Suitcase (Ft. Chance The Rapper)
Chicago’s SaveMoney collective has had quite the breakout year with artists including Chance the Rapper, Vic Mensa, Kami De Chukwu and Joey Purp all coming into their own as favorites among hip-hop fans. On their latest release, Mensa teams up with Chance for a laid-back cut that showcases both of their unique styles.
“Suitcase” features a minimal beat, and flows that make the song feel more like an intimate conversation. Despite its slow tempo, the content and original styles will keep you interested, and Chance shows off his singing chops as it comes to a close. Enjoy and grab a free download above. Also, make sure to check out Mensa’s video for his recent collaboration with producer Clams Casino, “Egyptian Cotton,” after the jump.
When Childish Gambinos “3005″ first made its way into the blogosphere, it became clear that his upcoming album, which is now streaming through iTunes Radio, would be one to look out for. Today, the multi-talented artist brings some visuals to the standout from his impressive sophomore effort. Watch below as Gambino hangs with a teddy bear on a ferris wheel keeping the theme of the expressionless “No Mouth Emoji” going in an entertaining and creative way. Because of the Internet drops on December 10th.
Telegraph Ave (Ta ku Remix)
Childish Gambino has been on a roll the last few weeks as he prepares for the December 10th release of his second album, Because of the Internet. Earlier today, Bino re-tweeted a status from actor Michael B. Jordan, of The Wire and Fruitvale Station, that included the dreamy “Telegraph Ave.” and a remix from up and coming producer Ta-Ku. While we saw the higher-energy, punchline-heavy Childish on “Sweatpants”, he showcases his singing chops over floating, synth-heavy production only rapping briefly, but effectively, around the 2-minute mark. The title of the song refers to a main street that covers multiple cities, including Oakland, within the East Bay Area. While pure speculation, it seems possible that Michael B. Jordan’s recent role as Oakland’s Oscar Grant in Fruitvale Station has some thing to do with the way it was released.
While the original is a treat in itself, the Ta-Ku remix might be the true gem of this release. The Huh What & Where affiliated artist puts a beautiful twist on the track chopping, and distorting, the vocals and speeding things up a bit with a variety of unique percussion.
Listen to both tracks above and grab a free download of them together HERE. You can check out the 14-second, “No Emoji” trailer for Because The Internet after the jump.
Joey Bada$$ x J Dilla
Joey Bada$$, one of Brooklyn’s youngest and brightest talents, has become known for his fresh take on the sounds of his hip-hop predecessors. Over the last couple years he has repeatedly proven an unmatched ability to deliver intelligent, clean bars over classic beats from the likes of MF Doom, Lord Finesse and, his personal favorite, J Dilla. On Joey’s latest offering, he gets a chance to spit over a previously unreleased beat from the late, legendary Dilla with incredible results.
J Dilla’s relaxed, lo-fi backdrop sets the scene for one of the young emcee’s dopest tracks both in terms of delivery and lyricism. “Two Lips” fits with Joey’s recent shift towards a darker, grittier and more contemplative style, while displaying the impressive evolution of his flow. The above track came out of a collaboration between the J Dilla Foundation, which provides instruments and music classes to low-income children, and Akomplice Clothing. It will be available online on November 29th as a limited edition vinyl to go along with a Dilla-inspired line from Akomplice here, and all proceeds will go to the cause.
White Tiger (Star Slinger Remix)
Thank God it’s Friday, but, for many of us, a full day of work or school remains before reaching the glorious weekend. Luckily, Star Slinger is here to save our morning, day and night with a funky, soulful remix of Izzy Bizu‘s “White Tiger.” In typical fashion, the UK producer lets things build before slicing and dicing the vocals over his unique brand of manic percussion. The end result proves both relaxed and danceable. I found myself jamming out to this in bed this morning, but it just as easily could be a great track to fuel your Friday night shenanigans. Peep above and head to Star Slingers FB page for a free download.
Production duo LifeAlert are back at it again, this time with a heavy, fun Halloween-friendly slap. On their latest offering, the Bay Area natives introduce an addicting flute melody that turns into a booming chorus. Around the 2-minute mark, “Heat” breaks down into a more bouncy feel before hopping right back into the big room sound. This one’s perfect for your Thursday night trick-or-treating romp. Listen and grab a free download of this treat above. If you’re really digging it, head over to their SoundCloud to check out some more LifeAlert tracks.
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Life Is Hard (Teen Daze Remix)
The hippie-inspired collective that is Edwarde Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros is always a great change of pace for those looking for something more organic and free spirited. While their music does not generally lend itself to the more electronic remixes, Vancouver-based producer Teen Daze has managed to flip the emotional “Life is Hard” into a 6-minute airy and ambient masterpiece. The remix features an extended intro using only a brief soundbyte of the original and it’s not until the three minute mark that the vocals of Alex Ebert make a brief, warped appearance. Despite a drastically different sound, this rework seems to communicate a similar sentiment as Ed Sharpe’s original.
Teen Daze’s take on “Life is Hard” floats along with only a subtle build-up creating a surreal ambiance perfect for zoning out the perils of your week. Enjoy and grab a free download of this meditative track above.