TDE is slowly making moves to take over the game in 2014. Following the drop of SZA‘s debut LP Z, lyricist Ab-Soul is up next to take the ranks. The West Coast emcee drops a new track for fans listening enjoyment over the weekend. The Curtiss King-produced joint, “Tree of Life,” finds the young emcee spitting some smooth bars over a chill beat about those good herbs. Just in time for 4/20, this new tune doesn’t exactly show off Soul’s lyrical prowess on the mic, but it still makes for a dope listen.
Benz Friendz (Whatchutola) (Feat. Andre 3000)
When Future was brought out during Outkast‘s set at Coachella last weekend, the Atlanta native was given the opportunity to premiere this single live on stage with two of his city’s legends. Although the performance was received rather unenthusiastically by the audience in Indio, we could tell that the song had some promise. After the collaboration with Andre 3000 was found to be conspicuously missing from the live stream that MTV premiered earlier this week, we finally have the chance to hear the track in its full, studio quality form.
With his auto-tuned hybrid R&B trap rapping style, Future may be a polarizing figure for most hip-hop fans, but that shouldn’t stop you from listening to this album cut. As we all know appearances from Mr. 3 Stacks are few and far between these days, and every rare guest verse is a chance to gaze into the mind of one of music’s greatest. From the get go, the tune seems almost perfectly crafted for Dre himself, and his mastery of the mic is still undeniable. As the pair trade bars about their distaste for materialistic women and paper chasers, Future puts up a valiant effort, but alas, is no match for the wisdom of Andre 3K.
In the end, the record instead hypes us up for the prospects of a new Outkast album (or even an Andre solo project), however bleak the odds may be. This single can still be found however, on Future’s upcoming effort, Honest, set to drop Tuesday, April 22nd. You can also hit the jump to catch the visuals for Future’s recent Kanye-assisted single, “I Won.”
Rage The Night Away feat Waka Flocka Flame
Waka Flocka Flame isn’t one to shy away from doing something out of the box and unordinary musically, so his recent feature on the Steve Aoki single “Rage the Night Away” comes as less of a surprise and more of a welcomed collaboration. Bringing his turnt up personality and live presence to the track, Waka’s high-energy meshes well with Aoki’s pulsating, trap production. This is an infectious listen from start to finish that only gets better with each listen. If you can’t get hyped listening to this party track then you’re probably either missing a pulse or deaf. This cut will be featured on Aoki’s upcoming project Neon Future, dropping later this year.
As they prepare for their respective sets at this weekend’s Broccoli City Festival in Washington D.C., GoldLink and Sango have decided to give fans a little preview of what to expect with this brand new freebie. Hip-hop fans should instantly recognize the sample of Timbaland & Magoo‘s “Indian Flute,” which Sango flips to perfection, while the DMV native brings his bouncy, frenetic flow to match the rhythms of the dope instrumental. It’s an addictive listen from start to finish, and one we’ll definitely be bumping alongside the emcee’s recent mixtape, The God Complex.
Grab the free download above, and if you’re in the area, make sure to land yourself some tickets to the Broccoli City Festival which promises to be an exciting show with other headliners including Cam’Ron, Just Blaze and Kelela.
ZHU Ft. Sean Dee
Imagine yourself driving down a desert road with no destination in mind, the sunset blazing in the horizon and music blasting through your speakers. You might find this somewhat therapeutic in many ways. Whenever we think about perfect nighttime chill tunes, our minds instantly go to infamous internet phantom, ZHU. For the past couple of months, the mysterious ZHU has been permeating us all with sensual beats that have been seducing the clothes right off of our bodies; delicious in every way possible.
Now take a ZHU track and add some ill ass verses to mellow the vibe out even more and wah-la! Sex. Georgia beat maker and lyrical master, Sean Dee, decided to put a hip-hop spin on ZHU’s original track, “Faded” to which he amplifies the atmospheric tone of the song with simply just the words from his mouth. With the funky deep house undertones and smooth vocals provided by the evasive Zhu, Dee effortlessly paints a fluid picture with verses describing what goes on when the sun sets and the light fades into darkness. This is the perfect tune to groove out to when you need that small reminder that summer is right around the corner. So cheer up ninjas, and blast this one all night long.
With just one day remaining before the debut performance of Outkast‘s highly anticipated 40-stop reunion festival tour, we ninjas can not contain our excitement. To keep ourselves occupied as we impatiently wait for Coachella to kick off, we spent the last week putting together our dream setlist from the legendary hip-hop duo. For anyone who will be in attendance during Andre 3000 and Big Boi‘s marathon of a tour, this playlist should certainly prepare you for what promises to be an incredible string of shows. If you won’t be able to make it, we hope that this will be the next best thing.
We’ve also put these tracks in a SpottieOttiefy Playlist (we mean Spotify, in case you didn’t get our sly ninja joke) for those “ATLiens’ out there who want to listen to “GhettoMusick” when they “Git Up, Git Out” and explore “The Whole World.”
International Players Anthem (Feat. Outkast)
Da Art of Storytellin (Pt. 1) ft. Slick Rick
Git Up Git Out (feat. Goodie Mob)
The Whole World (ft. Killer Mike)
Two Dope Boyz (In A Cadillac)
Elevators (Me and You)
Poppin Tags ft. Big Boi, Killer Mike & Twista
So Fresh So Clean
Pink Matter (Remix) ft. Big Boi & Andre 3000
Walk It Out (Remix) (feat. Andre 3000 Of Outkast & Jim Jones)
Skew It On the Bar B (feat. Raekwon)
Watch For The Hook ft OutKast, Goodie Mob & Witchdoctor
The Purple Ribbon All Stars
Kryptonite (Featuring Big Boi, Killer Mike, Blackowned C Bone & Rock D The Legend)
Royal Flush (feat. Andre 3000 & Raekwon)
Before you have a heart attack at the prospects of a hip-hop collaboration of unfathomable proportions, we want to stop you from making any dangerous assumptions. This is a song by Atmosphere, and the title of the song is “Kanye West.” Yeezy had no involvement with this song at all unfortunately, and nor is this a tribute to him either. The motivation for this one is best explained by Slug himself, who recently told Pigeons & Planes
I wanted to write a song about loving something so much that you submit to the moment.
The single itself carries with it a familiarly gritty Atmosphere sound. It may be 2014, but Slug’s storytelling skills are as poignant as ever, and Ant
‘s work behind the boards just as immaculate. Now that we’ve heard the first two singles from Southsiders
, we could not be more excited for the release of the group’s upcoming album on May 6th. Stream the track above, and head over to iTunes
to pre-order the album and receive copies of “Bitter
” and “Kanye West” instantly. You can catch the official video for “Bitter” as well after the jump.