Dae Zhen first caught our attention earlier this year with the release of his single “94,” which showcased his prowess on the mic as both a talented wordsmith and gifted singer. Returning with the first offering since the release of his mixtape Women & Wordplay, the LA native demonstrates his versatility once again on the cheery new track, “Dipset.” Produced by Mike Derenzo, “Dipset” is a lighthearted, carefree number that’s guaranteed to lift anybody’s spirits. Though the song has a throwback sound that finds itself rooted in nostalgia, Dae Zhen incorporates enough modern hip-hop flair to keep it from feeling like it’s too stuck in the past. Though we’re still not sure what the track has to do with the famed Harlem collective, we’re willing to let that detail slide in exchange for a free download.
Anyone who grew up in the ringtone rap era will recognize this beat in a second. It’s none other than one hit wonder Baby Boy da Prince’s “The Way I Live” which we can still recite every line to although it came out in 2007. Clearly, it had a huge impact on our generation as Skizzy Mars, always known for keeping his ear to the ground, wipes off the dust and spits his own over it. It’s the perfect cumulation of a childhood well-spent and this track is now officially all Skiz’s. Mars always has something up his sleeve so be on the lookout for more material from the young rapper and soon.
Ms Fat Booty (WoodysProduce Summer Citrus Remix)
Mos Def may go down in the history books as one of the greatest hip-hop lyricists of all time. As far as I’m concerned, it’s and Andre 3000′s game to lose at this point. Though he has moved into new mediums, there is no denying his artistic capabilities and Ms. Fat Booty was years ahead of its time when it first came out. WoodysProduce is quickly becoming one of Los Angeles’ best kept secret and on his last effort for his Summer Citrus series, he brings new school sounds to the old school classic. Laying down some original guitar work and resampling Aretha’s “One Step Ahead”, the entire composition of the track is shifted and we think you’ll find this version is better suited for your partying needs.
Livin In The 90s (prod. T_T) (feat. Jhabit$)
West coast hip-hop duo Ninety know how to translate good vibes into music drawing influence from their Bay Area predecessors and the classics of the genre more broadly. Gearing up to release their second project, Tyler Hawkins and MikeyCtheMan dropped off one of their best songs yet a few days ago demonstrating immense growth in the short time since their debut project.
“Livin in the 90s” brings an unprecedented level of energy with a bouncy, layered piano and synth driven instrumental courtesy fellow Bay native, T_Thrust, who actually has quite the following himself as the frontman for a metal band called Nekrogoblikon. Hawkins matches the production opening the song with a quick-hitting flow setting the tone for MCM who provides an equally animated delivery. The soulful hook from JHabit$ ties everything together adding the catchiness that will have you listening on repeat. This jam is perfect for a warm weekend outing. Peep above and look out for their forthcoming project at the end of this month.
MAC MILLER ft RICK ROSS
INSOMNIAK(JayCeeOh & HIDEthenSEEK Remix)(OFFICIAL)
Already one of our favorite tracks from his mixtape Faces, Mac Miller‘s “Insomniak” just received the remix treatment from JayCeeOh and HIDEthenSEEK, and let’s just say you won’t want to sleep on this one. Turning things up a notch (or even a few), the talented producers give the previously hypnotic single a total facelift, mutating it into an absolute banger. Imbuing the track with warbling synths and plenty of bass, this remix is bound to keep you up all night and transform you into a genuine “Insomniak.” We suggest you hit the download button above and keep this one on deck all weekend for any and all planned shenanigans.
Henny In Hand (Prod. Noah Breakfast + Matti Free)
Tory Lanez is a multi-faceted star, and in the last year or so, has quickly become another one of our favorites to hail from the land up north. While many musicians these days attempt to toe the line between hip-hop artist and R&B singer, the Toronto native manages to execute both roles flawlessly. His latest single, “Henny In Hand,” is proof of that, as the Canadian crooner operates in falsetto for most of the sultry number over some silky smooth production from Noah Breakfast & Matti Free. It’s not until the end of the bedroom jam that he hits us with some bars, choosing to close out the track with a quick verse.
“Henny In Hand” is the third single from Tory’s upcoming debut album, Lost Cause, which will be available September 29th. He also has a corresponding tour set to kick off later this month in Austin, Texas. Make sure to check out his website to find out when he’ll be making his way to your city.
Mexican Coke (prod. Knox Fortune)
Chicago’s Leather Corduroys, comprised of Kami de Chukwu and Joey Purp, are back at it. The hip-hop duo’s most recent project, Porno Music Vol. II, was one of our favorites this year and they’ve certainly hit the ground running with their latest offering. On “Mexican Coke,” both emcees spit some casually boastful lines about their extensive travels over playful production courtesy Knox Fortune. As much of the music that comes from their SaveMoney collective, this one’s a bouncy listen that could work equally well in a casual or party setting. Check it above.