Hypetrak’s Weekly Friday Picks – September 5th
While you where out chilling at the neighborhood BBQ, celebrating your three day Labor Day weekend we over at Hypetrak where feverishly working to get you the latest music and news before anyone else on the net. Okay, so maybe we kicked back a few beers in the process but hey…we got the job done. This short week saw the release of some dope new videos, a flurry of exclusive MP3s and some interesting news. As always, on Fridays Hypetrak holds you down with your new music fix. Click the links and take a look around the site while you’re at it. You know the drill.
Oakland’s ultra weird, extra goofy Electronic duo Wallpaper take being cheap to a new plateau. The group’s video for “Txt Me Yr Love” was shot completely on a Samsung cell phone. Yes, you read that correctly…entirely on a cell phone. The concept works well with the theme on the track and you can see the crew doing exciting things like brushing their teeth and taking a ride to the mall. For some reason the mundane turns into the epic when filmed with a phone. They have the auto tune device working over time on this one too.
Before seeing this video I knew very little about Ontario’s own MC Shad. But, if you do a video recreating the opening scene from Will Smith’s classic 90′s sitcom Fresh Prince of Bellaire, including the exact same wardrobe and throw in some dope self deprecating rhymes with a thumping beat and I’m sold. This one is worth a look even if it’s just to admire the attention to detail that they put into it. Although, I was a little disappointed they didn’t throw in the scene from the rarely seen extended version when Will was chilling on the airplane on the way to Bellaire. My old heads know what’s up.
Aspiring MCs take note. A freestyle is not a rhyme that you memorize at home and then spit in front of a crowd like you made it up on the spot. It’s not a verse from your “upcoming mixtape”. It’s metaphors, similes and clever lines that you spontaneously invent at that very moment. Mickey Factz proves that his spit comes off the top of the dome by pulling things in from his environment and the people around him and creates clever rhymes for the camera over a ridiculously hard beat. Just another piece of evidence for you cats who so easily dismiss and lump the new school together as “hipster rap” have another thing coming once this guys album drops.
Spoon recently revealed a new track “Writing To You In Reverse” while performing live at this summers Pitchfork Festival. The tracks slight R&B/Soul feel mixed with a healthy dose of garage rock to it is vintage Spoon and could have easily fit on the band’s album Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga from last year. I need this one in cd quality, studio version ASAP. And, you need to download this one ASAP.