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Tag Archives: Hip Hop

DivineRule – (CLUE) WHO KILLED 2PAC and BIGGIE SMALLS?

You have the most to lose when you are ahead of the game.  The higher you are in this world the more people want to hate, the haters are always out for blood. Believe me I know this, I have always been a go getter, a really hard worker, I don’t believe in failure and […]

Darci – Arts and Crafts

You ain’t seen nothin’.” We all have a guard up when we are unsure of what it is we really want.  Sometimes this comes off the wrong way, I think we all care and want something substantial whether we want to admit it or not, you just have to find your “ride or die”, that […]

TOKiMONSTA ft. Arama – Drive

A new set of wings I’m trying on LA-based producer TOKiMONSTA keeps it light and energetic with this track, “Drive”. Her dynamic piano synths at the beginning set a hoppy vibe for the remainder of the song. It’s catchy, with its harmonies set forth by Arama, set amongst the hip-hop elements. I feel like my insides are […]

Adam Tensta – My Cool (Al Azif Remix ft. Dr. Alban)

Due to some administrative confusion, my earlier post on Autograf’s “Gust of Wind” remix has been taken down…as the track was written up already yesterday! Ah, the pitfalls of an international remote team sharing a Dropbox account. So in the interest of keeping all you EMPTers satiated with Sunday summer jams, I offer you this […]

Cookin Soul x Trademark Skydiver x Young Roddy x Curren$y – Jet Life to the Next Life

Unattributed quotes to live by: Turn on, Tune In, Drop Out. Keep It 100. Life has become immeasurably better since I have been forced to stop taking it seriously. Pedal To The Metal. I’m claiming the right to be unhappy. Stay Fly. Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves. Just […]

Paperboys – Boatdrinks

Øyvind “Vinni” Sauvik and Ole Aleksander “Pope Dawg” Halstensgård. I am in absolute awe of the awesomeness of these names. The two Norwegian MCs are Paperboy, a hip-hop group with little to no internet presence, but more than enough lyrical prescience. Two standout stanzas: 1. “Koolaid and cannabis I’m sick of these scavengers i’m like […]

Rihanna – Cake (Sweater Beats Bootleg)

Rihanna instantly makes me feel sexy. Her music is gritty and dirty and sexy and generally just makes one giddy. This is a dark and hypnotic mix from Sweater Beats, who has taken his signature trap sound and made this song even dirtier. A song which sounds like something you are going to hear in the […]

EMPT Classic: Large Professor – I JusWannaChill

There was a time when the music in Entourage and How To Make it In America was so closely in sync with EMPT that I use to joke to my friends that someone who picked the music must have been checking out the Space Age. A few years later in a Wired interview with Scott […]

EMPT Presents Indaba Music Weekly: Dirare – Anything

If there’s one thing about hip-hop, and really modern music in general, it’s that there’s a paradigm shift every few years. In fact, the cycle gets continually shorter with each large scale release. In recent years, the sound has been getting darker. Whether it’s the lo-fi, violent approach of Odd Future; the sophisticated word-smithery of […]

EMPT Presents: Indaba Music Weekly – AmYx “Sexy Time!”

It’s not everyday you come across a track that’s so vibrant, so full of the kind of originality that only comes from mature audio theft, that you can’t help but be taken aback. Listening to AmYx’s whimsically titled “Sexy Time!” is an aural trip. With the emergence of trap, there’s been an obvious injection of […]