My two favorite British battle rappers/British people in general, Shuffle T & Marlo, “crash” a wedding with a special toast to a huge battle rap fan. This is legendary. God bless everyone involved in this video.
One of my favorite British battle rappers, Cee Major, also happens to be one of the best British rappers on-beat. He recently released his debut EP, Humble Beginnings, and it’s easily one of the most quality, well-developed EPs I’ve heard in quite some time. The lyrics are on the highest level and the beats, which include a wonderful Arctic Monkeys sample on “Lost Souls Pt. 2,” are on par with the rhymes. Definitely check it out if you’re a fan of excellent hip-hop.
I didn’t dig Cold War Kids’ last album, Dear Miss Lonelyhearts, outside of the lead single “Miracle Mile,” as much as I hoped I would, so I’m mildly skeptical about the announcement of this new album, but I’m still excited, and the first offering “All This Could Be Yours,” is a strong lead single. Keep a lookout for their 5th studio album due out some time in October.
If you’re a real Macklemore fan then the name Fences should be very familiar, as he’s the singer delivered the bone-chilling chorus on the remix of “The Otherside.” In any case, Fences is working on his debut album and thought, rightfully so, it would be a good call to get his Seattle pal Mac, and the incredibly underrated Ryan Lewis to come feature on his lead single, “Arrows.”
The song sounds like it could have easily been on The Heist and features some great, classic Ryan Lewis production. It’s a quality track that will hopefully will get as wide-spread as Mr. Haggerty’s recent output. I remain a huge Macklemore fan to this day for this very reason: the music. Fences’ debut album, Lesser Oceans, is due out October 14.
In a wonderful burst of indie rock, North Carolina’s The Rosebuds created what has become my late summer jam with the absolutely infectious “Blue Eyes.” The Justin Vernon production credit and co-sign helped me get on board, but the music has me staying and wanting more. Sand + Silence is out August 5.
First up is “Rapt,” the first single from the debut solo project Karen O (of Yeah Yeah Yeahs fame). It’s soft, slow, emotive, and everything I want from a Karen O solo song off an album titled Crush Songs. Expect the album out September 9.
I’ve been sick for a few days and I’m going to take advantage of this time in bed to update my wonderful followers on what music I’ve been listening to, because I’ve been woefully neglectful in this regard as of late.