The playlist from all of the songs on #MajorKsMajorPlays (that’s available on SoundCloud) is here…
1) SiR - JAY Z
If you know me, you know I love putting on for local cats wherever I am, whether it’s the 916 or the 310/626/562/213/714/818/951/909 (Damn, L.A./IE, we crazy with the area codes). This cat hailing from Inglewood but is definitely up to something good. This cut entitled JAY Z off his latest project SEVEN SUNDAYS will have you bopping your head in a way you wouldn’t have thought when reading that title. Peep game…
2) Jay Rock - Parental Advisory
Staying with the theme of local cats, the Watts kid Jay Rock comes through with the TDE camp-assisted, SmokeyGotBeatz-produced street single off his upcoming album. That standout lyric goes out to the 2014 Los Angeles Dodgers season (*single tear*):
"I’m out here in the outfield like a Dodger / Red L.A. fitted, hit the wall then I rob ya"
3) Mikky Ekko - Smile (Hippie Sabotage Remix)
The Hippies are notorious for turning dope songs into the dopest. This selection is no exception to that rule as they enhance the Shreveport native’s latest single “Smile.”
4) A Villa - Live From the Villa ft. Action Bronson, Roc Marciano and Willie the Kid
Mas Villa! This project from Mr. A is shaping up to be smoldering embers (that means is going to be fire, because in order for a fire to burn, you need wood to…oh, you get it). Bronson, Marciano and that kid Willie tag team over a head-banger.
5) Zola Jesus - Go (Blank Sea) (Diplo Remix)
What happens when you mix an American songtress with a crazy-popular American producer and DJ? PATRIOTISM, that’s what.
Banks - Begging for Thread (Gryffin & Hotel Garuda Remix)
The stars and stripes continue to wave over Los Angeles as the West Coast product BANKS brings us her latest single stylized by NYC producer GRYFFIN and Washington DC/Los Angeles residents Hotel Garuda. Play this at the end of the work day this week, my friends.
1) Tinashe - Far Side of the Moon
Yes, she was on the list two weeks back. Take this as a sign you need to listen to her album Aquarius now. This is my favorite cut produced by Osinachi Nwaneri.
2) Jessie J - Seal Me With A Kiss ft. De La Soul
This woman brings much more substance to her artistry than riding the latest wave (yes, directed at those other female pop “singers” becoming a dime a dozen, and yes they start with an I and end with an Azalea). De La Soul with a “Me, Myself, and I” sample? You can’t help but press play on this one and check out JJ’s new album Sweet Talker.
3) Big K.R.I.T. - Caddilactica
Young Krizzle brings his latest DJ Dahi-produced joint off his upcoming album of the same name. And yes, you will be rapping that intro for the rest of the day.
4) Sam Smith - I’m Not The Only One ft. A$AP ROCKY
What could possibly make this already-great song better? Two verses from the A$AP leader, for starters. You already love this song, so love it even more.
5) Prelow - Mistakes Like This
I absolutely love the stories of folks meeting at college only to create something musically great. Another one of those stories belong to the duo Prelow, enrolling in NYU for different genres of music and meeting each other over a weed brownie. Folk-Indie Rock meeting Hip-Hop over ganja sounds like a great folk melody/boom-bap backbeat marriage.
Ellie Goulding - Tessellate (Alt-J Cover)
This is not new, but how can I resist a chance to add to my probably unhealthy Ellie Goulding fandom? There’s a good chance you never heard this incredible Alt-J cover as it’s been buried deep on Ellie’s Soundcloud page for over a year, so it’s a good thing you have me here. Enjoy.
1) The Wyclef-discovered songstress from the Northeast has already been in your eardrums. Those Subway commercial jingles? Yep, that’s her. Now, she’s ready for you to hear her own music. Great decision. With her debut EP Generation Blue coming OCt. 28th, let the uptempo funk cut “David’s House” get you acclimated with Niia.
2) You dunno SBTRKT (pronounced “subtract”)?! BRUH…listen.
3) Chi-Town, what’s going on? Hard-hitting producer A-Villa has his debut album “Carry On Tradition” coming on Election Day (Register To Vote NOW because don’t be that guy or girl). This is important because President Obama needs…oh wait no, music, duh. BIG K.R.I.T. Termanology. Inspectah Deck. Because sometimes you just need some REAL. RAP. BARS.
4) James Blake and that rapper named Chance. Bound to be great, yeah? This is a year old, but you haven’t heard it because you didn’t have me putting music in your playlists in October ‘13. A Year Later…now you do.
5) Fly Lo has a new album out. This is important because Fly Lo has a new album out. Also, the lead single features your favorite rapper’s favorite rapper K.Dot. C-O-M-P-T-O-N.
Local Natives - You and I
This LA-based outfit has a sound so Los Angeles, you’ll be dying to jump in and crank it up in your droptop Beamer leaving that downtown sushi lunch spot headed for a PCH drive. Peep the opening track to their 2013 sophomore effort Hummingbird.