Coast Is Clear with Chance the Rapper and The Social Experiment
With his upcoming album, Recess, set to drop on March 18th, Skrillex decided to have some fun with his fans by releasing a mysterious app earlier today called “Alien Ride.” Hidden deep within the bizarre little game were 11 files that coincidentally matchup with the tracklist for his new project, essentially providing an early stream of his new album. Among those was this highly anticipated collaboration with Chance The Rapper, which was previously premiered live during a show in Brooklyn last month.
Featuring a chorus that asks “What your interests are? Who you be with? Can I ask a question? Can you keep a secret?” the talented duo pair together to produce a surprisingly upbeat, jazzy number that builds upon the sound heard from Chance on his Acid Rap mixtape. With this dancefloor-ready single in play now, the “Coast Is Clear” for both artists to stage a takeover of the music game in 2014.
Backwards Feat. Tame Impala
Although we still have no idea what Divergent is really about, we do know that its soundtrack has spawned some pretty interesting collaborations so far. This latest effort from Kendrick Lamar and Tama Impala however, easily takes the cake. The powerful single grabs your attention right off the bat, as Kendrick bombards the mic with a fierce intensity that’ll leave you taking at least a few steps “Backwards” yourself. The only reprieve from Kendrick’s full-scale assault comes through the contrastingly soothing chorus, which features a sample of Tame Impala’s “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards,” and helps provide the song with some balance. While it may seem like this one is coming out of left field for the Compton rapper, there is some precedent for its sound. In some ways the track almost seems like a mashup of the laidback style heard on “Money Trees” from Kendrick’s good kid, m.A.A.d city and his fiery remix of Imagine Dragons‘ “Radioactive.”
Check out the single above, and head over to Pitchfork if you’re interested in streaming the full Divergent soundtrack days before its release on March 11th. Featuring additional music from the likes of Skrillex, Ellie Goulding, Chance The Rapper, A$AP Rocky, Gesaffelstein, Snow Patrol and more, the soundtrack can be pre-ordered through iTunes now as well.
After dropping the highly underrated NSDE/OUTSDE EP late last year (one that we failed to cover unfortunately), Waldo returns with the rest of his AGO crew hoping to rekindle the same magic he found with his previous release. Consisting of additional members Joose, Amos Rose, The SEVENth and Sango, AGO is a collective from Grand Rapids, Michigan hoping to establish themselves in a hip-hop scene where the concept of the crew has become more prominent than ever.
Tuebor is a step in the right direction for the group, as the talented emcees all get a chance to flaunt their skills and bring some knowledge to what the Michigan lifestyle is really about. Featuring a wealth of talented producers like Mr. Carmack, AbJo, Mozaic, and of course The SEVENth and Sango, where Tuebor really prospers is in the diversity of its sounds. From the introspective “What Dreams Are Made Of” to the soulful “Royal Oats” and the grimy trap stylings of “The Garden,” each song has a style of its own, helping to provide the individual members with their own identities, while still resulting in a cohesive overall product. Nothing gets old on Tuebor, and if you find you don’t like a particular track, chances are you’ll enjoy the next one. Rather than take our word for it though, you can find out for yourself, by streaming the full project here. As we always do, we’ve sprinkled in a few of our top selections from the mixtape below, and you can grab a copy for yourself if you’re so inclined.
Royal Oats ft. Waldo (prod. Sango)
What Dreams Are Made Of (ft. Waldo, Joose, The SEVENth & Lena Chanel) (prod. AbJo)
Down Packed (ft. The SEVENth, Amos Rose & Waldo) (prod. The SEVENth)
AGO (feat. Waldo & Joose) (prod. Sango & Mr. Carmack)
The Garden (ft. Joose & Waldo) (prod. Sango)
Glam (Feat. Chance The Rapper)
As he gears up for his first album as a solo artist, Chuck Inglish decides to drop off a little Midwest collaboration with Chicago’s Chance The Rapper. This week has seen a lot of great hip-hop already, but this one could easily vault itself to the top of the list. “Glam” is a jazzy number with plenty of heart, that really puts Chuck’s production skills on full display. The Cool Kid manages to open the track with a smooth verse as well, while Chance slides right in perfectly, utilizing his melodious flow to deliver some incredibly soulful bars. It all comes together to make for a rather relaxing listen, while simultaneously amping us up for whatever else Chuck has in store on Convertibles. Currently set for an April 8th release, the LP is also set to include features from Sir Michael Rocks, Chromeo, Ab-Soul, Mac Miller, Vic Mensa, Action Bronson, and more.
Although it seems like he’s constantly disappearing for months at a time, we always enjoy the moments when Emay pops his head out of the ground to provide us with some fresh music. Though the releases are few and far between, you can be sure that they’ll always be of the highest quality. “WarmupSongdoe” might just be a training exercise to help the emcee get his legs back under him, but it has all the hallmarks of a typical Emay masterpiece: a perfectly utilized sample, thundering bass, intricate wordplay and witty punchlines that require multiple listens to fully comprehend. It’s kind of scary to imagine what the man can accomplish if this is what he sounds like when he’s rusty. At this point, we’re just eagerly anticipating the announcement of a new project, so we can get our Emay in much larger servings.
After joining forces with Rick Ross and Kanye West on the original Mastermind single, Big Sean‘s decided to step out into the spotlight on his own, delivering a fresh new verse on “Sanctified.” Rest assured, Sean rolls steady with the punchlines, keeping the boasting to a maximum as he makes bold declarations like “I feel like I’m the black Brad Pitt,” and “If you got my e-mail, you’s a millionaire. If you got my cell phone, you’s a realionaire.” Real deep stuff, if you ask me. All kidding aside, while this alternative version makes for an entertaining listen, Sean can’t quite match the intensity of his mentor on the original. At least now we know what the single would have sounded like had it included a few more bars from Big Sean himself.
Burial feat. Pusha T
It’s the beginning of a new month and with that comes great excitement especially because it’s March. And yes some of us are probably a little bit excited for all that basketball playing going on but with each new month comes a new resident of the month, that’s getting a three pointer at the buzzer to win the whole game excitement right there.
This month a group comes to us, well, three artists who decided after producing tons of amazing music for other artists that they best start doing some producing of their own music. And so, YOGI was born, the latest addition to OWSLA, consisting of I/O, Blake, and of course, Yogi. The three London lads started experimenting with mixing different genres of music back in 2009 and because of that closeness these boys already have an undeniably unique and strong sound. After their huge remix of Zedd’s ‘Stay The Night’ last year, the boys leaked their all instrumental track ‘Christian Bale’, a song off their debut EP due out this May. The full tracklist is still hush hush but today the boys premiered the lead single off of the EP ‘Burial’ featuring Pusha T to get their fans even more excited for the music to come.
Let’s just say, Boo-Boo has nothing on these three insanely talented artists and March is going to be another month of madness here at TMN with YOGI.