Tuesday, November 19, 2013
For once, I'm glad to see Chris Brown's name in a headline for his music instead of for his legal woes and other controversy. With his album X pushed back to 2014, Breezy holds his fans over with the 6 track mixtape X-Files. The 6 track EP features collaborations with Busta Rhymes, Ludacris and Kid Ink. Enjoy below, and be sure to hit the comments with your thoughts!
Previously: [Music Video] Chris Brown - "Fine China" + Hot 97 Interview With Angie Martinez [Video]
Monday, November 11, 2013
Last year, Omarion solidified his status on the MMG roster with his impressive EP Care Package, and now that he's earned his stripes, he presents the Don Cannon hosted sequel. Stream and download Care Package 2 below, which features Audio Push, Nipsey Hussle, Casey Veggies, and Czar.
Hourglass Picks: "Leave You Alone," "Know You Better," "Diamonds & Hennessey"
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
|Artwork By: Ladale Ally|
!llmind is one of my favorite producers of all time. When I met him awhile back at the Skyzoo "Frisbees" video shoot, I remember inquiring about some production and him stating something about a budget. However, at the time I hadn't even put out my first mixtape yet and was clueless to what a budget was. When a friend of mine played the production on #BFKW I was blown away and felt the need to pay homage to one of the greatest to ever do it. Thank you !llmindHourglass Picks: "Rolling Stones," "Fast Forward," "Accept Us," "Mr. Blog[*ahem* wom]an"
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Terrace Martin is one of the rare musicians who possesses the ultimate respect of the leaders in a variety of circles, from the jazz world to the Hip Hop community. Terrace Martin combines these worlds seamlessly with his new self-produced album 3ChordFold as he calls upon Kendrick Lamar, Robert Glasper, Ab-Soul, Musiq Soulchild, James Fauntleroy, Wiz Khalifa, Lalah Hathaway, Snoop Dogg and more to make the project complete.
Purchase the album on iTunes HERE, but get a sample of 3ChordFold below by checking out "Triangleship" featuring Kendrick and "No Wrong No Right" featuring James Fauntleroy and Robert Glasper.
Monday, August 12, 2013
"I specialize in raps that mean something."
It's been a while since Memphis emcee Skewby came through with a project, and now couldn't be a better time. If you're in need of something refreshing to get you through the Monday blues, hit play and spread the word about Wishful Thinking.
Production comes from Skewby himself, Mindlabs, Thelonius Martin, and Charlie White. Skewby also rhymes over borrowed tracks from Black Milk, Tae Beast and Like.
Previously: Skewby - "When I Ride" (Prod. by Mindlabs & Skewby)
Thursday, August 8, 2013
Out of all of the Maybach Music stars on the roster, Stalley is the artist whose development has remained indie and has progressed at a more natural rate. After breaking out with his independent success Lincoln Way Nights in 2011, he's expanded his fan base with the release of Savage Journey To The American Dream as well as his Songs By Me, Stalley series.
Supported by the release of the Scarface backed "Swangin," Stalley finally let loose his latest effort, Honest Cowboy. Stream + download the project below, which features a verse from ScHoolboy Q and showcases production from Rashad, Terrace Martin, Block Beattaz, and more.
Hourglass Picks: Samson, Swangin, NineteenEighty7
Friday, June 28, 2013
Nubbz quickly became a Gs Use Emoticons favorite when he released his remix project In A Minute, and the Dutch producer has added more than a few gems to his collection since then.
Nubbz' take on Childish Gambino's "Fire Fly" and Blu's "Soul Provider" spread around the net like wildfire, and his new project Till Sunset bundles those tracks with four more featuring Nas, Danny Brown, Freddie Gibbs, and CL Smooth. Vibe out to Till Sunset below, and be sure to hit the comments with your thoughts!
Download: Nubbz - Till Sunset | Alt Download (Bandcamp)
Previously: Blu - "Soul Provider" (Nubbz Remix)
Saturday, May 25, 2013
DJ Princess Cut recently caught up with her friend Big Boi during the Athens, GA stop of his and Killer Mike's Shoes For Running Tour and decided to share her backstage access with us for the fifth episode of In The Sweetbox.
Watch below as she discusses Big Boi's latest album Vicious Lies & Dangerous Rumors, his new sock line with Crooks & Castles, and his knack for collaborating with artists in other genres.
As a bonus, hit the jump for Princess Cut's new mixtape Girls On Fie, Vol. 1 with Hot 107.9's Mz Shyneka!
- [New Mixtape] DJ Princess Cut - Early Morning Tap, Vol. 3
- [Music Video] Big Boi ft. Jake Troth, The Sons Of Thunder & Epic Meal Time - "Apple Of My Eye"
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Hip Hop strayed away from crews for a while, but the past few years have proved that the art isn't completely centered around a dog eat dog mentality. With G.O.O.D. Music, YMCMB, TDE, MMG, A$AP and the many other teams out there, T.I. is here to prove that he might be stacked with the strongest group of them all.
With a roster boasting B.o.B, Trae Tha Truth, Young Dro, Def Jam's Iggy Azalea, London emcee Chip, G.O.O.D. Music hybrid Travi$ Scott, singer Kris Stephens, and more, Hustle Gang is certainly a force to be reckoned with. Stream and download their latest offering G.D.O.D. (Get Dough Or Die) below, and don't say I didn't list this one of the best tapes of the year once December rolls around!
Hourglass Picks: "Here I Go," "Problems", "Err-body," "Only In Atlanta" (True story)
Thursday, May 2, 2013
"You don't use our music to get high. They use our music to get by..."
A powerful statement like that puts a lot of responsibility on Atlanta emcee Scotty, but he delivers 100% on his new mixtape F.A.I.T.H. (Foreva Atlanta In The Heart) with DJ Burn One. Surely the next to blow out of the A, Scotty gets support from Big K.R.I.T., Trinidad Jame$, Le$, Killa Kyleon, Miloh Smith, Ebony Love, and more.
Stream + download F.A.I.T.H. below, and get used to seeing Scotty's name a lot more on GsUseEmoticons.
Previously: Scotty ft. Trinidad Jame$ - "Conversations On That Brown"
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
It's true. "Girls Love Beyonce." But that doesn't mean we can't love Rihanna either.
Brooklyn jack of all trades MeLo-X reps for the Barbadian Roc princess as he turns transforms the Drake record into "Girls Love Rihanna," a work all his own. Enjoy below, and hit the jump to download MeLo's latest EP GOD: LoFi.
After listening to Chance The Rapper's Acid Rap yesterday, I was left feeling a sense of deja vu which took me back to my first time hearing Kendrick Lamar's Section 80. As someone who was a fan of Kendrick's previous works, I could tell the second it started that this project would change everything. If past experiences teach me anything, it's that Chance The Rapper is set for the same fate.
Acid Rap is better than most albums hitting stores today, thanks to Chance's ability to lace his melodic flows with strong lyrics and the cohesive yet unique sound courtesy of Peter Cottontale and Stefan Ponce. Proof that Chicago hip hop is not confined to one sound, stream and download Acid Rap below, which features BJ The Chicago Kid, Twista, Action Bronson, Childish Gambino and more.
Download: Chance The Rapper - Acid Rap
Previously: [Music Video] Chance The Rapper ft. Ab-Soul - "Smoke Again"
J. Cole put the internet on pause Monday when he dropped off the freebie "Cole Summer," and to keep the momentum leading up to the June 25th release of Born Sinner high, Cole presents the second installment of his Truly Yours EP series for his fans.
On TY2 J. Cole surprisingly hands off the production duties on a few songs-- Canei Finch ("Westside Right On Time," "The Jig Is Up (Dump'n)" and the highly accomplished Jake One each lent their talents. Stream the project below, which features Young Jeezy, 2 Chainz and Bas.
Download: J. Cole - Truly Yours
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
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"
Monday, April 29, 2013
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]
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
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]
Friday, April 5, 2013
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"
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Every blue moon, I get an e-mail in my inbox that I call hidden treasure. Amidst the many struggle submissions, I was sent Jarell Perry's Simple Things EP which I haven't been able to stop listening to since I hit play.
You may remember the California singer-songwriter from his collaboration with Thurz on "Keep Livin" or recognize him from his extremely popular YouTube covers. If not, you're bound to know the name Jarell Perry soon, and you should start with the EP which features the standouts "Awkward" and "Whiskey A Go Go." R&B is in a great place these days, and if Simple Things is any indication, Jarell Perry is in it for the longhaul.
DOWNLOAD: Jarell Perry - Simple Things
Previously: [Music Video] Thurz ft. Jarrell Perry - "Keep Livin"
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!