Xscape ft A$AP Twelvyy
After plenty of rumors and speculation, NYC crew A$AP Mob finally drop some new heat from their latest collaborative project. Putting the anticipation to rest, the latest track “Xscape” serves as more of an introductory track to the relatively unknown A$AP Twelvyy. From guest features on mixtapes and a few freestyles, Twelvyy drops some aggressive solo bars over the Tay Soprano-produced beat. Spitting on his rough upbringing in Harlem, NY and his ambition to make it big, this auto-biographical track is a tough intro to what is to come from the young emcee. Take a listen and be sure to cop their upcoming effort L.O.R.D. LP, dropping later this year.
Old No. 7 (featuring G-Eazy) (prod. By Danny Score)
Last time we heard from Jez Dior, he left us with the question, “Who Drank My Whiskey?” Thankfully, it seems as if the LA native has recovered his favorite beverage of choice, and has decided to pour a glass of that “Old No. 7,” while subsequently pouring his soul out over another angst ridden, guitar driven instrumental. Channeling his inner rockstar once more, this new single finds the rapper on shaky ground, taking a big gulp of that liquid courage as he delves into topics ranging from alcoholism and recreational drug use, to the rocky relationship he shares with his father. G-Eazy chips in with a supreme verse to discuss some of his own youthful mishaps, while the pair finally decide to reach out to the last two people they can rely on once they hit the bottom of their spiral: their parents. While the material is rather dark, some hope can still be heard in the chorus, and we’d like to believe there’s a story of redemption following all of this.
Stream the spectacular single above before grabbing a copy for yourself from iTunes. There’s still no word on a release date for Jezzy’s next project, but we’re praying we won’t have to wait long to hear more grunge inspired tunes from the crafty artist.
FREQUENCY F/ Carl (Prod. Jay Retro)
While we typically reserve songs this soulful for Sundays, we couldn’t help but share this latest single from Jarred A.G. with you all today. Veering from the typical grungy, streetwise anthems we’ve grown accustomed to, the hardened emcee gives us a glimpse of his sensitive side on this smooth Jay Retro produced cut. Featuring a guest verse from Carl (of Hurt Everybody), “Frequency” is exactly the type of mellow track you’d want to tune into during an afternoon break, just as you’ve wrapped up lunch and begin contemplating your plans for the evening. It also proves once again, that Jarred is not one to be slept on, and if you’re like us, you’ll have replayed his verse at least a few times by the end of the day (his singing voice isn’t half bad either).
Stream the single above, and look out for more details on Jarred’s CANVAS LP, set to drop later this year.
Lykke Li ft. ASAP Rocky
No Rest For The Wicked (Remix)
Subscribers to Beats Music were treated to a pleasant surprise earlier today, when Lykke Li decided to stream the remix of her single, “No Rest For The Wicked,” exclusively through the audio service. This is the internet though, and nothing stays exclusive for very long. Within hours, fans who previously felt left out, could now hear the glorious pairing that is A$AP Rocky and Lykke Li. For Rocky, it’s the latest in a string of heart-stirring pop collaborations that already includes previous team ups with Gesaffelstein, Jessie Ware and Florence Welch. By adding a little street flair to the already astonishing single, the Harlem native makes the song more accessible to a wider audience, without hurting its overall message.
Check out the stream above, and make sure to pre-order Lykke Li’s upcoming album, I Never Learn, before it hits shelves stateside on May 6th.
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.