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[Hip-Hop] Future – Benz Friendz (Whatchutola) (Feat. Andre 3000)

Benz Friendz (Whatchutola) (Feat. Andre 3000)

When Future was brought out during Outkast‘s set at Coachella last weekend, the Atlanta native was given the opportunity to premiere this single live on stage with two of his city’s legends. Although the performance was received rather unenthusiastically by the audience in Indio, we could tell that the song had some promise. After the collaboration with Andre 3000 was found to be conspicuously missing from the live stream that MTV premiered earlier this week, we finally have the chance to hear the track in its full, studio quality form.

With his auto-tuned hybrid R&B trap rapping style, Future may be a polarizing figure for most hip-hop fans, but that shouldn’t stop you from listening to this album cut. As we all know appearances from Mr. 3 Stacks are few and far between these days, and every rare guest verse is a chance to gaze into the mind of one of music’s greatest. From the get go, the tune seems almost perfectly crafted for Dre himself, and his mastery of the mic is still undeniable. As the pair trade bars about their distaste for materialistic women and paper chasers, Future puts up a valiant effort, but alas, is no match for the wisdom of Andre 3K.

In the end, the record instead hypes us up for the prospects of a new Outkast album (or even an Andre solo project), however bleak the odds may be. This single can still be found however, on Future’s upcoming effort, Honest, set to drop Tuesday, April 22nd. You can also hit the jump to catch the visuals for Future’s recent Kanye-assisted single, “I Won.”

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[Hip-Hop] Sango x GoldLink – Wassup

GoldLink Sango
Sango x GoldLink

As they prepare for their respective sets at this weekend’s Broccoli City Festival in Washington D.C., GoldLink and Sango have decided to give fans a little preview of what to expect with this brand new freebie. Hip-hop fans should instantly recognize the sample of Timbaland & Magoo‘s “Indian Flute,” which Sango flips to perfection, while the DMV native brings his bouncy, frenetic flow to match the rhythms of the dope instrumental. It’s an addictive listen from start to finish, and one we’ll definitely be bumping alongside the emcee’s recent mixtape, The God Complex

Grab the free download above, and if you’re in the area, make sure to land yourself some tickets to the Broccoli City Festival which promises to be an exciting show with other headliners including Cam’Ron, Just Blaze and Kelela.

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Sunday Night Soul [Vol. 22]

Sunday Night Soul

While most of the ninja team spent the weekend melting away under the desert sun at Coachella, the rest of us here at TMN have been hard at work to ensure that you have the latest and greatest tunes the internet has to offer. While FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out for those who don’t know) is inevitable while our eyes our glued to the live stream on YouTube, we’ve managed to keep ourselves relatively busy by scouring the net for the most serenely sublime tracks we could find. Although we expected a bit of a slowdown in output this week with the advent of festival season, we instead were surprised to stumble upon an overwhelming amount of material while assembling this magnificent playlist.

We can’t safely say we’ve covered everything here, but we’re fairly certain we’ve found the best of the best. Those include selections from Tin Gardens, D.R.A.M., Submotion Orchestra, Iman Europe, Tiara Thomas, Raleigh Ritchie, Betty Who, Bayou, Telescope Thieves, Joey Solo, XONA, WLYN, Falcons, Lido, Maryann, JENI, CompSci, woodini and Kwabs. Of course there’s plenty of other gems hidden below, but you’ll need to sift through to find them for yourself.

Tin Gardens
Leave Slow
Slime ft. George Maple
Soul (FloFilz Remix)
Sye Elaine Spence
Is This Love
Moses Sumney
Royal Auditorium
Feet In The Water w/ Sunny & Gabe
Wait For You Ft. Bianca Rose
Taylor McFerrin
The Antidote (feat. Nai Palm)
Submotion Orchestra
All Yours
Try Me (feat. Ego Ella May)
Iman Europe
Kneva Know (prod. Zikomo)
Aaron Ab Abernathy
In Love/Near
Elle Varner
Little Do You Know
Tiffany Evans
Just Something To Say
Melo B Jones
Shoulda Woulda Coulda (prod. by Žiga Murko)
Maribelle Anes
Lips Lock (Prod. by Maribelle Anes)
August Alsina
Get Ya Money feat. Fabolous
Tiara Thomas
You Do
Math Allen
Get Out The Way (Prod. By The Ambassadors)
1 O.A.K.
Slide Thru Ft. P Lo (Prod. by Hyperspace Music)
Rome Fortune
Come & Get It (Prod. DunDeal)
We Can Make Love
Raleigh Ritchie
The Chased
Betty Who
Lovin Start
Every Little Word
Fantastic Mr Fox feat. Denai Moore
On My Own
b a y o u
The Doin
Telescope Thieves
Svns (feat. Nori)
Grand Beach
Swim Good ft. S. Carey & Daniela Andrade
Jon B
Calling On You ( J LOUIS ) remix
Jansport J
Teresas Prototype
John Legend
GreenLight (Iman Omari Flip)
Melo Zed
About (her)
Joey Solo
Christina (Out now on Play It Louder Vol.2)
If Youre Lost
Better (Prod. XONA)
This Girl
Radio Roman (XONA Remix)
I Got
Duncan Gerow
Tinashe + Esta = Vulnerable
Body Party (Kwok Remix)
Me & U (Altisko Rework)
Doin U Right
Jalen Jenkins
For Me
West District
Persian Rugs (Falcons Bootleg)
Too Much (GXNXVS Remix) (Feat. Sampha)
Brias Interlude (SAVON Bootleg)
Poetic Justice
Kendrick Lamar (Ft Drake)(XONA Remix)
We Be All Night (DERP)
Yung Lean
Gatorade (Lido Remix)
You And Me (Prod By N8 The Gr8)
Miley Cyrus
Adore You (CompSci Remix)
Marvin Gaye
Ive Got My Music (KidBeat Refix)
Jhene Aiko
My Afternoon Dream ( Telescope Thieves Edit)
J Rican
Prototype Body (StarRo X Jeftuz MashUp)
Raheem Devaughn
Woman (Layzie Edit)
Duncan Gerow
Usher + DJ Clue = My Way
Find You (Sci Fi Scheme Remix)
Who Babe (Flamingosis Remix)
Mitch Murder
Mirage (SevnthWonder Remix)
The Weeknd
get it shawty
2 On Ft Schoolboy Q (woodini Remix)
Fluke Nukes
Always (Unmastered)
Something Right
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[NEW] Disclosure & Friend Within – The Mechanism

Disclosure x Friend Within
The Mechanism

As they prepare for their set later this weekend at Coachella, Disclosure decided to tease their fans with some fresh material, teaming up with fellow UK producer Friend Within to produce a brand new single deemed “The Mechanism.” Designed to tear up the dancefloor, the reverberant piece is packed with a potent combination of warped bass, hi-hats, and powerful synths that’ll get your hips shaking in no time. Give yourself over to the music, and keep this one on repeat for the rest of the night, because we already know you’re not going to want to listen to anything else.

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[Hip-Hop] Atmosphere – Kanye West

Atmosphere - Kanye West
Kanye West

Before you have a heart attack at the prospects of a hip-hop collaboration of unfathomable proportions, we want to stop you from making any dangerous assumptions. This is a song by Atmosphere, and the title of the song is “Kanye West.” Yeezy had no involvement with this song at all unfortunately, and nor is this a tribute to him either. The motivation for this one is best explained by Slug himself, who recently told Pigeons & Planes 

I wanted to write a song about loving something so much that you submit to the moment.
The single itself carries with it a familiarly gritty Atmosphere sound. It may be 2014, but Slug’s storytelling skills are as poignant as ever, and Ant‘s work behind the boards just as immaculate. Now that we’ve heard the first two singles from Southsiders, we could not be more excited for the release of the group’s upcoming album on May 6th. Stream the track above, and head over to iTunes to pre-order the album and receive copies of “Bitter” and “Kanye West” instantly. You can catch the official video for “Bitter” as well after the jump.

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[Chill] EPISODE – Dust (Feat. Mree & Topaz Jones)

Dust Feat. Mree & Topaz Jones

As bloggers, we live for the moments when a song comes across our inbox that inexplicably grips us from the very first moments and never lets go. Calming is the word that instantly comes to mind when listening to EPISODE‘s “Dust,” as Mree‘s affectionately delicate, reassuring vocals snake their way around your body, and slowly melt all your worries away. By the time the drums kick in just prior to the one minute mark, you’ve already reached such a state of nirvana that it seems as if Topaz Jones‘ slick lyrics are effortlessly gliding over the lush instrumental. With the weather finally taking a turn in the right direction, there’s no better song we could imagine listening to during those breezy summer afternoons.

While not much is known about the mysterious NYC based production entity behind this blissfully enchanting tune, there’s no question in our minds that it’s only a matter of time before EPISODE become household names. Keep your fingers hovering over that play button, because repeat listens are inevitable. If you still can’t get enough (we really can’t blame you), head over to the group’s official website to snag yourself a free download of this amazing gem.

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[NEW] Future – I Won (Feat. Kanye West)

Future I Won
I Won (Feat. Kanye West)

Judging by the title, you’d think this song would be the anthem for Shabazz Napier to rock in the UConn locker room tonight. However, this song is referring to whole different type of winning, as Future and Kanye West detail how they landed first place in the wifey contest (knotting Ciara and Kim Kardashian respectively). While we would never personally recommend referring to your significant others as trophies, we’re pretty certain guys like Yeezy and Future can get away with it fairly easily. While we would have appreciated a banger from these two, we can’t hate on them for wanting to get in touch with their romantic sides.

Stream the sentimental single above, and look out for Future’s upcoming album, Honest, set to drop later this month on April 22nd.

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