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Walking Home From Cookers (Video)

Recorded last night as I walked home, a bit tipsy, from Night of the Cookers. I’m not really saying anything, but hey, I promised you more videos. Here ya go.

Oh, the song playing in the background is “She” by Tyler, the Creator featuring Frank Ocean. GOLF WANG!

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Music Review: Jay-Z and Kanye West – Watch The Throne

Music Review: Jay-Z and Kanye West - Watch The Throne

Let’s talk for a minute about hype. Public Enemy once famously implored us not to believe it. After all, hype is used to cover up shortcomings in that which is being hyped. There should be no pomp and circumstance—the work should speak for itself, right? Ultimately, children, hype breeds disappointment.

At least, that’s what most dissenters would say. In my opinion, however, the purpose of hype is to get people excited about a project. And that’s exactly what happened with Watch The Throne, the new album from Jay-Z and Kanye West. (The duo have dubbed themselves The Throne, a moniker I refuse to use.)

But the hype also brought a ton of criticism. In fact, people criticized the entire album before listening to it, mind you, saying it would only be a purely materialistic affair, a slap in the face to people who, in this economy, have virtually nothing. It was also said that the album wasn’t being done for the love of hip-hop, it was done so that Kanye and Jay could “win.” And I loved that such sentiments were usually backed up with qualifiers like, “I love these niggas and have supported them their whole careers but …” Fuck outta heah with that noise. Please just listen to the goddamned music.

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New Music: The Weeknd – House of Balloons

New Music: The Weeknd - House of Balloons

So far, 2011 has given me plenty of reasons to be excited about music again. First, The Vagabonds dropped a monster album, then OFWGKTA took over my iTunes (especially Earl Sweatshirt, Domo Genesis and Frank Ocean), and earlier this week Big K.R.I.T. just shut shit down.

Now we’ve got The Weeknd, the nom de croon of singer Abel Tesfaye. Along with producers Doc McKinney and Illangelo, and The Weeknd has dropped the stellar House of Balloons.

As with K.R.I.T., I was completely in the dark about this cat. (I must assume that The Weeknd is just Abel as he’s proclaimed that this is not the work of a group, band or “R&B duo.”) And as with Frank Ocean and his awesome Nostalgia, Ultra, I was also thrown by the underground’s seemingly fanatical love for this project as this is straight up R&B music. Yet after listening to House of Balloons, I sorta kinda get it. This is a haunting project, reminiscent in mood of Swing Mob-era Timbaland or early Rodney Jerkins.

Quite simply, House of Balloons is nine tracks of some of the best R&B you’ll hear this year. Tracklist and download link below.

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Random: Odd Future With Beyoncé and The Neptunes

Random: Odd Future With Beyoncé and The Neptunes

If you didn’t know by now, I’m a fan of Odd Future. The upstart hip-hop crew has been making waves of late, performing on Jimmy Fallon, starring in Funny or Die videos, and appearing on the cover of Billboard. Well, it now appears that some of the industry’s power players are trying to work with the talented younguns.

In the photo above, OFWGKTA crooner Frank Ocean (whose Nostalgia, Ultra is fucking amazing) is in the studio, working with none other than Beyoncé. Below, Tyler the Creator builds with his idols Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo of The Neptunes.

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Music: The Odd Future Wolf Gang Bible

Music: The Odd Future Wolf Gang Bible

Mayhaps you’ve heard of this tiny hip-hop collective called Odd Future. Also known as OFWGKTA, this Los Angeles-based rap crew—which includes Tyler the Creator, Earl Sweatshirt, Hodgy Beats, Domo Genesis, Mike G, Frank Ocean, Left Brain, Syd tha Kyd, Jasper Dolphin, Matt Martian and Taco Bennett—has amassed a rather considerable following thanks to a prolific run of humorously grotesque albums and mixtapes, high energy live performances, and some rather savvy marketing.

I’ve certainly become a fan recently, thanks mostly because of Earl Sweatshirt’s Earl and Domo Genesis’ Rolling Papers. Yet I understand that the entire Odd Future movement may be a bit much for some to digest all at once. (I still remember people damn near having mental breakdowns trying to wrap their minds around what Wu-Tang was all about back in the early- to mid-nineties.) Fear not, Good Readers, for the kind folks over at Sibat Media have compiled a sort of “bible” to guide you through the world of Odd Future. As stated on their blog:

Every cult needs a handbook, and the Odd Future Wolf Gang are no different. But don’t get it confused: this is not a critique, nor a review, nor an analysis of the group. This is simply a bible for all you Wolves, who understand that it’s Golf Wang or Do Well In School.

The Odd Future Wolf Gang Bible breaks everything down—the members, sub-groups, discographies, videographies, and performances—all accompanied by artwork by Matt Martian.

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