TheSenseiBlue’s short yet super intoxicating track “On the World” was released back in October, but just got a fresh new rebirth thanks to Mick Jenkins and BADBADNOTGOOD. Shoutout to Mick for, one, putting the original “On The Map” on the map for me because it has some seriously cool vibes and, two, doing such an elegant job with this cover. “On The Map” is a very nice piece on its own, but it is also such a perfect base to build upon. Jenkins remains true to the original feel while inserting his own signature touches that end up seamlessly expanding and enhancing the track. Check out the cover and the original’s music video, which is “as wavy as it gets” according to the top YouTube comment, below.
I heard this interview in the car last week, but I was so blown away by it that I feel it’s still definitely worth sharing. Darryl “DMC” McDaniels of RUN-DMC recently spoke with Shadrach Kabango on CBC Radio One’s program q. Take 20 minutes to listen to the radio cut or watch the full video if you have more time on your hands. DMC is a captivating storyteller and talks about many significant moments in his life, including the role of comic books growing up and how Sarah McLachlan saved his life. McDaniels is a supremely interesting and inspiring person; get to know the legend from the legend himself.
Quentin Miller is a pretty interesting dude. The Atlanta based rapper has multiple writing credits on If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late and was involuntarily part of the Meek Mill and Drake beef as the alleged ghostwriter on R.I.C.O.. But he puts out his own stuff too; he makes up one half the duo of WDNG Crshrs along with TheCoolisMac and has two mixtapes on Soundcloud, most recently Hey! Thanks a Lot 3. On it, Vic Mensa teams up with Miller on ‘Half,’ a very vibey track. ‘Thanks from Juicy’ is literally a goofy shout out from Juicy J to Miller, so it’s safe to say he gives his approval. Quentin Miller is an artist to keep an eye on as he’s indelibly linked to many powerhouse names and it will be interesting to see what his work will entail in the future. Listen to Hey! Thanks a Lot 3 below.
Little Simz continues to mark her spot in hip-hop with the release of one final project for 2015. Over the seven tracks of AGE 101: DROP X, Simz’ always sharp bars are supported nicely byfeatures from 12 different artists, including Isaiah Rashad and Mick Jenkins. In the words of Simbi: “Peace, blessings and Merry DropXmas.” Listen to the whole project below.