Here are a bunch of hip hop tracks from across the genre that I’ve been bumpin’ recently, from over the past 7 or so years, so a few newly discovered classics today.
Paul White – Dream State (Dam Tales)
First up, however, we have some exciting new stuff from Paul White. This guy has been working hard, weaving a unique sound that takes elements from the past and pushes his tracks solidly into the future. If you’re digging this track, you’ll be ecstatic to learn that the LP it is found on is being offered for free on an interesting type of website/distro model called Bandcamp.
Fat Freddy’s Drop – Big BW
I found out about Fat Freddy’s Drop whilst exploring MixCloud (not sure if there’s any relation to SoundCloud), after recieving some kind words about the blog and a link to a mix from Aaron Adel of Toronto. Like me, he is equally enthralled by the magic of Washed Out. Well, these guys you’re listening to now have absolutely nothing to do with Washed Out, but the appeal of the deep groove of the bassline and soulful, jazzy vocals and instrumentation makes this track an instant favorite.
Third Sight – Will I Get Shot By A Dope Fiend?
Last week, Jakub posted up a dizzyingly comprehensive record of the last decade of hip hop (sound harrowing?), called A Boom Bap Continuum. This mix takes some of the best, purest and most exemplary hip hop tracks from each of the last ten years, and somehow manages not to sound like the DJ’s involved (2tall, DJ Clockwork and Kper) had ADD, all within an astounding 81 minutes. It just has to be heard to be believed, this is one track I must have missed…awesome tune by Third Sight ft. MF Grimm, I’ve had a similar bassline in my head for years now, it was crazy to hear this for the first time.
King Geedorah – Fazers
And while we’re talking about sick hip hop tracks we’ve missed, here’s one from one of my favorite lyricists, MF Doom (as King Geedorah), which I hadn’t heard until last week hanging out and driving around Philly with my brother. Not much else to say about this one, aside from the fact that it’s catchy as hell.