This is kind of a big deal. This is really the first hip-hop or black electronic/urban-centric release to win this Canadian critics’ award. Well-deserved it is too. While I always liked the album, it took a minute to really grow on me but by time it was down to the wire I was fully on board as the video of me endorsing it above, that played as part of the full Gala broadcast Monday night, attests! Congrats, Kay and for the rest of you not on his train, get on board. This is the future….
Previously on the Kitchen:
– Listen to New Music From Kaytranada: Glowed Up Feat. Anderson .Paak / Illusions
Produced in its entirety by Nottz, The Achievement: circa ’82 is scheduled for release October 28th.
Previously on the Kitchen:
– Mickey Factz – Hayworth Feat. CyHi The Prynce & eLZhi [MP3]
– Mickey Factz – Me & My Paintbrush [MP3 + Interview]
“The new racism, is to deny that racism exists….”
Got up on this one from the Redemption (E.P.) by Nigerian dancehall artist, Burna Boy via the homegirl, Anupa. R.I.Y.L. the new “island sound” Drake‘s been mining recently.
Well that was quick. First single and title track from The Weeknd‘s forthcoming (Nov. 25) 18 track new album, Starboy which was just announced yesterday featuring Daft Punk. From ThisisRnB:
Earlier this month, The Weeknd promised that Starboy would be his “best-sounding” album to date with influences ranging from The Smiths and Bad Brains to Prince.
“I think it’ll be the best-sounding album I’ve ever done,” he told VMAN. “It’s hard to label the sound because, when I first came out, nobody would label it R&B. I just want to keep pushing the envelope without it feeling forced.”
Abel is not playing!
Bummed I had to miss Anderson .Paak‘s appearance at Manifesto Festival last week for my cousin’s birthday (family first and his party was fantastic) but loving this new track featuring him. This is a new joint from his NxWorries collab project with Knxwledge, “Lyk Dis.” You may be familiar with their track, “Suede” which dropped around the time Paak was about to blow up from his cameos on Dr. Dre‘s Compton album but well before his own superlative, solo release, Malibu which is vying for album of the year status in my books with Rihanna‘s ANTI album right now. BTW: His appearance on Colbert with Mac Miller last week was pretty cool too.
Rumors of the passing of Phife Dawg, from the legendary hip-hop group, A Tribe Called Quest, which started to surface just as I was going to bed last night, were like a baseball bat to the head. Even though it was well known that he was a long time sufferer of type II diabetes and […]
Picking our Top 10 favorite albums this year was tough! It was an especially good year for music. Many of the Honorable Mentions below could have made it into Top 10 (the same Top 10 I submitted for my Village Voice Pazz & Jop ballot) if I was in a different mood. Truth be told […]
The 2015 list of favorite songs or singles at The Kitchen is kind of in rough order and not much different from what I picked for my Pazz N Jop ballot. Jidenna‘s “Classic Man” was most definitely my favorite song of the year without a doubt although The Weeknd‘s “Can’t Feel My Face” gave it […]
ICYMI, last week I wrote a piece for BBC 1Xtra‘s DJ Semtex‘s new A Nation of Billions site on the Canadian hip-hop scene. Here’s a quick taste: It’s been a busy past few months for Drake. A couple weeks back, he rode to the top of the Billboard album charts yet again with, What A […]
Second premiere of the week after the DJ Emkay remix of Fetty Wap‘s “RGF Island” this past Tuesday??! The Kitchen got its swagger back! Check out this traptastic, hip-hop flavored original track by the west coast-based duo, Neza x Alxndr. Peep the full bio: NEZA x ALXNDR are 2 musicians based in LA making hip-hop […]
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