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]