Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Monday, November 28, 2011

Occupy Apple and other Ironic Occupations

"Capitalism resembles a treadmill. You have to work extra hard just to keep up; eventually, the machine triumphs, and you are too exhausted to continue." Ben Agger - Speeding Up Fast Capitalism

We couldn't have said it any better. 

But we do see some irony in all of these Occupy photos:

1. What are the chances that half the people making these photos have slept outside an Apple store for a new Iphone?
2. What are the chances that this picture was taken on a cell phone worth more than $100?
3. How much credit will people in these lines be using because they are underpaid or unemployed? 

4. How many people waiting in these lines are angry at Obama for losing their job, pension, or stock portfolio but are still supporting their former employer or the executive that made a lousy (or unethical or illegal) "business decision" that in turn dropped the stock price that eventually led to the collapse of their portfolio that led to a drinking binge that led to a DUI, that led to a criminal record, that led to an inability to get hired, that led to the loss of the family, that led to a deeper depression, that led to institutionalization, that led to spending tax money, that eventually made some pharmaceutical company another trillion, that made some politician get elected, that led to policy that favored the pharmaceutical company, that led to a $2 billion dollar executive bonus, that led to an overseas investment and a house in Tahiti, that led to more votes for the politician, that led to more tax breaks for the executive, that led to not having money for education, that led to kids not having skills to do jobs, that led to more crime, that led to more incarceration, that led to more tax dollars to build more prisons, that led to a construction contract for the friend of the governor, that led to kickbacks for the governor, that led to bigger tax breaks for the construction owners, that took the sacrificed tax money that would have been spent on education, that led to more deskilling, that led to more crime, that led to the need for more policeman, that couldn't be hired all because this is America and taxing the wealth of the 1% that have made their wealth from exploiting the labor of the world, that sacrificed jobs and investments of the people but kept his. 

And because we feel helpless, disenfranchised, political immobilized, and alienated - we support the bastards that strategically strip us of our human dignity by purchasing the products (frantically) and increasing the gap between rich and poor?

"But it is clear that we possess the technology and capital, if not yet the will, to solve these basic problems of subsistence by exporting not military technologies or piecemeal 'foreign aid' but real productive wealth that could transform poor nations into affluent ones."
Ben Agger 2002 - Postponing the Postmodern, 95

But all of this irony leads to an important question, how can we, as citizens, make economic decisions that undermine the system when we are fully encompassed by the system?

We here at WUW? do not have an answer to that question but we are glad that Americans across the nation are willing to sit in parks to force an answer! 

Please excuse us - we need to go occupy ITunes,

Saturday, November 26, 2011

WUW? Top Mixtape of 2011 | Lupe Fiasco - Friend of the People

It's that time of year... The favorite time of the year around the WUW? office. What time you ask? Time to look back over the last year and try to make sense out of what has happened in music (check the 2010 list)... what is good, bad, overhyped, underspun, remixed to death, albums, singles, mixtapes, leaks, compilations, production, and most importantly - - what albums (even 11 months later) can we still not stop spinning?

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Luckily, our good friend Lupe Fiasco came through at the end of the year to solve all debates about the Top Mixtape of the year. A mixture of up to date political references, jazz influenced beats, radicalism, a slight hint of sarcasm, and punchlines to make you question your reality. 

If all albums could be as good as a Lupe mixtape,

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Cincinnati Freestyle | Live From Ohio Cypher PT 1 & 2

Check out some of the up & coming MC's from the Queen City!



Bonus - Live From Cincinnati Cypher:

Cincinnati Hip Hop | Tanya Morgan - You & What Army Free LP

Cincinnati natives Donwill and Llyas and Brooklyn's Von Pea, otherwise known as Tanya Morgan, released their new album today via Bandcamp. Album features a couple WUW? alumni - Jermiside and Exile.

The WUW? crew has been bumpin TM since we first read about how they met over the Okayplayer message boards. 

Rick Perry... Bush on Steroids? No - Worse!

But at least he has good hair, boots, runs with a pistol, wants to do away with education, execute more inmates, 

Brooklyn Indie Nerd Pop | Team Genius - Pop Songs

Pleasant surprise today on the Twitter. Rarely do we check the the profile of a band that follows us but that may change starting today. Kendra, the newest member of the WUW? team, clicked on the Team Genius twitter profile and watched this video:

After a long discussion about the impact of Reagan's counter civil rights/ women's rights/ hatred of the poor/ stupid war on drugs/ fear inducing, terrorist creating cold war policies (not too mention the fact that this tea party celebrated, fiscal conservative increased the size of the government and raised the "debt ceiling" more than any modern president), we immediately checked Bandcamp, Soundcloud, and Spotify to hear more of their music. 

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Album Stream | Yelawolf - Radioactive

Yelawolf is one of those strange hip hop artists who straddles the line between the mainstream and the underground - which is why he is a good addition to the Shady Records lineup next to Slaughterhouse. This album has some gems hidden within the lyrics but you have to get past some of the weak hooks on songs like "Throw it Up."

This is Yela's brand new album - Take a listen and let us know what you think.

Your personal durty souf bloggas,

Monday, November 21, 2011

Occupy Wall Street | Bank Regulations vs. Citizen Regulations

Spotted at The Other 98%

New Video | Emilio Rojas - Middle Finger

We are patiently waiting for this mixtape to drop... Emilio Rojas is hands down best independent MC in the game. Download the track here.

Get on board the train is leaving,


Download Now | Mike Posner - The Layover Mixtape

Most mixtapes today combine some unreleased material combined with some mashups and indie rock remixes. Posner goes one step further by providing a tape not of mashups or remixes but some refreshing hip hop/ R&B reinterpretation of classic tracks like Rocket Man, the Scientist, and Wonderwall while maintaining the party anthem drenched, electronic dance tracks that made Mike Posner a household name.

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So, we here at WhatUpWally? see no downside to a mixtape that flips Elton John, Coldplay, Adele, and Oasis with lyrics by some of the best of the hip hop underground (Big K.R.I.T., Rusko, Slim thugga, Casey Veggies, machine Gun Kelly, Elzhi, and Cypha Da Prince, to create something both old and new that the kids nowadays can dance to.

Representing the idea of representin,


Chicago Lo-Fi | Magic City - Little Bits EP

Our fall intern came across this hidden gem of a midwestern band  while procrastinating on Hype Machine... so we thought we would go ahead and get it posted for any of you night owls looking for new music. Don't know much about the band except for what we have learned on their Twitter and Facebook page. So listen, follow, and friend them if they tickle your fancy.

Suffering from blogging insomnia,


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The Dallas Hip Hop Scene | Dustin Cavazos - I Think in the Shower I Dream on My Bike

We first heard this kid on the A.Dd+ When Pigs Fly Mixtape and finally took the time to look him up. Much like A.Dd+ and the Sore Losers, Cavazos' sound is nothing like the familiar sounds of the dirty south D-town boogie sound. Dustin fuses a more indie singer/songwriter style of lyrics and production that is consistent with the new school of hip hop. Dallas, Texas, has silently become a major hub for the progression of hip hop music. 

We are Dallas Most Eligible Blog, 


Download Now | Ludacris - 1.21 Gigawatts: Back to the First Time Mixtape

Luda! One of the top ten MC's of all time... 
Mixtape doesn't disappoint

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Top down windows up, that's the way we like to... Blog,


Sunday, November 13, 2011

New Hip Hop | G-Side - iSLAND

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Occupy Wall Street | These Kids are Making Sense

Spotted at

Fleet Foxes | BBC Maida Session

Found this Fleet Foxes set on the soundcloud page of the record label Bella Union. If you aren't familiar with Bella Union or Soundcloud, we encourage you to check them out!

Listen Now | Francis and the Lights - It'll Be Better

While twitter stalking music blogs this morning my assistant came across this intriguing new music site called Muxtape. The discovery of Muxtape would have been cool enough but then we started listening to Francis and the Lights and discovered one of our new favorite bands. Click on one of the songs to stream the album and enjoy.

Don't Blog Your Life Away,


Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Gary Blair Meet Chris Brown | Now Please teach Him How to Dougie

The NBA lockout has been weighing heavy on my heart. As a very average basketball player, it may be shocking that NBA basketball is really the only sport I enjoy watching. 

So... this post from last spring is even more important. 

WhatUpWally? would like to congratulate the Texas A & M basketball team for an amazing performance... and will be cheering y'all on to that back to back 'ship

But there is a more pressing concern...

Will Somebody Please Teach Coach Blair How To Dougie!

Maybe the alumni could hire Chris Brown?

Download Now | Marvin Gaye & Pink Floyd - Requiem For A Dream | Unreleased

This is project is dope as... well.. Head over to the Bandcamp page to read the story. I am not sure if Cincinnati native Ill Poetic mashed this up or if this is a legitimate recording - either way... he is a good man for releasing it!

Dream Blogging,


Monday, November 7, 2011

Occupy Facebook

The WUW? staff has been holding back on any commentary of the Occupy Wall Street movement (mainly because we thought it would be cliche) and (we haven't really payed much attention to the whole thing). 

The conversations we have had in the office are more about the way people talk about the whole ordeal. 
So, I don't know any of these people below, and I am not even sure how I came across this thread... but I did do a little investagatory Facebook journalism on each of the characters.

The Kickdrums - 2011 CMJ Festival Mixtape

Maybe next year the WUW? office will make a field trip out to the CMJ Festival... but until then it is nice to know that The Kickdrums always provide a dope mixtape.


Pumping Up Our Kicks,


Sunday, November 6, 2011

Listen Now | Def Sound - oooooH​!​thee​.​bitchtape.

Crazy sound... enjoy

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Have you been tested.... for SWAG SYNDROME?

"Having lost my grandmother to swag syndrome several years ago, I am determined to continue my research until Swag is a thing of the past."