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Daily Archives: 08/14/2011

For what is undoubtedly the most over the top and ostentatious rap track of the year, Jay-Z and Kanye make it clear what their collaboration and first single ‘Otis’ is all about with this video: they want to have fun and do a little bragging.  From the expensive sample to the luxury car, everything about this Spike Jonze directed video is saturated in richness and excess making it one of the most fun videos of the year.


Everyone’s favorite 17 year old dub master, Beat Culture, just dropped off this new track today.  “Slacker” is a simple but incredible track.  From the moment the synth line materialized at the beginning of the song I was hooked.  Over the course of the song Beat Culture builds a perfectly crafted atmosphere around the simple chord progression with Destiny’s Child and Back To The Future samples and a hard-hitting drum line good enough for the likes of Star Slinger or Gold Panda.  There is nothing I like more than to see an artist improve their craft, and over the past few months, Beat Culture has grown from a newcomer still finding his niche to one of my favorite artists.  If you haven’t already, I highly suggest you check out Beat Culture’s debut LP Goldenbacked Weaver and definitely keep a lookout for what he has in store for the future.  Stream/download below…