What exactly is Yung Jake? Is he a rapper? Instagram phenom? Net artist? Really, he sort of exists somewhere in the space between all of these–the inevitable Gen-Y bridge that spans everything self-consciously trending in online culture and the closing gap between hip hop and the fine arts. A graduate of Cal Arts and self-purported follower of Drake, Jake channels the fleeting and shallow emotional runoff of Instagram beef and young love through autotune and emoji in his most recent video, “Unfollow”. His persona is clearly an art performance of high calculation, and yet, what rapper’s isn’t these days? Maybe this is as real as it gets.
Toddla T does not hold back on this one, going in on a truly London-style ragga acid sound. I wish I knew who that glitched out dancer data moshing in the yellow capris was. He is the true star here. No credit? Come on Thump…
Alix Perez is a Belgian prolific drum and bass legend who’s sound, over the past 10 years, has morphed into something much more complex and contemporary. A quick listen to 2012′s “1984″, compared to early career tracks like “Sorrow” make this immediately evident. On the other end comes DJ Rashad and Spinn, who, along with other Teklife affiliates like DJ Earl, are playing with jungle and drum and bass, which share a 160-range bpm, and incorporating it into their sound. Grab the free track below, and while you’re at it, cop DJ Earl’s most recent footwork X jungle mix at the very bottom.
I don’t know about you, but I start every morning with a full bottle of cherry Robitussin, just to get the creative juices flowing. Sometimes I forget which way my pants are supposed to go on, or the walls start doing the dougie and whispering Minnie Riperton’s “Loving You” in my ear, but the positive results far outweigh any minor distractions. For instance, I’ve devoted my undivided attention to Tavis’ tumblr for the past 4 hours, and I really think I’m close to “cracking the code.” Enjoy, and stay in school, kids.
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This track is FREEEEEE so enjoy. Cyril Hahn held are attention awhile back with his Destiny’s Child “Say My Name” remix, and he’s been picking up steam ever since.