Beat: Monday February 18th

The Weeknd – Till Dawn (Here Comes The Sun) 

Last year, The Weeknd released his highly anticipated “Triology” which was based on the release of his three mixtapes “House of Ballooons”, “Thursday” and “Echoes of Silence”. I’ve been listening to The Weeknd since his first mixtape dropped, so I was a bit disappointed that there weren’t more previously unreleased tracks on his “Triology” than three. Despite this, there was one song that caught my attention, which is why I’m posting it here. The Weeknd has the most soothing voice.

Hip-hop Thursday: February 7

Joey Bada$$ – Unorthodox

I was planning on posting this several weeks ago, but time goes by and things get delayed heh. With DJ Premier as beatmaker and Joey as the MC, it can’t really go wrong. The track definitely has the premo touch to it and the scratching doesn’t go by unnoticed. It’s fascinating how the Pro Era guys bring old school beats back while most hip-hop artists today take in use newer equipment. The track is free for download through soundcloud as well.

Hip-hop Thursday: February 7

The 3rd Kind – Idontknow

This track is a couple of years old now, but seems to me like not too many have heard it yet. This tune is by the Pro Era boys JaKK The Rhymer and deceased Capital Steez. Sampling Slum V’s I Don’t Know produced by both Dilla and Pete Rock resulting in a slightly playful tune. I don’t know if it’s really playful or not, the track just gives me these not-so-serious and playing around with hip-hop vibes. Check it oout.

Beat: Sunday January 27

XXYYXX – You Are Why I Am Invisible

Marcel Everett turned 17 not too long ago, but he’s already managed to gain general acclaim. Which, of course, isn’t without reason. You Are Why I Am Invisible has a relaxing vibe, but also plays around with production technique and XXYYXX breaks the beat several times. Another good beat sampling Fall in Love by Slum V.