Thursday, April 25, 2013
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!
Saturday, April 6, 2013
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.
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
The fact that TiRon and Ayomari are gearing up to release their sophomore album The Great New Wonderful is enough good news for me, but to give us a sample of what to expect on the full length project, they've released with the four track EP The Wonderful Prelude pt. 1.
Stream and download Prelude for free below, and hit the jump to see if TiRon & Ayomari's tour with Blu will be hitting your city!
Monday, April 1, 2013
Tyler, The Creator plans to release his album Wolf tomorrow, and both the critics and fans are giving the Odd Future general his props on this one. The Sony distributed album is a proper follow up to his previous efforts Bastard and Goblin as we find Tyler in a more elevated creative space in terms of production and lyrical delivery.
While Odd Future videos have always been entertaining, Tyler also stepped up his game in the visual department. Watch below as he brings a Mattel themed nightmare to life in the visuals to the Pharrell featured "IFHY."
To hear how the rest of Wolf sounds before it hits stores tomorrow, stream the album in full after the jump!
Black Hippy headlined this year's Paid Dues Festival as Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul, ScHoolboy Q, and Jay Rock performed a handful of collaborations and solo tracks from their already deep collection.
Courtesy of Hip Hop Heisenberg, catch clips from their Paid Dues set, which include a few tracks from good kid, m.A.A.d city and ScHoolboy Q's latest single.
Kendrick Lamar - "Bitch Don't Kill My Vibe (Remix)"
Black Hippy - "Black Lip Bastard (Remix)"
It's safe to say that Young Jeezy's "R.I.P." brings life to the club, and it looks like the single isn't going anywhere as he recruited West Coast heavyweights Kendrick Lamar and YG to appear alongside him on the remix.
I'm not shocked that K. Dot spits the best verse on the remix, but I am surprised that I'm giving #2 to Chris Brown, who comes for Drake on his sixteen saying: "And if you started from the bottom gon' and come out the closet." Let the subliminal shots continue!
Monday, March 4, 2013
After taking us through the dark recesses of her mind on "3:16am," Jhené Aiko uses the sunshine of 3:16pm to bring us the lighter track "Burning Man."
Check out the visuals to the Artium songstress' new single below, and catch cameos from her Cocaine 80s collaborator James Fauntleroy and her daughter's uncle, Omarion. Jhené's major label debut Soul(ed) Out is in the works!
Previously: Cocaine 80's ft. Jhene Aiko & Common - "Fly Ass Pisces"
Saturday, February 16, 2013
Individually, Problem and IamSu! have become two of hardest working musicians to come out of Compton and The Bay. Now the Welcome To Mollywood 2 and $uzy 6 $peed rappers have together to present their joint project Million Dollar Afro.
Hourglass Pick: "Understand Me"
Previously: Problem ft. Bosko - Let's Get Gone
Cali producer Woody continues his streak of remix albums as he takes on Outkast's most beloved tracks and adds his signature style to "B.o.B," "ATLiens," "International Players Anthem," and more.
"OutKast is the greatest duo in music. Ever. Since they are not getting back together anytime soon, I wanted to shed new light on some of my favorite songs and give people some new Kast to bump. Hey @BigBoi, you checking this shit out?" - WoodysProduce
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Casey Veggies and Rockie Fresh have come a long way from their "Duckin N Dodgin" days, and it's glad to see that both of them are sitting pretty at the top. With both emcees celebrating their new releases, they collaborate over the Uncle Dave produced "Energy."
Congrats to Casey for recently inking a deal with Sylvia Rhone's Vested In Culture/Epic Records imprint!
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Thurz spreads some needed positivity on his new single "Keep Livin," and now the Jarell Perry assisted track gets an equally bright visual treatment. "Keep Livin" is set to appear on Thurz's next album Blood On The Canvas, and can be purchased on iTunes NOW.
Previously: Thurz - 517 W Queen Tape [New Mixtape]
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
With extremely impressive solo projects under each of their belts, Ab-Soul and JMSN have banded together to create the album Unit 6. Stream the first offering "You're Gone," below, and cop the single on iTunes if you're like me and like what you hear. Owwww...
Ab-Soul & JMSN - "You're Gone"
Ab-Soul x JMSN - "You're Gone" Lyrics + Rap Genius Explanations
If you're not familiar with JMSN, download his latest album †Priscilla† HERE on The Well Versed and take another listen to Kendrick's good kid, m.A.A.d. city. He's all over the album on background vocals.
Previously: [Music Video] Ab-Soul ft. Kendrick Lamar "ILLuminate"
Casey Veggies gave us a preview of his new mixtape Life Changes with "F*ck Witchu," but now stream the entire follow up to Customized Greatly, Vol. 3. From what I hear, this tape goes.
Previously: Casey Veggies - "Fuck Witchu"
Friday, January 11, 2013
If you're a fan of Game, Jhene Aiko, BJ The Chicago Kid, Dom Kennedy, or Casey Veggies, chances are you've heard something K. Roosevelt's had a hand in. The singer and producer who is a part of Hit Boy's HS87 label provides a formal introduction with his new EP, RoseGold.
Saturday, January 5, 2013
Casey Veggies plans to hit us with his debut studio album Life Changes on January 22nd. Along with releasing a promo video for the project, he dropped "Fuck Witchu," a freebie produced by Terrence Clayton.
Monday, December 24, 2012
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"
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
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
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
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Thurz and BJ The Chicago Kid are at it again as they take on THX's production "Another Number." Find this record and "Keep The Faith" on Thurzday's forthcoming project 517 W Queen Tape. Can't wait!