K-Lis

[Mixtape] Flying Lotus – LOVERS MELT 2

LOVERS MELT 2 is an over two hour collection of some of Flying Lotus's "favorite songs ever ... some you may know, some you might not."  The theme is in line with the first edition of Lovers Melt, a podcast of awesome tunage that FlyLo put together for Stones Throw's podcast series back in May. Numero dos comes in the form of a gigantic mp3 on which there are a ton of analog sounds, live beats, melismatic singing, tablas, violins, plugged in guitars, and funkage to be heard. Download: Flying Lotus - LOVE MELT 2

[Gallery] Shot by Drew: Kendrick Lamar

I've always been a fan of Andrew Stephenson's photography, but some of these shots of Kendrick Lamar are unreal. They were taken during Lamar's birthday performance at the Sound Academy on June 16th, 2011. If you'd like to see more of the hundred-odd photos Drew took this evening, you can contact him directly at the link above. The present gallery is a truncated version of his full shoot of the evening, and is the first curated version of our ongoing "Shot by Drew" series. May I recommend full-screen viewing?
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[Video] Chuuwee – “This One For You”

We've been supporters of ooloo clothing for a minute now, so I'm super excited to see this collab between those cats and Cali's own Chuuwee, whose upcoming album Fever Hunt will be released on Duck Down. The new record will be produced by Lee Bannon, but appropriately, in the past he has worked with a producer called Beats For Clothes. Heh Heh. You can check out the ooloo x Chuuwee T-shirt here.

[Mixtape] Will Sessions – Leaks (Beat Tape)

I hope you have all heard Elzhi's outstanding ELmatic by now. Will Sessions, the quickly rising Detroit band under current discussion, is the instrumental vehicle for re-imagining Nas's illmatic beats for that project, which were originally spun by now-legends like Premier, Pete Rock and Q-Tip. From the outset, Elmatic was clearly an ambitious project given how the record is considered an immaculate milestone of hip-hop history.  But if there was any lyricist who could adequately stand up to Nas's performance it is Elzhi, who is without doubt an emcee's emcee and true student of the craft. And true to form, he killed it.

But aside from Elzhi's lyrical performance, the live-oriented instrumentals that sit beneath and seep between his vivid imagery and immaculate cadence, are an equally strong pearl that really put the project over the top. If the instrumental breakdown toward the end of "Life's a Bitch" doesn't make you feel like you own all the bunnies and rainbows and lollipops in the world, then I'm not sure what will. It's really beautiful, feel good music.

I was reminded of this tonight when Chedo threw on "Life's a Bitch" during the radio show, and all of us in the chat room were cooing about, fawning over its breakdown in the second half. Despite how rad Will Sessions are though, I don't think a lot of people know who they are, which, to be entirely transparent, isn't an unusual fate for backing bands (The Band, The Funk Brothers). So I decided to dig out this mixtape to share and shed the light.

You can stream "It Ain't Fair But It's Fun" and "Life's a Bitch" (Elmatic) below, then click the link to download.

[audio:https://thecomeupshow.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/09-It-Aint-Fair-But-Its-Fun.mp3|titles=09 It Ain't Fair But It's Fun]

[audio:https://thecomeupshow.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/07-Lifes-A-Bitch_Feat.-Royce-da-59-and-Stokley-Williams-of-Mint-Condition-Prod-Will-Sessions.mp3|titles=07 Lifes A Bitch_Feat. Royce da 5'9 and Stokley Williams of Mint Condition (Prod Will Sessions)]

Download: Will Sessions - Leaks (Beat Tape)

[Video] Fresh Kils Made a Bunch of Routines For Us. Wanna See?

Some of you may recall Toronto producer and MPC jedi Fresh Kils made a series of MPC routines that we were lucky to host here on TCUS every week throughout May. Because we figure most of you likely missed an edition or two along the way, we decided to make a round up post so you can watch them one after the other like an MPC Movie. There were four videos in the series, 1) The Transformers Routine, 2) The Live and Let Die Routine, 3) The A-Team Routine, and 4) The Enter The Dragon Routine-- all of which are posted here in the order they were originally released. The Live and Let Die piece has a copyright issue in play though, so enjoy this shiz while you can because we'll be pulling it down in a few days. Click below to see all the videos.

K-Lis

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