Machine Gun Kelly – Kiss The Sky

Something tells me MGK saves his best for intimate, casual settings, such as this.

Love the message and performance of “Kiss The Sky” from last month’s LP, Bloom.

And it’s dope to see a personal, relatable side to the flamboyant, rebel – Machine Gun Kelly.

Mick Jenkins – Outro

I feel so misunderstood, out here losing my mind;  think somebody missed the point.

Mick Jenkins spits off  “Fucked up Outro” from his latest album, The Healing Component, over a smooth piano backdrop on BBC ‘s Radio 1.

Live/acoustic performances command a certain allure that’s riveting and intimate than say that of a studio version, and this rendition is a prime example.

Absolutely love the music, and it’s unquestionable – Chicago’s, Mick Jenkins is a poet and emcee through and through.

Bask in the dope vibes and share the love around  🙂

WIFISFUNERAL – Hell On Earth

Outta Palm Beach, Florida – Wifisfuneral impresses with his raps on the Kinda Neat Podcast.

This is what the host, Intuition had to say,

The 19 year old Palm Beach rapper has a breadth of knowledge about classic rap that could make you think he was twice his age. He’s experienced hardships (from abandonment to addiction) that have helped him achieve a maturity beyond his years. His music maintains a modern aesthetic while firmly planted in the fundamentals of the music he grew up on.

Check out Hell On Earth below, and give the dude’s esoteric, slurry flow a chance – you won’t be disappointed.

 

Common – Tiny Desk [NPR]

Hella dope, powerful set by one of the realest in the game – Common, with friends (Bilal, Robert Glasper, Karriem Higgins and others) for NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert Series which enjoyed a privileged White House Public Library venue.

The set commences with a signature jam,

“I Used To Love H.E.R.” (such a beautiful metaphor and homage for the culture that we love so much).

And three premier tracks from the new album, Black America Again – slated for a November release via Artium/Def Jam.

“Letter to the Free” (from an Ava Duvernay-directed movie, 13th on Netflix, addressing the business of incarceration in America).

“The Day The Women Took Over” and “Little Chicago Boy” – a dedication to his pops, Lonnie Lynn.

Stream the inaugural, White House – SXSW (South by South Lawn Event) live set at NPR Music, and revel and bask and act on the animus  😎

Seti X – TeamBackPack

From the underground scene in Los Angeles, here’s Seti X, covering Dust & Light and Pull Over from his latest album, Third Orbit.

The dude has a sick flow and energy around him, and not to mention, the lyricism is on-point!

Stream the dope TeamBackPack live performance below.

 

Dylan Owen – Garden Of The Angels

I last featured New Yorker, Dylan Owen, kick a dope freestyle on DJBooth, and he’s back with an even sweeter, intimate, acoustic performance for the track, Garden of the Angels, off his 2015 LP, There’s More To Life.

By the way, this is Dylan’s formal submission for NPR Music’s – Tiny Desk Concert, which awards the winner an opportunity to play at a Tiny Desk Concert at NPR in Washington D.C., appear at a taping of NPR’s, Ask Me Another, and tour the United States with NPR and Lagunitas.

Sounds like a sweet deal, and here’s wishing Dylan the best of luck!

Stream the live set below, and let me leave you with these parting words from the Cornell drop-out,

This song is dedicated to anybody who’s ever had the privilege of having their heart broken.

 

 

WIKI – Seedy Motherfucker

21 year old, Manhattan, up-and-comer, Patrick “Wiki” Morales, stops by the Kinda Neat Podcast to spit, Seedy Motherfucker, from his latest mixtape, Lil Me, from last month.

Wiki’s definitely on my radar, and I’m impressed with his spaced out flow, and raw, creative pen-game.

Stream the live performance below, and you think he’s got the chops?