Photo Credit: Michael Lerner
If you want something done right, do it yourself. No one knows the truth of that statement more than Hawaiian solo artist, Kawehi.
Coming off of the blazing hot coattails of her viral video cover of “Heart Shaped Box,” originally crafted by the legendary Seattle grunge rock outfit, Nirvana, this young lady is ready to make an even bigger splash in the music industry with the release of some original materials. Backed by a solid Kickstarter fund (created after the enormous wake of her viral video stardom), Kawehi has been quietly working on a brand new EP, “Robot Heart,” which has it’s debut single premiering here on TMN.
Armed with only the gifts that god gave her (and a few musical inventions that help her do this on her own) she creates everything in her music. Beatboxing to create a percussion, laying down ethereal vocals, playing guitar, playing keyboards…all of these are done entirely by her, and we couldn’t be more excited that she chose that route.
When we asked her about this song, and especially about her seemingly spiritualistic lyrical representaition, she had this to say:
I realized after writing the songs for Robot Heart, they were all about ripping out people’s hearts! So I wrote ‘Anthem’ as a positive end to the EP – as a reminder that yeah, we can be assholes at times – but as a race, we are in charge of our own lives – and ultimately we can make a difference in the lives of others through generosity and compassion.
I believe in you – you are the answer, you are the truth – so whatcha gonna do?
Jeezy & Jay-Z
Seen It All
When you’ve been in the game as long as Jeezy and Jay Z have, chances are you’ve already “Seen It All.” Despite their differing styles, Jeezy and Hov have always shared an undeniable chemistry together, and throughout the years have often challenged each other to stay on their toes as they rip through each record. This song is no different, finding the talented emcees in peak form as they trade eloquent bars about their street upbringing over some banging Cardo production. Originally recorded during the sessions for Magna Carta Holy Grail, the single finds a new home as the title track off of Jeezy’s upcoming fifth studio album, set to drop on September 2nd.
Grab the sun tan lotion and throw on your bathing suits everyone, because Boatylicious is back again this year and hotter than ever! Brought to you by Take 2 Entertainment, Boatylicious is set to depart from the docks of Long Beach, CA on July 5th at 6 PM. Celebrating its 1 year anniversary on 4th of July weekend, Boatylicious is bound to make us all wanna go bump in the night. This year’s line-up is stacked with some of the spiciest talent out there, such as: Yolanda Be Cool, Moon Boots, Sam Hiller, Kid B, Ruby Sparks, aRod, and The Interns. The triple-decker boat will have both an indoor and outdoor stage, which should create a more intimate vibe that’s strong enough to get everyone out on the dance floor and ready to groove the night away. If this doesn’t sound like the perfect way to celebrate your 4th of July weekend, then we might ask you to re-evaluate your idea of fun.
If you are stationed in the Los Angeles area, and want to attend a party before the party actually starts, then you’re in luck because Take 2 Entertainment is bringing back the party buses – and this time with 2! The buses will only be able to hold 54 people, so make sure to book your ticket and get groovin’ before anyone else. For more information about pick-up locations, check out Take 2 Entertainment online.
If you’re down to party with good music and people, all while cruising around the Long Beach harbor on a boat, then Boatylicious is calling you! Get your tickets today before it sells out. See you ninjas on the deck.
Whatever You Need
Yolanda Be Cool
Cause I Like It (Original Mix)
Case Of The Ex (Ruby Sparks & Shiny Remix)
AROD & BONES
Holidaze 2013 Mix
Lunch Break Vol. 7
Control Radio 065
Mixed By Sam Hiller
Check out last year’s Boatylicious adventure in this re-cap video after the jump: Continue reading
Drop It (Kingston) [feat. 77Klash, Lil Silk, Yung Burrakami]
We have been waiting on a new song from Daytrip since they put out Flight 43. The bass on this song is ridiculous, the vocals are stellar, and of course you wouldn’t know this song is legit unless you see comments from Lippy Lemur. I hope the duo from New York, Daytrip, drops down to Kingston more, because I’m loving the island vibes on this. Whether it’s a dancehall-esque tune, or a future bass track like Flight 43, we are excited to hear more from Daytrip!
Melt (feat. ScHoolboy Q) (prod. Pete Rock)
The Star Room (OG VERSION)
Mac Miller took to his twitter a few minutes ago to casually let loose an incredible previously unreleased cut that features production from the legendary Pete Rock and a ScHoolboy Q guest verse. “Melt” has a jazzy summer groove to it with layered piano melodies, an addicting bassline and a humming vocal loop. Mac’s goofy flow shines over the lush backdrop and, although we are not accustomed to laid back verses from Q, the TDE emcee switches things up for some smooth, creative bars.
Mac’s most recent album, Watching Movies With the Sound Off, was released exactly a year ago and the SoundCloud description for “Melt” reads ‘movies we didn’t watch’ suggesting it just missed the cut for that project. Earlier today, as further celebration of the album anniversary, Mac also released the original version of the opening song, “The Star Room,” which strips down the production completely transforming its tone into a relaxed, introspective one. Check out both of these unique, surprise releases above.
No Discrimination [basscrooks Remix]
With a few of us Ninjas residing in the great city of Denver, CO and its surrounding areas, we get pretty darn excited when a full blown music festival is brought to the Centennial State. So it’s pretty safe to say you can catch a handful of us at the South Park Music Festival during the July 4 weekend. Put on by Cannabis Network Radio, SPMF features an appropriate top-end of headliners including Slightly Stoopid, Paper Diamond, Steel Pulse, The Grouch & Eligh and more, while also pulling in a more than solid supporting cast from some of our TMN favorites including option4, Blackalicious, Vinnie Maniscalco and the bass leaning duo of Basscrooks. Needless to say, it just wouldn’t be a party without at least a few of our incredible readers in attendance as well, so we wanted to extend an opportunity to come groove with us in the Colorado sun by giving away a pair of free tickets. Enjoy your Fourth of July weekend with amazing live music, camping if you are so inclined, an absurd amount of activities when you need a break including frisbee golf and yoga and oh yeah… we hear you can partake in the combustion of marijuana plants in this state free of legal trouble.
Entering our contest is super simplified. Our only requirements are: You must “like” The Music Ninja, Basscrooks and South Park Music Festival on Facebook, enter your e-mail adress into the widget below and we’ll contact you via e-mail. Our contest runs all the way until June 24th, and there are a few rules, of course:
- You must be 18 or over to enter.
- You are responsible for transportation and lodging at the Festival (Camping is free including rental tents and gear if you don’t have your own, and there are many other great options as well including hotels)
- You must bring a valid form of ID to pick up your tickets at the Festival entrance.
- You must promise to have as much damn fun as possible on our behalf
Good luck, ninjas!
We wouldn’t be The Music Ninja without giving you some music either would we? Denver wub-slingers Basscrooks, who we’re thrilled to catch live again, just released their official remix of Mr. Collipark’s “No Discrimination” in anticipation of their South Park Music Festival set, and it’s a grimy, twerk inducing edit just in time for the weekend. Basscrooks are truly an exciting pair to take in during a live setting, and we think their polished brand of bass music will be without a doubt one of the highlights of South Park’s stacked lineup. Grab their rump clapping remix for free here and we’ll see you soon!
Well, well, well. New York based half hip hop, half pop artist Hoodie Allen is hurling some fire, and he’s doing it just because he wanted to share something that he’s passionate about with his fans.
On the heels of his upcoming full-length album (due out in August) Hoodie recorded this in a hotel room in SLC while he was on tour. Utilizing a soulful backdrop fused with a monstrous bassline, the lady killer just drops a ridiculous four-verse rap that showcases his flow, even including a shout out to Chipotle. We’ll be expecting that sample on a Carnage track in the coming months.
Bout to make white girl money with burritos…what the fuck? Shouts to Chi-pot-le. Shouts to Chi-pot-le
While we know Hoodie will continue to do his poppier stuff, we’re admittedly grinning ear-to-ear at this change of pace.