I can honestly say this has been one of the trickier lists I have attempted to compile. "Surreal" is a word that evokes so many connotations, but the best synonym is "bizarre" which is why I included it in the title. I'm not attempting to adhere to the surrealist artistic movement or follow the precepts of it as laid down by Andre Breton; rather this is more an attempt to showcase hip-hop videos that have a surreal quality.
What does that mean in this context? They may not make sense from a plot standpoint - a narrative you can follow from beginning to end. They may seem dreamlike in that respect. They may also use images that don't seem rational, juxtapose things that don't belong together, or be what might seem to be the fevered imagination of someone tripping on acid. Then again they might seem to make sense on first inspection but over time something seems to be "off," and the longer you look at it the more that feeling grows, until like the famous "Too Many Cooks" video you are compelled to finish even as it becomes more and more weird and disturbing. One could say Tyler, The Creator is at the forefront of modern rap's surrealist movement so it's appropriate we start with him, though Kool Keith is arguably one of the most recognizable surrealists in rap history.
It's time for another edition of The Hip-Hop Shop. Episode #376 is called Ridin With the Underdogs! Enjoy some new music from Jerm 9v, CJ Pure, Streetz & Young Deuces and Tableek among others! Follow us @RapReviews so you never miss a new podsafe free show - like The Drunk Train from Adam Bernard!
* Jerm 9v - Ridin
* Golden f/ Rahsaan P - Still Do
* CJ Pure (Yung Rep) - Pure
* Streetz & Young Deuces - Underdogs
* Tableek f/ Blaknerd - The Boom
* T'Swan - These Days
* Golden f/ Volatile - Can't Hold Back
* Gorgeous George - What It Look Like
Video: Meyhem Lauren Takes You Through NY In Noisey Raps
Biz 3: Queens finest Meyhem Lauren teamed up with Noisey to take you to his favorite eateries, spa, and graffiti supply in NYC in the latest episode of Noisey Raps. The video features exclusive performance and behind the scenes studio footage with cameos from Action Bronson, Harry Fraud, and Big Body Bes. Meyhem's new album Piatto D'Oro is out now on Fool's Gold.
D: San Francisco based Future Beats pioneer just released his latest mind bending composition entitled “Wake Up!” This track is sure to awaken the senses of the listener with hard hitting drums (from Decap’s "Drums That Knock" kit available at drumsthatknock.com), gliding pitched 808 bass hits, and mesmerizing string stabs. “Wake Up!" is available for streaming and free download on Decap’s Soundcloud page.
MMG: Detroit's grittiest producer, Apollo Brown, is back with blue collar rhyme writers Red Pill (Detroit) & Verbal Kent (Chicago). The new story lays bare the kind of truth that makes art great. Pill dives into family that left him behind while Verbal digs into forgiving the man who tried to kill him, the ex who tried to kill herself, and the friend who broke in. Director Andy "Orange Cap" Miller adds his own unique vision including a surprise epiphany at the end. Raw, honest, and profound. Ugly Heroes.
RC: Emmy Award Winner Jabee preps his new album "Black Future" with new video "Exhausted" produced by Statik Selektah. The Video follows Jabee as he is working toward completing a tribute to rapper Sean Price who passed away last year. Jabee's "Black Future" garners guest appearances from Hip Hop legend Chuck D , Rhymesayers ent. legend Brother Ali , and special cameo from Killer Mike, with production from Statik Selektah, J57, Hannibal King and M Stacks and others.
RJ: Mike Melinoe’s “Suicide B4 29” flashes between images like the last moments of life--but instead of providing clarity, they're tangled and twisted in unstable and impossible ways. He’s “Leo with a Grammy”, “Susan Sarandon in Panties”, and “Bruce Lee on acid.” He’s moved out of his momma’s house--but the extra room is filled with "hella roaches" and space for the worst parts of his mind to roam and express themselves.
Matt: Lil-Yo from Lufkin, Texas releases his new street single, "I'm Outta Here," from his upcoming album, Hoop, Rap or Trap, on Center World Media. Lil-Yo was musically influenced by hip-hop greats like Ludacris and Lil' Boosie" who helped shape his lyrical flow and now he’s ready to take the Hip-Hop community by storm with “I’m Outta Here.”