[Hip-Hop] Pusha T – My Name is My Name (Album Stream)

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Pusha T
Hold On (Feat. Kanye West & Rick Ross)

Virginia native and G.O.O.D. Music emcee Pusha T has had an interesting journey in the rap game. From reaching global success as half of Clipse, to relatively going ghost, and then resurfacing over the past few years with some heat, it was only a matter of time before he got his chance to shine. As fans patiently wait for his debut solo project to drop, Pusha avoids the possibility of having his highly-anticipated LP leaking and delivers a full stream via Myspace.

Bringing in features from fellow VA artist Chris Brown, Rick Ross, The-Dream, Jeezy, Future, Kelly Rowland, Kendrick Lamar, and 2 Chainz, plus production from Pharrell, Swizz Beatz, Joaquin Phoenix, and Don Cannon My Name Is My Name promises to be ‘hip-hop album of the year’. We’ve got one of our favorites up top, but listen to the audio crack below, and be sure to cop the 12-track album when it drops on October 8th.

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[Remix] Flume – Holdin On (Feat. Freddie Gibbs)

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Holdin On Feat. Freddie Gibbs

If you somehow thought Flume‘s “Holdin On” couldn’t get any better, you would be very mistaken. Seemingly coming straight out of left field with this one, the Aussie producer has teamed up with Freddie Gibbs for a hip-hop tinged remix of his standout track that’s sure to please. Gangsta Gibbs undoubtably holds his own on the mic, providing a well crafted verse over the atmospheric, synth-powered instrumental.

Flume is redefining the word “deluxe” with the re-issue of his self-titled album, set for release through Mom + Pop on December 10th. The four-disc set will include the original album, a rap mixtape, a collection of Flume remixes, a tour documentary, some stems, and according to Pitchfork, a “Producer Disc with Ableton Live 9 Lite software.” Altogether, that comes out to be one hell of a package. Those unwilling to wait for the physical release however, can get themselves a digital copy on November 12th.

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Free n Losh – A World Within EP + Exclusive Interview

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Like the colorful imagination of a young child, Free N Losh are uninhibited by any societal musical expectations or norms. Allowing their creativity to shine through, these two have created a daydreamers’ fantasy, illustrating what a lot of us hear as we’re careening through the thoughts that make us warm ‘n fuzzy.

This latest EP is even more imaginative and dreamlike than anything we’ve heard from them previously. Of course you’re already familiar with “What We’ll See,” from our earlier post on it. And while it has some chillstep inspired smooth rolling basslines, in “The World Within,” we’re offered up something quite different. This tune, heavily rooted in classic jazz, focused highly on the combination of different instrumental sampling. Despite the fluttering synths layered into it, you can actually still picture listening to this in a darkened jazz club. You quickly forget that you’re listening to a form of electronica.

“Spaceships vs Submarines” probably resembles what we’re used to in mainstream EDM, with lasers, carefully placed vocal samples and some trap style synths. However, the progression of the song is anything but, as it curves away from the big bass and into a drum and bass style breakdown. Finally we’re left with our personal favorite on the EP: “Open Your Eyes”.

I grew up on the Temptations. My mom always leaned away from rock and roll, and leaned towards soul, RnB and eventually disco. So, hearing this silky smooth interpretation really took me to another place. It’s so natural, undemanding and meticulously put together. This track is the epitome of how I see Free n Losh.

After sampling this EP on repeat, we reached out to ask some questions to this Toronto based duo. From the early days, to what’s in store next, check out what they had to say.

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Close Your Eyes (Intro)
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The World Within
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Open Your Eyes

TMN: Hey guys, thanks so much for taking some time to sit down with us. First off, talk to us about how this project came to be. When did you two come together to form Free n Losh?

Free: We met up at university through mutual friends. I stopped by Losh’s room with my buddy who knew him and when I walked in I saw Big L and Pharcyde posters and we got to talking…

Losh: Free had been producing already for a couple years when we met and when I told him I always wanted to give it a shot, he encouraged me to try it out. So I did, and I got addicted to it. It all grew from there.

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Smoko Ono – Pass The Flame (Feat. Jarred A.G., Saba & Sterling Hayes) [TMN PREMIERE]

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Pass The Flame ft. Jarred A.G. x Saba x Sterling Hayes

Yesterday I mentioned how we couldn’t get enough of the Chicago hip-hop scene, and today we have yet another prime example why. Last we heard from Smoko Ono, he was teaming up with his big brother Jarred A.G. to produce the psychedelic heater, “So I Go.” The duo collaborate once again for a satisfyingly gritty cut alongside fellow Chitown residents, Saba and Sterling Hayes. “Pass The Flame” lives up to its title, as the triumvirate exchange scorching verses potent enough to make Smokey The Bear shoot a new PSA about the dangers of playing with fire. The single promises to be the first of many bangers from Smoko’s upcoming compilation, Smoko and Friends, due out early next year.

(Artwork by JC Rivera)

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[Hip-Hop] Vic Mensa – Innanetape

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We’ve already professed our love for Chicago’s hip-hop scene countless times over, but we’ll do it once again here. You’d be hard pressed to find a place in the world right now that’s doing it better than the Windy City. Today, we proudly present to you INNANETAPE, the debut solo project from SAVEMONEY affiliate, Vic Mensa. The highly anticipated mixtape represents the perfect opportunity for the former Kids These Days frontman to flaunt his skills on the mic, and prove why he’s primed for a breakout just like his homie, Chance The Rapper. The 14-track tape features Mensa showcasing his headlong flow and eccentric punchlines alongside such names as Chance (obviously), Joey Purp, BJ The Chicago Kid, Ab-Soul, Rockie Fresh, Hit-Boy, Thundercat and many many more. Check out a few standout tracks below, and make sure to download the full tape when you’re done.

DOWNLOAD: Vic Mensa - INNANETAPE

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Tweakin (Ft. Chance The Rapper)
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Magic (Ft. Jesse Boykins III)
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Holy Holy (Ft. Ab Soul & BJ The Chicago Kid)
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Fear & Doubt (Ft. Kenna & Joey Purp)
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RUN! (Ft. Thundercat)
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[Hip-Hop] Pusha T – King Push (Prod. Joaquin Phoenix & Kanye West)

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King Push (Prod. Joaquin Phoenix & Kanye West)

While Jay-Z and Kanye West are supposed to be watching the throne, Pusha T seems primed and ready to snatch it out from right underneath them (that’s if Kendrick doesn’t get there first, of course). The coup might not be very subtle however, as Push’s latest effort was produced by Yeezy himself, along with Joaquin Phoenix (before you ask, yes, there’s only one Joaquin Phoenix, and it’s that dude from Gladiator). Unsurprisingly, the Virginia native is ruthless on the mic as he marches along to a banging instrumental full of powerful snares and ominous vocal samples. Check out the dope visuals for the intro from Pusha’s My Name Is My Name below, and make sure to grab yourself a copy before it hits shelves on October 8th. And if you’d like to find out the story behind this track, you can peep the interview Push did with Vibe last month.

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The Alphabet (Prod. by Luke Christopher)

Unsigned hype Luke Christopher returns to school on his latest track, “The Alphabet.” The self-produced cut from his upcoming The Wonder Years Pt. 1 mixtape, … Continue reading »

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