So I was trawling through the Death Star trash compactor that is our GMail inbox when I came across the gem from the voice of the underground in Chicopee, MA, Mr. Dylan Reese a/k/a Dylan McFly. I’m not sure if it was out of sympathy for his unfortunate sideburn situation or memories of Sam Adams sending our traffic through the roof, but something about this video told me I should jump on an early co-sign for this guy. The video features Dylan and his homie KyDdFlo (as in “kid flow”…get it?) bagging some bad bitches off the street in downtown Chicopee with nothing but a striped shirt, cargo shorts and their swag. He’s going to Regis College next year (we love college), he knows how to send an e-mail and honestly, you could sneak this on Jam’n 94.5 rotation and no one would notice; throw Rebecca Black on a remix and it’s a wrap. I’m sure JKFgt will have coined a new name for this genre by week’s end.
When any new artist starts to get some buzz, it’s only a matter of time before Kanye West hears him, Tweets about him, subsequently helps him to become Innanet Famous, and then forgets about him while jumping on the next trend. Being the cool guy that he is, Kanye is almost certainly up on The Weeknd by now, and they are certainly up on him from the sound of this new song, possibly a leak from their forthcoming release Thursday. From the chorus to the marching band drums and the fact that this is only part 1, meaning there’s probably a 10-minute part 2 in the works, this one feels like it’s straight from a Kanye-in-a-Box songwriting and production kit. Not a bad song by any means, but there’s that slight feeling that these guys are starting to sleepwalk through some of these tracks just a bit.
You already know.
Beat you JKfgt.
As we already reported, mentally unstable pseudo-blogger JKFgt made his grand debut in the mainstream media last week when he was mentioned in the NY Times, infuriating “real journalist” Chris Faraone, who was doubly pissed that the article was written his arch-nemesis Jon Caramanica. I knew his confidence must be running at absurdly high levels, comparable only to the feeling he got when he walked out of Lids in Downtown Crossing with his very first Boston fitted hat. Therefore, when I received an e-mail telling me “PBRxB is now following you on Twitter,” I figured he had something to do with it; he has a rare ability to sniff out (usually terrible) music trends and jump on them like a girl trying to fit in at a new school. Plus getting followers and “likes” on Facebook are the only thing that keep him alive these days.
In this case, though, well done. The Ghost of 2Pac’s favorite blogger posted House of Balloons, the mix tape from Toronto-based singer Abel Tesfaye, a few weeks ago, and even though parts of this album make me want to jump off a balcony, I’ll admit it grows on you. More interestingly, in the weeks since the album’s release, there have been videos popping up on the Internet for songs off the album, none of them official, even though they look like they could be. Via his Twitter account, Tesfaye has not only denied that these are real official videos, but has surprisingly come out and dissed his fans, saying “keep coming with them wack ass fuckin fake music videos… laughin my ass off… XO BITCHES.” Dick move, especially considering half-nekked visuals like this help turn begrudging, jaded people like myself into fans. You want to chime in on this JK?