These past two weeks I have, alongside numerous new 2014 metal releases, been catching up on a lot of 2013 hip-hop albums that I missed. One thing I have noticed is that Strange Music’s artists are the ones that I find myself listening to constantly. I put a few of these albums on my Hip-Hop Year-End List and the order of those may have changed by this point, but I have gotten into a few more records from the Strange Music roster and it is with that that I dub Strange the best hip-hop label of 2013. After the jump you can check out my thoughts on my favorite records from Strange artists from last year. Continue reading
Sacramento’s own Death Grips have a history of surprising just about anyone that follows their exploits. 2013 proved to be no different due to various show cancellations and other controversies, but the band seems to be finishing the year out by dropping a new record for free on the internet with absolutely no warning whatsoever.
I’ve been posting a lot about Tech N9ne over the last few months, you may have noticed. Well, that’s because I am a huge fan of the rapper and his latest effort Something Else is spectacular. There are many stand-out tracks on this album, but one of my favorites is a track called “Love 2 Dislike Me” which is a completely metal-oriented track. Tech N9ne was joined by vocalist/guitarist Tyler Lyon of Evalyn Awake on this track (not sure if the backing band is Evalyn Awake) and the beautiful Liz Suwandi, another artist on Tech‘s label Strange Music. Continue reading
So yeah, this happened. I don’t pay attention to press releases or news items dealing with Five Finger Death Punch because I am not a fan of the band. That is, until the following headline crossed my radar: “LISTEN: Five Finger Death Punch – ‘Mama Said Knock You Out’ (Feat. Tech N9ne).”
Yeah, I said the same thing. What the fuck? Of course we are all familiar with the classic LL Cool J tune and I have posted much praise about Tech N9ne, especially his new album, but how the fuck did this happen? Continue reading
Recently I told you about viper-tongued rapper Tech N9ne‘s new album Something Else which features a collaboration between Tech and System Of A Down vocalist Serj Tankian. Well, I’ve listened to this song numerous times and I fucking love it.
The album was released today and along with it MTVU has premiered a music video for the track. You can check this out after the jump as well as an interview in which Tech discusses working with Serj and sings a bit of “Sugaaaaaah.” Continue reading
Underground hip-hop crusher Mickey Napalm has finally unveiled his first new material in 2013. I’ve been patiently awaiting these new tracks ever since two of his records were on my never-posted Hip-Hop year-end list. If you’re new to Mickey, or if you’ve also been waiting on this shit, click on after the jump. Dude’s on some mad shit. Continue reading
It has never been a secret that rapid-fire rapper Tech N9ne has been influenced by hard rock and heavy metal. He has stated it himself in interviews and his biographical videos. I know what you’re thinking: just because he says he likes the music doesn’t mean he is truly a fan. Well, the most recent news dealing with Tech N9ne‘s forthcoming album Something Else shows Tech bringing a huge name from the metal community onto his album. Continue reading
Yes, you are reading the headline correctly.. In true what the fuck fashion, hip-hop artist Tyler, The Creator has recorded a song with pre-teen icon
Hannah Montana Miley Cyrus. The track which was also co-written with Mary J. Blige will be featured on Cyrus’ upcoming 2013 release.
When asked about the collaboration, Miley Cyrus had this to say to Cosmopolitan -
I wrote this song with Mary J. Blige, and Tyler, the Creator heard it and said, ‘I am obsessed with this song, and I will guest on it if you promise me that you will keep it on the album.’ And he killed it!
Most of the music world might find this as some what of a shock and some might even go as far as to call Tyler a “sellout”, but anyone who actually follows Odd Future shouldn’t surprised by this move. The group is always making Miley Cyrus jokes and group leader Tyler probably saw this as an excellent publicity stunt as well as a way to have some fun with his persona.
God damn, this is going to be ridiculous. I can’t wait to check this out…
– Josh Huddleston
I don’t know why I didn’t put out my list of my favorite hip-hop releases of 2012. I have it on my computer but I didn’t post it for some reason. Well, one of the albums on that list was good kid, m.A.A.d. city by Compton, California’s Kendrick Lamar. good kid, m.A.A.d city was actually my #2 on my list of hip-hop releases. I love this album and it’s still in steady rotation around Aftermath HQ. My favorite track on the album is “Backseat Freestyle” and guess what track Kendrick just released a music video for? Continue reading
Mike Haner AKA Mickey Napalm is a musical genius. Before breaking into the hip-hop field with a vengeance, he was the sole member of grindcore outfit Infected Womb (listen here). These days the dude attacks instrumentals with a pissed off affliction and he does a killer job. He released two albums last year, Napalm The God and Stream Of Unconsciousness the latter of which was my favorite hip-hop album of 2012 and now he’s prepping the release of a 7″ single! Continue reading
That fucker Nikolai Gawin. I haven’t posted about him in a while, but the dude is back with a vengeance. Nikolai has returned to the mantel of James Doesn’t Exist and released not one, but five new EPs in just a matter of days. That’s right, five fucking EPs. Each album contains five tracks except for the most recent one Candy which contains four tracks. And guess what: each album is fantastic. Continue reading
“We have such sights to show you!” – Hellraiser, 1987
Welcome to the sixth edition of Cryptic Passages, a weekly column in which I, Eric Nguyen, will be presenting for your torture, some of the most brutal, unrelenting, and hate drenched pieces of audio I’ve found journeying through the misanthropic plains of the internet. Three satanic passages await you in the cryptic chasm…after the jump. Continue reading
Aeon, Agitator, Cattle Decapitation, Chelsea Wolfe, Code Orange Kids, Column Of Heaven, Death Grips, deftones, Departures, Disgrace, Dodecahedron, dying fetus, early graves, Expire, Fever Dreams, Fire And Ice, Gaza, Godstopper, hivesmasher, Homewrecker, Like Rats, Meshuggah, Misser, periphery, pig destroyer, Spawn of possession, The Love Below, Twitching Tongues, War Hound, Xibalba
Similar to the conflicted state of mind the character Jules Winnfield Of Pulp Fiction was in when he decided not to execute the characters of Honey Bunny and Ringo like “fucking fried chicken”, my American Aftermath writership came at a period in my life of transition, a time of both fleeting and returning tastes. In short, my idea of “music” was flipped upside down. What was once a streamlined process of music listening and discovery was overloaded and overridden by my previous months exploration into a multitude of realms and genres previously unexplored, most notable among that being my new found discovery of hardcore and the cascading effects of that discovery, which led to realms from sludge metal to pop punk.
The following thirty album list reflects the few difficultly chosen releases that stuck with me the most throughout both the bombarding ocean of releases this year and the aforementioned musical overturn. Before we actually begin, I’d like to thank the American Aftermath crew especially Ross Gnarly, Lane Oliver, and Josh Huddleston for allowing me to be a part of their team. I would also like to thank the musicians and bands that have created music for me to write about and those that have helped out in interviews and features. Last but not least I want to thank you, the readers, for giving a shit. See you all after the jump.
2012, Aesop Rock, Balmorhea, best of, birds in row, Bone Dance, Car Bomb, Cattle Decapitation, Converge Xiu Xiu, Cursive, Death Grips, deftones, Earth, El-P, Fiona Apple, Gaza, Gifts from Enola, godspeed you black emperor, Killer Mike, King Dude, Kowloon Walled City, Lilacs & Champagne, Locrain, Mamiffer, Marriages, pig destroyer, Sharon Van Etten, So is the Tongue, swans, The Mars Volta, The Men
This year has been more than gracious to my ears. I was fond of so many releases in 2012 that it was like pulling teeth trying to narrow this list down to JUST thirty. Since albums have the tendency to grow on me, this list was compiled without review ratings in mind, if I had a chance to review them that is. These thirty albums are the records that I continued to revisit throughout the year and have yet to stop jamming. These are the records that are still fresh and exciting upon the umpteenth listen. Without further adieu, these are my favorite albums of the year.
In what is probably the most disturbing headline I have ever written, I hate to say that it is true: Ice-T-fronted metal band Body Count have indeed signed with Sumerian Records (who we announced recently signed The Dillinger Escape Plan). Body Count is looking at 2013 for the release of their new album. The main thing I am wondering about is did Bizzy Bone (who released his last album Crossroads: 2010 on Sumerian Records) give Ice-T a call and tell him to send Ash a demo? Fuck it. It’s done. Maybe the new Body Count album will stand up to the bands eponymous debut (not fucking likely). Anyway, that’s that. Another WTF? marked down in my book. Continue reading