Soulja Boy: Obey
Some rappers are either loved or detested, and then there’s Soulja Boy, who elicits responses along the lines of “he’s alright” or “he f***ing sucks.” Chances are good even his defenders won’t want to spend the ear-effort on his entire new mixtape, available here, so just check out the highlight track “Hop Out” below, featuring Chevy Woods and Juicy J.
J. Cole: “Drank In My Cup (Original freestyle)”
Yesterday the fantastically named Texan rapper Kirko Bangz released his collabo with J. Cole, but the more famous featured MC wasn’t pleased with how they treated his verse. So Cole posted the original version on his website along with this explanation: “This is the original freestyle. How it was supposed to be heard before n***** violated and chopped my sh*t.” It doesn’t sound all that different from the original to me, but see what you think. [Prefix]
Mount Eerie: “House Shape”
Phil Elverum, former frontman of the incredible lo-fi band the Microphones, soldiers on as Mount Eerie, crafting chugging experimental rock that’s gorgeous in a droning sort of fashion. Think an indie pop Neu!, plus reverberated vocals a’plenty.
Lower Dens: “Propagation”
The latest track from the Baltimore dream-rock outfit could very well have been written for a hallucinatory sequence in David Lynch’s Twin Peaks. Give it a listen right here.
I the Mighty: Karma Never Sleeps EP
Bay Area pop-punkers I the Mighty are streaming their latest EP online, and it finds them simultaneously louder and more refined, at least in terms of studio-production. [AlterThePress]
SpaceGhostPurrp: “No Evidence”
With his half-muttered flow, SpaceGhostPurrp's style almost comes across as laid-back… except that with his menacing swagger and creeping music, he sounds liable to explode at any moment. [4AD]