Penthouse Penthouse- Besides EP

September 18th, 2014 by

12:30 PM: Wake up.

12:45, start a minor forrest fire. 1:30, grab good grub. 2:30, pick up dry cleaning, them shirts are looking swess even being worn by the hangers. 3:30, you check your schedule, and it says you’re straight chillin until 8 PM. Might as well roll your shoulders back into your all-white italian velour couch with an ashtray and a glass, that 15 year scotch won’t drink itself. Fall behind schedule; 8:30 PM you’re grabbing the first clothes you see, no matter what, they’ll be as fresh as the seabass you’re about to have for dinner. 10 PM, hop into the Lexus with full tank and full belly, and drive straight into the vivid orange setting sun. No need to blink, your gold framed stunners keep you cozy. 10:30, elevator doors to the Penthouse Penthouse open, 360 degree view of the celestial stars above and serene lights below. You’ve got everything you could need, and by the way they’re looking at you, any friend you could want. This’ll be the last time you look at your watch, the rest of the night is only the finest of time. And Besides, who knows what might happen? See you at the Last Stop.

12:30 PM: Wake up.


Banks – Goddess

September 17th, 2014 by


Banks released her debut album, Goddess, on September 9th, which sent sparks through her fanbase.  This California-born singer played this summer at Governor’s Ball, and her popularity is starting to crescendo.

I wrote about Banks and her earlier EP called London. All four songs are thrown into the Deluxe version of Goddess and fit into the album like pieces in a puzzle.

My favorites from Goddess are “You Should Know Where I’m Coming From” and “Someone New”.  Both songs have an acoustic feel to them, but “Change” and “Waiting Game” will always be in my heart.

Goddess as a whole is a being in itself.  It seems to swallow all of your senses and leave you alone with only Banks’ voice to guide you through the darkness. Check it:


Mystic |Country Roads

September 16th, 2014 by

After a 13 year musical hiatus (with the exception of a few singles in between), Bay Area veteran emcee Mystic has returned with new album Beautiful Resistance. She debuted in 2001 with the acclaimed Cuts for Luck and Scars for Freedom, which spawned the hit single “The Life” and “W” featuring Planet Asia, which went on to be nominated for a Grammy award. But her stage cred stretches back even farther as the only female member of legendary hip hop group Digital Underground. After a lengthy absence, her lyrical content contains much of the empowering and aware elements it did so many years before, focusing on themes of social justice, abuse, and self-love. On “Country Roads”, she takes a break from rhyming to show off her vocal chops with some heavy subject matter dealing with America’s violent history of lynching. Beautiful Resistance is now available for download/stream and its positive message comes right on time amid ever-continuing global turmoil. I look forward to others and more like it. 

clipping. – CLPPNG

September 15th, 2014 by


Contorted, bloody, addictive. CLPPNG sounds like the nightmarish lab experiment you saw in that movie you wish you hadn’t, but can’t stop re-watching.

These homies are masters. clipping.’s knowledge of the distinction between accessible L.A. rap and art music is paralleled in their balance between experimental beats and catchy hooks, as MC Daveed Diggs’ storytelling with a voice not unlike Andre 3000’s emerges from amidst the furious black and brown salival production of William Huston and Jonathan Snipes. Industrial metal spliced with musique concrete commingle with hip-hop to create a savage sound that will snap your neck and take a picture. Embrace the horror in your gut and listen to this shit.

For company, peep “Work Work” below, “Body & Blood,” and “Summertime.”

“Story 2,” which sounds more like short-story telling than rapping, may be the gem of this album. Take your time with that one.

If you dig clipping., check out William Hutson doing noise music as Rale, and Jonathan Snipes as part of Captain Ahab.

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