Video Playlist: Paid Dues Picks
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I once overheard someone explain Odd Future as "the Wu Tang Clan on skateboards"...sounds about right. Check out this video featuring OFWGKTA's Hodgy Beats going in "65" for BBC with cameos by Tyler and Syd.
Speaking of the Killah Bees, Wu Tang serves as one of the headliners for this year's Paid Dues. You can't mess with this track, "Triumph" is an immortal cut.
2011 was an amazing year for Kendrick Lamar. His first album, Section .80 built on the success of his (O)verly (D)edicated mixtape and is one of the highest ranked hip hop downloads from last year's iTunes releases. 2012 brings Lamar continued praises, the cosigns of his colleagues and a new contract with Aftermath/Interscope. Check out the visuals for Lamar's "ADHD" above, shot and directed by Vashtie.
2011 was a monumental year for Mac Miller as well. XXL enrolled Miller in their Freshman Class for the year and his first album Blue Side Park debuted at the number 1 spot on the Billboard 200. Check out Mac Miller above in "Best Day Ever", at only 20 years old with this much success, there are definitely more good days ahead for the Pittsburgh rapper.
Macklemore hails from Seattle and has been chasing his dreams since 2000. With five discs released and a dedicated fan base, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis continue to live the dream in 2012 with Macklemore's induction into this year's XXL Freshman Class and a new album scheduled for a summer release. Personally this is one of my favorite performance videos from this year, check out "Can't Hold Us Down" by the duo via Knocksteady.
DJ Babu, Evidence and Rakaa comprise Dilated Peoples. The LA-based trio has been embraced by the underground community since their formation in 1992. Six years have passed since their last album, 20/20, and a new venture is tentatively scheduled for a 2012 release. Can we expect some new material to debuted this weekend? Maybe. Check out one of their most popular tracks, "Worst Comes to Worst" from 2001's Expansion Team.
DJ Quik started his career in the late '80s. Born and raised in Compton, his sound captures the essence of California hip hop as he rose from the independent ranks as a local act to record label roster as a highly-respected artist during the genesis of the West Coast vs East Coast beef. Check out this 1991 throwback "Tonight" from his first studio album.
Eight critically acclaimed albums and 15 years as a group brings People Under the Stairs to the Paid Dues 2012 line up. Often referenced as inspiration for the new generation of talent, Thes One and Double K came together in '97 and have sold out over 1000 shows during their career as a group. Antarctica is the only continent they have yet to perform on. Although their sound has garnered the ears of international listeners, Thes and K pull inspiration from their hometown of LA. Take "Los Angeles Daze" as an example.