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Hip Hop

Visual Vices: BCxLD - "Smokes (ft. Jay Cobb Anderson of Fruition)"

There's something strangely soothing about watching a cigarette burn its way out of existence. Even more, zoning out on the burn to the tune of some crisp hip hop sets the perfect mood for the situation. We spoke on the first two installments of BCxLD's four-part project series My, How Time Flies back in June and we're pleased to say part three is even more promising.

Featuring guest appearances from members of Fruition, Another Exoneration and more, My, How Time Flies III touches on smoking addictions, technological dependence, seasonal love, hard work going unnoticed and many other pertinent topics. Emcee Lucas Dix (of Jellyfish Brigade and Hives Inquiry Squad) engages these topics with arrant lyricism packaged with producer Brass Clouds' hip hop, R&B and electronic instrumentation, for an undertaking leaving us baited for the next episode.

My, How Time Flies III is out now for a pay-what-you-want download on their Bandcamp and is also available on iTunes and Spotify. Watch and listen to one of the first visual releases from the album, "Smokes," below. Harmonies from Fruition's Jay Cobb Anderson will definitely aid the perpetual zone out.

​Oakland's Kamaiyah Supports YG at Fox Theater Tonight

​If you're looking to dance off those calories you gained from loads of Turkey and stuffing, head to the Fox Theater in Oakland to see Oakland's own hip hop phenomenon, Kamaiyah support YG TONIGHT.

One of rap’s most promising emerging talents, Kamaiyah is injecting a fresh perspective and an unyielding passion into the genre. She’s been on a mission since she was a foster kid sneaking into the local Boys & Girls club to watch 106 & Park. “Most artists from the Bay rap like they’re talking to each other,” Kamaiyah explains. “I’m talking from a Bay Area perspective but to the world!”

“I had been working as a security officer, doing a 12-hour graveyard shift, and wanted to write something that would make it cool to be broke again,” she recalls. “Once I heard the beat, ‘How Does It Feel’ was done in 15 minutes. I felt something in the studio that day...” Kaimayah proceeded to go all out, spending “car note and rent money” on videos to promote the song. “You have to take a risk and believe something is possible,” she says simply.

​Don't miss this rising star open for YG at Fox Theater tonight. Support Bay Area independent music.​


New Track: "Ultra Violent" - Tay Hiver

Emcee/producer Tay Hiver, formerly known as Taylor Dunn, has been working on a new EP, titled Red Chapel. It was co-produced by the UK's Phill Blanks and Hiver himself, and is currently scheduled for release before the year's end. You can now stream the album's powerful, drill-influenced lead single, "Ultra Violent," below.


New Track: "Raised by the Wolves" - Miles Chancellor

Miles Chancellor is ushered in under the cloak of shadowy instrumentation in his latest single, "Raised by the Wolves". Recorded, mixed and mastered by Justin Miller & Sketcho, the Philly emcee circles around the listener, methodically and patiently entrancing his prey. Bump it this weekend when you're out on the prowl.


Jaw Gems bring trippy neo-soul to House of Blues

Jaw Gems, a group of four guys hailing from the upper reaches of New England--Portland, Maine--are producing some of the most refreshing neo-soul music out there. Planting themselves in the same vein as artists like Thundercat and Flying Lotus, the group crafts fat and funky instrumentals that edge toward the experimental side. They band effortlessly laces their trippy hip hop beats with strong jazz influences, and maybe the occasional transmission from Mars. Catch the band opening for Lettuce at the House of Blues 12/31, and in the meantime, stream them below.-Olivia Sisinni


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