[Hip-Hop] GoldLink – Spectrum (prod. Louie Lastic)

And After That, We Didn't Talk

Any one who frequents TMN will know that we’ve been fans of GoldLink and his self-described “future bounce” style for quite some time now. Since he released his iconic mixtape, The God Complex, last year, he’s only grown in popularity receiving some huge co-signs along the way. Today, the DMV hip-hop pioneer announced his long-anticipated debut album along with its second single, “Spectrum” (“Dance on Me” will also be featured on the project).

“Spectrum” carries the energy we’ve come to expect from GL combining a dance-floor ready instrumental courtesy Louie Lastic with nimble flows and out-of-the-box lyricism. Similar to GoldLink’s recent collaboration with Falcons“Vroom,” the chorus makes perfect use of a Missy Elliot sample that melds flawlessly with the track’s energy. Once again, it’s an interesting juxtaposition as, in many ways, Missy’s timeless style feels like a precursor to the movement GoldLink has started. In this day and age, a full-on collaboration between the two doesn’t seem out of the realm of possibility. While we wait to find out, “Spectrum” will definitely be in heavy rotation.

Goldink’s debut album, And After That, We Didn’t Talk, drops on November 16th via Soulection and can be pre-ordered here.

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[Hip-Hop] Raury – Forbidden Knowledge (feat. Big K.R.I.T.)

Forbidden Knowledge (feat. Big K.R.I.T.)

From the moment Raury hit the scene last year with “God’s Whisper” and his subsequent Indigo Child mixtape, the young Atlanta artist placed himself outside the boundaries of genre restriction. Even with such a broad range of styles that spans from folk to hip-hop, he’s managed to build a cohesive following who’ve come together over his music’s youthful energy and positive message. As he gears up to release his debut album next week, Raury has let loose what might be our favorite single yet.

“Forbidden Knowledge” features a minimal, ethereal instrumental that serves as the perfect canvas for Raury to display his abilities as an emcee. Delivering rhymes with a quick-hitting stream-of-conscious flow, the talented up ‘n comer displays an incredible level of lyricism as he explores issues of social injustice and inequality.  After two stellar verses from Raury, Big K.R.I.T., a legend in his own right, takes the mic adding wisdom of his own. The somewhat unexpected collaboration proves a powerful, thought-provoking one that showcases the versatility of both artists. All We Need drops is out via Columbia Records on October 16th and is available for pre-order here.

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[Hip-Hop] David Sabastian – Shit Just Got Real

David Sabastian - Shit Just Got Real
David Sabastian
Shit Just Got Real

Los Angeles is home to renaissance man David Sabastian. The multi-talented artist/rapper/fashion designer/painter formed the ‘ANTI Society‘ in 2012 and has been gathering conscious individuals together ever since. He’s created a raw and progressive aesthetic for his brand that’s setting trends. Sabastian goes off on ‘Shit Just Got Real’ – the newest single from his forthcoming album, I Am Anti, due out later this year. After an extended creative hiatus, his first single ‘Duh‘ was released back in July. It feels like Sabastian may go on a roll here and end the year on a very high note. This video was directed by Alexander Hadden alongside David Sabastian and is quite the thrill. I’d join the ANTI Society before they close their doors.

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[Denver Event Preview Playlist] Red Bull Sound Select Presents The Internet, Povi & Turner Jackson @ The 1UP Colfax – 10/20


We’ve been huge fans of Red Bull Sound Select’s entire concept and ethos since their inception and first ever Denver showcase; and have even had the chance to rub elbows all over the US with many of their endearing team members. So, needless to say, we get pretty perked up every time another Denver RBSS showcase is announced. Its next show has been officially announced for October 20th at the 1-UP Colfax, curated by our amazing friends at Souls In Action Entertainment. Always the eclectic programmers, SIA brings an amazing lineup to their edition of Red Bull Sound Select featuring L.A. funk/R&B slingers The Internet who are coming hot 0n the heels of their July LP, Ego Death, along with multifaceted Denver soul-songstress Povi and our favorite Mile High MC Turner Jackson (hear his latest single “Red Plastic Cup” below). As always, Red Bull Sound Select is offering an incredible deal, with tickets listed at just $3.00 with an RSVP at the link provided here.

Trust us, if you’re planning on attending, and who wouldn’t with a $3.00 entry fee?, get there early for every act, as RBSS and Souls In Action have put together a symbiotic yet varied lineup of incredible artists. Listen to our mini-playlist of tunes below to get in the mood and we hope to see you on October 20th.

The Internet
The Internet ft. NickyDavey
Hustle 360 prod. by Amp Live
School Girl Crush
Turner Jackson
Red Plastic Cup (Single)
Dirt Monkey & Cyran
Lovely Days ft. Turner Jackson
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Billa – Bootlegged EP [TMN PREMIERE]


Billa is a relatively fresh face to the Chicago music scene, but don’t mistake that for a lack of experience. Though still relatively new to the art of production, the Windy City native has been DJing in the city for over 8 years, but more recently he’s spent time studying under the tutelage of other local artists like Smoko Ono (Vic Mensa, Denzel Curry) and Mojek (Towkio, Dally Auston). Inspired by his love for hip-hop and Chicago house, today Billa delivers his debut EP, BootleggedBootlegged draws its name from the fact that the project is comprised of remixes of some of this summer’s hottest songs, including revamps of OG Maco‘s “Lit”, Post Malone‘s “Too Young” and Travi$ Scott‘s “Antidote”. As the Back To The Future inspired artwork alludes to, the project boasts a futuristic soundscape, opting for a synthy-heavy, ethereal sound throughout the 3 track EP. Bootlegged serves as a great introduction to the young talent, and we look forward to hearing what else Billa has in store for the future.

Too Yung
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[TMN Exclusive Interview] The Underachievers: On the Road to Enlightenment

Evermore_ The Art of Duality
The Underachievers
Chasing Faith

In today’s fast-paced society, emcees have the power to play the role of modern-day philosophers, imparting beliefs and morals to followers through their own life experiences. While that connection proves little more than an afterthought in most cases, Brooklyn hip-hop duo The Underachievers approach their music with a distinct awareness for the message behind it–one that reflects their soul-searching and marked spirituality. Hitting the scene in 2013 with their debut mixtape, Indigoism, AK and Issa Gold impressed hip-hop heads with their quick-hitting lyricism all the while coating their rhymes in every facet of psychedelia, both lyrically and sonically.

Since that first project, The Underachievers have only gotten more ambitious displaying an ability to convey their musings equally effectively over head-banging and laid-back soundscapes. Their latest album, Evermore: The Art of Duality, sees them bringing both sides together for a culmination of the sounds explored in their catalogue thus far. As its name suggests, the project explores themes of dualism and inner-turmoil featuring some of The Underachievers’ most philosophically poignant lyricism yet. Aside from being split into two distinct parts, a chilled-out, thoughtful A-side and a more intense, mischievous B-side, feelings of contrast are deeply embedded within each song allowing the duo to explore duality on a multitude of levels.

We had a chance to catch up with Issa Gold about putting together a hip-hop concept album, the philosophy behind their music and the duo’s broader aspirations. Check the interview below and grab a copy of Evermore: The Art of Duality here.

TMN: How did you first get into rapping, and did you guys get into it together, or separately?

Issa: Well, AK started rapping at the age of 12 or 13, so he’d been in it for like 11 years and I started rapping around late 2011. He was the influence for me becoming a rapper. Originally, he was rapping and I was studying the Internet and figuring out ways you can blow up instantaneously using it. So I went to AK and I was like “Yo, I’ll be your manager, because I have this whole vision for how you can become famous.” At the same time, I was working on a clothing line to push this whole Indigo message that I had. After “managing” him for a week, I was in the studio with him just sitting there one day and I was like, “I’ll write a rap”–it was almost a joke at the time. It’s a song that ended up on Indigoism. It’s funny because that’s the reason that song has two verses from AK because I wasn’t even supposed to be on it. So, people started to motivate me like, “You should just rap. You should keep doing it.”

The next song we made was “The Mahdi” which is probably one of our biggest songs. AK was working with a producer at the time too, and the producer who made that beat was really big on us making more music together. So, I pretty much took my Indigo dream and the whole plan I had for attacking the Internet into it. AK was “AK The Underachiever” at the time and he was like yeah you can fucking join The Underachievers, and he took me under his wing. We pretty much blended the two movements of his being a musician and me having my own vision–and we were already on the same wavelength in terms of the message in the music. That’s how it really started–it was experiment-that-worked type shit.

TMN: How did you and AK first meet? 

Issa: With AK, it’s kind of funny how we met.

When I was younger, psychedelics weren’t as cool, especially in the inner city. Being black in the hood, doing psychedelics was pretty much the equivalent of doing heroine. Back then, me and my friend Juice (of Flatbush Zombies) were super outcasts in a sense because we did psychedelics and people didn’t understand.
So, one day I meet this kid named Jacob, random kid, we’re buying weed from the same drug dealer. We started talking, it turns out this kid does psychedelics. That’s the problem when you find someone who does psychedelics it’s like, “Oh, we’re family.” So he takes me to AK’s crib the next day, and AK is some rapper dude from the hood. Juice, Jacob and I are talking about psychedelics and AK just walks in the room and he’s like, “Yo I wanna try ’em.” We look at him like, “What the fuck, no way does this dude from the hood want to try psychedelics” and our friendship started from there.  Continue reading

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[Giveaway] Mad Decent Block Party – Chicago 9/26


Chicagoans! Mad Decent Block Party is coming to town this Saturday and we’re giving you a chance to snag a free pair of tickets before the weekend! With a lineup that includes Major Lazer, Grandtheft, Martin Solveig, Klingande, Party Favor, Thomas Jack, Towkio and UZ, you will not want to miss out. Here’s how to enter. All you need to do is submit your email address below along with your first and last name. It’s as simple as that. Entrants must be 18 and over to enter. Winners will be notified by email with instructions on how to obtain their tickets. Please remember to bring a valid photo ID with you to the event in order to redeem your prize.

If you would like to find out more info about Mad Decent Block Party or purchase tickets yourself, make sure to head over to the official event page and follow React Presents on Facebook, Twitter and SoundCloud to keep up with all the latest news and announcements.

Mad Decent Block Party in Chicago

Grandtheft & Sleepy Tom
Hold On
Klingande Feat. Broken Back
RIVA (Restart the game) Original Mix
Major Lazer
Lost feat. MØ (Frank Ocean cover)
Martin Solveig & GTA
Party Favor
Booty Loose (feat. Fly Boi Keno)
Thomas Jack
Heaven Only Knows (Ft. Chance The Rapper, Lido & Eryn Allen Kane)
Only A Girl (UZ Remix)
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