Stay woke. This guy is making some serious art (been making art).
About a week ago . . . DJ Sliqe released Oceans featuring Da L.E.S. and Shane Eagle.
Advice: If Shane is on a track…download it. No questions. The boy from Midrand gained attention by coming 3rd on Vuzu’s show, The Hustle. Since then, he’s been dropping some serious tracks, reminiscent of a J. Cole trapping.
Our favourite tracks thus far:
Laid back, mellow vibes for the win. Atlanta, Georgia’s Ricardo Valentine AKA 6LACK has forced himself onto our radar. Best known for PRBLMS, he comes in hot with his first studio album Free 6LACK. You’re not going to be skipping songs.Bet.
Free 6LACK (album)
[Quick note: We know Kendrick just dropped but our aim is not to write about the already supremely popular artists. We aim to bring to attention the artists who aren’t all over our radios in our “Who we listening to” segment]
D’Anthony Carlos AKA Goldlink is all over Renny Man’s itunes right now. He gained our attention with Crew featuring talented singer Brent Faiyaz and rapper Shy Glizzy.
The God Complex (his debut mixtape) was released in 2014, and was very well received by the critics. This led him to be chosen into the 2015 XXL Freshman Class in June of that year. Since then he has regularly been releasing top class records eg. Crew.
- GoldLink – Crew (ft. Brent Faiyaz and Shy Glizzy)
- GoldLink – Palm Trees/Late Night (ft. Masego)
With the release of Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar’s fourth studio album, DAMN…Renny Man questions the rap game. The questions being asked are directed more to the complexities/problems of the world and how Kendrick is addressing them (with the black lives movement in the US). Other rappers such as J. Cole and Wale (and the king of it, Kanye) will also bring up the issues which leads us to ask; do (or do we expect) all the rappers to address these issues.
Harlem rapper A$AP Rocky was questioned (judged) by the Breakfast Club for saying “They’re not forcing me to do shit. I’m just gonna stay black and die. Why, because I’m black? So every time something happens because I’m black I gotta stand up? What the fuck am I, Al Sharpton now? I’m A$AP Rocky. I did not sign up to be no political activist. I wanna talk about my motherfuckin’ lean, my best friend dying, the girls that come in and out of my life, the jiggy fashion that I wear, my new inspirations in drugs! I don’t wanna talk about no f–king Ferguson and shit because I don’t live over there! I live in fucking Soho and Beverly Hills. I can’t relate. I’m in the studio; I’m in these fashion studios; I’m in these bitches’ drawers. I’m not doing anything outside of that. That’s my life.”
But is he wrong though. There have been many differing opinions on this topic. And personally, I don’t think he is wrong. I would understand if there was nobody at all addressing the issue and Rocky was our only hope. Then yes, we going to need you rock up Rocky. But that is not the case. We listen to different music when we feeling a different way. If everybody was a conscious rapper we wouldn’t have variety. We wouldn’t have as many feel good songs. Sometimes we use music to get away from our problems and troubles. Sometimes I want to floss and stunt. Why would I want to listen to more problems?
Thank you Kendrick. You are definitely a light in the industry, in this world. Everyone is not Kendrick though, and not everyone wants to listen to conscious rap. Let’s leave the artists to rap about what they want to rap about. They’re artists. Don’t ruin it.
“Don’t view me as no conscious cat, this ain’t no conscious rap
F**k the conscious crap, my mac’ll push your conscience back”
R&B/Soul singer/songwriter (no ghostwriters allowed) Daniel Caesar is racking up the views on the internet with his new productions. Fan favourite, Get You, is getting much love and attention but he is by no means a one hit wonder. With songs like Violet and Japanese Denim, this young artist shows off his vocal range transitioning into falsetto (his high notes) effortless. Reminiscent of a younger Frank Ocean. Do yourself a favour and listen to his tracks (and watch the Get You video especially #lit).