What’s poppin’ Soundcloud? Part 2

Keeping up with new music is hard. Especially when you’re old and kinda over everything. I don’t listen to the radio. I don’t use spotify. I don’t have people around who are up on shit to tell me about it. So, i generally find new music online via social media, social networks and….Soundcloud. It’s kinda my favorite cause it’s all stuff that typically isn’t out anywhere else. Suck on that, spotify!
So, every now and then, I like to go through my feed and share what I’ve been listening to with you guys. This is that.
Oh, one thing, before I post the music. If you read this blog , you know that Sparkmaster Tape is my shit. His two mixtapes are some of my favorite music made in the last 10 years. Well, he’s been M.I.A for over a year now. His twitter was silent until yesterday…
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I’m assuming this means he’s back…and I’m fucking hyped. No new music…yet. But this gotta be a good sign.
Okay…now on to the music

Earl Sweatshirt

Earl posted three new songs. 2 are instrumental and this one has vocals. It’s dope. Definitely ready to hear some new Earl after this…

This Philly Mc stays busy. I always find him engaging but, sometimes , his beat selection isn’t really up my alley. However, he has been dropping crazy joints on soundcloud lately and I’ve been liking what I’ve been hearing. These are just a taste. If you like what you hear, I suggest you did deeper cause he’s literally been putting up a song a day for a few weeks.

Fresh Daily
One of the more underrated underground heads out there. He’s been doing it for a while and continues to put out quality shit.

Your Old Droog
The Nu Shooz sample is very ill. It seems like Droog been enjoying rapping over some 80’s sounding tracks and , I can’t front, it’s been working out nicely for him.

Izzle mane feat. DP
I don’t know much about this one but it popped up in my feed and I like it. DP is dope.

Mick Jenkins
This is a smooth track. Jenkin’s continues to grow as an artist.

Little Shalimar- The rubble kings soundtrack
My Buddy Little Shalimar did a bang up job making the music for the Rubble Kings documentary.
The original score is crazy and this “music inspired by the movie” album is also awesome. I only posted a few tracks but check out the whole thing. New music from KA and Killer Mike. The album for even more on it.

What’s popping, Soundcloud?

As a musician on soundcloud, I often forget that it’s actually a source for good new music. Instead of looking at my stream, i just check in on my own comments , like and other pointless bullshit like that. Well, that’s my bad. selfish.
So, today, I wanted to the spotlight on some of the good stuff that’s been bubbling over there lately. You know, let you all hear the stuff that I’ve been listening to.

Gotta start it out with the #1 sports related song. Homeboy Sandman making all New Yorkers proud with this old school Mets Anthem

Then We got a ton of new Shirt joints. In case you don’t know, he’s been doing this thing where he makes songs with ANY producer who gives him $250 bucks. While this may seem like a cheap money scheme with a high probability for sucking it’s actually yielded some good results.

Here’s a now joint with Open Mike Eagle and Serengheti as the group Cavanaugh. Looks like Mike is making beats now too. sounds good, bro!

Your Old droog also stay busy. It feels like this dude drops a new song every week.

Philly rapper Asaad been making music for a while. He dropped a new 10 song album. Kinda mellow trappy stuff. I like some of it. Definitely good for the weed smoking set.

Then we got this new Michael Christmas song, which may be my favorite new thing I’ve heard in a while. The beat is hypnotic on some “93 til infinity” shit. Really excited for his new album.

Next up we got Prof. I’m actually late to the game on him but his shit is pretty awesome. He reminds me of older danny brown in a way. He did a joint with aesop on the beat recently that’s definitely pretty awesome.

And I’ll close this out with houston’s Sauce Walka, who made a fantastic Drake diss song a few weeks ago. Sauce is pretty crazy and , I’m guessing, not up the alley of most of the people who read this blog but I love him. If him and gunplay did an album together my life would be complete…

Song of the day 4/6/12

Song By Asaad

Here’s a little look into how I digest music in 2012.

A couple days back, this album cover went viral. Pretty much, the best album cover ever made:

With no title or artist on the cover, I honestly didn’t even know if it was a rap album. With a little help from the internet, I found out it was the cover for an upcoming E.P. called “006” by a Philly rapper named Asaad. Looking at the cover, I assumed whoever made this is either the best, or the worst. I mean, anyone with the balls to make that an album cover is gonna be hilarious or a juggalo. So, I then went on youtube and saw this:

Hmm…interesting. First off, I loved that beat. It got me. The rapping didn’t have the same pull but it wasn’t bad either. The dude has a cool voice, his flow is not boring…but he also kinda just trails off towards the end as if this were some late night one take, freestyle kinda song. I’m not mad at that but, shit, you made a video for a song. Perhaps you wanna make a video for a song that you finished. Regardless, my interest was at least a little piqued which, in this day and age, is the equivalent to me being in the front row of a concert screaming my head off when I was 16. Let’s just say, in my old age, the spectrum in which I get excited about anything is limited. My appreciation for music ranges from “Oh, that’s cool…” to “Meh”.

So, after that, I found out he had a bunch of mix tapes. I downloaded a few of them and gave them the cursory listen. This is that thing when you’re listening to a rapper that you know isn’t great but has promise, so you scan through the beats that sound like you’ll like them, throw those songs on your ipod and dump the rest. Not the most efficient way of listening to new music but when you’ve got 40 songs by one artist in front of you, it’s not like you’re gonna just sit there for three hours focusing on every mix tape track. Who’s got that kinda time for music that hasn’t been established at worth your time? On the bright side, those songs that do make it into the Ipod do get very close listens and that’s really where I form my opinion of a new artist.

So, after all that, I now have an opinion on this artist. That opinion?
Asaad is pretty good. He’s certainly not a game changer but he makes some decent songs. He’s got a great ear for beats, so that helps. He kinda sounds like a more ignorant John Forte. That said, he’s no Rakim and could easily go down a path of watered down “swag talk”. He’s pretty young though so I’d imagine there’s a lot of room for him to grow. The fact he has biggie getting sodomized by Tupac on his album cover, to me, is a good thing. That shows that, perhaps, he will be more fearless in is future endeavors , as oppose to just following whatever’s hot. I guess time will tell. Anyway, the song above is one that I like a lot. Therefor, it is the song of the day, bro. And that how this all works!