[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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[TMN Exclusive Interview] Chaz French talks Honesty in Hip-Hop, Inspiration and Overcoming Adversity

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Intro (prod. by Super Miles)

Authenticity has always played a particularly important role in hip-hop music for a variety of reasons. As an art form, rapping allows for condensed, concise and detailed lyrical expression often times putting artists in a position to reveal the depths of their personality or, in some cases, fabricate one altogether. The former approach lends itself to longevity and, maybe equally importantly, to differentiation because at the end of the day if an artist is truly being them self, no one can replicate the life experiences expressed through the music–offering a genuine connection with and impact on the fans.

Early last month, we came across Happy Belated, the debut EP from DMV emcee Chaz French. From start to finish, it may be one of the most honest records we’ve ever heard and, for Chaz, has really proven the perfect way to connect with, and continue to expand, his rapidly growing fan base. At only 23, he has already gone through a plethora of relatable life experiences from spending time homeless to having his first child to grappling with his inner demons and every last ounce of it is poured out in his music. Through its broad range of emotions and a pronounced duality, Happy Belated is not only meaningful but also powerful in its ability to inspire listeners to stay true to themselves, embrace their flaws and fuel success through adversity.

We had the absolute pleasure of chatting with Chaz French in-depth about a variety of topics ranging from his relationship with fellow rising star GoldLink to inspirations to religion and, just as we expected, he kept it 100% real. Read this deeply personal conversation and grab a free download of Happy Belated below.

Download: Chaz French – Happy Belated

TMN: You just came off tour with GoldLink in his supporting role for SBTRKT. How quickly did that all come together?

Chaz French: Me and GoldLink are like brothers. So, a lot of the tour shit that happened with us was organic. He’s always trying to set me up. We’ve got another record that we did on his now project that I don’t think I can speak on but we performed that record in his set. And it just escalated from there so once the SBTRKT tour happened, it was like, “Come on brother.” I did a couple dates. It was fun.

TMN: I know that you grew up on Gospel music around the house. When did you first get introduced to hip-hop?

Chaz: I always looked at music videos and stuff but really was just listening to hip-hop because that’s what everyone else was doing.

One day, I was watching MTV or BET and I saw the Kanye “All Falls Down” video and I was like “Woah, who is that?” I knew Kanye West, but that song did a lot for me. It was just so honest. That was the first artist that really got to me. Then, when I first heard Kid Cudi, I was like “Oh my god, this is so next level.” Not even the fact that you don’t know if he’s a rapper or a singer, or even just his all aesthetic. But I’m just really into honesty and it was the whole honest music thing. Those two really did it.
And of course, old Lil Wayne like Da Drought 3. Then, when I moved to Texas, I gravitated to the whole down south, chopped & screwed movement. It was just so dope to see as far as unity and their whole movement.

TMN: When did you first start writing raps?

Chaz: I was real young. I started writing raps just as a release. It started out as boredom. I was alway on punishment, I was always in trouble as a younger Chaz French. So, I would just be bored and always in my room. I did a talent show in 9th grade and the reaction was great. I was like, “I could take this, foreal.” Then, I started going through actual things—life hit me. I wasn’t always this honest rapper, this open guy. When life finally hit me, which was around 17 or 18, I feel like that’s when I grew more as a person, but I became a better artist as well. And I didn’t even know it. The bullshit I went through when I was 17,18,19, I didn’t know it was bettering me for now. Continue reading

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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] Hudson Mohawke – Chimes (Remix) (Feat. Future, Pusha T, French Montana & Travi$ Scott)

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CHIMES RMX ft Pusha T, Future, Travi$ Scott, French Montana

When Hudson Mohawke first signed to G.O.O.D. Music, we hoped that lineups for his productions and remixes would feature the A-listers. His newest EP release “Chimes” was even featured on an Ad for Apple so it’s safe to say, he is finally blowing up. Now, we get the “Chimes (Remix)” with Future on the hook, as well as support from Pusha-T, French Montana and Travi$ Scott. Look out for more massive collabs from the Hud Mo/TNGHT camp, it has only just begun. Cheers.

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[TMN Exclusive Interview] Talking G-House, Touring and Dirtybird with Shiba San

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The Key Ft Kelis (Shiba San Remix)

House music, which far outdates EDM as a genre, has a pretty fascinating history continuing to redefine and segment itself with each new generation of music. Withstanding the test of time effortlessly, House music today maintains relevancy by sticking to its core vision–keeping a dance floor steady grooving all night. Few artists represent that spirit better than Parisian DJ/producer, Shiba San, an emerging force partially responsible for the prevalence of the hip-hop influenced subgenre, G-House. Building each song around an enormous bassline, Shiba truly engineers for the club making his live sets infectiously danceable, often outperforming headliners at major festivals. Casual fans may know him best for his addicting hit single, “Okay,” which found its way into the sets of DJs literally in every corner of the world, but Shiba has also built a dedicated following on his Soundcloud almost purely through the posting of his flawless sets, which include endless unreleased originals and remixes. As of late, though, he’s been unleashing full versions of these potent tracks as he prepare to release an EP next year.

We had a chance to catch up with Lord Shiba, as we like to call him, about his inspirations, favorite places to perform and his future plans with newly joined label Dirtybird Records. Check out the interview below and enjoy some of Shiba’s gems, including his most recent remix above, through out the article. If you have a chance to catch him live (upcoming dates here), we’d highly recommend copping a ticket and bringing all the turn-up available.

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 I Remember (Shiba San remix)

TMN: First of all, thanks so much for taking to time to answer some questions! How’s the road life treating you?

Shiba San: Tough!!!!! It’s obviously nice to travel all over the world, meet new people and discover new music but I’m not getting a lot of sleep!

TMN: What is your first musical memory?

SS: Classical Piano.

TMN: You started DJing at a pretty young age in Paris. At that time, what kind of music were you spinning and how did coming up in that unique scene shape your sound?

SS: I started with Chicago House, then got into Hip Hop. I was nuts about scratching.

TMN: Artists such as yourself, Amine Edge & Dance are really bringing G-House to the masses. For those not as familiar, how would you describe the sound you guys are developing? And what is your relationship like with the Cuff artists?

SS: Amine Edge & Dance invented G-House. I was interested because the mix of hip hop with Chicago house sounds was getting me back to my roots/first love. I don’t really know the other artists from Cuff, I only released one EP on Cuff. Amine Edge & Dance are great people, they are friends, I love what they do and the way they are.

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West Side Connexion (2014 Remake)

TMN: As a fan of both genres, I always love to see the ways hip-hop production styles trickle into electronic music whether it be in dubstep, trap or, in your case, G-House. Who are some hip-hop producers and artists, past and present, that have been particularly influential in your sound?

SS: I’m not sure they influenced me but DJ Premier and Pete Rock are my all time favorites. But I would say that DJ Mustard is the closest to the G-House sound.

TMN: On a similar note, if you had an opportunity to do a full project with a contemporary emcee or hip-hop producer, who would it be?

SS: Drake, Jay Z or Rick Ross.

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Okay (Preview)

TMN: I’m sure you get a question about “Okay” in just about every interview, but it really does a great job of capturing your sound with its fat bass line and minimalistic big-house sound. What is your approach when you sit down to create a track?

SS: I don’t have a particular approach. I basically turn on the computer and play what goes through my mind. Sometimes it’s cool, sometimes it’s not. I make it rest for 2 days, if I find it interesting I keep it, if not I throw it away.

TMN: “Okay” dropped as part of the Dirtybird BBQ compilation tape. What’s your relationship like with the Dirtybird team and how did it come about?

SS: I met Claude (Von Stroke) in Paris when “OKAY” was already #1, it consolidated our relationship (laughs). I met the other artists from Dirtybird at the Hard Day 0f the Dead Festival. It was great, I’m a fan of most of them. Justin Martin is an influence for me. He came to the party in SF when I was playing, it was really special. I love this label and the artists from the label. I’m very proud to be part of it.
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[Deep House] Raury – God’s Whisper (La’Reda Remix)

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God's Whisper (La'Reda Remix)

La’Reda, an LA-based duo made up of two established musicians in Brion Charles and Nathan Barbour, came out with a unique edit of Atlanta-based artist Raury‘s “God’s Whisper” yesterday totally spicing things up and adding their own twist. This rework features a subtle deep-house beat and a chilled out vibe that fully consumes your attention. The original voice samples are incorporated cleverly into the mix. The hollow synths used in the breakdown towards the end of the song fit perfectly with Raury’s powerful vocals. It’s complex and deep without being overdone.

Free download of the song is available here–make sure to check out La’Reda’s Soundcloud for more deep house goodness!

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[NEW] Pusha T – Lunch Money (prod. Kanye West)

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Lunch Money (Prod. Kanye West)

Pusha T has had one of the most interesting career trajectories in hip-hop–from legitimate dope dealer to half of one of the greatest hip-hop duos ever to a potent solo artist and Kanye West‘s go-to feature emcee. His debut solo album, My Name is My Name, cemented his relevancy in the current rap landscape with its ferocious lyricism, versatile storytelling and general crazy-eyed energy. Naturally, his work with his G.O.O.D. Music label-boss, Kanye West, has marked some of his most groundbreaking recent work (see: “Numbers on the Board”) and today we get another collaboration with the first single from his upcoming 2015 sophomore album, King Push, which is due out early next year.

“Lunch Money” sees West once again crafting an unorthodox, minimalistic instrumental for Push with a bubbling, looped pad and a stuttering sample reminiscent of some of the Neptunes productions from the Clipse days. As always, King Push brings the heat with lines like, “Shout out my Mac-11 mobsta/Grew up on Nintendo playing contra/and though that n***a only 5’9″/100 bodies on his timeline.” Eghk

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