I feel like Shane Battier asking questions here, but I guess all of the above holds true depending on who you ask. If you ask G.O.O.D. Music singer/songwriter Benny Cassette, it’s “Virgo Season”. Admittedly, I have to look this guy up as I vaguely remember his name and association with G.O.O.D. Music. Cassette naturally sings over an electric guitar heavy production with Rashad dropping a real slow flow with his guest verse. To me, it’s Cassette and the production that shines as I didn’t totally vibe with Isaiah’s effort on this one. Give this one a shot below, especially if you’re a virgo…
A Kembe X & Isaiah Rashad collab shouldn’t surprise the keen follower of these two as they’ve revealed future songs in the works. One of those songs hits the present today as “Caged Bird” impacts with the production immediately transforming your mood. There’s a dark edge to it and a catchy chorus with Kembe handling the majority of the raps. I was diggin this one as it progressed along to Isaiah’s guest verse, in which I especially liked the ending. Give it a good listen/download below:
With the festival closing its doors for Summer 2014, the last day was exactly what it was hyped to be. With top hip hop acts like Isaiah Rashad, Earl Sweatshirt, Schoolboy Q, and Kendrick Lamar sandwiched into one, anyone and everyone came through to bid this festival farewell for another year. Special thanks to Pitchfork for having us this year!
Recently signed with Top Dawg Entertainment (TDE), Isaiah Rashad leads the Blue Stage with his rapid-fire raps and jazzy beats. SZA makes an appearance (hinted on Friday during her set) and shares the first song with her TDE brother. Shout out to SZA for saying what’s up though! Though Isaiah Rashad definitely went hard in his performance, he stumbled with the smoothness of his verses. At some points he was spitting verses so fast that his words clashed with the mellowness of his songs and the random air horn noises (for real did y’all hear that?)
Speaking directly to the crowd, Earl starts a sing-a-long during the first half of his set. Breaking it down to its simplest form, dude plays music teacher and lets us know, “this song is so easy, all you dumbasses can get it”. As we sung along with Earl about “fucking freckled bitches” in typical hype concert mode someone had to be extra and disrupt the flow. Literally. Seen from the middle of the stage, water was sprayed directly onto Earl as he continues the second half of his set. Typical Earl though, calls this dude out and keeps it moving. Between songs, Earl muses in and out onto sideline dialog about not growing up with a father and the people he has met along the way. Either way, his musings and quality of music kept everyone listening. Also shout out to Isaiah Rashad for the photo (excuse my excited cat face)!
Yo did Schoolboy Q bring his whole damn family on stage? What seemed like family reunion on the stage, his crew and Schoolboy Q hypes up the crowd by making his set an all-out bounce blow out. Even for those who can’t bounce (and y’all know who you are) got it moving as he commanded the crowd to well…get up and dance. Playing verses from some of his more popular features like Work, the bounce was so real throughout his entire set. So real that my feet went from my usual shade of yellow Asian Mami to Doo doo ass brown. My bad for whoever had to see my disgraced feet but whatever though…at least I got down to Collard Greens.
Delayed for about 20 minutes, the stage was packed to the brim for Mr. Lamar himself. This was expected though as Kendrick was the talk of the show since day one. Using some of the same dope visuals from the Yeezus tour, Kendrick Lamar played crowd favorites from his 2012 album, “Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City”. Playing his songs in full, Kendrick just shuts it down from the live band to his strong lyricism. From mAAd City to my personal favorite track Compton, Kendrick raps over the heavy sounds of his band and even dives back to his roots, shooting a tune from “Section.80″. Kendrick has definitely come far from the smaller stage of Pitchfork a few years back to now headlining and shutting down the festival. Props to you Kendrick, so excited for this album.
Pt. 3 of the XXL Freshmen Roundtable is above as Troy Ave, Lil Bibby, Jarren Benton and Jon Connor talk about representing their city and the diverse styles of all the artists on the cover.
ICYMI, Pt. 2 is below and features Rich Homie Quan, Ty Dolla $ign, and Lil Durk on telling their stories and being authentic and original. And yeah, we’ll run it back to Pt. 1 when Chance The Rapper, Vic Mensa, Kevin Gates, Isaiah Rashad and August Alsina got together to talk about blending hip hop and R&B and performing for the large crowds.