A lot of the time when rappers create a vocal edit of an electronic record, it’s not so good. Disappointing, yes; especially for lovers of hip-hop/crossover like us ninjas. One rapper who is launching his act with a vocal edit is Hoody Time, who spit some fire on Marshmello‘s single “Home.” As if the track wasn’t fun enough, he adds onto it some lively vocals for people to rap along with, making it one powerful party track. If you take the time to listen to the lyrics, you’ll find they’re quite inspiring, conveying one must leave home to bring their dreams to fruition. With that, one must also not forget where they come from. Have a listen, and make sure to download the freebie from the stream player. Hoody Time is going to be releasing more works, so make sure to stay up to date via social media.
It’s always a good day when we have some fresh music from Lido. The Norwegian producer has decided to bless us with a brand new single, teaming up with Santell aka “the light skinned Tyrese” for a smooth cut dedicated to “Ashley”. The R&B jam might be Lido’s most straightforward song to date, comprised of finger snaps, bass kicks and tranquil synths that hearken back to the genre’s heyday. Though the track has been floating around the internet for about a year now, it finally gets its day in the sun as the first single from Lido & Santell’s upcoming collaborative EP, The Passion Project, set for release on October 23 through Mad Decent and Pelican Fly. Stream the tune above, and make sure to cop the EP when it drops.
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 MissyElliot 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.
From the moment Rauryhit 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.
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.
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 $3.00 entry fee?, get there early for every act, as RBSS and Souls In Action have put together a symbiotic yet varied lineup of incredible artists. Listen to our mini-playlist of tunes below to get in the mood and we hope to see you on October 20th.
Billa is a relatively fresh face to the Chicago music scene, but don’t mistake that for a lack of experience. Though still relatively new to the art of production, the Windy City native has been DJing in the city for over 8 years, but more recently he’s spent time studying under the tutelage of other local artists like Smoko Ono (Vic Mensa, Denzel Curry) and Mojek (Towkio, Dally Auston). Inspired by his love for hip-hop and Chicago house, today Billa delivers his debut EP, Bootlegged. Bootlegged draws its name from the fact that the project is comprised of remixes of some of this summer’s hottest songs, including revamps of OG Maco‘s “Lit”, Post Malone‘s “Too Young” and Travi$ 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.