Big K.R.I.T. – “B4SXSW”
Every year, Austin, Texas holds SXSW, a festival that lasts about 10 days and features music, films, conferences, art exhibits, comedy shows and more. In preparation for the festival, Big K.R.I.T. has released a chopped up single called “B4SXSW.” With his southern accent, K.R.I.T. has a pretty drawn-out delivery at the best of times and with his voice distorted the song turns out to be rather mesmerizing. He raps for over three minutes straight before finishing the song off with a “South by/South by Southwest” chorus. If you happen to be in Texas on March 22, K.R.I.T will be performing with some of his friends, including Smoke DZA and Casey Veggies.
Kendrick Lamar – “King Kunta”
“By the time you hear the next ‘pop,’ the funk shall be within you,” “We want the funk,” “Now if I give you the funk, you gon’ take it.” Along with rapping about a black identity and conscience, Kendrick Lamar is also trying to practice what he preaches in his songs. The new music that the Compton rapper has been releasing in lead up to To Pimp a Butterfly has indeed sounded different from what he has put out in the past, and that is partly due to the samples that he has been using. Lamar has put a greater emphasis on black music like jazz, soul and funk, furthering his own sound and message. It is clear that while most rappers are worried about being the greatest hip-hop artist or lyricist, Lamar is focused on something bigger than just one genre.
Tame Impala – “Let It Happen”
Australia’s Tame Impala is back with “Let It Happen,” a track that features upbeat synths and Kevin Parker’s high pitched, psychedelic voice that reminds of an old MGMT song before they decided to make everyone hate them. Tame Impala’s most recent album, Lonerism, was hailed as one of the best albums of 2012 and contained songs such as “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards” and “Elephant.” There are no specific plans for a new record anytime soon, but with “Let it Happen” and an extensive tour planned for the summer, anticipation for a follow-up album will be sky high.
Warpaint – “I’ll Start Believing”
Warpaint is still rolling off the success of its 2014 self-titled album, but now that it is over a year old they have begun releasing some new music. Last month they unveiled “No Way Out” and stated that it was to be the “first in a series of new songs being released this year.” They have kept their promise by sharing an alternate version to “No Way Out” as well as the fast paced garage-indie track, “I’ll Start Believing.” While “No Way Out” is a dark, slow burning song, “I’ll Start Believing” hits hard and is kept under three minutes. Warpaint is currently on tour in Europe, but they do not have any scheduled shows for the summer yet, which could leave the door open for finishing a new record.