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#MusicMonday: Back to School, Let’s Get Sylly

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Winter break flew by like the beat in a song and now you’re facing down a fresh new semester at Penn State. Might as well fill your iPod with some fresh new tracks for Sylly week.

From songs to get you motivated to wake up before noon, spend your Christmas money on cheap beer for weekday parties or stay moderately faithful to your new years resolution; this week’s Music Monday boasts a soundtrack for getting you back in the swing of things and ultimately back to school.

Zebra Katz ft. Njena Reddd Foxxx – “Ima Read”

With lyrics like “I’m gonna take that bitch to college. I’m going to give that bitch some knowledge.” and “I’ma read, I’ma read, I’ma read,” this infectious yet creepy minimalist hip-hop jam is perfect for rallying up the drive to read through those boring introduction chapters in the book you begrudgingly spent way too much money at the book store on.

Skrillex – “Summit” (feat. Ellie Goulding)

The dub-step artist we love to hate, Skrillex, dropped a sick new video for the track “Summit” to kick off the new year. The video reeks of nostalgic appeal with artistically captured  DIY footage. Scenes of riding in the backseat of a car with your head out the window, smoking too many cigarettes, running on ice, catching stuff on fire, being young, not giving two shits, and living in the beauty of every moment build a breathtaking theater to the tune of Ellie Goulding’s soaring vocals.

Mr. Ghetto – “Walmart

When there’s nothing to do, many find entertainment by traversing the isle of Walmart gawking at the interesting creatures that rock bottom prices attract. One rapper, cleverly named Mr. Ghetto, decided to pay homage to the superstore with twerking dancers and slick rhymes about “Wallyworld.” If syllabus week leaves you searching for something to do (besides drinking beer on your couch), maybe try booty popping in Walmart. Hell, grind on a greeter. Go bug nutty.

Blink-182 – Dogs Eating Dogs Album

There’s nothing that can make your reminisce about the old times better than Blink-182. And with the recent release of their 5 song EP, Dogs Eating Dogs last month, the 3 piece punk band that wrote the soundtrack to your high school days is coming into 2013 with a mature new sound that still pays homage to Blink’s punky-emo roots. If you happen to be hanging out with some buddies who you haven’t seen in a while, throw on this EP and let the stories of long-forgotten nights and youthful disobedience come flowing out.

Frank Ocean – “Wise Man”

This hot new track from the artist who was recently making waves for getting caught with weed on New Years Eve, Frank Ocean, was a Twitter suggestion from @APaniPSU. The laid back R&B jam was featured on the wildly popular new Tarantino flick, Django Unchained, and plays out like a parable about how wisdom is really the root of man’s foolishness. “Wise Man” is an introspective musical experience.

Big Sean – “Guap”

We can all pretend that we’re at college to become enriched as human beings or be “molded” or whatever the alma mater says, but really we’re all just paper chasin’. No reason to lie. In the video for “Guap,” D-Town rapper Big Sean, flaunts his stacks and gives his fans a look into his high rolling lifestyle. Who cares if 53% of recent grads are jobless or underemployed? Bump this track, forget the haters and dream of when you’ll be cashing that degree from Penn State in for fat salary.

Earl Sweatshirt – “Chum”

If you’re spending your syllabus week glued to Netflix (or Project Free TV for us broke college students), you should check out Odd Future’s Adult Swim series, Loiter Squad. After that, bump the personal new solo track from Tyler The Creator’s little brother, Earl Sweatshirt, titled “Chum.” The mellow time signature and Earl’s relaxed rapping style breathes a whole new life into the young artists hip-hop career. He even came out boldly on Twitter saying, “I hope i lose you as a fan if you only fuck with me because i rapped about raping girls when i was 15.”

Chief Keef – “Hate Being Sober” (featuring 50 Cent & Wiz Khalifa)

The point of syllabus week is to black out on week nights and show up to the first classes of your semester hungover, right? If you answered, yes, this catchy new track by Chief Keef may be just up your ally. Roll one up, turn this song up and smoke away the stress of actually having to do shit.

Toro Y Moi – “Say That”

The french house beats and chillwave vocals of Toro Y Moi starting making a dent in the indie charts with the release of the video “So Many Details” early last month. Now the dapper South Carolina solo artist is back with his Nordstrom get-ups, round rim glasses and the signature suave style. This dude sure knows how to rock a v-neck sweater.

Kendrick Lamar ” BackSeat FreeStyle”

2012 was Kendrick Lamar’s year. He released his first major label studio album, good kid m.A.A.d city, with Interscope Records. He also made quite the racket on hip-hop blogs through out the year and got that song, “Swimming Pools,” stuck in all of our heads. Now the Compton wordsmith is coming into 2013 with a sweet new video for his infectious track, “BackSeat FreeStyle.”

Death Grips – “Come Up and Get Me”

Named SPIN Magazine’s 2012 artist of the year, Death Grips is re-defining hip-hop and its place in the electronic music scene. Actually, Death Grips is challenging modern art in general. For almost 9 minutes, the video flashes with neurotic clips of front-man, MC Ride, standing ominously on high ledges, handing upside down and compulsively eating flowers…in complete silence. Then the calm is destroyed by noisy rapping and a droning beat that throbs like a migraine. If you’re into getting weird this syllabus week, try to sit through all 13 minutes of this schizophrenic short film.

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Did we miss any of your Sylly Week auditory cravings? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter.

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