Rejoice Atmosphere fans, because the Rhymesayers are planning a full return on May 6th. Along with the recent announcement of their seventh studio album, Southsiders (the first since 2011′s The Family Sign), the Minneapolis natives have also unveiled the lead single from the new project. “Bitter” features Slug and Ant in classic form, as they discuss the futility of submitting to jealousy and holding silly grudges.
Fans of the single can pre-order the new album through iTunes or the Rhymesayers website. The tracklist for Southsiders can also be found after the jump, and it includes some pretty interesting titles, like “Kanye West,” “Star Shaped Heart,” “Let Me Know That You Know What You Want Now,” and “My Lady Got Two Men.” Continue reading
Big K.R.I.T. feat. Rick Ross
New Agenda (Prod. By Big K.R.I.T.)
Although Big K.R.I.T.‘s 2012 debut album Live From The Underground received widespread critical appraise, it never really made the commercial impact to help the Mississippi native breakthrough to the mainstream. After returning back to the underground and releasing his King Remembered In Time mixtape in 2013, it appears K.R.I.T. has finally reemerged with a “New Agenda” to seize the throne. Teaming up with Rick Ross on this bonafide Southern cooked banger, “New Agenda” serves as the first single from Cadillactica, K.R.I.T’s sophomore project, and helps kick off the “Week of K.R.I.T.” in which the artist plans to release seven new singles from today through Sunday.
Grab a free download of the single above, and stay tuned to hear what other gold K.R.I.T. has for us in the coming week.
A$AP Rocky x Gesaffelstein
Over the last week, the latest novel-to-movie, Divergent, has been building buzz for their already hyped film by enlisting some of the most exciting up and coming artists to contribute to the soundtrack. For hip-hop fans, today’s release is likely the most exciting. On “In Distress,” French house producer Gesaffelstein teams up with A$AP Rocky for an intense, and appropriately theatrical, track.
Gesaff’s dark and minimal funk sound works particularly well with Rocky’s slowed down, purple-tinted persona. We have already seen Gesaffelstein producing hip-hop on the big stage with his impressive contribution to Yeezus and this is yet another indication of his compatibility with the current direction of the genre. If you are not already familiar with the talented producer’s work, make sure to check out his stellar 2013 album, Aleph.
Check the heavy “In Distress” above and hit the Buy link if you’d like to get the whole Divergent soundtrack.
Too Ill (prod. Michael Keenan)
Skizzy Mars has definitely been on top of his game lately. After releasing the much heralded Phases nearly a year ago, Skiz had a relatively quiet 2013. While it’s easy to forget about artists during their brief lulls, we know Skiz spent his time in the lab wisely, waiting to return with a vengeance. Well, Skizzy Season is officially upon us now, as the 20 year old emcee has teamed up with producer Michael Keenan to string together a slew of smooth releases over the last few weeks.
His latest entry in that series, “Too Ill,” definitely lives up to its billing. Sampling the Snakehips remix of BANKS‘ “Warm Water,” (still one of our favorites at TMN), “Too Ill” features the NYC native playing to his strengths, utilizing his carefree, charismatic flow to weave together an intriguing narrative, while showcasing his penchant for crafting catchy hooks. Skizzy’s upcoming mixtape, Pace, is set to drop next week on March 4th, and we can’t wait to hear what else he has in store for us.
Feel That (Official)
As Vic Mensa and Smoko Ono continue their European tour alongside Danny Brown, we finally get a glimpse of what the two have been cooking up in the lab during their extended time together. The Chitown natives have both been on quite a tear lately, steadily releasing one hit after another, and this might just be their biggest one yet. “Feel That” is a certified banger–not something we’d typically expect from the SAVEMONEY spitter, but we definitely don’t hate it. Smoko cranks the bass all the way up on the club ready instrumental, while Vic gets familiar with his ratchet side. We wouldn’t be surprised if this one pops off in the coming months, and we’re definitely open to Vic exploring new sounds as he’s done over the past few months. Check out the heater above, and make sure to grab a free download to add to your collection before the weekend begins.
Bound 1 (Remake)
When the tracklist for Yeezus first surfaced, many fans were puzzled by the numbering of the album’s final song, “Bound 2,” since none of us had ever heard any version prior to that. After finally giving it a listen, I thought maybe it was just a lame play on the phrase “Bound 2 Fall In Love” repeated throughout the chorus, but as it turns out, there really was a “Bound 1″ after all. By now I’m sure many of you have already seen the live footage of Hudson Mohawke debuting the original version during a set in the UK on Valentine’s weekend.
Now it appears as if someone’s decided to reconstruct the entire song, allowing the world to finally hear what “Bound 1″ would’ve really sounded like. As it stands, “Bound 2″ was already quite a departure from the deeply dark, grungy minimalism heard throughout the rest of Yeezus. “Bound 1″ carries an even lighter tone, resulting in a sweet melody that heavily contrasts with the album’s material, which may be why Rick Rubin decided to step in and alter the sonic direction with one fell stroke of his epic beard. With “Bound 1″ you get a sense of what Kanye was initially trying to achieve with this tune, and it almost adds some context to the sentimental nature of its oft-criticized music video.
Take a listen to the single above, and also make sure to check out Kanye’s epic performance from Late Night with Seth Meyers that includes a medley of some of the greatest hits from the past decade of his decorated career, including: “Jesus Walks,” “Touch The Sky,” “Stronger,” “Heartless,” “All of the Lights,” “Mercy,” and “Black Skinhead.”