TUESDAYS WITH HIP HOP, FUTURE

newtuedays

Some might lump Atlanta’s Future in with Lil Wayne, Migos, and other current Southern rappers who make throwaway tracks for ratchets. I did at first. In fact I hated his Pluto album so much that I pitched it in the trash.

But then I heard the Karate Chop Remix and realized that Future’s sound has more in common with the Dungeon Family and Outkast than other current southern rappers. That makes sense because his cousin Rico Wade is part of Organized Noize, the crew who produced a LOT of Outkast and Goodie Mobb’s solo material and even worked on TLC’s “Waterfalls.”

As much as I dislike Auto-Tune, Future uses the pitch-shifting vocal tool tastefully, almost like vocoders in italo disco or the Talkbox on Chromeo’s tracks. The auto-tuned voice becomes an instrument instead of just an effect, rendering the songs something like like a trap version of Giorgio Miroder’s epic tunes. Forward-thinking and epic.

Future – Karate Chop (Remix)

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Just ignore Lil’ Wayne’s verse on the remix above and check these other Future tracks:

Future – Turn On The Lights

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Big K.R.I.T. feat. Future – Just Last Week

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No one sounds like Future, but you’ll hear a lot more rappers trying to sound like him in 2014.

love bang #12!

it’s going down this saturday. last love bang of the year – let’s make it huge.

so much <3 to everyone who’s been out to Love Bang this year. we’ve got big plans for 2012..

Outkast – ATLiens

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we’ve got a Eshin from New York this month  - expect a lot of dubstep.

flying rats

Monday morning. Big weekend. Big up to the VOID crew, who threw down proper at Shelter on Saturday. Techno isn’t really my thing, but I’ve got a ton of respect for VOID because they clearly do parties for the love and not the money. They’re some of the realest dudes in this city. Also shout out to the Clap Clap kids (Adrian, Nate) holding it down at Lune on Saturday. Too bad about Lune’s sound system, but fun party nonetheless.

Oh and shout out to that dude who fixed my air conditioner this morning, and my landlord for suddenly not being a bitch.

Negative shout out to the crazy dude outside my apartment. The one with the giant scar across his head, who always shouts “bu bei, bu kang! bu leng bu re! hahaha” (“not cold, not hot!” – first in Shanghainese, then in Mandarin). Actually this phrase expresses lukewarm feelings toward a person rather than weather. Him yelling this phrase and expecting me to repeat it has become a daily ritual. Dude may have undergone a lobotomy at some point, no joke; hence the scar.

Anyway, yesterday I was outside, sitting on a stool literally six inches high, sweating and eating a Transformers popsicle. Dude walks up with a small cardboard box saying “look, i have a little friend here. he likes to fly. he likes to eat mosquitos,” then slides the lid open a crack and a bat sticks its beak out. That’s right, a motherfucking bat.

At which point I’m like “what the fuck!? get that shit away, bats have diseases!” and dude starts yelling back “no! bats don’t give diseases!” and the neighbors are shaking their heads, some visibly disturbed, and dude gets ready to release the bat from the box, in broad daylight (no idea how a bat would act in the daytime). Everyone else ran away and I ran inside, and dude just stood there laughing to himself.

Flying rats. Not chill.

Anyway, I’m starting a bi-weekly radio show called Beat Buffet over at U-Dance. Every other Saturday from 8PM – 10PM, starting next Saturday, August 6th. More info coming soon. If you live in Shanghai and want to be a guest, send an email over to heatwolves@gmail.com and we can start the nine-part interview process.

Monday = Hip Hop

Outkast – SpottieOttieDopaliscious

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Nas – The World Is Yours

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Charizma & Peanut Butter Wolf – Fair Weather Friends

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