Our Top 14 Albums of 2014 list concludes today with our number #1 pick. Hailing from the city of Chicago’s southside, Mick Jenkins has quietly dropped the year’s best album. After securing a spot on this year’s Smoker’s Club Tour, Mick has taken his skills across the nation, enlightening those who didn’t know his name. Within The Water[s], you’ll hear thought provoking gems like “Shipwrecked”, “Jazz”, “Martyrs”, and “Dehydration; it’s great to hear an artist from Chicago highlighting the current issues at hand. Mick proves that he is more than capable, his music videos are among the most cinematic and visually stunning pieces in the game today. As we enter 2015, Mick Jenkins should be near the top of your list of artists to watch. At times, The Water[s] will make you laugh, at other times it’ll give you goosebumps, and at other’s it’ll make you cry. 4 months later the album stands tall as a classic Chicago record, a perfect embodiment of the southside’s soul. Check out The Water[s] below and keep an eye out for more from Mick Jenkins.
L.A. based art gallery HVW8 has reconnected with artist Jean André on a collaboration with Adidas. The 3 parties have decided to release a pair of “adi-Ease” low tops with Jean André’s signature leaf print all over. These are said to be very limited and can be purchased now for a reasonable $80 bucks via SneakerPolitics. If you’re interested, click the link below for more images.
Location: 2539 N Kedzie Boulevard, Chicago
When: Wednesday, December 31st @ 9PM
Of all the things going down for New Year’s Eve in Chicago, the Windy City Soul Club should be on your list of things to do. These usually go down at the Empty Bottle on Western Ave, but in order to accommodate the masses they’re holding it at the Logan Square Auditorium. These parties specialize in classic and rare, funk and soul songs from the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s; perfect for dancing the night away into a new year. I’ve been to a couple of these and they’re always a great time, 18+ to party and tickets are still available for $15 ($20 @ door), click the link below to cop your’s now.
The City Pages’ “Gimme Noise” section recently interviewed the homies from The Rotation. During the course of the interview they talk about their chemistry, how they got together, and their plans for the future. Click the link below and check it out for yourself, big ups the City Pages for using our photo for the article.
Places: London, Paris
Faces: Wiz Khalifa, A$AP Mob, YG, Joey Bada$$, Lola Viande
Places + Faces continues with episode 3. During this volume they traverse the night life in both London & Paris with appearances from those mentioned above and more. These are interesting to watch in an odd way, even though there isn’t much commentary. Check out episode 3 above and keep an eye out for 4.
This was the track that started it all. Back in April, thestand4rd took to Soundcloud in a surprise move releasing their first track ever, “Doors”. Minneapolis’ hip hop scene was shaken to it’s foundations with a lot of people’s music forced to take a back seat, similarly to their album release, thestand4rd have proved time and time again that you should re-think matching their release dates. As a group, this one record served as a successful test; but solo, each of them continued to buzz harder than ever. Some cried 1 hit wonders, others bashed behind closed doors, but those in the know, knew that these guys were for real. Check out “Doors” below and be on the look out for more.
The kid Marvel Alexander has been making a lot of noise lately with his new single “Dirty Thoughts”. With the release of his project, Don’t Die Yet, on January 23rd; Marvel has been doing a good job creating a buzz. The L.A. artist linked up with Sango and the ultra-hard “Dirty Thoughts” is the end product. Check out the record above and be on the look out for more.
Back at the beginning of October, thestand4rd set the Twin Cities AND the internet on fire with the release of their video for “Simple Needs”. A surprise drop, the stunning visual compliments the record perfectly; Alex Howard really did a good job directing. This video serves as a major milestone for thestand4rd, not only was it their first; it marked the beginning of their transition from murky, behind the scenes kids, into full fledged stars ready for any stage. If you’ve paid attention to the Twin Cities hip hop scene, you’ve definitely heard all of these names before (save Spooky pre 2013), a testament to just how far they’ve come.
Android and Kodak have teamed up to make a brand new device for 2015. The device will feature 4G, tablet connection for it’s camera, all with 14MP and 4x Optical zoom. Based off of the old Kodak cameras, this camera first android phone changes up the idea of an ideal phone in 2015.
In the Twin Cities, you could argue that only Lizzo has had a better year within the hip hop community, than the group known as thestand4rd. Comprised of 4 artists, Allan Kingdom, Spooky Black, Bobby Raps, and Psymun; thestand4rd are as good solo as they are together. After each establishing themselves on the internet as artists to watch, thestand4rd was born with less than a handful of tracks to offer. Apparently, their tight-knit formula worked, by fall, the buzz for their album was spilling over into international waters. Shortly after the release of their first video, “Simple Needs”, they went on to announce a mini tour that spanned L.A., New York City, Chicago and more. Amazingly enough they would go on to sell out each show, garnering support from Kreayshawn, Mike Dean, FADER, MISHKA, and even DJ Khaled along the way. The album sounds like nothing that’s come before it, a completely unique breathe of fresh air. Check out thestan4rd EP below and be on the look out for more.