Lapalux ft. Busdriver - “Forlorn”
British producer Lapalux of Brainfeeder lets Los Angeles/Project Blowed legend Busdriver catch all kinds of wreck on “Forlorn”. Bus always seems to find the craziest ways to flow on the off-beats and take tracks to the next level. Lapalux’s debut LP Nostalchic drops in March via Brainfeeder.
Nocando - “Real Rap #2: No Hook”
Hellfyre Club leader/Low End Theory emcee Nocando drops an a capella verse full of quotables in the latest installment of his “Real Rap” video series. It’s fair to say that we’ll be seeing new installments each week. Catch Nocan weekly at Los Angeles/San Francisco’s experimental hip hop/electronic music club night Low End Theory and co-hosting EarWolf’s Shots Fired podcast series every Thursday. Also stay tuned for a new Nocando album in the near future along with a rumored collaboration project with Dam-Funk.
Pistol McFly & VerBS - Nuff Said EP
Nuff Said EP is a collection of collaborations by Los Angeles emcees Pistol McFly and VerBS with principal production by L!sted of Seven Day. VerBS is very skilled at feeding off the energy of collaborators as evidenced by his previous joint project, the critically acclaimed Buzz EP with Intuition. It’s no different here; he and Pistol McFly complement each other very well over L!sted’s smooth yet knocking production.
Japanese Jellyfish - KingoftheJellyfish
Midnight Kids Academy’s multifaceted Project Blowdian artist Tarikh Mizan assumes the alter-ego Japanese Jellyfish on his first full-length instrumental project, KingoftheJellyfish. Featuring off-kilter sampling selections and lo-fi drum programming ranging in all sorts of BPMs with plenty of vinyl crackle, KingoftheJellyfish exhibits a relentlessly unpredictable landscape of sound. Stream the album below and purchase for $3 if you’d like to support.
VerBS - Happiness (prod. Duke Westlake)
Project Blowdian VerBS drops a new single from the next installment of his Progress series titled The Progress EP 3: Manifest Awesome. In this very necessary song, VerBS reminds folks to find their own happiness and stop blaming others for their struggle with some catchy melodies and bars laid atop an elegant but abrasive beat by Duke Westlake. The sampling is similar to J. Cole’s “You Got It” but flipped in a much more creative manner.
Chloe Bee Sting - BEEstMode EP
After making appearances on compilations such as KC.93’s Midnight Kids For Japan and Class of MMXII, Los Angeles artist Chloe Bee Sting releases her debut project the BEEstMode EP. This 8 track record showcases her at times harsh and off kilter sampling techniques combined with very funky synth work. The majority of the project is purely instrumental with 2 vocal tracks at the end including a dedication to Trayvon Martin. Add this joint to your growing collection of creativity emerging from the art world that is LA.
Open Mike Eagle - Rent Party Extension EP
One of the brightest minds in the current generation of Los Angeles rap drops a new EP in anticipation for his upcoming full length album dropping in June. This very cerebral set of tracks features Milo, Eagle Nebula and production by Hot Sugar, Infinity Rock, Alpha MC and Taco Neck. Eagle continues his uncanny ability to make non-nerdy sounding nerd rap music that puts millions of images in your head with his extremely visual vocabulary.
Preview Track: Open Mike Eagle - “Boss Fight” (ft. Milo)
Nocando - Low End Theory Japan Freestyle
If you’re in Japan, be sure to catch the big homie Nocando and the Low End Theory collective performing in Sapporo, Himeji, Osaka, and Tokyo March 16-19. Here’s a promo video featuring a bi-lingual Japanese/English freestyle by Nocan.
Click HERE for more information on the Low End Theory Japan Tour.
Sahtyre - Miss Communication (prod. Elos)
dir. Amadeuz Christ
Los Angeles emcee Sahtyre of Project Blowed’s Swim Team gets the visual treatment for highlight single “Miss Communication” off his current project The Buddha. You can catch Saht and the rest of the freestyle assassin squad Swim Team performing at this year’s Paid Dues festival.
Dumbfoundead on Last Call with Carson Daly
DFD makes his NBC debut on Carson Daly’s late night show. Discusses his origins in rap, being featured on Korean news > MTV and more.