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Earl Sweatshirt – Doris (Album Cover x Track List)

Yeah yeah yeah, I know what you’re thinking: “You’re late as fuck to this party,” but better to show up fashionably late than not at all right? Anyways, Odd Future is continuing their 2013 advances with the long-awaited and highly anticipated release from fan favorite, Earl Sweatshirt.

After the boarding school fiasco, Earl returns to the hip-hop game with more sophistication and slightly less, if unwarranted, darker, misogynistic and flat out “rape-age” lyricism. I’d rather all of it however.

Check out the artwork and see who made the final cut on Doris after the break.
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New Music: Black Skinhead vs. Elephant (Nate Belasco Mashup)

As if Kanye West’s latest release, Yeezus, wasn’t dope enough, aspiring DJ, Nate Belasco, makes sure to keep our ears happy. The rock-inspired, almost sporting event sounds of Gary Glitter with Rock and Roll, Part 2, Black Skinhead easily took our hearts. However a mashup featuring Indie band Tame Impala’s Elephant off their second LP, Lonerism, seems an odd enough if not almost absurd collaboration…that works flawlessly.

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2014 Grammy’s.. Let’s Talk

So by now most, if not everyone, has listened to JAY Z’s highly anticipated album, Magna Carta… Holy Grail and to overly positive reviews. What does this mean? Were we expecting something similar to his Blueprint 3 effort? Quite honestly I’m impressed. The production, the transitions, interludes and features all work out quite nicely.

So what does this mean for next year’s “Biggest Night in Music”? In short, it’s going to get interesting! My thoughts after the break.
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JAY Z – Magna Carta Holy Grail (Track List)

Let’s all take a moment and enjoy the recent advertising means used by rappers of late. JAY Z isn’t going to slow momentum of his upcoming 12th studio album, (damn, this dude is old!) Magna Carta Holy Grail. Early Saturday the hip-hop mogul placed the track listing in the hands of his fans by having his publicist distribute black binders to the first few (and lucky) fans who met up with her in Brooklyn via a scavenger hunt. Track titles were listed on each page, but the lyrics were blacked out in a similar style to the visuals on Samsung’s website, or even previously his Blueprint 3 album cover.

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Kanye West – Yeezus (Album Cover & Track List)

So it’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything on here. Sorry for the lacking blog, been a little busy with school, work, etc. But for now studying for spanish and Lección 12 can fucking wait. The official track list for Kanye’s 6th (or 7th if you want to consider that horrible project, Cruel Summer, dare I say an “album) has finally been revealed.

Although the set only comes in at  a slightly measly 10-set list (I’m hoping for 6+ minute tracks) we still have enough to get us excited, if you aren’t already, for the album!

Check it out after the break.

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The Jet Age of Tomorrow – The JellyFish Mentality (Album Cover x Track List)

For those of you unaware of this Odd Future affiliate, I challenge you to check out their other projects Voyager and Journey to the 5th Echelon here. For those of you aware, Matt Martians and Hal Williams have finally graced us with their album cover and track list for their upcoming third LP, The JellyFish Mentality. Check it all out after the break!  Read the rest of this entry »

Late Sessions, New Artist: 100 Grand

Okay, I don’t know. Maybe I’ll start a new series or some shit, but my mentions via Twitter have been pretty popular with upcoming artists. Whose isn’t though, right? Anyways, I just finished checking out some new material from an upcoming Queens, NY rapper, going by the stagename, 100 Grand. Here’s just some quick insight.

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Kid Cudi – Indicud (Review)

Well since I haven’t done an album review in quite some time, I thought it best to review my favorite artist’s newest release. As we all know, or for those of you late to the New York City Rage Fest, Kid Cudi’s third solo album Indicud leaked early yesterday morning and, so far, to overly positive reaction. Some claim it as “his best work yet,” others state that the Cleveland rapper “is back!” Either way, I haven’t really heard any negative comments about the album, which is actually quite surprising.

Kid Cudi has always been an outcast in the world of hip-hop. The self-proclaimed Lonely Stoner received criticism among many hip-hop heads simply because he couldn’t be placed into a set-in-stone genre. Kid Cudi, by iTunes description, is a hip-hop artist, but many fans will agree that his sound is almost extraterrestrial, ever-changing and manipulating growth while being able redefine not sound in particular, but the way the listener is captivated by his music. All fan-boying aside, I honestly don’t think there will be another artist who will match Kid Cudi’s style in the near future at least.

Anyways, let’s get into the review. G.O.O.D. Music really lost an extraordinary artist and, with material like this, Kid Cudi is better off on his own. Read the rest of this entry »

Kid Cudi – Indicud (Album Cover x Track List)

Although originally set for a April 2 leak by Mr. Man on the Moon himself, good ol reliable Walmart posted the album cover and track listing on their website for pre-order. For once, I thank the super chain as I don’t think I could have waited another week.

No long drawn out post here, just get into the fiery release below. Read the rest of this entry »

Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City (Album Cover x Track List)

Well, 2013 definitely seems to be the year of music, as cliche as this saying is. But honestly it seems that anyone and everyone who ever made a decent album is resurfacing to release second, third, fourth and so on effort. With the likes of a new Paramore album on the horizon, Iron & Wine, The Strokes, James Blake, OneRepublic, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Phoenix, Portugal. the Man and so forth, it only seems right for Ezra, Rostam and both Chris’s to join the force.

After release of the first single, their new direction seems more conceptual and it gets both thumbs up from this guy. Read the rest of this entry »