December happened this weekend, you know. And in the off-chance that the familiar seasonal tunes, cringeworthy commercials and this shitting cold weather haven’t zapped your Christmas spirit, you should be feeling pretty generous right now. The Hip-Hop world has apparently survived these torrid times of overzealous commercialism, and is bearing plenty of presents for the month ahead; Wiz Khalifa, Big Boi, The Game and T.I. will all be gracing the shelves with new albums, while Pusha T and Young Jeezy are expected to gift a mixtape each. The reflex excitement for “Crimbo” is cute enough, but there’s also plenty of treats to enjoy in the run up to the big day: snowball fights, advent calendars and an excuse to cosy up in front of the TV with a decision to watch The Grinch (for like the ninth year in a row) or that Home Alone box set (it was always an easy call to make). While we look forward to the main presents in the coming days, consider these five offerings below the pre-Christmas treats for your iTunes library.
1) K.Briggs “Fall”
20-year-old Los Angeles native K.Briggs has teamed up with Barrelhouse BKLYN to release his November mixtape on December 5 (he must be running on G.O.O.D. Music time or something). One listen of its first track, “Fall,” and you’ll be scribbling the tape on your list to Santa Claus in no time. You can also watch the crisp visual trailer (featuring a dope cover of Crooklyn Dodgers’ “Return of the Crooklyn Dodgers”) here.
2) Flying Lotus – “Tiny Tortures”
Directed by: David Lewandowski
As if an almost unanimously acclaimed (Metacritic give it a rating of 85-out-of-100) album, Until the Quiet Comes, wasn’t enough, Flying Lotus might have just bagged the proverbial Video of the Year award with “Tiny Tortures.” The David Lewandowski-directed clip stars Elijah Wood, a one-arm man who, by way of a miraculous gravitational force, wills himself a makeshift arm composed of several everyday objects. Visually stunning.
3) Dominic Lord – “Sin City (Cruel Lords)”
Uh oh. Looks like there might be a beef brewing between two of hip-hop’s trendiest new talents, Dominic Lord and Travi$ Scott. The former friends have not-so-secretly been trading words over Twitter, culminating in this supposed diss track from the Harlem half entitled “Sin City (Cruel Lords).” Over the beat of the same name produced by $cott for G.O.O.D. Music’s Cruel Summer, Lord slurs: “Hate a nigga that act like, he the only one that doing it right, right/ I started on the pipe nigga, I’ve been doing four wheels/ Don’t forget where you came from.”
4) The Come Up (feat. Mac Miller) – “Strip Show”
Directed by: Ian Wolfson
Pittsburgh duo, The Come Up, has quietly been making waves for some time, but the Most Dope reps made their proper introductions this week–with a little help from their friend Mac Miller. The trio star in the seductive video for their sedated “Strip Show” collaboration, which arrived on the same day as the pair’s Change of Plans mixtape, featuring further contributions from 9th Wonder, Casey Veggies and Heather Victoria.
5) Alexander Spit – “Coastal/Hyperion”
As it turns out, that Alchemist-assisted “Getaway Car” cut isn’t the only hidden gem on Alexander Spit’s forthcoming LP, A Breathtaking Trip to That Other Side. The West Coaster-on-the-come-up debuted a new one, “Getaway Car,” this week, and it moves your neck muscles just as well. With appearances from E-40, Action Bronson and Mr. MFN eXquire, Spit’s album sounds like one to mark on the calendar. It drops January 29.