In the last year or so, Georgia-native Daye Jack has become a steady and consistent force in hip-hop. While his style draws from the recent revival of soul, funk & jazz in the genre, Jack sets himself apart with a multi-faceted delivery and a distinct depth of content. His latest single, “Piggybank,” finds all those skills on full display. With a jazzy electronic backing c/o Alexander Split, Jack prances between rap flows and singing while simultaneously tackling the topic of materialism from multiple angles. The result plays out like an internal battle with society’s ingrained ideas of accumulating wealth. Despite a “conscious” subject matter, Jack keeps his rhymes light, and satirical, perfectly accompanying the laid-back instrumental. The multitude of characters and voices portrayed make it hard to believe there’s just one vocalist on the song in some ways calling to mind the dexterity of Kendrick Lamar. Enjoy this one above and, if you dig it, make sure to peep his EP Soul Glitch.
Kendrick Lamar sent the internet into a frenzy last month with the initial announcement of his Kunta’s Groove Sessions tour via Instagram, with a caption that simply stated “8 cities. 8 nights, 8 intimate shows.” Since then, fans throughout the country have scrambled to get their hands on tickets which have sold out in mere minutes after going online. Prices on the secondary market have skyrocketed, especially in New York, where the cheapest available ticket at one point was $563 before they switched venues from Webster Hall to Terminal 5 according to Rukkus. Thankfully, the same has taken place here in Chicago, as the show has been moved from Concord Music Hall to the Riviera Theatre, providing a second chance to those of us that missed out the first time around.
In case you’ve been living under a rock, the excitement for the tour stems from the release of Kendrick’s landmark sophomore album, To Pimp A Butterfly, which received plenty of critical and commercial acclaim. Since its release, fans have been clamoring for a chance to see Kendrick perform live along with his band TheWesley Theory. Opening up the tour is labelmate Jay Rock, who is fresh off the release off his own album, 90059, which features standout singles like “Money Trees Deuce” and “Vice City”.
Head over to the link below to grab yourself some passes before they sell out again for good, and if you’re not in Chicago make sure to check out the remaining dates on the tour.
It is no secret that The Music Ninja crew are fans of the DMV-native Goldlink. Ever since his critically-acclaimed debut mixtape The God Complex hit the web, his rap career has been on a steady projection towards making him one of the greats in the game. From making the XXL Freshman list to teaming up with Soulection and touring around the nation, Goldlink’s definitely been making some major moves.
Last week, fellow DMV native Wale took to his Twitter to drop Goldlink’s latest track “Unique.” The Louie Lastic-produced tune is a little something new from the young emcee but still has that same 90’s club/dance rhythm that has become signature for him with some added disco and go-go music. Link trades in spitting some quick-tongued bars for singing. Fellow newcomer and recent success story Anderson .Paak joins in to take over a couple verses.
We’ve been closely following NY’s favorite curly-haired dance export The Golden Pony for years now. While the pair have made their mark on tunes from artists as varied as Simon & Garfunkel, Avicii, Daft Punk, The Grateful Dead and Seinabo Sey; it has been their work revolving around hip-hop or R&B which has really moved us in the past. While it’s been a minute since The Golden Pony has taken on any rap ciphers, today they’re back with an uplifting indie-house groover in the form of a Snoop Dog “Drop It Like It’s Hot” remix. The pair plays off of Pharrell Williams & Snoop Dogg’s gangster feel with a buoyant melody anchored by the kind of hooky whistle that wouldn’t be too out of place on a Bob Sinclar record; but where Sinclar would lean in closer to pop structuring, The Golden Pony unleash a perfectly swung, rolling bassline to lend more than enough underground sensibility and groove to their vision. When pressed about their latest remix the pair remarked: “The beat of this track originally came from a remix we did for Hillary Duff’s track “Sparks”. We made an instrumental version, which we have been dropping in our dj sets over the summer. One time we dropped a Snoop acapella over it and some magic happened, so we decided to make a studio version of it!” We’re certainly glad they did. Enjoy The Golden Pony’s “Drop It Like It’s Hot” remix above.
After making some waves with their single “Gettin Throwed” early in the summer, Two Fresh have returned with Joey Purp once again to prove that they “Still Got It”, this time bringing Vic Mensa along for the ride. Purp takes the lead on this one, racking up a couple of poignant punchlines while Vic handles the chorus and closes things out with some impressive bars of his own. This latest collaboration comes on the heels of the Nashville based twins’ latest EP, Torch, which is out today via Mad Decent and features additional appearances from Njomza, Curtis Williams and Jace of Two-9. The track is available for free download, but make sure to grab yourself a copy of the EP as well.
Everyone’s talking about Drake, but how about S’natra? He’s a fresh hip-hop/crossover artist who just came out with a new cut called “Feelin’ Good” featuring Synead. Just like the last record he put out called “Love To See You Smile,” this record was produced by Ivan Jackson. This time around they go for a jersey club influenced original that will please the hip-hop heads and ravers alike. Everyone will be feeling the good vibes from this record that has the potential to even land in everyone’s next Summer playlists. It’s just that great of a song. S’natra has been making some moves, and we hope to see him near the top of the rap game soon. If he keeps up the amazing work through next year, then 2016 may just be his biggest year yet.
Snakehips have been making waves over the past couple of years, establishing themselves as one of the most talented production duos to emerge from the UK through a steady stream of fantastic remixes as well as some incredible original content that includes collaborations with Tory Lanez, Sinead Harnett and Kaleem Taylor. Their latest outing however has all the right ingredients to make for a surefire hit, as they’ve landed possibly the biggest features of their careers thus far in Tinashe and Chance The Rapper for a new song called “All My Friends”. Snakehips are no strangers to crafting catchy hooks, yet “All My Friends” might be their most easily accessible tune to date, featuring an exceptionally relatable chorus that’s bound to echo throughout your brain for at least a few moments after the song has ended. We expect this to become the ultimate anthem during those late Saturday nights out on the town just as everyone prepares to pack up and head home. You can stream the track above, but make sure to snag yourself a copy on iTunes as well.