A groovy beat, a deeper than deep bassline and the integration of lyrics by 2Pac. Who other than Solomun can make this into a killer combination.
Five minutes ago I heard about one of the weirdest collaborations ever: Guy Gerber + Puff Daddy. Yes. Guy Gerber, an Israeli tech house DJ has collaborated with Sean Combs, also known as Puff Daddy, Diddy and P. Diddy. I immediately needed to hear what musical brainchild has come out of the minds of these two musicians, honestly not believing it would be anything good at all. And although I do not like every track on the album 11 11 (here’s a link to the free download), Terminal K for example is quite nice.
Snarky Puppy has to be my favourite band for the last months. This jazz/funk formation from Brooklyn keeps on surprising with grooves varying from hip-hop to samba and everything in between.
This track is from their latest album ‘We like it here’, and starts with a nice laid back groove and evolves into a great funky orgy of horns and crazy keyboard sounds. That keyboard solo by Cory Henry is amazing!
The last few days Snarky Puppy recorded some new material together with the Metropole Orchestra, so I am really excited to check out their new material!
Remember Marvin Gaye’s Sexual Healing? Remember J Dilla? Remember De La Soul? Of course you do!
Now they are all united into one song: Marvin Jaye. Starting with the smooth lyrics of the soul legend, slowly the song evolves into a great hip-hop track. Thanks to Dilla’s amazing production and De La Soul’s forever flowing rhymes.
Three days ago the biggest Dutch hip-hop release of the year came out: Great Minds. The album is a real supergroup collaboration, featuring three of the best mc’s Holland has at the moment. First of all, Sticks who we know from the group Opgezwolle. He is definitely one of the most skilled mc’s around. Then we have Jiggy Dje, whose album De Ark de Triomf is a real classic in my opinion. The third mc is Winne who grew out to be a symbol of the Rotterdam hip-hop culture. The group is completed by producer Dr. Moon, who earlier collaborated with members of the Wu family. This group travelled to Paris to record most of the album.
And however expectations were high, the album didn’t let me down. You can really feel the atmosphere of these guys hanging around having a good time. The first single of the album is Doag, featuring Kleine Viezerik in a crazy role. Check it out and if you want to support Dutch hip-hop, buy the album and you will not be disappointed!
After rapper Kendrick Lamar delivered one of last year’s best albums, Good Kid M.A.A.D. City, I got to know his first album Section.80, which was released in 2011. While Section.80 may not be the modern classic his second album has become, it definitely put Kendrick Lamar in the spotlights as one of hip-hop’s biggest talents.
The track that amazes me the most, is one of the last songs: Ab-Soul’s Outro. This song, featuring fellow Top Dawg Entertainment label signee Ab-Soul, is one psychedelic jazz-hiphop fusion. That said, probably one of the best jazz and hip-hop mixes ever. Producer Terrace Martin, who also worked for Snoop, Busta and Stevie Wonder, did an amazing job, by keeping this track very raw and still very suitable as a hip-hop track.
Ladies and gentleman, this post is being posted while highly drunk. All crazy mistakes are because of the alcohol. However, I cannot listen to the track John Talabot – H.O.R.S.E. whithout sharing it with you. Therefore, enjoy this track: H.O.R.S.E.