THE EVOLUTION OF HIP-HOP INTELLIGENCE

Crank Lucas has become a viral sensation for his hilarious skits which often spoof hip-hop. This time around the rapducer released a video that documents the evolution of hip-hop over the last few decades from the fashion trends, video styles and the watering down of lyrics.

Vince Staples – Big Fish

Def Jam artist Vince Staples just released his incredible new song “Big Fish” along with a dope music video. Vince took to Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 radio show to debut this new song and reveal that his next album is titled Big Fish Theory and is due June 23.

POVI – Usta Was (Audio)

RBSS artist POVI just released her new single “Usta Was.” On this vibey R&B record, Povi’s seductive vocals floats over ambient instrumentation & snappy trap drums courtesy of Cory Kendrix and Scott Pace. We’re feelin’ it, check it out for yourself.

Excision – Death Wish – Drum Cover

“Really pumped on filming this cover and getting the chance to open up for Excision this Friday on March 24th in Houston, TX. For all you drummers out there, playing at 150 and 140 bpm is what I consider a “sweet spot” for fills, beats, tricks, etc. Its the tempo for most dubstep and trap music, so listen to some of the artists in that genre and have fun with it!!” @Dylan Taylor

Fredfades – Cold Feat. MoRuf, MoShadee & Ivan Ave

Norwegian DJ/Producer and record aficionado Fredfades has been doing his thing for a minute, but we just caught wind, and we’re glad we did. This dude is the real deal, with perfectly crafted beats that balance classic sounds with modern waviness as the foundation for equally impressive ear for the curation of dope featured artists from around the world.

Photos: 420 Weekend In Review

We’ve heard a million different rumors, but we’re pretty sure no one actually knows the origins of 420. Regardless, it’s a great time of day to smoke, and it’s turned into one hell of a party every year on April 20th around the country. We checked out some of the festivities in weed hubs around the US, here’s some of our favorite photos from the weekend.

Photos: Devin The Dude | Summit Music Hall | Denver

It wouldn’t be 420 weekend in Denver without an appearance from legendary smoker and rhymesayer Devin The Dude. We caught his performance at Summit Music Hall to close out a big weekend of shows in Downtown Denver, and it was a blast. In typical Denver fashion there was plenty of smoke clouds coming from on stage and in the crowd. You could’ve easily caught a nice contact high just from being there, and Devin really brought it with a classic set.

Photos: Lupe Fiasco | Roseland Theater | Portland

Portland, Oregon is quickly becoming the new hot spot for weed tourists from around the country and world, and for good reason. They have great herb, microbrews, and an impressive concert scene that’s really been picking up on the hip hop side of things. We got the chance to check out the city’s largest 420 party, the first annual Cloud City music and cannabis exibit featuring headliner Lupe Fiasco, hosted at the Roseland Theater in downtown Portland. Photos by Sam Slater.