GOD KNOWS (Prod. PLU2ONASH)
Today, we’re proud to bring you “God Knows,” the latest single from young Chicagoan, Lucki Eck$. Inspired by his predilection for Xanax, “God Knows” is a plodding, hazy number that falls right in line with the moody, yet mellow sound he’s established for himself over the last few years. The new track is an excerpt from the forthcoming Chicago Sight ‘N Sound mixtape, a joint effort curated by the FDC and 119 Productions that will showcase many of the city’s most talented up-and-coming artists. The exciting new project is currently set to include additional contributions from Mick Jenkins, Saba, Ibn Inglor, Jarred AG, The O’mys, Kami De Chukwu, Martin $ky, Hurt Everybody, GTW, J2K, and a slew of other Windy City natives. Listen to the tune above, and make sure to check out the mixtape when it drops on February 10th.
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FFYL (Prod. ayokay)
Meet Quinn, a singer/rapper from the midwest making that feel-good music we all need. He’s kicking off 2015 with a brand new tune ‘FFYL’ – produced by ayokay – that will sit well with our tropical fans. This sentimental themed single will definitely relate to those of you in college but will also appeal to a vast audience with it’s catchy lyrics and dreamy feel. A known chorus specialist, Quinn delivers solid writing and vocal patterns on this inviting production sure to drive people crazy. It’s easy to understand why he’s established a certain type of cult following. Be on the lookout for his new EP, Change Of Scenery.
TMN: Hey dude! First off, thank you so much for being our artist of the month for January, and for letting us come on board for the Ninja Nation tour.
Datsik: Absolutely. I appreciate all of the support!
TMN: Let’s talk about the upcoming Ninja Nation tour, which kicks off this week. What can fans expect from this tour?
Datsik: Well, first of all, this tour is going to be louder, bigger, and it’s going to have different, crazy, and awesome artists. Some of them are from Firepower and some of them are just homies. We have Kennedy Jones, we have ETC ETC, TRUTH, Barely Alive, Bear Grillz, Twine, Trolley Snatcha, Fox Stevenson, and I think that’s it. They all rotate in and out of the tour.
I’m super stoked. We just upgraded to Vortex, so we have some 3.0 now, and it should be pretty crazy. It should make for a pretty fucking awesome experience!
DIEGO (PROD. Tory Lanez X Play Picasso)
After a landmark 2014 that saw Tory Lanez establish himself as one of the hottest up-and-comers in the game, it looks like the Toronto native has even bigger plans in the works for 2015. His first banger of the year, “Diego” draws similarities to his previous single “Godfather,” as Tory busts out his Tony Montana flow and expresses his own love for the coco. With a certified hit in tow, Tory also recently announced an expanded Lost Cause tour, this time preparing to hit 18 cities across the U.S. and Canada. The month long trek is set to kick off in February, and you can see all the tour dates over at his official website.
711 (DJ Mustard Remix)
Beyonce‘s latest single has already taken over the radios, clubs, and your pre-game mix playlist, so it was only a matter of time before it got the remix treatment. In the news of the unexpected, southern hit-maker DJ Mustard takes on the infectious party single with a unexpected flip to the beat. Adding a EDM backdrop and completely changing up the melody and rhythm, his latest remix to the track is definitely something that can help carry the song into the Spring and Summer playlist of 2015. Although this isn’t the first time Mustard has placed his work on the track, this is one of the few times we get to hear a electro-mix of his beat. At first, the track starts off with a simple synth beat until it is loaded with a multiple elements to tingle the eardrums and the senses. At times, it seems that Mustard just threw in whatever would sound good in the backdrop, but the eclectic track still carries the same fun-loving and free-spirited vibe that the original had-minus the chorus and Southern feel.
Stand Up (Candyland's OG Remix)
It has been a hot, hot, HOT minute since we last heard anything from Candyland…too long if you ask us. Well ninjas, today you’re in for a delicious new treat from the Santa Barbara duo and their latest remix of a total throwback anthen, “Stand Up” by Ludacris. If you’re familiar with the original, then you’re probably re-living all those times this song would come on at high school dances, in grocery stores, and in grandma’s minivan. Grandma knew how to turn up before it was even cool.
Candyland took this Ludacris classic and turned it into an absolute banger that will undeniably be heard during festival season come this Spring. With a mid-tempo, moobah-esque intro, piercing siren synth progressions, and an unexpected bangin’ breakdown, Candyland give us a justified reason to stand up and go do beer bongs on a Wednesday. It may not be Tuesday and we may not be at a club that’s going up, but it’s clear to us that ILOVEMAKONNEN and Drake don’t understand that Wednesday is in fact the appropriate day to get weird. So get ready to get up and goin” with this one ninjas because Candyland is about to make you move some type of way.
When Das Racist split up a few years back, it was unclear what kind of musical output we could expect from its members and, for a brief moment, it appeared that we’d be losing some of the freshest talent in hip-hop. Luckily, since that time, frontman Himanshu Suri aka Heems has remained active with his record label, Greedhead Music, putting out impressive solo mixtapes and making feature appearances on several top-notch projects. Last week, Heems shared a new track along with an official release date for his debut studio album, Eat. Pray. Thug.
“Sometimes” sees Heems in top form spitting over evolving, dynamic production from Gordon Voidwell that allows his stream-of-conscious flow to truly shine as he adjusts his cadence in a way that perfectly matches the motif of the song. In Suri’s own words, this track focuses on “dualities, identity and the space between spaces” using the title as a starting point to portray a unique, important and insightful racial perspective not commonly found in rap music. Eat. Pray. Thug. is out March 10th and can be pre-ordered on iTunes now. In the meantime, enjoy this phenomenal piece of musical commentary above.