Earlly Mac ft. JMSN
Naturally (prod by Icepic)
Stream the new release from proud Detroit native, Earlly Mac. The Finally Famous member delivers a stimulating tune in which he recounts a most sought-after woman from a night out. His vivid verse allow us to ‘Naturally’ paint the picture. As soon as those smooth vocals puncture your headphones you’ll be hooked; a ninja guarantees. The synth work is stellar and that drum kit really pops. Produced by Icepic, this one really has that bounce.
How does a record like this come together? “These things happen naturally.” An appearance by a Detroit neighbor, JMSN, takes the single to another level, “like an apple blossom tree.” This is a pleasant unveiling by a solid lineup of young talent. It would be great to hear more from all involved. Does anyone else feel really excited for music in 2015? This really sets the tone for what will be considered smooth in my book for the year.
ZOOLY FT. THURZ
When it comes to EDM, a sub-genre that makes a heavy statement such as trap can be hard to combine with a vocalist. Though when the right combination of voice and production is finally found, the next obstacle is to achieve a balance that allows the production to stand out without overpowering the vocals. A perfect example of this balance is Zooly’s latest release, “Same Shit” featuring Thurz.
This twerky original from the Los Angeles artists is a slapper in every way, and it doesn’t waste any time in getting down to business. So after you’re done shaking your rump and getting crunk to “Same Shit,” go and download it for free.
Ay Ay (Gravez VIP) (ft. Drewsthatdude & Scolla)
Atlanta-based producer Gravez has positioned himself nicely for 2015 closing out last year with an onslaught of strong releases, both originals and remixes. His take on Drake‘s “6 God” was featured by multiple editors in our recent best of 2014 list, but it’s only one of many future hip-hop productions that has gained him a rapidly growing following on SoundCloud. For his last remix of 2014, Gravez unleashed a complete re-imagination of “Ay Ay,” the standout track from Ninja-favorite emcee GoldLink. With some production assistance from Drewsthatdude and vocal work by Scolla, the VIP keeps Link’s vocals in tact while transforming the booty-bouncing original into a soulful number with a distinct southern, future bounce.
With artists like Rome Fortune, Young Thug and iLoveMakonnen pushing the envelope as emcees in Atlanta, Gravez seems to be carving his own lane among the wave of producers creating unconventional backdrops helping ATLiens stay ahead of the curve sonically. We’re looking forward to what Gravez has in store for us this year between his original work, remixes and collaborations. In the meantime, enjoy this unique cut above, grab a free download and head to Gravez’s Soundcloud page for more gems.
What better way to end your 2014/kick off your 2015 than with some new Kanye West? Although we still have very little information about the much anticipated follow-up to Yeezus, we may finally have some clues as to what the new project may sound like. Set against a bare bones backdrop, “Only One” is very different from anything we’ve heard from the Chitown native to date, yet still very much Yeezy to its core. It’s a deeply personal cut, as ‘Ye croons to himself through his mother’s perspective, making for an uplifting, yet ultimately calming record as he proclaims on the chorus “Hello, my only one. Remember who you are. No, you’re not perfect, but you’re not your mistakes.” We’re getting a better idea of how fatherhood has changed Kanye, and we’re certainly curious to see how that influences his music going forward.
Grab a copy of the Paul McCartney-assisted single on iTunes, and look for Yeezy’s upcoming
lullaby album to drop sometime in 2015.
If there’s one thing we’ve learned about G-Eazy in 2014, it’s that he doesn’t release music one at a time. With some holiday fumes still lingering in the air, the slick haired spitter decided to drop off three new tracks to celebrate a landmark year that saw the release of his debut album These Things Happen, and to thank his fans for helping him with his achievements. The first of these three singles finds Eazy globetrotting alongside fellow Bay Area native Too $hort over an upbeat instrumental from his go to producer, Christoph Andersson. The other two tracks have him connecting with some fresh faces, including a dope collaboration with Hit-Boy for “Why Thank You,” and a trap inspired cut called “I Might” which features appearances by P-Lo and K Camp. Check out the tracks below, and make sure to grab a free download for yourself as well.
Show You The World Ft. Too $hort (Prod. Christoph Andersson)
Why Thank You (Prod. Hit Boy)
I Might Ft. P Lo & K Camp (Prod. Cal
On & On ft. Maverick Sabre & Dyemond Lewis (Prod. by Freddie Joachim)
Though we thought “Curry Chicken” would be the last single we’d hear from Joey Bada$$ this year, the talented young emcee decided to surprise us last night with one more record before the end of 2014. With the release of his debut album steadily approaching, each preview from Joey provides us with a new favorite tune, making it abundantly clear that we have a potential classic on our hands come 2015. “On & On” is no different–an extremely relatable track that deals with the issue of moving on from the loss of friends and family. Like most of Joey’s tracks, the piano laden instrumental from Freddie Joachim has a distinctively throwback vibe, yet it doesn’t sound played out or outdated. It still amazes us how much insight the Brooklyn native possesses at just 19 years old, and this latest song only makes us that much more eager for the release of B4.DA.$$ on January 20th.
Check out the single above, and make sure to pre-order a copy on iTunes now.
Try Me Official Remix ft Jeezy & T.I.
In a year that saw the emergence of internet rap stars like Young Thug, iLoveMakonnen and Bobby Shmurda, Dej Loaf‘s “Try Me” is still one of the more surprising hits we’ve come across. The Detroit native’s marquee single is oddly addicting, though we never imagined it would take off like it did. After getting that chorus glued in our minds for nearly the entire latter half of 2014 though, it’s no mystery why a bevy of emcees have tried their hands at remixing the track. The latest two rappers to step up to the plate are Southern royalty, as Jeezy and T.I. lend their talents to the latest iteration of the tune. Both emcees come correct with their verses, shaping a supreme remix that’s poised to take this hit further up the charts.