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[NEW] The Neighbourhood – #icanteven (Feat. French Montana)

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#icanteven (feat. French Montana)

If you told me before today that you foresaw The Neighbourhood teaming up with French Montana to create a single titled “#icanteven,” I would say you sir (or madam) are a liar. Before you rush to judgment about the cliché hashtagged title, let us assure you that this is not the basic girl anthem you might perceive it to be. Set to be featured on the group’s upcoming album, #000000 & #FFFFFF (that translates to black and white for those fluent in HTML), this new tune is a heavy hearted banger that deals with the rage that spills over when finding out your special someone has cheated on you. Though French Montana is an interesting addition (Lamar Odom says hi), he actually delivers a surprisingly catchy verse that fits in nicely over the wicked instrumental. “#icanteven” say I’m mad about his inclusion on this one.

Stream the track above, and look out for #000000 & #FFFFFF when it drops next week on Thanksgiving.

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[Hip-Hop] Flying Lotus – Masquatch (Feat. DOOM)

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Masquatch ft DOOM

Is there a more perfect pairing in hip-hop than Flying Lotus and MF DOOM? Although the two have only worked together a handful of times, their chemistry is undeniable, and over the years fans have clamored to see them in the studio again. Extracted from the revamped GTA V soundtrack, “Masquatch” might be the most impressive outing from the two yet. You have to give some props to the dudes over at Rockstar Games for helping this joint see the light of day, while allowing both artists to star on center stage with the freedom to do what they do best. Measuring in at a hair under two minutes, DOOM emblazons his emphatic, spastic flow over a crawling, ominous instrumental. After hearing what the two have to offer on this one, we can only imagine what a full EP between them would sound like.

Listen to the dope tune above, and make sure to also check out FlyLo’s recent collaboration with Krayzie Bone on “Medication Meditation,” which is also set to be featured on the updated video game soundtrack.

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Medication Meditation ft. Krayzie Bone
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[NEW] Mary J. Blige – Follow (Prod. Disclosure)

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Follow

Legendary pop diva Mary J. Blige and UK production duo Disclosure have quickly become the best of friends, collaborating on a number of tracks in 2014. The partnership blossomed earlier this year when the three teamed up for a a remix of “F For You” from the pair’s debut album, Settle, and later solidified when they came together again for “Right Now.” Co-written by Jimmy Napes,  ”Follow” is now the third collab between the talented trio, and if their previous dalliances are any indication of what to expect, this one is bound to blow you away once more. Mary’s upcoming album, The London Sessions, is set to release next week on November 24th, and will also include features from Emeli Sandé, Naughty Boy, Sam Smith and Sam Romans. You can pre-order your copy on iTunes now.

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[NEW] Eminem – Detroit Vs. Everybody (Feat. Royce Da 5’9″, Big Sean, Danny Brown, Dej Loaf & Trick Trick) (Prod. Statik Selektah)

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Eminem, Royce, Big Sean, Danny Brown
Detroit Vs Everybody Shade 45 Rip (prod. by Statik Selektah)

In a major move that almost nobody saw coming, Eminem assembles a few of Detroit’s finest to form a monster collaboration that pits the city’s top dogs against the rest of the rap game. This is a team up that fans have been pining after for awhile, and it’s great to see all of these Motor City natives assembled together under one roof. Featuring some heavy hitters like Royce Da 5’9″, Big Sean, Danny Brown and Dej Loaf, this absolute banger finds each emcee in top form as they trade indelible bars over a stadium worthy Statik Selektah instrumental. We won’t make a judgment on who murdered their verse the hardest, but it’s definitely closer than you might expect.

It’s only appropriate that the track would be featured on Marshall’s upcoming Shady XV compilation project, dropping later this month on November 24th. Those interested in copping this single before that date can pre-order the project on iTunes now. And if you haven’t had enough Eminem, check out the “SHADY CXVPHER” he released earlier today that features Slaughterhouse and Yelawolf, after the jump.

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[Hip-Hop/R&B] Tory Lanez – Dem Ones

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DEM ONES (PROD. SARAH J + TORY LANEZ)

After dropping one of the best mixtapes of the year to start the month, Toronto native Tory Lanez has retuned to the scene, reviving his Fargo Fridays series on Halloween. This is definitely one hell of a treat, as Tory picks up right where he left off on Lost Cause,  flashing his brilliance behind the mic while simultaneously handling production duties as well. ”Dem Ones” is as “swavey” a cut as any, and it doesn’t appear like the young talent plans on slowing things down anytime soon. Listen to the track above, and if you haven’t had a chance yet to check out Lost Cause, make sure to do so ASAP.

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[NEW] Drake – Heat Of The Moment (Prod. by 40) + 6 God (Prod. by Boi-1da & Syk Sense) + How Bout Now (Prod. by Boi-1da & Jordan Evans)

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We probably should have seen this coming, right? With yesterday being Drake‘s birthday, October’s Very Own decided to celebrate by sharing a preview of what he’s been cooking up in preparation for his next album, Views From The 6.  The three new tracks, “6 God,” “Heat Of The Moment,” and “How Bout Now,” (which you may remember first leaked earlier this week) seem to be related to Aubrey’s upcoming project, but there’s no confirmation of their origins. The accompanying artwork (above) does seem to imply there is a connection though.

The 28 year old emcee spared no expense with his shiny new gifts. Each single represents a different flavor of Drizzy; so whether you prefer his bombastic, “no-fucks given” attitude, or his more mellow, lo-fi, seductive sound, he’s got you covered. Stream all three tracks above, and make sure to download the free offerings as well. Expect to hear more from Drake’s View From The 6 as he readies the album for release next year.

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6 God (Prod. by Boi 1da & Syk Sense)
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Heat Of The Moment (Prod. by 40)
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How Bout Now (Prod. by Boi 1da & Jordan Evans)
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[Soul] Lion Babe – Jump Hi (Feat. Childish Gambino)

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Jump Hi (ft. Childish Gambino)

After releasing their first single, “Treat Me Like Fire” early last year, Lion Babe has finally resurfaced with a brand new track featuring Childish Gambino. The New York based duo–consisting of vocalist Jillian Hervey and producer Lucas Goodman–come through with an impressive second effort here, delivering a bubbly new number that’s guaranteed to please. Goodman puts a sample of Nina Simone‘s “Mr. Bojangles” to good use here, crafting a skittering, soulful instrumental that allows Hervey’s pipes to flourish, while Bino takes command in the final minute to provide some prolific and eloquent worldplay. As the name implies, “Jump Hi” is the type of tune that’ll make you want to get up off of your feet and get active. If you enjoyed this one, make sure to also check out the recent remix of “Treat Me Like Fire” that Snakehips dropped over the weekend.

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