Without a doubt, the biggest story this week was Miguel’s impromptu leg drop during his performance at the Billboard Music Awards. Of course, he didn’t mean to do it, but damn! Now when it comes to crazy, are-you-serious news...
Without a doubt, the biggest story this week was Miguel’s impromptu leg drop during his performance at the Billboard Music Awards. Of course, he didn’t mean to do it, but damn! Now when it comes to crazy, are-you-serious news, an arrest warrant was issued for Bronx rapper Tim Dog who reportedly died earlier this year. Yeah. It’s not quite as ridiculous, but apparently Kanye West is pushing Will Smith to release new music.
In more straight-up news, Action Bronson revealed that his Saab Stories project with Harry Fraud drops early next month, with the same going for Joey Bada$$’s Summer Knights EP. There’s some new Madlib on the way, too, along with a gang of Prefuse 73 collaborative projects. Oh, and hey, check out our guide to Kanye’s upcoming album, Yeezus.
Here are the best tracks we heard this past week:
Black Hippy – “U.O.E.N.O.” (Remix)
The Underachievers – “May’s Patience”
Earl Sweatshirt – “Guild” F. Mac Miller
Boards of Canada – “Reach for the Dead”
Pharrell – “Happy”
Shad – “Homie”
Disclosure – “When a Fire Starts to Burn”
Quadron – “Better Off” F. Kendrick Lamar
Click below to grab the Best Downloads of the Week.
Chuck Inglish | Droptops [EP]
It’s almost summer and Chuck Inglish knows exactly what he’s doing with his latest project. Droptops is certified summer music through and through, thanks in part to the minimalist, bass-heavy production. Guest features include Asher Roth, Buddy, and Da$h & Retch, all of whom are strong complements to Inglish’s mostly languid delivery. And even if you disagree, you need this for your ride.
You can download the EP here.
Brian Fresco | Mafioso [Mixtape]
Mafioso is a new project from Chicago rapper Brian Fresco, who runs with the SaveMoney crew that features Joey Purp, Chance the Rapper, Vic Mensa, and others. Sure enough, they all show up on here, though Fresco mostly works to establish himself as a burgeoning talent. Even though there are a few filler cuts on here, this one’s definitely worth your time this weekend (and beyond).
You can download the tape here.
Shigeto | Boiler Room Mix
Shigeto performed at a recent Boiler Room party and, like every set hosted by them, the entire thing has landed online. It’s 42 minutes of mostly danceable material, which Shigeto messes with here and there throughout with his MPC. I could see this one soundtracking your pre-nighttime shenanigans or being played when you’re winding down from whatever absurdity you’re getting into. Or just dance to it.
You can download the mix here.
Ryan Hemsworth | Still Awake [EP]
Ryan Hemsworth loves you. Yes, you, you, and especially you. How do I know this? Because he released his latest project as a thank you to all his fans out there. I get the strong feeling he’ll only have more fans to show love to once Still Awake makes the rounds, because it only continues to show off his immense talents. I, for one, can’t wait to see him play the Hopscotch Music Festival in September.
You can download the EP here.
The Jet Age of Tomorrow | The Jellyfish Mentality [Album]
The Jet Age of Tomorrow is the duo of Hal Williams and Matt Martians and they have a penchant for forward-thinking funk/R&B with a touch of soul and hip-hop. That’s especially evident on their third album, The Jellyfish Mentality, which they have been so kind to give away for free. This thing houses 21 (!) brand-new joints and collaborations with everyone from SBTRKT to Earl Sweatshirt to the Stepkids. Chyeah.
You can download the album here.