STREAMING // (Track) Kanye West – “Bound 1”

Listen Here – Youtube

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Produced By: Hudson Mohawke and Tyler the Creator

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Classic Day – In Bloom and Out of Tune

Nirvana_01Those four-count drum clicks that start off the overwhelming success of Nirvana’s In Utero, one of the many albums that will live in infamy for its working with one of the largest rock groups of modern history, but also the sound that it spawned. Generations would know the names Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl, and Krist Novoselic as the three destroyers of barriers within punk rock, blending the styles of new age angst with representative lyrics of lost voices.

In Utero was another stepping stone in Nirvana’s career that would span their final career studio record. With Steve Albini as the lead producer who was best known for his legendary work with The Pixies, The Jesus Lizard, and Fugazi. Albini would help shaped the sound behind Nirvana’s twisted and dark realities that lived within fantasies. In Utero was a step in the positive direction as Nevermind launched global success, In Utero would release as a double sided record that had the first half become more straight-forward and approachable rock. The second half however is mostly punk rock cuts of distorted strings and punching percussion that flashed in the eyes of millions like a great wildfire.

As the crushing guitars of “Very Ape” jump into frame, or even “Milk It” which is a rather sporadic track that crashes through brick and mortar. The Nirvana train chugs along at rapid speed while the band tries to quickly form a seguing motion between each track. Watching the soft, almost strung together vocals from Cobain that forms over the raging instrumentation is still chilling. On “Milk It”, Cobain explains “Look on the bright side suicide, lost eyesight I’m on your side. Angel left wing, right wing, broken wing, lack of iron and or sleeping.” It is a broken framing of lyrics that works to form these strange appearances behind Cobain’s lyrics.

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Shown through another example of punk expression comes “Radio Friendly Unit Shifter” which takes the introspective lyrics to a foreground with these walls of sound that blast through amplifiers and feel more vicious than human. “Hate your enemies, save, save your friends. Find, find your place, speak, speak the truth” Cobain describes as Dave Grohl pounds along on the drums with snares and bass hits that almost shatter the microphones. Sending levels into the red is no new feat, but with Nirvana, there is always this untold element behind their sound. It takes the strange and ferocious, making sure there is no disconnect between the stage and the crowd.

As the smoke finally clears and Nirvana is left within a broken mess of microphone stands and cymbals, there is that moment of clarity. It comes often within the last moments of daunting progress, the hours of feeling misused, the idea of accomplishment, taking one last busted breath before drawing the curtain on In Utero.

Listen To In Utero Here!!! – Spotify/Amazon/iTunes

STREAMING // (Album) Chief Keef – “The Leek (Vol. 6)”

Listen Here – Soundcloud/Spotify/iTunes

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Featuring: Ballout, OJ Da Juiceman, and Tadoe

Producers: Chuy Beats, Frencizzle, Hamsquad, Intelonthebeat, ItsDomeno, Joseph DaVinci, LkOnTheBeat, Murda Beatz, ProtegeBeatz, TaySav, WichoBeatz

STREAMING // (Video) J.I.D. – “Off Deez”

Listen/Watch Here – Youtube

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Featuring: J. Cole

Directed + Edited by Cole Bennett

Song Produced by ChaseTheMoney + Dro Fe

Director of Photography – Snyder Derival

STREAMING // (Track) CZARFACE – “Iron Claw”

Listen Here – Soundcloud

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Featuring Ghostface Killah, Kendra Morris

STREAMING // (Video) Wu-Tang Clan – “Tiny Desk Concert”

Listen/Watch Here – NPR’s Website

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Producers: Abby O’Neill, Morgan Noelle Smith

Creative Director: Bob Boilen

Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin

Videographers: Morgan Noelle Smith, Kaylee Domzalski, Maia Stern, Bronson Arcuri, CJ Riculan

Editor: Kaylee Domzalski

Production Assistant: Brie Martin

Photo: Cameron Pollack/NPR

STREAMING // (Track) Ace Uzumakii <3 – "Donkey Kong!"

Listen Here – Soundcloud

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Produced By: Yung Joyde

Misc. Day – The Circus Arrives

travis_scott_cover_01This was inevitable, there was going to be one of the biggest hip-hop releases of the year featured on Matt’s Music Mine one way or another. As much as it seems that I tend to avoid the mainstream, that is not entirely true. I try to use Matt’s Music Mine to highlight all areas of artistic creation and solid representation of different voices within a musical background. That’s why I don’t post rap beef and music news along the lines of gossip and other “he said she said” forms of speech. It does not progress anything, It doesn’t teach anything. That being said, ASTROWORLD by Travis Scott deserves the number one spot for music.

While it is simply not my personal favorite release (The list is coming after Christmas as it should), the record is a cultural and astronomical delivery that changed the emotional sadness that struck in times of grief. Travis Scott’s wild and rampaging ride of fast, abrasive sounds to the slow, midnight creeps through the empty city are equally placed on a scale. He uses his charisma and impressive ideology to conquer the globe with rollercoasters and Farris wheels that create as much interest as they do hype.

But ASTROWORLD is something that can be lead onto living up to the surrounding hype and mystery of this carnival of sound. From the single of “Sicko Mode” which quickly captured parties and clubs alike, to the subtly of hearing the unlisted features of Frank Ocean, Gunna, or even the hidden Sheck Wes’ iconic “Bitch” being thrown into the mix. It is entirely different than what is being placed on the table, but feels familiar. The record strikes that childlike wonder that once instilled the hearts of young adolescents piling into a car to hit the local amusement park. It places the highs and lows of riding on the Steel Phantom, hitting the outstanding and monumental icon of Scott’s face that is placed as a golden idol to the greatest attraction Houston has ever been able to offer since The AstroWheel or The Bamboo Shoot.

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There are moments here on ASTROWORLD that can directly create a mosh pit within the empty living rooms of a single person. Hearing the opening lines of “NO BYSTANDERS” where the vocals performed by Juice WRLD describe “The party never ends, in a motel laying with my sins. I’m tryna get revenge, you’ll be all out of love in the end.” To then having Scott jump into an opportunity with verses that punch through and feel more like a speeding bullet as he describes “Bicentennial Man, put that city on slam. She get trippy off Xans, lost 21 grams and she did it on cam, wasn’t no video dance. Make my own rules, I really don’t pick, I just choose. I don’t set picks, I just shoot. Chop and get screwed, I told her it’s B.Y.O.B. that mean buy your own boobs.” This transfers into the chorus that acts more as a Tilt-A-Whirl that throws the listener into this world that flies by at rapid speed without the there being any break within the action.

Then Scott instead takes command to work on a seguing track of “SKELETONS” which takes his burnt butterfly wings to the skies where the production and instrumentation is floating, and incredibly weightless. He rides the momentum like a pale horse that comes down and allows ASTROWORLD to display some real depth behind the movements.

Throughout ASTROWORLD, the record acts more as an amusement park ride than Scott’s previous releases. He is still an enraged animal that acts within the confides of a now A-List musician with a number one record and song, but there are moments of tame acts that takes a step back from the chaos to showcase the beauty of human engineering once again. He shows how entertaining it is to go at the speed of light, but also how perfect it can be with a solid balance as a support.

Listen To ASTROWORLD Here!!! – Spotify/Amazon/iTunes

STREAMING // (Album) Luke-O “Peace Be With You”

Listen Here – Datpiff

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STREAMING // (Video) Gucci Mane – “Off The Boat”

Listen/Watch Here – Youtube

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Directed By: Daniel Russell

 

STREAMING // (Album) Gucci Mane – “Evil Genius”

Listen Here – Soundcloud/Spotify

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Producer Credits : Marii Beatz, Dun Deal, Bone The Producer, Deko, Smash David, OG Parker, Da Honorable C.N.O.T.E., EarlThePearll, Southside, Metro Boomin, Quay Global, Spiffy Global, Murda Beatz, Sool Got Hits, Tarentino, DY Krazy, TrePounds, Bruno Mars, TheLabCook, DJ Durel,

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