Compton Hype HOPE, Hawthorne Joins Nottz, Lotus RMXs Some Soul, Sumsun RMXs McClure

Compton's buzzing on HOPE

Quick blog bits from around the L.A. underground (and up). Share ’em.

  1. FEATURED: Is Rapper HOPE Compton’s Next Big Hype?*
  2. Mayer Hawthorne Hooks Up with Beat-Maker Nottz
  3. MP3: Soul Chanteuse Remixed by Flying Lotus, Mount Kimbie
  4. Beat-Waver Sumsun Remixes Alpha Pup’s Oscar McClure

(all stories via West Coast Sound, via L.A. Weekly)

* In the just-out music video for the new H.O.P.E. track, “Bliss,” our unlikely hero has his lights turned out as a result of insufficient funds. Still, he’s got the skills to pay the bills.

Mayer Hawthorne Hooks Up with Virginia Beat-Maker Nottz, Drops Etched 12-Inch for ‘I Need You’

Apocalyptic Urban Visions: E-40, Gil-Scott Heron

No words for this.

I had no words for this, but a second video tip-off from the Pedestrian, a.k.a. the good evangelist J.B. Best (check out the first two tracks on the Lala player, screen right), revealed a second gem in addition to the incredible new E-40 video. Eerily similar in its visual theme is the just-released clip from spoken word heavyweight Gil-Scott Heron. Two of the hip-hop’s biggest DNA-providers crossing paths in the night.

Listen: Brand New Madvillain Track Leaked!


DOOM… the notorious hip-hop villain pulled another bait-and-switch in late November, sending his goons to lip-sync in his stead for an advertised appearance at the Grand Star in Chinatown. But Stones Throw… may be making attempts at amends. In a recent DJ set for BBC 1Xtra, J.Rocc leaked a brand new song from the unreleased second Madvillain album.

Sole & Skyrider Shed Light On 9-11 and the Internets, Again Advocate Eugenics

Sole‘s new album with the Skyrider band won’t be coming out on Anticon, but it will be brimming with all of the political ire, sarcastic self-deprecation and critic-baiting you’ve come to expect from that label’s founder. It’s good. Real good, and to celebrate Plastique‘s pending arrival on Fake Four, Sole’s spreading some knowledge. Check out the two vids below, and the first one here.

Sole And The Skyrider Band hit L.A. on October 15, at the Knitting Factory.

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