One To Watch: Mr. Sipp “The Mississppi Blues Child”

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There are artists who transcend the expectations of everyone and break the molds of formulaic genres. Enter Mr. Sipp “The Mississippi Blues Child”. While I’ve never been one to say I love the blues, I do love music backed with a performer’s heart.

Last weekend, my family went to the Hot Springs Blues Festival where my 8 year old asked me what “the blues” were. (Take a minute and try to explain that one to yourself for a second.) Pretty sure I explained it as music that is backed with a lot of emotion where the songs typically deal with things that upset the singer and they have to let that emotion out or they’ll bust. I explained she should be able to feel really good blues. Boy was I in for a surprise. The first band we heard was Mr. Sipp “The Mississippi Blues Child”.

Just one song in, and both my wife and I were asking who’s this? The energy and heart that was pouring out was insane. Then during his set he took out into the audience to play literally among the people
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He was in his element playing right there in front, beside, and all around people. The level that he was on was at an eleven. He even came over to me and my girls during his solo and cut the band off where he proceeded to serenade them with an impromptu Twinkle Twinkle Little Star before going right back into the song.

It was a crazy good show, which I highly recommend catching if he’s near you. He won last year’s International Blues Challenge (IBC) and was runner up the year before. I got a chance to talk to him after his show where he told me his band was together only 3 weeks before entering 2013’s IBC where he was runner up. He said the band only knew four songs then, and the crowd wanted an encore. These guys are truly on another level. Even the drummer said when they practice his level is always at a ten and that the rest of the band has to bring it just to match him.

Hit the jump to see more videos of Mr. Sipp including his winning performance at the 2014 International Blues Challenge.

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Labor Day Dump Time Featuring Fun Wolverine Fact

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The Neighbourhood – H8M4CH1N3 (feat. Danny Brown)
To start us off we got a new one from The Neighbourhood off their experimental new mixtape #000000 & #FFFFFF due pretty soon. If this is indication of what’s to come, holy crap look out!!!

MisterWives – Reflections (Official Video)
MisterWives is one to watch. I guarantee you, soon they will blow up. They just released a 2nd video for their song Reflections. check more of there stuff here.

Gorillaz – Feel Good Inc ( TrapZillas Remix )
TrapZillas brought their A game on this classic.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Maps [Tommie Sunshine, CID & Modern Machines Remix]
Speaking of classics, Yeah Yeah Yeahs get a modern update of their classic Maps via a collar that started on instagram between Modern Machines and Tommie Sunshine.

Iggy Azalea ft. Rita Ora -Black Widow (Matsu x Niko Flores Remix)
One more remix to add to the already remixed galore Black Widow.

Magic! – Rude (Zedd Remix)
One of my daughter’s favourite songs right now remixed to 11.

Nicki Minaj – Anaconda (Bassel Remix)
If you’re like me and hate the end of Nicki Minaj’s new song Anaconda where she laughs like an idiot, this makes it a tenth of bit better. Plus, it’s remixed!!!

Yellow Claw – DKNY
Yellow Claw decided to take a Biggie classic and flip it upside down.

The Game – Don’t Shoot (ft. Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, Diddy, Fabolous, Wale, DJ Khaled, Swizz Beatz…)
Another song inspired by Ferguson, Missouri but with a lot more rappers.

White Rappers Like To Drop Stuff At The Same Time

Many white college rappers dropped songs or visuals for songs the last couple days. While I have to keep telling people I know they are not all in college anymore, They still have that feel to them. It’s not a dig at them or the quality of music they play, rather a label (deserving or not) which states the obvious as well as conjures up feelings of optimism from when I was in college. But I digress. The caliber of songs here is short of amazing. First up is one of my favourites.

Hoodie Allen – Movie
After all the beef Hoodie Allen and Mike Stud had recently, Hoodie Allen drops the first single off the new, recently announced album “People Keep Talking”. Pre sales of his album have generated quite a rush as his album quickly rose to number 7 on the iTunes charts. If you don’t know Hoodie Allen, I highly recommend.

D-WHY – Feeling Myself
I was a little late to the D-WHY fan club. I felt something about his early work lacked. But he’s been consistently nurturing his craft and perfecting his bars. He’s already had the confidence and charisma shine in his songs. But now, it’s begging to feel as though he’s procuring a spot for himself and his name.

Cal Scruby – Justin Bieber Rapper Shit
Cal’s been on the scene now for two years or so, and recently is beginning to gain some traction with his singles Gold Coins and All For Ohio. This guy is one to watch for sure.

OnCue – So Much Love
I have been a fan of this guy’s since Leftovers. He dropped this song last week, but today dropped the visuals. His newest album is Angry Young Man and is due next week. On Cue has always impressed and this album has been highly anticipated by many.

Witt Lowry – Lay Here
So, you don’t know who Witt Lowry is? Let me explain. Witt Lowry is Witty. Not Witty funny, but Witty the rapper. He had to change his name due to legal issues. I’m not gonna lie, I’ve only heard a few songs of this guy when he was called Witty. But this one is nice.

Quick Dump To Free Up My Computer Includes Tropical House Remixes And Alternative R&B

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Jack Garratt – Worry
Years & Years labeled Jack Garratt as future alt-r’n’b funk space shit.

Movement – Us
An Australian band who make some amazing R&B

John Mayer – Waiting On The World To Change (Scheinizzl Remix)
Who’s not a fan of John Mayer and summer? Put them both together and you can’t go wrong right? Quite the fun Tropical House song.

Alex Wiley – Vibration (Honest Remix)
Honest took one of my favorite Chicago rappers song and flipped it with that Tropical House Vibe.

OCD: Moosh & Twist (Ft. D-Pryde) – Get It Got It Go Remix

Blink 182 – What’s My Age Again (DotEXE Remix)
just a little old school dub step remix to an old school punk pop song

Grace Mitchell
Up and coming 16 year old from Portland, Oregon, who has the voice, control, and ability of someone much older.

Run The Jewels Slides Us A Gem With Blockbuster Night Part 1 Off Their Second Album RTJ2

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One of last years greatest albums had to be the rap duo Killer Mike and El-P’s collab as Run The Jewels. And just a couple of days ago we got a peak into what their second album, RTJ2 (out October 28) had to offer in the drop of their first single Blockbuster Night Part 1. It’s been said the record is set to feature Zack de la Rocha, Travis Barker, and more. And with that line up on board, I can not wait! Killer Mike said, “It is the best rap group album since RTJ1!” See w
hat you think.

Elliphant Is Back, With A Skrillex Assist, In her WTF “Only Getting Younger” Music Video

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Always been a huge Elliphant fan since I first heard Down On Life. So words cannot express how excited I was to hear skrillex helped out with her latest song Only Getting Younger. While she has linked up with Diplo’s Mad Decent label, she takes the cake for this weeks WTF music video.

Be sure to check her out on tour with Charlie XCX starting this next month

Nicki Minaj Is Like A lyrical Jekyll And Hyde, While Riff Raff Pulls a Jucy J To Ride Anyone’s Coat Tails On A Remix

Couple of days ago Nicki Minaj dropped her video for her latest single Anaconda.

There’s been a lot of hype surrounding this song, and honestly I found it to be just that. A lot of hype. The production makes for a fun song, but Nickis raps fall just flat. The last part of the song is just annoying. I feel as the Drake felt the same way with the lap dance performed at the end of the video.

Fast forward two days and Jucy J drops his latest video of Low which featured Nicki Minaj as well as Lil Bibby and Young Thug. I though ohhh crap. Another weak verse for Nicki? Especially when Jucy J started with his simplistic bars at the beginning that felt very elementary. But a minute and a half into the song Nicki starts with a similar style to that of Jucy J’s begging only to release the beast 15 seconds later showcasing why she is one of the best female rappers.

So, I know what your thinking Nicki this, Nicki that. What does this have to do with Riff Raff?
Well yesterday, My friend Mr. Max asked me if I heard the new Riff Raff / Katy Perry song. I had not, but it was one of the first thing that was up on the computer when I turned it on. Mr. Max likes to rival me in my appreciates for all things random Jody Highroller. While Riff Raff’s song doesn’t have the catchiness of Jucy J’s from Dark Horse, it is still fun.

Now to complete the Ménage à trios of Nicki Minaj, Riff Raff, and Jucy J, four hours ago Riff Raff released an LA Leakers Remix of Nicki Minaj’s Anaconda where he throws down another random verse after Nicki’s first one. This one sounds odd as the lines sound laid over each other rather than rapped straight through./ You’ll just have to listen to the song to see what I mean. And unfortunately the remix keeps the part I found so annoying.

Off Topic: ‘The Hateful Eight’ Trailer by Quentin Tarantino Leaked Online

Music In Response To Michael Brown’s Death In Ferguson, Missouri

Over the last week numerous artists have stepped up to their craft to share their feelings and insights in response to the untimely death of unarmed 18 year old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. on August 9th by an officer of the law. Here are their words and music followed by other’s Response via other social media outlets

J Cole
There was a time in my life when I gave a fuck. Every chance I got I was screaming about it. I was younger. It’s so easy to try to save the world when you’re in college. You got nothing but time and no responsibility. But soon life hits you. No more dorms, no more meal plan, no more refund check. Nigga need a job. Nigga got rent. Got car note. Cable bill. Girlfriend moves in and becomes wife. Baby on the way. Career advances. Instagram is poppin. Lebron leaves Miami. LIFE HITS. We become distracted. We become numb. I became numb. But not anymore. That coulda been me, easily. It could have been my best friend. I’m tired of being desensitized to the murder of black men. I don’t give a fuck if it’s by police or peers. This shit is not normal.

I made a song. This is how we feel.
– Cole

Elle Varner

G-Unit

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B.o.B tweeted earlier in the week before deleting them and posting New Black.
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Clipping.
Our new track “Knees On The Ground” might benefit from an explanation. This is the most unguarded I ever intend to be when writing about Clipping.

What had happened was this: our very brief UK/Europe trip got called-off the day before we were supposed to get on a plane to London. Since we didn’t have any other plans, we met up in the studio with an idea to crank out a new track. On our list of songs to finish was one particular piece aimed directly at the club (or, at least, our twisted idea of what clubs should play). But none of us were in the mood for it. Each of us had spent the previous several days following the news of protests in Ferguson, MO. It was the only thing on our minds. We couldn’t bring ourselves to think about anything else, so we decided to direct our fear, our revulsion, our heartbreak into a new track.

The problem was that we’d defined our band — in interviews and to each other — as decidedly-not-an-activist-project. Diggs’s lyrics have been criticized for seeming apolitical, at least in comparison to what many listeners (perhaps rightly) expect to hear from an ‘experimental’ rap group. I have many times said (perhaps naïvely) that our politics lie in our structures, in our formal engagement with the rap genre. We love its conventions, its clichés, and we’re not above them. We see our participation in rap as something resembling an old punk flyer — an out-of-context collage of charged images with an fractured, contradictory, multiple point-of-view. I hope that our more dedicated listeners hear this and understand that we’re not interested in spoon-feeding them a position. At the same time, I’ve always assumed that they pretty much agree with us on most issues anyway. (We have yet to meet the misogynist, homophobic, white supremacist Clipping fan with an MBA and an NRA mebership).

So what do we do when all we can think about, all we can feel, is a profound injustice — yet another young unarmed person of color is murdered by a police officer? How does a band, which overtly rejects affect and the emotions, address something that is, for its authors, a deeply felt, deeply affecting topic? Well, we don’t entirely know. But the fact is: there’s more truth in Diggs’s lyrics than we generally let on. “Inside Out” describes a drive-by shooting in Oakland, “Chain” is about three stick-ups. They are presented with a lot of detail and specificity (perhaps the result of personal experience). But at the same time, they represent archetypal scenarios within rap music. One trope we had yet to explore as Clipping was the anti-police rap — the lineage of Public Enemy, NWA and Paris, straight through The Coup, and all the way into the ‘stop snitching’ panic of the early 2000s. “Knees On The Ground” is a paradigmatic white-cop-kills-an-unarmed-black-kid-and-gets-away-with-it tale — a story that happens all the fucking time in the US. What we have learned — from our first hand experience in Oakland in 2009, and from the media coverage of Ferguson in 2014 — is that the second part of this story involves a police response better suited to a war zone than to an American city. Cops think they’re playing Call Of Duty when they’re supposed to be part of a community. If Ferguson were in Iraq, Obama would have sent in an airstrike already.

This is the least obtuse Diggs’s lyrics will ever get. We’re embarrassed by the timeliness of this track. We do not intend to capitalize on what is, undoubtedly, a terrible tragedy. But journalists make think-pieces and we make songs. Writers write what they know, and this is what we know right fucking now.

— William Hutson, Clipping.

Lauren Hill
An old sketch of Black Rage, done in my living room. Strange, the course of things. Peace for MO. – MLH https://t.co/47v9BEDoN6

— Ms. Lauryn Hill (@MsLaurynHill) August 21, 2014

T.I.
Look at us….America has created a monster. The result of ignoring & mishandling an already fragile spirited, recently enslaved, presently oppressed race/generation of people. Look at us. We’re the monster that now refuses to be dismissed, overlooked and ignored. We were brought to this place, unaware of our own cultures, religion & traditions therefore, we created our own. Now look at us.
For years we’ve been crying out for the nation to address the substandard education systems & disparaging treatment of our citizens in communities across America. Our people have had an increasing lack of opportunities for generations. There have been homes broken, lives shattered and futures lost on your watch….unanswered. Look at us. How long can u expect a nation/race/generation of people to be blatantly disrespected? Spoken to and treated with arrogant tones of insignificance. Our fathers, uncles, brothers and role models were killed and imprisoned more often than educated. Now look at us. Our friends and relatives murdered and cast aside without thought, as though your human life is more valuable than ours. How long can that go on without consequence? Now Look at us.
How long can u continue to pass the buck & make excuses of why u can’t do today what should have been done yeste-year? Although I DO NOT support the negative responses & actions of my people in light of dis tragedy….I WILL NOT condone your lack of effort to show any urgency to improve the treatment of our people, nor the living conditions in our communities. Your refusal to address these life altering issues makes events such as these seem inevitable. Although I too am at fault to a degree and I admit that I may not have all da answers… I do have a fun fact for you. Insanity is…Going about things the same way, expecting a different result. U wanna different result? U must take different action. What else do u expect? Look at us!!!
Clifford “T.I.” Harris

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Earl Sweatshirt of OFWGKTA Thinks Taylor Swift’s Shake It Off Video Is “Inherently Offensive”

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With Taylor Swift releasing her latest song and video for Shake It Off yesterday, many people watched it. And many people had an opinion. Despite the fact Taylor is parting ways with labeling her music country in leu of pop, the response to her video was mixed bag. This is what Earl Sweatshirt had to say:

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So what do you think?
hit the jump to view the video.

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