When I wasn’t sneezing all over myself, wanting to sandpaper my eye balls, or going to some good shows (Disappears, Quintron, Mayer Hawthorne), here’s what I was listening to in April:
- Action Bronson – Blue Chips: His best album yet. Everbody talks about about Action Bronson’s food references, but he gets credit from me for being the first rapper to shout out Owen Hargreaves and Ruud Van Nistlerooy.
- White Rabbits – Milk Famous: Pitchfork shit on them a bit for sounding too much like Spoon….like that’s a bad thing?
On to the mix:
1) POP ETC – Settling Scores
You used to know them as the Morning Benders. Their new band name might not be considered homophobic in England, but it still is a terrible band name. That said, people are also complaining that they now sound different. This one sounds like classic Morning Benders to me. That’s a good thing.
2) Action Bronson – Thug Love Story 2012
This song has it all: “pussy farts” “apple cider baths” and “Owen Hargreaves.”
3) Stalley (ft. Rick Ross & Meek Mill) – BCGMMG (Remix)
Stalley’s mixtape deserves an honorable mention…lots of Block Beattaz production, which is always a good idea. If only I found Stalley a little more interesting.
4) Starlito (ft. Killa Kyleon & Young Dolph) – L.E.A.N.
Cardo and Burn One = smooth pimp shit.
6) Georgia Anne Muldrow – Best Love
Madlib’s beat makes up for some hippy-dippy bullshit lyrics.
7) E-40 (ft. Droop-E and Big Omeezy) – Bust Moves
Some serious g-funk shit.
8) Frank Ocean – Whip Appeal
For the most part, I still don’t get the Frank Ocean appeal. But I wouldn’t be mad at all if this song blew up.
10) Lee Fields & the Expressions – Walk On Thru That Door
More soul singers need to take a cue from Barry White and utilize those fuzzed-out guitars more often.
11) Mayer Hawthorne – Henny & Gingerale
Just put this one on repeat as you’re getting ready to go out tonight.
12) White Rabbits – The Day You Won the War
14) Danny Brown – Baseline
The internets’ favorite rapper keeps up his winning streak.
15) Nas – The Don
Before every one of his albums drops, Nas releases a dope “street single” that inevitably is way better than anything else on the (sure-to-be-disappointing) album.
16) Meek Mill – I’m Rollin’ (Fresh Den a !@#$%)
Philly guy sounding like he’s in the Bay.
17) Azealia Banks – Fuck Up the Fun
Not to be confused with Iggy Azalea.
18) DJ Sega – Rack City Remix
19) Black, Rock & Ron – It’s Raw
Is “random rap” still a thing?
20) Action Bronson – Dreamer
Just a little amuse-bouche.
21) Ketamines – Midnight Dawn
Filling this month’s garage rock quota.
22) Yelawolf – Thank You (freestyle)
This is what his whole album should have sounded like.