Music Mondays: Lauryn Hill Returns, Chance Drops Acid, Q.U.E.E.N.s Take Over, and more!

Friday:

Hawk House finally releases their first bona fide mixtape. The group of South London hip-hoppers have created quite a buzz for themselves in the underground hip-hop world, and they’ve had fans all in a tizzy wondering when they were going to release some work (having only released a few songs in about three years). Their official debut A Little More Elbow Room comes off the back of some truly incredible music videos (Live-ation [MV], Tidal Tendencies [MV]). You can get the album at Datpiff.

Neon Neon releases a dark and disturbingly beautiful video for their single Hammer & Sickle (warning, pretty NSFW):

Then the performance of the weekend so far, Michael Bublé decides to let fans know who he’d love to work with in this interview he did with VH1 [1].

But, of course, we couldn’t get through the weekend without some loud noise about Chance The Rapper’s Acid Rap. In an interview he did with Hip Hop DX, he reveals what got him into hip-hop, the full story behind his first mixtape, #10Day, and touring with Childish Gambino, among other things. One of the most interesting tidbits of information, though not exactly unexpected, is the album that first got him into rapping. Would you believe it was Kanye West’s The College Dropout?

It was so different; I wasn’t really into Rap music before that. I liked radio music and radio music to me was Rap music. But the Soul samples and the content—like what he was talking about—a lot of people weren’t really talking about college and being institutionalized by school. And for a fifth grader I could understand it on that level. I knew I didn’t like school, so it was something I could relate to. And he was from Chicago! When you’re from Chicago, it was just something I understood very well.

Read the whole interview here.

Camiele

As unexpected as my path was to loving all things weird, more unexpected is my ability to get attention for writing about the stuff.

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