[Instrumental Remix] AbJo – Exhibit AbJo

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Exhibit AbJo

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.

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[Hip-Hop] Dag Savage – The Warning Tape

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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

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Heavenbound ft. Anthm, Co$$ & Nanna B
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Better Believe ft. Tristate
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Been LOL ft. Blame
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Smoke the Pain Away ft. Aloe Blacc
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Destiny’s Child – Bug A Boo (Borneland remix)

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Bug A Boo (Borneland remix)

It’s a real thing of beauty when someone can put a new spin on a track, and for some reason, it sounds like it just belongs. It’s almost as if you’re listening to the original, which is when you realize you’re jamming out to sheer gold.

Denmark based producers Borneland have served up a perfect example of the above statement, recrafting a funky remix of this Destiny’s Child track. While we could write up our own descriptions of what we think of the tune’s inspirations, this duo has sent out a statement with their tune that does it best. Check it out below:

Neither of us have tattoos nor hair on the chest, though we have been told that these are essentials to survive in our business. Luckily we have great friends with both tattoos and hair on the chest to give us advise when things are tough. One of these advisers once told us, that the first release often ends up completely different from the original idea, due to the fact that one has so many expectations… All these imaginations.

Combined with perfectionism, one ends up spending too much time on details and the original idea disappears – this is a shame! To avoid this (unnecessary) “first-time-nervousness”, we chose to start out with something as silly (to us at least), but classic, as a different version of “Bug a Boo” by Destiny’s Child.

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The Hip-Hop Dojo [Vol. 16]

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It’s no secret now that The Hip-Hop Dojo hasn’t been the most consistent playlist here at TMN, and that’s due to a multitude of different factors. I’m not here to make excuses however, and the lack of hip-hop goodness lately is totally on me. It’s a new year though folks, and my resolution from here on out is to continue providing you with the dopest hip-hop content from across the net on a regular basis.

Let’s get the ball rolling quickly with this first edition of 2014, because it’s definitely one of our strongest playlists to date. Right off the bat you may notice that we’re starting things off with a Christmas anthem. We know the Holidays are over, but that Peanuts sample by producer J1K was way too good to pass up. Since we didn’t have a December edition anyway, just think of BIZ’s “Christmas Time Is Here” as a late present from all of us to you. Speaking of Christmas, we follow our first entry up with a laidback  single from Michael Christmas named after the Quentin Tarantino classic, “Jackie Brown.” Our next few items carry on the chill vibes, with many of them utilizing a throwback sound similar to the one employed by Joey Bada$$ and Pro Era. Of course Joey and his collective are featured here as well, spreading the love on the eclectic “Sol Luna.” While those dudes from Brooklyn keep with the sweet talking, Nemo Achida prefers to take a more “Hands On” approach, teaming up with 88-Keys and BJ The Chicago Kid for a smooth new cut.

Our next selection would’ve been a perfect one to start your day off with, as rapper Chris Morris opens with “Yo it’s like Sunday morning waking up,” over some supremely ill production from Nabeyin. Moving on, we’ve got the return of Dojo veteran and TDE signee, Isaiah Rashad, who brings us a sly tribute to “Brad Jordan,” better known to the rap community as Scarface. You should be familiar with two of our next collaborators, as Waldo and Sango have both been featured on this page multiple times before. This time around, they’re accompanying British femcee Little Simz on the juicy cut, “Mandarin Oranges.” Speaking of familiarity, hip-hop heads should definitely recognize the instrumental on GoldLink‘s “The Heart,” which is the same one used by Kendrick Lamar for ”The Heart Pt. 2.” It’s always tough to beat an original from K Dot, but the West Virginia brings his A-game here, with a spastic delivery definitely that gives the track an edge of its own. Meanwhile, Azizi Gibson hops on some bluesy Flying Lotus production to ring in the New Year properly with “Libras Don’t Die.”

Things take a darker turn in our next suite of entries, with the always slick Rapsody leading this group off over some dope, downtempo 9th Wonder drums. Hefna Gwap is certainly not in a celebratory mode on “Happy Birthday (Fuck That)”, while Dillan Ponder brings us another ominous track with his latest single, “Hive.” While Alexander Spit‘s “Bitter Suite Symphony” sounds nothing like The Verve classic, it’s certainly a formidable number all its own. Sa-Roc shows us her “True Mastery”  of the English language on this fierce new cut, while Verbal Kent teams up with Khrysis to give us all a gritty lesson in “Raponomics.” If there ever were an expert in that subject though, it would be Raekwon, who brings along T.I. and the late Doe B to help him out on “I Wanna Know.”  Like most rappers, Truck North is out to prove he’s the number one “Chief Rocka,” hopping on a revamped version of the Lords of the Underground classic. Find out if he does that one any justice.

 Alexander Dreamer employs his “Freedom of Speech” on this dope tune that samples the intro to Coldplay‘s “Charlie Brown.” Julian Malone keeps things rather abrupt on the hard hitting “Bitche$,” but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t pack a mean punch. Bodega Bamz brings us a real banger on the Electric Bodega remix of his single, “Don Francisco,” featuring French Montana. Next in our lineup, we’ve got a few well known commodities, as Audio Push strive to prove they’re better than all these other “Juveniles,” hooking up with Logic and Jill Scott over a spectacular beat provided by Hit-Boy. Miami emcee Eskeerdo is out to fight the “Devil’s Work,” hopping on a sample of Miike Snow‘s single of the same name. Meanwhile, Topaz Jones questions whether he’s “Living A Lie,” on his recent introspective single. K.B. Starr is ready to plead his case for why he thinks “New England Girls” are the best over some incredibly fresh production from SevnthWonder. Our final pair of tracks comes in the form of two upbeat remixes, first with Yonas putting his own stamp on Lorde‘s “Team,” and then Zak Downtown closing things out with the addicting “City’s Ours,” which flips another remix, the Flume revision of Hermitude‘s “HyperParadise.”

We hope you guys enjoyed our sixteenth edition of The Hip-Hop Dojo as much as we did! As always, you can send all submissions/suggestions to baseer@themusicninja.com and ash@themusicninja.com.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD ALL THE FREE TRACKS (ALT. LINK)

BIZ
Christmas Time Is Here (Produced by J1K)
Michael Christmas
Jackie Brown ft. Manu Manzo (prod. Jasper Sheff)
SK The Greatest
Ounces (featuring Mad One, D.O.S. & Poppadop)
Dessy Hinds
MoWetter Blues (Prod. 6thBoro)
Mike Melinoe
Steady Vibe (Pro. By Stereo Symphony)
A$hton
Knighty Knight
Termanology
Set It Off (Feat. Ransom)
Chris Faust
Black Manta Featuring Donwill (prod. Hannibal King)
Chox Mak And Henny Tha Brain
40 Ounces (Prod. By Bunty Beats)
PRO ERA
SOL LUNA (Feat. Joey Bada$$, Dyemond Lewis & A La $ole) (Prod. Navie D.)
Nemo Achida
Hands On ft. BJ The Chicago Kid (Prod. 88 Keys)
Chris Morris
Morning Dew (Prod. Nabeyin)
Yo Dot
Never Shines (Produced By Regular Joe Productions)
Isaiah Rashad
Brad Jordan feat. Michael Da Vinci
Little Simz & Waldo
Mandarin Oranges (Prod. Sango)
GoldLink
The Heart
Azizi Gibson
Libras Dont Die (prod. Flying Lotus)
Rapsody
Illuminaughty (Chinchilla) Prod. by 9th Wonder
Hefna Gwap
Happy Birthday (FUCK THAT)
Dillan Ponders
Hive (p. DMNDBK)
Alexander Spit
Bitter Suite Symphony
SA ROC
True Mastery
Verbal Kent  
Raponomics (prod. Khrysis)
Raekwon
I Wanna Know (Feat. Doe B & T.I.)
Dag Savage (Johaz & Exile)
God Body ft. CO$$, Gonja Sufi & Blu
Truck North
The Man
P.Genz
Grandslam!
Lashaun Ellis
Whatever You Want
Alexander Dreamer
Freedom Of Speech (Soundcloud Bonus)
Julian Malone
Bitche$
Jourdan Jackson
Triple Crowned Ft. Marion Write & TR@bb (prod. by Bliss)
Bodega Bamz
Don Francisco (Remix) Feat. French Montana
Raz Fresco
Slang Rap (Prod. By Raz Fresco)
Audio Push
Juveniles ft. Logic & Jill Scott (prod. Hit Boy & Rey Reel)
Eskeerdo
Devils Work (feat. Miike Snow)
Topaz Jones
Livin A Lie
K.B. Starr
New England Girls (Prod. By SevnthWonder X Rilla Force)
Jered Sanders
Boys On the Radio
YONAS
Team (Lorde Remix) prod. sean ross
Zak Downtown
Citys Ours
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[Mixtape] MeLo-X – Yoncé X (Beyoncé Remix EP)

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MeLo-X was probably one of the most criminally underrated artists of 2013. After releasing three mixtapes, an EP, and an album last year, MeLo isn’t showing any signs of slowing down anytime soon. In honor of Blue Ivy‘s (Jay-Z and Beyoncé’s daughter for those of you who don’t know) 2nd birthday yesterday, the Brooklyn native decided to release a free 5-track remix EP dedicated to the momma diva’s latest album. MeLo-X is a multi-talented man, so instead of simply hopping on some beats and contributing a few verses, he decided to put his production hand to work, crafting a deeply rich, ambient sound that’s both therapeutic, yet spine tingling in nature. Of course, he couldn’t completely resist the microphone, as you can hear the emcee chop it up on the fourth track, “9-5 Killa,” a rework of “Ghost.”

Stream the full project below, and head over to Noisey for an interview that covers MeLo’s creative process and motivation behind the project. Also if you haven’t already, make sure to pick up a copy of MeLo-X s GOD: Pièce de Résistance album, which dropped last November.

DOWNLOAD: MeLo-X - Yoncé X (Beyoncé Remix EP)

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Drunk In Lust (I Been Draking)
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Too Far
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Ghost In The Sheet (Handle This)
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9 to 5 Killa (Feat. MeLo X)
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Rock It
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Sing that shit (20syl Juicy Remix)

20syl proved himself to be quite the remix maestro in 2013, and 2014 seems to be no different. Kendrick Lamar remixes are a dime a … Continue reading »

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[NEW] Vampire Weekend – Step (Wintertime Remix) (Feat. Danny Brown, Heems & Despot)

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Vampire Weekend
Step (Wintertime Remix) (Feat. Danny Brown, Heems & Despot)

With every new year comes new expectations, but there’s no way we could’ve ever seen this coming. After putting out one of the best albums of 2013, Vampire Weekend are back with a “Wintertime Remix” to their remarkable single, “Step,” bringing along Danny Brown, Heems and Despot for the ride. The beat remains relatively unaltered, yet all three emcees fit in gracefully over the tranquil indie rock ballad, making this one of the best cross genre efforts we’ve heard in quite awhile. One day in, and 2014 already looks like a bright year for music. Check out the stream above, and make it your resolution to grab a free download as well.

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