Some say the New York rap scene is having something of an identity crisis these days. When the only rapper with any legitimate hype in a city is so deeply influenced by another city’s culture (ASAP Rocky, anyone?) that you wouldn’t have known he wasn’t born and bred there – there’s a case for saying there’s a problem. However, at PSA we believe there’s cause for the birthplace of rap to be a tad more optimistic.
Rappers like Action Bronson and Mr MFN Exquire are getting serious exposure as of late, and unlike some, they are so NY it’s impossible to listen to them without thinking of grimy subways and army jacket lining. There is, however, a tendency for the ‘next big thing’ out of the Big Apple to be overhyped and expected to single-handedly restore the city to the pinnacle of hip-hop – which always seems to flop (Cory Gunz, Uncle Murda, Papoose, Charles Hamilton…etc). Which is why in the case of the ‘Flatbush Zombies‘ we hope this trend dies…for good.
The Brooklynite duo hooked up with producer Erick Arc Elliot to drop what can only be described, as eloquently as possible, as a banger. Lyrics, beat and video are the holy trinity of a viral hit these days – and this song can put a tick next to each category. Check the song out below and stay posted.
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If you, like me, have some sort of coursework/revision/slave labour to concern yourself with around this time of year – the right kind of music can often put you in the right frame of mind and make the work less labourious. With that in mind, I’m going to be compiling a little series of posts featuring music that gets me in the mood for mind-numbing reading.
If you’ve heard of Diggs Duke, then you should already know what to expect. His Gravity EP was released a few months back to critical acclaim, despite being very short, and ended up on many ‘End of Year’ lists – with a jazzy voice and an ambient, atmospheric sound being prevalent throughout the tape. You can get your hands on this heavy EP for only 99 cents (convert that into GBP if you’re that much of a Scrooge).
His recently released Black Gold EP (produced in collaboration with BamaLoveSoul) is also not the longest in the world (at all), but the soulful and sultry sounds emanating from the Maine resident will definitely have you putting it on repeat. My personal favourites so for me include ‘Something In My Soul’ and the title track ‘Black Gold’.
To enjoy Black Gold in it’s entirety, head to the bandcamp page (click the cover artwork above) and name your price. The first 1200 people get a free download, no complaints here.
It’s Week 11 here at PSA and we’re back with another collection of some dope pieces that have caught our eye this past week. First up is this fine cap from New York-based powerhouse Supreme.
Supreme Denim Snapback
First things first, this clearly isn’t your average snapback. Although this ubiquitous piece of headwear has become the new go-to cap for much of the urban youth, you can always count on Supreme to do things a bit differently. With an eye-catching denim design coupled with a leather strap at the back, this classy piece is sure to stand out in any crowd. The debossed nickel metal plate is also a very nice addition. Available now at http://www.supremenewyork.com.
Carhartt Purple Label
Next up is this top from legendary outerwear brand The North Face. Yet again the camouflage design, although subtle in this case, has caught my eye. The pattern is detailed all over the inside of the short-sleeved shirt, which results in just enough of the pattern being revealed through the outside. The end product is a very dope, yet clean looking khaki shirt.
Nike Footscape Woven
Ahhh, I can hear the cries of disapproval already. If I’m completely honest I’ve never been a big fan of the somewhat odd look of the Nike Footscape Wovens but in this case, however, I’m gonna have to make an exception. Zebra print usually reminds me of an ugly pair of slippers my Aunt always used to wear, but here I think Nike has hit the nail on the head. The trademark asymmetrical lace weaving on the Footscapes have always thrown me off but the Zebra print, wacky as it may be, perfectly offsets it in such a way that it doesn’t look so out of place. Catch these vibrant chukkas soon at Nike Sportswear dealers.