Lost in all the hype surrounding hip-hop in 2015, Curren$y has been quietly preparing for the release of Pilot Talk 3 next month. Pilot Talk 3 is obviously the highly anticipated follow-up to 2010’s Pilot Talk & Pilot Talk 2, arguably the finest two projects in Spitta’s expansive discography. Similarly, “AD5″ or “Audio Dope 5″ is the latest entry in a series of songs Curren$y has been releasing since his Smokee Robinson mixtape, also from 2010. Though his rhymes often sound relaxed and effortless, the New Orleans native has a reputation of being one of the most tireless workers in the industry. This year however, his approach seems to be a little more focused, as we hasn’t seen a steady stream of tracks flooding the market. That sublimated concentration has us absolutely salivating at the prospect of what awaits us on this new project. “AD5″ might just be a small taste, but it’s certainly whet our appetite. So, while you may think he’s been relatively quiet, be certain that true Curren$y fans have April 4th circled on their calendars.
We woke up feeling like we’re in 2011 again, and ready to party this weekend. This bangin’ electro remix from Washington producer, Ryon Lawford, will take you back to the time of simple bouncy music. 2011… Doesn’t it look nice?
Ryon tackles Nicki Minaj‘s star studded “Only” in textbook complextro fashion, amping up the energy from the original hip-hop production into a dancefloor ready gem. From the warbly synths down to the thudding drums, this remix is the perfect addition to your weekend playlist and is tailor made for a good time.
We’ve made our praise of Milwaukee native IshDARR pretty open so far, but if you didn’t get the message the first few times, let us be clear right now: DO NOT sleep on this guy. Although still only eighteen years old, his age shouldn’t fool you; IshDARR is the real deal, and Old Soul, Young Spirit is his way of putting his stamp on the game.
Old Soul, Young Spirit is a solid project through and through, representing the strides the burgeoning talent has made in just a few months since the release of The Better Life EP. What’s most remarkable is the way he approaches each track, as he brings with him a melodic cadence and astute lyricism that in many ways builds on the best qualities of Chance The Rapper & GoldLink. Rapping with a youthful ferocity that’s balanced by a mature composure, IshDARR could not have chosen a more appropriate name for his project.
You can preview some of our favorite selections from the mixtape below, but if you’d like the full experience, head over to IshDARR’s official SoundCloud page and also make sure to download a copy for yourself.
The young and intelligent William Boltonhas many skills. You’ll have to dig into his Soundcloud to experience the records he produced himself – look for Times New Roman – but his new single ‘Dream At Night’ properly showcases his polished vocals. The relaxing production on this one is handled by Kaui Beats, an understated producer from NYC, and his soulful samples compliment the distinct vocal patterns of Bolton very well. Through his hometown connections in Detroit, Willy B adds Dillon Ashton on a verse to really mop the place up. This record will find it’s long-term home on his upcoming project, Love Supreme, sure to be available soon. Stay tapped into this guy, there are many tricks up his sleeve.
Nosaj Thing and Chance The Rapper have linked up before on the breathtaking song “Paranoia,” secretly nestled in his spectacular Acid Rap project, so seeing these two names together again is seriously exciting. “Cold Stares” is a cut off of Nosaj Things’s upcoming third studio album, Fated, and is slotted for a May 5th release. There’s a cohesiveness between these two artists that simply delivers chilled out perfection every time they work. “Cold Stares” enlists Chance for a short verse and slight crooning over the silky smooth Nosaj production that’s sure to melt you on every listen. This one is a must hear, so don’t waste anymore time and hit play above to enjoy this transcendent fresh tune.
Lucki Eck$ first grabbed our attention a couple years back with his debut mixtape, AlternativeTrap, a supremely woozy, introspective take on the trap music coming out of his hometown of Chicago. Since then, he’s continued to delve deeper into that sound releasing an impressive follow-up in Body Highpositioning himself for big things this year. On his latest single, Eck$’s flow actually diverges a bit from his usual drowsy charm as he employs an infectious rolling delivery to match a jazzy instrumental provided byInfamous Legends. “Cholos” still holds the core facets of Lucki’s Xanax-inspired ethos but does so in a way that feels slightly more energetic with great results. Listen for yourself above–we’re excited to see what 2015 has in store for Eck$.
The forward thinking trap sound is exploding. Artists are receiving attention from elites like Skrillex, Diplo and numerous others. Over time, we have shared more and more of it, and today, we’re fortunate to premiere this new flip of Keith Ape’s “It G Ma” from rising talent, Madeaux.
Combining hip-hop style progressions and percussion with dubstep bass synths, Madeaux creates an exhilarating atmosphere. The intense vocals and razor sharp synths are definitely dead set for a Saturday night, five star turn-up. Just don’t blame us when you wake up with a wicked hangover on Sunday morning.