NEWS: Childish Gambino’s “Royalty” mixtape is out!

Childish Gambino - Royalty

Childish Gambino released his latest mixtape – Royalty – on the 4th of July. Considering it was announced in January, it’s been a long wait for fans, but I’m pretty sure most will agree that it was well worth it.

With features from Beck, Schoolboy Q, RZA, Ghostface Killah, Josh Osho, and Tina Fey (it’s as good as it sounds), Royalty wouldn’t have been easy to pull together, but he got there, and now you can get it for free. And yes, that’s a Britney Spears sample with Danny Brown.

Download the mixtape over here, or if for some reason that link is down, here’s a mirror. You can find the tracklist below.

Childish Gambino - Royalty back cover

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VIDEO: Quakers – “Fitta Happier”

Quakers

Rap and Radiohead are not a new combination. The Jaydiohead mash-up hit the internet at the turn of 2008, and by all accounts it was pretty well received – if you haven’t heard anything from it yet, I felt “Reckoner’s Encore” was the clear standout of the project.

Quakers are a 35-piece (yes, thirty-five) hip-hop collective, and they’ve flipped one of Radiohead’s most memorable riffs on its head to rap some original verses over it. Quakers’ core is made up of producers Fuzzface (Portishead’s Geoff Barrow), 7-Stu-7 (Portishead’s engineer Stuart Matthews), and Katalyst (Australia’s very own Ashley Anderson). They’ve referenced the title of the bridging track of Radiohead’s OK Computer, and borrowed the main brass riff from Kid A‘s “The National Anthem” (and a bit of the riff from “Optimistic” too!). The track doesn’t reach for the messy, climactic heights of the latter, but that’s probably a good thing. It features rappers Guilty Simpson and MED, who both have a verse each.

Take a listen below.

TOUR: Atmosphere and Evidence

Atmosphere and Evidence

Have I told you guys about Rhymesayers before? I might’ve mentioned them. Once or twice.

They’re a stellar hip-hop label who represent some amazing artists, and they’re bringing Atmosphere and Evidence to New Zealand and Australia this May. If you’re not busy slaving away at study or work, you should get along to a show. These guys have been around for years, and there aren’t many chances to check out artists of this calibre.

See all the details below, and a check out the video for Atmosphere’s “Just For Show”.

02.05.12 – Wellington, NZ @ San Francisco Bath House (On Sale Tues., March 13th: 1-Night)*
03.05.12 – Auckland, NZ @ The Studio (On Sale Fri., March 16th at 9am: iTicket)*
04.05.12 – Adelaide, AUS @ HQ (On Sale Mon. March 19th: OzTix / Moshtix)
05.05.12 – Brisbane, AUS @ The HiFi (On Sale Mon. March 19th: OzTix / Moshtix)
05.09.12 – North Hobart, AUS @ Republic Bar (On Sale Mon. March 19th: OzTix / Moshtix)*
10.05.12 – Melbourne, AUS @ HIFI Bar (On Sale Mon. March 19th: OzTix / Moshtix)
11.05.12 – Perth, AUS @ The Villa (On Sale Mon. March 19th: OzTix / Moshtix)
12.05.12 – Moore Park, AUS @ Hifi (On Sale Mon. March 19th: OzTix / Moshtix)

*Atmosphere only

VIDEO: 360 – “Hope You Don’t Mind Ft N’Fa”

360

If there’s one thing you can’t deny, it’s that 360 has been working hard lately.

I don’t care about all the flack he’s getting from “hardcore” hip-hop heads. From all the people who like his older stuff more, or think he’s “sold out” (“OH NO, A MUSICIAN EARNING MONEY!”, they cry).

Even they have to hand it to him – the guy puts in the miles. Between competing regularly in battles, doing signings, and getting ready to work on his next album, he decided to do a proper video for everyone today. And unless it was planned in advance – which I doubt – he did it on the spot.

At 3.42pm on Facebook, 360 announced that he was going to do a video for “Hope You Don’t Mind Ft N’Fa”, and that it’d all be in one take.

At 9.05pm on Facebook, he delivered the clip.

Take a look below. It was done with the one and only Kane Hibberd – who has done stellar photography for countless Australian and international artists! So it’s no wonder it looks great.

VIDEO: Childish Gambino – “Heartbeat”

Childish Gambino - Heartbeat video

Today the video for Childish Gambino’s latest single – “Heartbeat” – was released. The dance-floor kicks give the track a club atmosphere, but it’s hard to imagine any DJ touching this one. “Heartbeat” talks of rekindling flames with an ex who has moved on, and the jealously and mind-games that go with the territory.

It’s shot nicely, and while the concept might not be as captivating as the video for “Bonfire”, it does a good job of telling the story.

Check it out below. If you want to watch it without the dirty lyrics, you can try this video, but we all know how VEVO like to be difficult with regional restrictions.

VIDEO/TOUR: Illy – “The Chase”

Those of you who cherish your Aussie hip-hop will no doubt be familiar with Illy – one of the newest and fastest growing names in Australia. Well he’s released another single, which also happens to be the title track from his latest album – “The Chase”.

For me, as much as the the catchy hooks and melodies contribute to a song, hip-hop really shines with the messages it sends. In fact, so does a lot of music to be honest. It’s a combination of the two, because usually both are needed to make a good song. No matter the topic, if an artist can express themselves in an interesting way, and send out something worthwhile, then their work becomes instantly more appealing. There seem to be so many artists that can create a catchy melody, but only a select few that can write engaging and great lyrics.

Illy is one of them.

Welcome to the chase, thats life man / What you can hold up in your left and your right hand / And it could change overnight with the right plan / With little more than a MacBook and a micstand, look where I took it.

Lights blurred, no safety belt / I’m on the chase, hard out man, success aint gonna make itself / And I ain’t gonna wake when I’m old / And regret that I woke out of a dream, just to chase the gold.

The clip is shot really well. Definitely worth checking out. Illy has the ability to rival the top of Australia’s scene, and with time he could just get there.

Don’t forget, you can check Illy out on his national tour if he hasn’t already passed you by! Details below!

ILLY – THE CHASE TOUR – REMAINING DATES!

FRIDAY 1 APRIL – FOWLERS LIVE, ADELAIDE (Lic AA)
With guests: Pagen Elypsis, Mase & Matic
Tickets from Moshtix 1300 438 849, www.moshtix.com.au and Moshtix outlets

SATURDAY 2 APRIL – THE CEMENT EVENT, KALGOORLIE (AA)
Tickets from www.ckb.wa.gov.au

THURSDAY 7 APRIL – MANNING BAR, SYDNEY (18+)
With guests: Dialetrix and The Tounge
Tickets from www.manningbar.com, Oztix 1300 762 545, www.oztix.com.au and Oztix outlets

FRIDAY 8 APRIL – ANU BAR, CANBERRA (18+)
With guests: Raw City Rukus, Purpose Motive & DJ Hacksaw
Tickets from Ticketek on 132 849 or www.ticketek.com.au

WEDNESDAY 25 MAY – PRINCE OF WALES, BUNBURY
Tickets from the venue, Oztix 1300 762 545, www.oztix.com.au and Oztix outlets, Heatseeker 08 6210 2850 www.heatseeker.com.au

THURSDAY 26 MAY – PLAYERS BAR, MANDURAH
Tickets from Star Surf Mandurah 08 9353 4500, Oztix 1300 762 545, www.oztix.com.auand Oztix outlets, Heatseeker 08 6210 2850 www.heatseeker.com.au

FRIDAY 27 MAY – STUDIO 146, ALBANY
Tickets from Vibes Surf 08 9841 7577, Oztix 1300 762 545, www.oztix.com.au and Oztix outlets

SATURDAY 28 MAY – AMPLIFIER BAR, PERTH
Tickets from Oztix 1300 762 545, www.oztix.com.au and Oztix outlets, Moshtix 1300 438 849, www.moshtix.com.au and Moshtix outlets

SUNDAY 29 MAY – THE NORFOLK HOTEL, FREMANTLE
Tickets from Star Surf Perth, Mills Fremantle; Planet Mt. Lawley, Heatseeker 08 6210 2850 www.heatseeker.com.au, Oztix 1300 762 545, www.oztix.com.au and Oztix outlets

VIDEO: P.O.S. – “Purexed”

I’ve been neglecting my duties to write about things I said I would. I must apologise. I’m going to make it my goal to get quite a few posts done that should have been done a while ago.

In the meantime, I’m here to share this gem of an artist with you all. P.O.S. is an American rapper, but his music really sounds different. I don’t listen to a lot of hip-hop, but I’ve never heard anything quite like it. Lyrically, I find his songs very inspiring and introspective, which is always something refreshing in music. But musically, he mixes fast drums and other less conventional instrumentation into his songs, doing something new in what can feel like an otherwise stagnating genre.

I’ve heard his praise being sung by many people, including those who I wouldn’t even begin to imagine would listen to hip-hop. I was hooked on my first listen. After watching the clip, listen again with the lyrics. It’ll be well worth your time.

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