Dec 7 2011

wait what wednesday: dangerous and sound (busta rhymes vs capital cities)

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I got five on it…here we go with the fifth installment of wait what wednesday, from busta rhymes meeting up with the capital cities crew on a beautiful southern california summer day, breaking out the instruments at a beach house in venice, and putting together dangerous and sound.

the cover art is of me and my best friend david outside a burrito shop after the north beach street fair this summer, looking to buy some $5 burritos. it was david’s birthday three days ago, but that shouldn’t deter you from wishing him a happy birthday on twitter.

I was a fan of the capital cities EP and asked them to open my album release show for me, and they graciously agreed and put on an awesome show. I played this track during soundcheck and they thought it was cool, and so played it during my set and people affirmed their approval by continuing to dance, jump around, and smile when we made eye contact.

I do it for the city ’cause you know the city love it,


Dec 5 2011

dec13: free nyc show @ the delancey

as a thank you to New York fans for all your support — and especially to everyone who shelled out to see the show at Giants Stadium with Lil Wayne — this one will be free, plus with drink specials (2-for-1 from 10-11). Come hang out, grab some drinks, and enjoy a bunch of new music I’ve been working on (along with the notorious xx and nasd out material). if you come check it out and mention this post, I’ll buy you a drink and we can talk hip hop, tales of adventure, your holiday wish list and other fascinating stuff.


Bring some friends, drink some drinks, and enjoy an awesome Tuesday night out. Let us know if you’re coming on facebook, we’ll have posters, shirts and good music — looking forward to seeing you there! and cheers to my man will reid for this awesome poster:

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Nov 30 2011

wait what wednesday: john in emerald hillz (lil wayne & rick ross vs 0SM)

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four, as in what you yell when a golf ball goes astray, or the number of musketeers if you count d’Artagnan (spoiler alert), is also the number of this wait what wednesday, from lil wayne and rick ross drinking a whole bunch of cherry cola and playing sonic the hedgehog way past their bedtime at a sleepover with 0SM, they came back with john in emerald hillz.

the photo is from this summer when I was in Bali after the Bangkok show, and we did a 3:00 am hike up the tallest mountain in Bali (or so we were told). we hit the top near sunrise, and got this hazy looking view of a body of water and some other mountains. or some might even call them emerald hills.

this track came about because some of my good friends are in the electronic/dance scene in LA and producing some awesome stuff as 0SM — this track plays off the sonic the hedgehog music for the emerald hills level. also, since this is a special week, I made a music video for this one:

check out more of 0SM’s awesome stuff on their SoundCloud. spread the word like a kid tweaking out the margins on a term paper.

cause everyday we oughta have pesos,


Nov 23 2011

wait what wednesday: raconte-moi une histoire sur le ciel (kanye west & lupe fiasco vs m83)

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three’s company: presenting the third little ditty in the series of wait what wednesday tracks, from kanye west and lupe fiasco dreaming big while skipping rocks and playing with frogs at a lake with m83 to create raconte-moi une histoire sur le ciel.

the photo is from one of the islands off vancouver, and I took it this summer in the midst of a day of kayaking, eating picnic sandwiches, and finding starfish.

check out the m83 album if you haven’t, as it’s likely to start popping up on a lot of people’s best-of-2011 lists (and you gotta be in the know, right?). to my US people, have a great thanksgiving and take a firm stance on capitalism on black friday. to everyone else, hope your week delivers on your hopes and dreams, and check back here for new tracks every week. stand on a box and shout it out like my people at speakers’ corner.

that’s not ironic girl, I love rugrats,


Nov 16 2011

wait what wednesday: bonfire for clay (childish gambino vs bloc party)

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round two: fight! second installment of wait what wednesday, from childish gambino and bloc party talking about identity, solitude, and desires to disappear while in a brooklyn jaunt to make a bonfire for clay.

the photo is from a show I played at fashion week in toronto last year for ashley rowe‘s show. she set up a warehouse with a bunch of cool props, including old bathtubs with these candles floating in them, and the effect was awesome.

I made this track last weekend after listening to camp on repeat for the last week. childish gambino is making a strong play for my favorite album of the year. check out his record, enjoy this music, and come back each week for new tracks right here. run and tell that like paul revere/antoine dodson and all that biz.

more animal than the zoo allow,





Nov 10 2011

pour me another: the official wait what drink


the folks at drinkify have made a pretty cool app — one that’s made especially cool by the fact that it’s given me an official drink, and it sounds like a good one, too. it provides music and relevant drink recipes  – thanks to the team at drinkify for a job well done, and I’m especially happy that my drink is contextually relevant: a fancy gin and juice. tweet it here

Nov 9 2011

wait what wednesday: look at me right here (chris brown, busta rhymes, lil wayne vs skrillex)

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b.i.g. day today — introducing the first of the wait what wednesday tracks, from chris brown, busta rhymes, and lil wayne encountering skrillex in a dimly lit club: look at me right here.

the photo is of my friend roger looking swagtastic in a suite in vegas. if you agree that he looks cool (and come on, you know he does), you should tell him on twitter: @djten4. it’ll take 10 seconds, he doesn’t know he’s on the art, and it’ll be fun to get him some good @ mentions — it’d mean a lot to both of us (more to me).

I made this track while I was living in rio de janeiro in september, and was psyched to find a hard beat for busta’s verse to go nuts over. enjoy the music, and stay tuned each week for new tracks right here. spread the word like crunchy skippy on rye and all that jazz.

got goons like an archvillain,


Nov 7 2011

wait what wednesdays

hello friends,
between now and the end of the year, I’ll be releasing a free song every week, beginning this wednesday. it’ll be free to stream and download, have some art, and may even include a fun little story if I’m feeling funny that day. check back on wednesday 11.9 for the first free download. cheers team.

Sep 20 2011

nasd out: nas vs washed out. available now!

a brand new album pairing nas and washed out: nasd out

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download free:

[160kbps: mediafire . hulkshare . wtwht]
[320kbps: mediafire . hulkshare . wtwht]

Sep 13 2011

nasd out album announcement

a year and a half ago, I made a record called the notorious xx. within a few days, it was featured on a lot of blogs, some cool newspapers and magazines, and I got to talk to people at radio stations in places I’d never been. it got downloaded a million times, and two weeks later, the hip hop half of the project wasn’t pleased and demanded it be taken down.


a year ago, I released a pay-what-you-want mixtape, with all profits going to 826 Valencia to help youth writing. together we raised $8500. since then, I’ve been able to play shows in Toronto for fashion week, at the top club in Bangkok, and in New York at Giants Stadium with Lil Wayne.


I spent this summer living in San Francisco, traveling to Bali, Canada and LA, and living in Rio de Janeiro for a month. in airports, cafes, hostels and apartments, I made a new album.


nasd out
nas vs washed out
coming 9.20
tell your friends

first single: life’s a fati

download it here