Category archive: Hip Hop

Illa J Strippers
13.04.15

Without even knowing the new single Illa J is exactly what we’ve been waiting for! The song called “Strippers” was produced by Potatohead People and Kaytranada and is taken from Illa J’s forthcoming self-titled solo album.

When you go from ‘pimp put on muscle from macking that hoe’ to a smooth line like ‘this one is for the ladies’, you know crack me the hell up. Personally I think J owns this joint and the production is simply bananas. By far one of the best Hip-Hop cuts I’ve heard this month! Oh and big up to all the strippers shakin’ their tail feathers.

Look for the album to drop this Fall on Bastard Jazz, but until then cop the single right here.

Pat Van Dyke Right On Time
10.04.15

Pat Van Dyke is the newest member of the Jakarta Records family. He is a multi-instrumentalist from New York who dips into Jazz and Reggae influences to concoct his super organic sound. You might have heard his “Forest St. Blue” cut on the Winter In Jakarta compilation.

His album “Right On Time” is about to be released on the April 17th and the new track called “Science Fiction” is something else. This little Reggae inspired Hip Hop joint sets the perfect mood and we for one are very excited to hear what the full release is going to sound like.

Pre-order the album on the Jakarta Records Bandcamp page and make sure you follow Pat Van Dyke on Soundcloud!

jr & ph7 chuuwee
24.03.15

Let us give you the update on JR & PH7. The German production duo, known for their hard knocking boom bap Hip-Hop beats, join forces with Sacramento emcee Chuuwee. The collaborative album “The South Sac Mack” is the result.

The album is clearly dedicated to the 916 and a handful of tracks are even named after neighborhoods throughout Sactown. Chuuwee gives the listener a first-person narrative and makes you experience the capital city of California in a way you might have never imagined. On the production side JR & PH7 keep it really sunny and fresh by using lots of 70’s and 80’s samples.

Clearly the collaboration between these guy was very organic and this one particular track featuring Blu stood out immediately. So I think it’s only right we add “DueYuu” to this post and tell you to head over to iTunes to check out the rest.

Kendrick Lamar To Pimp A Butterfly
16.03.15

When Kendrick Lamar released “Overly Dedicated” in 2010, we would have never thought he would become one of the most influential rappers of the new generation.

Let it be known I’m not a fan, but I was more than curious about his brand new “To Pimp A Butterfly” album. More then Hip-Hop it’s a true Funk album and it makes me happy whenever a new generation gets exposed to real music. Tracks like “Institutionalized” sound slightly reminiscent of Sa-Ra Creative Partners at first. Only to switch to some straight nineties Hip-Hop. Another favorite is “These Walls”, which is nothing more than a feel good summer time jam with Bilal on the hook.

No gimmicks on this album and with quality featuring artists such as George Clinton, Snoop Dogg, Bilal, Thundercat, Anna Wise, James Fauntleroy and Ronald Isley this might be my favorite Kendrick Lamar album yet. Definitely an album worth your while and give this a listen or purchase right away on iTunes.

Jay Prince Good Right Now
09.03.15

Jay Prince’s new joint “Good Right Now” is the first thing to drop after his recently released “BeFor Our Time” EP.

It’s always great to see vocalists work with up-and-coming producers and in this case we’ve been a fan of both Gravez and DrewsThatDude for a minute. Just love the sensual laidback feel of Good Right Now and rest assure you are gonna vibe to this for days. Additional vocals by Raheaven who was also responsible for the vocals on Polaroids.

If you haven’t downloaded the EP yet, go ahead and do so on Jay Prince’s Bandcamp page. You can also catch him perform live at Red Gallery in London on March 12th. Tickets are available here.

Follow Jay Prince on Soundcloud

Potatohead People Big Luxury Snapbax
05.03.15

A wonderful duo that represents and spans across the landmass we call Canada, is Potatohead People. Producers Nick Wisdom and AstroLogical have been at it for years individually, but when Vancouver and Montreal come together magic seems to just happen.

Their first release came out through Jellyfish Recordings and Bastard Jazz, our favorite label out of Brooklyn, reissued their Kosmichemusik EP later on. Their debut album is a fact now and I think they couldn’t have found a better home for it.

You were all stunned by “Blue Charms” no doubt and trust me when I say “Big Luxury” has a lot more in store for you. It draws influences from Jazz, Disco, 90’s Hip-Hop as well as new electronic music and features an array of guest vocalists. Illa J, Moka Only, Sorceress and Amalia all provide contributions to make it vibe even more. Order Potatohead People’s album right here, right now.

Follow Nick Wisdom and AstroLogical on Soundcloud

Suff Daddy What We Do
03.03.15

Big man Suff Daddy had you all pumpin’ like Reeboks, last time around on the Winter In Jakarta compilation.

The blunted beat smith returns with some brand new drunken boom-bap in the form of “What We Do“. Now as some of you may or may not know, ‘Suff’ means drinking heavily in German. And trust me I’ve seen this guy in action. The brother can hold his liquor no doubt about it!

We are always waiting for new music from Suff Daddy, so we welcome the news he is coming with a new album with open arms.

Follow Suff Daddy on Soundcloud

Nxworries Anderson Paak Knxledge Suede
11.02.15

Many moons ago we were buggin’ out to Breezy Lovejoy’s refreshing music. Now a few years later Breezy goes by the name of Anderson Paak, a talented songwriter, drummer, producer and live performer.

He recently released his solo album “Venice” and together with Knxwledge, who’s currently working on an album for Stones Throw Records, he now answers to the name Nxworries. Their brand new track “Suede” is now available for stream on the Stones Throw Soundcloud page, so get ta steppin’. Oh and perhaps you remember hearing DTB some years ago produced by Anderson Paak and Keith Phelps. Nxworries if you haven’t, just make sure you check that out now!

Winter In Jakarta Records
09.02.15

Our friends from Jakarta Records haven’t been sitting still lately. The Winter In Jakarta compilation comes out officially today and it’s a worthy follow-up to the previously released Summer In Jakarta.

My resources tell me Jakarta has been under water for the past three days, so officially I wouldn’t say it’s wintertime. Of course in Germany it’s full on winter, but don’t expect no icey cuts though. Most tracks on this compilation are smoldering and will surely melt your face…guaranteed!

Last week Okayplayer premiered three tracks and today we gladly premiere two more! First one is by one of our favorite Dutch producers Singularis. His laid back funk cut called “Island” is super groovy and will make plenty of heads nod. Suff Daddy‘s “Pumpin Like Reeboks” comes so damn hard it knocks your teeth right back into your throat. Wish I had a 4 minute version of this, but I guess I will just have to abuse the replay button.

Take a listen to both track below and download Winter In Jakarta for free. Also keep your eyes open for the free cassette tape edition available from selected retailers.

The Blvnt Compilation
07.02.15

Blvnt Records is an independent Hiphop label / collective out of Ann Arbor and Chicago. We’ve been following them for a minute and are glad they have just released their “The Blvnt Compilation“.

The collective consists out of a gang of producers. To give you an idea, here’s a few of our favorites. Harris Cole, C Y G N, IanEwing and Fitzroy are without a doubt talented producers that you should check out. Of course don’t let us guide you too much and make sure you grab a super affordable download (by visiting the Blvnt Records Bandcamp page) of the compilation so you can hear for yourself.