Monday, December 24, 2012
Thanks to the new surge of originality and artists in the city, #NewATLANTA is home to a music scene that I'm proud to be a part of. Sean Falyon, an emcee who is a huge piece to the New Atlanta puzzle, is many things--bearded and omnipresent to name a few. But humble? Ehh, sometimes that s*it is overrated.
Watch below as Sean gives us an up close and personal look at New Atlanta as he performs SFBE III standout "Humble."
Previously: Sean Falyon - SFBE III: Do Me No Favors
The latest on Nubbz's list of tracks to revive is Blu's "Soul Provider," originally produced by Exile for his 2006 project Lifted. Listen below as Nubbz takes his talents to the West Coast, and be sure to check out more of the Dutch beatsmith's catalogue HERE.
There are few Christmas records that are smooth enough to play all year round, and Jhené Aiko and James Fauntleroy's duet "Wrap Me Up" may be one of them. Spend this Christmas Eve with someone special and curl up to this Artium yuletide carol.
Download: Jhené Aiko ft. James Fauntleroy - "Wrap Me Up"
Previously: [Music Video] Jhené Aiko - "Mirrors"
Has Wale ever disappointed with his mixtapes? An album, maybe, but a new free project from Mr. Folarin is quite the virtual stocking stuffer. Stream and download Folarin below, which features a few of my favorites on the mic and behind the boards-- Jhene Aiko, Digi+Phonics, Tiara Thomas, Nottz, 2 Chainz, Chrisette Michele and even Ric Flair and Jerome's lovechild Trinidad James.
Thursday, December 13, 2012
If you're not familiar with Elijah Blake as the songwriter behind Keyshia Cole's "Enough Of No Love," Usher's "Climax," and more, don't worry. You'll get familiar soon.
The Roc Nation signed songwriter also has a promising career as an artist, being featured on "Presidential," one of the standouts from Rick Ross' God Forgives, I Don't. Get more of a feel for who Mr. Blake is on a more personal level as he presents his new EP Bijoux 22, which further shows how deep of a roster No I.D.'s Artium/Def Jam collective is.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
I may not be a woman scorned, but there's plenty to appreciate about Bridget Kelly's "Special Delivery." The songstress, who's been signed to Roc Nation since 2008, is finally getting the recognition I feel she's deserved for years as she took to BET to present the visuals to the powerful ballad.
Watch the video below and be sure to download her latest project Every Girl if you're not familiar.
Previously: Bridget Kelly - Special Delivery
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Lately I've found myself wishing I could go back to the days when my main worries included waking up early enough on Saturdays to catch my favorite cartoons and which Kool-Aid my mom was going to make.
Thankfully, DJ Dahi put my feelings into sound as he presents his latest beat tape T.O.Y.S. 2.0, with each track drawing inspiration from a toy or cartoon he grew up loving as a child. Stream the project below from the brains behind Kendrick Lamar's "Money Trees," Dom Kennedy's "My Type Of Party," and more.
Download: DJ Dahi - T.O.Y.S. 2.0
Shawn Chrys' lovestory. mixtape has spawned a movement that will lead to the release of his debut album aptly titled Lovestory LP on February 12. Producer Zaire Koalo twists Kendrick's "Money Trees" production from DJ DAHI to create "Who Mad?," featuring a nice appearance by IamOther affiliate Buddy.
Game's fifth studio album Jesus Piece is slated to hit stores this Tuesday, December 11th. After dropping a few loosies as part of his Sunday Service series, Game debuts the album's title track featuring G.O.O.D. veterans Common and Kanye West.
Preorder Jesus Piece on iTunes HERE.
Hopefully you were fortunate enough as me to catch Jhené Aiko's opening set on Nas & Lauryn Hill's Life Is Good/Black Rage tour. She was incredible.
The Artium/Def Jam songstress continues to show off her darker side with "Mirrors," the follow up to Souled Out's lead single "3:16 AM."
Directed by Topshelf Junior
Filmmaker JSN JHNSN shows us a day in the life of Rickie Jacobs as the Baltimore emcee shows us his city and spits some memorable lines from his latest, "86 Draft." His next project Songs From High School Kids set to drop at the top of 2013. For now, Live Epic.
Download "86 Draft" in full after the jump.
I'll be the first to admit that I've had a lot of laughs (especially this year) at the the expense of Maybach O. But I'm also not ashamed to admit that the guy's actually got an impressive catalogue of music behind him.
Omarion's recent status as a member of MMG seems to have been a great move and has resulted in the Self Made 2 favorite "M.I.A." and now his latest EP, Care Package, which introduces us to six new songs. Download after the jump.
Monday, December 3, 2012
I saw Nas when the Life Is Good/Black Rage tour stopped through Atlanta, and his band Z was one of the best I'd seen. Instead of having their vocalist Eddie Cole (who is amazing by the way) provide the hook to "World's An Addiction," Nasir brought out the man himself to perform the track live on Conan. Watch below as Anthony Hamilton and The Don bring some harsh realities to our attention.
"Louis Vuitton" first surfaced on Fabolous' latest project The Soul Tape 2, but thankfully for us there's more to J. Cole's tale of the basic b***h.
J. Cole's sophomore album Born Sinner is set for release on January 2013. Stream the project's first single "Miss America" after the jump.
I'm not a complete Scrooge McDuck around the holidays, but I've got to admit that Christmas music makes me want to donate my ears to science by December 15th.
After watching this hilarious rendition of "Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer" from from DMX, I'm singing a new tune. If this man can get so much joy from shouting out all of Santa's reindeer, why can't I?
Bust out the egg nog, mistletoe and Christmas cookies because it's holiday season! Why? Because X said so!
Previously: DMX - The Weigh In [New Mixtape]
Thursday, November 29, 2012
"And if I'm still local, then global's the main focus..."
With the help of Brooklyn emcee Kris Kasanova, Fayetteville, NC's finest Lotta remixes Final Fantasy's opening track "Gymnastics."
If you don't have the mixtape yet, I'll forgive you...eventually. I'm still playing "Dream" on repeat.
Directed by Chasing Squirrelz Inc.
Previously: STACE - I'm Chillin'
Lo Keys for play.
I got a chance to meet Lo Keys this year at the A3C Festival and dude is WORKING. Be sure to cop his mixtape American Greed: Scams, Schemes & Broken Dreams if you haven't already.
Directed by Barry Williams
Previously: Lo Keys - American Greed [Music Video]
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Pac Div's sophomore album GMB hit iTunes yesterday, and these guys deserve as much shine as any other group out. Watch below as Mibbs, BeYounG, and Like team up with Mac Miller and director Austin Winchell to present the visuals to "Black Acura."
Be sure to support good music by copping GMB HERE.
Previously: Pac Div - Automatic (Prod. by Swiff D)
Produced by SMKA and The Flush, Stankonia Sessions is back with another A3C Edition. They took full advantage of the talent present at the festival, organically compiling thirteen new tracks for our listening pleasure.
The collaborative project was recorded in 3-days during A3C Festival (Oct 11-13th) and includes more than 25 artists on 13 records. SMKA & The flush recorded dozens of artists from noon to early in the morning with little to no sleep, while the recording process was captured by TrillHD.
Artists featured on Stankonia Sessions were hand selected from the 2012 A3C line-up and include: King Chip, Los, Phil Ade, CunninLyguists, Jarren Benton, Skyzoo, Slum Village, Two9, Chuuwee, Emilio Rojas, Neako, Boldy James, Thurz, Bizarre, Aleon Craft, Go Dreamer, Rapper Big Pooh, Torae, Kris Kasanova, Young Swift, Dee Goodz, Los Rakas, Gerald Walker, G-Scott, Shawn Chrystopher, Scolla, Ro Spit, J.Nics, Toki Wright, Planet Vl, J. Pinder, Willy J Peso, Eric Biddines, Peechie Green, Marv Won & Big T.
Previously: Stankonia Sessions: A3C Edition [New Mixtape]
While I would've added "Love Sosa" line to this myself, Yasiin dives a little deeper to his "These Are A Few Of My [Least] Favorite Things" list as he takes on Chief Keef's banger "I Don't Like" produced by Young Chop.
Expect Bey, formerly known as Mos Def to continue taking on the hits as he presents his Top 40 Underdog Series.
Previously: Yasiin Bey, Dead Prez & Mikeflo - Made You Die (Trayvon Martin Tribute) [Music Video]
My favorite Philly emcee Ryshon Jones is taking his time preparing his new mixtape In Theory, but he's let another visual out of the Basqui vault while we wait patiently.
We shot this video back in May off of the Basqui tape,figure we show the people already. Directed by Last Rights x Elephants Purple the video is a metaphor of me killing a memory,but still trying to recapture the feeling of a love lost. The new project In Theory is on the way the new date will be announced soon after we release the next song from the project as well as the In Theory documentary. Thanks for the support - Ryshon
Previously: Ryshon Jones - "R_Tistic Visions" [Music Video]
With Trouble Man only a few weeks away, it's safe to say that T.I.P. finally has momentum shifted in his favor, with "Ball" doing numbers on the radio as well as the motivational "Go Get It."
Yesterday, he revealed the track the hip hop heads have been waiting for: "Sorry" featuring Andre 3000. T.I. drops some nice sixteens over the Jazze Pha production laced with Stacy Barthe's vocals, but it's no surprise who took the spotlight on this one. Hear 3 Stacks' apology to Big Boi below, and be sure to cop Trouble Man when it drops December 16th.
T.I. - Sorry ft. Andre 3000 Lyrics
Since G.U.E. is officially back and ready to takeover the world once again, what better way to start off than with a site favorite?
In conjunction with The Port and Sophisticated Genius, NC's own Quent Young presents his latest EP titled Laid Back.
I believe that with this mixtape I stayed true to my "Laid Back" demeanor, with a soulful mix of samples and introspective lyrics I combine real life situations both good and bad with stories that everyone can relate too. I feel that with the EP I made music that is very cohesive yet not repetitive, as each track has its own feel and emotions to it. The EP is set up so that it starts with more of a light hearted feel but the further you get into the tape the more personal the music becomes and eventually brightens back up towards the end. This is done intentionally so that the listener can feel as though their growing with me thoughout the EP.
Hourglass Faves: "In Love With You," "Intro," "Done Changed," "City Lights," "She Say I"
Download: Quent Young - Laid Back EP (Mediafire)
Hit the jump for a look at the creative process behind Laid Back!
Monday, September 17, 2012
Big K.R.I.T. brought Live To The Underground to the Queen City over the weekend, and there to capture all of the action were the good folks of PresentToYou.com. Watch below as Krizzle hypes up the crowd with a performance of "Live From The Underground" and "4EvaNADay," and hit the jump to check out a recap of the Charlotte show, which featured Big Sant, Tito Lopez, Lotta, LE$, DJ Wally Sparks, and more.
Filmed and Edited by Amil
If this song sounds familiar to you, take a listen to the closing track on Colin Munroe's mixtape Unsung Hero and you'll realize why. Recorded in 2010 as a potential track for Drake's debut album Thank Me Later, the previously unreleased collaboration surfaced over the weekend, which also features a verse from the beautiful Dawn Richard. I think this should've made the cut. Do you?
Drake ft. Colin Munroe & Dawn Richard - Where Were You
Hit the jump to learn the true story behind the record as told by Colin Munroe's team.
We've been waiting on this video since the track premiered in June, and Frank Ocean finally delivers the visual counterpart to "Pyramids." Check out the NSFW bandztastic video below, which features a pretty dope guitar solo from John Mayer.
Channel Orange is in stores now, and if you don't have that I want you to do yourself a favor and click here.
Directed by Nabil
Previously: Frank Ocean Performs "Thinkin Bout You" At The VMAs [VIDEO]
J. Cole gave us a first listen of "I'm A Fool" at Rock The Bells, and he utilized a creative release strategy by allowing a fan to premiere the track on Twitter. Cole's been on a tear lately, murdering guest features for Big Sean, Lil Wayne and DJ Khaled, and I'm so glad to have some new solo J. Cole to ride to.
Stream the Cee-Lo and Melanie Fiona sampled "I'm A Fool" below, and hit the comments with your thoughts! I'm back Gangstas!!!
J. Cole - "I'm A Fool" Lyrics
Previously: Rita Ora ft. J. Cole - Love & War
Saturday, September 8, 2012
|Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage|
Previously: Frank Ocean Performs "Bad Religion" Live At Lollapalooza 2012 [VIDEO]
I spent the majority of this week blasting Pineapple Now-Laters down I-85, so when I heard about something new from BJ The Chicago Kid I had to listen. Check out below as BJ, the latest addition to Motown Records, covers Gotye's infectious hit "Somebody That I Used To Know."
Previously: Thurz ft. BJ The Chicago Kid - Another Number
Rihanna and A$AP Rocky caused a stir Thursday night when Rocky got a little too touchy feeling during their performance of "Cockiness." Catch the action below if you missed it!
Previously: Rihanna ft. A$AP Rocky - Cockiness (I Love It) (Remix)
Miguel has been the EP king this year, releasing three volumes of Art Dealer Chic and the Water Preview of his forthcoming album Kaleidoscope Dream. Now Miguel takes on role of Avatar: The Last Airbender with Kaleidoscope Dream: The Air Preview. Stream the three tracks below, and look for the full album to hit stores on October 2nd.
Previously: Fat Joe ft. Kanye West, Miguel & Roscoe Dash - Pride And Joy [Music Video]
Friday, September 7, 2012
Alicia Keys recently released three versions of her new single "Girl On Fire" in preparation for her forthcoming album of the same title. The most notable remix is the "Inferno" version, which features a pair of verses from Nicki Minaj. Last night at the VMAs, Alicia Keys brought the single to her peers as 2012 Olympics gold medalist Gabby Douglas and Nicki Minaj joined her on stage.
[Gossip On This]
Thursday, September 6, 2012
G.O.O.D. Music (Big Sean x Kanye West x Jay-Z) - Clique (Tags)
All of the singles from Colin Munroe's Unsung Hero mixtape have done amazing on the site, and for great reason. The guy is great. Who thought I'd be over here listening to goth beats blended with pop and hip hop? With Pusha T, Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul, RZA and more all involved on Unsung Hero, do yourself a favor and hit play on Colin Munroe's latest effort.
Download: Colin Munroe - Unsung Hero
Previously: Colin Munroe ft. K.Flay - Your Eyes
Juicy J may have everyone shaking to "Bandz A Make Her Dance," but he proves that he can makes something more positive as he incites inspiration on "Can't Stop Us." Check out the visuals to the Biggie sampled track below, directed by Morning Side Films.
Previously: Mike WiLL Made It ft.T.I., Juicy J & Trae Tha Truth - Fightin Words
As a Cancer I may not have a great history with Virgos, but I'm willing to make an exception with Rickie Jacobs. In preparation for the Sept. 18 release of his new EP Virgo Season, Rickie delivers "God Is Good," another track that gets the GUE d(^_^)b stamp of approval.
Download: Rickie Jacobs - God Is Good
"If you treat her like a bitch, she'll turn around and give you rabies. If you treat her like a queen, she'll turn around and give you babies."
Previously: Rickie Jacobs - GROW
Yuna's self-titled U.S. debut is one of my best purchases of the year. I love EVERY track on the album, especially the Pharrell produced "Live Your Life." The homie MeLo-X puts his Schwaza on Yuna's hit single for a "Motherland God" remix that should find its way into your iTunes.
Big Sean stopped the Internet last night when he dropped his new mixtape Detroit, and it was for good reason. With features from J. Cole, Common, Juicy J, French Montana, Chris Brown, Royce Da 5'9'', Jhene Aiko, and more, Big Sean may have overshadowed Weezy with the hottest mixtape of the week. Stream and download the project below, and let me know what you think about this G.O.O.D. Music soldier reppin' his city.
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Rihanna and A$AP Rocky first met at Coachella and rumors surfaced that the two were dating. That may or may not have been true, but what is true is that they hit the studio to remix one of Talk That Talk's most addicting records. Listen below as Rocky sets off "Cockiness" with a new verse, and hit the comments with your thoughts on the remix."
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Well, it was only a matter of time I suppose. Lil Scrappy and his "I wanna put them paws on 'em" line was one of the highlights of Love & Hip Hop Atlanta, and he's finally capitalized and made a song on 'em. How many Scooby Snacks would you pay for this record?
Lil' Scrappy - Paws
Previously: Lil Scrappy Talks "Love & Hip Hop" With The Breakfast Club [VIDEO]
Twista throws his hat in the ring to add to the long list of mixtapes that will hit the net this week
with the Don Cannon hosted Reloaded. Stream/download the project below, which features Juicy J, Ab-Soul, Future, Shawnna, Do Or Die, and more.
Jay Electronica is certainly the most illusive member of the Roc Nation family, but he came out to the Made In America Festival and shut s*it down. Watch below as he performs "Exhibit A" and "Exhibit C" and cross your fingers that Act II: Patents of Nobiliity is really hitting stores this year.
Previously: Jay Electronica – Dear Moleskine (prod. Just Blaze)
Thurz has a new mixtape out. Need I say more?
If I must, I'll just add this. DOWNLOAD 517 W Queen Tape AND go back and cop LA Riot if you haven't exposed yourself to one of the best projects to hit the net last year.
Download: Thurz - 517 W Queen Tape
Previously: Thurz ft. BJ The Chicago Kid - Another Number
Monday, September 3, 2012
After A LOT of pushbacks, Lil Wayne finally delivers the 4th installment to his Gangsta Grillz mixtape series Dedication. With a gang of features including J. Cole, Nicki Minaj, Young Jeezy, and Birdman, this is sure to be the most talked about tape of the day.
Previously: Trey Songz ft. Young Jeezy & Lil Wayne - Hail Mary [Music Video] (Co-Starring Kevin Hart, Stevie J & Joseline)
Slaughterhouse gets literal in the music video to their latest single "Throw It Away" as they and Swizz Beatz come up with a plan to become guaponaires. Keep watching for the surprise at the end!
Slaughterhouse's sophomore album welcome to: OUR HOUSE is in stores now!
This weekend was all about Jay-Z and Budweiser's 1st annual Made In America Festival, and who else closed out the 2 day festival than Hov himself? Courtesy of Yardie, check out Jay-Z's full set below, which included a message from President Obama, a surprise performance from State Property, Memphis Bleek and more! Bet you'll be in Philly next year. I'm definitely gonna try.
Previously: Rick Ross ft. Dr. Dre & Jay-Z - 3 Kings [Music Video]