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THIS SONG!

It’s no secret that I’m a James Blake fan but what you may not know is that Wu-Tang is also my jam. I’m pretty sure Wu-Tang Clan doesn’t come up as a suggested artist when you’re listening to a Blake track but never underestimate the diversity of one’s playlist. Who would’ve thought James Blake was a RZA fan anyways? I saw Raekwon a couple weeks ago (he murdered it) and I’m fittin’ to see Ghostface Killah next week…then James Blake at the end of April. DIVERSITY! Every last one of the shows! ie. ALL of them.

I posted about James Blake here a while back and I just had to share this new track with you guys. Blake’s album Overgrown comes out in a few days on April 9th (Cop it) and it’s sure to be golden. This track, Take A Fall For Me, features RZA rapping over a super chill synthy beat while Blake’s ghostly vocals in the background act as the highlight.

…candlelight dinners and fish and chips with vinegar with a glass of cold stout or wine or something similar…

YES!

James Blake also unleashed a bonus track off the album called Everyday I Ran which features samples from Big Boi’s single, Royal Flush, a throwback from ’08.

Again, YES!

P.s. I’ve heard rumors about a Kendrick Lamar -James Blake collabo in the works. NEAT.

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AZ’s chillin’, Brooklyn’s chillin’
What mo’ can I say? Why catch feelings?

I can say a lot mo’ apparently…

If I was to describe Brooklyn rapper AZ using one word it would be UNDERRATED. The man has been doing his thaaang for over two decades; AZ’s standout verse on the uplifting (heh) Nas Illmatic hit Life’s A Bitch kickstarted his career, his debut studio album Doe Or Die (cop that) from back in ’94 is considered a classic by many hip-hop heads, yet he has never become a household name. Kay sure, growing up at least half of my household knew his name but my mom and dad would have no idea to this day (Who is this “dope” rapper you speak of, Jenna?).

I was but a miniature lass in ’94 so I can’t lie and say I scooped the album upon its release and put it in my My Little Pony backpack next to my Barbies but I do remember being fairly young when I heard AZ for the first time. My brother always created killer rap mixes and would be kind enough to share them with me, his super fly little sister, especially since he generally hated the weirdo music that I was/am still into. I recall one particular mix being heavily AZ filled and I think I still have it somewhere in my car next to Dance Mix ’95 and that Swedish Ace Of Base awesomeness. Daps to my brother for playing a major part in keeping me cool since the early 90’s…and one could argue, keeping me weird before I was anywhere near Portland, Oregon.

AZ just announced that he is returning with a new album this year called Doe or Die II that’s the follow-up to his incredible debut. He’s been working on and perfecting this album FOREVER so that fans will not be disappointed in the quality of this anticipated release.  Blogs are going bonkers with this news and it is hilarious how much the writers are focusing on his age and how he’s “still got it”. The man is 40 years old, people; He’s not spitting bars from your neighborhood retirement home!

To give us a small taste of what’s to come, AZ put down the oxygen tank (kidding) and gave us this short freestyle over The Genesis, the intro track on Illmatic.

Hi Haters, I’m back off a hiatus

BOOM!

P.s. Any fans of The League out there? I thought of writing, “AZ’s a real class act.” but I realized that not many people reading Wait And Scene would get the joke.

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Flume a.k.a Harley Streten is a 20-year-old producer out of Sydney, Australia who just released his first album titled FLUME on Future Classic records (Note: I love Future Classic).The album has 15 hot tracks, with features from Chet Faker, Jezzabell Doran,T-Shirt, Moon Holiday, and George Maple. Flume received a lot of hype after the release of his first single Sleepless and, if you were a fan of that single, this album delivers exactly what you were hoping for; a smooth-as-silk combination of electronic, pop, jazz, soul, chill-wave, hip-hop, and other sounds I don’t even have the words for. Yeah, me without words, I know you’re all shocked. Stand out tracks on the album, as far as I’m concerned, are On Top, Bring You Down, and Holdin On.

Don’t Wait and Scene what Flume will become (See what I did there? Get used to it.), stream the entire album here on WAS and then buy a copy of the album here.

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