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[Chill] Gravez – Where We From

GRAVEZ - WHERE WE FROM
Gravez
Where We From

Gravez can do no wrong. We’ve known that to be true for a little while now, but we just wanted to make sure we made that statement official. His latest single, “Where We From,” is only further testimony to that fact. Inspired by fellow production whiz Sango (who also designed the above artwork), Gravez’s latest single demonstrates his versatility behind the boards. Flipping a sample of Enur‘s 2007 hit “Calabria,” this new tune has an irresistible bounce to it that is sure to get your head bopping, but the adept piano works helps mellow the track out, making this a perfect listen for just about any occasion.

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[NEW] Cashmere Cat – Adore (Feat. Ariana Grande)

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Adore feat. Ariana Grande

If producing a track with Kanye West wasn’t evidence enough that the Cashmere Cat takeover is real, this new single with Ariana Grande will most certainly erase any doubts in your mind. It’s impossible to believe this pairing would result in anything less than gold, as Ariana’s heavenly vocals absolutely thrive over Cashmere’s lush soundscape. By the end we guarantee you’ll be screaming “my my my” right along with the addicting chorus. Stream the single above, and then head over to iTunes to snag yourself a copy.

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[Video] Tory Lanez – Henny In Hand

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Tory Lanez
Henny In Hand (Prod. Noah Breakfast + Matti Free)

When Tory Lanez first dropped “Henny In Hand” last fall, it was an instant favorite here at TMN. Now a few months later, we finally have equally stunning visuals for the mesmerizing single. Directed by Andrew Hines (who also helmed the visuals for “The Godfather“), the video opens with Tory seated in the VIP area of a club eyeing a female from afar. The woman accepts payment from another gentleman who offers to take her home, and the rest of the story unfolds with Tory following closely behind. We don’t want to reveal too many details though, as there’s certainly a few exciting twists near the end.

Peep the visuals below, and make sure to check out his most recent collaboration with Snakehips on “Dimelo.” Now that he’s wrapped up his second Lost Cause tour, expect even more music from Tory on the way. In the meantime, feel free to read what he had to say to us about the experience last month.

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[Hip-Hop] Action Bronson – Baby Blue (Feat. Chance The Rapper) (Prod. Mark Ronson)

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ACTION BRONSON
Baby Blue ft. Chance The Rapper (Prod. Mark Ronson)

With Action Bronson‘s Mr. Wonderful LP due out later this month, the Queens native has decided to share yet another outstanding track from the highly anticipated project. After recently hopping on the remix for Mark Ronson‘s smash hit, “Uptown Funk,” Bronson has teamed up with the veteran producer one more time for “Baby Blue,” with Chance The Rapper taking over duties on the somewhat hilarious chorus. Although “Baby Blue” is all about dealing with relationship woes, the song remains playful in tone. Already the fourth single from Bronson’s upcoming album, this might be our favorite record from the project yet. If this one doesn’t inspire a pre-order for the album we’re not sure what will.

Mr. Wonderful is set to hit shelves on March 24th. Stream the track above, and hit the jump to catch Bronson’s ridiculous video for “Actin’ Crazy”

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[NEW] Kanye West – All Day (Feat. Allan Kingdom & Theophilus London)

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Kanye West
All Day (feat. Allan Kingdom & Theophilus London)

Yeezy season is officially upon us. If you need any proof, look no further than Kanye’s performance at last week’s BRIT Awards. After tearing the house down in the UK, fans were clamoring to get their hands on Ye’s new surprise team-up with Theophilus London & Allan Kingdom. Well, the wait is finally over, as we now have our hands on the CDQ version of the new track.

“All Day” is already the fourth single we’ve heard from Ye’s upcoming album, So Help Me God, following “Only One,” “FourFiveSeconds” and “Wolves.” Though we thought we had some kind of idea of what direction the album was heading in sonically, this latest single throws a wrench in all of our expectations. But then again, Kanye is not known as one to follow expectations. We guess the only way to truly find out is when the album drops later this year. Chances are it’s coming sooner than you think.

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Sunday Night Soul [Vol. 42]

Sunday Night Soul

If you’re anything like us, chances are you spent a good majority of your weekend binging on season 3 of House of Cards. Now this particular ninja hasn’t made it to the end yet, so no spoilers please, but if your head is still spinning from all the twists and turns of high stakes political drama, we think the best way to recover is with some Sunday Night Soul. We’ve gathered some tunes from a slew of impressive talent, like dot, Silk Rhodes, Olga Matu, Moods, SIAM, Leon Bridges, J Warner, A.CHAL, Alo Lee, Tommy Brown, OshiR.O.M, ESPEN, luminate, CYGN, steelix, Neck, madbliss, The Theorist, herzeloyde, The Discipline, real slow, Nehzuil, Thief, Fluke Nukes, Promnite and FAB all in an effort to help cleanse your mind of any diabolical schemes implanted by Frank Underwood himself. So, if you somehow find yourself planning out scenarios to have your co-worker “taken care of” tomorrow in order to move up the corporate ladder, we suggest listening to this playlist to help return some of your sanity.

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About You (XXYYXX Cover)
Silk Rhodes
Stuck in My Head
Olga Matu
Hold On
jake hart
Ex Factor (Lauryn Hill cover)
Tiara Thomas
How It Is (XXYYXX Remix)
h y
Marley & Bailey (Cover)
Masego Music
ColorBlind
Moods x SIAM
Organic
TIEN
Retreat
Leon Bridges
Lisa Sawyer
J Warner
CHILL CHASE (ft Wretch 32)
A.CHAL
GAZI
Marz Leon
W H I T E L I O N Z
alo lee
blindsight // ft lox chatterbox // prod. yugana & lox chatterbox
Ballad
Faded
raava ☁
whisper ft. mariami
THE OLAWUMI
QUEEN SHIT (Prod. NOVA)
ℒund
Gold (Prod. Yugiboi)
I Wanna Be Your Lover
THE MASKS x Cameron Bloomfield x Kyra
Rock Your Love
Aaliyah x Alo Lee // prod. Aywy & Ekali
Kevin Cossom
Must Be Love
Shay Lia
So Brand New
William Bolton
Dream At Night (ft. Dillon Ashton)
Jay Ant feat. G Eazy
Fully Focused (Prod. by Fly Commons and Christoph Andersson
TOMMY BROWN
TRIPPIN ON ME FT. TRAVIS SCOTT & ERIC BELLINGER
snk∆
037
El. Train
Around You (Roleo Remix)
MARKAI
Further Than Ever
oshi
stop this train
EZVH ლ
Listen
R.O.M
i dont need you (or do i?)
Aaliyah
Are You That Somebody (Pazmal Remix)
The Weeknd
Earned It (ESPEN. Remix)
guff☆
ANDREENA
paris jones
u like me (tails remix)
luminate x C Y G N
pillow talk
dot
BTSTU (Jai Paul Cover)
steelix
you~
Neck
Rock The Boat
jhene aiko
vapors (madbliss rework)
StarRo
Closer To You (HaanSolo Remix)
WEVLTHΛIBE$
So High
Chloe Martini
Get Enough Ft. Alyss
Robin Thicke
Wanna Love U Girl (Like ReWurk)
Jai Paul
BTSTU (Kource Remix)
Lorde
Flicker (The Theorist Remix)
Shorterz
Colours (AbJo Remix)
herzeloyde
feels like ft. cypress (milly.G EP)
The Discipline
Move With You
real slow
way up
MFUNDISHi
DONT WAKE ME
Abu Simbel & Laetho
Flamingo Fresh (FREE DL IN DESCRIPTION)
The Discipline
All I Want
Backstreet Boys
I Want It That Way (Nehzuil Remix)
Kilo Kish
Curious (Le Flex Remix)
Digital Farm Animals
Didnt Know (Feat. Yasmin)
Thief
Crazy
trey songz
slow motion (fluke nukes remix)
Justin Bieber
All That Matters (LUCA LUSH Remix)
Promnite
With U
Fat Joe & Ashanti
Whats Luv (FAB Remix)
Ivy Lab
Live On Your Smile (El Train Remix)
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The Hip-Hop Dojo: February 2015 (Artist Spotlight: Joey Green)

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If you’ve been a fan of the site for awhile now, you may recognize The Hip-Hop Dojo as a playlist series that used to run on a weekly basis. Designed to showcase the best rap music that might have been overlooked from the past week, the playlist served as a way for us to catch you up on the latest in the hip-hop world, while also highlighting the freshest talent out there. Though we tried our best to keep up, ultimately the task proved too tall for us, and the series eventually faded away due to a sheer lack of time. We’ve been planning a revival for quite awhile now, but we wanted to make sure we did it in a truly meaningful way.

Well, the wait is finally over! The Hip-Hop Dojo has returned, complete with a fresh new look and revised format. In order to remedy the time commitment issue we touched upon earlier, The Hip-Hop Dojo will now become a monthly series. Don’t worry though, because we won’t be skimping out on the music. In addition to the playlist, we’ve also decided to focus on one up-and-coming artist each month. This artist spotlight portion of the Hip-Hop Dojo will allow you to tap into the mind of some of the rising +stars of the hip-hop realm, and gain some insight into who they are behind the music. This artist will be able to tell their story in their own words, and allow you to gain intimate access to their lives.

Our first featured artist is D.C.’s very own Joey Green. Armed with a resigned confidence, Joey is one of many new names to add to a growing list of exciting talent emerging from the DMV area. Fresh off the release of his most recent single, “Swim,” Joey took a few minutes to sit down with us and discuss his music, his thoughts on the DMV, and his favorite video game character. We’re excited to share with you the first of many artist spotlights to come! Check out the interview below, and then hit the jump to stream the full playlist.

SPOTLIGHT INTERVIEW: Joey Green

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Joey Green
Swim (Prod. By Herrvahl)
Joey Green x K.eYe.D
Girls Love Clothes (Prod. trash.goon)
Ozzie.
The Ave (Feat. Joey Green) (Prod. Ozzie Clarke)

TMN: When did you first start making music, and how did you decide that it was something you wanted to pursue full time?

Joey Green: I started in high school and decided that I wanted to take it seriously when I got to college.

TMN: Is there any significance behind the name Joey Green?

JG: No, not really. I didn’t really want a stage name and plus I like my name, so I went with it. I think it works for my music too because I pride myself on self-expression and genuineness. To me, it feels right because I know who I am and I’m happy with who I am.

TMN: Your last mixtape, Manifesto, was kind of our introduction to your laidback, lo-fi style. What was the recording process like for that project, and did you have any specific goals you set out to achieve with that mixtape?

JG: It was a very long process. I spent about a year and a half (on and off) working on it. A few months in, I had a lot of songs done for it but I wasn’t satisfied with any of them. I scrapped every single one and decided to start over, the only song from the bunch I kept was “Ric Flair.” Starting over was what the project needed, because I was able to go back to the drawing board and give it a better structure. I recorded all new songs over the summer, kept experimenting, and was introduced to lo-fi. The lo-fi sound was also new to me, but I fell in love with it–it’s so dope to me. My goal was to craft a cohesive project with a variety of tones and moods. I think I achieved that.

TMN: Who would you say your biggest influences are?

JG: My biggest influence is Kanye by far.

TMN: The DMV has seen a huge influx of talent lately from names like GoldLink, Chaz French, DP, D.R.A.M., etc. What are your thoughts on the growing hip-hop scene in your area?

JG: I think it’s great and it’s good to see to see my area coming up. There’s so much talent from here. DC is heavily overlooked as far as sound goes, but with the talent we have here, that will change in due time. With that being said, this area isn’t too keen on supporting one another either. If artists from here could put their egos to the side and stray away from trying to bring each other down, we could make so much noise.

TMN: You’ve had quite a few collaborations with K.eYe.D over the past few months, and we hear you have a joint EP coming up soon between you two. Can you tell us what to expect from that project?

JG: Yes! K.eYe.D and I are working on a joint EP. We don’t have a title for it yet, but you can expect nothing but good vibes honestly. eYe is like a big brother to me and we clicked from the jump. This project will reflect our personalities as well, but of course I don’t wanna give too much away.

TMN: What else can we expect from Joey Green in the coming months?

JG: More flows from me for sure! I can’t sit still for too long so I’m always plotting on what I wanna cook up next. I’m looking to do more visuals as well. I storyboarded and co directed my “Beyond” music video, shout out to the director DanSam too!

TMN: If you could be any video game character, who would it be and why?

JG: Aiden Pierce from Watch Dogs, no hesitation. He hacks into any and everything with his cell phone. One minute he’s detonating explosives, the next minute he’s causing a blackout with a single tap. That’s a bad mothafucka right there (laughs).

TMN: What’s one quality you think you share with a ninja?

JG: We move in silence, but make our presence felt at the right time.

We’d like to thank Joey for graciously agreeing to be our first Hip-Hop Dojo spotlight artist. And now without further ado, we’d like to present to you our February 2015 playlist!  

Check out the full Hip-Hop Dojo Playlist after the jump!

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