “But JORDAN, you’re just being a hater! But JORDAN, what about instant classics?! What do YOU think is a classic?” Allow me to explain the issue with calling everything “classic”.
There are VERY few “instant classic” albums. Period. Let’s get that out the way. How does one define a classic? Does it define a sound, a year or even an ERA? Is it high quality music? An album with absolutely no skips? Is it about time and longevity? Is it about numbers? Is it a mixture of all of those? Well the short answer is yes. Albums such as the Wu-Tang Clan’s “36 Chambers“, Nas’ “Illmatic“, Jay-Z’s “Reasonable Doubt” and Kanye West’s “College Dropout” are held in such a high regard and are called undisputed classics because they have some sort of beautiful mixture of all of the aforementioned qualities in them.
“Okay Jordan, so what’s the problem?”
Well the problem comes when the rappers and fans sling the term around so much. The word “classic” should be reserved for art that earns it. I know I’m not anyone to be telling people what they can and can’t think is classic, but the genre begins to get watered down when everything that comes out is considered classic before we even give it a chance to breathe. Listeners don’t even bother to digest the album good before asking for more music. Rappers (most of them, anyway) work extremely hard to give us product to listen to and people should learn to love and live with an album before the slap a label on it and move on to the next work. Listeners are fans of rappers and people, such big fans that they will do anything to put that rapper on a pedestal with other top tier artists that have multiple classics under their belts. Example? Don’t mind if I do.
I am the biggest fan of Kendrick Lamar. Kendrick, Drake and others like them consistently give their fans quality albums every couple of years. But they have risen to astronomical levels of superstardom to the point where anything they drop is put on that level of “classic” because they’re so well loved and fans want one to be better than the others. Hip-hop is by far the most hyper competitive genre, period, and no other genre pits their stars against each other like rap does. Don’t even get me started with Kanye West’s stans.
Calling everything a classic is really watering down something that should be special. There is nothing wrong with appreciating an album while we have it before moving on to the next. This is why I love when rappers take their time with the music and don’t rush the product. And let’s be honest, trolling or not, nothing can be a classic before you finish listening to it. That’s silly! By the time y’all finish reading this…let me guess…”CLASSIC”.
…..Y’all are aware that this is just my opinion, right…?
UK hip-hop has taken a bashing over the years, perpetually accused of mimicking its American counterparts and paling into insignificance next to London’s fertile grime scene. DELS, happily, is a breath of fresh air. The London rapper’s 2011 debut album GOB showed promise, full of musical ideas and visually arresting lyricism, yet it sadly got lost amidst some of the year’s bigger electronic releases. Now he’s back with “RGB,” the first single from his new album Petals Have Fallen (out November 4th on Big Dada), and that initial frisson is back ten times stronger. Over a raw, roughed up beat by produced by long-time cohorts Micachu and Kwes—and live drums from new FADER favorite GEoRGiA—he drops post-internet savvy lines that circle the brain like a watchful hawk: Love, you’ve got to shout louder / Crank up the hearing aid / Dialogue’s the power.
Evan’s sophomore project “For The Birds” is now available! In the conceptual summer time project, the artist touches on experiences in relationships, 9-5 jobs and hip hop. The album is packed with 12 original new tracks produced by Customary including the singles “Go Round,” “Stay Young” and “Cheap Date.”
As most of you know, we get buried with music submissions from artist all over the world. More often than not the music submitted is barely tolerable and I’m done in about 45 seconds. It’s extremely rare to find anyone worth posting, well I found a gem.
HD (I know the name is a little off) is another up and coming artist from the birthplace of hip hop: Brooklyn, New York (Technically the Bronx but I’m not rewriting my sentence). Hip hop has always been young, innovative, progressive and HD adds to that lineage. With only a couple of mixtapes under his belt already, sky is the limit for the Brooklyn emcee. Check it out and download the mixtape if it #BumpInDaWhip