This Past Monday the Prince of Dark York, Le1f, dropped his second mixtape Fly Zone, co-released by Himanshu’s (of Das Racist ::RIP::) Greedhead Label. The free tape features 13 tracks of ridiculous production and a bit more straightforward rapping than last year’s Dark York. This tape is, for lack of a better word “rave-rap.” Just crazy sounding club/dance/rave/freakout jams and Le1f’s signature voice and style riding right along with them.
Le1f ”arrived on the scene” some time last year and sort of emerged amongst the partnerships between left-field indie rappers and weird underground electronic producers (think Haleek Maul and Supreme Cuts, Hot Sugar and Kitty Pryde, or Antwon and Pictureplane) but at the same time Le1f produces many of his own beats; most of Dark York was self produced.
Anyway, check out the tape below and then check out the video for last year’s Dark York cut, “Wut,” which is catchy as hell.
Мишка) seriously kills everything…if that makes sense, actually it may make a lot more sense than I originally thought it did. Nevermind. The Brooklyn, New York clothing brand has been completely taking over the dope ass street apparel world for a minute now (aka a few years) with it’s blend of comic book, horror, punk, cartoon, and a variety of other inspired designs and artwork. The brand has nuzzled itself rather deeply within my wardrobe and I am always on the hunt for more of their “dope gear” as it drops each season.
You might be asking yourself, “Dan, why the hell are you talking about clothes, and S-in’ these guys Ds and shit?” Well, first of all that wasn’t very nice, and secondly (of all) I make the above comments here on What’s Protocol? because apart from their clothed-goods-stuffs, the brand has their hand (and quite fine taste) in putting out, sharing and in a way “breaking” fantastic new music. The past year or so you’ve seen me rave about one of my favorite acts out, Supreme Cuts, whose Chrome Lips mixtape with Haleek Maul was put out by Mishka. Also artists like The Drum, Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire, Main Attrakionz, Lakutis, The Hood Internet, Ultrademon’s (Seapunk) Occupy mixtape, and several others were all either featured on Mishka’s “Bloglin” or actually released by the brand themselves.
This crew is seriously on point with everything they do and I’ve got nothing but love for them. Over the next….extended period of time, I’m sure I’ll post up some gems that I come across from them, and I just wanted to send them some love and good vibes their way since they definitely deserve it.
Head over to their website to keep up with their happenings.
Heems of Das Racist just leaked this track that will be on his upcoming Wildwater Kingdom mixtape due out on October 15th. Titled, “Let it Go,” the track was produced by Keyboard Kid and features Cee Gee on the hook. I like it.
I feel like now is an appropriate time to post this mixtape as summer is coming to an official end.
Dom O’Briggs released GR8 Summer a couple of weeks ago and I have been consistently bumping it on my hour long car rides to see friends. It was a particularly nice listen this past Saturday during my windows-down-nice-weather ride out to West Chester, PA.
Stream the mixtape below or download the zip here.
Supreme Cuts + Haleek Maul‘s new mixtape “Chrome Lips” dropped yesterday afternoon!!! This is seriously some next level shit and these guys are honestly making my absolute favorite music right now.
It’s like a terrifyingly beautiful horror soundscape to a twisted street nightmare. Banging kickdrums, booming bass, tight snares, clicks, clacks, drips, drops, beautiful synth and key work, spacial nuances all used and arranged with the upmost detail. All around amazing production, which I’v'e come to know and expect from SupCuts, great features (Main Attrakionz, Tree, Kool A.D, etc) dope-ass lyrical flows, fuck, shit, just do your ears a favor and listen to it. Seriously.
The A$AP crew (A$AP MOB) just dropped their new mixtape, Lord$ Never Worry. Go grab it HERE
*I’m just getting into it now so I can’t really comment mucho. I’m already an A$AP fan BUT, I’m also glad to see some nice production from Silky Johnson, Clammy Clams, Araabmuzik, and A$AP Ty Beats. Real slow, dark, bangin’, hood ass chit.
Anyone who can turn Marvin Gaye’s“Ain’t That Peculiar” into a heavy hip hop banger is top class in my book.
Oddisee hits our ears by way of Washington D.C., a fantastic breeding ground for artists with the sounds of NYC and the south coming at them from either direction. I’m always curious of people’s suggestions and when I saw L’Orange consistently praise Oddisee, well, I just had to explore.
I instantly became obsessed once I pressed play on his quick remix tape titled Odd Renditions Vol. 001. He captures the perfect amount of a particular track that turns it upside down into something with a hell of a lot of motion, harder and snappier beats, and the perfect amount of original instrumentation. Just listen to the track “Paralyzed” which uses samples of Bon Iver’s “Re: Stacks.”
Listen to the rest of the tape below and be sure to check out his newest release, People Hear What They See. It’s phenomenal.
BONUS: Oddisee lends his production skills to Homeboy Sandman’s new track, “Watchu Want From Me?” There’s just too many good things going on in this song.
I feel that it’s kind of weird that my first post back after a decently long hiatus featured a song that is very cynical in nature. I love this song, but the mood is so far from what my day to day life has been lately. I’ve been living at the beach for the most part since Memorial Day, so things are either all chill or all rage (fist pumping fun type, not the angry type) on a day to day basis. I’m gonna touch on the chill side of things here, but expect a ton of rage to come your way in the very near future.
DJ BRE (pronounced Bray) just posted this summer time chilled out mix (click) on Facebook and I grabbed it right away. It consists of a bunch of laid back hip hop and R&B tunes and sounds like pure relaxation. It was crafted specifically for lounging by the pool at the W Hotel in Miami, where DJ BRE spins regularly, but it works for lounging at the beach or at a backyard BBQ too. So, download it and lay outside for an hour. Also, if you’d like to check out more mixes from DJ BRE or DJ Blaze go like the Miami Bassed Facebook page and get on their mailing list.