2013 is gone….another one bites the dust. 2014 has so much in store for us. But before we move on we’d like to share with you guys the best live performances from Vancouver this year. The highlights for us were The Zolas’ intimate performance for charity, which included a super fun 1K Run to a beer garden. We also got into a sold out Of Monster and Men concert last minute only to be completely blown away by their performance and massive stage presence. And last but not least, my favourite underground rapper made his first appearance in Vancouver. Cormega absolutely gave the best lyrical performance I’ve ever witnessed, including an explanation of Mega’s Philosophy. Enjoy NoteNoted.com’s best of live performances from Vancouver 2013! More exciting performances to be noted in 2014!
I’ve been so busy with StreetScout.Me adding a lot to my plate but Flume gave me the motivation to tell the world about his exciting new self-titled album releasing on Nov 12th. Flume’s mixtape featuring a wide variety of hip-hop superstars such as Ghostface, Freddie Gibbs, and Stalley to name a few, is what I’m already labelling to be the best hip-hop album of 2013. If you don’t believe me check out the 3 already released tracks of Flume’s mixtape below.
One of my fav tracks off Yezus was “Bound 2″, it reminding me of his old stuff. Pawn took the most Kanye sounding track and remixed it to sound like something you’d hear on the new Yezus album, edgy and mad beats. Check out below, also free download below.
Now that Lauryn Hill is doing her 3 month stint in Jail she’s getting a lot more attention. Akouo for example just took one of her classic tracks “Doo Wop (That Thing),” and updated it with layering Ms. Hill’s voice tweaked at different pitches for an interesting result. Pretty fresh and free, download below.
Here’s the latest visuals for one of the many standout tracks off Chance The Rapper’s latest mixtape ‘Acid Rap’, which if you haven’t heard yet is bordering on awesome and is a refreshing new direction in an old-fashion sorta way. “Smoke Again” featuring Ab-Soul is chill and rocks the bass hard, his laid back flow infused with his equally laid-back beats make this a win-win.
Miami group Flight School Preps’ free album, BlackMarketED, dropped and without a doubt will suprise those who don’t know them. The solid production, handled mostly by the duo BlackMarket, strikes a perfect laid back vibe. Starting with the colorful first notes of “Let Me In,” opening the album sounding like the slowed down and wobbly keys of Flight Facilities’ “Crave You.” “Dolla On A Dream” has the kind of low-key catchiness of 50 Cent’s most successful choruses, and if “Dat Funk” doesn’t put you in some kind of mood, you might still be stuck in winter. This album is going down as one of the best hip-hop surprises of 2013
Hard hitting and at the top of his game Action Bronson is back with this serious remix of “Strictly 4 My Jeeps”. LL Cool J and Lloyd Banks rep Queens and hop on the official remix of Action Bronson’s “Strictly 4 My Jeeps.”
So recently there’s been a lot of new old sounding hip-hop tracks being released; YAY. And leave it to one of hip-hop’s pioneers, De La Soul to drop this remade Wu-Tang track that uses the sampling from the “Intro” track off Wu-Tang Forever album. “Get Away.” even has the same gritty production style and lyrics that are undeniably fit De La Soul’s personality.
This song comes fresh of Havoc’s new solo venture album called ’13′. “Favorite Rap Stars” comes hard with the classic beat and sampling, hitting a home run, sounds like it could’ve been straight off a Mobb Deep album from the 90′s. It’s refreshing to hear something new that sounds old. Leave it to half of Mobb Deep to put out one of fav tunes of the year also featuring some of my favorite rap stars….Styles P and Raekwon really solidify the best track off Havoc’s ’13′.
On this Happy Saturday we got this new happy single of the OST Despicable Me appropriately named “Happy”. I hope you enjoy your weekend and this upbeat new jam from latest Daft Punk collaborator Pharrell. As someone else said. Who needs Daft Punk when you can craft jams like this right?! In the hands of almost any other artist a song like this would probably be a horrible fail, but Pharrell knows his way around a throwback feel jam, and those handclaps and choral backing just make this one too good to miss.