DEM ONES (PROD. SARAH J + TORY LANEZ)
After dropping one of the best mixtapes of the year to start the month, Toronto native Tory Lanez has retuned to the scene, reviving his Fargo Fridays series on Halloween. This is definitely one hell of a treat, as Tory picks up right where he left off on Lost Cause, flashing his brilliance behind the mic while simultaneously handling production duties as well. ”Dem Ones” is as “swavey” a cut as any, and it doesn’t appear like the young talent plans on slowing things down anytime soon. Listen to the track above, and if you haven’t had a chance yet to check out Lost Cause, make sure to do so ASAP.
The Season (prod. by J.Dilla)
It may not be Thanksgiving just yet, but the holidays brought out the softer side with a new tune from the Queens emcee, Nas. Apparently ‘Tis “The Season” for the rapper to deliver some new music for our listening enjoyment. Backed by a classic “Gobstopper”-sample from the legendary J.Dilla, the latest single is a smooth, percussion filled track with a nice jazzy vibe. After previewing this gem last night during Run the Jewels 2 event in Brooklyn, Nas unveiled the full-length studio version today for fans to get into.
Balancing snares and horns with some spoken words, Nas remains humble as he pays homage to the late producer and speaks on not being able to enjoy the spoils of his success. It is good to know that even with all the success, Nas still takes the time to give fans some original, reflective work. Nas also credits his brother The Jungle for his source of inspiration and denies ever getting rhymes from Jay-Z or his protege Jay Electronica. Take a listen to the new single and be sure to stay tuned to hear more.
As regular festival attendees, the Ninja staff has definitely learned to appreciate a well-organized event and last weekend’s Treasure Island Music Festival proved once again to be one of the best in the business. With no overlapping sets and plenty of room to dance, TIMF, even in its most well-attended year to date, felt like a paradise for festivalgoers who, with the current popularity of live music, have become accustomed to the more stressful aspects of music festivals. Treasure Island’s 2014 lineup featured masterful curation of diverse genres encouraging attendees to check out acts they might not have otherwise.
Check out a playlist of memorable songs to go along with some amazing photos of MØ, Chet Faker Outkast, Alt-J and more from Treasure Island Music Festival below. If you were in attendance last weekend, we hope this brings you back!
Why we loved it: Electro-pop vocalist MØ has been on our radar for quite some time now. As a performer, she has an undeniable energy with a voice that translates incredibly well live. Due to an eye infection, she was rocking an eye patch during her set, which actually ended up making her look even cooler on stage. Continue reading
We probably should have seen this coming, right? With yesterday being Drake‘s birthday, October’s Very Own decided to celebrate by sharing a preview of what he’s been cooking up in preparation for his next album, Views From The 6. The three new tracks, “6 God,” “Heat Of The Moment,” and “How Bout Now,” (which you may remember first leaked earlier this week) seem to be related to Aubrey’s upcoming project, but there’s no confirmation of their origins. The accompanying artwork (above) does seem to imply there is a connection though.
The 28 year old emcee spared no expense with his shiny new gifts. Each single represents a different flavor of Drizzy; so whether you prefer his bombastic, “no-fucks given” attitude, or his more mellow, lo-fi, seductive sound, he’s got you covered. Stream all three tracks above, and make sure to download the free offerings as well. Expect to hear more from Drake’s View From The 6 as he readies the album for release next year.
6 God (Prod. by Boi 1da & Syk Sense)
Heat Of The Moment (Prod. by 40)
How Bout Now (Prod. by Boi 1da & Jordan Evans)
Jump Hi (ft. Childish Gambino)
After releasing their first single, “Treat Me Like Fire” early last year, Lion Babe has finally resurfaced with a brand new track featuring Childish Gambino. The New York based duo–consisting of vocalist Jillian Hervey and producer Lucas Goodman–come through with an impressive second effort here, delivering a bubbly new number that’s guaranteed to please. Goodman puts a sample of Nina Simone‘s “Mr. Bojangles” to good use here, crafting a skittering, soulful instrumental that allows Hervey’s pipes to flourish, while Bino takes command in the final minute to provide some prolific and eloquent worldplay. As the name implies, “Jump Hi” is the type of tune that’ll make you want to get up off of your feet and get active. If you enjoyed this one, make sure to also check out the recent remix of “Treat Me Like Fire” that Snakehips dropped over the weekend.
Just Some Raps, Nothing To See Here, Move Along
After signing his first major deal with Warner Bros. earlier today, Mac Miller decided to share a brand new track with his fans in order to celebrate. Miller had been operating independently since his deal with Pittsburgh based Rostrum Records expired earlier this year, but now all future releases from Mac’s own imprint, REMember Music, will be released through Warner Bros. The talented emcee had this to say about the deal, telling The Fader,
“Warner is the most independent thinking company I met with. It is a partnership and now I can focus on building my label Remember through music and let them handle everything I don’t like doing. Nothing will change in how I do things.”
The sarcastically titled track accompanying the announcement, “Just Some Raps, Nothing To See Here, Move Along,” features the gifted wordsmith doing what he does best, as he lays down some indelible bars over slick production provided by SAP
. The song itself is rather short, clocking in at a little over two minutes, but it serves as small preview of what to expect from this new deal.
Earlier today, a teenager from Marietta, Georgia managed to get his hands on a copy of a Drake song titled “How About Now,” and uploaded it to his personal SoundCloud. Though it’s still unclear how he obtained a copy of the tune, everything about it appears to be authentic. As expected, details surrounding the track are still murky, but the kid claims the song belongs to Drake’s upcoming album, Views From The 6. However, others are speculating that it might be a leftover from Nothing Was The Same.
Building off of a sample of Jodeci‘s hit “My Heart Belongs To You,” this new leak finds Drizzy lamenting to an old flame about her lack of support for his career back in his early days, while asking how she feels about him now that he’s made it big. The track also features a cameo from Nicki Minaj who plays the part of the ex leaving a voicemail at the beginning of the song. If it is in fact unreleased, our guess is issues with sample clearances prevented this from seeing the light of day. Either way, enjoy the tune above, and keep on the lookout for some official releases from Aubrey in the near future.