by Patrick Crosby, OnlyReal Entertainment
Since yesterday was a holiday, we turned #MusicMondays into #TuesdayTunes, so you can get your VTV listening fix!
Run the Jewels
Last year, underground rap heads saw their dreams become a reality when Atlanta fan favorite Killer Mike enlisted avant-garde Brooklyn soundsmith El-P to produce the entirety of his album, R.A.P. Music. This resulted in what many call Mike’s strongest studio album yet and his best commercially received release since his 2003 debut Monster. For those not in the know, Killer Mike catapulted onto the big stage on the Outkast classic The Whole World, over a decade ago, and has been a stalwart in the Southern rap circuit ever since.
This year, the duo has made their team-up official, donning the group name “Run the Jewels.” Their self-titled collaborative album (dropping as a free download June 26th on Fool’s Gold Records) features both El and Mike rapping throughout and is entirely El-P produced. So far, only three songs have been leaked, “36” Chain,” “Get it” and “Banana Clipper” featuring a stellar (albeit short) verse from Outkast’s Big Boi. Understandably, this is a small sample size but they’ve yet to disappoint, and with Killer Mike’s R.A.P. Music still in heavy rotation on many a headset, it’s looking like this project will be another classic.
El-P appears inspired on the new singles, his production seeming to channel the head banging, hard hitting sounds of late ’80s rap (think Rick Rubin meets Public Enemy’s Bomb Squad) and pushing them into an uncharted electronic landscape. Rapping together the group has a chemistry that can only be the result of a strong mutual admiration. Catch Run the Jewels at the Hoxton in Toronto on July 26th. Follow Run the Jewels on Twitter (@therealelp and @killermikeGTO) and Facebook, and download the album.
Mobbin’ No Sobbin’
Living in Austin, Texas by way of California, Western Tink managed to link up with San Antonio-born Beautiful Lou at some point and the two hit it off. Since then, the duo is known together as Mobbin’ No Sobbin’, putting together a distinctly individual sound in an age where hip-hop is mostly full of trend followers. If you’re a fan of A$AP Rocky you may already have heard Lou’s music and not realized it. He produced “Kissing Pink” and the ultra-popular “Trilla” off of Rocky’s debut mixtape, Live Long A$AP. While his production credits include Riff Raff, Lil B, like-minded affiliates Main Attrakionz & Shady Blaze, it seems Lou is at his best when alongside Western Tink.
At first glance, it’s easy to lump Tink in with any number of rappers sipping lean and getting faded. Upon repeated listens, you’ll find there is much more to him. He’s sharp, he rides the beat like a drunken master and he is wildly creative. Lou’s production style is maybe best described as post-A$AP but he’s one of the few who can say it’s a style he originally developed. Their new project, the self-titled Mobbin’ No Sobbin’, is available for free download via MISHKANYC.bandcamp.com. Follow Mobbin’ No Sobbin’ on Twitter (@WESTERNtink and @beautifullou1) and Facebook, and check out their videos for “Today” and “Gity Up.”