WEDNESDAY NIGHT LEFTOVERS (4.25.12)

The Leftovers

Fresh off Coachella and on my way to Jazz Fest in NOLA, it’s hard not to feel like I’m getting spoiled by live music lately. In the meantime though, there’s been a ton of dope shit dropping left and right, and I haven’t had the chance to show love to all the great bands that deserve it. For one, the new Chromatics album is pretty epic. Aside from that, Fort Romeau and Hype Williams also came with some pretty excellent full-lengths, and 2 Chainz absolutely stole the show on the latest from Yeezy and the G.O.O.D. Music fam. Also, for the record, Willis Earl Beal is doing something special. Check out Acousmatic Sorcery as soon as possible. As usual, most of these tracks are just a taste of what folks are doing. So if you dig what they’re doing, go do your homework and support their grind.

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WIZ KHALIFA’S TAYLOR ALLDERDICE

Wiz Khalifa

I don’t think I’m alone when I say it was Kush & Orange Juice that really gave Wiz my full attention. Now, two years on the heels of Kush & OJ‘s smooth, spacey soul textures, it’s safe to say Wiz’s position in the game is a bit different. But while “Black & Yellow” was topping charts and taking over frat parties nationwide, some of us couldn’t help but notice a decline in the particular brand of lush, silky slaps that characterized his (and Curren$y’s for that matter) trademark projects over the past few years, and an increase in understandably chart-tempting fare. Taylor Allderdice, then, the latest tape from Wiz, feels like a return to form for a cult hero turned pop star.


Download: Wiz Khalifa feat. Juicy J – “Blindfolds”

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WAKA FLOCKA FOR PETA

Waka Flocka is the greatest. It’s like ratchet wasn’t even really ratchet until he came along. And every time we doubt him, he and Lex Luger come back with something earth-shatteringly fun and patently ridiculous. Waka Flocka makes weekend nights smack harder, and turns perfectly respectable gatherings into fucking chaos. He’s a major proponent of the twerk team. He’s got a whole lot of money, and bitches count it for him. What we might not have known Waka Flocka had though, was a great big heart.

Scoring what’s sure to be a viral media hit, PETA has recruited Waka in their ongoing campaign for animal rights, sitting down with the Atlanta-based rapper to relate his thoughts on animal cruelty. A dog lover at heart, Waka Flocka cautions against the pitfalls of neglecting and mistreating pets, lending his support to PETA’s Investigations and Rescue fund. Below are the ads PETA will be running, one featuring Waka completely naked, excluding his 357 tats (rough estimate) and three or four chains. In any case, this was a pleasant surprise, so here’s to the folks who refuse to keep it one-dimensional.

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SCHOOLBOY Q’S HABITS & CONTRADICTIONS

Schoolboy Q

For the sake of discussion, Kendrick Lamar’s Section.80 happens to make for a solid point of comparison to Schoolboy Q’s Habits and Contradictions. Aside from the obvious–the two are frequent collaborators and members of Kendrick’s Black Hippy crew– Habits bears plenty of similarities to 80. For starters, they each have a phenomenal ear for beats, both nostalgic and forward-thinking. Both artists too, are keen observers of the world around them. Both thrive off inner conflict, and turn those conflicted moments into meditations that feel both tangibly personal, and also somehow representative on a generational level.

But where Kendrick’s social conscience tends to kick into overdrive, Q is prone to let the darker aspects of his personality predominate. The tone of Habits is dark and brooding, and the production elegantly gritty and engrossing. The subject matter too, matches the convincingly sinister tone it’s delivered in. To say that Habits then, feels something like Section.80‘s darker cousin, is really to say, more accurately, that Q succeeds here in carving out his own, very distinct creative space.


Download: Schoolboy Q feat. Kendrick Lamar – “Blessed”

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THE LEFTOVERS (THE SLEPT ON EDITION)

The Leftovers

In the interest of full disclosure, let’s just say we’ve had some server issues this year. And, unfortunately, that meant we couldn’t put as many songs out into orbit as we have in past years. Consequently, that means we didn’t get to show some artists the love they deserved. as far as Watch the Throne goes, the difference in sales was probably marginal. And don’t trip. The big blowout, wrap-up list is coming too. But for now, we figured it was only appropriate to return to a few of the artists a bit further off the radar, who made a major impression. Expect to see a few of these names on our list of favorites for the year, along with a few more. But since not everybody’s combing through Pitchfork all day, here’s a short list of folks to we recommend getting familiar with.

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