[Music Video] Mistah F.A.B – Dear Mr. President

Here in the dojo we don’t often get political, but sometimes something just needs to be said. Granted, we don’t have to say anything personally, because Mistah F.A.B has already stated what’s needed to be expressed already. His single “Dear Mr. President” is a sonic letter to the head of state written by the Bay Area emcee from not just he, but the oppressed and overlooked individuals that Stanley is representing. It’s a powerful message that we just had to share and we hope it hits you deep enough that you pass the message along.

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[Pop] DEV – I Only See You When I’m Dreamin’ LP

Just over a month ago on September 8th, the California native DEV released the follow up to her Bittersweet July projects. Since then she’s come out with a few singles and remixes with producers, but now we get a fully fledged LP entitled I Only See You When I’m Dreamin’.

Complete with eleven songs and two short audio clips, this project sees DEV take her signature style to new heights. The introductory single “Have It All” really sets the tone nicely for the rest of the album, with a smooth tone and elements from numerous styles of music that are highlighted throughout the rest of the LP. DEV fluidly delivers a mix of R&B, pop, hip-hop and electronic for a multi-layered expression that is more than a simple collection of records. They all weave together so that I Only See You When I’m Dreamin’ is more of a detailed tale than a normal musical album.

As with any artist that has mega hits in their catalog, people are always going to compare the new those songs, but to do that is unfair. DEV has grown as an artist and although she there’s a similar appeal to her hits, she’s grown as an artist and it shows in her work. She still can shine just as bright with magnificent pop works like “Skinny Dippin'” and the crossover treat “My Way” that are two of our favorites off the LP. Other notable singles include “All I Wanna Do,” “Cloud9” and “Bouncy.” Overall it’s a strong album that will take you by surprise. We recommend you get your copy of I Only See You When I’m Dreamin’ today!

PS, if you get a chance to see DEV live, do it!

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SIKKIE – Assthetiks EP [TMN Premiere]

Enter the dojo today to get your scoop of Assthetiks from SIKKIE. We’ve got you covered on the exclusive first listen to the Oakland to LA emcee’s EP. Complete with four originals and a remix, this project will make your Monday not suck. It’s also a free download, so there’s that.

Assthetiks is a strong trap/hip-hop EP, one of the better ones we’ve come across this year. It’s got heavy influence from the Bay Area culture and sound, which should come as no surprise given SIKKIE’s roots. Strong, simple production can be a powerful thing, which is evident from this project. All of the originals are great to listen to on your own, or if you’re looking to keep the party going late into the night. Zipse’s remix adds a nice touch to close things out as well!

’Sikkie – Cookies (ft CalyBoi)’
’Sikkie – Im Tha Shit’
’Sikkie & JLoki – Silence Of The Lambos’
’Sikkie – Purple Eyes’
’Sikkie – Cookies (Zipse RMX)’
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[Hip-Hop] TastyTreat- Summer (Don’t Go) ft. Wasiu

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Summer (Don't Go) feat. Wasiu

Today we have the newest song from producers Tasty Treat and Montreal rapper Wasiu called “Summer (Don’t Go).” If the title doesn’t give it away, this song talks about the good things about Summer and how the majority of people don’t want the season to go.

Treat’s production gives off the Summer time feeling; it’s bouncy and it even has birds chirping at some points in the song to give it some natural tones. Wasiu’s rapping is a list of things that makes Summer the best time of the year when he raps, “This feel like BBQ parties, pools uncles who say it’s way hotter out in Haiti/ It tastes like sweat dripping drunk kisses smudged lip stick dumb water fights gone crazy.” This track is an essential for any future summer time parties/cookouts. If you want to add this song to your playlist check it out on TastyTreat’s SoundCloud or on itunes.

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[Hip Hop] Big K.R.I.T- Confetti

Today we have the new single by Meridian, Mississippi’s favorite son Big K.R.I.T called “Confetti”. I have been a fan of Krit’s since his Return of 4eva mixtape in 2011, so when I saw he was posting cryptic posts on his Instagram I knew his return was imminent. This is the first release of Krit’s since his album Cadillactica came out in 2014 and boy this didn’t disappoint.

Krit talks about how rappers now a days are only focused on the now instead of their long term legacy and he uses confetti as an analogy when he raps, “Your confetti ain’t even heavy nigga/ Got the win, I want the record nigga/ What’s a crown if you don’t even protect it nigga/ What’s a name if they don’t respect it nigga/ Nah, your confetti ain’t even heavy nigga.”

Take for example the 2008 New England Patriots, throughout the regular season and playoffs they had a perfect season but all those games were worth nothing because they didn’t win the Super Bowl and didn’t have the “heavy confetti” like the champions do. Getting back to the music this track is perfect for Krit to let other artists know even though he’s been away he’s still hungry to hold the crown as the best rapper. This track has spacey keyboards, booming bass and guitar riffs in the beginning of the song that would make Jimi Hendrix proud. I encourage you to listen to this track because this has got me excited about what’s about to come with the inevitable release of Krit’s newest album.

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[Music Ninja Radio] Episode 89: A Visit from Ninja Clay

Music Ninja Radio is a weekly podcast recorded and broadcast live on San Francisco’s BFF.fm  from 4-6PM PST every Friday. 

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Episode #89: A Visit from Ninja Clay

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Episode #89 was a true Ninja affair featuring selections from The Music Ninja’s editor and co-founder Clayton Warwick. Clay has been on a tear with quality premieres recently which made for a diverse segment including Malena Zavala, Vilde, Martin Luke Brown, Moncrieff and White Room. Also featured on this episode is Still Woozy’s latest dreamy pop ballad, a new single from De Lux and highlights from the latest batch of album releases including Moses Sumney, Injury Reserve, Galcher Lustwerk and Shigeto.

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[Hip-Hop] Kai Mella – Lowkey Alcoholic

Kai Mella
Lowkey Alcoholic

There’s a new emcee in the game that goes by the name Kai Mella. “Lowkey Alcoholic” is the first single from the project and it’s already got us hooked with its catchy hip-hop sound.

First thing that comes to mind is that this could easily be on the radio. It’s got just the right type of sound with lively lyrics and a beat that is to die for. It’s not one of those hip-hop tracks that feels watered down and lifeless, instead Kai delivers a song that’s easy to sing/rap along to while you sway to the instrumental. With this being his first single, only time will tell where he can go. Judging from this, he’s got potential to do some real damage and takeover the game.

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