Dont'cha (Need & Necessity Edit)
On paper, matching the smooth soul sounds of Odd Future offshoot The Internet with a forward thinking house beat sounds like a match made in dance-head heaven. As to why we haven’t seen more of it, we’re not exactly sure, but Denver based house duo Need & Necessity have taken all the trouble out of the job and come through with one of their most accessible, catchy edits yet. Coming off of “This Life”, their last original recording, Need & Necessity’s take on “Dontcha” carries with it a rare playability. Whether it’s casually jamming out in your car or on a booming club stack this one has the type of shiny appeal to touch the most ardent of house fans to casual listeners alike. A loungey, almost jazz club vibe is upped through the malleable execution of a rolling, deep bass line which rides along infectiously under The Internet’s sultry original vocal, resulting in a polished dance tune that we’ve been religiously looping all afternoon. The boys are giving this one away for free through their Facebook, so go ahead and snag a download here; and if you missed our group interview with them back in April, check it out.
NYC emcee Joey Bada$$ is back with a new tune that is a dose of that throwback rap. The single “Get Paid” is a dope, head-nodding track that gives off a 90′s basement rap feel with knocking bass and cool lyrics that don’t sell him out as an emcee. The young rap star puts his Pro Era team on as he gives listeners a sense of what drives him–money, the mythical root of all evil and driving force of capitalism. As soon as the boom-bap production of DJ Relly Rell hits, Joey is poised on the track and commands the mic with an aggressive flow.
This is the second single off Joey’s upcoming debut album, B4DA$$. Although no drop date has been confirmed yet for the project, fans can whet their appetites knowing that production from Statik Selektah, DJ Premier, and Hit-Boy will be featured on the LP. Take a listen to the fresh single now and be sure to catch him on his latest tour.
I-95 (Prod. RL Grime, Tory Lanez, Noah Breakfast x Grave Goods)
With the imminent release of his debut album Lost Cause right around the corner, Tory Lanez has decided to let go of one last single to tease his fans during the short wait. Bringing forth a team effort on this one, the talented Canadian links up with a couple TMN favorites, RL Grime and Noah Breakfast, to help expand his Toronto sound. Aiming for a more introspective vibe with this track, we find Tory shuffling through his thoughts as he cruises down “I-95.” Talented as he is, “I-95″ once again allows Tory to flex his gifts as a versatile star, kicking around a few eloquent bars and vaunting his syrupy vocals on the hook. The tune serves as another fascinating glimpse into what Tory has in store for us on Lost Cause, which will finally be out this Monday.
Jon Waltz is a part of a growing wave of multifaceted artists in the hip-hop realm who can handle everything from rapping and singing to production. It’s not a stretch by any means to say Waltz is the most talented of the bunch. Don’t believe us? Well, the evidence is plastered all over his SoundCloud page, but if you need a little more convincing, look no further than his latest track, “College Girl.”
One of the more exciting singles he’s released, “College Girl” finds the emcee flaunting his dexterity on the mic and behind the boards, with lyrics flying off the tongue at a breakneck pace to keep up with the fast-paced rhythm of the pulsating instrumental. As we all know though, Waltz has no issue with switching up the tempo, slowing things down midway through the number to pen a more reflective verse. This cut is just a preview of what to expect from Jon’s upcoming Alyss EP, which is set to drop next week.
ICE AGE (SMOKO ONO REMIX)
If there’s one thing we’ve learned about Smoko Ono over the last year, it’s that the Chitown beatmaker can virtually do no wrong. For his latest exploit, Smoko grabs hold of Denzel Curry‘s “Ice Age” and uses his wizardry behind the boards to cool things down well below sub-zero temperatures. Steeped in bubbling, hazy production, the droning vocals come to life in this remake, which makes for a much louder, yet relaxing listen. This remix will be featured on Smoko’s upcoming Slackin N Makin Vol 1 EP, which is set to drop in early November.
Life's A Bitch feat. AZ (Free n Losh Remix)
Successfully remixing a song from one of the greatest rap albums of all time is no easy task, but Free n Losh prove it is possible with their latest take on Nas‘s classic “Life’s a Bitch.” The talented Canadian production duo replace the original instrumental with a vibrant bass-line, smooth piano and various soul samples. During the legendary chorus, Free n Losh layer a high-pitched portamento synth reminiscent of the G-Funk era. As a result, the song ends up sounding a bit like if the Illmatic anthem had west-coast production, with a splash of young Kanye West‘s soul sample skills. Check it out above and head to their Facebook page for a free download.