I Won (Feat. Kanye West)
Judging by the title, you’d think this song would be the anthem for Shabazz Napier to rock in the UConn locker room tonight. However, this song is referring to whole different type of winning, as Future and Kanye West detail how they landed first place in the wifey contest (knotting Ciara and Kim Kardashian respectively). While we would never personally recommend referring to your significant others as trophies, we’re pretty certain guys like Yeezy and Future can get away with it fairly easily. While we would have appreciated a banger from these two, we can’t hate on them for wanting to get in touch with their romantic sides.
Stream the sentimental single above, and look out for Future’s upcoming album, Honest, set to drop later this month on April 22nd.
When The People Cheer
If you’re like us here at TMN, Mondays probably aren’t your favorite your day of the week. After a long day back on the grind, it’s surprises like this that really can make it all worth it.
As they get set for the release of their first LP in nearly three years, The Roots have decided to share with us the lead single from the project, “When The People Cheer.” Contrary from what you might perceive from the title, the song is far from celebratory. Pensive in nature, the track features Black Thought utilizing a more melodic flow to start, before switching to a quietly thoughtful, yet emphatically determined cadence after the chorus. This is all balanced by some rhythmic drums and refined piano work provided by ?uestlove and the rest of The Legendary Roots Crew.
While a song like this won’t necessarily move the needle, it’s great to know that the band can still produce quality music over 20 years into their respective careers. Keep your eyes peeled for The Roots’ next album, And Then You Shoot Your Cousin, out via Def Jam on May 13th.
Babylon feat. Kendrick Lamar
Just a day away from the release of her debut album, SZA keeps the buzz high letting loose a track featuring her fellow Top Dawg Entertainment signee Kendrick Lamar. “Babylon” fits nicely with the tracks we have already heard from the project as SZA displays her uniquely airy sound over mellow, but heavy instrumental from DJ Dahi, the producer of a number of recent hits including “My Type of Party.” As expected, Kendrick delivers an amazing verse delving into the themes of introspection and solitude initially introduced by SZA. Enjoy this track above and look for Z on iTunes tomorrow.
Joyner Lucas Feat. Young Migs
No Strings Attached
Joyner Lucas is an artist that’s been on our radar for quite awhile, but until today hasn’t been featured on the pages of TMN. Well, as you can see, that’s all about to change. The New England native’s most recent single is one that’s aimed directly at the ladies. Although not exactly the most romantic of hip-hop ballads, “No Strings Attached” accomplishes exactly what it sets out to do.
Lucas puts his elastic flow to proper use, masterfully manipulating the beat with a suave confidence that’ll have ladies everywhere swooning. This one however, wouldn’t be complete without the assistance of captivating crooner Young Migs, whose gorgeous vocals on the sexually charged chorus really put this one over the top.
More singles like this, and chances are you’ll be seeing Joyner’s name a lot more frequently. If you’re curious about what else the emcee is capable of, head over to his SoundCloud page to check out a few of his other recent tracks.
The New Royales x Jay Electronica
Minutes Of Moog
With his third release in three weeks, it seems as if the Jay Electronica comeback is real after all, this time sporting a guest feature on The New Royales‘ “Minutes of Moog.” Jay’s bars aren’t exactly brand new (the dated MySpace reference is a real giveaway here), but that doesn’t make them any less impressive. Borrowing from a song he’s been performing live for nearly four years called “Googly Eyes,” Jay’s relaxed delivery fits well over the glitchy yet polished instrumental. Liz Rodrigues‘ saccharine vocals form the icing on top, which add a reflective element to the laidback tune.
While there still isn’t any news on the status of Act II: Patents of Nobility, we’re keeping our fingers crossed that this steady stream of music will eventually lead to some sort of announcement. Rather than getting our hopes up however, we prefer to sit back and enjoy the ride while it lasts, because if we’ve learned anything from Jay, they’re not typically very long.
Alex Wiley has just released the second single from his sophomore project, Village Party, and it’s nothing but good vibrations. After the successful release of his debut mixtape Club Wiley last year, the Chitown native is looking to accomplish bigger and better things in 2014.
“Vibration” is definitely a step in the right direction. Easily our favorite single of his to date, the track features the erratic spitter going in over a euphoric, steadily building instrumental. At just a hair over two minutes, we wish the track was a bit longer, but I guess that’s what the replay button is for.
UPDATE: Hit the jump to watch Wiley get animated in the dope accompanying visuals for “Vibration.” Continue reading
Porno Music Volume II: TSFR
Leather Corduroys, consisting of Chitown’s own Kami de Chukwu and Joey Purp, dropped off a brand new EP a couple nights ago and it continue to show why their SaveMoney collective is here to stay. Porno Music Volume II: TSFR, which has no predecessor despite its strange sequel-implying title, is an eclectic and often refreshingly strange mix of music reflective of the state of Midwestern hip-hop.
With production and lyrical content that progressively ranges from lo-fi to full-on trap, the EP is full of creative energy and expression. An especially dope track, “Nightmare on Chicago Ave,” comes on around the 6-minute mark, when the two emcees drop all playfulness and demonstrate that they can hold their own next to any rapper out there.
It is evident through the cohesiveness of the EP that these artists took the time to think about their project as a whole, making it a start-to-finish must listen. Enjoy this one above and look for more heat from SaveMoney this summer.