The legend of Kanye West officially started 15 years ago, February 10, 2004 when he released “The College Dropout”.
On January 18, 2019, rapper Aesop Rock and producer Tobacco released their joint project “Malibu Ken”. The 10 song, 34 minute joint combines Aesop’s underground flow, quirky, humorous lyrics and word choices, with Tobacco’s trippy Electronic beats.
Other than boybands and girlbands and melancholic pop ballads, the Korean music industry is also filled with more-than-proficient rappers and producers specialising in hip hop. This week, we have picked out our favourite K-hiphop jams for you to enjoy from both once-underground Korean rappers and skilled idol rappers.
Originating from the US, Hip Hop gave birth to its own culture and scene in the music industry, with the press dubbing it “the new rock n’ roll”. It is no secret that Hip Hop culture later on embedded deep into the Asian music scene, especially in South Jakarta, Indonesia, with the rise of local rappers and Hip Hop producers and platforms.
Have you ever listened to a new Hip Hop hit and got the feeling that there is something familiar, that you have listened to it before although it was released just last night? The chance is you actually know the song that is used as a sample on this new song, yet the tweaks that have been done to the sample might left you thinking. This leads us to the next question. What is sampling, actually?
Rapper Young Thug released his third EP, On The Rvn back on September 24, 2018. The EP was released just a month after he released his compilation album Slime Language. On The Rvn featured Migos’ Offset, 6LACK, Jaden Smith, T-Shyne, and the most surprising is Elton John’s “Rocket Man” sample.
2018 has been a great year for Hip Hop. Almost everyone in Hip Hop industry put out something, from Nas with his album Nasir, Jay Z and Beyonce’s collaboration, Kanye and Kid Cudi’s joint project, Travis Scott’s long anticipated album, to exclamations from up-and-coming rappers J.I.D, Anderson .Paak, and Denzel Curry. To celebrate the great year Hip Hop had, our team has come up with a list of top 10 Hip Hop Albums of 2018.
The definitive face of Jakartan urban hip hop, rising rapper A. Nayaka is back with his 13-track album Cadence Blue. And this time around, Nayaka shows us how to spell “versatility”.
With only two musical features, two very short songs, ranging between one to three minutes per song, self produced lo-fi avant garde jazz samples, and his combination of lyrical mastery and rapping techniques, Earl Sweatshirt once again has to proof that he is not a waste of potential and rapper who has fallen down the cliff - unlike what many people had said about him.
Riding the success of his second album, Malibu, Anderson .Paak released his most highly anticipated project to date, Oxnard. Named after his hometown, Oxnard boasts fancy list of features, from the king of hip hop Kendrick Lamar, Pusha T, J. Cole, BJ The Chicago Kid, to old timers like Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, and Q-Tip, to newcomers such as Kadhja Bonet and Norelle. The list might be one of the richest features list this year, yet those artists doesn’t take the spotlight away from .Paak. The 32-year-old consistently flows from one song to another with his unique, one of a kind voice.