[Hip-Hop] Chaz French – Happy Belated (EP)

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On the intro track of his debut EP, DMV native Chaz French tells the story of his temporary homelessness, struggles with alcohol and troubled youth through his experience in a nearly fatal car accident. It’s a hell of a way to introduce yourself to an audience, but it also sets the tone for Happy Belated, one of the most honest, personal hip-hop projects we’ve heard in a long time. French paints a pretty vivid picture of himself with his music employing a verbal dexterity and variety matched by few emcees over strong, diverse soundscapes. More impressive than his savvy on the mic, though, is the cohesiveness of his EP taking the listener through life’s up and downs.

Happy Belated has a distinct trajectory almost divided into three acts. “Intro” leads into the downtempo, introspective “Watcha Know” before French transitions, through the slightly more upbeat “YNN,” into a booming trap section seemingly capturing the joys and struggles of his demons. Exiting the highest energy portion of the tape, Chaz calls on fellow DMV emcee and one of our favorites, GoldLink, for the memorable “LMGLML” and the two have a chemistry that is extremely promising for future collaboration. The tone of the final few songs come out as overwhelmingly positive considering the pain expressed prior tying together with “Before I Die,” about redemption and getting himself together for his people.

Although its vastly different musically, Happy Belated has the autobiographical, coming-of-age feel that Kendrick Lamar‘s Good Kid m.A.A.d City had in portraying what its like to grow up through adversity. Through a broad range of expression, Chaz French is able to provide a candid, sincere depiction of himself in a way that is sympathetic, rough around the edges and inherently human. Listen to a few of our favorites from the mixtape and grab a free download of this evocative project below.

Download: Chaz French – Happy Belated

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Intro (prod. by Super Miles)

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YNN (prod. by Kal Banx)

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Erryday Stuntin ft. Eddie Vanz (prod. by Hovey Benjamin)

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LMGLML ft. Goldlink (prod. by Kris Minor)

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Primavera  ft. Eddie Vanz (prod. by Hovey Benjamin)

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Before I Die (prod. by Super Miles)
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[Mixtape] Tory Lanez – Lost Cause

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After months of waiting and a brief delay, we finally have our hands on Lost Cause, the eagerly anticipated project from Canadian native Tory Lanez. As we’ve alluded to in the past, Tory is a tremendous talent who’s finally ready to make a name for himself and take on the big stage. A true triple threat who excels at rapping, singing and production, the gifted musician takes the opportunity to flaunt his full repertoire of skills on this tape. Too often Tory draws comparisons to fellow Toronto native Drake, because they share a similar moody, lo-fi style, but a closer listen will reveal that the emcee stands in his own lane–no pun intended.

Upon first glance at the tracklist, one of the more admirable aspects of the project is that Tory doesn’t rely on any big name features to lift him up, instead choosing to place the spotlight on himself while leaning on a diverse stable of producers including Noah Breakfast, RL Grime, Ryan HemsworthPlay PicassoChristian Louie, SykSense and more, to help formulate a cohesive sound. Presenting a potent concoction of hip-hop and R&B, the tape features a few of our recent favorites like “I-95” and “Henny In Hand,” along with some fresh standouts like “Gold” and “Selfish // York University.” Stream the full project below, and hit the download link to grab a copy for yourself. We guarantee this one will be in constant rotation for quite awhile.

DOWNLOAD: Tory Lanez – Lost Cause

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Grandmas Crib (Prod. Play Picasso x Tory Lanez)
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Mama Told Me (Prod. Ryan Hemsworth x Tory Lanez X Play Picasso)
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Dry Your Is (Prod. Tory Lanez)
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A Week Straight (Prod. Noah Breakfast x Tory Lanez)
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Gold (Prod.Tory Lanez x Noah Breakfast x Play Picasso)
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With It // We Did It (Prod. Tory Lanez x Play Picasso)
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Selfish // York University (Prod. Tory Lanez x Play Picasso x SykSense)
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I 95 (Prod. RL Grime, Tory Lanez, Noah Breakfast x Grave Goods)
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Priceless (Prod. Daniel Worthy x Tory Lanez x Burd Keyz)
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The Mission (Prod. Christian Louie X Tory Lanez X Noah Breakfast)
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Henny In Hand (Prod. Noah Breakfast + Matti Free)
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The Godfather (Prod. Play Picasso x Tory Lanez)
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[Mixtape] Childish Gambino – STN MTN

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Seemingly appearing out of thin air, Childish Gambino has finally released his much anticipated Gangsta Grillz mixtape, STN MTN. Part of an innovative two part mixtape/EP called STN MTN / KAUAI, this is just the first half of the project, with the second half set for release on iTunes very soon. The mixtape features Bino hopping on instrumentals we traditionally wouldn’t expect him on, such as Future‘s “Move That Dope” or Lil Wayne‘s “Go DJ,” while continuing to experiment with various other new sounds.

Although we don’t have a release date for KAUAI yet, here’s what Bino recently told Complex about the project:

“It’s a Gangsta Grillz mixtape that goes into an EP. The Gangsta Grillz mixtape is a dream, and the dream ends when I wake up in Kauai. And they go into each other; it’s one complete project. You can download the mixtape and you can go buy the EP. The money from the EP goes to help with keeping Kauai clean.”
Listen to a few of our favorite tracks and follow the link below to download the mixtape from his official website, where you’ll also be able to stream the STN MTN / KAUAI project in its entirety, including the yet to be released EP.

DOWNLOAD: Childish Gambino – STN MTN / KAUAI

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Fucks Given (prod. Nick Banga)
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No Small Talk ft. Kari Faux (prod. Black Party and Kari Faux)
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AssShots remix ft. R O Y A L T Y (prod. Big Soj) 
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U Dont Have to Call (prod. Ludwig) 
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All Yall
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[TMN Premiere] Big Sean – IDFWU (CRVFTSMEN REMIX)

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It’s been a hot minute since we’ve posted anything remotely similar to this 808 trap, but this new joint by CRVFTSMEN was far too good to pass up. This Boston-based trio has been making some of the best hip-hop remixes out there for quite some time, however they flew onto everyone’s radar in a hurry with this new Big Sean cut. CRVFTSMEN make their TMN debut today with IDFWU, their latest and greatest remix that is just bursting at the seams with energy. It’s still widely debated in some circles how to properly dance to trap, but I can tell you certainly won’t care when this drops at a club as you hurdle your way to the dancefloor.

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[Deep-House] The Internet – Dontcha (Need & Necessity Edit)

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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.

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[Hip-Hop] Joey Bada$$ – Get Paid

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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.

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[Hip-Hop/R&B] Tory Lanez – I-95 (Prod. RL Grime, Tory Lanez, Noah Breakfast x Grave Goods)

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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.

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