I’m willing to bet most of you have heard of the Chicago youngster Chance the Rapper (Chancellor Bennett). While Chance’s mixtape Acid Rap received plenty of praise, his brother Taylor Bennett was overshadowed.
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After a brief hiatus from Music Monday I’m back with a treat for you! Desmond Bailey aka Baer C00n The Ewokk’s Goon Hand 2. You may remember us mentioning Des in an October edition of End Caps. For those of you just hearing of Baer Coon for the first time, Bailey is a goalie for the Chicago Outlaws, a semi-pro box team which plays in the CILL. Des’ colorful and eccentric nature makes for a great character in the cage and on the mic.
Spring is so close here in New England I can almost smell it! West coast readers, get outside on your Monday afternoon and enjoy what you’ve got. In order to nudge the warm sun and good vibes to come our way, I’m delivering some excellent laying back/hammock/beach music for this week’s Music Monday. I introduce to you, Current Swell!
This Monday I’m bringing you a ton of new music. Let me say (type) that again, I’m bringing you TONS of new music! I know plenty of you have been dumped on with snow but I’m sending a flurry or music your way. Since there’s plenty to listen to, I’ll get straight to it:
Happy Monday LAS!
As most of you know, last night was the 56th annual Grammy Awards which celebrated the musical achievements of the past year. Now it’s time to look forward to some fresh music in 2014.
It’s Tuesday, the week is out of the gates, and it’s starting to smell like lax season! I hope everyone enjoyed their MLK holiday, whether they had the day off or not. Props to Michael Allen for hitting you with a profound and quality Music Monday to remember Dr. King.
Today we remember the life and legacy of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., whose contributions to the social and political sphere of the United States are innumerable. And over the years, the global musical sphere has become filled with songs inspired by or dedicated to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Below you’ll find songs that pay homage to Dr. King.
Philadelphia hosted the annual #LaxCon this past weekend and I thought it was only right to pay tribute to the city of brotherly love. This week’s Tune In Tuesday features the legendary group, The Roots. To date, The Roots have put out 10 studio albums and have been the house band on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon since ’09.
Typically January is a slower month for new music but I think a trend is developing in music in which artists release surprise albums for fans to download and enjoy. First Beyonce did it, then the Lox and now Del the Funky Homosapien. This week, the goofy Bay Area rapper debuts ‘Iller Than Most,’ a collection of off-kilter rhymes over groovy computer beats.
Happy Holidays LAS! Laxmas is all but here so I figured I’d spread a little Laxmas cheer and share with you a few Christmas songs. These aren’t your traditional carols or cliche’ tunes but rather a few songs that are a little less played out. So cozy up with your glass of eggnog and enjoy some Laxmas music!
Welcome back LAS! This year has been a pretty good one for music (especially hip-hop) but it’s not quite over yet. Just when I started looking forward to some of next years releases, I ran into a project that slipped under my radar. Busta Rhymes and Q-Tip’s of A Tribe Called Quest recently collaborated and dropped a mixtape titled The Abstract & The Dragon.
This week I decided to share a few songs that we’ve been listening in the office. Rather than throwing you guys some completely random tracks, I decided to pick a few with some prominent samples. I really enjoy samples because they can be a great way to discover new music, provide a sense of familiarity, shed some light on an artist’s influences, or simply give something new life. Samples can also cause headaches for artists as clearing them for albums is often a challenge. As you’ve probably noticed, some samples are more noticeable than others.
Justin Scott aka Big K.R.I.T. is a rapper/producer hailing from Meridian, Mississippi. A member of the 2011 XXL Freshmen class, K.R.I.T. brings the flavor of the South along with passion and plenty of bass. One of my favorite quotes by K.R.I.T. is “If it don’t touch my SOUL, I can’t listen to it.” In other words, why bother listening to empty music with no message? Take a listen and be sure to turn up that sub!
Welcome back to another Music Monday LAS! A few weeks ago LAS contributor Josh Rottman passed a video along. It’s a cover of Allen Stone’s “Bed I Made” by Jules Houts. Jules played at UC Davis along with Josh. I really enjoyed the cover wanted to share it along with a few other covers. Take a listen!
Sol (Sol Moravia-Rosenberg) is a hip-hop artist based out of Seattle, Washington. His understated lyrics, exuberant performances, and diverse instrumentation have solidified him among the leaders of the northwest music scene. Last year, he released his first independent album, Yours Truly, which quickly rose to #1 on the iTunes US Hip-Hop Chart. Sol then decided to leave the United States on a ten month globe-trotting hiatus as part of the Bonderman Honors Travel Fellowship he was awarded at the University of Washington. Ten months and ten countries later, Sol returned to the United States, evolved and inspired. Now equipped with a world of perspective, Sol is ready to share his newest project, Eyes Open. If you haven’t caught wind of Sol’s music, you’re in for a treat.