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19.5.17

Dumbfoundead - "형(Hyung)” ft Dok2, Simon Dominic, Tiger JK [Korea]



Really happy to see the growth Dumbfoundead has made the last few years as an emcee. I don't know what's more difficult, being a battle MC who gets respect as an artist or being an artist trying to break into the battle circuit...but he's doing it. I was always a fan of his witty punchlines and one-liners in the battle circuit but the Korea-town Los Angeles emcee has been doing his thing and expanding a lot into the Korean market. in his new single, Hyung, he's enlisted the help of some of Korea's top MCs, DOK2, Simon Dominic, and Tiger JK.

Los Angeles emcee Dumbfoundead partners with Complex to announce his new label BORN CTZN and exclusively premiere its very first music video, “형(Hyung).” Directed by The Cut, the witty and amusing visual questions the traditional Korean notion of respect based on age. Produced by Big Banana and with features by Korean rap superstars Dok2 and Simon Dominic as well as the legendary Tiger JK, the hypnotizing lead single off Dumbfoundead’s forthcoming Foreigner EP will be releasing worldwide May 23rd via his new collective and label BORN CTZN.


Hyung is a Korean term used by males to address another male that’s older or holds a higher position. For this song, I called up my good friends Dok2, Simon Dominic and Tiger JK who are household names in Korean hip-hop. In a country where age dictates how respect is shown, I wanted to make a strong statement but make it light hearted by using images of babies, drag queens and giants to show that being a “hyung” is more of a mentality. Respect should be given only when received, not based on age/gender/race or sex. With this being my first official single in Korea ever, I really wanted to use a lot of cultural references and have fun with it!” - Dumbfoundead



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16.5.17

Fetty Wap - "Aye" + "Flip Phone" MV



I've been a Fetty fan for a minute. I was always a fan of the melodic hip-hop and his self-described "Dirty R&B" (DOPE name, btw) does it for me. Nate Dogg made beautiful melodic music that the streets embraced. I'm NOT making comparisons but I'm saying that there's a void that was left when we lost Nate Dogg for someone to attempt to fill and if it's not Ty $ it's Fetty (not that they both can't do their parts).

He released 2 videos recently that kinda mesh together so I shared them both. First one starts off with a Mad-Maxy vibe and progresses. Check it out.



& shout out to King Ice who has the illest chains

5.5.17

Paigey Cakey - "Hot Tings" MV [UK]



I've been on my UK kick lately. I think it's because one month from Today I'll be boarding a flight to Europe. But I've always been a fan of the scene (Slick Rick's 1 of my favorite rappers) but I've been a fan of Paigey Cakey since I shared a video/mixtape of hers in 2012!

She was ill then but her new song is fire. I watched her new video "Hot Tings" like 5 times in a row then ended up buying the single on Amazon. (Essince $upports the arts)

Check the video, yeah?


Download on Amazon here


& shout out to King Ice who has the illest chains

3.5.17

Chiemi - "Wrek ya Style" MV



Essince is international and multi-cultural. Just like hiphop. I love traveling and hearing different styles from different places. Hip-hop was built on that. Sharing OUR stories. You know from my work, if you know me and follow my IG that I work a lot with women. So hearing a Bay area-based Japanese-Hawaiian women express herself through the raps I'm already intrigued. She's toured/performed with my homegirl, Reverie which is a plus. But Chiemi has her own style. This song in particular reminds me of that old "Cool Like That" Digable Planets vibe and she definitely has a spoken word element to her delivery.

Check it out:

Director: Chiemi the D3adly // 知恵美子
Video Production: Sun Chow Media
Flygirl Earrings: MzKats Kreations

"Japanese-Hawaiian femcee, Chiemi the D3adly from San Francisco, California premieres her 90’s funky vibe music video, "Wrek Ya Style", off her debut album, If love is the answer, what was the question? The song is about the struggles of a young woman finding her way through an overly aggressive rap environment, and speaks to all the young women out there seeking to have a voice in a male dominated society".

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& shout out to King Ice who has the illest chains

Lefty - "No Time" MV [London]



I got hip to Lefty following my guy KIP (Knowledge is Power Promotions from the UK) on IG (@KIPPromotions) and he featured this dude, Lefty. In just the short clip there I was hooked. The video is pretty smooth. I've always been a fan of melodic hooks and whatnot. But check it out.

Cheers from Across the Pond.



Follow @WheresLefty on IG


& shout out to King Ice who has the illest chains