Thursday, September 27, 2012

Mike Mictlan: "SNAXXX" (Mixtape)

Mike Mictlan's SNAXXX mixtape has been getting plenty of local Twitter buzz, and is finally here. It was largely produced by 2% Muck and from what I can tell so far is a grimy listen throughout. One thing that's important to point out is there's a song here called "Spicy Peeñ."There are also contributions from P.O.S, Spider Baybie Raw Dog, Greg Grease, Lizzo, and more. You can download the album for the "name your price" method at Mictlan's Bandcamp, or get the limited edition SNAXX PAXXX while supplies last. Stream the project after the jump.

Big Cats: "One" (Music Video)

Big Cats' instrumental album For My Mother is coming out in less than a week, on Tuesday Oct. 2. Based on the songs we've heard so far, and this new video for leadoff track "One," it promises to be a great overall piece of music. You can order For My Mother online on CD or vinyl; 75% of the proceeds from the album will go to the Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance, in honor or Christi Wirth-Davis. Lastly, remember that Big Cats complete with a live band will perform at the For My Mother release party on Thursday 10/11 at the Cedar Cultural Center.

Prof: Kaiser Von Powderhorn 3 (Mixtape)

After "New Kid" and the video for "Me Boi," Prof has now released his newest mixtape, Kaiser Von Powderhorn 3, in full. It's a free download at Prof's Bandcamp site, and features Slug and Yelawolf, as well as production from Lazerbeak. Stream it below.

Paper Tiger: Beat Tape

Those who pre-ordered the physical copy of Paper Tiger's Summer EP received as a bonus the limited run physical copy of this beat tape. Now, fortunately for everyone else, Paper Tiger has decided to make that beat tape available as a download. Stream it below or download it for free at Paper Tiger's Bandcamp page.

Toki Wright: "High Definition" (Music Video)

Here is the music video for Toki Wright's "High Definition," off his FADERS mixtape. Adam Dunn directed the video.

Alex Frecon: "San Fran" (Music Video)

New video from Alex Frecon, directed by Jason Chorba of XGenesis Productions. Purchase Alex Frecon's The Hedgehog Dilemma on iTunes.

BdotCroc: "Not Ya Average" (Music Video)

New video from BdotCroc.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Danny Brown: "Change"

Depending on how big of a Blu fan you are, you may have caught his 2008 album with elusive producer mainframe under the moniker Johnson&Jonson. It was an unstructured album with Blu rhyming over obscure, hazy psychedelic rock samples and ended up being one of my favorite albums of that year, and probably my second favorite Blu project to date. Now, Johnson&Jonson are teaming up to produce a new album by the prolific Danny Brown, who always seems to be wearing multiple hats. On their first single, "Change," he dials back his hyped out, grime music-inspired yelp rap, for a surprisingly smooth and subdued style. Their album, which is coming out under the name Danny Johnson, should be out relatively soon.

I.B.E: "Bottomless Bottom" (Prod. Benzilla)

In January, I.B.E will be coming out with his album This That & The Third, which is produced entirely by Benzilla and will feature I Self Devine, Slug and more as guests. Here is the first single from that album, "Bottomless Bottom."

Brother Ali: "Only Life I Know" (Music Video)

Here's the latest from Ali's quickly approaching LP with Jake One, Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color, which will be out on Tuesday next week but can still be preordered. The "Only Life I Know" video was directed by Dave Wilson. Learn more about the song after the jump.

Prof: "Me Boi" (Music Video)

If you thought Prof had reached his limit for how ridiculous his videos can be, think again. His latest, for "Me Boi," off his upcoming Kaiser Von Powdorhorn 3 mixtape and directed by Adam Dunn, features him punching a lot of men (and some women), breaking shit, parading around town to Planned Parenthood and Hennepin County Medical Center with a bottle of Jameson and three very pregnant women. Don't even bothering acting surprised at this point.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

P.O.S: "Fuck Your Stuff" (Music Video)

Here is the epic, cameo-packed new video for P.O.S's "Fuck Your Stuff," directed by Isaac Gale and David Jensen. Like all of P.O.S's new material, the song is a monster in live performances, and gets fans in full-out riot mode. The video captures that similar energy — there's dancing, graffiti, a plethora of blurred out insignia, and lots and lots of fire. This is part of the anti-corporate, non-materialistic, posture-free section of life that P.O.S is referencing with his album title, We Don't Even Live Here. The song and video for "Fuck Your Stuff" may inspire some new people to seek that out as well.

Marijuana Deathsquads: Tamper. Disable. Destroy (Free Album)

Marijuana Deathsquads just put out a new free album titled Tamper. Disable. Destroy. I already posted their collaboration with Astronautalis and Channy of Poliça, "Top Down." It looks the the rest of the album is equally packed with collaborations. Guests on Tamper. Disable. Destroy include Lazerbeak, Lizzo, P.O.S, Mike Mictlan, Plain Ole Bill, Spyder Baybie Raw Dog, Truth Be Told, Ander Other, Sims, Makr, Ben Ivascu (Poliça), Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), Har Mar Superstar, Cecil Otter, 2% Muck, and many more. Yikes. Follow the link below to visit the band's website, where you can download the entire album.

DOWNLOAD - Marijuana Deathsquads: Tamper. Disable. Destroy

Watch Brother Ali Freestyle over the 5 Fingers of Death on Sway In the Morning (Video)

While Brother Ali was recently out in New York he visited the Sway in the Morning radio show and took on the 5 Fingers of Death challenge. Watch the video above to see how that turned out. Hint: he bodies it, as evidenced by the guy in the back constantly fist-pumping.

Update: Wow. The "guy in the back" is Murs, and it took me a while to realize that. Murs cut his hair!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Marijuana Deathsquads: "Top Down" ft. Astronautalis & Channy Leaneagh

Next Tuesday local experimental electronic group Marijuana Deathsquads will release Tamper, Disable, Destroy, a free album via Totally Gross National Product. "Top Down" is the synthy, wobbly single from that album, and it features a chorus from Channy of Poliça and intermittent appearances from Astronautalis, who drops by to rap what sound to be freestyles. Stream the song below.

The Chalice: "Mama" (Music Video)

"Mama" is the latest song to come from Minneapolis trio The Chalice, composed of Lizzo, Sophia Eris and Claire de Lune. This black and white video was directed by Nicholas Larkins Perez. The group will release their debut EP WE ARE THE CHALICE on Sept. 28.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

House Shoes: "Sweet" ft. Danny Brown (Music Video)

Danny Brown, despite not having put out an album in 2012, is still impressively delivering one of the strongest years of anyone on the national scene. Every time it seems Brown's momentum is starting to fade, he'll pop up with a killer guest verse or a great single. Despite surely making a comfortable living playing festivals like Bonnaroo and touring extensively, Brown is still rapping each verse with a reckless passion, like his whole career rests on the delivery of each line. It's been a joy to follow.

His latest case for Rapper of the Year, a prestigious honor which I just made up right now, is the video for "Sweet" off House Shoes' latest album Let It Go. Watch the shapeshifting Brown above, in his second excellent music video of 2012.