Video directed by Rua Acorn featuring dance moves of Spike Bones and puppetry by Jonathon Acron. From the album Adolescent Funk (recorded 1988-1992, released 2010).
Big horns, booming synths, Auto-Tune galore, and drums for days? Yeah, this is a Kanye West production. Vic Mensa has been teasing us for a minute, but he finally opened the floodgates today with the full version of “U Mad,” his collaboration with Kanye.
But all respect to Mensa—he delivers with two raw verses that cover everything from cash collection to Ramadan. Kanye holds up his end of the deal some militant bars that will undoubtedly put the world’s bartenders on high alert this weekend.
Stefan Ponce, Smoko Ono, Mike Dean also contributed production on the track. Stream the finished cut below:
Deep kick drums, ticking hi-hats, irregular rhythms, and Victorola static all over golden age vocalizations combine to provide the black & white soundscape over which Chicago emcee Jeremiah Jae delivers deadpan lyrics. Stones Throw spitter Homeboy Sandman ties his verbals to the track on the second verse to complete the unsettling song.
Taken by itself L’Orange & Jeremiah Jae’s singles leave listeners adrift in an undefined world of prohibition rap – a artistic Hiphop version of 1930s gangster films. But as fans of L’Orange already know, making sense of the story as each piece of the puzzle unfolds is part of the experience.
Pumping up his BBC Radio 1 residency to epic proportions, Flying Lotus shared the full version of his You’re Dead! track “Eyes Above,” which features a blistering verse from Kendrick Lamar (just as it was always meant to be). Lamar was FlyLo’s guest on last night’s BBC program, and the two engaged in lively conversation about what it means to make music in 2015 and, or course, Lamar’s instant-classic To Pimp A Butterfly LP.
The new take on “Eyes Above” was shared as a kind of token of the mutual respect and bond between the two artists. A previous version–one with no Kendrick–was released on Flying Lotus’s 2014 psych-hip-hop-jazz opus, but as the producer explained in an interview, it was only for political reasons that we were given that one and not the proper K dot cut. The wait was worth it however, as Kendrick’s verse comes across like a blistering break from the exhaustive narrative to TPAB. It’s already refreshing to hear new Lamar bars, and obviously a joy to have them riding atop the sinister work of Flying Lotus and bassist Thundercat. FlyLo will be on tour in Europe this spring with a list of dates that includes a massive blow-out gig at London’s O2 arena featuring MF Doom. If that wasn’t enough, Flying Lotus also shared new Thundercat and and, yes Funkadelic material during his broadcast, which you can listen to in full here. But first, hear “Eyes Above” ft. Kendrick Lamar below and be on guard–more magic is surely just around the corner.