Future-soul pioneer, mdnt, has launched his solo career in quite spectacular fashion with his first single and video. The Brooklyn-based artist mixes electronic and ambient sounds with powerful vocals continuing the progression in the R&B/Soul genre that has been catalyzed by artists like Frank Ocean, Miguel and The Weeknd.
On “Dreamcatcher,” mdnt evokes a dark emotional state further emphasized by the ominous video, filmed on a beach that was torn apart by Hurricane Sandy. The SmarterChild production along with a strong guest verse from rising emcee, Jez Dior, help make this a perfect fusion representative of the direction of this emerging and evolving genre. Check the dope and intense video above, grab a free download of the track below and look out for more new music from this promising artist in the coming months.
For all the ladies and folks who love the ladies, this one’s for you. New York’s own French Horn Rebellion team up with Southern rapper Fat Tonny and JD Samson (of Le Tigre and MEN fame) on this explosive electro-pop party track that pays a little tribute to the wonderful female species. Turn it up loud and get down.
To celebrate the recent worldwide trending of his Pro Era crew, Brooklyn’s young star, JoeyBada$$, delivers a dope new track with fellow rising emcee, Chance the Rapper. On “Wendy N Becky,” Joey spits with his impressive, classically-styled lyricism about some dangerous ladies over an appropriately smooth instrumental from the always jazzy Thelonius Martin. Chance, who hails from Chicago, holds his own with a light, syncopated flow. Enjoy this chilled-out cut below and look out for Joey and the Pro Era to take over this year.
Joey Bada$$ Wendy N Becky (Feat. Chance The Rapper) (Prod. Thelonius Martin)
Bonus: Chance the Rapper’s recent single, “Acid Rain,” has been grabbing a lot of attention in the last week or so and with good reason.Over an airy Jake One instrumental, Chance cultivates powerful bars conveying a breadth of deep thought and emotion. Listen and grab a free download below.
Jared Evan has always been an innovative and outside-of-the-box, which is why it is hard to group him in a certain category or genre. His versatility in music is also what makes him such a success in the underground market. On the new single “Are We There yet?”, Evan’s explores his versatility over the Statik Selektah soulful beat. Laying down some smooth vocals then some rhymes towards the end, this track is a nice introduction to the collaborative effort Boom, Bap & Blues, dropping February 26th.
After spending some time behind the scenes, Scottish singer/songwriter Emeli Sande has been making her name in the mainstream industry with her critically debut Our Version of Events. Now crossing over into international success, she pairs with Compton rap-star Kendrick Lamar for the US release/remix to “Next to Me”. Although a powerful ballad before, the addition of the aggressive and gritty two verses from the West coast emcee make for an interesting R&B/Hip-Hop collaboration. Hopefully this mix will warrant a lot of new buzz for the overseas star. Take a listen below.
Oscar-award winning veteran emcee, Juicy J, is gearing up to put the underscore on his return to the top of the mainstream hip-hop charts with his upcoming album . On his latest single, Juicy enlists The Weeknd cultivating a more laid back, but still hard-hitting, feel. The rising R&B star handles the first couple minutes before the Memphis rapper hops in with his trademarked staggered flow.
“One Of Those Nights” has a cloudy, waviness to it creating a perfect synergy between the sound of both artists. Stream this cut below and look out for Stay Trippy, due out next month.