While currently prepping for his forthcoming album Green Language, Glasgow native Rustie has released one of the more highly anticipated track off the album. The Danny Brown assisted "Attak" boasts a synth-laden production that builds and introduces a hypnotic drum pattern as the Detroit representative effortlessly flows throughout.
After "quitting rap" and subsequently making a return to show how talented his music can truly be, New York up-and-comer Corduroy is back with a new record entitled "Cocaine Girls." The After The Smoke assisted offering boasts a drowsy instrumental that will hypnotically glide you throughout. This serves as the latest release off Corduroy's forthcoming project YorkNew City.
As a so called "tastemaker" "struggle raps" are just another daily occurrence, which makes checking submissions a pay at times. It is all worthwhile when you come across a fresh up-and-comer who is not simply following in the footsteps of their contemporaries. Maryland's Ezko touches on the sensitive subject over a refreshing Mxhajlov produced record.
With summer in full affect and festival season upon us, music is in the air. Our pallets are satisfied with copious amounts of cheap liquor and Miller Lite, the pungent aroma of cigarette and marijuana smoke fill our nostrils, bass-laden records blast our eardrums to the delight of all in attendance. Nothing quite gets the heart racing like live music. It is in our blood, a sort of primal feeling or maybe the excess alcohol that we have consumed, to dance and groove to loud music. If you have yet to attend a festival or concert this summer you have not sufficiently lived. Get out of your cubical, leave your laptop at home, and put your phone on airplane mode. You need live music in your life, bro. You have opened just the link to guide you through the best festivals for the rest of summer.
1. Lollapalooza—Chicago Aug. 1-3
Located at Grant Park on the outskirts of the windy city and alongside the scenic Monroe Harbor, the setting could not be more perfect. Enjoy a rejuvenating breeze coming off Lake Michigan to cool you off as you rage to Skrillex or take in some Acid Rap from Chicago native Chance The Rapper. Grab an infamous deep-dish pizza to cure your munchies, drunchies, or both. An Outkast reunion highlights the jam-packed three-day festival. Regardless of your music preference there is an act for literally everyone. Rap legend Eminem is a set not to miss for any and all music fans, upstart New York City trio Ratking have been making quite a name for themselves with their underground feel, actor turned rapper Childish Gambino is coming off a well-received album in Because the Internet and poised to impress with his live set alongside a full band. Is rap not your forte? Jam out to two of my current personal favorites in CHVRCHES and Portugal. The Man. Nothing says bro like white reggae. Light a joint and enjoy the stylings of California’s Rebelution. If you are in the Midwest area this is not a festival to miss.
2. Made In America Festival—Philadelphia & Los Angeles Aug. 30 & 31
Jay Z’s Made In America Festival is now in its third year and it is much bigger and much better than the previous two. The coast-to-coast festival will be held in Philadelphia and Los Angeles August 30 and 31. Yeezus will be headlining both as he takes his talents to Philadelphia on the first night and is resurrected in the city of angels for the final night. Only Mr. West could perform this cross-country feat. Other notable acts include Kings of Leon, Tiesto, Danny Brown, Steve Aoki, Girl Talk, Pharrell Williams, and J. Cole in the city of brotherly love and Kendrick Lamar, Afrojack, Sublime with Rome (not quite the same, but get stoned enough and you may not notice), Weezer, Chance The Rapper, Rise Against, Cypress Hill, John Mayer, and Iggy Azalea in Los Angeles. For all my fellow east coast brethren, grab a cheesesteak, heroically climb the stairs like rocky and hear plenty of “E-A-G-L-E-S EAGLES!!!!” chants during the two day festival.
3. Trillectro—Washington, D.C. Aug. 24
What more does one want from a music festival than hip hop and electronic music. The bass-laden genres will have your face melted off during the one-day event in the Nation’s Capital. Book a weekend in the Capital and do some site seeing before or after melting away at the third annual Trillectro. Visit the house where the president stays, take a touristy picture in front of the Washington Monument as if you are holding it up, grab a halfsmoke at the legendary Ben’s Chili Bowl. The District has a plethora of activities to do during your weekend trip at Trillectro, not to mention marijuana is now decriminalized—meaning you can possess up to an ounce and only face a $25 fine, just don’t get caught smoking in public because that is still quite frowned upon. Enjoy the brilliant ignorance that is Migos, the original content and captivating remixes from Lunice (½ of TNGHT), do the “Harlem Shake” with Baauer (if you can stand that song anymore), TDE songstress SZA will take her sensual tunes to the masses and headliner Big Sean will display his longevity and hit singles. Hometown heroes GoldLink, Fat Trel, Oddisee, Ras Nebyu, The Beard & The Fro, and Spinser Tracy help round out the lineup and add a DMV flare that is a necessity when having any event in the eclectic area. This is the largest festival in the District to date and will be held at RFK Stadium—where the Washington Redskins and Washington Nationals used to play. The historic building has seen NFC Championship games, which helped propel the controversial Redskins to the Super Bowl. If you are in the greater Northeast area I highly recommend you make the trek to the District.
Hudson Mohawke has been busy crafting original content and remixes alike all while garnering a buzz and building a name for himself as a solo artist. The Glasgow native made a name for himself alongside Lunice as TNGHT, but has been working independently as of late and we do not mind. His latest release "Chimes" serves as the title track for his forthcoming four-track EP.
It's a Virginia connection as upstart Kevin Sinatra comes together with producer VirtuosoTheGod for their latest release "Sinatra Sinfonia." The CoolKidsForeverFilms crafted visual perfectly complements the divine feel of the record. This will be found on Sinatra's forthcoming project Medulla Oblongata.
Starting at midnight marijuana will be decriminalized in the District of Columbia. While the district still has no representation the D.C. Council passed a decriminalization law this past spring which underwent a 60-day review by congress. The law which will be in affect starting tonight (July 17) and will make possession of "small amounts" of marijuana no longer punishable by arrest and possible jail time. Marijuana users will now simply have to pay a fine, similar to the penalty to littering. In fact, littering is a more expensive fine than simple marijuana. As a citizen it is one's responsibility to know their rights and if you choose to posses and ultimately smoke marijuana in the District you will want to know all the details to the new law, which you can find below.
Guide of What to Know:
- Possessing one ounce or less of marijuana is subject to a $25 ticket and seizure of the marijuana by police. Littering is a $75 ticket.
- If you refuse to provide your real name and address to police when being ticketed, you can be arrested.
- You can be arrested if you smoke or consume marijuana in public, have more than 1 ounce, or sell any amount of marijuana.
- You can be arrested if thought to be driving under the influence of marijuana.
- Under federal law, federal law enforcement officers may arrest anyone in the District for possession of any amount of marijuana.
- Taco Bell now accepting hits off the blunt as currency. (This point may or may not be true. Try at your own risk)