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[Hip-Hop] SZA – Babylon (feat. Kendrick Lamar)

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Babylon feat. Kendrick Lamar

Just a day away from the release of her debut album, SZA keeps the buzz high letting loose a track featuring her fellow Top Dawg Entertainment  signee Kendrick Lamar. “Babylon” fits nicely with the tracks we have already heard from the project as SZA displays her uniquely airy sound over mellow, but heavy instrumental from DJ Dahi, the producer of a number of recent hits including “My Type of Party.” As expected, Kendrick delivers an amazing verse delving into the themes of introspection and solitude initially introduced by SZA. Enjoy this track above and look for on iTunes tomorrow.

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[Hip-Hop] Leather Corduroys – Porno Music Volume II: TSFR (EP)

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Porno Music Volume II: TSFR

Leather Corduroys,  consisting of Chitown’s own Kami de Chukwu and Joey Purp, dropped off a brand new EP a couple nights ago and it continue to show why their SaveMoney collective is here to stay. Porno Music Volume II: TSFR, which has no predecessor despite its strange sequel-implying title, is an eclectic and often refreshingly strange mix of music reflective of the state of Midwestern hip-hop.

With production and lyrical content that progressively ranges from lo-fi to full-on trap, the EP is full of creative energy and expression. An especially dope track, “Nightmare on Chicago Ave,” comes on around the 6-minute mark, when the two emcees drop all playfulness and demonstrate that they can hold their own next to any rapper out there.

It is evident through the cohesiveness of the EP that these artists took the time to think about their project as a whole, making it a start-to-finish must listen. Enjoy this one above and look for more heat from SaveMoney this summer.

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[Chill] SZA – Childs Play (feat. Chance the Rapper) (prod. XXYYXX)

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Childs Play (prod. XXYYXX)

Top Dawg Entertainment‘s first female signee SZA, who is currently gearing up to release a project, dropped off an incredibly laid-back tune just a few minutes ago. As if one new Chance the Rapper verse wasn’t enough for today, the young emcee also snagged some bars on this cut. If you are already familiar with Orlando-based phenom producer XXYYXX, you will likely recognize the production from his 2012 track “About You” although it has been slightly sped up with some additional instrumentation by Dae One.

SZA’s vocals glide over the haunting, down-tempo beat and Chance delivers a solid verse that displays both his lyricism and unique singing voice. When the vocals of TDE’s first lady and Chance collide near the end, they make for a soothing harmony that close out the song perfectly. Peep above and keep an eye out for SZA’s project, Z,  which is set to drop on April 8th.

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[Hip-Hop] Chance the Rapper & The Social Experiment – Home Studio

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Chance The Rapper & The Social Experiment
Home Studio ( Back Up In This Bitch)

Chit-town rep and ninja favorite Chance the Rapper just improved our morning with a spontaneous release. “Home Studio,” as its name suggests, is a pretty raw song, but continues Chance’s creative narrative.

Over some fittingly fun and bouncy production, Chance goes in full ad-lib mode boasting about his success in the industry despite the uniqueness of his sound. In a way, the goofy tone ends up complementing the light and triumphant content of the lyrics. Check this one above for a fresh, mid-week energy boost.

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[NEW] Kid Cudi – Hero (Feat. Skylar Grey)

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Hero (feat. Skylar Grey) [NFS Soundtrack]

The man on the moon has been keeping busy lately. Aside from an impromptu album release just a few weeks ago, Kid Cudi will be in the upcoming video game-based Need for Speed film with Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul and recently anded the role of Ari Gold’s assistant in HBO’s Entourage film. Naturally, Cudder also was given a song on the NFS soundtrack which surfaced earlier this evening.

“Hero” features some accompaniment from Skylar Grey, but certainly falls in line with the cinematic feel of Cudi’s music as of late. Over atmospheric and building production, the Cleveland emcee delivers his unique, dark lyricism in a way that only he knows how. Grey’s vocals come in a bit later and actually work surprisingly well in a unique collaboration. Enjoy this one above and grab a free download through the Google Play store.

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[NEW] SBTRKT – Transitions (EP Stream)

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Since his incredible self-titled debut album in 2011, SBTRKT has had his fans eagerly anticipating new music. While his long-awaited follow up is yet to have a set release date, the talented experimental producer provided a stream of a brand new EP today to hold us over.

Appropriately titled Transisitions, SBTRKT’s new EP serves as an instrumental journey that displays his unique attention to the subtleties and nuances of his art. The project will be released in three parts on vinyl and for digital purchase–Part 1 on May 5th, 2 on May 19th and 3 on June 2nd.

As always, you can check out a couple of our favorites above, but we highly recommend heading over to SBTRKT’s website for the full stream with some breath-taking accompanying interactive visuals.

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[NEW] Chromeo – Jealous (I Ain’t With It)

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Jealous (I Ain't With It)

In preparation for their upcoming 4th studio album, electro-funk legends Chromeo have dropped a number of incredibly addictive, feel-good songs in the last few months. Today, the Canadian duo unleashed “Jealous,” yet another testament to their ability to capture the groove of old-school funk, while utilizing the new age sounds of EDM.

This is one that will have you dancing regardless of where you are or who is watching–or maybe that’s just me. Enjoy above and look out for White Women, which is set to drop in May and has all the makings of a great project.

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