Break the Bank (prod. Alchemist)
It is no secret Top Dawg Entertainment‘s Black Hippy is going to have an enormous year in 2014 with all four members planning to drop albums. ScHoolboy Q‘s Oxymoron will be the first out, on February 25th, and has all the makings of one of one of the strongest hip-hop albums in recent memory. A few minutes ago, the Compton emcee let loose the album artwork (deluxe above) along with a stellar new song titled “Break the Bank.” With the legendary Alchemist behind the boards, ScHoolboy shows incredible range and versatility absolutely destroying the instrumental. Q even goes so far as bringing up some friendly competition with fellow TDE spitter Kendrick Lamar, and if this track is any indication of the album, he very well may be giving GKMC a run for its money trees. You can pre-order Oxymoron on iTunes now.
No Lie (Noah Breakfast Remix Ft. Spank Rock)
Xaphoon Jones is no more, and Noah Breakfast finally emerges to take his place. It’s kind of like when Robin split from Batman, and embraced the identity of Nightwing to ironically spread his wings and vanquish evil on his own, except in this case our hero stays steady slaying remixes. Comic book comparisons aside, we’re glad to welcome Noah in with open arms as he serves up this sultry remake of Wet‘s “No Lie.” In contrast to the ruminating, restrained nature of the original, this spunky revamp is a blipped out, glitchy affair with a sticky bass that’ll force you to want to loop endlessly “on and on and on and on…” Also featuring a worthy verse from Philly’s Spank Rock, this tune makes for a perfect listen at the beginning or end of your night. Peep the single above, and treat yourself to a free download as well.
Been On (Remix) (Ft. Rockie Fresh & Tory Lanez)
Bay area emcee G-Eazy already has big plans for 2014. With his album, These Things Happen, set to drop later this year, the hip-hop incarnation of James Dean is gearing up to embark on a 40-date tour with some of his contemporaries throughout the U.S. Kicking things off on February 21st in Dallas, accompanying him on his trek throughout the country will be Rockie Fresh, Tory Lanez, Kyle, Devin Miles, Ground Up and Kurt Rockmore. That’s a pretty talented troupe, and now we can expect at least one collaboration between these young performers. “Been On” was already one of G-Eazy’s more impressive singles to date, but it only gets better with the added help of Chicago’s Rockie Fresh and Toronto’s Tory Lanez, who both invoke some crafty bars to bring the track to a whole new level. Make sure to grab a free download of the track above, and head over to G-Eazy’s official website to find out when he’ll be in a town near you.
Just Blaze & Sinjin Hawke
One of the most honorable things veteran artists can do is support young musicians and new genres through collaboration and mentorship. While stars often have trouble humbling themselves enough to do this, legendary hip-hop producer Just Blaze has displayed a particularly open-mind already working and touring with EDM Trap’s Baauer.
Today, continuing in that vein, Just Blaze, as part of a Red Bull Music Academy session, teams up with up ‘n coming Montreal-bred, Barcelona-based producer, Sinjin Hawke, for yet another absolute banger. Hawke’s style, while certainly incorporating trap EDM elements, leans more towards the electro side of things making this a slightly more difficult collaboration to pull off. However, “One” displays near perfection showcasing the potential when hip-hop and EDM elements are combined in a competent and well thought-out manner. Make sure to slap this one at full volume.
Kanye West X SevnthWonder
Mashups are a difficult art to master. The idea of blending two ostensibly compatible songs together seems simple enough in theory, but rarely does it ever work in execution. Often times they can sound forced or lazily mixed, leading to something that ends up being less than the sum of its parts. A truly great mashup should feel like a completely original composition on its own, something that sounds exceptional independently from its source material. There are very few producers who can accomplish this, but we may have to consider adding Treezus to that short list. While not much is known about the young producer, this mashup between TMN mainstays Kanye West and SevnthWonder certainly caught my attention rather easily. “Love Lockdown” has never been one of my favorite entries in Kanye’s vast library, but once mixed with “Electric Feel” it transforms from a sparse, melancholic love song, into a wondrous electronic joyride. After you stream/download the track above, feel free to checkout out some of Treezus’ other mashups as well, which you can listen to below or find on his official SoundCloud page.
Day N Night X Seperate
Aaliyah X 12th Planet
If you were a hip-hop head like I was back in 2008, then Jay Electronica‘s “Exhibit A” was one of the greatest things to ever grace your eardrums. As a certified hip-hop classic at this point, looking back it’s easy to see why Jay Electronica was able to garner the hype that he did. Of course that resonant Just Blaze instrumental played an integral part in the single’s success as well. Why mention all of this? Sometimes to better understand a song’s meaning, you have to revisit the history behind it. This brand new remix from San Diego’s AbJo is already mind blowing on its own, but if I’d never heard “Exhibit A,” I don’t think I’d attach so much sentimental value to it. The talented young proudcer was able to properly capture the essential elements of the original composition, while adding in his own unique backbeat and snares to provide it with new life. It’s a wonderful blend of both old and new, and I don’t think I’d be the only one curious to see what Jay could do with this instrumental.
When Exile and Johaz first united as Dag Savage back in 2012, it was abundantly clear that they’d be a force to be reckoned with. While that promise didn’t exactly hold up in 2013 due to a lack of releases, it’s now become clear that’s only because the duo was entrenched in the studio perfecting their sound. With their new album, E&J, on the horizon, the California twosome are finally ready to properly unveil themselves to the world, dropping The Warning Tape this month to put the rest of the game on notice. Sporting features from a diverse group of artists that includes Blu, Co$$, ANTHM, Aloe Blacc and more, the 13-track effort explores a multitude of different sounds, putting to light the versatility of both Exile as a producer, and Johaz as an emcee. You can find a download link to the mixtape below, as well as a few of our favorite selections from the project. Dag Savage’s E&J is set to drop on Februrary 4th, and pre-orders can be found here.
DOWNLOAD: Dag Savage - The Warning Tape
Heavenbound ft. Anthm, Co$$ & Nanna B
Better Believe ft. Tristate
Been LOL ft. Blame
Smoke the Pain Away ft. Aloe Blacc