Freebie: Wale, Mixtape About Nothing

Wale Mixtape About Nothing

DCs Wale is changing the music game.  How?  He has been giving away is music with a little old fashion street markeing, and in doing so has been one of the hottest up and coming rappers.  Recently signed to Interscope records, his forthcoming album will be produced by Grammy winner producer Mark Ronson (best known for producing Amy Winehouse’s album).  He has accomplish this without a major label budget which is quite accomplishment.  Now he is back with a new mixtape which is follow up to is 100 Miles and Running Mixtape.  This Mixtape about Nothing is inspired by the sitcom Sienfeld.  Go grab it while it is hot.

Download Wale’s Mixtape About Nothing (via Elitaste)

Wale feat. Bun B, Pusha T, Tre from UCB – “Back in the Go Go(clean)”


1. “The Opening Title Sequence” (produced by Best Kept Secret)
2. “The Roots Song Wale Is On” f. Chrisette Michele (produced by ?uestlove & James Poyser)
3. “The Feature Heavy Song” f. Bun B, Pusha T and Tre from UCB (produced by Best Kept Secret)
4. “The Freestyle (Roc Boys)”
5. “The Perfect Plan” (produced by Best Kept Secret)
6. “The Kramer” (produced by Best Kept Secret)
7. “The Crazy” (produced by Best Kept Secret)
8. “The Vacation From Ourselves” (produced by Best Kept Secret)
9. “The Remake of A Remake (All I Need)” f. Tawiah (produced by Mark Ronson)
10. “The Grown Up” (produced by Best Kept Secret)
11. “The Manipulation” (produced by Best Kept Secret)
12. “The Artistic Integrity” (produced by Best Kept Secret)
13. “The Star”
14. “The Skit (Untz Untz)”
15. “The Cliche Lil Wayne Feature (It’s The Remix baby!)” (produced by Osinachi)
16. “The Bmore Club Slam” (produced by Scottie B)
17. “The Chicago Falcon Remix” f. The Budos Band (produced by Mark Ronson & Eli Escobar)
18. “The Hype” (produced by Best Kept Secret)
19. “The End Credits” (produced by Best Kept Secret)

WALE: “special thanks to interscope for investing in the future of hip hop”

Check out an interview with Wale over at Wired.


Are You Feeling This: Common, “U.M.C. feat. Pharrell


I mentioned that Chicago’s Common is going to dropped a new album in July. It will be total sonic departure from his last album “Finding Forever”. The album will be more electronic driven which I am looking forward to hearing sort of similar to the Electric Circus. Well a track leaked on the internet a couple of weeks back featuring N.E.R.D.’s Pharrell. Check it out and let me know what you think. I am really feeling it.

Common feat. Pharrell – “U.M.C. (Universal Mind Control)”

Video: Nortec Collective

Perhaps you caught one of my earlier posts on Mexico’s excellent electronic music scene, and the particular work of Tijuana’s Nortec Collective. Perhaps not. Either way, this video by the aforementioned is interesting, check it out…

Video: Scarlett Johannson, “Falling Down”

Scarlett Johannson

I am really surprised that I actually enjoy the new album of Tom Wait covers from Scarlett Johannson.  I am always skeptical of the actor turn musician bit.  It doesn’t hurt that her album was produced by TV on the Radio’s producer Dave Sitek.


Don’t Sleep On: Vampire Hands

Vampire Hands

No these guys have no relation to Vampire Weekend except their relation of putting out great music.  Vampire Hands is  a band from my old stomping grounds of Minneapolis. They have been bubbling under the surface for sometime.  Just like vampires, they get their strength from the blood of 60’s psychedelic rock, but without imitating it.  Their sound might be from the past, but it feels fresh and alive.  Check out “Opium Typhoon”

This ain’t strictly psych, but dudes are probably into SIMPLY SAUCER. And if you want to play the “inspiration KEVIN BACON game” take the current Detroit garage scene highlighted by luminaries THE DETROIT COBRAS, THE WHITE STRIPES, and THE GO, time travel and add BOB SEGER‘s “Lucy Blue-era” band, and then transport said scene hefty to the Minnesota DIY art nice, where the ghosts shout Hootie Hoo and HUSKER DU. Minneapolis’ VAMPIRE HANDS space race backwards across the years amongst the rock and roll asteroids and return from the mission gifting the present day garage rock scene an unique addition to the dramatic art rock styling of bands like ROXY MUSIC and KING CRIMSON. 

-CansaFis Foote, No Doctors, Oakland, September 2007

Vampire Hands – “Opium Typhoon” (download)

Here is “Paradise Knife Fights” from their 2007’s Cuz It’s A Beach Funeral EP 

Vampire Hands – “Paradise Knife Fights” (download) 

Video: The Return of Bobby Digital(aka RZA)

I mentioned that RZA is busy launching a new social network for chess called Wuchess. He is also putting out another Bobby Digital record coming in July. Here is the video for “You Can’t Stop Me Now”. The sample is from the Tempations song “Message From a Black Man” from their Psychedelic Soul album from 1969.

The Temptations – “Message From A Black Man”

Don’t Sleep on…Chin Chin

Hey y’all, just want to share something from an exciting band I just caught word of– Chin Chin. And their sound spells distinction, that of being the only non hip hop act on the excellent hip hop label Definitive Jux. This fact is what drew attention from me, like what if Soul Jazz Records released some rare country music? — I’d scoop it just to see.

Apparently out of Brooklyn, their sound makes sense as get down synth-driven disco without the candy pop crackle. A sweaty hallucination of psychedelic proportions, these guys could freak anyone’s wedding into a premature honeymoon, plus they sleep fully clothed…

It ain’t a field trip if you can’t have a souvenir…

Download: Chin Chin “Toot D’Amore (DJ Eli Remix).mp3