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When mentioning some of the better songs of the year, folks neglect to mention on titled “Switch Lanes” by Strange Music artist Rittz. You could say that’s opinion, but we beg to differ. Hopefully the masses will get hip to the smooth visual the Georgia native provides for the track today.
Soothing vocals by Mike Posner fill the chorus, as the long-haired rapper cruises through Los Angeles with his attractive lady friend in the passenger seats. This is a perfect jam for a summer night if that makes any sense.
If you like what you hear, we suggest that you lend your ear to Rittz’s The Life And Times Of Jonny Valiant album.
See the video for “Switch Lanes” below.
In the final installment of the Killer Mike and El-P episode of The Combat Jack Show, the panel discusses the expectations of black rappers vs. those of white rappers and the inherent similarities despite different experiences.
Previously: Killer Mike & El-P on The Combat Jack Show (Ep. 2) | Killer Mike & El-P on The Combat Jack Show (Ep. 1)
”Your Thing Is No More Special”
During an appearance on “The Combat Jack Show,” Killer Mike was asked if he believed that White rappers had a tendency to be more honest about their feelings and their angst. Mike adamantly denied the notion, explaining that one form of angst isn’t more valuable than another.
“I think what White people brought was self-pity,” he shared. “Not you in that [talking to El-P] but a lot of the new White rappers just brought that. I’m sorry. It’s no disrespect. Complaining about a parent and sh*t is cool but I’m from a community where mothaf**kas lost both of their parents to crack. Mothaf**kas didn’t even know their… Like, my grandmother raised me. I never knew my mom and dad. So I feel that. And I think that, as a Black audience, we appreciated it because it was something different but that don’t make you more in touch with your feelings than me.”
“I’m not saying that experience isn’t worthy. I’m not saying it isn’t valuable,” he added. “I’m just saying that it’s not special because every human being experiences love, pain and letdown. Your thing is no more special. A lot of times, as Americans and in this country, we feel like our suffering makes us special. You’re special because you’re a human being. How you deal with your suffering can make you extraordinary. Are you going to use it for self-pity or are you going to use it to help others?”
”We Knew We Had Something Special”
Acclaimed rhymer Killer Mike spoke about his career decisions and just how difficult it was during the period shortly after he walked away from a major label deal. The Atlanta rapper says that he never found a musical collaborator he completely trusted before working with producer El-P.
âI trust my producers, but I never just fully trusted one. And El really pushed me to personalize more,â Killer Mike revealed during an appearance on “The Combat Jack Show.” âPeople have seen my ego and not like in a brash, harsh, sh*ttinâ on people kind of way. But theyâve seen the ego cause when I left the major label I got sh*tted on. I got sh*tted on by my city, I got sh*tted on by Outkast fans. Not all, but a lot of people are just like, âF**k you buddy, youâre done.â So, I really had to put on a gruff exteriorâ¦In a way that it was impenetrable. And El really pushed on this one. Like, âSay some real sh*t. Give âem your fears. Your angst. Your everything.ââ
âI gotta say man, in all honesty, I think thatâs why we did it because in the first couple of days we knew we had something special,â said El-P. âWe knew this was gonna work and we also knew that it was gonna work to our advantage that no one thought it would work. So it was like, you knowâ¦We knew we had something, we did.â
While Hip-Hop purist were counting of the mecca, otherwise known as New York City, out as a noteworthy player in the game, an up and coming class of MCs have been honing their craft as artists. Among them is rising MC Mike Milan, who returns with mellow cut titled “Fly Children.”
The track will appear on Milan’s forthcoming project Youth, set to release soon. Thelonius Martin on the beat. Click play to get familiar with the young lyricist below.
Photo: Mike Milan
For their latest visual release, Open Mike Eagle and Alwayz Prolific perform one of their collaborations at a 24-Hour Laundromat as part of Beats, Frames and Life‘s ongoing series, The Show Up.
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Mike Tyson is hoping that “Obamacare” will help him pay off the millions he owes in back taxes. Instead of running from the debt, the former boxing champ announced on Fox News that he is “looking forward” to paying his bills .
Tyson — who has been “blue-collering it” by way of one-man show and various other gigs– told Fox & Friends host Brian Kilmeade that he’s ready to send Uncle Sam a check.”I’m so proud to be in this,” he said. “I look forward to paying off my taxes and paying off my country, because that’s my duty.”
But he also understands the conspiracy theorists. “I know they say that’s legal extortion, but listen, I’m living in this country and if I got to pay taxes, that’s the money that I paid for my life on Earth.”
From there Tyson traveled down memory lane, saying that despite having “the biggest liberal family in the world,” his money was better off under Republican presidents. “I had the more money when Bush and Reagan was president! Oh I shouldn’t — my wife’s going to kill me for that.”
“Bush and Reagan had this idea that you should keep your money,” Kilmeade added.
Once worth an estimated 0 million, the now bankrupt sports star is hoping that the Obama administration will save him some money. “I’d like that to work for me,” he said.”I’ma work on that one too with this Obama administration. See can this Obamacare help us keep some money.”
Photo: Fox News
After dropping two of 2012′s best Hip-Hop LPs with R.A.P. Music and Cancer 4 Cure respectively, Killer Mike and El-P unite under one of the illest monikers in rap, Run The Jewels. The impromptu announcement is accompanied by their first song as a formal duo, titled “Get It.”
This track is just as grimace inducing as fans would imagine, and features both Killer Kill From Adamsville and El-Producto decimating the sonically menacing track with sharp bars.
More importantly, “Get It” is a sampling of new tunes to come from the two, who have a deal in place to drop a free project on Fool’s Gold in June. That means the Internets will receive more of Killer’s socially conscious, but gritty rhymes over El-P’s knocking production. Company Flow P’s role will extend past manning the boards this time around as well, so expect A-1 lyrics on the album.
To top it off, there will be a 29-city tour to accompany the LP beginning July 10 at the Ottawa Blues Fest. See the schedule on the following page, and feast your ears to “Get It” below.
Before Chris Broussard boldly explained his disapproval of a fresh out the closet NBA center Jason Collins’ s-xual orientation, NFL player Mike Wallace was the first person of note to drop the gay bashing gauntlet. After he tweeted, and quickly deleted, a message that was allegedly a shot at Collins, the Miami Dolphins have gone on the record to say they don’t approve of their player’s social media struggle.
A rep for the NFL team tells TMZ … the Dolphins took immediate action once they learned about Wallace’s h0mophobic tweet, in which he condescendingly questions why Collins would want to “mess with other guys” when there are so many beautiful girls in the world.
The Dolphins tell us …”Mike Wallace has apologized for his comments, and we have addressed the matter with him.”
“Mike’s comments do not reflect the views of the Miami Dolphins. We believe in a culture of inclusiveness and respect, and any statements to the contrary are in no way acceptable to our organization.”
“We will address the entire team about our policy of inclusion and make sure they all understand the importance of respecting individual choices.”
Wallace has since deleted the tweet.
TMZ spoke with a rep for the NFL, who tells us the league office will review the situation — and decide if the player will be fined or suspended.
Check out Wallace’s tweets (you can’t delete anything on these Internets) in the gallery.
Here’s a note to those quick to tweet without realizing they may offend…log off.
Photos: Twitter, NFL
El-P and Killer Mike have joined forces to become Run the Jewels. The two established their undeniable chemistry on Killer Mike’s album, R.A.P. Music, which El-P produced the entirety of. “Get It” is the first single off of Run the Jewel’s free album due out this summer. Run the Jewels will be touring with Despot and Kool AD (formerly of Das Racist) to promote their album. View the dates below.
WED 7/10 – OTTAWA, ON – Ottawa Blues Fest
THU 7/11 – TORONTO, ON – Hoxton
FRI 7/12 – MARIAVILLE, NY – Camp Bisco
SAT 7/13 – PITTSBURGH, PA – Altar Bar
SUN 7/14 – LOUISVILLE, KY – Forecastle Festival
TUE 7/16 – NASHVILLE, TN – Exit In
WED 7/17 – ST. LOUIS, MO – Firebird
THU 7/18 – IOWA CITY, IA – Gabe’s Oasis
FRI 7/19 – MINNEAPOLIS, MN – Varsity Theater
SAT 7/20 – MADISON, WI – UW Memorial Union
SUN 7/21 – CHICAGO, IL – Pitchfork Festival
WED 7/24 – EDMONTON, AB – Starlite Room
THU 7/25 – CALGARY, AB – Republik
FRI 7/26 – VANCOUVER, BC – Biltmore
SAT 7/27 – SEATTLE, WA – Capitol Hill Block Party
SUN 7/28 – PORTLAND, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
TUE 7/30 – SAN FRANCISCO, CA – The Independent
THU 8/1 – LOS ANGELES, CA – Echoplex
FRI 8/2 – SANA ANA, CA – The Observatory
SAT 8/3 – PHOENIX, AZ – The Crescent Ballroom
MON 8/5 – AUSTIN, TX – Mohawk
TUE 8/6 – BATON ROUGE, LA – Spanish Moon
WED 8/7 – ATLANTA, GA – Masquerade
THU 8/8 – ASHEVILLE, NC – Orange Peel
FRI 8/9 – CHAPEL HILL, NC – Cat’s Cradle
SAT 8/10 – WASHINGTON DC – 9:30 Club
MON 8/12 – PHILADELPHIA, PA – Union Transfer
TUE 8/13 – BOSTON, MA – Paradise
WED 8/14 – NEW YORK, NY – Webster Hall