New track with Doom and Gibbs, count me. Doom has been steadily working, collaborating with a wide variety of artist for years now. He still brings it every time. It's impressive. Freddie Gibbs just dropped a new mixtape this week. Also worthy of a listen.
There are very few XXL Freshman freestyles that stand each year. A lot of it is trash, that or I am old. Or both. Of course, Chance and Kendrick come to mind as great ones. J.I.D. - The Never Story though has been a regular listen for me lately. The album is great and so are his features with Earthgang. This tight freestyle is exactly what I'd expect from the young rapper from Atlanta.
“We don’t let bygones be bygones, we buy guns and squeeze like a python”
The World Cup kicks off today, but it's not too late to take a deep dive into all 32 team teams and 8 groups. The best one I have found so far was made right here in Richmond. The Total Soccer Show is in my regular podcast rotation and they've been releasing an episode per group. They highlight each teams strengths and weaknesses. Make very specific predictions about players and performance, highlight players that could stand out and get a transfer from their club team. And finally, give reasons an American (sans national team to root for) could root for another country.
There long, but will give you a great look at each team. Give them a listen.
The most recent entry in the God of War series was graphically awe-inspiring and told a story that had real depth and emotion. After finishing it, however, I felt like I needed something to clear the pallet. An amuse-bouche. What I found was Yoku's Island Express. An indie pinball platformer that looks like a painting.
The pitch that sold me came in the form of a short conversation on a recent episode of the Giant Bombcast. Yoku's is the extension of my favorite pinball games. Games with great themes that have a story and specific levels. Haunted House comes to mind. Yoku's world is one giant pinball board, packed full of quest, subterranean spelunking, snow-capped mountains and a story that is funny and well written.
All that and mystery. There are small pinball boards that you only get one shot at. Side quest that require the collection of hidden artifacts. A ticking counter of how many times you go down the drain. The game will fade to black and reveal a group of robed shadowy figures at certain drain intervals. I am some 6 hours into the game and I still don't know what will happen when I hit 100 failures (I'm at 61 at present).
I should mention it is on PC and every other console. It was $20 on the PS4. Frankly, it is a steal for how much fun I am having with it. My guess is that it would be the perfect game for the Switch.
Episode 85 of Safe as Milk is out now, give it a listen.
This week the Mike and Adam link minds, sharing a pick and then each bringing rap and videogames:
- (3:23) Follow Up
- (14:29) BARRY
- (21:22) Pocket Run Pool
- (25:36) Pusha T - DAYTONA
- (36:23) Black Thought - Streams of Thought Vol. 1
- (40:23) God of War
Over the weekend E3 kicked off its now week-long media blitz of game announcements and trailer reveals. There is a lot to like and plenty to be skeptical of, but the trailer for Cyberpunk 2077 is far and away the thing that has me most excited. CD Projekt Red spent 10+ years honing the Witcher series to a fine point and now they have a brand new story and world to sink their teeth into.
We know it is a single player RPG and from the trailer, it looks like a world that is even bigger than Witcher 3. Oh, and they gave away Witcher 3 game codes in the trailer. I'm geeked.
This site has been in the back of my mind for two years now, stopping and starting for a myriad of reasons. None of them good or worthwhile reasons mind you. It feels great to have finally taken time out to work on it though. It didn't take much, a lot of the stops and starts were a consideration for how I'd build all this from scratch. Scratch wasn't the point though.
The point, the reason for this to be, is a way to collect creative output. Podcast, design work, data visualization, drawings and hopefully more. All in one place. All feeding the motivation to do more. Words are words though, there is a lot to do with the rest of this year and the next. If you're here now, hopefully you will stick around to see if this endeavor can become something.