Monthly Archives: November 2018

NIKO IS Releases Hunter S. Thompson-Inspired Video For Coca

NIKO IS shares the video for his single “Coca” and there is a big nod to late gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson. Narcy directed NIKO IS and producer Thanks Joey in a scenario inspired by the film adaptation of Thompson’s Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas. The two of them spend the day drinking, smoking and having fun. The Brazilian rapper’s Uniko album came out today and there are guest appearances from Tego Calderon, Curren$y, Talib Kweli and more. 


Kaytranada Releases Nothin Like U/Chances EP

Kaytranada’s Nothin Like U/Chances EP is a new project with appearances from Ty Dollar Sign and Shay Lia. The producer has released the EP as part of his new partnership with RCA Records who will also distribute his next full-length album in 2019. Kaytranada’s debut album, 99.9% came out in 2016 and since then he has worked with numerous artists and remixed songs for Robert Glasper, Gorillaz, Kendrick Lamar and more. Nothin Like U/Chances is three songs and two instrumentals. 


Liam Bailey Delivers Visual For You Saw The Devil In Me

Liam Bailey’s reflective single “You Saw The Devil In Me” has a video starring the singer. Bailey collaborates again with director James Beale for the clip that was filmed in Bulgaria. He shared his motivation behind “You Saw The Devil In Me” in a press release:

I was trying to find a calm quiet space to think. At the time I was finding it hard to be real in my writing. The lyrics came about after quite an intense therapy session, where I was forced to be introspective and face difficult truths about how I’d been living. For the video, I was performing in Bulgaria, and once we saw how beautiful the country was, it made sense to film there – it feels introspective but there’s hope in it, and the sunrise landscape gives it a sense of rebirth as well.”

Bailey’s upcoming Brand New EP will be released in February 2019. 


Watch: Madlib Meet Ethiopian Funk Musician Ayaléw Mesfin

Madlib meets Ethiopian funk artist Ayaléw Mesfin years after sampling his music. Madlib and Egon of Now-Again Records sit and talk about Mesfin’s music and how they discovered it. Mesfin shares his obvious love of James Brown that can be heard in his songs and the struggles he’s had as an outsider in his native country. At one point, Mesfin’s music was banned by the Derg Regime after the Haile Selassie era. Last winter Now-Again released the Hasabe compilation of Mesfin’s songs. 


ReMastered: Who Killed Jam Master Jay? Netflix Official Trailer

It was 16 years ago when Jam Master Jay was fatally shot inside a studio in Jamaica, Queens. The murder of the DJ who provided the sounds for legendary rap group Run-D.M.C. was never solved and conflicting rumors about it continue to grow. ReMastered: Who Killed Jam Master Jay? is a Netflix documentary about his life and death. The documentary is Track three of the eight-part ReMastered series created by Jeff and Michael Zimbalist. The episode will premiere December 7, 2018 on Netflix.