BADBADNOTGOOD & Ghostface Killah – “Ray Gun” (Feat. DOOM)

The highly anticipated collaboration between Hip-Hop/Jazz crossover instrumentalists BadBadNotGood & street legend Ghostface Killah is soon to hit store shelves, giving us our first proper look at how rappers would sound on BBNG’s Hip-Hop-centric, but equally inventive production style. The album titled Sour Soul has already been given its due presence with three previous singles, but the fourth installment of the album’s rollout, “Ray Gun”, features one of rap’s most mysterious figures; DOOM.

The history of Ghostface Killah and MF DOOM has long been etched in stone, with their often-delayed DOOMSTARKS record sitting on the back-burner. But here, we’re shown their near full potential with the help of the nostalgic-doused live instrumentalists gearing away behind them. As per usual when these two come together, the superhero contained with GFK comes out in full force, declaring his excellency and rite of passage to the league of extraordinary. DOOM, as has been witnessed on Flying Lotus’ ‘Masquatch,’ has been doing his thing lately, revitalizing his often-lazy rapping flow for a flash-to-the-past of what once was. At the end of the day though it is still a BBNG record, and, possibly more than anyone showcased here, they show off their talents to the fullest, with a James Bond-esque finale that explosively enters, lingers with blaring horns and shady percussion, before dissipating in the dust. Sour Soul is scheduled for release February 24th.


Future Islands – Seasons (Waiting On You) (BADBADNOTGOOD Reinterpretation)

Now this is a surprise remix; Toronto jazz fusion trio BBND take on Future Islands’ seminal synth-pop anthem “Seasons (Waiting On You)” – one of the defining singles of 2014 – and rebuilds it with smooth and soulful vintage instrumentation reminiscent of iconic 70’s R&B stars like Bobby Womack. The result is absolutely sublime – much more tactile than I could’ve ever imagined – and BBND continues to impress me, as they have all year. Watch for BBND’s upcoming album with Ghostface Killah and if you missed it, check out their great collaboration with Black Milk.


Black Milk x BADBADNOTGOOD – Now or Never

I don’t know how I missed this, but a few months back Toronto instrumental jazz group BBND teamed up with veteran Detroit rapper Black Milk on “Now or Never”, a track from Converse Inc’s compilation series CONS EP VOL. 2. The result is every bit as chilling and well-arranged as one could’ve hoped from these two great acts.

Black Milk also has a new album out titiled If There’s A Hell Below, a follow-up to last years great No Poison No Paradise. Chech out below.


Ghostface Killah & BADBADNOTGOOD – Gunshowers (ft. Elzhi)

Instrumental jazz fusion trio BBND released their third album – aptly titled III – earlier this year. And although the result was somewhat unbalanced, tracks like “CS60”, “Can’t Leave the Night” and “Since You Asked Kindly” curved III towards being largely favorable. Less than half-a-year later, the trio announced a new album – this time a collaborative effort with hip hop-legend and Wu-Tang Clansman Ghostface Killah – and a new track “Gunshowers” to mark the occasion. The instrumental are slightly more traditional and funk rooted than what I would normally expect from BBND, but it works damn good underneath Ghostface’s and Elhzi’s lyrically dense – and intense – verses. Expect a whole album of this early next year when Sour Soul drops.


BADBADNOTGOOD – Can’t Leave The Night / Sustain


A while back, BBND released their stunning new single “CS60” that marked a hatched and lusher sound from the Toronto jazz/hip hop collective. Since then, they’ve offered up two new cuts from their upcoming album III that’s expected a May 6 release via LA based label Innovative Leisure. I can’t say for sure whether  it’s “Sustain” or “Can’t Leave The Night” that works better, as both tracks along with “CS60” seems to work as fractions of a bigger whole. But generally speaking, the former leans toward their jazzier side, while the latter continues to flirts with the deep-seated hip hop beats we’ve heard on “CS60” as well as on their excellent production work on Earl Sweatshirt’s “Hoarse”. At this point, it’s difficult not to expect III to become BBND’s best album so far.