Free Download // Nadastrom – The Life and Times of Raphael De La Ghetto

Hot off the heels of their 2015 full-length effort, Nadastrom, the LA-via-DC duo yet again find themselves shedding the skin of yesterday.  Don’t expect to hear much moombahton from them anymore.  It’s a new day and they’re breaking new ground.  While Nadastrom explored rich house music territory, The Life and Times of Raphael De La Ghetto keeps it light and funky.

You might remember Raphael De La Ghetto from a classic episode of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air where Will Smith freestyled a poem in high school and attributed it to Raphael De La Ghetto, who was played by Geoffrey, the family’s butler.  Samples from the episode tie the whole mixtape together as it moves us with classic breakbeats and hip-hop instrumentals.

Listen // Raf Riley – “Summer” ft. Etta Bond, Avelino, and Dun D

Hella wavy sounds coming from London’s Raf Riley with the help of frequent collaborator, Etta Bond, as well as Avelino and Dun D.  This is what summer sounds like at 4am – hot, sticky, and hittin’ all the right parts.

Free Download // breeze – “rubber”

Forgive me, yawl.  Bless me with that late pass.  I know “rubber” is almost a year old right now but I CANNOT GET OVER HOW CHILL IT IS.  MY GOD.  Yo I just wanna lay in a field of daffodils, stare at the bluest of skies above, and listen to this track forever.  And breeze is based out of Maryland?!  HI NEIGHBOR!

In more recent developments, breeze has a collaborative mixtape out now with leaf beach.  It’s called postcards and it’s more soulful hip-hop instrumentals than you can shake a stick at.  Vibes for days and worth every American Dollar you’ll drop for the pleasure of owning it.

Video // John Waters’ 2015 Commencement Speech at RISD

Lemme tell you some good shit: John Waters is the coolest, most not-givin’-a-single-fuck, creatively ambitious man to come outta Baltimore.  He’s a straight-up godsend from Baltimore to the rest of this universe and everyday I thank my lucky stars that he exists because who knows where we’d be without him.  Hella uptight, to begin with, that’s for sure.  Let’s get fucking weird, yall.

Anyway, check out his commencement speech for the 2015 graduating class of Rhode Island School of Design.  Trust me, it’s bursting at the seams with the best life advice you’ll ever receive. For example, what it really means to be rich:

“Uh, don’t hate all rich people. They’re not all awful. Believe me, I know some evil poor people, too. We need some rich people: Who else is going to back our movies or buy our art? I’m rich! I don’t mean money-wise. I mean that I have figured out how to never be around assholes at any time in my personal and professional life. That’s rich. And not being around assholes should be the goal of every graduate here today.”

Watch the entire speech below or read the transcript here for all your quotables.

Listen // Kenny Segal – “College”

LA-based producer, Kenny Segal, is gonna get you into chill-mode hella quick with “College,” his take on Elijah Blake & Dej Loaf’s “I Just Wanna…”  To be honest, I like Segal’s rework better than the original, which was more of a forgettable R&B sleeper.  Listen for yourself, but Segal breathed some much-needed soul into the track.  NOW I’m where I need to be.

Free Download // W3NDCH3LL: Soul

If you’ve been following Cool Breezy for the past few months, you can probably already tell that I’ve made a concerted effort to dance away from bangers and more towards groovers. Man, I’m just tryna chill now. Funky hip-hop instrumentals from New Jersey’s Flamingosis and the soulful crooning of Dallas-Fort Worth’s Leon Bridges have soundtracked my 2015 and honestly, I’ve never been happier. There’s a direct correlation between the amount of groovers I’ve enjoyed and the happiness I’m radiating these days.

Enter Chicago’s Neon Pajamas – dude is speaking to every fucking cell in my god-given BODY right now with his latest compilation, W3NDCH3LL. Over the past year, he has curated and released similar compilations like this – Windchill: A Chicago Instrumental Experience followed by W2NDCH2LL – which place the spotlight on Chicago’s thriving music scene and the talented producers that drive its unique sound.

W3NDCH3LL, or The Final Wind, is the final installment in the series and consists of three separate segments.  What we’re listening to today is the Soul segment, which is beautifully composed of soothing textures, late night street sounds, and more soul than ya mama’s fried chicken.

Cook // Lucky Peach’s $10 Mac ‘N Cheese

Lucky Peach, the quarterly publication (and now website) and literal translation of David Chang’s Momofuku empire, recently started an #InsomniacCookingClub on Twitter and its absolutely ingenious. As a nocturnal girl myself, I am super appreciative of late night snacks and these recipes are not only next-level delicious but also super easy to cook up in the wee hours of the morning.

This week you can try out this $10 Mac N’ Cheese with a sinful, buttery breadcrumb topping. But explore the rest of the Insomniac Cooking Club to find easy recipes for Burnt Miso Butterscotch, White Kimchi, and BBQ Carrots.

Free Download // Flamingosis – Newski


My dude Flamingosis is like, a fucking savant or something.  His latest album, Newski, is full of unreleased tracks and they’re all so damn good – LAWWDDD!  Hit play on the first track, “Holiday,” and I guarantee you’ll be hittin’ that download button before the track even ends.