Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Rickie Jacobs - "Medusa's Soundtrack" (Prod. by YOG$)

Rickie Jacobs continues his reckless onslaught of new releases as he explores a darker, chopped up element of his sound on "Medusa's Soundtrack."


Is a new album on the way? Hmm... d(^_^)b

Previously: Rickie Jacobs - "The Devil Wears Prada/God Wears Gucci"

[New Mix] DJ Hourglass - Think Outside The Clock, Vol. 1

My last mix The Pregame got a great response, so I didn't want to leave the G's waiting forever for the next!

What started as an experimental practice mix of some of my favorite remixes turned into the first volume of Think Outside The Clock, a different take on a few classic and some hit records. Stevie Wonder and Tyga may not seem to be a likely pairing, but trust me. Take a ride through the decades and genres as I deliver a quick half hour mix that's sure to have you moving.

Hit me with comments on TwitterSoundcloud or Facebook! Thanks for the love... d(^_^)b

[New Mixtape] Rockie Fresh - 'The Birthday Tape'

It seems like Electric Highway just dropped, but Rockie Fresh keeps the new music coming with The Birthday Tape, his second MMG release. Stream the project below, which features Rick Ross, Gunplay, and Lunice.

Hourglass Picks: "Life Round Here" & "Panera Bread"

Previously: Casey Veggies ft. Rockie Fresh - "Energy"

J. Cole - "Cole Summer"

J. Cole freebie to kick off the week? Yes please.

Although his sophomore album isn't set to hit stores until June 25, Cole was generous enough to let loose the "Nothing Even Matters" sampled vent "Cole Summer" last night. Listen below as the Roc Nation golden child follows in the footsteps of the boss as he pens a letter to the upcoming season he's bound to dominate.

J. Cole - Cole Summer Lyrics

Previously: [Music Video] J. Cole ft. Miguel - "Power Trip"

Monday, April 29, 2013

[New Mixtape] STACE - 'Caesar'

STACE has impressed the G's so far with his singles "It's Getting Harder To Cheat" and "I'm Chillin," and now he's bound to gain even more fans with the release of his new mixtape, Caesar. The Mt. Vernon, NY bred emcee infuses jazz, R&B, and hip hop to create a formula all his own.

Stream and download Caesar below, and find out more about STACE by checking out his most recent feature on XXL's column, The Break.

Previously: STACE - It's Getting Harder To Cheat [Music Video]

Beyoncé & Andre 3000 - "Back To Black" (Amy Winehouse Cover)

A snippet of Beyoncé and Andre 3000's cover of the late Amy Winehouse's "Back To Black," surfaced about a week ago, and many people took offense to Bey and 3 Stacks touching the recent classic.

Stream the entire track in full below, which premiered on East Village Radio, and make your own decision. Do the "Party" collaborators do the the talented Amy Winehouse justice?

The Great Gatsby original soundtrack is set to hit stores on May 7. The film premieres in theaters on May 10.

Previously: [Snippet] Beyoncé & Andre 3000 - "Back To Black" (Amy Winehouse Cover)

[Music Video] Chance The Rapper ft. Ab-Soul - "Smoke Again"

As heard on his project 10 DayChance The Rapper is an emcee that we really need to blow right now. His creativity is out of this world, and it's only right that he link up with another unorthodox mind like Ab-Soul.

Watch Chance cook his heart out in the official video to "Smoke Again," and get ready for Chance's Acid Rap mixtape to hit the net TOMORROW, April 30.

Directed by: ILLROOTS



[Lyric Video] B.o.B ft. 2 Chainz - "Headband" (NSFW)

B.o.B may have taken lyric videos to a whole 'nother level today. To premiere his new DJ Mustard produced single "Headband" featuring fellow ATLien 2 Chainz in full, Bobby Ray provides a challenge of sorts. Focus on the lyrics or focus on the jiggle. Which one will you choose?

B.o.B.'s currently untitled third LP is slated to drop later this year.



Jarell Perry - "Worst Enemy"

As a thank you to all of the fans and blogs who supported Jarell Perry's incredible new project Simple Things, the singer presents the marching band drum-laced freebie "Worst Enemy." Enjoy the track below, and be on the lookout for some visuals from the breakthrough artist on the way very soon!

Previously: [Free LP] Jarell Perry - 'Simple Things'

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Ab-Soul ft. Mac Miller - "The End Is Near"

Ab-Soul and Mac Miller seem to get each other musically, and thankfully for us they continue to release records together.  All eyes are on Soul since his crowning as one of XXL's 2013 Freshman, and on his latest track "The End Is Near" he spits more than a few bars you might have to rewind to fully grasp. The track, produced by Mac Miller under the Pittsburgh emcee's alias Larry Fisherman, is a simplistic yet dark beat that's perfect for Ab-Soul and Mac to focus strictly on the lyrics.

Hit the jump to peep Ab-Soul's individual freestyle for XXL. Definitely representing TDE well!

Rickie Jacobs - "The Devil Wears Prada/God Wears Gucci"

GUE's favorite Baltimore emcee Rickie Jacobs has been relentless lately, as he drops his second The Jake produced loosie of the week. Premiered by Sermon's Domain, the homie Sermon described the dual track perfectly:
"In Star Wars Episode II-III, Anakin Skywalker was at a constant battle with himself before ultimately turning to the dark side. If that could translate to rap, Rickie Jacobs’ “The Devil Wears Prada/God Wears Gucci” would be his episode II. This two sided record finds him struggling with his career (in a story fashion, not necessarily meant to take away as personal in his life) and his surrounding. The force is strong within this one."


Songs For High School Kids is out now!

Previously: Rickie Jacobs - "GIRLS" (Prod. by The Jake)

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

[Music Video] Alicia Keys ft. Maxwell - "Fire We Make"

I may hate the album's title track, but Alicia Keys' Girl On Fire has some pretty nice deep cuts. One of them, Maxwell duet "Fire We Make," has emerged as a single, and the R&B crooner makes a rare appearance as he joins Alicia in the visuals.

Previously: [Video] Maroon 5 & Alicia Keys Take The Stage Together At The 55th Annual Grammy Awards

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Los ft. Diddy & Ludacris - "Disappointed"

Los finally flexed his Bad Boy privileges as he recruited boss Diddy and punchline king Ludacris on "Disappointed," the latest leak from Los' Becoming King mixtape. Look for the project to hit the net on April 25.



[Music Video] Ciara - "Body Party" (Starring Future)

It looks like the momentum is finally back in Ciara's favor as she shut TVs and the net down yesterday with the 106 & Park premiere of her new single "Body Party." In the Mr. X shot video, Ci takes us to a classic house party filled with cameos from some of the A's hottest (Ludacris, Trinidad Jame$, Mike WiLL, and Jazze Pha just to name a few) as she and her real-life beau see into the future of their relationship.

Of course the dance scenes are amazing, and the chemistry between Ciara and Future is clearly not being faked in this video. Watch the visuals to "Body Party" below, and hit the jump to catch Ciara's awkward moment on 106 & Park as her ex Bow Wow interviewed her while Future looked on from the crowd.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Janelle Monae ft. Erykah Badu - "Q.U.E.E.N."

I know I don't speak for all the other people archandroids out there, but the fact that Janelle Monae is ready to present her next album/suite The Electric Lady, let alone release a collaboration with Erykah Badu, has made my year.

Stream "Q.U.E.E.N." below, and I'll keep you posted on Twitter when the single hits iTunes for download. NEW JANELLE!!


Rickie Jacobs - "GIRLS" (Prod. by The Jake)

Fresh off of his project Songs For High School KidsRickie Jacobs presents his latest single "GIRLS" featuring the soulful sounds of producer The Jake.

Previously: [New Mixtape] Rickie Jacobs - "Songs For High School Kids"

[Music Video] Ryshon Jones ft. L.atasha A.lcindor - "God's Broken Smile"

Ryshon Jones' latest project In Theory is full of truth, but no other song reveals the many harsh realities of life like the standout "God's Broken Smile." Watch the Ryshon Jones, L.atasha A.lcindor and Mike Lopez directed visuals below, and pay close attention as Ryshon also provides a few puzzle pieces for the next video he plans to drop from In Theory.

Previously: Ryshon Jones - "Lunch Table II" ft. Matt Ford & Thee Tom Hardy (Prod. Thelonious Martin)

[Snippet] Beyoncé & Andre 3000 - "Back To Black" (Amy Winehouse Cover)

Soundtracks have fallen off over the years, but the musical counterpart to the upcoming film The Great Gatsby has a lot of mouths watering. Thanks in part to contributions from Jay-Z and Lana Del Rey, the most anticipated record on the soundtrack is undoubtedly Beyoncé and Andre 3000's cover of the Amy Winehouse classic "Back To Black."

Stream a 90 second snippet of their new take on the record, and be sure to cop the full version when the soundtrack hits stores on May 7.



Friday, April 19, 2013

[Music Video] Miguel ft. Kendrick Lamar - "How Many Drinks" (Remix)

Not too long after releasing the remix of "How Many Drinks," Miguel and Kendrick Lamar team up to present the visuals to the Kaleidoscope Dream cut. Watch the Clark Jackson directed video below, and hit the jump to catch Miguel's recent interview with the Breakfast Club.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

[New Mixtape] DJ Princess Cut - Early Morning Tap, Vol. 3

Instead of going the typical route of making a bedroom mix with infinite R. Kelly and Trey Songz tracks, DJ Princess Cut  switched up the formula. Take a listen to Early Morning Tap, Vol. 3 below, which features indie records from MGMT, Lykke Li, The XX, Toro Y Moi, Solange, and more.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Sean Falyon - "94 Escort" (Prod. by M. $tacks)

Sean Falyon's December EP has been doing numbers on iTunes, but instead of going Hollywood on us, he's taking it back to the days he had to push a "94 Escort."

Stream the M. $tacks produced freebie below, and check out December HERE if you need a late pass.

I'm pretty sure my family had an Escort in 94 too. It was one of those station wagon models where I'd always ride in the trunk.... oh the memories...

[Nah Right]

Previously: [EP Stream] Sean Falyon - 'December'

[Music Video] CharlieRED - "Could Be"

Rocki Evans and Cobaine Ivory have been unstoppable together as CharlieRED, and their Religion EP is a project that you should have in constant rotation if you don't already.

The lucky track from Religion to get the visual treatment this time around is one of the record's sexier cuts "Could Be." While the song itself is extremely moving, the video only amplifies the essence of the song which dwells upon the possibilities of a new relationship.


Previously: CharlieRED - Religion [EP]

[Music Video] Tez McClain - "Art vs Hustle"

"Art vs Hustle" is one of my favorites from Tez McClain's latest mixtape Scoundrel, and I'm glad to see that Raw Work Films gave it the visual treatment.

Watch below as the Atlanta emcee gets deep into the dynamics and politics of the game to show how you sometimes have to compromise your art to hustle and get it out to the masses. Tough.

Directed by Raw Work Films

Previously: [Music Video] Tez McClain - "Flick'n"

Statik Selektah ft. Raekwon, Joey Bada$$ & Black Thought - "Bird's Eye View"

Statik Selektah's "Bird's Eye View" is like a hip hop head's dream. Legend emcees Raekwon and Black Thought sharing the mic with Joey Bada$$, one of the best lyricists of the new generation? All over a Statik Selekt beat? Just hit play.

Statik Selektah - Bird's Eye View Lyrics

Statik's Extended Play album is set to hit stores on June 18th via Showoff Records.



Drake ft. James Fauntleroy - "Girls Love Beyonce"

Drake wasn't kidding when he said this would be a very good week for his fans. After giving Khaled the okay to drop "Started From The Bottom" remix "No New Friends," he sneaks in a new track using Fauntleroy's Cocaine 80s strategy. Looks like the road to Drake's forthcoming effort Nothing Was The Same is officially in sight.

Stream the "Say My Name" sampled "Girls Love Beyonce" below, which capitalizes on a scientifically proven fact. We DO love her!



Monday, April 15, 2013

DJ Khaled ft. Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne - "No New Friends" (SFTB Remix)

Drake hinted that this remix would be dropping today when he spoke to Elliot Wilson on Keep It Thoro radio, and now we have it. Stream the DJ Khaled led "No New Friends" below which features "I'm On One" collaborators Rick Ross and Lil Wayne.



[Video] Miguel Performs "Adorn" & "How Many Drinks" Live On Saturday Night Live

Miguel's album Kaleidoscope Dream may have been "overshadowed" by Frank Ocean, but it looks like he's doing more than alright as he hit Saturday Night Live last weekend to perform his hits "Adorn" and "How Many Drinks."

Watch below as Miguel puts a punk spin on the two singles, completely transforming "How Many Drinks" into garage band realness. Hit the comments to let me know how you feel about it. o_O or d(^_^)b?

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Kid Cudi ft. Kendrick Lamar - Solo Dolo Pt. 2

KiD CuDi caused a lot of commotion when he announced his amicable departure from G.O.O.D. Music, but the focus now rests on his album Indicud which is set to hit stores on April 23. One of the most anticipated tracks on the project was the Kendrick Lamar featured "Solo Dolo Pt. 2," which we are now privileged to hear since the album leaked to the masses. Don't worry though. Cudi's not mad about it...

Hit the jump to watch a clip of Cudi's interview with the LA Leakers as he speaks on what it was like working with Kendrick Lamar.

[Music Video] Frank Ocean - "Lost"

If I had my way, each song from Frank Ocean's channel Orange would have a visual counterpart. It looks as if I'm one step to having my dream come true as Frank let loose the music video for the upbeat track "Lost."

Watch below as director Francisco Soriano compiles moments from Frank's summer of 2012, and be sure to buy the Grammy Award winning album on Amazon or iTunes if you haven't already!

Previously: Frank Ocean - "Eyes Like Sky"

[New Mixtape] Cassie - #RockaByeBaby

Cassie may not have the best vocal range, but I'll tell you what she does have. A good a** team of writers and producers around her.

After being relatively quiet since her Bad Boy debut in 2006, she presents her new tape RockAByeBaby, which features guest appearances by Wiz Khalifa, Jeremih, French Montana, Fabolous, Pusha T, Ester Dean and more. What's more impressive are the multiple writing credits from Cocaine 80s frontman James Fauntleroy, Jeremih as well as the production from TDE's Sounwave and Cali saxophonist Terrace Martin. Hate if you want, but I'll give this a d(^_^)b guarantee.

Common ft. Cocaine 80s - "Congratulations"

In typical Cocaine 80's fashion, No I.D. casually sent out "Congratulations," a new collaboration with Common.

On "Congratulations" Common tells the story of his best friend getting married in June to someone who might not be the right one for him. Did she smash the homie? Listen to find out.

Common ft. Cocaine 80s - "Congratulations" Lyrics



Fantasia ft. Kelly Rowland & Missy Elliott - "Without Me"

Fantasia debuted a new sound with "Lose To Win," and it sounds like she's headed in a great direction for her album Side Effects Of You. After hearing the Kelly Rowland and Missy featured "Without Me," I might buy the album on April 23rd based on these two tracks alone.

Produced by Harmony, Kyle Stewart and Lambert, "Without Me" has enough versatility to get major radioplay and a little love in the club. Listen below and let me know your thoughts!

Hit the jump to check out the snippets from Side Effects Of You, set to hit stores on April 23.

Pusha T - "Numbers On The Board" (Prod. by Don Cannon & Kanye West)

This week has been G.O.O.D. for Hip Hop as Jay-Z silenced everyone with his track "Open Letter" and Pusha T debuted "Numbers On The Boards." The track, co-produced by Don Cannon and Kanye West, is confirmed to appear on his debut solo album My Name Is My Name.

[Karen Civil]

Previously: [Music Video] Pusha T ft. Rick Ross - "Millions"

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Miguel ft. Kendrick Lamar - "How Many Drinks" (Remix)

Miguel's latest single "How Many Drinks" is already getting decent spins on the radio, but it's sure to get more as fellow Cali leader of the new school Kendrick Lamar joins him on the remix.

Stream the single below, and hit the comments with your thoughts!

In related news, Kendrick Lamar and Miguel are covering the latest issue in VIBE where they discuss their peers and discuss the direction that R&B is headed.

Miguel also has some interesting thoughts on Frank Ocean's announcement about his sexuality coinciding with the release of both of their albums. Might be a little bit of a rivalry brewing... Click HERE to read more.



[New Mixtape] Big K.R.I.T. - 'King Remembered In Time'

Despite not achieving record breaking sales for his Def Jam debut Live From The UndergroundBig K.R.I.T.'s body of work is undeniable and his fans hold him down like no other. To bless his huge following and to dispel any naysayers, KRIT presents his latest project King Remembered In Time, another step to catapulting the Mississippi emcee and producer into the realm of the legendary.

Stream King Remembered In Time below which features Future, Wiz Khalifa, Trinidad Jame$, BJ The Chicago Kid, and more!

Download: Big K.R.I.T. - King Remembered In Time

Hit the jump to view the visuals for the James Blake sampled standout "R.E.M."

[Music Video] Luke James - "I.O.U."

Luke James hits the streets of NYC with the beautiful Rita Lynn by his side in the visuals to his latest single "I.O.U." The singer took to The Wendy Williams Show yesterday to perform the track, and I'm sure he killed it. Footage coming soon!


[New EP] SZA - 'S'

SZA prefaced her latest EP S with the acclaimed singles "ICE.MOON" and "Aftermath," and now she's ready to share all 8 tracks, which feature production from Felix Snow, Patrick Lukens, WNDRBRD, Waren Vaughn, Zodiac and See SZA Run collaborator BrandUn Deshay.

Premiered by Village Voice, S is the first in her trilogy of EPs which will also include Z and A, slated for release later in the year. Stream and download S below, and hit the jump to discover what SZA plans to accomplish through music.

Download: SZA - S [FreEP]

Rittz ft. Mike Posner - "Switch Lanes"

Atlanta emcee Rittz has had the local and indie scene's respect for quite some time now, but after hearing his latest single "Switch Lanes" featuring Mike Posner, I know his name will be common knowledge pretty soon.

Stream "Switch Lanes" below, and click HERE to preorder Rittz's upcoming album The Life and Times of Jonny Valiant, set to hit stores on April 30 via Tech N9ne's Strange Music.



Chevy Woods - "Supreme"

With the sequel to his mixtape Gangland coming soon, Chevy Woods holds his Taylor Gang diehards over with a free download of the League of Stars produced "Supreme."


Previously: Chevy Woods x Black Cobain - "Convo" + "No Love Without You"

Theophilus London ft. Menahan Street Band - "Rio"

Theophilus London keeps his collaborations in Brooklyn as he joins forces with instrumental group Menahan Street Band to present "Rio," his “introduction to the vibe I’m taking for my next, still-untitled full-length.”

If you need to take a mental tropical vacation, hit play below and mark your calendars for Tuesday, April 16 when "Rio" goes live on iTunes.


Previously: Paris 96 (Theophilus London & Jesse Boykins III) - "Afternoon"

Zo! - "The Train" ft. Sy Smith

Detroit bred instrumentalist and producer Zo! is all set to release his latest album ManMade via +FE Music, and thankfully he's sharing "The Train" with the world before the project drops on May 21.

Stream and download "The Train" FOR FREE below, which features his lovely Foreign Exchange companion Sy Smith.

Download: Zo! - "The Train" ft. Sy Smith

[+FE Music]

Previously: [Video] The Foreign Exchange Performing in Charlotte

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

[Music Video] J. Cole ft. Miguel - "Power Trip"

J. Cole is one of those artists you can always depend on. Even if he's dropping a record made for radio or the club, there will always be a deeper meaning or feel to the track than your average hit.

J. Cole takes his new single "Power Trip" a step further with the Nabil and Mike Piscitelli directed visuals. Watch below as he and Miguel meet under unfortunate circumstances back in Cole's hometown of Fayetteville, NC.

Born Sinner is currently slated to hit stores on June 25!

As a bonus, hit the jump to see J. Cole and Miguel perform "Power Trip" together for the first time during Miguel's latest show at Brooklyn's Barclays Center.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Ray J ft. Bobby Brackins - "I Hit It First"

What's a Saturday without good laughs and f*ckery?

Ray J completely dominated Twitter on Friday when he revealed the cover for his new single "I Hit It First," donning a pixelated image of his ex Kim Kardashian. Messy!

While the single artwork is foolish enough, the accompanying track is ten times worse. Despite the fact that the beat sounds like a 2002 album bonus track from 3LW, the real focal point lies in the single's lyrics.

Gems like the hook's opening line "She might move on the rappers and ballplayers..,"the bridge's "If you were to come back to me we'll make another movie," and the repetitive crooning of "I put her on" in R. Kelly "Feelin' On Yo Booty" fashion to close out the record, are what makes life worth fighting another day.

Stream "I Hit It First" below, and hit the comments with your thoughts on the Ray J soon to be platinum banger.


Friday, April 5, 2013

Big Sean ft. Common - "Switch Up"

"Guap" was a nice single to test the waters, but now Big Sean is ready to promote his sophomore album Hall Of Fame in full force. Joining him on the project's second single is his G.O.O.D. Music brother Common, who raps over something different on "Switch Up."

Stream the joint production between Million $ Mano, No I.D. and Rob Kinelski and head to iTunes at midnight if you want to download "Switch Up."


Jarren Benton - "Razor Blades And Steak Knives"

Dopest album cover of the year so far? I'd say so.
If you've heard Freebasing With Kevin Bacon and Huffing Glue With Hasselhoff, you know that Funk Volume emcee Jarren Benton is known for pushing the lyrical envelope. Thankfully, he's been compiling some more off the wall bars for his upcoming album My Grandma's Basement, set to drop this June.

Stream the project's lead single "Razor Blades and Steak Knives" below, and support the Atlanta rapper's movement by downloading the track from iTunes.

Previously: Planet VI ft. Jarren Benton  - Trouble

[Music Video] Two9 - "Where The Money At?"

Easily the best new track from Mike WiLL Made It's Est. In 1989 (Part 2.5) mixtape, Atlanta collective Two-9 drop the visuals to "Where The Money At?," a track that's bound to have you destroying your cubicle and putting in your 2 weeks notice.

As an intro to the actual record, Two9's Curtis Williams speaks on the group's comparisons to Wu Tang and elaborates more on what the collective's movement is all about.


[EP Stream] Sean Falyon - 'December'

While we're on the topic of New Atlanta today, I can't leave out hustler extraordinaire Sean Falyon. The Philly bred emcee just released his 8 track EP December, which features Miloh Smith, Indiana Rome, Brandon Rossi, Jack Freeman, and even an appearance from his Mom who tells the bearded emcee to get his act together.

Stream the entire project exclusively at SPIN.com, and click HERE to show Sean Falyon some love by copping December on iTunes.

Buy: Sean Falyon - December (iTunes)

Previously: [Music Video] Sean Falyon - "Humble"

Ryshon Jones - "Lunch Table II" ft. Matt Ford & Thee Tom Hardy (Prod. Thelonious Martin)

Usually more of a concept man, Ryshon Jones uses Thelonius Martin's production on "Lunch Table II" to go into battle emcee mode. Stream the track below, which also features fiery verses from fellow Philly emcee Matt Ford and Durham's own Thee Tom Hardy.

Alt. Download (Audiomack)


Scotty ft. Trinidad Jame$ - "Conversations On That Brown"

Scotty's been a force in Atlanta for quite some time, but thanks to an impressive showing at SXSW's #NewAtlanta showcase and a headlining tour, the rapper is bound to take on bigger and better things in 2013.

Debuting the artwork for his upcoming project F.A.I.T.H. (Foreva Atlanta In The Heart) with DJ Burn One, he also drops the project's first reveal, "Conversations On That Brown" with fellow New Atlanta representative Trinidad Jame$.

Stream the track below, and be sure to watch what you say on that brown (or clear) this weekend!


Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Luke James - "I Want You" (Remix)

As part of Danja's Throwback Track Thursday series (don't check your calendar), the accomplished producer presents the remix to his NARS artist Luke James' breakthrough single "I Want You."

The New Orleans bred singer has a big year ahead of him, with his latest singles "I.O.U." and "Make Love To Me" making alot of waves. Get ready for Luke James to debut the remix of "I.O.U." featuring Wale very soon, but for now enjoy the "Fu-Gee-La" sampled banger.

Previously: Luke James - "I.O.U."
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