Sunday, June 19, 2011

Rhymes: Lyle Horowitz - Smiles of a Summer Night (Free download/stream)

Once in a while, I will randomly check out a post on Okayplayer about a member's music. Usually I'll give a track or two a quick listen, just because when I post stuff there I'd like it people listened to my stuff.

But with beatsmith, Lyle Horowitz's latest release, Smiles of a Summer Night I was hooked instantly with the phenomenal intro sung by vocalist, Dana Washington. The entire project has a great, laid back summer vibe. The production is solid throughout, with the exception being the Charles Hamilton produced, "Have Fun." The rapping is also surprisingly on point as well. PreZZure steals the show on all three of the tracks he is on including my personal favorite, "Bar Life."

I highly recommend that you check out this free project. Due to the high number of people checking out this project, he has exceeded the Bandcamp free download limit (of 500 downloads), but he was kind enough to give an alternative download link.

Rhymes & Life: Killer Mike - "Burn" (music video)

Here's Killer Mike's latest set of visuals off of his latest album, Pl3dge, which i wrote a review for okayplayer. Normally I don't post a lot of music videos (because let's face most of them suck, and the music video era is dead. RIP video ho's), but this was a pretty powerful video for a politically charged track, which is one of the stand out's on his new LP.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Rhymes: The Yes Yes Yalls - "Earth to Pluto" video

Here's a dope video from an album i've had for a while, #yesyesyalls. I think it came out late 09, and at first I wasnt feeling it because with a name like The Yes Yes Yalls, I was expecting some super boom bap type hip hop. They are not, they have a completely original sound which is way dope.

You can check out their album here:

Friday, June 3, 2011

Beats, Rhymes & Life: ATCQ documentary Trailer

The new trailer from Michael Rapaport's documentary on one of the greatest (if not thee greatest) rap groups ever, A Tribe Called Quest. There has been quite a bit of controversy surrounding the film, but despite all their arguments all of the members of the Tribe have said it's a great film and everyone should watch it. I'd like to say everyone here at BRL fully supports the film, even though Rapaport and company totally stole the name from us (we'll be waiting on that check, bro).

Rhymes: Coldplay - Every Tear Drop is a Waterfall (New Single)

Wow this is...different. That melody is re-donk-alis though. I'm really excited for a new Coldplay LP.