Mark Romanek is one of the great directors in music-video history. He did Nine Inch Nails’ “Closer” and Beck’s “Devil’s Haircut” and Fiona Apple’s “Criminal” and Jay-Z’s “99 Problems” and Johnny Cash’s “Hurt.” His video for Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” was seriously problematic in a lot of ways, and also just plain annoying, … More »
After a couple years on the scene, one mixtape (2015’s .Wav Theory), and a couple EPs, Chicago rapper Tokio has announced that his debut album, .WWW, will be out next month. It was recorded at Rick Rubin’s Shangri La studio and features the previously released tracks “Drift,” “Hot Shit,” and “Swim.” … More »
The energetic Chicago rapper Towkio, a big part of that whole Chance The Rapper/Vic Mensa wave, has lately been working on his official debut, and we’ve posted his videos for “Drift” and “Hot Shit.” Today, he’s shared the lush, expansive “Swim,” which includes choral voices, airy strings, and an understated juke beat. Check … More »
Chicago is currently experiencing a golden moment in the city’s already legendary hip-hop history, largely behind the work of young up-and-coming figures like Chance The Rapper, Vic Mensa, and Towkio, among others. Preston Oshita, better known as Towkio, is staking his claim in the current hip-hop space with his dexterous lyrical hopscotching and adventurous flow, and he’s no stranger to working with some of electronic music’s brightest forward-thinkers. Past collaborators include Kaytranada, Mr. Carmack, as well as Lido, who produced the rapper’s latest single “Drift.”
On the production end, “Drift” finds Lido on a screeching joy ride, putting together a hypnotic rap beat broken up by infectious half time breaks and off-kilter clinks and kicks. The track marks Towkio’s major label debut, recorded at Rick Rubin’s legendary Shangri La studio in Malibu. Towkio’s latest also comes complete with a high-octane new music video that fits the track’s name perfectly. “Drift”takes on a DIY-inspired filming style, catching the rhymer everywhere from pyramids in Mexico, to the middle of a drifting car’s tightly wound figure eight. Pulling out all the stops with fast cars, bikes, and even hot air balloons, Towkio who also assisted Todd Burr in directing the new video, delivers a one-two punch on “Drift.”
(AllHipHop Rumors) Hip Hop legend Rick Rubin played a big role as executive producer on Kanye West‘s Yeezus.
Even though the project was not the most loved among many Ye fans, Rubin is said to have given Yeezus its “stripped-down minimal direction.”
Then last year Kanye released the Gospel-tinged The Life Of Pablo which was also EP’d by the Def Jam Records co-founder.
With reports of more work on the way from Kanye, is the G.O.O.D. Music boss back in the studio with Rubin?
Chicago’s Towkio gave the public a hint as to what’s happening with Kanye and Rick.
The SAVEMONEY crew member posted a screenshot of his text conversation with Rubin to Instagram.
Rubin’s message included him telling Towkio that he played one of the 23-year-old rhymer’s songs for Kanye and former Vampire Weekend member Rostam Batmanglij.
Could that mean Ye will jump on the track?
Or will Towkio be the next young talent to help Ye find a fresh sound?
Think Kid Cudi on 808s & Heartbreak, Travis Scott on Yeezus, or Chance The Rapper on Pablo.
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This video is fire. They got real wild and shot a couple of locations most wouldn’t dare film at. In fact, two of these spots are places that I’ve always said “if I was a director, I’d figure out how to get up there and make that shot happen.”
Well, they did that. Why? Because gang’s with them, that’s why. The gang is with Towkio and FSD is as well. Watch the dare devil clip below, and stay tuned for Towkio’s debut album in 2017.