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Welcome back: Check out three new songs from Earl Sweatshirt

Earl Sweatshirt by Jesse Wiles


Not one, not two, but three new tracks from Earl dropped last night after the rapper took to Twitter saying “Let’s get reacquainted.” The songs appear to be loose singles that Earl decided to gift to us. On “bary” Earl samples Kanye West’s “Barry Bonds” and although he doesn’t lay down any bars, the song sounds nice. The other two tracks are called “SKRT SKRT” and “Wind in My Sails” Check out all three singles below.

Written by Jesse Wiles

Wildwiles’ top 10 albums of 2015

  2015 was a wild year for rap. There was almost too much music. Every week there was a new Future album or mixtape, almost everyday there was a new song featuring Young Thug & Meek Mill’s career came to a tragic end while Drake continued to flourish as only he can. With everything happening it was tough to pick favorites, but everyone loves lists. So here’s my list of the best albums of 2015, in no particular order.

SremmLife/ Rae Sremmurd


If you didn’t think this was one of the hardest albums of the year stop reading right now. Swae Lee and Slim Jimmy created the most energetic and fully charged project I’ve heard in years. These songs are made for Vine, you can layer these over any World Star video and the outcome will have thousands of views. At first that bothered me, then I stopped taking things so seriously and realized I loved this album. Writer Eric Zaworski wrote that “SremmLife sounds like how cheap vodka works — it burns a little, yeah, but it gets you there.” Pretty much spot on review of the album.

Listen to “No Flex Zone,” “Come Get Her,” “No Type” and “This Could Be Us.”

Listen to SremmLife while you’re pregaming or throwing a banger.

Who’s Gonna Get Fucked First?/ Father


In Father’s own words, this album is “32-mins of pure, unfiltered debauchery,” and he’s exactly right. Father had a big 2015. To be heard in Atlanta right now you’ve gotta be good, and Father is. His delivery is strictly his own, you won’t mistake a Father track for anyone else. For those of you who insist that the only reason he’s big is because Makonnen was on “Wrist,” please step off. The man has created his own, original aesthetic that looks as though it was influenced by everything from the early Odd Future days to tumblr to amateur porn. Every single one of the tracks on Who’s Gonna Get Fucked First? is addicting. As a white kid that’s not super musically talented I can rap along to this with no problem, and that makes me super happy. This isn’t “New Atlanta” or “that ATL sound” this is Awful Records at its best.

Best songs are “Who’s Gonna Get Fucked First?” “Spoil You Rotten” and “BET Uncut,” but honestly the entire album is beautiful and short, so listen to everything.

Listen to Who’s Gonna Get Fucked First? while you’re turning up, turning down or anything in between.
*Awful Record songstress Abra also gets a nod for her debut album ROSE, which was awesome and would definitely be on this list if it was top 20.

I Don’t Like Shit I Don’t Go Outside/ Earl Sweatshirt


Earl isn’t one of my favorite artists, but I Don’t Like Shit I Don’t Go Outside changed that for me. I think I listened to this album the most out of any on the list. This is the best piece of work that Earl has ever put out, much better than Doris. From the first song to the last it flows effortlessly. The moody, slightly dark (but not too dark) production is very similar from track to track and if you’re listening while doing something you may not even know the song has switched. As a whole, I Don’t Like Shit I Don’t Go Outside is incredibly grim and to the point. This rap shit isn’t a game. Earl is finding himself and it sounds good, very good.

The best songs on the album are “Mantra,” “Faucet,” “Grief,” and “Wool.”

Listen to I Don’t Like Shit I Don’t Go Outside when you’re deep in your feelings, but not on some Drake shit.

Summertime ’06/ Vince Staples


Vince Staples likes to joke on Twitter, but when it comes to rapping there’s nothing funny. Summertime 06 is scary, it’s honest, it’s dark and it’s straight to the point. Staples has always had a straightforward approach to rap and Summertime 06 puts that on display. The album has two discs, 20 songs and somehow comes out to a little less than an hour in total play time. No I.D. handled the production on the album and did a great job of telling the story alongside Vince. Harsh, distorted guitar strings and deep, empty synths paint a foreboding, dark image in the listener’s mind.

My favorite songs on the album are “Norf Norf,” “Summertime,” and “Dopeman.”

Listen to Summertime 06 while you’re hanging out with your homies or chilling by yourself. There’s a few turnup tracks but that’s not really what they’re made for.

iLoveMakonnen2/ Makonnen


From his smash hit “Tuesday” to his release of Drink More Water 5, to the present Makonnen has been growing steadily as an artist. ILoveMakonnen2 is the most mature project the singer/rapper/trapper has put out. His limited voice shines throughout. Each song has its own mood, ranging from melancholy to upbeat to hopeful. From rapping about talking to his plug on the phone (“Trust Me Danny”) or singing about wanting a second chance (“Second Chance”) Makonnen’s musical arsenal is on full display and every song is a hit. His voice isn’t for everyone, but everyone should give ILM2 a chance.

Some of the best songs are “Trust Me Danny,” “Second Chance,” and “Being Alone With You.”

Listen to ILoveMakonnen2 while you’re getting twisted in any way, shape or form.

GO:OD AM/ Mac Miller


From frat-rap nonsense that started a whole sub genre of white college aged rappers (horrible), to his experimental sounding album Watching Movies With The Sound Off (not that bad), to the ambitious 2014 release of arguably the best mixtape of the year in Faces (super good) Mac Miller has had a crazy career. The music has been changing steadily and so has Mac. Both he and the music are finally headed in the right direction. GOOD AM was the perfect follow up to Faces for Mac. This is a very large and involved album. You can tell there was a lot of time taken in choosing the final songs and who would be featured on it. While there is a lot of serious content on the album, especially concerning Mac’s drug problems and depression, it doesn’t sit on the listener in a heavy way. There’s something upbeat about the whole project. Mac is back, in a better place, refreshed and rejuvenated.

Standout tracks are “Brandname,” “100 Grandkids,” “Cut The Check” and “Time Flies.”

Listen to GOOD AM in any setting, not necessarily party music but definitely nice to throw on in the background.

If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late/ Drake


Do I even need to say anything about this? Honestly. Even your grandmother has heard a track off this. Drake is at some unprecedented levels of hot right now. Even that “Hotline Bling” video was hot and he looked like a suburban dad who had one to many Bud Lights tryna dance on the patio. That being said, IYRTITL was awesome, in every way possible. 17 tracks long and only three features (two of which were PND). It was all Drake in the best way on this.

My favorite tracks were “10 Bands,” “6 Man,” & “Star67.”

You can listen to this album at any time of day, in any mood, and it’ll still be relevant. Thanks Drake.

Wave[s]/ Mick Jenkins


Mick Jenkins has been my favorite artist to just sit and listen to since The Water[s] and Wave[s] was no exception. This project was a little more upbeat and less retrospective in many ways. Mick went out of his comfort zone, or perhaps made public his comfort zone for the first time. Going in over a variety of interesting beats produced by Kaytranada and ThemPeople that I’m not sure he would have sounded as good on just last year. Overall, Mick’s transition from The Water[s] to Wave[s] was flawless and left me wondering what THC will have in store for listeners.

Listen to “Piano,” “Your Love,” “Alchemy” and “Perception.”

Listen to Wave[s] while you think about life and love, or while you’re kicking it lowkey with a group of close friends.

Dirty Sprite 2/ Future


Man, I don’t know where to start with Dirty Sprite 2. From a musical standpoint I can’t stand Future. From a responsible humanist standpoint I can’t stand Future. But, despite everything, I found myself turning to DS2 all the time following the release. The whole codeine thing in hip hop really pisses me off. Especially with the death of YAM$ last year. Rappers know what it’s doing to their bodies and they know the influence they have on their listeners yet they continue to glorify it. Whatever though, thanks to Future it’s once again at the forefront of rap. Know that you know how I feel about all that let me just say that DS2 SLAPS, it’s one of the hardest projects of the year. If I threw a party I would just shuffle this album. “Throught It Was a Drought” had everybody wanting Gucci flip flops. Future did us all dirty with this one.

Listen to “Thought it Was a Drought,” “Real Sisters” and “Slave Master.”

Listen to DS2 while you’re lost in the dirty, facing a blunt or hanging out.

Samantha/ Toro Y Moi


Toro Y Moi came through with the most pleasantly surprising project of the year. One that I’ve found myself turning to countless times as I sit and blankly stare at my computer screen at midnight in the library or walk back to my dorm room slightly sauced on a Friday. Full of one or two-minute sketches and r&b/soul samples this project plays as more of a tv show, while everything else on the list is a movie. Kool A.D. and Rome Fortune both contribute to this album with some verses and provide a nice hint of rap. The overall feeling on the project is the struggle of being in love, which is showcased by Toro’s use of a lengthy sample from the movie The Notebook, a move that could have been VERY CORNY. This is my favorite project from Toro Y Moi in awhile, I’ll be playing this one deep into 2016.

Listen to “Stoned at the MOMA,” “Late” and “Late.”

Listen to this album while you’re studying or having troubles with your significant other.

Darkest Before Dawn/ Pusha T


If King Push—Darkest Before Dawn: The Prelude is really just a prelude to King Push then I don’t think anyone is ready for what’s to come from the GOOD Music head honcho. Push is currently doing his best work since his Hell Hath No Fury days. Crazy, boisterous beats, raw flow, disgusting lyricism and an aesthetic that’s darker and crueler than satan himself, Push has been finetuning this for years. While most of Pusha’s would-be competitors have been living in the spotlight, be that on Twitter or beefing with others, Push has taken a backseat and watched the landscape spread out in front of him, waiting to play his card. Surrounded by a team that’s just as hungry and talented as he, King Push will be one of the best albums of 2016. Darkest Before Dawn came and went relatively quietly with it’s late release, however, it’s undoubtedly one of the best albums of the year. All hail King Push.

Top 3 songs are “Untouchable,” “MPA” and “Sunshine.”

Listen to this before you commit a crime… Just kidding, sorta.

Written by Jesse Wiles


Urban Astray’s Top 10 Albums of 2015

2015 was about rulebreakers and genre benders. Independent artists shined, not as notable underdogs, but as chart toppers. Established artists had a lot to prove: Bieber did it through deliberate hard work and Drizzy did it effortlessly. Vulnerability paid off and beautiful projects were born from reflections on insecurity and isolation. The best music was often hard hitting and unapologetic on addressing social issues, yet there was still a lot of room for feeling hopeful. A fresh new year is upon us, but these projects don’t need to be forgotten (unlike the time you got too drunk and threw up out the window of a cab). Cheers to 2016 while still enjoying the best of 2015.

Surf / Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment

the-social-experiment-surf-coverThe best way to describe Surf is as a true gem: freshly cut, timeless and not to mention, literally priceless. The highly anticipated and independently produced album spearheaded by Donnie Trumpet with Chance the Rapper’s band The Social Experiment was released as a free download on iTunes at the end of May. There are many uncredited features throughout the album including Big Sean, Jeremih, B.o.B., Busta Rhymes, Janelle Monae, BJ the Chicago Kid, Raury, King Louie and many others, making it a truly collaborative effort. It’s jazzy; it’s clever; it’s positive. Chance’s unmistakable voice is essential to the record, but you can feel he doesn’t want to be the focus. It’s about what all of them love to do: make great music with their closest friends. The happiness and excitement the group has to be working together really molds the vibe of the record.

Top tracks: “Wanna Be Cool,” “Familiar,” “Sunday Candy”
Listen to Surf on Sunday nights when you start feeling sad about the weekend coming to an end.

Wave[s] / Mick Jenkins


Mick Jenkins followed his breakout and critically acclaimed project of The Water[s] with Wave[s] this year. Wave[s] continues where The Water[s] left off, with themes of truth seeking and critical consciousness, references to his home base of Chicago and ginger ale. “They say I be talking about water too much,” Jenkins says in the intro track, “Alchemy.” Jenkins is unaffected by public response to his work, whether praise or hate. He maintains the same confidence he had in The Water[s] as he delivers intricately crafted bars and essentially waits patiently to be understood by the majority of his audience. Jenkins is unapologetic, even when it comes to his followers like in “Get up Get Down”: “Came in this bitch with intentions to black out / The audience all white I thought we been blacks out.” One of the strongest tracks though, “Your Love” is a brief reprieve from hard hitting bars. Instead, sensual verses go straight into the catchiest hook of the album. Wave[s] isn’t just an album that should be heard; it’s an album that should be paid attention.

Top tracks: “Alchemy,” “Your Love,” “P’s & Q’s”
Listen to Wave[s] when you’re getting faded.

And After That, We Didn’t Talk / GoldLink


GoldLink has been making some seriously vibey music. Not even including several singles released as of late, And After That, We Didn’t Talk is stacked with quality tracks. He’s provocative and smooth at the same time. The beats on this album are major and GoldLink’s vocals are killer. Seriously, do not sleep on GoldLink.

Top tracks: “Spectrum,” “Dance on Me,” “Late Night”
Listen to And After That, We Didn’t Talk late night, drinking cheap white wine and contemplating texting an old flame.

Purpose / Justin Bieber


As soon as I heard Justin Bieber’s feature on “Where Are ü Now” for Jack ü’s (Diplo and Skrillex) album I knew they all had hit gold as far as serendipitous, symbiotic music relationships go. And Bieber remains tapped into that successful pulse for Purpose as he combines his vocal skills with sounds crafted by some of the most talented producers in the business (Skrillex, Big Sean, Travi$ Scott, Ed Sheeran, Nas) to create a vibe that even the most critical of music connoisseurs are able to appreciate and enjoy. There is a sense of earnestness and sincerity from Bieber that hasn’t been present since the “Baby” and “One Time” stage of his career. The album is filled with hits; besides the super popular singles some of the best and less overplayed tracks are “I’ll Show You”, “No Sense” featuring Travi$ Scott and “Love Yourself” featuring Halsey. Whether you publicly root for him or not, it’s hard to deny the quality of Purpose and to deny having ever gotten even a little turnt to “Sorry” at a pregame.

Top tracks: “Sorry,” “What Do You Mean?,” “I’ll Show You”
Listen to Purpose while pregaming for a night out and obviously when it comes on at the club and you have no other choice.

If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late / Drake


“Please do not speak to me like I’m that Drake from four years ago / I’m at a higher place,” Drizzy raps on the track “No Tellin’”. But his assertion is in fact “telling” of the tone of If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late: a confidence and calculated chill from an artist that feels completely secure about his role in the rap game. Very early on in 2015, IYRTITL set the tone for the rest of Drake’s super hot year of hotline blinging and Grammy nominated diss tracks. IYRTITL is as much about our culture at this present moment as it is about Drake becoming a fully established, well, legend to use his own term. Despite the incessant rat race of social media, Drizzy cheekily reminds us with the album title that we’re not “on it” unless we we’re actually on it; the moment the tape dropped the events of the future (probably even collabs with Future, get it?) had already been set in motion. The idea that it was supposed to be a mixtape adds to its rawness and currency. Drizzy is serious.

Top tracks: “10 Bandz,” “Energy,” “Know Yourself”
Listen to If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late when you’re feeling yourself or need an attitude along those lines.

M3LL155X / FKA twigs


M3LL155X is only five tracks long, but it’s not too little of anything, in any way. FKA twigs continues to produce majorly intense, sexy vibes. Her unusually sensual vocals and heavy synthetic beats are really a treat to the ears. Like velvet for the ears. Honestly, twigs is probably one of the only people that can ask “Do you have a lighter?” and make you seriously feel some type of way.

Top tracks: “In Time,” “Glass and Patron,” “Mothercreep”
Listen to M3LL155X when you’re spending some quality time with yourself or a significant other, if you know what I mean.

I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside / Earl Sweatshirt



Earl Sweatshirt’s I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside is a project that is really strong in it’s 30 minute entirety. Each track seamlessly flows into the other, creating a full dark and brooding narrative. It’s depressing and yet easy to listen to. Although the material is heavy, the delivery is casual, making it digestible. The beats are unique and interesting yet familiar; you can imagine them being made in some dingy basement on some dusty keyboard surrounded by furniture that had been there since the seventies with ancient looking half curtains only letting small amounts of light into the space. It’s an album that can’t just be listened to once. It takes time to take it all in.

Top tracks: “Wool,” “Huey,” “Grief”
Listen to I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside in your headphones while commuting and avoiding eye contact with fellow travelers.

GO:OD AM / Mac Miller



Mac Miller spent close two years away from the public, mostly just making music in his home studio. GO:OD AM is one product of the nine full length albums worth of material he said he made during his hiatus. It’s a happier, hopeful Mac to add to the maturity and growth we saw from him in Faces. The final product wasn’t completely introverted; included are a variety of features from Ab-Soul to Chief Keef. GO:OD AM has Miller’s familiar lazy flows and seriously clever lines (“But what’s God without a little OD? Just a G”), but fresher. Very dope, Mac, very dope.

Top tracks: “100 Grandkids,” “Weekend (feat. Miguel),” “In the Bag”
Listen to GO:OD AM while surfing the net or hanging out on your porch or getting ready in the morning. That seems appropriate.

Blurryface / Twenty One Pilots


Twenty One Pilots hit the complete mainstream in 2015 with the release of Blurryface and their subsequent touring throughout the year. It was wild to see the Columbus, Ohio natives performing with A$AP Rocky at the MTV Video Music Awards in September, but also encouraging that their super unique style is one that appeals to many. In Tyler Joseph’s own words in the track “Heavydirtysoul”: “This is not rap, this is not hip-hop.” Twenty One Pilots is hard to categorize, but then again why does it even matter? Whatever type of music it is, it’s good. Blurryface is brilliantly meta; many lyrics speak about insecurities Joseph has as an artist and where he feels the duo fits in the music industry and his predictions on how they will be received in general. “Tear In My Heart” is the one “love song” on the album, but it’s anything from conventional with the lyric: “The songs on the radio are okay, but my taste in music is your face.” Like, if someone legitimately said that to you, you’d have to consider marriage. I’d like to think he’s pleasantly surprised by their success, or maybe he knew all along the work he produces is music people want to hear when they had no idea they were even searching for it.

Top tracks: “Stressed Out,” “Ride,” “Tear In My Heart”
Listen to Blurryface on road trips with your best friends.

Dark Night, Sweet Light / Hermitude


The duo of Luke Dubs and El Gusto are extremely talented and innovative when it comes to electronic music and Dark Night, Sweet Light is a testament to that. The track “Ukiyo” has a super amazing sound that evokes almost euphoric feelings. Overall the album has a unique energy, while simultaneously being very laid back and calm. If Dark Night, Sweet Light was a state of mind, it would be how you feel in the first moments of being tipsy. Do you feel the buzz?

Top tracks: “Ukiyo,” “The Buzz (Mataya & Young Tapz),” “Midnight Terrain”
Listen to Dark Night, Sweet Light while working out or dancing at a house party (bonus points if some sort of light show is involved).

Written by Claire Miller


[Photo Recap] Earl Sweatshirt, Vince Staples, Remy Banks & Hashu at Park Street Saloon

Hashu. Photo by Jesse Wiles.
Hashu. Photo by Jesse Wiles.

Earl Sweatshirt, Vince Staples, Hashu and Remy Banks shut down Park Street Saloon last night in Columbus, Ohio. Check out our full photo recap of the concert right here. All photos by Jesse Wiles. jwilesphoto.com

Hashu. Photo by Jesse Wiles.
Hashu. Photo by Jesse Wiles.
Hashu. Photo by Jesse Wiles.
Hashu. Photo by Jesse Wiles.
Hashu. Photo by Jesse Wiles.
Hashu. Photo by Jesse Wiles.
Remy Banks. Photo by Jesse Wiles.
Remy Banks. Photo by Jesse Wiles.
Remy Banks. Photo by Jesse Wiles.
Remy Banks. Photo by Jesse Wiles.
Remy Banks. Photo by Jesse Wiles.
Remy Banks. Photo by Jesse Wiles.
Remy Banks. Photo by Jesse Wiles.
Remy Banks. Photo by Jesse Wiles.
Remy Banks. Photo by Jesse Wiles.
Remy Banks. Photo by Jesse Wiles.
Vince Staples & Earl. Photo by Jesse Wiles.
Vince Staples & Earl. Photo by Jesse Wiles.
Vince Staples. Photo by Jesse Wiles.
Vince Staples. Photo by Jesse Wiles.
Vince Staples. Photo by Jesse Wiles.
Vince Staples. Photo by Jesse Wiles.
Vince Staples. Photo by Jesse Wiles.
Vince Staples. Photo by Jesse Wiles.
Vince Staples. Photo by Jesse Wiles.
Vince Staples. Photo by Jesse Wiles.
Earl Sweatshirt. Photo by Jesse Wiles.
Earl Sweatshirt. Photo by Jesse Wiles.
Earl Sweatshirt. Photo by Jesse Wiles.
Earl Sweatshirt. Photo by Jesse Wiles.
Earl Sweatshirt. Photo by Jesse Wiles.
Earl Sweatshirt. Photo by Jesse Wiles.
Earl Sweatshirt. Photo by Jesse Wiles.
Earl Sweatshirt. Photo by Jesse Wiles.
Earl Sweatshirt. Photo by Jesse Wiles.
Earl Sweatshirt. Photo by Jesse Wiles.
Earl Sweatshirt. Photo by Jesse Wiles.
Earl Sweatshirt. Photo by Jesse Wiles.