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.
ASN: Life is a journey, this album has been a journey, and I don't want to get all poetic and make you vomit, but this song embodies that for me, I am thankful to my brother Cy Kosis for producing it, Moxie Raia for making it sound so beautiful and backing me up, The Hundreds for featuring me, which you can read below and helping with the release, and all of you for listening to my journey, I can't thank you enough, it's below if you want to listen.
E-40: A Gold Record at 48? YUP! Signs of Stopping? NOPE!
E-40's "Choices" Becomes the Rap Legend's Latest Single to be Certified Gold by the RIAA
At 48, 40 Water Continues to Dominate Charts and Deliver Hits, Making Him an Anomaly Amongst His Peers
Nearly three decades into his illustrious career, Hip-Hop legend E-40 added another career milestone when the RIAA certified his 2015 single "Choices" as a Gold Record. The video for "Choices," which has more than 19 million aggregate views on YouTube, demonstrates E-40's nationwide influence, featuring more than 100 cameos, ranging from rappers like Kendrick Lamar, Ice Cube, Busta Rhymes, Nicki Minaj, Cam'Ron, Bone Thugs 'N Harmony, Nelly, MC Hammer to non-industry figures like the NFL's Marshawn Lynch and Colin Kaepernick, comedian Cedric the Entertainer and even octogenarian sex expert Dr. Ruth Westheimer. "Choices," a national smash hit with a remix adopted by the Golden State Warriors as the anthem to their 2015 NBA title run, is another in a long list of Gold- and Platinum-certified records by the rapper, including Big Sean's E-40-featuring, triple platinum "I Don't Fuck With You." In the midst of unprecedented relevance at the age of 48, E-40 also featured on Hot 100 hits such as Yo Gotti's "Law" and Ty Dolla $ign's "Saved."
Says E-40, "What's happening at this point in my career defies logic. Name another 48-year-old rapper with one Gold record, let alone three in the same year. My fans stretch much further than the Bay Area, further than just the West Coast. I brought so much shit to Hip-Hop. I’ve been relevant in each generation and each decade and I've done it as an independent artist.”
E-40 currently stars in a national Beats By Dre advertisement, alongside Warriors forward Draymond Green, featuring E-40's smash hit "Tell Me When to Go" and reenacting the song's iconic video. In addition to his career in show business, E-40 has branched out to become a respected entrepreneur in the adult beverages industry. His wine business, Earl Stevens Selections, distributes high-quality wine to stores across the country, including CostCo, BevMo, Ralph’s Market, and Vendome Liquor. He has made inroads into the pre-mixed cocktail business with Sluricane, a signature bottled-mix named after his 1995 hit "Hurricane," with The Click, which was the best-selling beverage at BevMo when it was first released. In 2015, E-40 recently released an eponymous brand of 40-oz. malt liquor. E-40 looks to continue his unprecedented longevity and success as an independent artist with his next album, scheduled for late 2016.
Watch the video for "Choices": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRChz-OYi9o
Listen to "Choices" (Warriors Remix): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfYvtz3NbKE
Buy "Choices" on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/choices-yup-single/id1023979904
Stream "Choices" on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/0axrvTJQjq2BfwS5IY6NKV
CG: I’m Squadda B of Main Attrakionz and I have teamed up with Pepperboy (artist from Little Rock, AK) and fellow producer Young God (of Blue Sky Black Death) to create this album Kome Ryde With Us. It features Lil’ Flip, Mr.Sche, Jarv Dee, 2 Lettaz (of G-Side) and many more.
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.