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.
Three random strangers decided to bring it together for a wonderful freestyle jam session outside of a random store. Freestyle rap is added to some guest vocals on top of Jesse Rya. The fluidity and effortlessness have led people to call STAGED on this, but I’m not really sure I care. This kind of community based music production and impromptu jamming has been all but lost on us in Gotham these days. Too much production, too much performance, no courage and willingness to reach out and connect. Outside of drum circles, we don’t really see this at a lot of parties anymore. Not saying it would work in between big room house sets, but hey, playing music with friends isn’t something I’ve done since grade school.