Joey Bada$$ x J Dilla
Joey Bada$$, one of Brooklyn’s youngest and brightest talents, has become known for his fresh take on the sounds of his hip-hop predecessors. Over the last couple years he has repeatedly proven an unmatched ability to deliver intelligent, clean bars over classic beats from the likes of MF Doom, Lord Finesse and, his personal favorite, J Dilla. On Joey’s latest offering, he gets a chance to spit over a previously unreleased beat from the late, legendary Dilla with incredible results.
J Dilla’s relaxed, lo-fi backdrop sets the scene for one of the young emcee’s dopest tracks both in terms of delivery and lyricism. “Two Lips” fits with Joey’s recent shift towards a darker, grittier and more contemplative style, while displaying the impressive evolution of his flow. The above track came out of a collaboration between the J Dilla Foundation, which provides instruments and music classes to low-income children, and Akomplice Clothing. It will be available online on November 29th as a limited edition vinyl to go along with a Dilla-inspired line from Akomplice here, and all proceeds will go to the cause.
False Gods (feat. YC The Cynic)
Chitown native Jarred A.G. has become a mainstay on these pages over the past few months, and if you’ve been following closely I’m sure you’ll realize why. In case you needed another reminder though, we’ve got something special for you today with “False Gods.” Featuring production from little bro Smoko Ono and a stellar verse from Bronx native YC The Cynic, this brand new banger showcases Jarred at his finest, who’s out to prove he bows down to no one. The Windy City spitter absolutely bodies the instrumental with his maniacal flow, leaving no doubt that he’s the real thing. Stay tuned for Jarred’s upcoming project, Canvas, which is set to drop early next year.
Childish Gambino‘s Because The Internet is only weeks away, and we can hardly contain our excitement. Pre-orders for the album have just opened up, and those who purchased it today were treated with this brand new single from the project. Despite what the title might suggest, “Sweatpants” is quite the banger, as Bino laces a loopy 808-fueled beat with some ridiculous bars, with Cali native Problem weaving in a few ad-libs as well. From what we’ve heard so far, it seems like this might be his best work to date, meaning you need to get your pre-order in ASAP.
DANNY BROWN & MNDSGN
Already riding high off his critically acclaimed album, Old, Danny Brown literally had no reason to release any more music this year. But here we are, and boy are we glad we found this. Technically this track isn’t new, but more an unreleased gem. Unsurprisingly, the eccentric Detroit emcee effortlessly shreds apart this ominous Mndsgn instrumental that sounds like it was ripped straight out of the Twilight Zone.
“Sweeney Song” will be featured on the upcoming Classic Drug References Vol. 1 box set, and you can learn more about the song’s inception from Sweeney Kovar, who used to run the now defunct Classic Drug References blog:
Danny was my longshot for this project. By the time I got moving on this he’d already signed with Fool’s Gold and was about to drop XXX, which would establish him as one of the fiercest MC’s out. I emailed and DM’d to no avail. One day I decided to try something really crazy and picked up the phone and called him. The stars were aligned and a rapper actually answered his phone. In all of two minutes he agreed to cut a track. I emailed him a .zip of beats I’d culled from the homies and about a week later I got a sendspace link entitled “SWEENY SONG.” He had taken a Mndsgn beat and absolutely ripped it to shreds. It’s been so long since he cut it that it now sounds like vintage Danny to me, which of course I love. I fixed the typo in the title and ran with it.
Set to release on November 25th, the compilation will contain three 7″ records featuring Danny Brown, Blu, Knxwledge, Quelle Chris, Ras G, and more. Also included will be a zine which will have exclusive interviews from Mr. Porter and A$AP Yams. Make sure to grab yourself a pre-order of the project here, and also check out the ingenious interactive video for Bob Dylan’s “Like A Rolling Stone,” which also features a cameo from Danny Brown among other TV personalities.
10210 Remix Feat. Rick Ross & Travi$ Scott
It’s hard to deny that Big Sean is one of the hardest workers in the game. How else could you explain his steady ascent to the top of the charts over the last few years? Now Sean wants to share in the wealth, allowing a few friends–namely MMG’s Rick Ross and G.O.O.D. Music labelmate Travi$ Scott–to give his latest single a whole new spin. Given the hilarious (or offensive depending on your opinion) nature of the chorus you knew this track was in for a remix treatment. As one of his hardest hitting joints to date, Sean somehow finds a way to improve off the original, with Rozay and Scott sounding right at home over the pounding instrumental. Check out the single above, and make sure to grab yourself a free download. Hall of Fame is in stores now.
Ice.Moon Revisited feat. Ab-Soul
TDE songstress SZA has been on her grind over the past month and returns to the interwebs today with a new rendition of her latest single. This time around, the beautiful singer links up with her fellow labelmate Ab-Soul for the renamed “Ice.Moon.Revisited.” The track finds both artists showing off their respective skills over a dark and menacing Felix Snow and Pat Lukens beat. Driven by heavy-hitting bass through drum work and contrasting soft bells, the two compliment the production well with their talents. This is definitely a track to sit-back and listen to if you’re looking for a mental escape. Make sure to check out the official video for the original as well below.
Man Of The Year
While there’s still room for debate on who the real “Man Of The Year” will be for 2013, there’s no doubt that ScHoolboy Q will at least be in the discussion when all is said and done. Q’s latest single is certainly an addicting one, as the West Coast spitter bodies the reverberating instrumental from Nez & Rio with his typical brash and aggressive flow. This track will be featured on the upcoming soundtrack for NBA Live, although we’re sure it’ll also earn a spot on the TDE member’s upcoming album Oxymoron. While that still has yet to receive a release date, we’re crossing our fingers that we’ll have it by the end of the year, so ScHoolboy can prove that he truly deserves the title.