Calling all space cadets: what we have here is very necessary for your 4:20 buzz with an hour of songs celebrating Mary Jane. Dr. Dre, Pharcyde, Snoop Dogg, Afroman, D’Angelo, Method Man, Cypress Hill, Digable Planets and more funk for your trunk.
RIP Big Poppa – more than 15 years ago. Get the Best of Notorious BIG from Heavy favorite, world class DJ M-Rock.
Kendrick Lamar is 1/4 of LAs most promising hip-hop movement, Black Hippy, along with Jay Rock, Ab-Soul and Schoolboy Q. He’s most certainly showing off his formidable skills on this jazzy track, as he lays out MCs left and right in the video.
M.I.A.’s got a lot going on right now: this video is a ridiculously catchy track with production by Danja (Timberlake, Britney, Madonna) and a tricked out drag race party in the desert for the clip – swagger for days.
LA’s ScHoolboy Q features a guest spot for A$AP Rocky and samples Lissie’s cover of Kid Cudi’s “Pursuit of Happiness” on this cut from Habits & Contradictions.
Zach Hill and MC Ride’s Death Grips dropped their mixtape/album Ex-Military last year and kinda blew everyone’s mind with their hardcore/hip-hop thing. Now signed to Epic, their new album, The Money Store is out to great reviews. The video for their new track is dizzying, the beat is downright funky.
Wiz Khalifa drops the first video from his Taylor Allderdice Mixtape. Seems Wiz has a lot on his mind but maybe that’s just the weed smoke. Watch him prep before performing for a crowd of thousands.
Flatbush Zombies – a killer name for the NYC duo, and “Thug Waffle” is pretty good too. These two show glimmers of everything from Gravediggaz to Wu to Smif-N-Wessun. It’s hot.
After Nicki Minaj appeared at the Teen Choice Awards there’s has been a lot of talk about her very young fan base who love her crazy makeup and wigs. Her new song featuring rapper 2 Chains, “Beez in the Trap,” is for the older set with Minaj in a bikini and dropping the F-bomb at least 20 times.
It’s the track that put him on the map, ultimately leading to his recent deal for a cool $3 million.
Portland’s synth pop favorites release another single from new album Kill For Love, “Into The Black.” Sound familiar? It’s an inspired cover of the Neil Young classic. Download the track free at Stereogum.