[NEW] Justin Timberlake – TKO (Prod. Timbaland)

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Justin Timberlake‘s The 20/20 Experience (2 of 2) is set to drop at the end of this month, and although very little is known about the album so far, one thing seems to be certain: this sequel will definitely have a musical identity of its own. While the first 20/20 Experience boasted a much more mature and soulful sound from the Tennessee crooner,   “TKO” seems to take things back to 2006, falling more in line with the Timbaland produced hits on FutureSex/LoveSounds. Fans who complained about the lack of pop friendly singles from Timberlake’s comeback record will certainly be pleased with this one. Make sure to pre-order The 20/20 Experience (2 of 2), which will hit shelves on September 30th, and also include features from Drake and Jay-Z.

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[Hip-Hop] Chiddy Bang – HeartBeat (Feat. Two Guyz)

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Chiddy Bang
HeartBeat (feat. Two Guyz)

Lost in the shuffle of excellent releases last week was this spectacular new single from Philly’s Chiddy Bang. “Heartbeat” is just the second song we’ve heard from Chiddy’s upcoming Baggage Claim mixtape so far. The track is instantly mesmerizing, with deep synths and pulsing percussion that blend together in harmony to produce the perfect electronic hip-hop soundscape for Chiddy to flex his rhymes over. Two Guyz also play a crucial part as well, breathing life into the song through an ethereal chorus. Although we haven’t heard much yet, judging from his history, we’d have to say Chiddy Bang has some big things planned for 2013, and we can’t wait to get our hands on the mixtape when it finally drops.

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[Rap Rock] Radical Something – Ghost Town (Feat. Outasight & Kinetics) (Prod. Mike Cash)

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Radical Something x Outasight x Kinetics
Ghost Town

You ever hear a song where all the pieces just seem to fit perfectly? That’s exactly the case with “Ghost Town” a collaboration between Radical Something, Outasight and Kinetics. This new track features the Californian three piece doing exactly what they do best: rocking out and having a generally awesome time. Outasight and Kinetics both deliver some stellar guest verses alongside Loggy over a steady, guitar-driven Mike Cash produced instrumental, while Josh Cocktail holds down chorus duties beautifully. The single comes just in time as Radical Something prepares for their show alongside these two emcees in NYC this Thursday. Try to check them out if you’re in the area, and if you haven’t already, grab yourself a download of the group’s latest album, Ride It Out.

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[R&B] Jhené Aiko – Bed Peace (Feat. Childish Gambino)

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Jhené Aiko
Bed Peace (Feat. Childish Gambino)

LA native Jhené Aiko is finally gearing up for her brand new Sail Out EP, and today she’s dropping off the first single from the project, “Bed Peace” featuring Childish Gambino. Just as the title suggests, “Bed Peace” is a tranquil and breezy number meant to be played in the early hours of the morning. Jhené’s vocals are as soothing as ever, while Bino chips in with a smooth verse that has him toning things down a bit to fit in with this mellow groove. Along with Childish, other features on the EP will include Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul, Big Sean, and Wiz Khalifa. Jhené’s Sail Out EP is set to be released on October 29th, while her album Souled Out will follow shortly after.

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[Remix] James Blake – Life Round Here (Feat. Chance The Rapper)

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Life Round Here Feat. Chance the Rapper

If ever there were a rapper we’d expect to hear over a James Blake produced instrumental, it probably would have been Drake. With that being said though, you won’t find us complaining about this new collaboration with Chitown’s Chance The Rapper. Given Chance’s penchant for tackling unorthodox beats, it comes as no surprise that he’s able to slide in comfortably right over the Overgrown single. The track obviously has been modified a bit to suit the hip-hop style of the remix, adding in some snappy percussion to adapt to Chance’s spitfire flow. Similar to his previous single with Nosaj Thing, Chance takes the opportunity to discuss life round his streets, crooning out “Life ain’t been round here in a minute” throughout the melody. No word yet on how we can get our hands on the single, but check out the stream above and cross your fingers for a free download.

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[NEW] Azealia Banks – Count Contessa

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COUNT CONTESSA

With the release date and tracklist for her debut album unveiled, YouTube sensation and NY femcee Azealia Banks is ready to drop two new projects over the next year. Although unconventional, the Lone-produced single ‘Count Contessa” holds the similar tongue-twisting rhymes and high-energy electro synth rhythms that made her track “212″ such a hit. Her debut Broke With Expensive Taste drops early next year and her follow-up mixtape Fantasea II: The Second Wave is set to release July 11th, 2014.

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[Hip-Hop] Danny Brown – Side A (Old)

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Danny Brown
Side A (Old)

Danny Brown‘s new album, Old, is due out at the end of this month, and we’re eagerly counting down the days until its release. Today we’re treated with the project’s intro, “Side A,” a menacingly manic single that fits right in the Detroit spitter’s lane. The track’s style seems to be a throwback to Danny’s 2010 breakout project, The Hybrid, and a chorus that claims “They want that old Danny Brown” all but confirms those suspicions. Check out the single above, and make sure you have your pre-orders ready for Old‘s September 30th release.

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