In the first Music Wednesdays since Rap Rehab, I cover songs from two of Michigan’s most promising young emcees, and from the new face of electronic music.
Big Sean “What U Doin (BULL$#!@ING)” (prod. The Olympicks)
Detroit native Big Sean has done a commendable job of using his rhyme skills and his Kanye West cosign to build an online following that attends his shows, but radio success has eluded his. Hopefully, this song will change that. “What U Doin (BULL$#!@ING)” showcases Sean’s funny, infectious rhymes, a memorable catchphrase—“fuck you doin? Bullshittin’”—and a quirky backdrop by The Olympicks, a Michigan production team that just signed to Rick Ross’ Maybach Music label. I’ve had this song on repeat since downloading it late last week.
Check out both the dirty and the clean version of “What U Doin (BULL$#!@ING)” HERE.
p2dahi “Window Seat Freestyle”
DISCLAIMER: I work with p2dahi as his manager. That being said, I only use this blog to describe artists’ music—the decision to download is up to you.
About four weeks ago, Lansing emcee/BLAT! Pack member p2dahi (formerly known as P.H.I.L.T.H.Y.) arrived back in the United States after spending three months in South Africa, working with children in South Africa that were made victims by HIV. This freestyle over Erykah Badu’s “Window Seat” is his first finished recording since getting back. Inspired by Badu’s song and music video that chastises GroupThink and encourages independent minds, p2dahi uses a relaxed flow and multisyllabic rhymes about fashion and education to show similar sentiments.
Download the song for free HERE.
Flying Lotus & Gaslamp Killer, “A Decade of Flying Lotus”
Stephen “Flying Lotus” Ellison has long established himself as one of the most promising names in electronic music, but with his new album Cosmogramma, he becomes one of the big dogs. Critics (myself included) are saying that his musical salad of electronica, hip-hop, dance and jazz formulated into a brand new genre that’s specific only to himself. You can buy the album in stores now, but as a preview, check out this gem I slept on when it first dropped in December: “A Decade of Flying Lotus.” This 39-minute mix by Gaslamp Killer compiles a collection of old and new unheard songs from the California-based producer. With the way that this flows while still keeping the listener on his/her toes, it’s somewhat surprising that it wasn’t mixed by FlyLo himself.
Download “A Decade of Flying Lotus” for free HERE.