A combination of glitchy VHS tapes and flashing colors, TEDD.GIF’s latest video is disorientating, fitting for the sloshed performance by the ORL MC. TEDD confidently slurs through one of the tightest hooks off Lil Mixtape, as LANLORD comes through with a slick beat. The whole joint sounds like it was filtered through some thick codeine. (When the beat stops then reverse, I’m like “oohh.”)

This video is raw. Footage of hazy, party-filled nights, no sleep, no fuckboys allowed. matthew warhol even makes a tiny appearance. S/O Retro Neon Records, TEDD.GIF, LANLORD, Jawl Nini, and Charles Wheatle for putting together another dope piece of art.


Chance The Rapper & The Social Experiment – “No Better Blues”

Chance really is one of the most uniquely emotive MCs in hip hop. Take this track fore example: Chance raps in a monotone voice as he lists everything hates in his existence. There’s no anger in his words, just a looming depression. Chance’s character in “No Better Blues” is hopelessly numb. His hate is really a passive unfeeling that is beautifully depicted by the both Chance and the stripped instrumental. Enjoy.

Run The Jewels – “Close Your Eyes (And Count To Fuck)” (feat. Zack de la Rocha)

Does the term “banger” offend you? If so, then you might call this track an up-tempo anthem with snappy snares and brick-hard spitting. I however, prefer the less convoluted noun, banger. No matter what you call it, this song presents three MC’s in top form. Run The Jewels is a rap syndicate, composed of two modern-day wordsmiths: Killer Mike and El-P. “Close Your Eyes” is the latest track teasing their second full-length, RTJ2. On their latest preview, Run The Jewels are joined by Rage Against The Machine frontman Zack de la Rocha, who I haven’t heard form in some time, but hasn’t lost the beat. He instead, kills the beat and leaves it on the curb. Enjoy.

POP POV: Kendrick Lamar – “i”

“i” is an important single for Kendrick Lamar. The Compton MC is at crossroads in his career, and our first taste of new music points him in a very specific direction. After the platinum-selling, introspective short-film that was good kid, m.A.A.d. city, many fans began to think of him as a fresh new creative with a strong message. However, his most successful songs are his numerous features, where K. Dot spits braggadocious bars about money, women, and guns. “i,” with its up-lifting chorus and strong stance, shows us he’s headed further down the former road, the road of conscious rap.

Of course, this remains to be seen: good kid, m.A.A.d. city held both deep social meaning and, “I pray my dick get big as the Eiffel Tower, so I can fuck the world for 72 hours.” In context of Lamar’s currently untitled 2014 album, “i” could take on a radically different message, and until we piece together the entire puzzle that is his next work, we can celebrate our own selves with the rap’s brightest genius.

“But what love got to do with it when you don’t love yourself?”

SBTRKT – “Voices In My Head” (feat. A$AP Ferg & Warpaint)

What an interesting piece this is. I never thought I would hear the Hood Pope rapping over this colorful, museum-like instrumental by SBTRKT and Warpaint. The haunting piano chords married with Ferg’s wacky flow creates the funnest haunted house you’ve ever been to. Enjoy.

SZA – “Child’s Play” (feat. Chance the Rapper, Dae One, & XXYYXX)

I gotta give a shout out to my boy Johnny B for this one. This brilliant collaboration came out a few months back, but I just heard it from him last week. What shocked me later was the realization that Orlando musician XXYYXX was involved in the production of this track. The bare-bones electronic beat and staccato snares should have been the giveaway. Oh well. Congrats to him for his incredible success; it’s nice to see one of Orlando’s own getting a name. Looking back to the song, Chance delivers a knockout verse. He manipulates word patterns seamlessly while bouncing lines back-and-forth about “weed on the vinyl” and “crowd surf[ing] in a cypher.” Enjoy.

Flying Lotus – “Never Catch Me” (feat. Kendrick Lamar)

Straight off the mixers and into your ears, “Never Catch Me” blends the ever-nomadic and experimental sounds of Flying Lotus, with the just-as-spastic, golden flow of Kendrick Lamar. K. Dot goes from a hungry, cannibalistic speak, to a light, smooth-sounding R&B-style cooing. Flying Lotus tells a story of his own, with a complex bass line and a minute long electronic painting to close out the track. Enjoy.

Music Videos: Haim – “My Song 5 (feat. A$AP Ferg)”

This post is sponsored by Karina Curto and Curto Photos. Karina is tremendous talent, both behind and in front of the camera. She is also a dear friend and the official photographer for The Vinyl Warhol. But most importantly, she loves Hiam, and shared this video with me. Enjoy.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: I finally got a Instagram. You can follow me on it here, if you’re into that type of thing.

Also, this music video rules. It has cameos from the following famous peeps: Ke$ha, Ezra Koening, Big Sean, and Grimes. Peace.


T.I. – “About The Money (Remix feat. Killer Mike & Young Thug)”

“About The Money” is my favorite song of this summer. Maybe you think I’m crazy, but I seriously can not get enough of Young Thug’s quirky spurts of energy, or how his flow sounds like maple syrup is constantly dripping out of his mouth. I ran upon this remix yesterday, and while I do think Killer Mike kills it (LoL), I wish they hadn’t cut Thug’s verse out. The song is completely changed; where Thug’s verse may have been noticeably less technical, his charisma meshed incredibly with the swagger of the song. How could anyone justify removing a verse with the line, “I’m going fishin’ with these little bitty shrimp dips,”? Let me know which version you enjoy more. Follow for more $wag. Enjoy.