What better way to end your 2014/kick off your 2015 than with some new Kanye West? Although we still have very little information about the much anticipated follow-up to Yeezus, we may finally have some clues as to what the new project may sound like. Set against a bare bones backdrop, “Only One” is very different from anything we’ve heard from the Chitown native to date, yet still very much Yeezy to its core. It’s a deeply personal cut, as ‘Ye croons to himself through his mother’s perspective, making for an uplifting, yet ultimately calming record as he proclaims on the chorus “Hello, my only one. Remember who you are. No, you’re not perfect, but you’re not your mistakes.” We’re getting a better idea of how fatherhood has changed Kanye, and we’re certainly curious to see how that influences his music going forward.
Grab a copy of the Paul McCartney-assisted single on iTunes, and look for Yeezy’s upcoming
lullaby album to drop sometime in 2015.
If there’s one thing we’ve learned about G-Eazy in 2014, it’s that he doesn’t release music one at a time. With some holiday fumes still lingering in the air, the slick haired spitter decided to drop off three new tracks to celebrate a landmark year that saw the release of his debut album These Things Happen, and to thank his fans for helping him with his achievements. The first of these three singles finds Eazy globetrotting alongside fellow Bay Area native Too $hort over an upbeat instrumental from his go to producer, Christoph Andersson. The other two tracks have him connecting with some fresh faces, including a dope collaboration with Hit-Boy for “Why Thank You,” and a trap inspired cut called “I Might” which features appearances by P-Lo and K Camp. Check out the tracks below, and make sure to grab a free download for yourself as well.
Show You The World Ft. Too $hort (Prod. Christoph Andersson)
Why Thank You (Prod. Hit Boy)
I Might Ft. P Lo & K Camp (Prod. Cal
On & On ft. Maverick Sabre & Dyemond Lewis (Prod. by Freddie Joachim)
Though we thought “Curry Chicken” would be the last single we’d hear from Joey Bada$$ this year, the talented young emcee decided to surprise us last night with one more record before the end of 2014. With the release of his debut album steadily approaching, each preview from Joey provides us with a new favorite tune, making it abundantly clear that we have a potential classic on our hands come 2015. “On & On” is no different–an extremely relatable track that deals with the issue of moving on from the loss of friends and family. Like most of Joey’s tracks, the piano laden instrumental from Freddie Joachim has a distinctively throwback vibe, yet it doesn’t sound played out or outdated. It still amazes us how much insight the Brooklyn native possesses at just 19 years old, and this latest song only makes us that much more eager for the release of B4.DA.$$ on January 20th.
Check out the single above, and make sure to pre-order a copy on iTunes now.
Try Me Official Remix ft Jeezy & T.I.
In a year that saw the emergence of internet rap stars like Young Thug, iLoveMakonnen and Bobby Shmurda, Dej Loaf‘s “Try Me” is still one of the more surprising hits we’ve come across. The Detroit native’s marquee single is oddly addicting, though we never imagined it would take off like it did. After getting that chorus glued in our minds for nearly the entire latter half of 2014 though, it’s no mystery why a bevy of emcees have tried their hands at remixing the track. The latest two rappers to step up to the plate are Southern royalty, as Jeezy and T.I. lend their talents to the latest iteration of the tune. Both emcees come correct with their verses, shaping a supreme remix that’s poised to take this hit further up the charts.
DMV native GoldLink was feeling the Christmas spirit last night, as he dropped off 3 unreleased demos as a little holiday gift for all his loyal fans. The short little compilation, lovingly titled Fuck The Internet, is a showcase of everything we love about the talented young emcee, as he spits slick rhymes over Disclosure‘s “Grab Her” and a dope flip of Missy Elliott‘s “Get Ur Freak On,” while also touching on the subject of unnecessary violence in “What’s A Black Life Worth?” Fuck The Internet provides a neat little peek into the vaults, and gives us a small idea of what’s going on behind the scenes. After listening to this, it’s safe to say we’re definitely hyped to see what else GoldLink has in store for us in 2015.
Grab Her (Disclosure remix)
G.Y.L.O (unmixed demo)
Whats A Black Life Worth?(1 year old anniversary demo )
Less than a week after announcing his new collaborative EP with A-Trak, Wale‘s new Festivus EP has finally arrived just in time for the holiday (for those of you unfamiliar with Seinfeld lore, I refer you to this.) Despite how you may feel about the quality of his studio albums, there’s no question Wale has always had a firm grasp on the mixtape game. That trend continues here, as Wale’s latest project falls right in line with previous Seinfeld-inspired works like The Mixtape About Nothing and More About Nothing. With a wide array of features including Pusha T, Chance The Rapper & The Social Experiment, Ab-Soul, A$AP Ferg and more, serves as a promising appetizer as a the seasoned emcee prepares to release The Album About Nothing sometime in 2015. Stream a few of our favorite selections from the project, and follow the download link below.
The Deep End Featuring Pusha T (Prod. by Tone P)
Friendship Heights Featuring Chance the Rapper & The Social Experiment (Prod. by Omega & Raak)
Keep it Moving (Freestyle) Featuring Ab Soul & Magazeen (Prod. by THC)
Blood Money 3.5 Featuring A$AP Ferg (Prod. by Marce Reazon)
Curry Chicken (Prod. by Statik Selektah)
With a couple days left until Christmas, Joey Bada$$ decided to drop off a small gift ahead of the release of his debut album, B4.DA.$$. The latest single from the upcoming project keeps with the spirit of the season, as Joey pays tribute to his mother and reflects back on some cherished memories. The ill piano-laden Statik Selektah instrumental serves as the perfect backdrop for the nostalgic cut, and while Joey takes a more relaxed tone, he still manages to lay down some slick bars and maintains some of that rebellious attitude. Check out the dope new cut above, and make sure to grab yourself a copy of B4.DA.$$ on iTunes before it hits shelves on January 20th.