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[Hip-Hop/R&B] Tory Lanez – I-95 (Prod. RL Grime, Tory Lanez, Noah Breakfast x Grave Goods)

Tory Lanez I95
Tory Lanez
I-95 (Prod. RL Grime, Tory Lanez, Noah Breakfast x Grave Goods)

With the imminent release of his debut album Lost Cause right around the corner, Tory Lanez has decided to let go of one last single to tease his fans during the short wait. Bringing forth a team effort on this one, the talented Canadian links up with a couple TMN favorites, RL Grime and Noah Breakfast, to help expand his Toronto sound. Aiming for a more introspective vibe with this track, we find Tory shuffling through his thoughts as he cruises down “I-95.” Talented as he is, “I-95″ once again allows Tory to flex his gifts as a versatile star, kicking around a few eloquent bars and vaunting his syrupy vocals on the hook. The tune serves as another fascinating glimpse into what Tory has in store for us on Lost Cause, which will finally be out this Monday.

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[Hip-Hop] Jon Waltz – College Girl

Jon Waltz - College Girl
Jon Waltz
College Girl

Jon Waltz is a part of a growing wave of multifaceted artists in the hip-hop realm who can handle everything from rapping and singing to production. It’s not a stretch by any means to say Waltz is the most talented of the bunch. Don’t believe us? Well, the evidence is plastered all over his SoundCloud page, but if you need a little more convincing, look no further than his latest track, “College Girl.”

One of the more exciting singles he’s released, “College Girl” finds the emcee flaunting his dexterity on the mic and behind the boards, with lyrics flying off the tongue at a breakneck pace to keep up with the fast-paced rhythm of the pulsating instrumental. As we all know though, Waltz has no issue with switching up the tempo, slowing things down midway through the number to pen a more reflective verse. This cut is just a preview of what to expect from Jon’s upcoming Alyss EP, which is set to drop next week.

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[Hip-Hop] Denzel Curry – Ice Age (Smoko Ono Remix)

Ice Age Remix
DENZEL CURRY
ICE AGE (SMOKO ONO REMIX)

If there’s one thing we’ve learned about Smoko Ono over the last year, it’s that the Chitown beatmaker can virtually do no wrong. For his latest exploit, Smoko grabs hold of Denzel Curry‘s “Ice Age” and uses his wizardry behind the boards to cool things down well below sub-zero temperatures. Steeped in bubbling, hazy production, the droning vocals come to life in this remake, which makes for a much louder, yet relaxing listen. This remix will be featured on Smoko’s upcoming Slackin N Makin Vol 1 EP, which is set to drop in early November.

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[Hip-Hop] Rockie Fresh – Hesitate (Prod. Peezy & Cam)

Rockie Fresh - Hesitate
Rockie Fresh
Hesitate (Prod. By Peezy & Cam)

Although Rockie Fresh has been signed to Maybach Music Group for a little over two years now, his debut album has yet to see the light of day. While we still eagerly anticipate the project, chances are it’ll still be some time before we get a chance to hear it, with releases from Stalley, Wale and the boss Rick Ross all on the way in the next few months. Nevertheless, we’ll continue to support, and are excited to hear some new material from the Chitown spitter. Working with local talents Peezy and Cam, this new track finds Rockie spitting introspective bars over a soulful, piano-driven instrumental. Clocking in at just 2:15, “Hesitate” is a rather short track, but should serve as a scrumptious appetizer for what the talented emcee’s been cooking up.

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[R&B] ESTA – Beautiful Torture (Feat. JMSN)

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Beautiful Torture (ft. JMSN)

As he gears up for the release of his upcoming Blue album, JMSN took to Twitter earlier today to share a preview of what to expect from the new project, in the form of a collaboration with ESTA titled “Beautiful Torture.” A revamped version of an instrumental that ESTA originally released last year, this refreshing rendition gains new life through some splendid vocal work on the part of JMSN. Looking back, we couldn’t ask for a more perfect fit for the sultry instrumental, and it’s pretty clear that the two talents make a pretty formidable duo. Take a listen to the track, and make sure to grab yourself a free download above.

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[NEW] Childish Gambino – Sober

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Childish Gambino
Sober [rough]

Forgive us for somehow missing out on this gem earlier today, as we were engaging in our usual Sunday football rituals. Although that’s not the best excuse, we hope you’re just as pleasantly surprised as we were to discover new material from Childish Gambino. Titled “Sober,” the track is set to be included on Bino’s double-sided mixtape, STN MTN / KAUAI, which is yet to receive a release date. Pulled from the KAUAI side of the tape, “Sober” finds the talented artist demonstrating his vocal chops, creating a pop tune that sounds right at home with many of his recent records.

While on the surface the lush, mercurial soundscape gives the song the appearance of a rather upbeat tune, if you pay close attention to the lyrics, you’ll realize it’s actually rather grim. With a hook that declares, “And now that it’s over, I’ll never be sober/I couldn’t believe, but now I’m so high,” it’s pretty clear that Bino had his heart broken recently and is turning to other substances to help ease the pain. The rest of the track finds him trying to reason with the girl and patch thing up in a last ditch effort, but his efforts seem to be in vain. It makes for an interesting dynamic, as your natural instincts to smile happily and nod your head along with the delightful melody contrast heavily with the song’s contents.

Given the title of the track on SoundCloud, it seems like this is still a rough version, but nonetheless, we’re interested to see what other sounds Childish has been experimenting with lately and can barely contain our excitement for the upcoming mixtape.

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[Chill] Rae Sremmurd – No Type (CLBTS Remix)

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Rae Sremmurd
no type (clbts remix)

After taking the game by storm this summer with the release of their debut single “No Flex Zone,” Rae Sremmurd recently teamed up with Mike WiLL Made It to unleash a follow-up titled “No Type.” While the verdict is still out on whether the duo can replicate the success of their first hit, it seems as if at least one producer has taken notice of their latest effort. Given that remixes of “No Flex Zone” have become rampant over the past few months, we’re almost relieved that CLBTS decided to take a different approach with the group’s second single. By raising the pitch on the vocals and adding in some polished synths and dainty piano work, CLBTS manages to craft an ultimately dreamy soundscape that will certainly leave you feeling some type of way.

Download the track above, and be on the lookout for more from the mysterious producer in the near future.

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