After giving you a taste of the acts at the 2012 Treasure Island Music Festival last week, the SoundCloud Roundup is back and doing what it does best aka bringing you the hottest tracks from the globe over. This week has been a big one for hip-hop on SoundCloud with a bevy of heaters coming across the plate. We’ve sifted through all of it to bring you some of our favorites from Kendrick Lamar all the way to John Talabot. Sit back, and get familiar.
Kendrick Lamar – Backseat Freestyle (Produced by Hit-Boy) As if having a top hit with ‘Swimming Pools (Drank)’, performing at Coachella and possibly being romantically involved with Lady Gaga wasn’t big enough, LA’s Kendrick Lamar is officially “on one” in the past few weeks leading up to the release of his album good kid, m.A.A.d. city. Today we’ve got a ‘Backseat Freestyle’ produced by Hit-Boy, who isn’t having a bad year either. In typical Kendrick Lamar fashion, he spits at a shotgun pace over the heavy production to result in a certified banger. Be on the lookout for good kid, m.A.A.d. city soon, it’s apparently leaked, but we recommend you pay the piper for this hot shit.
A$AP Rocky – Fuckin Problem (feat. Kendrick Lamar, 2 Chainz and Drake) While it’s certainly disappointing to find out that A$AP’s latest album has been delayed a second time from its October 31st release date, there’s still hope. Knowing that the thirst is real, A$AP gave us a quick sip in the form of ‘Fuckin Problem.’ The track’s features read like a who’s who list in the rap game right now with the aforementioned Kendrick Lamar appearing as well as Drake and the man of 2012, 2 Chainz. A solid beat that doesn’t overpower the emcees drives ‘Fuckin Problem’ while the back and forth exchanges between 2 Chainz, Kendrick and Drake make the track actually feel like a collaboration. Expect this on A$AP’s debut album…whenever that comes.
Mac Miller – These Dayz (Dope Awprah) Ever since starting up his own SoundCloud account, Mac Miller has been one busy boy. He’s currently putting the finishing touches on his Pink Slime EP with Pharrell, of which we offered a free download of ‘Onaroll‘ a while back, and also recently announced Watching Movies With The Sound Off is the title to his follow up to 2011′s Blue Slide Park. While we’d never deny the merit of Mac’s more club and dance floor-friendly tracks like ‘Donald Trump’ and ‘Party on 5th Ave’ there’s also no arguing that he’s often at his best showcasing the more introspective and emotional side of his life in tracks like ‘Missed Calls.’ That’s what makes ‘These Days (Dope Awprah)’ so appealing is its sincerity in a rap game full of bullshit emcees afraid to share their own experiences — even if they don’t involve nights at the club just “letting these bills fall…all over your skin.” Cheers Mac. We’ll be waiting for Pink Slime.
Danny Brown – Blunt After Blunt Analog Division Re-fix Oh4Re△L?!, the only artist whose name might use as much emoji as ︻╦╤─ ƱZ ─╤╦︻, took a stab at Danny Brown’s murderous track ‘Blunt After Blunt.’ The end result is a trunk rattler with more wobbles than a drunken juggalo. Oh4Re△L?! is a member of the collective Analog Division that features members Trey Hemingway, HiCLAS!, Oh4Re△L?!, Essay Real and B. Marcel. Analog Division runs so deep, there’s no track this group can’t improve, modify or create and we love that concept over here at AHOODIE. Each member is more than capable on their own, but as a collective, the power of Analog Division is undeniable. Grab the free download above while you can. It looks like there aren’t many left where this one came from.
S-Type – Billboard Since we’ve began the Roundup, it’s no secret that we believe LuckyMe Records continue to push the envelope of production with forward thinking artists like Lunice, Jacques Greene, Mike Slott and others unlike any other label in the world. In the past year, we’ve seen one of their heaviest hitters, Hudson Mohawke, form a super group with Lunice as well as receiving numerous production credits on the acclaimed G.O.O.D. Music album Cruel Summer. But that doesn’t mean that Glasgow’s S-Type has been forgotten. His upcoming EP will be the 13th released from LuckyMe and if the heavy synth trap styling of ‘Billboard’ is any indication, it could be one of the better EPs of the year. If you’re feeling this above, head over to S-Type’s SoundCloud and catch some more.
Mykki Blanco – Wavvy (Produced by Brenmar) New York’s Mykki Blanco knows how to get your attention. This up-and-coming emcee jumped right on to our radars at AHOODIE with ‘Wavvy,’ which features production from Brenmar, whom you just miiiiiight recall from Roundup: 7. ‘Wavvy’ pretty much lives up to its name with heavy duty production and a chorus that somewhat reminds us of the hyphy era in Oakland and The Bay from a few years back — minus the oversized sunglasses. After sifting through Blanco’s SoundCloud it was obvious that, much like Azealia Banks, this guy knows who is the future of hip-hop. Grab the free download of ‘Wavvy’ above and be on the lookout for more from Mykki Blanco.
Father Son – Saria’s Swag Whoever said playing video games all of you adolescence wouldn’t pay off either never saw the movie The Wizard OR they’ve never heard of Ann Arbor, Michigan’s Fthrsn (pronounced Father Son). From the first notes of ‘Saria’s Swag’ there’s a familiar feel to the tones and samples, and that’s because it’s all taken from one of the most epic games of all time, The Legend Zelda: Ocarina of Time. ‘Saria’s Swag’ is the first track from his appropriately-named EP Middle School Swag that falls into his self-dubbed genre “lo-fi bedroom pop” and should be available for download within the next few weeks. But how did Fthrsn come up with an idea to pay tribute to Ocarina of Time? The answer might be less complex than you think, “I sampled stuff from the game and put a stereotypical juke beat underneath it… what more do you want from me?” Haha. We ain’t mad.
John Talabot – So will be now… (feat. Pional) Following an incredible Treasure Island weekend packed with amazing music and more shenanigans than could fit in a clown car, there was one musical act that stood out so far above the rest that we still can’t get enough. That act was Barcelona’s John Talabot. Talabot released his debut LP Fin (think French for ‘the end) earlier in 2012, which received a 5-star rating from The Guardian. Not bad for an artist who had released but a handful of singles since 2009, right? While John Talabot’s sound would technically fall under the umbrella of house music, after catching him live, we just decided to call it Lion King House as vocals like Pional’s in ‘So Will Be Now…’ make you just want to grab baby Simba and hold him to the skies while Talabot’s beats keep you bouncing into the night. In fact, we dare you to NOT nod your head endlessly while beating up ‘So Will Be Now…’ Just don’t worry, we don’t like to gloat when we win bets, trust.
Until next time, we’ll see you in the ciiiiiiiiiiiiiircle of liiiiiiiiiiiiiife.