Leave it to Kanye West to premiere his new single in the most elaborate and impractical way possible. In preparation of his upcoming performance tomorrow night on Saturday Night Live, Kanye decided to project his image across 66 random buildings across the globe, (Could you imagine how freaky it would be to see Yeezy’s face right outside your window?) Upon first listen it seems as if Ye’s continuing the trend of his past few releases, venturing down an even darker path sonically than ever before. Despite all of the theatrics, Kanye’s newest track comes bearing a message, relating the widespread obsession with designer brands to being a new form of slavery. I wouldn’t say it’s Kanye’s best work lyrically, but it’s clear he definitely has the creative juices flowing. We’re certainly looking forward to seeing what Yeezy has in store for us on Saturday night, and hope to learn more about the album before it purportedly drops on June 18th.
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Gilbere Forté first made waves a few years back when he appeared on the remix of “Alors on Danse” alongside Stromae and Kanye West. Fresh off the release of his debut mixtape at the time, 87 Dreams, the Philly native parlayed his newfound stardom to obtain guest appearances on remixes of tracks like “Up All Night” by Alex Clare and Florence + The Machine‘s “Dog Days Are Over.” In 2013, Forté is ready to launch his star to new heights with his most anticipated mixtape yet, PRAY.
Although the first single dropped late last year, Forté’s been on a promotional tear lately, releasing singles left and right in preparation for his new project. With his third effort, the recent EPIC Records signee proves his sound has definitely matured over the last three years. Alongside producer RAAK, Forté is able to craft bass rattling bangers with crossover appeal that are both fresh and empowering. At only ten tracks, the mixtape may seem a bit short at first, but that really means that Gilbere decided to provide us with only the highest quality material to work with. Peep a few of our favorites from PRAY below, and make sure to download the entire tape from his official website.
Nolita (feat. Active Child)
Down For The Ride (feat. De Carlo)
Two things come with each Jez Dior release. The first is a post from a ninja that doesn’t listen to a ton of hip hop. Sure, I’ve had my moments of hip hop patronage in the past. I can recite every line of Wu Tang’s 36 Chambers (and did at Coachella). I dig the incredible story telling abilities of Slick Rick. I’ve pined over girls while listening to Atmosphere. However, if you’ve read this blog for long enough, you’d know that I don’t take on many hip hop projects. I tend to stick to EDM and indie rock, except when it comes to Jez. The first thing that draws me to his style is the smooth production from his team. Take “Hide” for example. The clean bluesy guitar riff repetitiously glides over a steady beat, soft vocal samples, and crackling distortion. It’s chill, calming and creates the perfect backdrop for Jez’s vocals.
The other thing that comes with each Jez Dior release is an impressive video. At the young age of 20, this rapper’s vision is far older than his age. His lyrics drip with emotional experiences of a person much older. His videos visually represent that as well. “Hide” shows Jez seemingly on the back of a car continually moving, and continually hiding. Call it a quarter life crisis…call it dealing with the day to day struggles of life. Whatever you take from this, know that he can make you feel his music, which is the mark of an incredible musician.
“Hide” is the third single off the new Jez Dior’s mixtape/album “Scarlett Sage”. It is a free download, which means you have absolutely no reason to pick this up.
While last week’s playlist managed to keep things on the lighter side in preparation for the summer, this week’s load is a bit heavier. Featuring a wide array of crafty wordsmiths and lyrical masterminds, the eight edition of the Hip-Hop Dojo is bound to get your head nodding and your mind racing. While I won’t be elaborating on every track this week, please note that we do have quite a bit of diversity in this group. Most of the names on this list should be familiar to you already, but there are a few newcomers this time around too.
First off, we’d like to welcome you to “Get Inspired” by 16 year-old rap phenom, AkonoMiles. Over a soulful sample of James Brown‘s “Sunny“, the eager young emcee shows us he knows just how to have fun, while also displaying skills far beyond his years. Another new name to the mix is Nike Nando, who lets us know exactly why he’s not one to be messed with. The SAVEMONEY crew makes a return this week as well, providing a brand new song “For The People.” This was definitely a stellar week for Chitown’s Thelonious Martin, who put his production skills to the test on a multitude of different tracks, including Naledge‘s “Arthur Agee Freestyle” and Alex Wiley‘s “Icky Woods.”
The title of this week’s most unique sound might go to Weekend Money, as Ne$$ tries to exorcise his inner “Demons” over some creepy, lurching production courtesy of Baghdaddy. A-1 might have the strongest track in this week’s lineup though, with “Summertime Sadness.” Spitting over the Ryan Hemsworth remix to the Lana Del Rey single of the same name, A-1 takes the song’s title to heart, highlighting the spike in violence that occurs in Oakland as a result of the scorching heat of the summer. On “Ol’ Skool Pontiac,” Jeremih tries his hand at the rap game, opting for a more chopped and screwed, Houston sound alongside Big Sean and Paul Wall. We’ve got a few more bangers right beside that one as well with A.J. Crew‘s “Don’t Ask Me (Crafty)” and “Hate Me On The Low” from Tory Lanez. 2 Chainz and Wiz Khalifa bring us the theme song for Fast & Furious 6, with “We Own It,” a song that seems more appropriate for Eminem and 50 Cent circa 2005. Finally, we end things off with Yonas, who invites us to “Feel The Love” over a sample of Rudimental‘s single of the same name.
We hope you guys enjoyed our eight edition of The Hip-Hop Dojo as much as we did. As always, send all submissions/suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
P.E.nlightenment (Prod. Backpack)
Noble Drew Ali
Wrath Of A God
For the People (Prod. Thelonious Martin)
Arthur Agee Freestyle (Prod. Thelonious Martin)
Icky Woods featuring Action Bronson (Prod. Thelonious Martin)
Diamonds & Whips (Feat. Trae Tha Truth & Jameel)
Michigan $h*t Feat. Royce Da 59
Favorite Rap Stars (ft. Styles P & Raekwon)
Eye For An Eye
Summertime Sadness (Prod. Ryan Hemsworth)
Ol Skool Pontiac Feat. Big Sean, Paul Wall
Dont Ask Me (Crafty)
Hate Me On The Low
We Own It (Fast & Furious)
Make A Move Ft. Emanny
Feel The Love
If you downloaded Acid Rap last week, you may recognize this collaboration from Nosaj Thing and Chance The Rapper. Hidden as a secret track on the mixtape (right after “Pusha Man“), “Paranoia” is just the latest contribution to the “Songs From Scratch” series made possible by YoursTruly and Adidas Originals. Like previous editions of the series, this pairing may seem odd at first, but as soon as you press play you understand the genius behind the choice. Chance sounds right at home as he flows over the ambient, slinky bankdrop, describing his reasons for being paranoid in Chicago. If you appreciate this new tune from Chance and Nosaj, take a look at some behind the scenes footage below to understand how the song came about.
I’m sure if you’re a regular Trap Dojo listener the name Team Bayside High is familiar, and this week, we’re very stoked to be bringing you the premiere of their brand new remix of Chicago indie rockers Wild Belle’s new single “Keep You”. This remix keeps some of Wild Belle’s soulful lyrics but packs it full of heavy hitting bass along with the deep horns of the original. Watch out for the second drop with a high spacey riff that will definitely have you coming back again and again. Team Bayside High has been all over the map with the material that they choose to remix and have yet to disappoint. They also released an original tune this week called “Gold Heart” that’s featured later on the list, proving that they can craft their own tunes just as well as they can remix. You probably heard the new Knife Party EP Haunted House, and next up CRNKN turns the song “LRAD” into a huge hard-hitting trap machine. Not much needs to be said about this next track other than its an RL Grime remix of “Love Sosa” by Chief Keef. Last week we included the original version of this Yellow Claw track, and now the homies Watapachi turn it up to 11. Flosstradamus samples all those great lines about asses from “Mercy” for this booty-dropping anthem, with enough bass that would really feel like an “Assquake” when played on the right system. Next up is an awesome Justin Timberlake remix from Ricky Vaughn. This is the third JT remix he’s released and the third one to really impress me, and he’s said that he has more on the way. Next up we’ve got a bunch of Hip-Hop and Grime infused Trap before getting back to the more electronic side with J.Rabbit, Big Chocolate, Carnage, Dan Farber and more. The last few songs really cool things down and the list ends with an amazing remix of the classic tune “Smoke Rings (Where Do They Go)” perfect for a lazy summer evening.
Keep You (Team Bayside High Remix)
LRAD (CRNKN FESTIE RMX)
Kaolo (Watapachi Remix)
Pusher Love Girl (Ricky Vaughn Rework)
BACKSEAT FREESTYLE(STYLUST BEATS MASHUP)
Big Weight Feat. Proton
Like This (Late Nite Krew Good Girls Bootleg)
I Got 5 On It (J.Rabbit Remix) FREE DOWNLOAD
Blue Milk (June Remix)
Signal! (Original Mix)
TA TIN TING
Lrad (Omeguh x DBLCUP Remix )FreeDL
Bass(Alter Natives remix)
100 Black Coffins (Meaux Green Remix)
Rock Your Body Rock (Vinnie Maniscalco & K
Birth Control (Regulators Billionaire Boys Club Bootleg)
Oops (Oh My) (Hucci Gurl Remix)
Stellar (Play N Skillz Trap remix)
Where Do They Go?
[Hip-Hop] Ace Hood – Bugatti (Remix) (Feat. Wiz Khalifa, T.I., Meek Mill, French Montana, 2 Chainz, DJ Khaled & Birdman)
Bugatti (Remix) (Feat. Wiz Khalifa, T.I., Meek Mill, French Montana, 2 Chainz, DJ Khaled & Birdman)
Have you ever had one of those mornings where you wake up and have trouble remembering the events that transpired the night before? Then, as you examine your surroundings, you realize you’re sitting in a brand new Bugatti? Yeah, good times. If you haven’t ever had the pleasure of such an experience (and if that’s the case, what’s wrong with you?), we’ve got a few fellas here who’d love to describe what it feels like. Featuring the likes of Meek Mill, T.I., Wiz Khalifa, Birdman, French Montana, 2 Chainz, Future and of course, DJ Khaled, the star studded remix to Ace Hood‘s hit single “Bugatti” goes even harder than the original. The first half of the song is particularly strong, with energetic verses from Ace, Meek and Tip, while the second half starts to fall flat. In the end though, we’re left with a new heater from Ace Hood, and that’s all that matters. Grab the free download for yourself above, and stay tuned for Ace’s upcoming album, Trials & Tribulations which is set for release on July 16th.