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Forget Yeezus. This is how it's done. Free download + stream of Abdu Ali's new mixtape “Push+Slay.” #SoundCheck

This is the golden moment. This is the moment right before there's really a name for what this is. This is the moment when it's not a style. It's not a genre. It's not even a movement. But a handful of artists are pushing hip-hop in new radical directions and it is glorious. The latest disciple of the new school of noise rap is Baltimore's Abdu Ali.


His latest mixtape “Push + Slay” does basically that. Pushes and slays. It blends industrial beats with hardcore hip-hop for something that's just metal as fuck. Production from Matic808, Shwarz, Lord Baby, and James Nasty bring a level of aggression unheard of in hip-hop outside of CX KiDTRONiK and Death Grips. And yeah. Maybe Yeezus. It's a mixtape, so your mileage will vary. Some tracks are full formed songs and some are almost noise collages. But the best of them are glorious. “Mad Ambrosia” drives a Tears For Fears sample into the ground. “Three shots to the head / I ain't dead” Abdu Ali chants defiantly before drowning in a sea of distortion. “Bleed” and “Machete Warz” all showcase a talent and unique sound. They say you never know when you're living in a golden age? Fuck that. We are living in a golden age.

- Words by Nathan Leigh

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Comment by Thomas Piper on September 25, 2013 at 9:41pm

why all the yeezus hate there is room for everyone

Comment by Lars Maximus))) on September 25, 2013 at 7:11pm

Agreement with Allen Lunar. I see this as electronic/experimental house. The tendency to automatically label black/African artists as hiphop shouldn't be encouraged because I feel it adds to the hesitance to embrace the full spectrum of human expression. I never call Death Grips hiphop either; they are radical spoken word, which still misses the mark. But I support the opportunity to broaden minds and sonic palettes; I see no reason to tie artists to familiar tags merely for the sake of grabbing the attention of ears that aren't otherwise interested. I mean, yeah this kid raps but rap doesn't equal hiphop. Is Otep hiphop because she raps? Hell no, but she is inspired by hiphop. Same for first NIN album, which owed much, as Trent admitted, to Public Enemy. Call a spade a spade but more importantly look beyond the spade to heart and club and diamond if you want to understand the game and how to play the cards dealt. I got carried away with the analogy but you get it. Like it because it resonates with you. Props to the future growth of the artist.

Comment by allen lunar on September 25, 2013 at 5:46pm

More in vein of electronic/ experimental than hip hop...see alot of potential..

Comment by Izzy G. on September 25, 2013 at 5:39pm

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