Jon Waltz is a part of a growing wave of multifaceted artists in the hip-hop realm who can handle everything from rapping and singing to production. It’s not a stretch by any means to say Waltz is the most talented of the bunch. Don’t believe us? Well, the evidence is plastered all over his SoundCloud page, but if you need a little more convincing, look no further than his latest track, “College Girl.”
One of the more exciting singles he’s released, “College Girl” finds the emcee flaunting his dexterity on the mic and behind the boards, with lyrics flying off the tongue at a breakneck pace to keep up with the fast-paced rhythm of the pulsating instrumental. As we all know though, Waltz has no issue with switching up the tempo, slowing things down midway through the number to pen a more reflective verse. This cut is just a preview of what to expect from Jon’s upcoming Alyss EP, which is set to drop next week.
ICE AGE (SMOKO ONO REMIX)
If there’s one thing we’ve learned about Smoko Ono over the last year, it’s that the Chitown beatmaker can virtually do no wrong. For his latest exploit, Smoko grabs hold of Denzel Curry‘s “Ice Age” and uses his wizardry behind the boards to cool things down well below sub-zero temperatures. Steeped in bubbling, hazy production, the droning vocals come to life in this remake, which makes for a much louder, yet relaxing listen. This remix will be featured on Smoko’s upcoming Slackin N Makin Vol 1 EP, which is set to drop in early November.
Life's A Bitch feat. AZ (Free n Losh Remix)
Successfully remixing a song from one of the greatest rap albums of all time is no easy task, but Free n Losh prove it is possible with their latest take on Nas‘s classic “Life’s a Bitch.” The talented Canadian production duo replace the original instrumental with a vibrant bass-line, smooth piano and various soul samples. During the legendary chorus, Free n Losh layer a high-pitched portamento synth reminiscent of the G-Funk era. As a result, the song ends up sounding a bit like if the Illmatic anthem had west-coast production, with a splash of young Kanye West‘s soul sample skills. Check it out above and head to their Facebook page for a free download.
Hesitate (Prod. By Peezy & Cam)
Although Rockie Fresh has been signed to Maybach Music Group for a little over two years now, his debut album has yet to see the light of day. While we still eagerly anticipate the project, chances are it’ll still be some time before we get a chance to hear it, with releases from Stalley, Wale and the boss Rick Ross all on the way in the next few months. Nevertheless, we’ll continue to support, and are excited to hear some new material from the Chitown spitter. Working with local talents Peezy and Cam, this new track finds Rockie spitting introspective bars over a soulful, piano-driven instrumental. Clocking in at just 2:15, “Hesitate” is a rather short track, but should serve as a scrumptious appetizer for what the talented emcee’s been cooking up.
Let’s be honest, the 9 to 5 work schedule sucks regardless of what is on your computer screen for 8+ hours a day, 5 days a week. Luckily, we all have music to help us get through work, school or whatever our grind may be. Budding Atlanta emcee, Daye Jack, has crafted the perfect track to let us know that he feels our pain. “Easy” kicks off with a soft, soulful sample and the chorus features a repeating “Is it easy?” in reference to the daily struggle. Jack shows off a melodic flow, but his bars are also meaningful, relatable and perfect for the desk day-dreamer.
“Easy” is the first single from Jack’s upcoming project, titled Soul Glitch. If you’re feeling this one, though, make sure to also check out the 18 year-old’s impressive debut mixtape, Hello World.
After two long years, the wait is finally over for some new Kendrick Lamar to hit your eardrums. Remaining relatively quiet in the music scene, the west coast emcee seemed to have taken a backseat to let his Top Dawg brethren quietly take over the music scene. Schoolboy Q saw his debut, Oxymoron, receive top praises, Isaiah Rashad has made a name for himself with his EP Cilvia Demo, and SZA delivered some chill vibes with her solo project Z. Now that the music scene is more familiar with the crew, Lamar steps back into the spotlight with a long-awaited single for our listening enjoyments.
The track “i” is an uplifting anthem that is sonically a little something different from the rap star. Introduced by a boasting soundbite, a Rahki-produced guitar heavy Isley Brother‘s “That Lady” sample drops flipping the beat. K-dot quickly jumps on the track spitting some quick-tongued bars about self-love and acceptance. The momentum and positive message do not let up throughout ending with a smooth transition into a jazz, 70’s classic rhythm and vibe. The track definitely invokes the feel of some old-school, but takes a couple listens to fully grow on you.
Kendrick’s follow-up to good kid, M.A.A.D. city is set to drop later this year and is rumored to feature production from Dr. Dre and a lot of in-house production from the TDE camp. This much-anticipated single is now available for purchase on iTunes.