Khary & Lege Kale Continue Hot Streak With “Too Fast”

W&V mainstays Khary and Lege Kale strike gold once again with “Too Fast.” Khary flows with ease over an eerie flute lead, warm synths, and signature Legend Sound from Lege, culminating in an anthem to stop at nothing on the way to manifesting your goals. Following in the footsteps of “Stronger,” the latest preview of their forthcoming Tidal Graves EP is another showcase of their powerful synergy.

Stream “Too Fast” below and stay tuned for more on Tidal Graves.

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Sylvan LaCue Shares Elegant Visuals For “Best Me”

Ahead of touring with Saba next month, Sylvan LaCue returns with the official video for “Best Me.” Sylvan unveiled the track a few months ago as his first self-produced record, segueing into more showcases of his various talents with tracks like “The Truman Show” with Xavier Omär and “Televised” with Rayana Jay.

The visuals follow Sylvan on a trip through the woods as he spills his verses over wispy guitar chords. Director Jonathan Benavente traces Sylvan’s journey with Spike Lee‘s infamous dolly shot, culminating in a beautifully-crafted video that brings the track to life.

Peep “Best Me” and Sylvan’s upcoming tour dates below.

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Artist Interview: Elijah Bank$y Drops Debut Project, ‘#BANKSY4THEKIDDAS’

New York emcee Elijah Bank$y has finally unveiled his debut project, #BANKSY4THEKIDDAS. The 7-track project features two of the first songs I heard from Bank$y, “95 Till” and “SAMO,” which introduced me to his passionate bars filled with vibes, nostalgia. While his self-proclaimed grit is heavily channeled through “Be That” and “TC Boys,” his unmistakeable drive permeates throughout the EP.  Bank$y continues to progress with each release—flexing his versatility without jeopardizing his identity and distinct sound—making him a name to watch in the new year.

Recently I had the pleasure of speaking with Bank$y about his background, how the project came together, and his plans for the new year.

Please introduce yourself.

Elijah: Yo, I’m Elijah Bank$y. I’m from a small town called Monroe in New York that’s about 45 minutes to an hour away from the city.

How did you get into hip-hop?

My parents and my uncles; they would play a lot of Biggie and Wu-Tang and I would recite the lyrics from a very young age. I never actually started writing my own lyrics until I was like in the 5th grade.

Who’s on your playlist?

Right at this moment, other than the homies, I have that new Pusha T album, Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly, Archy Marshall’s ANP2D, Trellion’s Lighthouse Tape, and A2.

Where do you draw inspiration from?

Anything to be honest. My actual feelings. My environment. It could honestly be anything.

How has living in New York influenced your career?

I’ve lived here my whole life. It’s the mecca you know? Some people don’t really care about that anymore, but I’m a big fan of 90’s era music and really take pride in myself on being able to rap at pretty high level (in my opinion), and I would say my ability to do that and my style is definitely heavily influenced by being in New York.

Tell us about #BANKSY4THEKIDDAS. How did the project come together?

#BANKSY4THEKIDDAS basically came together by me just wanting to do songs over time. I’ve been working on an album on the low with my homie Gus Dapperton for about 2 years. I just kept recording songs on my own in between the periods where we weren’t working on that other album together. It got to the point where I had like 3-4 solid songs. Some were written, some were already recorded. I just naturally wanted to write these songs over this really long time period and it allowed me to put something together since our other album is taking a while (for a good reason), so #BANKSY4THEKIDDAS kind of created itself.

What do you want listeners to take away from the project?

I want listeners to get a feel for my music and see the growth in the music. I didn’t really make songs that sounded the same and I didn’t rap the same on every song. There’s also no features on it for a reason. On my debut I really want to push my sound first and foremost.

What was the biggest lesson you learned while making the EP?

The biggest lesson I learned was to have fun with the music. I’m actually pretty efficient with recording so a lot of the songs were pretty easy to do, but every time I listened to them I wanted to re-record a lot of them with a different flow and vibe. That was really a first for me.

What do you have planned for 2016?

This EP, videos hopefully, getting booked for some shows, and I’m really hoping I can finish my other album with my homie Gus Dapperton.

If you could choose one artist to tour with, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

I really don’t think I could choose one. Dead, probably Big Pun because he’s my favorite rapper ever. Alive, there are too many people I think I would make a dope tour with. I think maybe Childish Gambino or Chance the Rapper…honestly such a hard question.

Any advice for fellow musicians out there?

Sounds super cliché, but honestly once you find out who you are, just embrace it and make that your image. Don’t chase singles and stuff like that. Let everything happen naturally.

Anything else you’d like to add?

Shout out to the homies Core Stylez, Xavier Alexander, George Kush, Lord Fatts, Ian 310, Memory, GauteGrom, and Vince Blok for helping me put this EP together. Hoping to make Elijah Bank$y a household name this year. Bless man.

Stream and download #BANKSY4THEKIDDAS below.

Elijah Bank$y: Twitter // SoundCloud

Mick Jenkins // Boiler Room London (Live Set)

Chicago’s thundering poetic powerhouse Mick Jenkins recently made a stop in London with DJ Green Sllime to perform for Boiler Room. Oscillating between tracks from his widely-acclaimed The Water[s] mixtape and his latest Waves EP, Mick commands the crowd with his undeniable aggression and passion, channeling his rhymes laced with water-turned-truth via a piercing baritone.

Stream the live set in its entirety below and stay tuned for more information on Mick’s upcoming album, The Healing Component, set to drop later this summer.

Mick Jenkins: Twitter // SoundCloud

DJ Green Sllime: Twitter // SoundCloud

Kanye West Drops “Real Friends & No More Parties in LA,” Announces ‘WAVES’ Release Date

As per usual, Kanye West broke the Internet with new music today. A few technical difficulties later, West unveiled “Real Friends” with help from Ty Dolla $ign, alongside a snippet of “No Parties in LA,” which taps TDE frontman Kendrick Lamar. West’s flow and delivery are throwbacks to his Late Registration/College Dropout era, to the relief of many who were less than impressed with his New Year’s “Facts.” Coupled with Ty Dolla $ign’s vocals, the cut channels his search for genuineness in the industry. The tease of Kendrick’s verse at the end of the track leaves us impatiently wanting to hear more.

Early stages of “No Parties in LA” can be traced back to his My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy studio sessions. In the 2014 documentary Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton, West raps several bars reminiscient of the second cut alongside the multitalented Madlib, who assisted in bringing the track to life.

If you’re digging this new Kanye, you may be in luck! Kim Kardashian hinted in a recent tweet that fans will continue to receive new music from Kanye every Friday, hopefully leading to the release of his heavily anticipated album, SWISH.

“Who your real friends? // We all came from the bottom // I’m always blaming you // But what’s sad you’re not the problem” – Kanye West

“Come Erykah Badu me, well, let’s make a movie” – Kendrick Lamar

UPDATE: SWISH will be released next month.

UPDATE 2: SWISH will now be called WAVES.

BreezePark // “Strangers EP” (Stream + Free DL)

Rising collective and rap squad BreezePark have set a strong foundation for their bright future with their debut EP, Strangers. The 12-track project features the four rappers of the group—PLAYCameron ParkerTy Safari, and Rye—passing the mic across production from several similarly talented producers including Mike Gao, Soulection’s own EstaMartin $ky, and more. Each emcee brings their own distinct voice to the table, culminating in an overall cohesive sound that quickly grapples the attention of listeners. Bursts of aggression balanced with introspective verses make the project an easy staple in any library. With cosigns from fellow Virginia icons Pusha T and Pharrell, I’m sure BreezePark will continue to carry the torch in 2016.

Stream the Strangers EP below and grab your own copy here.

BreezePark: Twitter // SoundCloud

 

Kanye Finishes 2015 with New Song “Facts”

As 2015 comes to a close, one of the most talked-about icons of hip-hop Kanye West has blessed us with his latest track, “Facts.” Produced by Southside and Metro Boomin, the cut features Kanye’s clever wordplay and unparalleled (well-deserved) braggadocio. While the overall track stands as Kanye’s declaration of his successes with adidas, there’s no word yet if it’ll appear on his highly anticipated album, SWISH, or if it’s another song to hold us down while we wait.

Celebrate the new year with Kanye above!

 

Elijah Bank$y // “My Hiatus” (Stream + Visuals)

New York’s El!jah Bank$y is back with his latest cut, “My Hiatus.” As the first single from Bank$y’s upcoming #Banksy4TheKiddas EP, the track features smooth piano- and guitar-filled production from Lord Fatts coupled with his chill verses. Bank$y highlights his search for success while making his parents proud, a battle many aspiring artists can relate to. With another dope track under his belt, Bank$y is definitely a name to watch.

Catch the visuals for “My Hiatus” below and grab your copy of #Banksy4TheKiddas on January 15th.

Elijah Bank$y: Twitter // SoundCloud

Lord Fatts: Twitter

Sky.P // “Days Like This” (Stream)

The Bay Area’s own Sky.P is back with his latest, “Days Like This.” As one of the few cuts we’ve heard from him since his debut project, Thought Waves, the 20-years-young emcee and producer continues to solidify his place in the industry. Produced by DG Beats of Toronto, the track couples introspective rhymes with mellow, string-heavy instrumentation. With a dope project already on his résumé, Sky.P will definitely be a name to look out for in 2016.

Vibe out with Sky.P above and be sure to check out Thought Waves.

Sky.P: Twitter // SoundCloud // Website

DG Beats: Twitter // Website

Abra // “Fruit” (Visuals)

Abra of Awful Records surprised her followers with visuals for “Fruit,” one of the leading tracks from her latest project, Rose. The seductive fan favorite showcases Abra’s croons of love over echoing, vibe-heavy production. Brought to life by JMP, the Dark Wave Duchess tries mercilessly to get through to a conflicted lover. The visuals add another dimension to the cut, making its impact even more powerful.

Peep the visuals below and catch Abra on tour with D.R.A.M. next month. Grab your tickets and be sure to cop Rose via Bandcamp if you haven’t already.

1/14 – Toronto, ON – Revival Bar

1/15 – New York, NY – Santos Party House

1/21 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent

1/22 – Santa Ana, CA – Constellation Room

1/23 – Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy Theater

Abra: Twitter // SoundCloud

JMP: Twitter // Website