Happy Birthday to the Underground King himself, @TrillOG! This Sample Saturday, in celebration of the legendary Hip-Hop historian who can quite literally teach a class on the cultural marvel from past to present, we’ll be listening to: “Int’l Players Anthem (I Choose You)” by UGK featuring OutKast.
Music company and entertainment label @300 caught @jeffstaple down here at the shop for a quick interview. They sat down with the principal of Reed Space to pick his brain about the rapid rates at which technology is evolving. Not many realize how deeply rooted jeff’s interest in technology actually is. The homie @dacoconut did some great detective work to get a snapshot of just that.
Have you been doing the wrong drugs all along? Well, Doctor @FiendBassy has prescribes a dosage of dope for us on this edition of SoundCloud Sunday. Be sure to use with caution.
The Queens-rapper is back after leaving many of us itching for another hit. Once he released his debut album “Last Winter” in 2014, Bas hit the ground running and began touring around the world with the likes of J. Cole, Ab-Soul, Cozz, and Big Sean. Still, he seemed to be rather quiet in the music front during 2015. To the pleasant surprise of his fans, Bas had been quietly working on his craft. When “Revenge of the Dreamers II” dropped late last year we finally got a glimpse into the Dreamville-artist evolving as an artist and prepping to offer his follow-up musical contribution, “Too High To Riot.”
In “Too High To Riot,” it seems as if Bas is giving listeners a clear window view of the depths of his mind while under the influence. In this setting we can observe him battling his conscious, being shaken up by the potholes on the road to success, and trying to overpower the hurdles of his personal life. These may be the issues that leave Bas rendered immobile in times of uproar. Although he touches on copious different topics, the Fiend from Queens still managed create a very tight, close-knit sound. With help from the likes of The Hics, as well as slick production by Ron Gilmore, Ogee Handz & DikC, Bas was able to manifest a groovy yet murky atmosphere throughout the project.
It’s easy to detect the growth in Bas’ sound. He’s certainly crept out of his comfort zone and has gotten more intimate with his fans in his lyrics. Apparently, this approach is contagious as it got featured artists J. Cole and Cozz to offer some formidably direct verses during their guest appearances on “Night Job” and “Dopamine” respectively.
From beginning to finish, Bas provides a truly exquisite “high.” By the end of the 12-track project, you may become a fiend. Listen here to get hooked.
If there was ever a @LupeFiasco song that could single-handedly break the spirits of Rap Genius annotators, it’s this one. Join us on the couch for this special episode of “The Joy of Painting” featuring the sample behind: Lupe Fiasco’s “Mural.”
Dreamville artist @cody_macc held a meet and greet courtesy of Reed Space this past Monday. Even though the weather was daunting and temperatures were dropping quickly, Cozz still appeared in-store to sign autographs, chop it up with fans, and give out copies of his well received second project, ‘Nothin’ Personal’ while it was being played in the shop. Cozz was joined by his Mittee Gang partner, Meez, and was even paid a special visit by @SmokeDZA. The West Coast emcee followed up his successful meet and greet by shutting down SOB’s with Dave East and Young Lito the next night. Check out the recap here.
Ahead of his Tuesday night show at SOB’s, @Cody_Macc will be making an in-store appearance here at Reed Space. Fans of the LA-rapper’s music and supporters of Dreamville can catch him kickin’ it while signing autographs, selling merch, and playing his latest project. Join us on Monday, February 15th for the ‘Nothin’ Personal’ Meet & Greet. You don’t want to miss this, so don’t be late!
G.O.O.D. Fridays is back (again)! Fresh off of a successful album release/fashion show at Madison Square Garden, Yeezy has rebooted his music promotion program once more. Listen in to the latest installment:
Kanye West’s “30 Hours”
The day after Dilla’s birthday, who better to recount the greatness and the legacy he has left through his amazing musical approach than his longtime friend Common? Hear the Chicago rapper speak highly about his partner from Detroit here. Rest in beats, J Dilla. Your imprint on Hip-Hop and the music world will never fade away.