Atlanta has long been home to some of hip-hop’s most unique characters dating back to Outkast‘s emergence, which not only opened the doors for southern rap in the mainstream, but also gave ATL emcees confidence to be as epically strange as they are today. Over the last year we’ve seen artists from Young Thug to Raury rise to prominence and their vastly different styles are a true testament to the diversity of creative minds coming out of the area. In the midst of countless burgeoning Atlanta artists, Rome Fortune has managed to stand out carving out a multi-faceted sound all his own.
After a series of impressive releases, Fortune’s debut project premiered on Billboard yesterday and it’s a must listen for hip-hop fans looking for music that pushes the genre forward. Small VVorld has a distinct abstract feel to it as Rome Fortune delivers his laid-back vocals over a truly impressive range of instrumentals. Aside from far-out production courtesy a few of the South’s many talented beat makers, Fortune teams up with experimental, electronic producers Four Tet and Bassnectar displaying an aptitude for songwriting over dynamic production. Although the emcee features are light, his tracks with oft-collaborator OG Maco display a clear chemistry and the cut “FriendsMaybe” with iLoveMakonnen is one of the most fun, memorable moments of the project.
In some ways, Fortune’s steez on the microphone over ethereal production brings to mind the “cloud rap” popularized by Bay Area acts like Main Attrakionz, while maintaining Atlanta’s trap influences and developing a compelling narrative. The result is one of the most progressive, creative rap projects of the year that we would describe in short as cloud-trap rap. Stream the whole project, and grab the free download, below.
DOWNLOAD: Rome Fortune – Small VVorld
The Experiment feat. OG Maco (Prod By Cubby)
4 Seasons feat. OG Maco (Prod By Dizzle)
Why (Prod By Pat Lukens)
5 second RULE (Prod By SuicideYear)
Workin Gal (Interlude) (Prod By Lava Dome)
Workin Gal (Prod by SuicideYear)
FriendsMaybe (Feat. ILOVEMAKONNEN) (Prod. By Money Karlo)
No Evidence (Demo Prod By Blood Diamonds)
Flashback (Prod By Bassnectar)
Suit Case feat. OG Maco (Prod By honeycoma x SuicideYear)
BONUS: One Time For (prod Four Tet)
Like his moniker, LA-based producer Summer School has a summery sound we just can’t get enough of. If you’re into old school video game music with a little bit of experimental synthwave, this unique tune titled “Nightly News” might just be the one for you.
The intro starts off with this hollowed chant, then proceeds to get into this 8-bit groovy synth that sets the stage for the whole track. The catchy high synths will definitely get you pumped and leave you headbanging ’til your head falls off. The wave-like sound that supports the melodies of the song is perfectly incorporated into the fast-paced jumpy beat. It also provides this chill vibe that gets you going with whatever you’re doing.
With that said, stay tuned for Summer School’s upcoming single “Control” that’s coming out 11/7. He’s one heck of an artist to watch for.
Jamie N Commons
Lead Me Home (TYR Remix)
Here at TMN we only give you the freshest and most unique content, and this track certainly does not disappoint. Colorado-based producer TYR just released this interestingly intriguing remix of a Jamie N Commons song titled “Lead Me Home”. which features this funky housey sound that gets you movin’ and groovin’. Being that it’s slower than most house and garage mixes, the futuristic beat work perfectly with this folky goodness. Jamie N Commons’ vocals give this tune a mysterious and ominous feel, making it rather memorable and easy to sing along. It’s one of those songs that leaves you wanting more after hearing it for the first time.
TYR has once again proven himself to be a heck of an artist to be reckoned with. With that said, we are very excited that you get to hear it first here at TMN!
Dark Matter ft. Allie
Brooklyn-based producer Sweater Beats specializes in making music for the bedroom, and this collaboration with singer Allie further accentuates his establishment as a babymaking music powerhouse. Showing us a sneak peek of his upcoming Cloud City album, Sweater Beats released this track titled “Dark Matter”, and it’s everything we expected and more. It starts off with this soft trap beat with these synth waves, Allie’s vocals blend right into the complexity of this tune. Allie’s dual vocals and these strong piano chords are the spotlights of the song. The melody of the piano shines throughout the tune, and when it ends you can’t help but want more.
With the album dropping Oct 28 on HW&W Recordings, we’re super excited to see what Sweater Beats has to offer.
RÜFÜS / RÜFÜS DU SOL
ZHU- Paradise Awaits (RUFUS Remix)
This flawless remix got premiered on Billboard earlier this morning, and RUFUS nails it on all levels. Going very deep on ZHU‘s track off his Night Day EP, titled “Paradise Awaits”. RUFUS transforms it into a dark track that hits at all the right times, and is sure to get played out by the best. With that said just take a listen to this godlike collab or nah?
KANYE (Kasum Remix)
There’s no doubt in anyone’s mind that what The Chainsmokers have done in the past few years is beyond impressive. Song after song continues to chart on the Hype Machine, and a few have even become mainstays in the pop world. Anytime you have this amount of success, remixes are sure to follow. While some aren’t worth batting an eye at, this Boston-based master of the melodic has dialed up one you’ll surely place in your regular rotation.
With SirenXX’s vocals left very much in-tact, “Kanye” is given a uplifting, near-tropical facelift, focusing on synths that have a steel drum feel. The steady four-to-the-floor beat accentuates the glowing melody and vocal samples expertly, giving a smile-inducing interpretation of this smash hit. And while the original had plenty of oomph, this remix is an energetic thrill ride at a dancefloor-friendly 128 BPM, which is sure to provide some aching legs and tired feet.
While you’re probably no stranger to Kasum, especially if you pay attention to the Hype Machine, take a moment to like this college student’s (that’s right, college student) facebook page.
We’re to a point in society where we can pretty much all agree that Top 40 music is definitely lacking in soul and originality. While there’s always a few exceptions to the rule, we all tend to lean to the blogosphere to find unique and engaging tunes, which is a strong indication to what we think of traditional mediums.
Hailing from the City of Angels, Preston Knight has been creating and performing for the majority of his life. Inspired by film, comic books, anime, and truly monumental pop artists (MJ, Lady Gaga, Prince, etc), this newcomer is hoping to inspire that escape that so many of us look for when we’re hunting for our new favorite songs.
My goal is to bring magic and soul to mainstream pop music – Preston Knight
Today, we’re bringing you not only the premiere of this up-and-coming artist’s new song, “Danger”, but we’re also giving you the first look at the music video. Produced by Danny Score (producer/writer for TMN fav Jez Dior), this cinematic-quality, suspenseful thrill ride harnesses trap-style elements with classical piano work and Knight’s soulful vocals to an engrossing listening experience.
The video boasts pure professional quality, which is rare to see with a new artists. Regardless of how it came to be, we’re excited that the time was spent to get it to this point. When we asked Knight what the thinking was behind it, here’s what he had to say:
Directed by Stephen Mallett of Green Glow Films
and styled by Jordan Stolch, the video was heavily influenced by Fahrenheit 451
, Captain EO
, and the current state of our hand held touch screen generation that is heavily detached from the human connection and lead to believe in a “Life-Like Fake Life” (original coined term written on the rebel hero’s jacket).
“Danger” is now available as a free download on Preston Knight’s soundcloud page.