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[Soul] Lion Babe – Jump Hi (Feat. Childish Gambino)

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LION BABE
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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[Hip-Hop] Mac Miller – Just Some Raps, Nothing To See Here, Move Along

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Mac Miller
Just Some Raps, Nothing To See Here, Move Along

After signing his first major deal with Warner Bros. earlier today, Mac Miller decided to share a brand new track with his fans in order to celebrate. Miller had been operating independently since his deal with Pittsburgh based Rostrum Records expired earlier this year, but now all future releases from Mac’s own imprint, REMember Music, will be released through Warner Bros. The talented emcee had this to say about the deal, telling The Fader,

“Warner is the most independent thinking company I met with. It is a partnership and now I can focus on building my label Remember through music and let them handle everything I don’t like doing. Nothing will change in how I do things.”
The sarcastically titled track accompanying the announcement, “Just Some Raps, Nothing To See Here, Move Along,” features the gifted wordsmith doing what he does best, as he lays down some indelible bars over slick production provided by SAP. The song itself is rather short, clocking in at a little over two minutes, but it serves as small preview of what to expect from this new deal.

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[NEW] Drake – How About Now

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How About Now

Earlier today, a teenager from Marietta, Georgia managed to get his hands on a copy of a Drake song titled “How About Now,” and uploaded it to his personal SoundCloud. Though it’s still unclear how he obtained a copy of the tune, everything about it appears to be authentic. As expected, details surrounding the track are still murky, but the kid claims the song belongs to Drake’s upcoming album, Views From The 6. However, others are speculating that it might be a leftover from Nothing Was The Same.

Building off of a sample of Jodeci‘s hit “My Heart Belongs To You,” this new leak finds Drizzy lamenting to an old flame about her lack of support for his career back in his early days, while asking how she feels about him now that he’s made it big. The track also features a cameo from Nicki Minaj who plays the part of the ex leaving a voicemail at the beginning of the song. If it is in fact unreleased, our guess is issues with sample clearances prevented this from seeing the light of day. Either way, enjoy the tune above, and keep on the lookout for some official releases from Aubrey in the near future.

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Beyoncé – Party (Birthday Boy Version) [TMN PREMIERE]

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Party (Birthday Boy Version)

They say it’s not a “Party” until the Birthday Boy walks in–or at least we think they do. If it’s not a saying yet, then it definitely will be after you feast your ears upon this enticing remix of Beyoncé‘s festive classic from the savvy Canadian up-and-comer. With his flair for crafting bouncy rhythms and infectious melodies that drill themselves into your brain, Birthday Boy turns the funk up to new levels that immediately force your toes to begin tapping uncontrollably. It’s the type of fun, upbeat song that makes you wish you could repeat summer all over again, and though it may be sacrilegious of us to say, we think we prefer this birthday party even more than the original.

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[Hip-Hop] Childish Gambino – Secret Track (3005 – Beach Picnic Version)

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Childish Gambino
Secret Track

Remember when Donald Glover told his fans to learn how to code? Well, it looks like that advice is finally paying off. Over the weekend, one astute reddit user discovered a secret track hidden within Bino’s becausetheinter.net website. After some clever sleuthing and collaboration with his fellow super fans, he decided to pair the mysterious vocals with the “3005 – Beach Picnic Version” instrumental from Bino’s recently released KAUAI EP, and miraculously enough the two audio sources synced up perfectly! The end result–which you can listen to above–has been verified by Gambino himself, and it goes to show what you can achieve with a little hard work and persistence.

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[Mixtape] Tory Lanez – Lost Cause

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After months of waiting and a brief delay, we finally have our hands on Lost Cause, the eagerly anticipated project from Canadian native Tory Lanez. As we’ve alluded to in the past, Tory is a tremendous talent who’s finally ready to make a name for himself and take on the big stage. A true triple threat who excels at rapping, singing and production, the gifted musician takes the opportunity to flaunt his full repertoire of skills on this tape. Too often Tory draws comparisons to fellow Toronto native Drake, because they share a similar moody, lo-fi style, but a closer listen will reveal that the emcee stands in his own lane–no pun intended.

Upon first glance at the tracklist, one of the more admirable aspects of the project is that Tory doesn’t rely on any big name features to lift him up, instead choosing to place the spotlight on himself while leaning on a diverse stable of producers including Noah Breakfast, RL Grime, Ryan HemsworthPlay PicassoChristian Louie, SykSense and more, to help formulate a cohesive sound. Presenting a potent concoction of hip-hop and R&B, the tape features a few of our recent favorites like “I-95” and “Henny In Hand,” along with some fresh standouts like “Gold” and “Selfish // York University.” Stream the full project below, and hit the download link to grab a copy for yourself. We guarantee this one will be in constant rotation for quite awhile.

DOWNLOAD: Tory Lanez – Lost Cause

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Grandmas Crib (Prod. Play Picasso x Tory Lanez)
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Mama Told Me (Prod. Ryan Hemsworth x Tory Lanez X Play Picasso)
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Dry Your Is (Prod. Tory Lanez)
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A Week Straight (Prod. Noah Breakfast x Tory Lanez)
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Gold (Prod.Tory Lanez x Noah Breakfast x Play Picasso)
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With It // We Did It (Prod. Tory Lanez x Play Picasso)
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Selfish // York University (Prod. Tory Lanez x Play Picasso x SykSense)
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I 95 (Prod. RL Grime, Tory Lanez, Noah Breakfast x Grave Goods)
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Priceless (Prod. Daniel Worthy x Tory Lanez x Burd Keyz)
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The Mission (Prod. Christian Louie X Tory Lanez X Noah Breakfast)
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Henny In Hand (Prod. Noah Breakfast + Matti Free)
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The Godfather (Prod. Play Picasso x Tory Lanez)
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[Mixtape] Childish Gambino – STN MTN

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Seemingly appearing out of thin air, Childish Gambino has finally released his much anticipated Gangsta Grillz mixtape, STN MTN. Part of an innovative two part mixtape/EP called STN MTN / KAUAI, this is just the first half of the project, with the second half set for release on iTunes very soon. The mixtape features Bino hopping on instrumentals we traditionally wouldn’t expect him on, such as Future‘s “Move That Dope” or Lil Wayne‘s “Go DJ,” while continuing to experiment with various other new sounds.

Although we don’t have a release date for KAUAI yet, here’s what Bino recently told Complex about the project:

“It’s a Gangsta Grillz mixtape that goes into an EP. The Gangsta Grillz mixtape is a dream, and the dream ends when I wake up in Kauai. And they go into each other; it’s one complete project. You can download the mixtape and you can go buy the EP. The money from the EP goes to help with keeping Kauai clean.”
Listen to a few of our favorite tracks and follow the link below to download the mixtape from his official website, where you’ll also be able to stream the STN MTN / KAUAI project in its entirety, including the yet to be released EP.

DOWNLOAD: Childish Gambino – STN MTN / KAUAI

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Fucks Given (prod. Nick Banga)
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No Small Talk ft. Kari Faux (prod. Black Party and Kari Faux)
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AssShots remix ft. R O Y A L T Y (prod. Big Soj) 
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U Dont Have to Call (prod. Ludwig) 
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All Yall
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