Kanye West’s “Monster” Mash

Very recently, when I had come across an AV Club posting about a possible collabo of Kanye West and Bon Iver (a.k.a. Justin Vernon); I pretty much had thought of it as an idle threat. Oh, how wrong I was.

Kanye uncaged this “Monster” on his blog over the weekend, as part of “G.O.O.D. Fridays”. This track features, aside from Bon Iver, a diabolically insane line-up with Jay-Z, Rick Ross and Nicki Minaj.

Now, i’m reasonably sure, that an infinitesimal line has been crossed somewhere. The N.I.N.-like backing beat sounds all cavernously low-end. And I am still unsure if the programmed drums and minced vocal samples work in Monster’s favor or not. For a song that features Bon Iver “singing”, I was expecting to be more skinny loved than Kid Cudi’d. I mean, the track is listenable in theory, but Kanye’s and Jay-Z’s horrorcore verses creepily, sound more like threats than boasting in a horror-themed fashion. Let me not get started on Nicki Minaj’s warbling, long-winded rhyming.

According to Kanye, “Monster” is a track off his yet-to-be-titled new LP.

This song just leaves me wondering, what we’re in store for with that Raekwon and Justin Beiber track Kanye’s threatened us with.

Download Kanye West “Monster (Feat. Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Bon Iver & Nicki Minaj)”


Klokwize “Whatcha Doin”

It’s a sad fact of being a friend of mine, but I rarely pay attention to what my friends do–ever. It’s not that I don’t care, the truth is that I have a ton of friends; most of which are involved in some facet of the arts. DJ’s, musicians, painters, designers…you get the picture. And although, I rarely pay attention to them, it’s usually because there isn’t ever a reason to do so, especially to rappers, until I met Klok.

Meet Klokwize—a MC with a flair and delivery all his own, and yes a friend of mine. Klokwize is very well known in our home state of Connecticut and for good reason. His rhymes feature his ability to merge both a sincere candidness and a compelling narrative, which most current rappers lack.

As an avid and real Hip Hop fan, I appreciate fresh perspectives, not just the ability to spit something witty or dance to. Klokwize does just that on his new single “Whatcha Doin” from his forthcoming eponymous EP, available on September 14th. The five-track EP features reworked instrumentations of songs previously featured on his last LP “Happy Camper”. Klok tells That Band Does Not Exist that “Many of the songs were originally standard hip hop beats featured on my last album “Happy Camper”. The response to them was so strong, we re-worked them and really expanded and fleshed out the sound.”

See for yourself what I mean below and watch the video for “Whatcha Doin” featuring Dave Ma. Check out Klokwize’s Facebook and catch his release show on Saturday, September 4th at Black Eyed Sally’s in Hartford.

Download Klokwize “Happy Camper” LP