Childish Gambino Freestyle On HOT97. Does What It Says On The Tin.

So, I’ve always had a bunch of love for HOT97. Growing up they were the source, before The Source was even a source. They grabbed Childish Gambino and dropped a relaxed beat on him in the studio back in September. I had no idea until one of the bravest men I’ve ever met tipped me off to this. The flow is impeccable, irregular and intense. If you don’t know why I keep going on about this guy, watch him here, totally unprompted. It’s better than most of what we’re passing off as hip hop these days I think you will agree. Anyway, if this peaks your interest, get at Gambino here, here & here.

Childish Gambino Wants To Be A “White Rapper.”

Childish Gambino is wonderful, and trying so hard to be authentic in a world full of posers. This happened on Twitter and it gets exactly to the problems that he & millions around the world face. It’s a potent plea to not be misunderstood, and to be accepted. Donald Glover is one of the people I want to see succeed at all he attempts most in this world. He deserves every iota of it. (via r/Frisson)

Midnight Music: Jhene Aiko’s “My Afternoon Dream”

Jhene has been soothing the savage beast within millions all over the world for a while now. This melodic, chilled out vocal track will bring you back down from whatever infuriating bullshit Monday tossed at you. She pushed this out yesterday afternoon, and it could not be more necessary tonight. We’re 20% of the way to another brief respite. Rest well weary travelers. She hung out with Childish Gambino a few month ago and that was amazing as well. See below if you don’t believe me.

A Quartet of Quality Hip Hop.

As of late, I’ve come across a series of lyrically competent hep cats that I wanted to make sure to remark on. Lots of people complain that hip hop, R&B and other sub-genres of the like peaked and are of poor quality today. They really couldn’t be more wrong. Just in case you didn’t know who these people were, check em out, and definitely give rhymes another shot if you didn’t like rap back when it consisted of Puffy and such.

Chance the Rapper dropped a very interesting mixtape a while back so I’ve tried to keep track of him. His drive with James Blake is eerily good. And check this vimeo link for the new vid he just up’d with Childish Gambino

Sway Clarke II showed up out of nowhere on my Soundcloud, and I’m going to be paying a lot of attention from now on. It’s a heavy but serene track with a flow that’s quite nice. It’s definitely an exercise in minimalism, both in lyric & beats, which speaks well of the Berlin-based artist.

DVS has been rhyming competently for longer than I’ve known what the words “Drum and Bass” meant. Brilliant, sardonic, and quite possibly dangerous, he’s the kind of ace in the hole you’d always want on your team, because if there was a rap battle, he’d win. By more than a bunch. The Darkwing send up is hilarious and I’ve been waiting for some new stuff from this guy for a minute.

King Terry III rounds out this group of quality lyricists. His flow is tight and the samples, background vibes and other elements are exquisitely chosen. New Linen is one of the few morsels he’s dropped for us on Soundcloud, and I for one cannot wait to hear what he has in store for us.

Good things coming from all of these cats in 2014 I wager. So pay attention and follow your ears.