“This shit my favourite song” well at the moment Favourite Song by Chance The Rapper feat. Childish Gambino quite literally is.
Although his second mixtape ‘Acid Rap’ has been out for about a year now and has been widely praised and much heralded by the rap/hip-hop community it has largely gone unnoticed in the mainstream, whereas someone like the marvellously named Childish Gambino who features in the song has recently blasted into mainstream consciousness both sides of the pond. This is mainly because Chance The Rapper has not released his mixtapes via conventional avenues like hard-copy release and via Internet download and streaming services like iTunes, Amazon Player and Spotify. Chance prefers the more ‘free’ outlets for his music with the tracks being available to stream on SoundCloud, YouTube and to download via this link (do it trust me). Chance makes most of his money from extensive touring and merch sales as he’s unbelievably still unsigned. He does, however, have motives for this decision.
In an interview with NME’s Kevin EG Perry earlier this year Chance said he doesn’t feel restricted by not having a record deal, it’s actually quite the opposite feeling of liberation.
“Do you think any label would have let me go on a headlining tour across the nation, playing 2000-capacity rooms, without dropping an album or even releasing the name of an album?…I’ve been anti-label for so long, but I could sign in 2014! Or I might not sign in 2014! I might quit and go to college! Who fucking knows?”
Refreshing, interesting and real. Just like his music.
‘Favourite Song’ combines everything that is good about Acid Rap and drops it all in one 3:05. Soulful, funky and full of acid-jazz beats Chance lays down catchy hooks and squawks throughout as he proclaims ‘It’s my jam’. Trippy and bending the guitar rhythms throughout perfectly compliment the spits of Chance and the fantastic Childish Gambino who comes in and kills it with his 45 second contribution. I don’t profess to know a lot about rap/hip-hop music but I instantly loved this song and mixtape, which can only mean one thing. It’s cool AND accessible!
We were recently reached out to through twitter (@themusicbrewery a shameless plug) by a new artist named S.I.C an MC originally hailing from St. Petersburg, Florida but now residing in Atlanta, Goergia. So I thought I would give my first impressions and see what his music had to say! Upon seeing the profile picture, the cover for his upcoming effort Something Different, I was intrigued. The name Something Different is the first thing that drew my eye, because in the current world of music it is very difficult to actually be something different. After a few listens few of the tracks on offer I can say that it has not entirely achieved being something completely different to many other artists in hip hop at the moment, however, there are some very encouraging signs from these first initial tracks.
The first thing that I would say is that both the production and hooks are on point. Production in general is an area that I feel a lot of up-and-coming artists in hip hop struggle with and even to be honest some established names struggle with as well. But S.I.C does not, his production is sharp, well thought out and a particular highlight for me is the drums used in many of his tracks they suit them perfectly. The hooks in near enough every song are catchy enough to get stuck in your head for days on end without becoming annoying. My personal highlights would be “Money Machine feat. Marceon Jacobs” and “My Music”
If there is one way I could describe the general feel of the music would hazy, chilled and driven. It is clear that the versatility of Atlanta is rubbing off on S.I.C and I would say he is definitely heading in the right direction to be something different and to stand out. I hope in the future we see a bit more experimentation but for the beginning of his career I can safely say I’m very much looking forward to more music from S.I.C and to see how his focus and style changes.
Check out his whole Soundcloud page here: https://soundcloud.com/sicmusic101inc
Steve Aoki released the original of Rage the Night Away feat Waka Flocka Flame a few months back and it has been played silly in clubs around the world. Now Aoki has teamed up with the giant that is Flosstradamus and has released a HUGE remix.
Apologies that this has come a few days late but trust me, get your teeth I to this track. Big bass line, twinned with the classic Flosstradamus trap sound is a mix that works completely. You still get the huge Aoki sound that he is famous for, the build and the drops, the big progressive distorted beats but then with a trap style that I think complements the track amazingly. Let’s hope we hear more of this soon!