Undoubtedly the biggest headline this week was Barack Obama reclaiming the U.S. Presidency, earning another four years in office and raining on Mitt Romney’s proverbial parade. But while things may have come to a standstill (literally, did you see those queues!) on Tuesday night, the music world was ticking as usual this past week. Here are five audio and visual gems from the likes of Masta Killa, Bodega Bamz and Urban Noize you might have missed out on in the madness.
1) A$ton Matthews (feat. Danny Brown, A$AP Nast & Flatbush Zombies) – “Mini Van Dan (Remix)”
Although relatively new in the game, West Coast freshman A$ton Matthews landed some pretty big features for his output this week, “Mini Van Dan” remix. Danny Brown, A$AP Nast and Flatbush Zombies all gave the kid the co-sign on his haunting, Halloween-perfect track.
2) Black Dave – “On Da Map”
Directed by: Black Dave, Zack McTee & Andrew Baik
Of the same nostalgic rhyming, skateboarding ilk of Joey Bada$$/Pro Era, Black Dave is new name from New York to get familiar with. You’ll know exactly why after one watch of his “On Da Map” video.
3) Masta Killa – “R U Listening” (prod. by Inspectah Deck)
With news of a new (and proper) Wu-Tang Clan album in place for next year(!), Masta Killa and Inspectah Deck made for a mini-Wu reunion on “R U Listening,” the first track off Killa’s new solo album, Selling My Soul. Masta on the mic and Deck behind the boards makes for one very soulful blend.
4) Bodega Bamz (feat. Flatbush Zombies) – “Thrilla”
Directed by: Rik Cordero
Staples of the “new New York” scene, Bodega Bamz and Flatbush Zombies, gave their “Thrilla” collaboration, taken off Bamz’s Strictly For My P.A.P.I.Z., its due visuals this week. It makes for a fittingly thrilling watch, indeed.
5) Lana Del Rey & Kanye West – “Can’t Tell Me Nothing (Money Is The Anthem)” (Urban Noize Remix)
Earlier this year Urban Noize paired Lana Del Rey with Jay-Z on their impressive “Hello” mash-up. This week, the prolific production duo outta Miami coupled the Born To Die songstress with Hov’s lil’ brother, Kanye, to make for another dope mix. A blend of Rey’s “National Anthem” and ‘Ye’s “Can’t Tell Me Nothing,” “Can’t Tell Me Nothing (Money Is The Anthem” knocks. It appears on UN’s upcoming Lana EP.