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

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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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[Hip-Hop] Smoko Ono – Good Shit Talkin’ (Feat. Tris J & Sir Michael Rocks) (Prod. Smoko Ono & Papi Beatz)

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Good Shit Talkin' feat. Tris J x Sir Michael Rocks (Prod by Smoko Ono x Papi Beatz)

It’s December 31st folks, which means it’s your final opportunity to get some “Good Shit Talkin” in before the year is over. If you can’t think of anything yourself though, we’ve got a few talented emcees to do the work for you in Tris J, and former Cool Kid, Sir Michael Rocks. Today they’re teaming up with one of Chicago’s finest producers, Smoko Ono, for this brand new single that should fit right in with all of your late night festivities. This latest cut is set to be featured on both the upcoming Smoko & Friends mixtape, as well as  Tris J’s next project, Super Grand Master Deluxe; both are set to drop in early 2014.

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[Hip-Hop] Drake – Trophies

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Trophies

The year might almost be over, but Drake still has some new music to deliver to his eager fans. His latest leak, “Trophies,” is a triumphant Hit-Boy, Noah “40″ Shebib, and Hagler assisted, horn-heavy celebrity anthem that was previously debuted in a trailer for Nothing Was The Same. The Young Money-affiliate takes an introspective look at his rise to fame, responsibilities in life, and the effect his parent’s divorce had on his young mind. Drake has always been one to let listeners into his personal thoughts, and this track is another look into his past and how it has shaped his future and the artist he is today.

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[Mixtape] Ryan Hemsworth – ☺RYANPACKv.1☺

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Christmas may have already passed us by, but the season for giving isn’t quite over yet. To prove that point, DJ extraordinaire, Ryan Hemsworth, decided to drop off this collection of unreleased remixes to thank all his fans for their continued support in 2013. Featuring tracks from Beyoncé, Disclosure, Danny Brown, Lorde, and more, the free download contains enough juicy remixes to last you well into the new year. We have the full tracklisting below, but you can check out a few our favorites as well before you grab a copy for yourself; trust us, you’ll want to hear all ten mind-blowing tunes. Oh, and in the words of Ryan himself, “Let’s make 2014 awesome and not boring. ”

Beyonce – Mine (Notwist N Shout Version)
Que – O.G. Bobby Johnson (Game Boy Advance Version)
Lorde – Ribs (Let’s Have A Sleepover Version)
Future – Honest (Post-Rock Tears Version)
Disclosure – F For You (Rejeeected Version)
Mr. MFN eXquire – Illest Niggaz Breathin’ (Pamyu Pamyu Version)
Hachioji-P – フカヨミ (Hatsune Heater Version)
Danny Brown – Kush Coma (Kawaii Yoshino Yoshikawa Version)
Chief Keef – Citgo (Hisaishi-fied Version)
R. Kelly – Real Talk (La Valse D’Kellz Version)

DOWNLOAD: Ryan Hemsworth - ☺RYANPACKv.1☺

Beyoncé
Mine (Notwist N Shout Version)

Disclosure
F For You (Rejeeected Version)

Lorde
Ribs (Lets Have A Sleepover Version)

Danny Brown
Kush Coma (Kawaii Yoshino Yoshikawa Version)

Mr. MFN eXquire
Illest Niggaz Breathin (Pamyu Pamyu Version)

Future
Honest (Post Rock Tears Version)
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[Hip-Hop] Fabolous – The Soul Tape 3

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Fabolous has struggled with consistency throughout his entire career. Anointed as a successor to Jay-Z in the New York hip-hop scene during his early days as an emcee, he’s never seemed to live up to the expectations allotted to him by fans, despite having plenty of commercial success. While we can’t get behind everything that Loso has released in recent times, there’s always one thing we can look forward to every year: The Soul Tape. Incepted in 2011, the series has reflected the qualities most appreciated in Fab as an emcee (his smooth demeanor, witty punchlines, etc.) as he rhymes over soulful instrumentals both old and new. This year’s edition comes gift wrapped in a giant bow, featuring artists like Jadakiss, Ryan Leslie, Young Jeezy, Meek Mill, and Jeremih as well as production from araabMUZIK, Boi-1da, ILLmind, and more. Check out a few highlights from the project below, and then follow the link to cop a free download of the tape.

DOWNLOAD: Fabolous – The Soul Tape 3

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The Get Back (Prod. The Superiors)
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Everything Was The Same (Feat. Stacy Barthe)
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Lay Down (Feat. Ryan Leslie) (Prod. By ILLmind & Ryan Leslie)
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The Hope (Feat. Jadakiss) (Prod. By araabMUZIK)
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[Chill] Drake – All Me (Stwo Remix)

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All Me (Stwo Remix)

We hope everybody had an enjoyable Christmas break full of wonder and cheer. Even if you didn’t, we’ve got the perfect gift for you right here. In the spirit of the Holidays, French producer Stwo decided to present us with one more incredible remix to wrap up the year. With his edit of Drake‘s “All Me,” Stwo continues to remind us why he’s looked upon as one of the most talented up and coming producers in the game. This might just be his most impressive effort to date, utilizing his R&B sensibilities to completely transform the track into a buttery smooth composition full of mesmerizing keys, glittering strings, and rapid hi-hats. In simpler terms, this is way sweeter than the cookies you had waiting for Santa by the fireplace. Check out the Holiday-themed remix above, and stay tuned for more from Stwo as we turn the page into 2014.

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[Mix] SoSuperSam – Street Classics Vol. 1

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VISION STREET WEAR: STREET CLASSICS VOL. 1

Even with today’s plethora of exciting new emcees, it is always worth taking a step back to bump some old school hip-hop to appreciate the genre’s roots and evolution. As a fan, listening to classics provides a new layer of depth and understanding by uncovering the inspiration for contemporary artists.

For all those looking for a crash course in early 90s hip-hop, LA-based DJ Samantha Duenas, aka SoSuperSam,  has got you covered with her latest mix. Including hip-hop legends like J Dilla, 2pac, Notorious B.I.G., Dr. Dre, Mos Def, Mobb Deep, KRS1 and many others, “Street Classics Vol. 1,” a collaboration with Vision Street Wear, takes us back to an immortalized period of hip-hop history. Enjoy above!

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