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The $hoots – How Are You

A few months back I got excited about The $hoots, a Chicago-based hip-hop collective that made effortless rapping sound authentic.  On “How Are You”, the crew continues to impress with their reintroduction of the kind of “cool” that deserves quotes.  It takes over a minute before the first voice graces the jazzy instrumental, and even then, it’s just the group hardly breathing …

pkelly94The $hoots – How Are You
A DANCE TAPE FOR THE PEOPLE

SEENMR – A DANCE TAPE…

When he’s not traveling that globe with the rising Snack Skateboards crew, Sean Cullen likes fucking up the music game as the ever evolving SEENMR.  On his newest release, A DANCE TAPE FOR THE PEOPLE OF PLANET EARTH, SEENMR steps away from the highly textured beats that defined his earlier work into more structured, progressive dance songs.  He’s been flirting …

pkelly94SEENMR – A DANCE TAPE…
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Stifton – close 2 u

If you thought that what has been missing from electronic music was more chromatic bleeps and bloops you were fucking wrong.  Vocoders are what is missing from electronic music, and Stifton has some vocoder-y sounds for you.  Although vocoders were once the manifestation of futuristic ideals and the strive to make music more calculated, something about the way Stifton builds …

tccarr14Stifton – close 2 u
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The $hoots x Lanzo – Plottin’

I’m not sure exactly when it happened, but the novelty of hip-hop crews started to wear a while ago.  Maybe too many blogs claimed that they had found the next Odd Future or maybe I just became more cynical after realizing crews like Pro.Era were a lot less deep than I’d initially hoped.  Despite this, I can’t help but get …

pkelly94The $hoots x Lanzo – Plottin’
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Adamn Killa x Bladee – Dont Want

If you haven’t realized yet, almost everyone raps like Chief Keef did now.  Its been almost three years since “I Don’t Like” came out and suddenly almost overnight everyone was trampolining off of syllables, stealing Chief Keef’s flow.  Adamn Killa immediately stood out to me because he doesn’t rap like anyone I can think of.  Adamn’s flow is effortless but …

tccarr14Adamn Killa x Bladee – Dont Want