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New artists and styles come and go with each passing year. That new wave you thought was poppin’ just six months ago has already been replaced by a new sound (or something rehashed). Producers have become the hit-makers and rarely does an act or group claim the attention of hip-hop’s audience for very long. It’s the reality of the music business these days and in the age of the Internet rapper there’s so much to pay attention to.
It ain’t like it used to be. And at least one rapper kind of wishes it was. Actually, we know thousands of rappers and fans who wish hip-hop would go back to the good ol’ days but we typically think of those people as old. Well, here’s a twist. What if one of those people was born after hip-hop’s Golden Age? That’s Astro.
The 18-year-old Brooklyn native wasn’t even alive before some of his favorite albums were released but that isn’t stopping him from finding what he likes. That same Internet that has clouded the airwaves of hip-hop is simultaneously responsible for educating younger fans who thirst for that old fashioned quality. It’s evident in his music too. Dissatisfied with what was available to him during the time he became a rapper, Astro went back in time and found something he loved.
As we await news about Kendrick’s still untitled album, I should mention that this happened earlier, but the word from TDE seems to be that it’s untrue.
New music from Nitty.
Pardon young Dwayne for his tardiness, he sends his apologies. Without further adieu, hit the jump to stream and download Sorry 4 The Wait 2.
Here’s “Used To” ft. Drake.
Full mixtape stream and download link below.
It’s being reported that A$AP Yams, co-founder and architect of the A$AP Mob movement has passed away. There are few details surrounding his untimely passing available as of now, but this is clearly a tragic loss for the A$AP family and Hip-Hop culture in general.
With the West Coast resurgence happening in full bloom as of late and the south cranking out hits left and right many have been looking to New York for that next BIG thing.
The conversation is becomes controversial when you start to discuss talent or even the city’s own radio stations showing little in the way of love for local artists. If a rapper takes a more traditional, Big Apple route when it comes to sonics he/she often gets labelled as a “nostalgia” act. It’s as if New York sound is something that should be left in the past. Some artists like the A$AP Mob or even French Montana steer clear of sounding like their backyard, for better or worse. And then there’re guys like Dave East.
The 26-year-old emcee isn’t your garden variety New York rapper. He isn’t the stereotypical boom bap seeking backpacker so many newer artists are sometimes shamed out of being. He’s just him and it’s starting to pay dividends. Growing up in Harlem but spending a lot of time on the 41st side of things, Dave and his affiliation with Queensbridge and Ravenswood landed him a lot of relationships aside from music. Those relationships culminated in a large co-sign, but it would be his music that ultimately attracted the attention of one of the city’s legends.
Here’s an alternate edit of FlyLo’s “Never Catch Me” featuring Kendrick Lamar that he spun during a set on BBC Radio 1 last night. It’s mostly the same song but the drums have a little bit less oomph and the tempo seems somewhat slower.
Listen to rips of a couple of other unreleased joints that he spun during the set at the following links:
Spotted: Miss Info
Previously: Flying Lotus – Coronus, The Terminator (Video)