With a new single “Kiss The Sky” hitting the blogosphere and iTunes today, what better time to chop it up with the enigmatic rapper we know as Blu and pick his brain about a plethora of topics – new and old. I spoke to him on his desire to venture into film, why he left Warner, his advice to new artists, his take on the “New West Coast,” his current creative space, what new projects are in the pipeline and his top five dream collaborations. Take a read…
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As a fan of both The Combat Jack Show (Shouts to PNC) and A-Trak, this show was a particularly good listen. I always find that the most successful people are the most humble which is evident in the way A-Trak carries himself.
For real, who wouldn’t want to talk to Gunplay? Dude can rap his ass off. He got crazy records like “Jump Out” and “Food Chain” on his latest mixtape Bogota Rich: The Prequel and has another blog burner with the Kendrick Lamar collaboration “Cartoon & Cereal.”
The ancient Egyptians believed that the human soul was made of five parts, one of which was the Ka. The Ka is what distinguished the living from the dead and when the Ka left the body is when death occurred. Although for years now we’ve heard the sentiment that Hip-Hop is dead, deep in Brooklyn, rapper Ka still clings tightly to its life force, where perfecting the craft is part of his daily routine.
Philadelphia emcee Asaad first appeared on my radar late last year with a Bink! produced track “Black Kids Dream”. After one listen, I was immediately taken back by the way Asaad owned a beat that would over power most emcees. Since then, Asaad has been releasing music at a rapid rate, with two mixtapes and countless singles that have proven that he’s one of Hip-Hop’s most promising voices.
22 year old Atlanta-based producer Mike WiLL Made It, has become one of the most influential figures in the Southern musical landscape. Exchanging hoop dreams for pursuing a career in music, WiLL scored his first break with Gucci Mane at the age 17. Since then, he’s played a role in jump starting the music careers of Waka Flocka, Future and 2 Chainz.
Greg Grease – “Forward”
If you’ve managed to get this far during the week, you probably deserve a break. And what good timing to introduce Greg Grease‘s latest video for “Forward”, a stripped down, less-is-more banger that doesn’t need to be overdramatic to get it’s point across. Directed by Adam Dunn as a part of his #LABB (Lights and a Backdrop) series, the visuals are as minimalistic as it gets, allowing the Grease, his DJ and his turntable to play centre stage. Check it out and be sure to pick up Greg Grease’s Black King Cole EP if you don’t already own it.
Blu & Nottz (feat. Rashad) – “End of the World”
CJ Fly (feat. A La $oul & Phife Dawg) – “Seek Well”
Boldy James (feat. Earl Sweatshirt, Da$h & Domo Genesis) – “Reform School” (prod. by The Alchemist)
Danny Brown (feat. Scrufizzer) – “Dubstep”
Black Milk – “Dismal”
Alterbeats (feat. Guilty Simpson & The Rockness Monstah) – “Fruit Punch”
Snow Tha Product (feat. CyHi The Prynce) – “Hold You Down”
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – “Harold’s”
Childish Gambino – “Yaphet Kotto”
Stan Ipcus – “Wifey Material”