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Hip Hop Hooray (Leah)

August 26, 2016

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In lieu of me attempting to encapsulate some small part of the hip-hop universe for you this month, I’ll just pass on this accurate, amazing, and hilarious article from Mass Appeal called You’re Not An Old Head, You’re Just Old. Let’s all read that, listen to this mix, and reflect on how we talk about this genre of music and its artists.

SONG OF THE MONTH: The video for Nobody Speak by DJ Shadow feat. Run the Jewels. It’s a knock-down drag out political battle, and seeing old white men say the words of El-P and Killer Mike is somehow very stirring.

:A Tribe Called Red - R.E.D. Feat Yasiin Bey, Narcy & Black Bear:
:De La Soul – Royalty Capes:
:Eve – She Bad Bad:
:Danny Brown – Pneumonia:
:Madchild – Nature of the Beast:
:Lizzo – BGSW:
:Ana Tijoux – La Bala:
:Rae Sremmurd ft. Lil’ Jon – Set the Roof:
:Maurce “Mobetta” Brown – Meanwhile Back at the Ranch feat. Jean Grae:
:Slug, Aesop Rock & M.F. Doom – Put Your Quarter Up:
:DOOM – Gazzillion Ear:
:Step Brothers – No Hesitation feat. Styles P:
:Kate Tempest – Don’t Fall In:
:Bambu – Ain’t No Future in Yo’ Frontin’:

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Hip Hop Hooray (Leah)

July 29, 2016

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This week, the ruling came down that no officers in the Freddie Gray case will be indicted for murder, and we’ve lost at least two black men to blatant racism in the last month. The Austin Police Department has also demonstrated a reprehensible attitude towards its citizens. The continued treatment of black bodies as disposable enemies of the state by a racist police force is despicable and it needs to stop. I’ve made a mix and contributed to my local Black Lives Matter coalition. I will be writing to my police force and attending meetings in the coming months to be an ally to the movement, and I hope you will too.

:Janelle Monae – Hell You Talm Bout:
:Kendrick Lamar – The Blacker The Berry:
:Lauryn Hill – Black Rage:
:Innatesounds Crew – Police State:
:Cole James Cash – Hands Up feat. Crew54:
:Grand Master Flash and the Furious Five – The Message:
:Taina Asili – Freedom:
:Vince Staples – Hand Up:
:Talib Kweli – The Proud:
:Supastition – Black Bodies:
:10isee Williams – Nat Turner:
:OT-C3 – Black Rose feat. TreeG:
:Public Enemy – Beyond Trayvon:
:Zion I – Unity feat. Bambu And D.U.S.T.:
:ZiplockDomo – BlackLivesMatter:
:Tink – Tell the Children:
:Hermit Kingdom – That Blackness:
:Jaheal – BlackLivesMatter:

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Hip Hop Hooray (Leah)

June 24, 2016

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Exciting news! Starting July 6th, Austin Mic Exchange is moving to Wednesday at 8PM at Spider House Cafe and Ballroom. This means that you work-a-day stiffs (read: me) will finally be able to hear the dope shit coming straight out the mouths of Austinites and still get home in time for your secret Whataburger binge and 11PM bedtime. What a time to be alive!

In other news, it’s hot out, so everyone who just moved here from colder locales, drink a lot of Lone Star, stay out of my secret swimming spots, and please pay your property taxes.

Song of the Month:

:The Avalanches – Frankie Sinatra feat. Danny Brown: The Avalanches are back! This Australian electronic band’s debut LP was beloved in critical and popular circles alike, but that was 16 years go. They drop this single in anticipation of their next album, Wildflower, and they sound as though they’ve retained that keen ear for samples and meticulous beat-craft.

June Mix:

:Tasha the Amazon –  Picasso Leaning:
:Chance the Rapper – No Problem feat. 2Chainz and Lil Wayne:
:DJ Shadow – Nobody Speak feat. Run the Jewels:
:Despot – House of Bricks:
:Spank Rock – One Hunnid:
:Mos Def – Auditorium feat. Slick Rick:
:Kam Moye – MK-Ultra feat. Baba Zumbi:
:Scuare x BeetFarmAssist – Deluxe:
:Blu and Exile – O Heaven:
:Homeboy Sandman – Keep It Real feat. Mystro:
:Bionik – Ball Like Beijing feat. Lizzo:
:A Tribe Called Red – Stadium Pow Wow feat. Black Bear:
:Blue Scholars – Slick Watts:

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Hip Hop Hooray (Leah)

April 29, 2016

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Losing Prince has made this a tough month, but at least we have his music. I made you this mix! It doesn’t feature Prince. Sorry.

:DJ Shadow – Nobody Speak feat. Run the Jewels:
:Busta Rhymes – Hello feat. Chance the Rapper:
:10isee Williams – Nat Turner:
:Open Mike Eagle & Paul White – Smiling (Quirky Race Doc):
:BJ the Chicago Kid – The New Cupid feat. Kendrick Lamar:
:Def Jef – God Made Me Funky:
:Royce da 5’9″ – Quiet feat. Tiara & Mr. Porter:
:Domo Genesis – Dapper feat. Anderson .Paak:
:Samiyam – Mirror feat. Earl Sweatshirt:
:Hudson Mohawke – Ryderz:
:L’Trimm – We Can Rock the Beat:
:Azatat – Serpentine:
:Atmosphere – This Lonely Rose feat. Blueprint & Aesop Rock:
:Phoniks x Raashan Ahmad – I Fell in Love wih a B-Girl:
:Cross Border Players – Higher feat. Gift of Gab:

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Hip Hop Hooray (Leah)

March 25, 2016

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We lost Phife Dawg this week at the age of 45 due to complications with diabetes.  Phife was a formative artist for pretty much everyone I know. A Tribe Called Quest both laid the groundwork for and perfected the Native Tongues sound, and were one of the most influential hip-hop groups in history.  Phife’s melodic delivery seemed so casual but is so difficult to replicate, as anyone knows who’s tried to queue up Can I Kick It? for karaoke. He and Tip were the perfect foils – Tip was cheesily romantic, while Phife made self-deprecating and often crude jokes. Phife always seemed to be having the most fun. To lose him at 45 is such a blow to hip hop, and so sad. There has been much already written about Phife, so I’ll just present you with some music to enjoy while you reminisce over how his lyrics shaped you:

:A Tribe Called Quest – Ham N Eggs:
:A Tribe Called Quest – Oh My God:
:A Tribe Called Quest – Scenario:
:A Tribe Called Quest – One Two Shit:
:A Tribe Called Quest – Electric Relaxation:
:A Tribe Called Quest – Jazz (We’ve Got):
:A Tribe Called Quest – His Name is Mutty Ranks:
:A Tribe Called Quest – Buggin’ Out:
:A Tribe Called Quest – Can I Kick It?:
:A Tribe Called Quest – Verses from the Abstract:
:A Tribe Called Quest – Find a Way:
:A Tribe Called Quest – Check the Rhime:

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Hip Hop Hooray (Leah)

February 26, 2016

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Where did Noah keep his bees?

In the ark hives.

:Da Phenoms – Old School Rules (Drum Mix):
:Pete Rock and Camp Lo – No Uniform feat. M.O.P.:
:Despot – House of Bricks:
:Vince Staples – Lift Me Up:
:B.B. And The Underground Kings – Smoke Sumthin’ feat. Trill A.G.:
:Freddie Gibbs And Madlib – Knicks (Remix) feat. Action Bronson:
:Fashawn – Golden State of Mind feat. Dom Kennedy:
:Cole James Cash – Hands Up feat. Crew54:
:OT-C3 – Black Rose feat. TreeG:
:Aesop Rock And Homeboy Sandman – Get a Dog:
:Fugees – Ready or Not:
:Magna Carda – Banger Jones:
:Run the Jewels – Blockbuster Night Pt. 2 feat. Despot And Wiki:
:&more… – Fantasy:
:Astronautalis – Sike:

 

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Hip Hop Hooray (Leah)

October 30, 2015

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Hey all you Halloweeners! Hope you have the spookiest holiday ad enjoy this hip hop Halloween mix!

:Dr. Dre – Murder Ink Instrumental:
:Run DMC – It’s Tricky:
:Binary Star – Wolf Man Jack:
:MC Chris – Halloween:
:Doug E. Fresh – Spirit:
:Ill Gill and TG – Halloween Costume:
:Run DMC – Ghostbusters:
:Felt – Ghost Dance Deluxe:
:People Under the Stairs – Carried Away:
:MC Esoteric – Zombie Combat:
:Geto Boys – Mind Playing Tricks on Me:
:DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince – Nightmare on My Street:
:Braille – Frankenstein:
:DJ Snyder – Monstrous:
:Swollen Members – Odd Goblins:
:Foggy Fresh – Halloween:
:Cousin Fik ft. Droop-E – I am a Vampire:
:Bone Thugs-N-Harmony – Hell Sent:
:Ras Kass – Interview with a Vampire:
:Da’Shade Moonbeam – They Are Coming:

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Return Of Weird City (Leah)

October 23, 2015

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Weird City Hip Hop Fest 2015 as it was originally planned did not come to fruition. The fest suffered some setbacks that unfortunately meant that we had to reorganize and make a new plan.  Since the fest has always been about promoting local artists and bringing together the hip hop community in Austin, we’ve reworked it around an amazing line-up of local acts at Spider House Ballroom.  And as a bonus I’ve made a mix that includes a bunch of them for you to listen to as the fest gears up. Details of the fest are below. It’s an insane value, all the money goes to the artists, and you should come. Get all the info here.

Tonight: 7-10pm
The Battleground Freestyle Battle & Competition
Hosted by Protextor & DJ RecSpect
***Admission to Battleground gets you into the Afrofreque Can I Kick It ATCQ Tribute party featuring JahLeelFahReal, JunioR, and more afterwards for only $5***

Tomorrow: 7pm – 2am
A 3-stage, 30+ act party celebrating the uncanny level of quality, variety, and musical range in Austin’s fastest growing musical scene! Join us the Saturday before Halloween for the biggest #ATXhiphop party of the year!!!
Also featuring the official launch of HypeHop, a new gameified freestyling app for iOS and Android where you can literally trade bars with anyone!

:Crew54 – Gentlemen’s Toast feat. Don Street:
:Scuare – Recursive:
:Protextor – Third Coast Rising feat. Cap N Kirk:
:Hermit Kingdom – That Blackness:
:Magna Carda – Juice:
:KB the BooBonic – Farrah Flossit:
:Space Camp Death Squad – Fuck Sally May:
:Clemits – No Nostalgia:
:No1important – Over the Bridge:
:Afrofreque – Illumination:

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Hip Hop Hooray (Leah)

September 25, 2015

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Ever thought to yourself, “Self, man I think I’d like hip-hop if it weren’t for all that rapping?” Well, here’s your chance to enjoy it rap-free with my mix of instrumentals provided below! Happy zoning out to these sweet beats, friends.

:Hudson Mohawke – Chimes:
:Prof – Bar Breaker:
:Bootsy Collins – If 9 was 6 (Prince Paul Remix):
:Chaos And Order – Logan’s Mind:
:Jaylib – McNasty Filth:
:Black Milk – Danger:
:Pete Rock – Pete’s Jazz:
:J Dilla – Time – The Donuts of the Heart:
:Flying Lotus – Osaka Trade:
:DJ Shadow – I Changed My Mind:
:Doomtree – Beacon:
:Dizzy Bull – Soul Connection:
:Alexander Spit – Said the Joker to the Thief:
:BPos – We All Gotta Get It:
:Mr. Scruff – Nice Up the Function:

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Hip Hop Hooray (Leah)

July 24, 2015

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Something big is coming back to Austin, and it’s something that I care deeply about – it’s Weird City Hip Hop Fest.  We’ve only just made the initial artist announcement, but it includes some really amazing acts, a lot of whom I’ve included in the below mix.  So, listen close, jam out, and pick up your tickets! Last year’s festival ran the spectrum from awe-inducing showmanship, to heartwarming communion, and you know what I’m talking about if you were there for the Jean Grae show.

It’s such a positive and fun experience, and I hope you can do it with me (like drugs). Also, tell your friends. For a limited time, you can receive a $50 discount code on VIP tickets by signing up for Jukely Unlimited (free 7-day trial) and emailing a screenshot of your Jukely subscription settings page with your full name HERE.

Say what you will about the saturation of festivals in this market, none focuses as much on an under-served Austin genre, and none includes as many local performers. So, hitch your wagon to this star and let’s sail through the universe (do drugs) together.

:Jay Electronica – Road To Perdition:
:Aesop Rock – Cat Food:
:Freddie Gibbs – High:
:Danny Brown – Dope Song:
:Hail Mary Mallon – Jonathan:
:Fat Tony – Hood Party:
:Crew 54 – Vibrations (Featuring Bavu Blakes):
:Riders Against The Storm – Booty Sweat (Club Digi Mix):
:Space Camp Death Squad – Fuck Sally May:
:Magna Carda – Game Like Jimmy:
:P-Tek – Austin:
:Clemits-  No Nostalgia:
:Mindz Of A Different Kind – Problematic:
:MODAL –  Diggin:
:Subkulture Patriots – 40oz Molotov To Freedom (Featuring OT23):
:KB The BooBonic – Farrah Flossitt:

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Hip Hop Hooray (Leah)

May 29, 2015

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Guys. It’s been raining here. Like crazy, biblical rain.  People have lost lives and houses (not me – probably mostly people who didn’t deserve for that to happen to them).  If you have a heart and can help, please do so here or here.

In other news, there are some great hip hop shows coming up in our fair, sopping city.  Tonight, there’s Bird Peterson and Bleubird, along with some great local acts (like KB the Boo Bonic,who you’ll find on this month’s mix) at Holy Mountain, and there’s the Geto Boys on June 13 at the Mohawk.  Also, on June 17 there is probably the most bangin’ show of the year if you’re a throwback hip hop head like John Laird definitely is (right, John?) because it’s the reunion tour of the Cali Agents at Holy Mountain.

By the way, your time seeing hip hop shows at venues like Holy Mountain could be very limited, so please take the time tonight and next month to show this venue you care and you are grateful for the many great shows it’s brought and how open and accepting of local music it’s been, because I sure am.  In fact, right now I’d like to extend a big huge gigantic thanks to James Taylor, Sam Houdek, Ivan Torres, and everyone at what I affectionately call “HoMo” for always being ready to put on a local hip hop show, extend a guarantee, believe in the scene (and me), and be willing to take a risk to put locals on a bill.  You all are the best and serve the strongest Lone Star.

Since the above has been 60% shitty news, here’s a music joke:

-What rock group has four men that don’t sing?
-Mount Rushmore.

(sorry)

 SONG OF THE MONTH:  :Bleubird – Down Like Brothers feat. Radical: (See this white muthafucka TONIGHT at Holy Mountain!)

:Lyrics Born – Pack Up Remix:
:M.I.A. – Bucky Done Gun:
:A Tribe Called Red – The People’s Champ:
:Bird Peterson – Comfortable:
:Hudson Mohawke – Ryderz:
:Vince Staples – Senorita:
:Lil’ Jazzy Jay and Cool Supreme – B Boy Style:
:King ART – Are We There Yet: (check my recent interview with King ART and his producer Ruler Why HERE)
:Zion I – Unity feat. Bambu & D.U.S.T.:
:KB The Boo Bonic – Daddy Baby:
:Shad – Yaa I Get It (Oddisee Remix):
:Dead Prez – Police State:
:Modal – Diggin: (interview HERE)

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Hip Hop Hooray (Leah)

April 24, 2015

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Yesterday was Bavu Blakes Day in Austin, and it’s always exciting to see the city honor local musicians. In addition to the music Bavu has created, he’s made many contributions to the Austin hip-hop scene. All the way from his beginnings, through Hip Hop Hump Day, and his support of other musicians in Austin, to his recent releases, Bavu has been a champion of hip-hop and a measured, informed, and hard-working artist, community supporter and mentor. Bavu helped Weird City Fest with our kid’s emcee training program last year and it’s obvious to anyone that interacts with him that he cares about the youth in Austin and what they can get from hip-hop and what hip-hop can give back to them. I hope you’ll take some cues from Bavu’s support of our community and seize the opportunity to celebrate local artists today, many of whom are in the HHH mix this week and have been featured in previous mixes.

SONG OF THE MONTH:

:Bavu Blakes – Summer Saturday Songs:

APRIL MIX:

:Roots Manuva – Facety 2:11:
:Oddisee – Counter-Clockwise:
:Blu & Exile – Blue Collar Workers:
:Joey Bada$$ – Snakes feat. T-nah Apex:
:THEESatisfaction – Post Black Anyway:
:Kendrick Lamar – The Blacker the Berry:
:Greenhouse – The Movement:
:Secret Levels – Alright, OK:
:Abdominal & DJ Fase – Fast Food:
:Earl Sweatshirt – Grief:
:Charli Baltimore – Everybody Wanna:
:The Triggermen – 512:
:The Underachievers – New New York:

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Hip Hop Hooray (Leah)

March 27, 2015

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The Venn Diagram where hip-hop and feminism overlap can sometimes be a tough and laughable one to draw, but I assure you it exists; I’m walking, talking, droppin’-it-like-it’s-hot proof of a feminist into and supportive of hip-hop.  Mainstream rap programming can oft paint a picture of rap as misogynistic, violent, and nearly sociopathic in its tendency to treat women as objects instead of people, but the movement overall is much more than mainstream rap, obviously.  And even as women are beginning to crest the popular waves more and more (as much as you may despise the tenets upheld by Nicki, Iggy, or Azealia, them being a part of the conversation is still a big step forward), there continue to be amazing MCs beginning the trudge from obscurity with skill and panache that just happen to also be women.

A lot of great stuff has been written about women and feminism in hip-hop, and while I make increased exposure and promotion for women in this genre a goal of mine, I can’t pretend to be a scholar.  If you’d like to investigate this issue further, I highly recommend you head down to Monkeywrench Books and pick up  The Hip Hop Wars: What We Talk About When We Talk About Hip Hop – And Why It Matters by Tricia Rose and When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost: A Hip-Hop Feminest Breaks It Down by Joan Morgan.

Since March is Women’s History Month, I’ve assembled a Friday mix of nothing but my favorite MCs who also happen to be ladies.  And don’t miss the KOOP 20th Birthday Bash on April 2 at the North Door featuring Brownout and Riders Against the Storm (also home to one of the fiercest women in hip-hop in Austin, Qi Dada).

SONG OF THE MONTH:

:DJ Vadim And Sarah Jones – Your Revolution:  A radio station that played the vocal from this track was fined in 2001 by the FCC for her Your Revolution dis poem and they later reversed their ruling of the piece as indecent because they acknowledged  ”the most graphic phrase (‘six foot blow job machine’) was not repeated.” Moreover: “We take cognizance of the fact presented in this record that Ms. Jones has been asked to perform the song at high school assemblies.” FUCK THE FCC.

MARCH MIX:

:Salt N Pepa – None of Your Business:
:Monie Love – It’s A Shame (My Sister):
:JusMoni x WD4D – Queen Feel:
:Queen Latifah  - That’s The Way We Flow:
:Adrienne Mac-Davis – Hey Yo feat. Felecia Cruz:
:Rapsody – Lonely Thoughts feat. Chance:
:SigNif – Soul Clap:
:THEESatisfaction – QueenS:
:Lizzo – Batches And Cookies:
:Nneka – God Knows Why:
:Magna Carda – Shoes $ Money:
:Ana Tijoux – Somos Sur:
:Bahamadia – Queen Talk:
:Jean Grae – Don’t Rush Me:
:Anya – Not Chief Nor Beggar:
:Dessa – The Bullpen:
:Hologram Kizzie – The Responsibility:
:KB the BooBonic – Farrah Flo$$it:

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Hip Hop Hooray (Leah)

February 27, 2015

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Hey guys, this is important: today is the first day of the KOOP Radio Membership Drive. If you like what I do for this blog and for Hip Hop Hooray, and what community radio in general does and can do for this town, then I hope you’ll take just a few minutes out of your day and a few of your hard-earned dollars and support a place where people can have their voices heard without having to be rich white dudes (though I guess some even are maybe?).

Alright, thanks for reading that first part.  This month, I’ve pulled together some artists you can find playing at the gigantic, city-stopping, party mushroom bomb we call South By Southwest.  Hope you enjoy this playlist and catch some artists below.  A lot of them are at “official” showcases, but some are just currently at the shows listed below as far as I know. Any that lack dates and locations are official SXSW artists with performances to be announced. Happy partying, y’all.

PS – I’m hosting a show with Chi Chi from ScratchedVinyl.com at Dive Bar on Thursday, March 19.  Come out!

SONG OF THE MONTH:

:Hologram Kizzie (aka Psalm One) – The Responsibility:  The First Lady of Rhymesayers is back this year at Dive Bar for our showcase and honestly, if you haven’t seen this MC perform, you are missing out.  She is one of my favorite Chicago emcees and always puts on an amazing show.

MIX:

:Action Bronson – Actin Crazy:
:Run the Jewels – Lie, Cheat, Steal: (Friday, March 20 at Cedar Street Courtyard)
:P.O.S. – Fuck Your Stuff: (Thursday, March 19 at Karma Lounge)
:Earl Sweatshirt – Hive feat. Casey Veggies and Vince Staples:
:Scuare – These Words: (Thursday, March 19 at Dive)
:Homeboy Sandman – Yeah, But I Can Rhyme Though:
:B Dolan – Which Side Are You On: (Thursday, March 19 at Soho Lounge)
:Statik Selektah – The Thrill is Gone feat. Styles P and Talib Kweli: (Wednesday, March 18 at Friends)
:Lazerbeak – Had Enough: (Thursday, March 19 at Karma Lounge)
:Phranchyze – Exodus:
:Big K.R.I.T. – Mt. Olympus:
:Amerigo Gazaway – Itsoweezee: (Friday, March 20 at Holy Mountain)

:Riders Against the Storm – Booty Sweat: (Thursday, March 19 at Soho Lounge)

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Hip Hop Hooray (Leah)

January 30, 2015

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The first month of 2015 is over, and I hope you are having a better year already than last year.  Has everyone already started their party-planning engines yet for SXSW? Bought but not cracked open the novel for that new genre-specific book club you joined? Gone to the gym for a week before realizing drinking heavily was still really important to your sanity? Tried out that hip new bar on the east side only to be confronted with the fact that you’re not young enough be to at the coolest places anymore and that you kind of detest the people that are? Cool, yeah, 2015 is going about the same for me.

Well, at least we still have music to tell us we’re cool, hip, and that people like us.  So below is my monthly bid for your affection.  Remember, you can hear songs like this live on the radio every Sunday from 2-3:30 PM on KOOP 91.7FM or koop.org.

SONG OF THE MONTH:  Run the Jewels – Lie, Cheat, Steal

Jamie and Mike were nice enough to release another video from Run the Jewels 2 yesterday, this time for one of the stand-out tracks on the album,  In case you missed it, here it is:

SHIT TO LISTEN TO:

:Lizzo – W.E.R.K. Pt. II:
:Zion I – Juicy Juice:
:Tink – Around the Clock (Featuring Charlemagne):
:J-Live – School’s In:
:KB the BooBonic – Farrah Flo$$it: (LOCAL – her Album Release Party is 2/15 at Empire!)
:Jay Electronica – Prowler 2 (Featuring Jean Grae and Joell Ortiz):
:Hudson Mohawke – Chimes:
:Hail Mary Mallon – Dollywood:
:Chali 2Na And DJ Nu-Mark – Comin’ Thru:
:Freddie Gibbs And Madlib – Shitsville:
:AnnaLove x Cory Kendrix – Wax On (Payton Long’s WE DA BEST Remix): (LOCAL)
:Bavu Blakes – Summer Saturday Songs: (LOCAL)
:Hologram Kizzie – The Responsibility:
:Vince Staples – Hands Up:
:Charizma And Peanut Butter Wolf – High School Love:

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