[Hip-Hop] Tory Lanez – Diego (Prod. Tory Lanez & Play Picasso)

DIEGO (PROD. Tory Lanez X Play Picasso)

After a landmark 2014 that saw Tory Lanez establish himself as one of the hottest up-and-comers in the game, it looks like the Toronto native has even bigger plans in the works for 2015. His first banger of the year, “Diego” draws similarities to his previous single “Godfather,” as Tory busts out his Tony Montana flow and expresses his own love for the coco. With a certified hit in tow, Tory also recently announced an expanded Lost Cause tour, this time preparing to hit 18 cities across the U.S. and Canada. The month long trek is set to kick off in February, and you can see all the tour dates over at his official website.

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Beyonce – 711 (DJ Mustard Remix)

711 (DJ Mustard Remix)

Beyonce‘s latest single has already taken over the radios, clubs, and your pre-game mix playlist, so it was only a matter of time before it got the remix treatment. In the news of the unexpected, southern hit-maker DJ Mustard takes on the infectious party single with a unexpected flip to the beat. Adding a EDM backdrop and completely changing up the melody and rhythm, his latest remix to the track is definitely something that can help carry the song into the Spring and Summer playlist of 2015. Although this isn’t the first time Mustard has placed his work on the track, this is one of the few times we get to hear a electro-mix of his beat. At first, the track starts off with a simple synth beat until it is loaded with a multiple elements to tingle the eardrums and the senses. At times, it seems that Mustard just threw in whatever would sound good in the backdrop, but the eclectic track still carries the same fun-loving and free-spirited vibe that the original had-minus the chorus and Southern feel.

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Ludacris – Stand Up (Candyland’s OG Remix) [TMN PREMIERE]

Stand Up (Candyland's OG Remix)

It has been a hot, hot, HOT minute since we last heard anything from Candyland…too long if you ask us. Well ninjas, today you’re in for a delicious new treat from the Santa Barbara duo and their latest remix of a total throwback anthen, “Stand Up” by Ludacris. If you’re familiar with the original, then you’re probably re-living all those times this song would come on at high school dances, in grocery stores, and in grandma’s minivan. Grandma knew how to turn up before it was even cool.

Candyland took this Ludacris classic and turned it into an absolute banger that will undeniably be heard during festival season come this Spring. With a mid-tempo, moobah-esque intro, piercing siren synth progressions, and an unexpected bangin’ breakdown, Candyland give us a justified reason to stand up and go do beer bongs on a Wednesday. It may not be Tuesday and we may not be at a club that’s going up, but it’s clear to us that ILOVEMAKONNEN and Drake don’t understand that Wednesday is in fact the appropriate day to get weird. So get ready to get up  and goin” with this one ninjas because Candyland is about to make you move some type of way.

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[Hip-Hop] Heems – Sometimes


When Das Racist split up a few years back, it was unclear what kind of musical output we could expect from its members and, for a brief moment, it appeared that we’d be losing some of the freshest talent in hip-hop. Luckily, since that time, frontman Himanshu Suri aka Heems has remained active with his record label, Greedhead Music, putting out impressive solo mixtapes and making feature appearances on several top-notch projects. Last week, Heems shared a new track along with an official release date for his debut studio album, Eat. Pray. Thug.

“Sometimes” sees Heems in top form spitting over evolving, dynamic production from Gordon Voidwell that allows his stream-of-conscious flow to truly shine as he adjusts his cadence in a way that perfectly matches the motif of the song. In Suri’s own words, this track focuses on “dualities, identity and the space between spaces” using the title as a starting point to portray a unique, important and insightful racial perspective not commonly found in rap music. Eat. Pray. Thug. is out March 10th and can be pre-ordered on iTunes now. In the meantime, enjoy this phenomenal piece of musical commentary above.

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[Shoegaze Drake] Drake – Best I Ever Had (Mason Flynt Remix)

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Best I Ever Had (Mason Flynt Remix)

Finding words to describe this has been tough. Here’s about the best way to explain it: Shoegaze Drake. Did you ever think you’d hear that phrase in your life? Well, Mason Flynt dropped a remix of Drake’s “Best I Ever Had” yesterday that sounds like something out straight out of Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist. It really catches the ear and makes for an unexpected great listen. He found a great balance between electronic elements and live instrumentation for what ended up being one of the most unique takes on Drake out there. This was a huge switch up in style for the primarily hip-hop influenced producer and remixer, but it really does work and is simply fun. Mason has had some spectacular tunes so far, and the Austin native is slowly beginning to make a name for himself with his solid collection of slick songs. Luckily enough, this remix a free download, so you DJs out there can inject a major dose of feels in your set and get emotional in the club real quick.

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[Hip-Hop] Action Bronson – Actin Crazy (Prod. by 40)

Action Bronson
Actin Crazy (Prod. By 40)

It’s hard to believe that Action Bronson is yet to release a major label debut album given the amount of quality content he’s put out over the last few years. With a due date of March 24th now slated for his debut, Mr. Wonderful, the Queens emcee dropped a glimpse into the project just a few minutes ago. “Actin Crazy” features production from Drake‘s in-house beat-master, Noah “40” Shebib, which complements Bronson’s lyrical acrobatics surprisingly well. The instrumental, unsurprisingly, proves ethereal and airy with Bronson’s chorus matches his current career position, “Opportunity be knocking, it got a let a mofucka in.” Of course, the song wouldn’t be complete without lines like “All I do is eat oysters/And speak 6 languages in 3 voices.” Give this one a listen above–we’re certainly excited to give Bronson’s Mr. Wonderful a spin in a few months.

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[Hip-Hop] Rome Fortune & OG Maco – Yep (EP)


Atlanta emcee Rome Fortune has not slowed down one bit since the release of his debut project, Small VVorldOG Macowho was featured heavily on that project, has been equally prolific, most recently putting out a powerful EP, Breathe, in response to social injustices around the country. To kick off 2015, the two are back at it again with a new collaborative EP, appropriately titled Yep. The project expands on the bouncy, progressive production typical of both rappers creating a unique juxtaposition with lyrics that range from introspection to comical to romance. The addicting opening track, “Jungle,” draws you in immediately with its dynamic production and delivery from both artists and the project never really looks back. Other standouts for us included “Pearls,” “Make It Loud,” “Pay Rent” and the Chris McClenney-produced bonus track “Moving On,” but the EP is worth a listen from start to finish as it truly keeps you on your toes with its variety. Stream the whole project below and grab a free download here.

Rome Fortune X OG Maco
Jungle (Prod. Cubby)
Rome Fortune X OG Maco
Pearls (Prod. Childish Major)
Rome Fortune X OG Maco
Yep (Prod. TM88 Of 808 Mafia)
Rome Fortune X OG Maco
Make It Loud (Prod. Cubby)
Rome Fortune X OG Maco
Pay Rent (Prod. Ben Pramuk)
Rome Fortune X OG Maco
Sex (Prod. Saeed)
Rome Fortune X OG Maco
Suit Case (Prod. SuicideYear & Honeycoma)
Rome Fortune X OG Maco
Riot (Prod. LC On The Traxx)
Bonus: Moving On (Prod. Chris McClenney & Taz Taylor)

You can also check out the recently released concept video for “Sex” after the jump.  Continue reading

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