Nottz & Asher Roth: Enforce the Law

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I’ll admit, it got to a point in college when I vomited a little in my mouth every time someone put this goddamn song on at a party, but I think a lot of people have been sleeping on Asher’s skills. The dude is a legitimate rapper who deserves a fair look, and let’s face it, this member of XXL’s 2009 Freshman Class from suburban PA has become a fixture in hip hop, working with producers such as The Neptunes, Don Cannon, and now Virginia producer Nottz. Nottz has produced for everyone from J Dilla and MURS, to Busta Rhymes and Ghostface to name just a few, and has now teamed up with Roth, as the sole producer and collaborator on their upcoming EP The Rawth, to drop in mid to late September. Enforce the Law is the first track off the EP, where Asher and Nottz trade verses over a simple synth loop with a minimal snare and high hat beat. Roth raps a message for his critics in his crisp delivery and crafty wordplay:

Y’all been getting me wrong / Think I’ll never get on / I’m pathetic with a sentence cause I’m reppin the lawns / Front back, fuck that if you think that I’m soft / Take a skull clean off / Sip your brain through a straw, oh no / Real dangerous dog, let Nottz tell ’em all we ain’t playing with y’all

MP3: Nottz & Asher Roth: Enforce the Law

A video of a studio session for this track after the jump.

Dirty Projectors: Bitte Orca (Expanded Edition)

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Dirty Projectors 2009 standout album Bitte Orca gets the “expanded edition” treatment September 28th via Domino Records. While the album landed on most 2009 year-end lists, it’s idiosyncratic arrangements and unique songwriting made it more of a slow builder for me. All in all, Bitte Orca is well worth the extra attention. The expanded 2xCD release features an EP-length live acoustic show recorded at Other Music in New York City, a number of b-sides, and a cover of Bob Dylan’s “As I Went Out One Morning.”

The acoustic renditions suit the Bitte Orca tracks quite nicely, as evidenced by “Temecula Sunrise” (featured below). Pre-order the expanded edition here and catch a full tracklist/fall tour dates after the jump.

MP3: Dirty Projectors: Temecula Sunrise (Live at Other Music).

The Naked & Famous: Young Blood

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I’m jealous of New Zealanders. First and foremost, I’d give just about anything to speak like them . More importantly they live in the closest thing to Middle Earth we humans have. Now I can add this band to the list of kiwi things that I wish I had a hand in.

This Passion Pit soundalike was the first band to debut at No. 1 in New Zealand in over 3 years. Their first album Passive You, Aggressive Me is out next Tuesday (Purchase it here).

MP3: The Naked & Famous: Young Blood

Conan O’Brien & Jack White: And They Call Me Mad?

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You read that correctly.  Turns out after Jack White joined O’Brien onstage during his “Legally Prohibited From Being Funny On Television Tour,” the two recorded a spoken word retelling of the Frankenstein legend… Check out this preview over at Stereogum… sounds like a sketch we’d have seen on his old old show.

If you like what you hear, then head over to Third Man Records to purchase.

I can totally hear Conan screaming “IT’SSSS ALIIIIIIIIVVVVVVE!!!!!”

Kanye West (feat. Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj & Justin Vernon): Monster

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A new track from Mr. West, that he dropped on his website this morning. This is part of the G.O.O.D. Fridays that Kanye announced on twitter earlier this week, and is apparently just the beginning of the collaborative efforts of Kanye and Bon Iver front man Justin Vernon. Check out this sweet interview from Pitchfork where Vernon discusses going to Hawaii to record with Kanye, overdubbing the shit out of his vocals, and smoking spliffs with Rick Ross.  Also, Nicki Minaj’s verse is FIRE.

MP3: Monster (feat. Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj & Justin Vernon).