When A Fire Starts To Burn (Freestyle)
As one of the hottest names in hip-hop right now, it’s pretty evident that Vic Mensa‘s flame isn’t about to burn out anytime soon. Continuing along with that theme then, the Windy City spitter brings that same smoldering intensity to his remix of a “When A Fire Starts To Burn,” one of the standout singles from his tourmates Disclosure. Never failing to deliver quality bars, the SaveMoney representative steps up the tempo a bit to keep up with the pulsating beat, showcasing some surprisingly versatility as he lands some quick witted punchlines and even finds time to send some quick shoutouts to recent collaborators like Disclosure (obviously), Smoko Ono, Kaytranada, Rockie Fresh and Tokyo Shawn. Between this and last week’s “Magic” remix, it’s clear Vic has no problem with stepping out of his boundaries as he prepares for a takeover in 2014. It’s all just a matter of when at this point.
Hallelujah [Prod. By Dan Dare]
“Hallelujah” is usually an exclamation reserved for miracles, but after hearing this new single from Thunderbird Gerard, you might have a few new uses for the phrase. With his latest effort, the New York by way of London artist brings us a hauntingly hypnotic affair driven by repercussive synths and resounding bass. Labeled simply as “ill wave,” the multi-talented musician flexes his skills over the Dan Dare produced beat, laying down a few bars while also handling duties on the chorus. Gerard also gets some assistance from the lovely Kenzie May, who supplies her sweet vocals on a refrain midway through the track.
Fans in the UK will be able to catch Thunderbird Gerard as he tours with Rizzle Kicks through March, while those of us stateside will have to settle for this dope number for now.
Do you believe in “Magic?” If you’re a skeptic, then it might be time to hop in a time machine with Vic Mensa and Smoko Ono as they take a psychedelic trip back to the early 90′s in the visuals for this Chicago house inspired remix. Cutting out the verses completely from the Innanetape original, we’re instead left with a revitalized tune that’s dripping with entrancing melodies and infectious rhythms. Old school vibes are abound as well, as flush bright neons bombard the screen throughout the trippy visuals. Let the nostalgia take over as you peep the video below, and stay tuned for Smoko’s upcoming Slackin-N-Mackin EP, set to release later this year.
A nice little gift to top off a great music Monday comes in the form of a previously unreleased Big Sean track. In his typical fashion, the Detroit emcee talks about his achievements providing inspiration for anyone hoping to reach success in their life’s pursuits. As its title suggests, this new track is essentially a hip-hop version of the Thank You note penned over a jazzy, feel-good instrumental. This one’s a great pick me up to end the start of your week. Peep above and gobble out like its Thanksgiving.
Life Round Here (Feat. Angel Haze)
When James Blake released his Chance The Rapper assisted remix to “Life Round Here,” late last year, we assumed that would be the ultimate version of the single that we’d hear. Then again, we never expected a team up quite like this. Covering a James Blake song is certainly no easy task, but this revamped crew consisting of Ellie Goulding, Angel Haze and Noah Breakfast, give the original a run for its money, rebuilding the track completely from the ground up. Crafting a dense, ambient instrumental for the ladies to play with, Noah opts for a sounds that’s arguably far more melancholic than Blake’s forerunner. Ellie’s vocals float through the track almost aimlessly, yet they still feel purposeful as they lead in to a fierce verse from Angel Haze. Stream the single above, and let us know which version is your true favorite.
Aerosol Can (feat. Pharrell Williams)
The year of Pharrell carries over into 2014, as the Grammy award winning musician collaborates with Major Lazer for this brand new single. While he’s worn many hats throughout his career (including this very ugly one), it seems like it’s been an eternity since we’ve heard from Pharrell the rapper. Premiered earlier today by Zane Lowe on BBC Radio One, the N.E.R.D. frontman sounds perfectly at home on this beat, enough so that you’d think he produced it himself. Stream the track above, and be on the lookout for Major Lazer’s new Apocalypse Soon EP, set to drop on Februrary 25th and include additional features from Sean Paul, Machel Montano, RDX, Moska, and Mr. Fox.
1st Quarter Freestyle
After dropping his sophomore album, Hall of Fame, last year, Big Sean is primed for another big year in 2014. Wasting no time, the Detroit spitter is kicking things off the right way with this “1st Quarter Freestyle.” Produced by longtime collaborator Key Wane and fellow G.O.O.D. Music affiliate Travi$ Scott, the track features Sean rhyming over a deep, hard-hitting instrumental for nearly six minutes straight. There’s no clue whether this will be featured on any future projects yet, but we’ve got a feeling we’re about to hear a mixtape announcement very soon. Download the track above, and make sure to check out the Mike Carson directed visuals as well below.