All posts by: Alex Nicoll

Video: Jay IDK – Metro

In 2015 you can imagine yourself being drawn into a rap song for a lot of reasons. A catchy hook, warbled through a sheen of muddied Autotune. An airy beat with kicks like pillows dropped on a memory foam mattress. […]

Video: Ravyn Lenae – Blossom Dearie

In the video for “Blossom Dearie”, we watch Ravyn Lenae traipse through woodlands, gather leaves in her hands, and then lets them fall to the ground.  As the leaves fall to the ground, they get caught by the camera, and […]

Video: Mike Melinoe – Zaddy Sayda

We like to pretend we’re only one person- a linear story line shot out into the world. This lie of chronology makes it easier to live, but avoids the complications of the truth. We’re a fragmented jumble of different personas […]

Video: Statik Selektah – Beautiful Life (Feat. Action Bronson and Joey Bada$$)

When Action Bronson calls you to go on a Croation yacht vacation, you brush up on how to grill sea bass and then you pack your bags, The video for Statik Selektah’s “Beautiful Life” features Statik, Joey Bada$$, and Bronsolino himself […]

PREMIERE: Mike Melinoe – Addict Venture (Prod. Niles Mack)

Mike Melinoe, “Basquiat extemporized” (“off the dome” for those without a thesaurus), is an addict. Yeah, this song is about drugs, but I’m talking about hip-hop. While some can take a hit, chill, and leave it alone, Melinoe wakes in […]

How Bonnaroo Taught Me to Chill Out (A Little Bit)

I’m one of those skeptical millennials, the sort who will fact check your small talk on my phone (feigning texting) as you speak, and then whisper all of your factual errors to those around us once you’re out of earshot. […]

Playboy Carti – Fetti ft. Dash & Maxo Kream

Playboy Carti, fresh off of the post-Lil-B success of “Broke Boy” dropped this ponderous, spacey track with the support of 808 Mafia. The beat, produced by ChrisFresh, sounds like Boards of Canada repurposed for trap. It lends the start of […]

Video: Towkio – .WAV Theory

To coincide with the release of Towkio’s (best of 2015?) mixtape .WAV Theory comes a video of the title track. The song’s electronic swell is mirrored by videos of waves around Chicago that themselves mirror landmarks of the city; Towkio and his director LL […]

Louie P – Pree ft. Marvel Alexander & Kaytranada

Kaytranada has officially made it. He has a DJ show after Flying Lotus on BBC Radio 1. His frequent collaborator Vic Mensa just signed to Roc Nation. He rules SoundCloud, but he always makes sure to put the homies on. Last […]

Mick Jenkins – Alchemy

I love Mick Jenkins for the ways he reminds me of the underground rappers of the past. He eschews flashy sounds and hash-taggable adlibs for intricate lyricism and direct effect. He isn’t looking to get signed to some imprint, or […]

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