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Which is Better?

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A:

B:

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The Odd Future is Now

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After electrifying Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night, the future is officially here:

For those unfamiliar, Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All (OFWGKTA) is a Los Angeles based hip-hop collective headlined by Tyler the Creator – but they’re better described as a legitimate movement in the music industry. Odd Future’s 11-man team of independent artists reminds me of the also Cali-based group Living Legends last decade. But Odd Future’s musical style is no comparison; this article describes their sound the best:

They curse, they shout and they’re definitely NSFW. But those who can stomach the sometimes-repellent, but always captivating, lyrics will find one of the most daring, in-your-face, and unpredictable musical acts to come along in a long time.

With the current state of the genre in question, Odd Future’s authentic, not-watered-down approach is eye-opening and much appreciated. True fans of rap have become disenchanted with overproduced, overplayed pop – Odd Future is a breath of fresh air and a peak at the ‘odd future’ of the game.

Here’s a sample of music videos:

I would also like to highlight Tyler’s verse from “Seven” because it embodies OFWGKTA in multiple ways and is just dope – one of my favorite tracks:

I guess I gotta be a fuckin’ hand-me-down rapper

From Los Angee area anytime I’m fuckin’ landing

Fuck 2DopeBoyz and NahRight, shout out to Hype Track

Them motherfuckers could never get rid of me

Guess I gotta do a fucking song with Dom Kennedy

Get these fuckin’ hip hop bloggers to start feelin’ me

Because I’m 17, compose my own beats

Lyrically I’m dope enough to ass-fuck the dude who made nicotine

Maybe I should buy some Hundreds, wear some fuckin’ skinny jeans

And follow in your footsteps like a motherfuckin’ millipede

Centipede, make songs about Gucci and cigaweed

Jerk with my friends like it’s some motherfuckin’ little league

No I ain’t no fucking hipster, mister

No I’m not no fucking Kid Cudi, all my fucking fans love me

Collaboration hits for fans screaming fuck buddies, yo, yo

Free Earl!

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2012 Prophecies

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With all the 2012 doomsday predictions gaining popularity recently, here’s one of my own: hip-hop will officially be dead. Many have said it before, but it has never been true. How could hip-hop be dead already when Eminem’s “Recovery” was the best-selling album of any genre in 2010? I’m not saying hip-hop will suddenly cease from existence, but you will definitely see more and more  songs referred to as “hip-hop inspired”. The precursors to this musical evolution are already apparent in the obvious trend toward electro/house beats. I also see a sub-genre sprouting up with the more mellow, somewhat rock-influenced work of artists like Kid Cudi and even Wiz Khalifa (Wiz’s “Say Yeah” supports the house movement though). Plus, many doomsday prophecies refer to stars exploding and the world ending… WorldStarHipHop anyone? Seriously though, my prediction is definitely less ridiculous than some others out there. Here’s support for the electro/house movement (some tracks are newer than others, but you get the idea):

David Guetta feat. Rihanna – Who’s That Chick mp3

Tiesto vs Diplo feat. Busta Rhymes – C’mon (Catch Em By Surprise) mp3

Benny Benassi feat. Chris Brown – Beautiful People mp3

Benny Benassi feat. T-Pain – Electroman mp3

Diddy feat. Ludacris – Tomorrow Tonight mp3

Swedish House Mafia feat. Pharrell – One mp3

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Artist Update

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Before we get any closer to 2011, use the random selection below as an update on the 10 artists featured in the 02.04.2010 post Artists To Watch ’10-’11. To qualify, artists couldn’t be on the ‘09-’10 post. In no particular order:

Wiz Khalifa

Wiz Khalifa – Real Estate

Wiz Khalifa – Stoned

Wiz Khalifa – Bad Guy

Big Sean

Big Sean – Poster

Big Sean – Big Nut Bust

Chris Brown feat. Big Sean – Shit God Damn

Mike Posner

Mike Posner – Single & Drunk

Mike Posner feat. Big Sean & Clinton Sparks – Ambiguous

XV feat. Mike Posner – Mirror’s Edge

J. Cole

J. Cole feat. Drake – In The Morning

J. Cole – Blow Up

J. Cole feat. Wale – You Got It

Jay Electronica

Jay Electronica feat. John F Kennedy

Jay Electronica feat. Jay-Z & The Dream – Shiny Suit Theory

Jay Electronica feat. Diddy – The Ghost of Christopher Wallace

Game feat. Swizz Beatz & Jay Electronica – Higher

XV

XV – Gettin’ Bizzy

XV feat. Talib Kweli – Reset Button

XV feat. Chiddy Bang – She Go, I Go

Woody feat. Charles Hamilton & XV – Make Believe

B.o.B

B.o.B – Beast Mode

B.o.B feat. Wiz Khalifa – Fuck The Money

Slim Thug feat. B.o.B – So High

Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj – Catch Me

Nicki Minaj – Wave Ya Hand

Nicki Minaj – Blow Ya Mind

Chip The Ripper

Chip Tha Ripper – Ain’t No Love Here

Kid Cudi feat. GLC, Chip Tha Ripper & Nicole Wray – The End

Big Sean feat. Chip Tha Ripper & Curren$y – Five Bucks (5 On It)

Short Dawg

Short Dawg feat. Lil Wayne – Lean

Short Dawg feat. Kid Ink & Mistah FAB – Cuff Yo Chick

Short Dawg – Tell ‘Em Free Tune

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XV’s Album

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XV’s new mixtape, “Vizzy Zone”, finally dropped yesterday… and it was definitely worth the wait. This is as close to a skip free mixtape as they come. But it’s really not a “mixtape” – it’s a legitimate album. Almost every track has original production, and XV holds his own like a veteran. Plus, you have to love the nerdy references to things video games, Star Wars & Lost. Until TKWTGB:

XV – Vizzy Zone (mixtape)

[Featured artists: Mike Posner, Talib Kweli, Mac Miller, Colin Munroe, Killer Mike, Chiddy Bang, Bun B, GLC & Kid Cudi]

XV feat. Talib Kweli – Reset Button

XV feat. Killer Mike & Mac Miller – May The Force Be With You

XV – Gettin’ Bizzy

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Kid Cudi x Vitamin Water

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This new Vitamin Water ad uses Steve Aoki’s dance remix of Kid Cudi’s ‘Pursuit of Happiness’. It’s a kinda weird commercial, but I actually like the full remix of the song. Click the link to download below. Cudi making moves!

Kid Cudi – Pursuit of Happiness (Dance Remix)

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Artists To Watch ’10-’11

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Here’s the list for this year. The only qualification is that you can’t be on my list from last year. That means your name can’t be Tyga, KiD CuDi, Charles Hamilton, Drake, Mickey Factz, Jae Millz, Wale or Willy Northpole (a pretty decent list). I’ve included some kind of demonstration for each artist, which could be a mixtape, mp3 or video. In no particular order:

Wiz Khalifa

One of the best albums of last year:

Wiz Khalifa – Flight School (mixtape)

Big Sean

Big Sean destroys Bangladesh/Gucci Mane’s ‘Lemonade’ beat:

Big Sean – Supa Dupa Lemonade Freestyle

B.o.B.

I know I just posted this but:

B.o.B. – May 25th (mixtape)

Mike Posner

This was one of my ‘Best Mixtapes of 2009‘:

Mike Posner – One Foot Out The Door (mixtape)

J. Cole

I gotta admit – I’ve been sleeping on J. Cole this past year. Check this out though:

J. Cole – The Warm Up (mixtape)

Chip Tha Ripper

Check out an artist from Cleveland that’s not named CuDi:

Chip That Ripper – The Cleveland Show (mixtape)

Nicki Minaj

Currently, she is the only relevant female rapper. Here is the new video with Mariah Carey:

Mariah Carey feat. Nicki Minaj – Up Out My Face

Jay Electronica

Could be the future of music. Here are some exhibits to demonstrate:

Jay Electronica – Exhibit A (Transformations)

Jay Electronica & Mos Def – Exhibit B (snippet)

Jay Electronica – Exhibit C

Short Dawg

I gotta mention another Young Money artist since I had three on the list last year. Check out some singles:

Short Dawg feat. Tyga & Lil Wayne – I Just Wanna

Young Money feat. Short Dawg – Pass The Dutch

Lil Wayne feat. Short Dawg & Gudda Gudda – Break Up

XV

Until his next mixtape, ‘Vizzy Zone’, drops…:

XV – 30 Minute Layover (mixtape)

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