Streaming: Theophilus London’s ‘Vibes’

If you were curious about the Trinidadian-Brooklynite, can’t-be-categorized artist, his November 4th studio album is now Soundcloud stream-ready. Yeezy-produced, Vibes embodies a Theo that gracefully dabbles in disco, trance, hip-hop, and probably five other genres. In a semi-hipster Maxwell-meets-Kid Cudi amalgam, and with help from a ‘Ye custom beat-tailoring, there’s really no instrumental London can’t fit into….

Underrated Drake: 10 OVO Gems (Still) in Hiding

Though Drake’s spent his past birthday weekend cranking out a trio of new material, [“How About Now”, “6 God”, “Heat of the Moment”–all of which you can find here], there’s nothing like taking a moment to dig back into pre-OVO Drizzy and observe the transformation. The iconic So Far Gone, AKA the 2009 ‘start-all’ mixtape, still…

Released: Childish Gambino’s ‘STN MTN’ in Entirety

Having slipped us a taste of his latest work via the serenely hallucinogenic “Sober” just over a week ago, Gambino now officially reveals the STN MTN mixtape in its entirety…[and freely]. The other “half”, entitled Kauai, will be an iTunes-exclusive release, with an ETA not yet announced. 11 tracks deep, STN MTN depicts an occasionally R&B-entangled Gambino (“U…

Logic Leaks ‘Under Pressure’ EP Title Track

Maryland hip-hop artist Logic’s under-the-radar status remains puzzling. With a recent signing to the Def Jam label and 4 mixtapes under his belt–all with Frank Sinatra-themed eloquence and a self-effacing calling card–you’d think the 24-year-old lyrical sniper would’ve made a bigger dent in the hip-hop sphere by now. He even made moves with Childish Gambino,…

[Acid-Jazz-Hop is a Thing]: ‘Never Catch Me’-Flying Lotus x Kendrick Lamar

On September 3rd, the otherworldly producer Flying Lotus (Steven Ellison) invited K-Dot onto an instrumental…and what ensued was a jazz-infused, psychotropic ear-blowout of a track, tailor-made for a hip hop-inclined martian. It works, though. The usually Electronic-leaning beats-maker takes an extremely urban-fusion turn on “Never Catch Me”, while Kendrick rides shotgun. Divergent, jewelry-store piano riffs…

Drake x ILOVEMAKONNEN “Tuesday” Single Goes iTunes Official

The freshly remixed “Tuesday”, presented by Drizzy & Atlanta-based, multi-genre artist ILOVEMAKONNEN, is now iTunes official–having previously sat on SoundCloud and multiple urban music sites for a solid 3 weeks…(as well as Drake’s Instagram). And as of August 31st, Makonnen just became the OVO label’s newest signee. Although the single doesn’t truly fit the definition of a…

Drake Puts the “Heart” Back in Hartford

Drake played at the Xfinity Theatre in Hartford last night…*sigh*…as well as someone else, whose first name starts with L and last rhymes with pain. I think that by now everyone knows of my Tunechi dislike, but I had to [somewhat] suppress it last night, seeing as at least half the crowd around me was…

in OVO news: a little about Majid Jordan…

So although I’m late to the party…the one regarding Drake’s OVO pals/label signee Majid Jordan, that is, I wanted to take a moment to both praise and bask in all of the electro-R&B magic that is this young Canadian DJ duo. We first heard their talents in the background of “Hold On We’re Going Home”…that…

Aloe Blacc Belts it Out on ‘Lift Your Spirit’

  A little R&B and a lot more Funk, artist Aloe Blacc and his music remain a diamond in the rough. The 35-year-old soul singer’s got all the bases covered: melody, production, variety, and more importantly–lyrical substance that leaves you with a smile. It’s R&B with cultural consciousness. The positivity is unmistakable, but it’s not…