Hoodlem – Firing Line

I’ve tried it, every time I’ve listed to this song I’ve tried to turn it off and it’s impossible. It’s just that alluring. Hoodlem made something that has the sexual appeal of your 9th grade crush. Between the dark cords and the sultry voice of the lead singer, you are in for a treat. Now allow yourself 3 minutes to listen to this song, you will not regret it.

 

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#WhatUshouldBListening2 : 1am Night Edition

Hello all! This is officially my third mixtape. It was pretty sporadic, I just kept mixing songs that I thought would work together. There was no playlist of songs, no thoughtful process, I just went with my gut. I guess that’s the makings of a good DJ? I’m not too sure, but I do know that I want to get better and I thank whomever that takes the time out to listen to my music choice. I hope you enjoy it. The track listening is below.

George Maple – Where You End And I Begin (Daktyl Remix)
Banks – Warm Water (Snakehips Remix)
CHVRCHES – The Mother We Share (Moon Boots Remix)
Ellie Goulding – Burn (Leo Kaylan Remix)
Miami Horror – Real Slow
Goldroom – Embrace (Mogul Remix)
Ella Henderson – Ghost (Oliver Nelson Remix)
Jessie Ware – Champagne Kisses (KREAM Remix)
BrownStone – If You Love Me (Waywood Remix)
MoonBoots – Love Strong
Cathedrals – Unbound (Clock Opera Remix)
Daft Punk – Get Lucky (Dream Logic Remix)
Mereki – Blue Lake (WMNSTUDIES Remix)
LeSonic & Lyon – All The Lights Are Low (NTEIBINT remix)
G- Easy Ft Devon Baldwin – Let’s Get Lost (Louis Futon Remix)
Viceroy – Chase Us Around (Jay Lamar & Jesse Oliver Remix)
The Supertraxxe Ft. Alexander Shofler-  I’m Gone
Christian Rich feat Sinead Harnett, Goldlink & Secaina Hudson – Compromise
J*DaVeY – Love? Yeah!
Viceroy With Chela – Dream Of Bombay (Bit Funk Remix)
Yolanda Be Cool + DCUP – We No Speak Americano (Moonchild Remix)
Five Deez – BMW
Portland – You Don’t Know Me (Bit Funk Remix)
Cosmo’s Midnight feat. Nicole Millar  – Phantasm (Sweetland Remix)
Françoise Hardy – Le Premier Bonheur Du Jour (MrcØ Remix)
Bucie – Kiss You (An Oristo Cratic Remix)
Chris Malinchak – Beije Me (Mallorca Sunrise Mix)

#WhatUshouldBlistening2 : Indie Hip Hop Edition pt 1

Hey ya’ll I just completed my next mixing project. And If i do say so myself it’s better than my my first. I have complied a few of my favorite indie / underground hip hop artist that I think you should be listening to. They all incredible libraries of work and most importantly they are some of the few hip hop artists trying to keep the culture of hip hop alive. Most of these artists I have already mentioned on my site, while some not yet. This mixtape gives more of a concept of what hip hop moves me now. There most always be a balance, right now there is pop rap with Future and Drake, but then you have artists like P.so and XV balancing out the content.
I have listed the tracks below, do yourself a favor and look them up, each one of these artist have incredible mixtapes and albums available.

https://soundcloud.com/bigboynerd/whatushouldblistening2-indie-hip-hop-edition-pt-1

Add – 2 – Get Up Get Down
Chester Watson – Labyrinth (Prod. Tyler the Creator)
XV – Be There, Be Square
Panacea – Walk in the Park (Damu Remix)
Rob Cave – Venus on Display (Prod. Von Pea)
Pharoahe Monch – The Jungle
ScienZe – History (Play By Play)
Specifics – Craig’s House
Blu & Exile – She Said It’s OK
Rome Fortune – Leaders (Prod. Four Tet)
P.SO the Earth Tone King – Some Fun (Redux)
K-Os – B-Boy Stance
Oddisee – Own Appeal
Freddie Gibbs and Madlib – Supplier
Nujabes – Fly By Night (Featuring Five Deez)
Capital Steez (RIP) & Uno Hype – Hype/Beast
Five Deez -Latitude
Homeboy Sandman – Watchu Want From Me?
Fresh Daily – NightFree
Dom Kennedy – My Type of Party (Prod. By Dj Dahl)
Asher Roth – Pull it

Fighting the Good Fight : How Oddisee Helps me Through my Depression

“Might of begin to tear up, my nose started to flare up, I’m not afraid of improving” – Word to the Wise

Despair, anger, excitement and above all else, fear. These are the emotions that I have been battling with over the last few months. I recently got an apartment with my lovely girlfriend, successfully learned how to not get lost on the subway in NYC (still needs a little work), found new friends and even started to learn how to DJ. No matter how big or small, these are events that have shown progress in my 27 year young life. I am proud, but on the other hand, these changes have added new responsibility. I now have to provide for a new apartment, try my best to learn the ins and outs of the city so I can effectively make a career change and better understand how to create time in my life for relationships. My life seems to be happening faster than I can process, my emotions are all out of whack; there are less people in my life that I receive support from and each day teaches me that nothing is guaranteed. Some call it an early identity crisis (shout out to D.C. Comics), others call it anxiety and depression.

“What’s a Crew, what’s a gang to a brother who been his thing all alone?” – “I Belong to the World”

Hip Hop artist Oddisee views it as growing pains. He reminds me that it’s ok to be afraid and with hard work and determination anything is possible. Born from an African American mother and Sudanese father, he grew up in Prince George County, Maryland, which is one of the wealthiest African American counties in the nation. He was afforded a cultivated and cultured worldview that has likely provided him sage like wisdom. His omniscient worldview is expressed through impactful poetry over a wide array of jazzy and soulful productions that would make Ali Shaheed Muhammad proud. Oddisee crafts nearly every single one of his songs from the ground up. He uses live instrumentation in his production. Every pluck of a chord, melodic hiss leaking through metal and thud of bass is usually recorded live and edited for his albums. His lyrics are consistently thoughtful and impactful. He wrestles with complex morals, the traditional American ideals of progression and his personal contradictions. Often he explains his mixed feelings of being a successful indie artist. He is essentially trying to do the best he can in a world that is hard, he’s not just a dreamer but a non-conformist to what the music industry deems popular. Oddisee has produced for soundtracks, commercials, podcasts and even your favorite indie artists (Joey BadA$$, Chris Faust, Fresh Daily). He’s an everyman, your favorite indie artist’s Mc and producer. In everything he touches, there is a hint of thoughtfulness and care in all his work.

“Motivated by fear, ain’t the best, but it works for me” – “Tomorrow Today”

https://soundcloud.com/oddiseemusic/tomorrow-today

Lately, his music has been helping me. It’s sort of soundtrack through my depression, with all the chaos in my mind lately, Oddisee helps me make sense of it, and shows me that it’s always possible to make an honest living and be proud of what you contribute to the world. He has the ability to rationalize and explore his thoughts in a clear and cohesive manner, for the better or worse. It just so happens, when he does it also helps me sort through my own insecurities and doubt. On his most recent album, The Good Fight, he has a song titled “A List of Withouts”. On it, he quickly raps within a verse that money coming and going predict the pattern I’m trying to define. With just that quick string of lyrics, he makes me face the question of if I am willing to sacrifice my belief system to make more money? Or will I stick to my guns and try to find my passion? I think I have always know that fear governs the decisions I make, either it be professionally or emotionally. As I grow and learn about myself and what I want to achieve, it dawns on me that fear and doubt is all a part of the game. In order for me to make it into the next day with my psyche intact, I need to be able to prepare for worse but expect the best.

“I ain’t start from the bottom, I started from the beginning” – “Tangible Dream’

When Oddisee explain his journey of personal success in such unpretentious detail, it stills my anxiety about what I believe I haven’t accomplished yet. It is a constant reminder that just changing my perspective a bit will go a long way.

“Anything I do is a part of me from the start” – “First Step”

Now while I don’t completely subscribe to Oddisee’s personal religion he mentions at times, I do enthusiastically believe in the spiritual values he professes in his work. As I grow, I have been learning to accept the unexpected, it is important to understand that just because I have a romanticize view of something, doesn’t mean hard work isn’t required. Being at the beginning of a life project is something to be proud of, days go by and I have thousands of ideas, yet I do not act on them. I’m at least glad that there was an instance in my life that I believed in myself enough to engage in anything I love in whatever capacity. I believe that all of these experiences not only enrich my perspective but also my soul. Without the first step there can be no destination, for the end and beginning are undoubtedly connected.

{Music You Never Knew You Liked} – ScienZe Feat Johnny NYU – AUTUMN

“So when we fall, we call it Autumn”

Hello all, of course you know that today marks the first day of autumn. That means we all get to enjoy the fresh cool crisp air, the sound of leaves crinkling underneath our feet, the holidays and most importantly, the premiere of all the fall TV shows like Arrow, The Walking Dead and now The Flash! In celebration of these changes, the music post of the day will be from one of my favorite underground Hip Hop artists, ScienZe.

ScienZe has been making great music consistently for over 5 years. His first mixtape was Her Favorite Subject in 2010, I discovered him with his release of the mixtape Hall Pass. Since then, I have been a huge supporter of his music and brought every album since. In November 2011, he released his first album, When Skies Fall. The album’s theme was based on the emotions felt when autumn rolls in. So reflect autumn equinox, today’s song of the day will be his first single from the album – AUTUMN. The production in the song is soft, slow and calm. Its use of soft wind instruments reflects the transit into a new season. The video is simple but relaxing. It’s shot only in a brown “toaster” filter, within a park full of leaves and the two artists on the song. It’s incredible how the art of simplicity can create such comfort and relaxation. Hopefully this will provide some solace about the end of the summer. Enjoy!

{Music You Never Knew You Liked} Adventure Club Feat Yuna- GOLD (Minnesota Remix)

Wow is this song amazing. Not to be cheesy but this song, is it’s title, Gold.  Adventure Club usually makes incredible tracks that cannot be topped but somehow, someway, Minnesota did it. Just by slowing down the tempo and turning up the chopping, the song sounds totally different. It still has elements of dubstep original song, but dare i say more exquisite? This rework has a charm that can get you pumped at a club or used for a relaxing night drive, it simply just pops more than the original, you be the judge. Tell me what you think below?  Good looks on this find Elizabeth, you have great taste.

Original vs. Remix / {Music you never knew you liked} -CHVRCHS The Mother We Share

Once again, this is one of those remixes that I have listening to for quite some time but just haven’t gotten the opportunity to rave about it. So yesterday I spoke about my man PatLok , today I want to mention another fantastic underground producer that goes by the name MoonBoots. MoonBoots has been a favorite of mine for some time, clearly since I’ve posted about him before. He makes productions that are mentally and usually, aesthetically pleasing. The songs that he remixes aren’t just reworked, they are reinvented.

MoonBoots’s incorporation of pianos, light chords and arranged bass work together in absolute harmony. It makes you feel cool, calm and collected. Every one of his songs has made me long for a three day summer weekend and a warm day at the beach. The remix for CHVCHES’s The Mother We Share is no different. Now the original is incredible, I love it, if I had to explain it, I’d say it sounds like a song used in the credits for an early 90’s movie. Almost like a listener today watching said movie would become confused if the song were from the 80’s or 90s. But that’s the charm of it. Listen below and let me know which you like better.