Earth: The Oldest Computer (The Last Night) (Feat. Azealia Banks)
Spastic, reverberating, and high-energy make this new Childish Gambino single an addictive listen. “The Oldest Computer (The Last Night)” starts with a tranquil synth-beat intro that features the actor turned rapper singing the chorus. What starts peaceful quickly flips into a drum and bass fueled, pulsating electro beat that continues to grow in tempo and infectiousness. Don’t be fooled by the soft beginning, as Bino still manages to squeeze in some bars later in the track.
In contrast to his chill collaboration with Def Jam’s Jhene Aiko, ”Bed Peace,” Childish enlists the vocal talents of Azealia Banks. No stranger to sporadic dance rhythms and synth-heavy production, the Harlem rapper trades tongue-twisting rhymes for some smooth crooning on the hook. As the single progresses over the four minutes, the mix of hard and soft melodies is abandoned at the last minute when the song erupts into pure pandemonium. This is yet another dope release from the young spitter and will be featured on his upcoming sophomore LP Because the Internet, available for pre-order now.
On one of the most highly anticipated tracks from Childish Gambino‘s Because The Internet, he recruits Chitown’s Chance The Rapper to return the favor on the playfully titled “The Worst Guys.” Disappointingly, Chance is only featured on the chorus, but this latest leak continues to raise our expectations of what to expect from the upcoming album. Make sure to grab yourself a pre-order of what’s sure to be one of the best projects to drop this year, before it hits shelves on December 10th.
TKO (Black Friday Remix) (Feat. J. Cole, A$AP Rocky & Pusha T)
And the good music just keeps on coming. Just in time for Black Friday, hit-maker Justin Timberlake drops an unexpected new remix to his latest single, “TKO,” bringing in some heavyweight emcees to deliver some dope verses over the Timbaland production. J.Cole steps up to the plate first, with a vicious verse utilizing a similar flow to Drake‘s on “Versace.” The Roc Nation emcee even gives fans a response to the now infamous Kendrick Lamar diss on “Control.” A$AP follows by addressing the rumors swirling around about his highly talked about love life and Pusha T closes things about by making a case that he has the album of the year. This mix is definitely audio crack and should not go unheard. Take a listen and decide which emcee had the best verse over the addicting beat.
Telegraph Ave (Ta ku Remix)
Childish Gambino has been on a roll the last few weeks as he prepares for the December 10th release of his second album, Because of the Internet. Earlier today, Bino re-tweeted a status from actor Michael B. Jordan, of The Wire and Fruitvale Station, that included the dreamy “Telegraph Ave.” and a remix from up and coming producer Ta-Ku. While we saw the higher-energy, punchline-heavy Childish on “Sweatpants”, he showcases his singing chops over floating, synth-heavy production only rapping briefly, but effectively, around the 2-minute mark. The title of the song refers to a main street that covers multiple cities, including Oakland, within the East Bay Area. While pure speculation, it seems possible that Michael B. Jordan’s recent role as Oakland’s Oscar Grant in Fruitvale Station has some thing to do with the way it was released.
While the original is a treat in itself, the Ta-Ku remix might be the true gem of this release. The Huh What & Where affiliated artist puts a beautiful twist on the track chopping, and distorting, the vocals and speeding things up a bit with a variety of unique percussion.
Listen to both tracks above and grab a free download of them together HERE. You can check out the 14-second, “No Emoji” trailer for Because The Internet after the jump.
Joey Bada$$ x J Dilla
Joey Bada$$, one of Brooklyn’s youngest and brightest talents, has become known for his fresh take on the sounds of his hip-hop predecessors. Over the last couple years he has repeatedly proven an unmatched ability to deliver intelligent, clean bars over classic beats from the likes of MF Doom, Lord Finesse and, his personal favorite, J Dilla. On Joey’s latest offering, he gets a chance to spit over a previously unreleased beat from the late, legendary Dilla with incredible results.
J Dilla’s relaxed, lo-fi backdrop sets the scene for one of the young emcee’s dopest tracks both in terms of delivery and lyricism. “Two Lips” fits with Joey’s recent shift towards a darker, grittier and more contemplative style, while displaying the impressive evolution of his flow. The above track came out of a collaboration between the J Dilla Foundation, which provides instruments and music classes to low-income children, and Akomplice Clothing. It will be available online on November 29th as a limited edition vinyl to go along with a Dilla-inspired line from Akomplice here, and all proceeds will go to the cause.
False Gods (feat. YC The Cynic)
Chitown native Jarred A.G. has become a mainstay on these pages over the past few months, and if you’ve been following closely I’m sure you’ll realize why. In case you needed another reminder though, we’ve got something special for you today with “False Gods.” Featuring production from little bro Smoko Ono and a stellar verse from Bronx native YC The Cynic, this brand new banger showcases Jarred at his finest, who’s out to prove he bows down to no one. The Windy City spitter absolutely bodies the instrumental with his maniacal flow, leaving no doubt that he’s the real thing. Stay tuned for Jarred’s upcoming project, Canvas, which is set to drop early next year.