[NEW] Drake – Days In The East

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Days In The East

If you haven’t realized it by now, Drake has essentially mastered the craft of releasing music when his fans least expect it. After dropping his “Draft Day” single seemingly out of thin air on Tuesday night, Drizzy waited until everyone was sleeping to release this follow-up cut in the wee hours of Thursday morning (around 4:00 AM EST to be specific). Luckily for all of you, we ninjas don’t sleep, and were waiting patiently by our computers to snap this one right up. Produced by OVO signee PARTYNEXTDOOR (with some help from his sidekick 40), the track features the Toronto native fluctuating between singing and rapping over a woozy, ominous instrumental. It’s classic R&B Drizzy, but at the same time is an attempt to push the boundaries of his sound to nearly narcotic territory. Now that we think about it, this is the perfect track to be listening to at 4:00 AM, and chances are Drake already knows it.

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[NEW] N.A.S.A. – Hide (Tropkillaz Remix) Feat. Childish Gambino & Aynzli Jones

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Hide (Tropkillaz Remix) Feat. Childish Gambino & Aynzli Jones

It’s always a great day when you get to hear a new verse from Childish Gambino. Well consider yourself lucky, as the man formerly known as Troy Barnes joins Aynzli Jones on the bass heavy Tropkilaz remix of N.A.S.A.‘s “Hide.” While Bino isn’t about to set the world on fire with this particular set of bars, he fits in perfectly over the screeching synths and thundering 808′s of the festival ready anthem. Check out the fantastic single above, and be prepared to hear this plenty of times over the upcoming months.

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[NEW] Drake – Draft Day

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Draft Day

It’s been too long since Drake‘s been in the spotlight, so after a few cryptic tweets earlier tonight, the Toronto native decided to drop off a brand new freebie in true Drizzy fashion. Titled “Draft Day,” the playful new single is the first solo effort from Drake this year.

While he’s far from a rookie himself, the OVO leader decides to shoutout a few heralded prospects from the sports world, Johnny Manziel and Andrew  Wiggins, while also mentioning one of hip-hop’s rising stars in Chance The Rapper (although he almost seems to be indirectly dissing him). “Draft Day” is really just a fun track overall, but you can tell Drake has a little chip on his shoulder as he kicks some braggadocious  bars over a soulful, thumping instrumental. While fans looking for a response to Jay Z‘s recent comments are sure to be somewhat disappointed, Drizzy makes it known that he came to play on this one.

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[Hip-Hop] Wale – Sunshine (Remix) (Feat. Rick Ross & Common)

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Sunshine (Remix) feat. Rick Ross and Common

Wale is back this week with a new remix to his latest single “Sunshine.” Bringing in Common and MMG bawse Rick Ross for some tough bars, this uplifting tune finds the rappers taking a more serious tone. More than just flossing on the track or dropping some braggadocious bars about the wealthy life, each rapper speaks on something a little deeper. Ross spits about Obamacare and brighter days, while Wale keeps the vibes positive. Take a listen to The Gifted track remix above.

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[Hip-Hop] GoldLink – The God Complex (Mixtape)

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Today might be April Fool’s Day, but this debut mixtape from GoldLink is no joke. After building a steady following through a handful of releases over the last few months, the Virginia native has finally provided us with the full project we’ve all been waiting for.

Operating under the realm of “Future Bounce,” GoldLink brings with him a sound that’s truly unique and ultimately refreshing. Powered by production from Louie Lastic, Fingalick, Lakim, Teklun, JFK, Jaylen! and McCallaman, the 9 track EP finds the rapper spitting over euphoric beats packed with just enough punch to keep tempo with his rabid delivery. While it’s true that GoldLink attacks every song with a zealous, frenetic flow that almost makes it seem like he’s ready to spin out of control, he still possesses a poise that assures you that he has everything under control–a trait rarely seen in artists on their first project. We’ve already mentioned comparisons to Chance The Rapper, Danny Brown and Kendrick Lamar before, but we now also see shades of the past with influences from A Tribe Called Quest and OutKast.

We’d have to say “Planet Paradise,” “Bedtime Story,” “Fuck Being Polite” and “How It’s Done” are our early favorites, but contrary to our usual format, we’ve decided to include the full mixtape stream below, because we believe this is a project that needs to be heard by all fans of hip-hop. If all goes according to plan, GoldLink will be a household name before you know it, and “Future Bounce” will become a far more regular term in our music vernacular.

DOWNLOAD: GoldLink – The God Complex

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Fuck Being Polite (Prod. Lakim)
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When I Die (Prod. McCallaman)
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[NEW] Alicia Keys – It’s On Again (Feat. Kendrick Lamar) (Prod. Pharrell)

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It's On Again (Feat. Kendrick Lamar)

It seems the secret to soundtrack success these days is to include as many large name collaborations as possible. We’ve already seen that strategy pay dividends with Kendrick Lamar for Divergent and Pharrell with the entire soundtrack for Despicable Me 2. Considering the killing those two films experienced at the box office, it only makes sense that the heads behind The Amazing Spider-Man 2 came knocking at their doors looking for another blockbuster hit. We think they’ve definitely got one on their hands with “It’s On Again.”

The single opens rather aggressively, as Kendrick rips through another impassioned verse, delivered with a fiery intensity we’ve grown accustomed to hearing through his last few releases. It is an Alicia Keys song after all though, and the blaring electric guitars are swiftly replaced with far mellower production shortly after Kendrick wraps up his portion of the track. There’s still a fair amount of urgency in Alicia’s vocals, but given that Pharrell is behind the boards, you can be assured this is a tune that’s just as easy to groove out to.

Check out the single above, which will be available on iTunes tomorrow, April 1st. The entire soundtrack is set for release on April 22nd, while the film will hit theaters on May 2nd.

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[Hip-Hop] GoldLink – Planet Paradise

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Planet Paradise (Prod. Louie Lastic)

We hope you’ll accept our late pass on this one, because this post is a few days overdue. After impressing us with multiple freestyles and remixes over the last few months, we finally have our first real taste of GoldLink‘s upcoming project, The God Complex.

“Planet Paradise” is a culmination of the sound the Virginia emcee has been developing through his last few releases. Showcasing a spastic, enigmatic flow that lies somewhere between Kendrick Lamar, Danny Brown, and Chance The Rapper, the young Squaaash Club representative spits dizzyingly eloquent bars over a mind numbing whirlwind of synths, organs and drums. Credit definitely goes to producer Louie Lastic for providing the perfect instrumental for the talented wordsmith to operate on. If this is what we have in store for us on The God Complex, we can barely wait to get our hands on it. April 1st can’t come soon enough. 

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