Animation videos are making a resurgence of sorts throughout the music industry. Killah Priest is seeking to take it to the next level with “Words From a Viking,” the first of a five-part Theory series prequel to his “Shadows” video. According to a representative for Priest, the concept is to show the rapper’s origins and his ongoing struggle against evil. Very ambitious. Check out the new video and “Shadows” in case you missed that. His new album, The 3 Day Theory, hit stores today.
Killah Priest “Words From a Viking”
Killah Priest “Shadows”
Trek Life’s Second Single
Last week I was able to drop Oddisee’s latest mixtape. This week I’m happy to post Trek Life’s second single “As the World Turns.” This joint is produced by Oddisee and is available on Trek Life’s new album Everything Changed Nothing, which is available today digitally. The physical album drops on August 10.
New Estelle Video
I’ve been a fan of Estelle ever since seeing her live with John Legend in 2008. She has that lovable girl next door charm that can’t be manufactured. I’m haven’t been crazy about the dance pop stylings that have been gaining momentum amongst R&B singers. But Estelle has roots with that sound, as heard on her UK debut The 18th Day. And that’s probably why she sounds more natural over that production style than her U.S. contemporaries. Nas drops a solid verse as well. Funny that Estelle gets a better verse for her track than CNN got from him on War Report 2.
An alternate version of the video features John Legend in Nas’ place.
Royce da 5’9 “Vagina”
I think Bar Exam 3 is the weakest in that mixtape series, partly because Royce went overkill with the comedic aspects. But this one works well. A funny interlude from a normally ferocious emcee.
Kero One and Fashawn “Kinetic World”
This album flew under my radar. Kero One is a West Coast producer who’s been building a name over the last few years. Fashawn is one of the most promising young lyricists in Hip-Hop, and also from the West. I gave him West Coast Artist of the Year in 2009 on Allhiphop.com mostly on the strength of his Boy Meets World album. This year, he dropped Ode to Illmatic, his reworking of Nas’ debut masterpiece. This collaboration is off Kero’s Kinetic World which dropped last month.
New Lauryn…But Relax
A Lauryn Hill track hit the net earlier this week titled “Repercussions.” There is no official confirmation on if its new, but hearing Lauryn singing again in any form is appreciated. After so many false starts regarding new album work, singles etc, I’m not going to get excited yet about a potential Lauryn Hill comeback. But if she does come through, the game is still wide open for her. This won’t blow your mind, but it’s a reminder of why we all fell in love with that voice in the first place.