Far Alone (feat. E-40 & Jay Ant)
“Far Alone” was already one of our early favorites from G-Eazy‘s upcoming album, These Things Happen, but now it’s ready to undergo the remix treatment. The talented emcee no longer has to kick it solo, recruiting Bay Area legend, E-40, to chip in with a brand new verse. The song is all about making it on your own as an independent artist, and overcoming adversity in the face of doubt, something we’d say Eazy has accomplished pretty successfully. While we’d heard Eazy’s story on the original, E-40 provides some insight into the early days of his career with his contribution to the upbeat single as well.
While there’s no indication whether this’ll be on These Things Happen, we’re looking forward to hearing more from the upcoming record in the coming months. Stream the terrific tune above, and make sure to catch G-Eazy on the road with Rockie Fresh, Tory Lanez, and a few others during their nationwide tour.
Kid Ink feat. Chris Brown
Show Me (Mickey Valen Remix)
Oh shit, ninjas. Go find your Ray Bans and flip flops, because this track has summer written all over it. While that attire might only be appropriate for your climate controlled home, this tune will have you feelin’ warm all over.
Coming via New York based, multi-faceted producer Mickey Valen (also known for his work in NOOSA), “Show Me,” has been dialed up with some sexy, playful guitar riffs, rolling hi-hat hits and a more upbeat tempo. Gone are the Top 40 R & B vibes, and in their place we find the perfect groove for the summer’s first pool party.
When asked about this remix, Valen simply stated:
I’m just trying to make summery, happy tracks
Hero (feat. Skylar Grey) [NFS Soundtrack]
The man on the moon has been keeping busy lately. Aside from an impromptu album release just a few weeks ago, Kid Cudi will be in the upcoming video game-based Need for Speed film with Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul and recently anded the role of Ari Gold’s assistant in HBO’s Entourage film. Naturally, Cudder also was given a song on the NFS soundtrack which surfaced earlier this evening.
“Hero” features some accompaniment from Skylar Grey, but certainly falls in line with the cinematic feel of Cudi’s music as of late. Over atmospheric and building production, the Cleveland emcee delivers his unique, dark lyricism in a way that only he knows how. Grey’s vocals come in a bit later and actually work surprisingly well in a unique collaboration. Enjoy this one above and grab a free download through the Google Play store.
Mapei, Chance The Rapper & The Social Experiment
Don't Wait (Remix)
Just when you thought Mapei‘s “Don’t Wait” couldn’t get any better, the gifted crooner invites Chance The Rapper & The Social Experiment for a tantalizing new remix of her addicting single. With a flurry of solid releases bearing his name over the last week, Chance continues his solid run, delivering another sweet, yet succinct verse summing up the complexities of love and long distance relationships. Good luck getting this one out of your head anytime soon, because if you’re like us here at TMN this one will be on constant repeat for at least the rest of the night.
Coast Is Clear with Chance the Rapper and The Social Experiment
With his upcoming album, Recess, set to drop on March 18th, Skrillex decided to have some fun with his fans by releasing a mysterious app earlier today called “Alien Ride.” Hidden deep within the bizarre little game were 11 files that coincidentally matchup with the tracklist for his new project, essentially providing an early stream of his new album. Among those was this highly anticipated collaboration with Chance The Rapper, which was previously premiered live during a show in Brooklyn last month.
Featuring a chorus that asks “What your interests are? Who you be with? Can I ask a question? Can you keep a secret?” the talented duo pair together to produce a surprisingly upbeat, jazzy number that builds upon the sound heard from Chance on his Acid Rap mixtape. With this dancefloor-ready single in play now, the “Coast Is Clear” for both artists to stage a takeover of the music game in 2014.
Backwards Feat. Tame Impala
Although we still have no idea what Divergent is really about, we do know that its soundtrack has spawned some pretty interesting collaborations so far. This latest effort from Kendrick Lamar and Tama Impala however, easily takes the cake. The powerful single grabs your attention right off the bat, as Kendrick bombards the mic with a fierce intensity that’ll leave you taking at least a few steps “Backwards” yourself. The only reprieve from Kendrick’s full-scale assault comes through the contrastingly soothing chorus, which features a sample of Tame Impala’s “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards,” and helps provide the song with some balance. While it may seem like this one is coming out of left field for the Compton rapper, there is some precedent for its sound. In some ways the track almost seems like a mashup of the laidback style heard on “Money Trees” from Kendrick’s good kid, m.A.A.d city and his fiery remix of Imagine Dragons‘ “Radioactive.”
Check out the single above, and head over to Pitchfork if you’re interested in streaming the full Divergent soundtrack days before its release on March 11th. Featuring additional music from the likes of Skrillex, Ellie Goulding, Chance The Rapper, A$AP Rocky, Gesaffelstein, Snow Patrol and more, the soundtrack can be pre-ordered through iTunes now as well.
After dropping the highly underrated NSDE/OUTSDE EP late last year (one that we failed to cover unfortunately), Waldo returns with the rest of his AGO crew hoping to rekindle the same magic he found with his previous release. Consisting of additional members Joose, Amos Rose, The SEVENth and Sango, AGO is a collective from Grand Rapids, Michigan hoping to establish themselves in a hip-hop scene where the concept of the crew has become more prominent than ever.
Tuebor is a step in the right direction for the group, as the talented emcees all get a chance to flaunt their skills and bring some knowledge to what the Michigan lifestyle is really about. Featuring a wealth of talented producers like Mr. Carmack, AbJo, Mozaic, and of course The SEVENth and Sango, where Tuebor really prospers is in the diversity of its sounds. From the introspective “What Dreams Are Made Of” to the soulful “Royal Oats” and the grimy trap stylings of “The Garden,” each song has a style of its own, helping to provide the individual members with their own identities, while still resulting in a cohesive overall product. Nothing gets old on Tuebor, and if you find you don’t like a particular track, chances are you’ll enjoy the next one. Rather than take our word for it though, you can find out for yourself, by streaming the full project here. As we always do, we’ve sprinkled in a few of our top selections from the mixtape below, and you can grab a copy for yourself if you’re so inclined.
Royal Oats ft. Waldo (prod. Sango)
What Dreams Are Made Of (ft. Waldo, Joose, The SEVENth & Lena Chanel) (prod. AbJo)
Down Packed (ft. The SEVENth, Amos Rose & Waldo) (prod. The SEVENth)
AGO (feat. Waldo & Joose) (prod. Sango & Mr. Carmack)
The Garden (ft. Joose & Waldo) (prod. Sango)