TDE fans rejoice, as we finally have the pleasure of hearing the second single from the much anticipated follow up to good kid, m.A.A.d city. After locking up two Grammy awards for his previous single “i,” Kendrick Lamar has returned with the far more aggressive “The Blacker The Berry.” The Boi-1da produced cut should appease fans who may have been disappointed with Kendrick’s last effort. With an audacious chorus that claims, “The blacker the berry, the sweeter the juice,” this new joint finds a fearless Kendrick slaughtering verses while touching on some sensitive issues, including racial tensions and gun violence. Check out the song below, and be on the lookout for more details on Kendrick’s upcoming album, which is set to drop later this year.
Just in time for your Friday turn up, SaveMoney’s very own Towkio has released a funky new tune that’ll give you the irresistible urge to boogie the night away. Getting the dynamic duo of Vic Mensa and Kaytranada “Involved” on this one was a smart move, as the pair’s undeniable chemistry shines through once again. The Chitown natives exchange sleek raps atop a retro fueled instrumental with plenty of bounce, provided by Kaytra himself. At this point it’s pretty clear that these guys can do no wrong, which means fans should be rushing to listen to anything these two are “Involved” in. Check out the song above, and be on the lookout for Towkio’s .wavTheory, set to drop this April.
Long-time Odd Futurefans may remember Hodgy Beats‘s DenaTapeas one of the strongest projects to come out during the crew’s breakout years. Since that time, aside from a few solo releases, Hodgy has focused mainly on his collaborative MellowHigh and MellowHype projects withconsistently solid results. Yesterday, Hodgy returned as a solo act in full force with Dena Tape 2. Keeping the vocal features to a minimum, Beats lets his quick-hitting, gritty delivery and lyrics take front and center over productions from Hit-Boy, Left Brain, Lakim, Marvel Alexander and more. Hodgy also holds his own over the instrumentals for Kendrick Lamar‘s “Sing About Me, I’m Dying for Thirst” and Outkast‘s “Aquemini.” This project definitely has a more cohesive feel than its predecessor displaying Hodgy’s growth artistically, both from a delivery perspective and content-wise. Give our favorite tracks a listen and, if you like what you hear, you can grab the whole mixtape for free at the link below:
Milwaukee isn’t typically thought of as a hotbed for up and coming hip-hop talent, but all that is about to change with names like WebsterX, Vonny Del Fresco, and IshDARRpoised to put the city on the map. The latter of the trio has given us the opportunity today to premiere his brand new track, “Vibe.” The first single from his upcoming full length debut project, Old Soul, Young Spirit, IshDARR invites you to “Vibe” with him as he spits vivacious rhymes over a smooth, jazzy instrumental provided by French producer Jean Kengz. Armed with a confident exuberance and melodic flow, it’s pretty clear that the 18 year old spitter has a bright future ahead of him.
Check out the tune above, and be on the lookout for Old Soul, Young Spirit, set to drop the first week of March.
As head into the month of February, we have to unfortunately say farewell to our Resident Artist for the month of January. We’ll still be with Datsik every step of the way supporting the ongoing Ninja Nation Tour, but today’s piece wraps up our month-long highlight on him.
Going out in true style, Datsik has offered up his five favorite hip hop tunes that he’s jamming to right now. If it’s warm enough where you’re at right now, you might want to roll the windows down for this one. It’s full of West Coast style that deserves some dark shades and an elbow out the driver’s side window.
Nate Dogg – Dolla Dolla Bill
Xzibit – Criminal Set
Dr Dre – Keep their Heads Ringing
Snoop Dogg – Just Dippin’
TI – About the Money
Coming off a huge year, experimental hip-hop group Young Fathers continue to push their sound forward with their latest single, which comes along with the announcement of their upcoming sophomore album. As with most of their material, “Rain or Shine” defies classification with an energy that balances rap, rock and pop. A vintage organ and heavy percussion create a unique sort of chaos as the Young Fathers bring in chanting vocals. Following a common motif in their music, the Scottish-based trio cover social issues and power struggle with a distinct, poetic delivery backed by soaring backing harmonies. Give this one a spin above– Young Father’s upcoming album, White Men Are Black Too, is due out on April 7th on Big Dada Recordings and is available for pre-order via iTunes now.
Royal has stepped away from his signature “refixes” to deliver one of the most important projects of 2015. Cycles, in short, is a landmark EP with its combination of a pop mentality and the ever fluctuating “future” state of mind. The level of production quality reflected here is a testament to just how much he has grown as an artist and come into his own sound since his monumental refix tape. He fearlessly has charged ahead and experimented with a slew of refreshing sounds and ideas. He even utilized his own vocals on here, while also calling on Desktop. and Axel Mansoor for strong features that round out the record nicely. It’s hard to not get excited about the future of music when spectacular releases like this are becoming more and more of a common occurrence. Cycles is a crowning achievement of 2015 and Royal is going to end up being a household name in the very near future. That’s a guarantee.