Earl Sweatshirt & Action Bronson
In case you hadn’t realized already, both Earl Sweatshirt and Action Bronson released new albums this past Monday, with Bronsolino dropping the highly anticipated Mr. Wonderful, and Earl coming through with the (nearly) surprising release of I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside. In commemoration of these events, The Alchemist decided to unearth a collaboration between the two talented emcees called “Warlord Leather.” Given the parties involved, you should already have an idea of what to expect from the gritty number, which remains faithful to its title.
It’s kind of fascinating the way these two are able to come together on one track, given the polarizing nature of their respective projects. Bronson’s Mr. Wonderful remains bombastic and energetic, while Earl’s project is far more dreary and reclusive. It makes for an interesting contrast, and we highly suggest you check out both albums if you haven’t gotten the chance yet.
The Outside (Prod. Contour x RenzyBeats)
After headlining as our featured Hip-Hop Dojo artist for the month of February, Joey Green has finally returned with some fresh new material. On his latest single, Joey brings with him a laidback, yet lethal flow as he describes what it’s like to be on “The Outside” looking in. Production is handled by Contour and RenzyBeats, as the track is split into two distinct parts. With a few more performances like this, we can promise you Joey won’t be an outsider for very long. Check out the tune above, and make sure to take a moment to read our interview with Joey from last month’s Hip-Hop Dojo.
Na Na (Cowp Remix)
Cowp may not be a familiar name to you, but he certainly has a developed sound not unlike a majority of producers with a larger following. His most recent remix treatment covers Trey Songz‘ “Na Na,” and he flips the DJ Mustard helmed hit into his own (and honestly much more fitting) creation. Cowp’s version is stripped down to essentials and sprinkles the vocals along the sprightly instrumental without any clashing elements and has an overall nice balance. This is one of those cases where the remix transcends the original, and Cowp yet again has shown himself capable of providing a stellar remix like he has for well over a year now. Be sure to catch his previous remix of Portugal The Man’s “Purple Yellow Red and Blue” and support his latest above!
Trap Queen (E-V & Koala Kalam Remix)
Fetty Wap‘s debut single “Trap Queen” has been trickling its way through the radio and club scene, finally implanting a spot in mainstream rotation. Today, fans of the catchy tune get a little taste of something different as LA-based DJ E-V and Ohio-native Koala Kalam give the successful single the remix treatment. Maintaining the high energy of the original, the two later flip the beat with the addition of some synth production, electro sounds, and a turnt vibe that is sure to keep the party going. Just in time for the weekend, take a listen to the free new mix and be sure to check out each DJ’s respective Soundcloud pages to hear more new and innovative mixes.
Mark Instinct & LUMBERJVCK
The Block ft. Strap Deez
Los Angeles producer LUMBERJVCK makes his way back to Kannibalen Records, this time with Mark Instinct and Strap Deez. The two producers join up for a booming hybrid instrumental called “The Block,” which gets murdered by raps from The Block Society owner, Strap Deez. With all three together, the final product is a straight up beast that is likely to end up attacking the upcoming events in SXSW and Miami. LUMBERJVCK and Mark Instinct are some of the most distinct bass producers in the game, and their coming together shows just what they can do playing off another’s talents. Get yourself a copy of “The Block” here.
Indie hip hop act Johnny Astro is back with another tune, following his Chapter Z | Astrology album. This time around, the Arlington-based lyricist is set to a thundering bassline, haunting piano melody, and accentuating vocal samples. “Notice,” is best served through a set of hefty subs, pairing perfectly with a windows-down drive across the city.
This release came out on the newly launched Cadence & Cause, with proceeds going towards providing homeless children in the US with care packages. When asked about this campaign, Astro had this to say:
I know how it feels to be without a place you can rest your head at night. Also as someone with a voice, I feel it is only right to help the next person in their time of need as much as possible.
If you’d like to support Johnny in this fight, click here to contribute to his campaign.
In a strange turn of events, Kendrick Lamar‘s highly anticipated album is now available on Spotify and iTunes. Top Dawg Entertainment label boss Anthony Tiffith sent out a few tweets after the album mysteriously appeared suggesting that the surprise drop was a mistake. Accident or not, though, it’s really great to hear what Kendrick’s been working on since his instant classic debut studio album. While Good Kid, m.A.A.d. City told the story of a young Kendrick, To Pimp A Butterfly sees a composed, mature and confident Lamar delivering organic funk & soul-inspired new age hip-hop. Although we’ll want some more time with it, we’re loving what we’ve heard thus far. Check out the Spotify stream below or head to iTunes to pick up a digital copy. It will be interesting to see how this rollout unfolds as more information on what actually happened becomes available. Regardless, we’re more than excited about the new music. Continue reading