Rae Sremmurd | Album Listening Party | Couture Lounge | 12/10/14

Words and Photos by Kate M.

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It’s hard to explain how great these guys are . . .except for it’s easy because they’re so dope!  Their infectious sound and unforgettable hooks make people feel GOOD!   Flow is flawless, they party, lyrics are fun and transcend genres of audiences, and their hooks reach anthem status without the breadth of the Pop establishment, the history of the guitar riffs of Rock, or the aching of Country, which are powerful and classic hooks that I love, but Rae Sremmurd is doing it RIGHT.NOW!

Rae Sremmurd Black and White PhotoMany months ago I had the chance to see Rae Sremmurd (pronounced “Ray Shrimmer”) for a meet and greet at Interscope and their charisma was ridiculous – natural charm.   Later, I saw them open for Drake v. Lil’ Wayne Tour at The Hollywood Bowl.  In May 2014, the artists released their track “No Flex Zone,” which became a rap anthem (and hash tag phenomenon).   Later in August, they released “No Type,” the second track off their upcoming album.   They released the third track from the album, “Throw Sum Mo” with Nicki Minaj and Young Thug on December 9th.   If you haven’t heard any of these tracks, I’m gonna need proof you live on earth.  If you have been under a music rock lately I posted links below.   So ultimately, when a good friend and colleague invited me to the listening party for Rae Sremmurd’s upcoming album, Sremm Life, I said, Hellllll ya!

Rae Sremmurd drops their debut album January 6, 2015, awesomely titled, Sremm Life.   They held their album listening party at Couture Lounge in Hollywood to an audience of industry cred and fans.  They had the club goin’ up!  They held court and captivated their audience performing from the floor among their audience and not on a stage.   They performed their entire album – proof they are just getting started and don’t need to hold back.  This album is so strong, I feel they’re barely breaking the surface of what these two can do and it sounds like there will be a few hit records from this upcoming album courtesy of Producer Mike-Will-Made-It.

Their musical sound is club beats and dance tracks.  They have perfect flow and I challenge you to find better hooks on 808 bass right now.   If you aren’t into that sound and scene you won’t be moved, buuuut, their lyrics, rhythm and magnetism counter that logical insight.   Recall above when I said their sound “transcends genres of audiences?”  Solange Knowles and her son famously did a choreographed dance to “No Flex Zone” at her wedding, and recently, Pat Sajak rapped “No Type” on an ESPN segment.

Rae Sremmurd is made up of brothers Swae Lee and Slim Jimmy, originally from Mississippi, now based in Atlanta.   It’s not unusual to say a particular sound and vibe is popular in the moment, but they have the rare quality of innate performing talent and they taught themselves how to make beats, record and garner an audience that may speak to the contrary.   They released 2 tracks before signing with Mike- Will- Made-It’s Ear Drummer Records and these 2 tracks got the attention of music heavy weights.   True they are in the studio with master Producer Mike Will now, but I think Mike knows he has barely broken the surface with this hip hop duo.

Their debut album, titled Sremm Life drops January 6, 2015 – start the year off right!

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Snoop Dogg aka DJ Snoopadelic | “The Art of Inspiration” | #HappySocksXSnoopDogg | 11/3/14 [Photos]

From hip-hop royalty, to technology venture capitalist, there doesn’t seem to be anything that Snoop Dogg (nee Calvin Broadus) can’t do. Earlier this month, Snoop dipped his feet into the sock game (pun intended).

On November 1st, at Austere, in conjunction with Happy Socks, Snoop held a pop-up event to celebrate his latest business/creative venture: a limited edition sock collection titled “The Art of Inspiration”. Inspired by his recent artistic pastime, painting, Snoop designed each pair of socks in the limited edition collection

The pop-up event was attended by a plethora of entertainment industry tastemakers. Each person in attendance was given a set of Happy Socks, and while imbibing beverages from the open bar, had a chance to peruse some of Snoop’s original paintings.

Later in the evening, DJ Snoopadelic took control of the music for the evening giving those who had picked up some Happy Socks, some happy feet.

Your Weekly Weekend Music Mix | 8/29/14 [MUSIC NEWS]

OLD SCHOOL JAM YOU’VE NEVER HEARD BEFORE

Darondo. “Do You Really Love Me”. No more music to come from this unheralded gem of funk and soul. He passed away in 2013. But his music lives on

 

HIP HOP VIDEO OF THE WEEK

THIS is what hip-hop artists should aspire to. Hip-hop just ain’t what it used to be.

 

THE NICKI MINAJ “ANACONDA” (FART REMIX)

No words. Pure comedy. Yeah, I’m immature like that.

 

MUSIC NEWS/STUFF YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT

There’s a great article in Esquire Magazine that has Andre 300 dropping some knowledge. If you love Andre 3000 as much as I do, this is a must read.

 

When Ferguson police pulls guns on Talib Kweli, the hip-hop ambassador of cultural movements, you know our system is messed up.

 

Could Robert Plant’s next album be his last? The thought of this makes me sad.

 

Are you a Bon Iver fan like I am?You may be interest in the recently released collaboration album he worked on with Jason Feathers.

 

THE MUSIC VAULT

Paul McCartney, his guitar and “Blackbird”. Love this song.

 

 

VINE POST OF THE WEEK

I could watch this over … and over … and over … and over … and over again. Swoon.

Your Weekly Weekend Music Mix | 8/22/14 [MUSIC NEWS]

KILLER COVER: TORI AMOS COVERING THE CURE

Tori Amos covering “Picture of You”. I would totally buy a cover album by Tori Amos. I want a studio recording of this song. So bad. Spine tingles.

 

FAVORITE INSTAGRAM POST OF THE WEEK

From fellow concert photograph @GetTiny‘s Instagram feed, a #TBT to when Action Bronson at a chicken wing during a performance in Brooklyn. So awesome. HAHAHA.

 

THE BEST ALS ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE VIDEO

It seems that whatever the Foo Fighters do, they do it really well. Even ALS ice bucket challenge videos. This was seriously awesome. Funny for a good cause. Can’t wait for their new album to come out this year.

 

OKAY, OKAY, OLKAY … THIS MADE ME “HAPPY”

I was over Pharrell’s “Happy” the 239,478 time I heard in on the radio … but this video made me smile.

SONG OF THE WEEK

With the civil unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, Lauryn Hill posted a demo track she recorded about a year ago. This is music that makes a difference. The fact that she uses the melody of the Sound Of Music’s “My Favorite Things”. This track is genius. You should take a listen. Major props to Lauryn Hill.

 

MUSIC NEWS/STUFF YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT

Shelby Lynne Signs with Rounder Records. Congrats, Shelby! If you’re a fan, check out some of the pics I snapped at her KCRW Country In The City KCRW Country In The City concert.

Pitchfork magazine published a list of “The 100 Best Albums of the Decade So Far”. It’s not a bad list. Of the 100, I have 24 of the album. The one’s that I was really happy to see on their list were Killer Mike “R.A.P. Music”, Majical Clouz “Impersonator”, Japandroids “Celebration Rock”, The War On Drugs’ “Lost In The Dream”. These albums are so good, I got them all on vinyl.

Louis Vuitton to Invest $80 Million in K-Pop Culture Factory YG Entertainment. Does this mean I need to force myself to like K-Pop? I’m Korean … but, what?!?!?!

THE MUSIC VAULT

A 14 year old, Stevie Wonder, performing “Fingertips”. So dope.

New Music | Ms Lauryn Hill | “Black Rage” [Stream]

 

Given the recent civil unrest in Ferguson, MO, leave it to Lauryn Hill to drop a track she recorded over a year ago as a demo.

 

This is music at it’s best. Music that speaks to current social climate. This is the kind of music that makes on think deep about why we, as a society, are why, and who, we are.

 

I’mma have to give major props to Lauryn Hill for this track. This is music that matters. Music that SHOULD make a difference.

Your Weekly Weekend Music Mix | 8/15/14 [MUSIC NEWS]

KILLER COVER: KIDS COVERING TOOL’S “46 AND 2”

I only wish that I had a chance to play in a band like this when I was a kid. Kudos to these little ones killing some Tool. Maynard would be proud.

 

MUSIC INSTA-BABE: AVRIL LAVIGNE

http://instagram.com/p/oUiUF7I4Kr/?modal=true

I may not be a fan of her recent music, and I know she’s married to that Nickleback dude … but yeah … Avril Lavigne is a cutie. You can follow her on Instagram: @AvrilLavigne

 

WHAT’S BETTER THAN MUPPETS? WHAT’S BETTER THAN THE BEASTIE BOYS? HOW ABOUT THE MUPPETS RAPPING “SO WHAT’CHA WANT”?

 

SINCE WE’RE ALREADY TALKING MUPPETS …

This makes me laugh all … of … the … time. Where’s my cookie!!!!!

 

SO…. MICHAEL CERA RELEASED AN EP

It’s lo-fi, folky, kinda what I’d expect from Michael Cera … and I can’t tell if I like it or not. Do you?

 

TWEET OF THE WEEK

I was at this show. And, yes. It was definitely worth a $53 parking ticket.

https://twitter.com/brennanmcnally/status/499829229807091712

 

MUSIC NEWS/STUFF YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT

How does an unreleased, unfinished recording become the most talked about track in the music sphere? Easy. Just be Kanye West.

Attorneys, managers and agents … YOU MUST READ THIS ARTICLE. Seriously, this could effect your bottom line.

Even if managers may be getting the short end of the stick when it comes to commissions in California (you should really read the article above), managers seems to be treated with respect in Australia. The police in Sydney are offering a $100K reward for information leading to solving the crime of AC/DC’s manager from back in the 80s.

There’s no better way to endear yourself to your home-town professional sports team than getting them fined $25K. As nice a guy as DRAKE is, he should probably turn it down a notch.

 

THE MUSIC VAULT

It doesn’t get more sublime that this.

21 Songs for the Heartbroken

Now, it’s not like someone broke my heart recently or anything, but I know that for some (myself included) listening to sad love songs after you’ve had your heart torn out of your chest by someone can often times be therapeutic … This post has been moved to the www.BLURREDCULTURE.com site. Head on over by CLICKING HERE! Continue reading