Chancelor Bennett is not old enough to buy alcohol. Chances are (heh), he probably doesn’t remember when mixtapes were actually tapes. Despite all of this, Bennett, better known as Chance the Rapper, recently released his highly-anticipated second tape Acid Rap. Following up his highly-acclaimed first tape 10Day, whose title is a reference to the amount of time he was suspended from school, during which time he recorded it, Acid Rap (whose title comes from the fact that Chance did a whole lot of LSD during the albums writing and recording process) takes his music to another level, filled with scratchy, soulful samples, clever wordplay, and high-profile guest spots. Beginning with uptempo, Beyonce-esque vocals ushering in opening track “Good Ass Intro”, the album oozes good vibes, with a chorus featuring an ecstatic Chance chanting “you did it, you did it/you did a good-ass job” (Fun fact: “Good-Ass Job was a working – and in my opinion much better – title for Kanye West’s 2010 album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy). The album quickly moves into highlight “Pusha Man”, likely a callback to Curtis Mayfield, and a two minute fast-paced banger which quickly ends and we’re left with fifteen seconds of silence before secret track “Paranoia” begins. Here, Chance gets serious for a bit, lamenting the murders that happen every summer in his hometown of Chicago, which go unreported in mainstream media. The song is mellow and contemplative, with a catchy hook floating in a river of questions that don’t seem to get an answer. Other highlights on the album include the party-starter “Juice”, which soundtracks a hilarious and heartwarming video of Chance handing out roses to people on the streets of Chicago; the funky bass grooves of “NaNa”, featuring Action Bronson (or is that Ghostface?); and “Chain Smoker” whose “bridge” section I will defy anyone not to get hyped on. Finally coming to “Everything’s Good (Good Ass Outro)”, the album closes on a feel-good note, with everything feeling just about right. All in all, I highly recommend you take a trip through Acid Rap, and keep a tab on this Bennett kid, ’cause he’s goin’ places.
End of June’s New & Good Loud Rock on KZSC:
1 Deceiver Of The Gods Metal Blade 2 SPIRITS OF THE DEAD Rumours Of A Presence The End
3 PHILIP H. ANSELMO AND THE ILLEGALS “Usurper Bastard’s Rant” [Single] Housecore
4 SUMMONING Old Mornings Dawn Napalm 5 WE CAME AS ROMANS Tracing Back Roots Equal Vision
Don’t forget about these: BLACK DAHLIA MURDER Everblack Metal Blade; CHILDREN OF BODOM Halo Of Blood Nuclear Blast; A PALE HORSE NAMED DEATH Lay My Soul To Waste; ANVIL Hope In Hell The End; TRISTANIA Darkest White Napalm; MEGADETH ; TESSERACT Altered State Century Media; WE BUTTER THE BREAD WITH BUTTER Projekt Herz [EP]; CHURCH OF MISERY Thy Kingdom Scum Metal Blade and WHILE SHE SLEEPS This Is The Six.
Still thinking about Father’s Day? Here’s a song about a father’s love by reggae artist TURBAN X. Fathers are fathers all year long; try to find the time to let them really know how you feel. So along with your words of appreciation, pass along some new reggae music!
Kimya Dawson & Aesop Rock come together as The Uncluded to create the collaborative album Hokey Fright.
At first I was a little hesitant, not knowing what to expect from the unusual collaboration. It was like I was listening to nursery rhymes dubbed over by a rap artist.
The fuse of Kimya’s sweet melancholy singing with Aesop Rock’s stern vocals complete 16 tracks on Hokey Fright. They both deliver clever verses over quirky instrumentals which make for a creative mash-up. While Kimya sweetly sings her way through the tracks, Aesop uses word play masterfully. Tracks like “Teleprompters” and “Delicate Cycle” provide lighthearted instrumentals, while the musicians deliver thought-provoking verses. Meanwhile at the opposite pole, “Superheroes” & “WYHUOM” are carefree and playful tracks.
Some may say that Aesop rapping over Kimya’s strumming guitar and folk singing is awkward, but I believe that this is what makes the album unique and refreshing. Embrace the odd combination! They were destined for greatness once the folk singer and rapper joined forces to create a musical experiment that has set a standard unmet by other artists. This is a perfect album to listen to this summer while riding your bike down the block– headphones in, real world out. Give it a listen!
I had a wonderful chat with Hawaiian reggae music stars Anuhea and Justin Young as they were passing through Northern California, performing at the Reggae in the Hills Festival in Angels Camp. Hear the interview here.
Anuhea & Justin Young have a new song together called Forever Summer; see it below.
Check out this interview I had with Katherine Ramirez of Mystic Roots Band. They will be performing THIS weekend at Reggae in the Hills Music Festival out in Angels Camp, CA. Their new album Campfire came out tuesday June 4th. This is volume one of a two part album so keep your ears tuned for the second half coming out this september.