For a little more hype around How to Make it in America, Cudi and his crew have released this mixtape as if it were a roster of who’s who right now. But this is quite good, starting early with a current favorite, the remix of Dan Black’s “Symphonies” featuring Cudi, and touching on Chromeo, Lupe and Kenna’s Haiti track, and UK indie firecrackers Florence & The Machine and The XX, among others. In the intro, Cudi says the way to make it in America is to “cut through all the bullshit.” This mix sounds honors that statement.
This is a video re-cap from a recent live performance in Los Angeles from the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, featuring an arrangement by Miguel Atwood-Ferguson (Suite for Ma Dukes), in their cover of Rene Costy’s “Scrabble,” a song sampled by the late great hip hop producer, J Dilla for his song “Fuck the Police.”
Hypnotic Brass Ensemble are a family, literally. Born in Chicago, these 8 brothers are all sons of their father Phil Cohran, who was a songwriter and trumpeter for Sun Ra. With a heavy upbringing in the jazz tradition, the brothers also started listening to hip …