[Hip Hop] Jez Dior – Hide

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Jez Dior
Hide

Two things come with each Jez Dior release. The first is a post from a ninja that doesn’t listen to a ton of hip hop. Sure, I’ve had my moments of hip hop patronage in the past. I can recite every line of Wu Tang’s 36 Chambers (and did at Coachella). I dig the incredible story telling abilities of Slick Rick. I’ve pined over girls while listening to Atmosphere. However, if you’ve read this blog for long enough, you’d know that I don’t take on many hip hop projects. I tend to stick to EDM and indie rock, except when it comes to Jez. The first thing that draws me to his style is the smooth production from his team. Take “Hide” for example. The clean bluesy guitar riff repetitiously glides over a steady beat, soft vocal samples, and crackling distortion. It’s chill, calming and creates the perfect backdrop for Jez’s vocals.

The other thing that comes with each Jez Dior release is an impressive video. At the young age of 20, this rapper’s vision is far older than his age. His lyrics drip with emotional experiences of a person much older. His videos visually represent that as well. “Hide” shows Jez seemingly on the back of a car continually moving, and continually hiding. Call it a quarter life crisis…call it dealing with the day to day struggles of life. Whatever you take from this, know that he can make you feel his music, which is the mark of an incredible musician.

“Hide” is the third single off the new Jez Dior’s mixtape/album “Scarlett Sage”. It is a free download, which means you have absolutely no reason to pick this up.

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The Hip-Hop Dojo [Vol. 8]

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While last week’s playlist managed to keep things on the lighter side in preparation for the summer, this week’s load is a bit heavier. Featuring a wide array of crafty wordsmiths and lyrical masterminds, the eight edition of the Hip-Hop Dojo is bound to get your head nodding and your mind racing. While I won’t be elaborating on every track this week, please note that we do have quite a bit of diversity in this group. Most of the names on this list should be familiar to you already, but there are a few newcomers this time around too.

First off, we’d like to welcome you to “Get Inspired” by 16 year-old rap phenom, AkonoMiles. Over a soulful sample of James Brown‘s “Sunny“, the eager young emcee shows us he knows just how to have fun, while also displaying skills far beyond his years. Another new name to the mix is Nike Nando, who lets us know exactly why he’s not one to be messed with. The SAVEMONEY crew makes a return this week as well, providing a brand new song “For The People.” This was definitely a stellar week for Chitown’s Thelonious Martin, who put his production skills to the test on a multitude of different tracks, including Naledge‘s “Arthur Agee Freestyle” and Alex Wiley‘s “Icky Woods.”  

The title of this week’s most unique sound might go to Weekend Money, as Ne$$ tries to exorcise his inner “Demons” over some creepy, lurching production courtesy of BaghdaddyA-1 might have the strongest track in this week’s lineup though, with “Summertime Sadness.” Spitting over the Ryan Hemsworth remix to the Lana Del Rey single of the same name, A-1 takes the song’s title to heart, highlighting the spike in violence that occurs in Oakland as a result of the scorching heat of the summer. On “Ol’ Skool Pontiac,” Jeremih tries his hand at the rap game, opting for a more chopped and screwed, Houston sound alongside Big Sean and Paul Wall. We’ve got a few more bangers right beside that one as well with A.J. Crew‘s “Don’t Ask Me (Crafty)” and “Hate Me On The Low” from Tory Lanez2 Chainz and Wiz Khalifa bring us the theme song for Fast & Furious 6,  with “We Own It,” a song that seems more appropriate for Eminem and 50 Cent circa 2005. Finally, we end things off with Yonas, who invites us to “Feel The Love” over a sample of Rudimental‘s single of the same name.

We hope you guys enjoyed our eight edition of The Hip-Hop Dojo as much as we did. As always, send all submissions/suggestions to baseer@themusicninja.com.

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Dessy Hinds
P.E.nlightenment (Prod. Backpack)
Akono Miles
Get Inspired
Willie The Kid
Mainstream Freestyle
Mr. Muthafuckin eXquire
Noble Drew Ali
Nike Nando
Wrath Of A God
Kami de Chukwu & Tokyo Shawn
For the People (Prod. Thelonious Martin)
Naledge
Arthur Agee Freestyle (Prod. Thelonious Martin)
Alex Wiley
Icky Woods featuring Action Bronson (Prod. Thelonious Martin)
Tito Lopez
Diamonds & Whips (Feat. Trae Tha Truth & Jameel)
Jon Connor
Michigan $h*t Feat. Royce Da 59
Slaughterhouse
House Gang
Havoc
Favorite Rap Stars (ft. Styles P & Raekwon)
SIN
Eye For An Eye
Weekend Money
Demons
A1
Summertime Sadness (Prod. Ryan Hemsworth)
Andrew Milicia x F. Virtue x Juan Deuce x Falside x DJ Emoh
Stickers
Jeremih
Ol Skool Pontiac Feat. Big Sean, Paul Wall
A.J. Crew
Dont Ask Me (Crafty)
Tory Lanez
Hate Me On The Low
2 Chainz & Wiz Khalifa
We Own It (Fast & Furious)
Emilio Rojas
Make A Move Ft. Emanny
Yonas
Feel The Love
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[Hip-Hop] Nosaj Thing & Chance The Rapper – Paranoia

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Nosaj Thing x Chance The Rapper
Paranoia

If you downloaded Acid Rap last week, you may recognize this collaboration from Nosaj Thing and Chance The Rapper. Hidden as a secret track on the mixtape (right after “Pusha Man“), “Paranoia” is just the latest contribution to the “Songs From Scratch” series made possible by YoursTruly and Adidas Originals. Like previous editions of the series, this pairing may seem odd at first, but as soon as you press play you understand the genius behind the choice. Chance sounds right at home as he flows over the ambient, slinky bankdrop, describing his reasons for being paranoid in Chicago. If you appreciate this new tune from Chance and Nosaj, take a look at some behind the scenes footage below to understand how the song came about.

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The Trap Dojo #37 + [TMN Premiere] Wild Belle – Keep You (Team Bayside High Premiere

 

I’m sure if you’re a regular Trap Dojo listener the name Team Bayside High is familiar, and this week, we’re very stoked to be bringing you the premiere of their brand new remix of Chicago indie rockers Wild Belle’s new single “Keep You”.  This remix keeps some of Wild Belle’s soulful lyrics but packs it full of heavy hitting bass along with the deep horns of the original. Watch out for the second drop with a high spacey riff that will definitely have you coming back again and again. Team Bayside High has been all over the map with the material that they choose to remix and have yet to disappoint. They also released an original tune this week called “Gold Heart” that’s featured later on the list, proving that they can craft their own tunes just as well as they can remix. You probably heard the new Knife Party EP Haunted House, and next up CRNKN turns the song “LRAD” into a huge hard-hitting trap machine.  Not much needs to be said about this next track other than its an RL Grime remix of “Love Sosa” by Chief Keef. Last week we included the original version of this Yellow Claw track, and now the homies Watapachi turn it up to 11.  Flosstradamus samples all those great lines about asses from “Mercy” for this booty-dropping anthem, with enough bass that would really feel like an “Assquake” when played on the right system. Next up is an awesome Justin Timberlake remix from Ricky Vaughn. This is the third JT remix he’s released and the third one to really impress me, and he’s said that he has more on the way. Next up we’ve got a bunch of Hip-Hop and Grime infused Trap before getting back to the more electronic side with J.Rabbit, Big Chocolate, Carnage, Dan Farber  and more. The last few songs really cool things down and the list ends with an amazing remix of the classic tune “Smoke Rings (Where Do They Go)”  perfect for a lazy summer evening.

Wild Belle
Keep You (Team Bayside High Remix)
KNIFE PARTY
LRAD (CRNKN FESTIE RMX)
Love Sosa (RL Grime Remix)
Chief Keef
Yellow Claw
Kaolo (Watapachi Remix)
FLOSSTRADAMUS
ASSQUAKE
Justin Timberlake
Pusher Love Girl (Ricky Vaughn Rework)
KENDRICK LAMAR VS. SLEEPY TOM
BACKSEAT FREESTYLE(STYLUST BEATS MASHUP)
FKi X Dj Sliink
AMDAM IV
Shackles
Big Weight Feat. Proton
Young Piff & Sandor x Jitta On The Track
Easy
Run The Jewels
Get It
Mims
Like This (Late Nite Krew Good Girls Bootleg)
Luniz
I Got 5 On It (J.Rabbit Remix) FREE DOWNLOAD
Big Chocolate
Blue Milk (June Remix)
Carnage Ft. New & Used
Signal! (Original Mix)
Team Bayside High
Gold Heart
DAN FARBER
TA TIN TING
Knife party
Lrad  (Omeguh x DBLCUP Remix )FreeDL
Kris Rod
Bass(Alter Natives remix)
Rick Ross
100 Black Coffins (Meaux Green Remix)
Ferry Corsten
Rock Your Body Rock (Vinnie Maniscalco & K
Mr. Carmack
Birth Control (Regulators Billionaire Boys Club Bootleg)
Tweet ft Missy Elliot
Oops (Oh My) (Hucci Gurl Remix)
Daddys Groove
Stellar (Play N Skillz Trap remix)
Free n Losh
Where Do They Go?

 

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[Hip-Hop] Ace Hood – Bugatti (Remix) (Feat. Wiz Khalifa, T.I., Meek Mill, French Montana, 2 Chainz, DJ Khaled & Birdman)

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Ace Hood
Bugatti (Remix) (Feat. Wiz Khalifa, T.I., Meek Mill, French Montana, 2 Chainz, DJ Khaled & Birdman)

Have you ever had one of those mornings where you wake up and have trouble remembering the events that transpired the night before? Then, as you examine your surroundings, you realize you’re sitting in a brand new Bugatti? Yeah, good times. If you haven’t ever had the pleasure of such an experience (and if that’s the case, what’s wrong with you?), we’ve got a few fellas here who’d love to describe what it feels like. Featuring the likes of Meek Mill, T.I., Wiz Khalifa, Birdman, French Montana, 2 Chainz, Future and of course, DJ Khaled, the star studded remix to Ace Hood‘s hit single “Bugatti” goes even harder than the original. The first half of the song is particularly strong, with energetic verses from Ace, Meek and Tip, while the second half starts to fall flat. In the end though, we’re left with a new heater from Ace Hood, and that’s all that matters. Grab the free download for yourself above, and stay tuned for Ace’s upcoming album, Trials & Tribulations which is set for release on July 16th.

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[Hip-Hop] Lauryn Hill – Neurotic Society (Compulsory Mix)

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Lauryn Hill
Neurotic Society (Compulsory Mix)

Over the weekend hip-hop fans were provided with a real treat from one Ms. Lauryn Hill. Nearly fifteen years removed from the release of her classic debut solo album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, Hill is finally one step closer to the release of a follow-up project. Fans have been clamoring for new material from the former Fugees standout for years now, and although it’s been awhile, it’s clear Lauryn has not lost a step. While the music isn’t exactly being released on her terms (check out StereoGum for the full details on the story), the quality hasn’t suffered as a result of it. Hill has long struggled with maintaining the balance between artistic integrity and succumbing to the greed and corruption prevalent in the music industry, which she alludes to in her analysis of a “Neurotic Society.” In a world of Nicki Minajs and Gucci Manes, Lauryn Hill is truly a breath of fresh air. Her rhymes, are sharp, poignant and observant, while her dizzying flow can often leave you baffled as you scramble to find the rewind button. Lauryn’s sophomore effort has no set release date yet, but if this single is any indication, the year of the comeback is truly upon us (despite what LL Cool J might think).

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The Hip-Hop Dojo [Vol. 7]

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What up ninjas? We’re really excited to be bringing you the seventh edition of The Hip-Hop Dojo. This week’s collection leans a little towards the younger side, with a terrific assortment of raw, up and coming artists and burgeoning underground acts. We start things off on a rather mellow note, as Dally Auston and Joey Purp “do their thang” on the compulsory SAVEMONEY track of the week. The Chicago collective is constantly working to provide us with quality material week after week, and I don’t think I’ve ever been disappointed with their product. We then slide on over to Tennessee native, Isaiah Rashad’s “Part III,” presumably a reference to Jay-Z‘s classic, “Dead Presidents II.” Those are huge shoes to fill, but Rashad definitely holds his own over the instrumental. Next up, we have Locksmith standing his ground over some stellar 9th Wonder production. It’s nearly impossible to hate anything 9th is involved in, and Locksmith does his part by providing some ill bars. Over some swinging production, Joey Bada$$ and Action Bronson prove “Beyond A Reasonable Doubt” that they deserve to be mentioned alongside the brightest young names in hip-hop.

With summer right around the corner, we decided to dedicate a portion of this playlist to our favorite season of the year. Kicking things off with the breezy vibes are Kool A.D. (of Das Racist fame) and Kassa Overall who make up the tag team duo of Kool & Kass. On “Pleasance,” the two emcees detail some of the thoughts that might circle through your brain during one of those late summer afternoons. One thing everybody looks for during this time of the year is summer love. N’Vante Santos describes his ideal specimen with the fun and hilarious single, “Hipster Girl.” By now you must have pictured the scorching sun beating down on you from above, so why not cool off with a delicious, refreshing beverage? NatNaiel proves that nothing beats the quintessential tall glass of “Lemon-Aid.” Before you know it, you’ll find yourself at the beach, ready to “Take Off” for a dip in the ocean. Let the waves wash over as you relax to UK native, Cynikal‘s ambient, relaxing new single. Once you’re out of the water, it might be time to kick “your shoes” off (if would be weird if you haven’t already) and start a party alongside ATL’s Scotty. Things have progressed pretty fast thus far, and the clock’s now hit “6:10 PM.” What better things do you have to do than toking up a bit and cruising down the coast in your whip (as long as you’re not the driver of course)? We’re pretty sure Chitown’s A.J. Crew would agree nothing. Finally, after that busy day of yours, why not unwind with a few videogames? Maybe you could even dust off that Pokemon cartridge to play on your old “Gameboi.” On “Insert Coin,” Gameboi and his crew of Clear Soul Forces and Illingsworth lace an 8-bit backdrop with some incredibly ill verses.

Things definitely take a turn for the darker side with our next three tracks. Chuck Inglish, crafts together a slinky, trunk rattling new single with bass-heavy “Drops.” The track definitely harkens back to the sound Inglish first established during his early days with The Cool Kids.  Next up, we have a haunting new Harry Fraud single, which brings to our attention the little known issue of “Yacht Lash,” something that occurs when the wealthy among us happent to crash their yachts. Earl Sweatshirt sounds right at home over the brooding instrumental, while Riff Raff seems to serve as little more than comedic relief. We then move on to Mr. Muthafuckin eXquire, who details his desire to forever be “Draped In Gold.”

Our next segment is dedicated to some heavy hitting bangers that are bound to get you amped up and out of your seats. Opening things up is Run The Jewels, a hip-hop duo comprised of Killer Mike and El-P. The two have proven they have chemistry in the past, which is what makes this collaboration seem effortless as the two trade bars over some manic production. Our second offering comes from P-Money, with his new song, “The Hardest.” The track definitely lives up to its name, thanks in no small part to M.O.P., who are literally the kings of hyped-up music. Closing things up in this section is R.A. The Rugged Man, who’s been bringing us quality material all month from his new album, Legends Never Die, which is definitely worth picking up.

This next ensemble of tracks keeps things on a more conscious tip. We begin with two fresh tracks from Eddy B, a name that should be familiar from previous editions of The Hip-Hop Dojo. The North Carolina spitter just dropped his Hopeless Act mixtape, and both “Paper” and “Trouble” are standouts from the project. While the first track describes the daily struggles involved in the quest for paper, the second describes many of the other problems on Eddy’s block. While Eddy recounts his experiences locally, King Wojack decides to tackle some prominent issues ailing this country as a whole in regards to politics and the media. Finally, A.Jay.D. and Maffew Ragazino take us down a trip through “Ghost Lane Drive,” a lonely road that I’m sure many of us have traveled on before.

Rounding out this playlist are three of my favorite tracks from the bunch. All three of them utilize some pretty recognizable samples. In fact, I’ll let you see if you can guess them before I move on. The first one should be relatively easy, as it shares its name with the original Purity Ring single. Angel Haze absolutely murders the lush, cascading backdrop, allowing us to view the song in a whole new light. Next, we shift our attention over to Donwill (1/2 of Tanya Morgan) who eviscerates a keen sample of James Blake‘s “Retrograde.” Ending out our playlist is one of the funnier and more intelligent pieces we have here. MeLo-X produces a nice little ode to Rihanna that serves as a remix of Drake‘s latest single, while also interpolating elements from “Pour It Up” and “Diamonds.” The track isn’t all gimmicks however, as MeLo is able to showcase both his talents as a rhymer and as a producer.

We hope you guys enjoyed our seventh edition of The Hip-Hop Dojo as much as we did. As always, send all submissions/suggestions to baseer@themusicninja.com.

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Dally Auston x Joey Purp
Do Ya Thang
Isaiah Rashad
Part III (Prod. The Antydote)
Locksmith
Stand It feat. Anesha (prod. 9th Wonder)
Joey Bada$$
Beyond A Reasonable Doubt Feat. Action Bronson
Kool & Kass
Pleasance (WDGAF) (Prod. Carlos Overall)
NVante Santos
Hipster Girl
NatNaiel
Lemon Aid
Cynikal
Take Off
A.J. Crew
6:10pm
Scotty
My Shoes ft. Starlito & Killa Kyleon (Produced by DJ Burn One)
Gameboi
Insert Coin ft. Clear Soul Forces & Illingsworth
Chuck Inglish
Drops
Harry Fraud
Yacht Lash (Ft. Earl Sweatshirt & Riff Raff)
Mr. Muthafuckin eXquire
Draped in Gold (prod. by Bowery Beats)
Run The Jewels
Get It
P.Money
The Hardest ft. M.O.P.
R.A. The Rugged Man
Sam Peckinpah (ft. Vinnie Paz & Sadat X)
Eddy B
Paper
Eddy B
Trouble
King Wojack
Freedom Is Not Free in America
A.Jay.D
Ghost Lane Drive feat. Maffew Ragazino
Angel Haze
Lofticries
Donwill
Miserable (Prod. By seventyMHz)
MeLo X
Girls Love Rihanna
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