Sanctified (Feat. Kanye West & Big Sean)
It’s already been a busy week for hip-hop so far, but it only seems to be looking up from here. With Rick Ross‘ sixth studio album, Mastermind, set to drop next week, we’re getting an early listen of the most anticipated track from the project, “Sanctified.” Featuring G.O.O.D. Music’s Kanye West and Big Sean, “Sanctified” is a soulful banger, crafted through a combined effort between Yeezy and DJ Mustard. All three emcees trade bars interchangeably over an instrumental that features a few trademarks from both talented producers. While this is probably the first single to really move the needle for us on Ross’ latest album, there’s still some interesting collaborations yet to be heard featuring The Weeknd, Lil Wayne, Mavado, Scott Storch, and more. Check out the single above, and make sure to get your pre-orders in for Mastermind before it drops on March 4th.
With less than a week away until the release of his first solo album in eight years, Pharrell has decided to give his fans a sneak preview of G I R L through iTunes Radio, as has become the custom these days for most major releases. Revealing the final tracklist through Instagram late last night (which you can view below), the album is set to include exciting features from Justin Timberlake, Miley Cyrus and Alicia Keys, with additional contributions coming from Daft Punk, Timbaland, Hans Zimmer, Kelly Osbourne, Leah LaBelle, Tori Kelly and JoJo. Although the only single we’ve heard so far is the insanely addicting “Happy,” we have a feeling Pharrell will have no problem asserting his dominance over the charts with this latest project. Don’t take our word for it though. Follow the link below, and find out for yourself.
ScHoolboy Q Feat. A$AP Rocky
With ScHoolboy Q‘s long awaited debut album, Oxymoron, finally gracing shelves earlier today, we get a chance to hear one of the Target exclusive bonus tracks, featuring frequent running mate A$AP Rocky. It’s no question that the pair have undeniable chemistry, but unlike previous collaborations “Hands On The Wheel” and “Brand New Guy,” the two up the intensity this time around, rhyming over a hard hitting, synth driven instrumental. While it almost seems blasphemous to include an emcee from Harlem on a track called “Californication,” (rather than opting for one of his TDE cohorts) Rocky brings an unmatched swagger and raw energy that compliments well with Q’s brash, in-your-face attitude. Check out the excellent single above, and if you haven’t already, grab yourself a copy of Oxymoron, available now.
A lot of speculations around this flawless Cover of Outkast, but we finely have an official confirmation from the none other than Pete Tong. Some were saying this could have been Disclosure, so that’s saying a lot of the caliber of this new sensation ZHU. It’s safe to say that everything this guy touches turns to gold, and we can’t wait for more releases. Just in case you missed his most recent Original release “Superfriends”, take a listen. Cheers.
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Moves Like Ms Jackson (Pete Tong BBC Radio 1 Rip)
Red Bull Sound Select brings an extraordinarily diverse and eclectic lineup this Thursday for their first ever Denver showcase helmed by Shigeto, RUMTUM, Inner Oceans and Kitty Crimes. Kicking off at 8:00 p.m. at our favorite indie venue in Colorado, The Larimer Lounge, the Denver Sound Select showcase treats its listeners to a free night of texturally differing music from Detroit based producer Shigeto offering up a headline set sure to be dripping with his unique partiality to sultry, melodic two-step electronica while being supported by some of Denver’s most innovative and recognizable musicians. The local triumvirate consists of constantly evolving beatsmith RUMTUM, an artist with whom his live show draws its listener directly to its heart with slick, chilled out instrumentation; the haunting, synth-fuled minimal indie-pop of Inner Oceans and M and the Gems frontwoman Maria Kohler entrancing us with her hip-hop project Kitty Crimes providing more than enough fluent cyphers for the entire night. This all-embracing night of music is more than stoking our fire for awesome live shows, while simultaneously heralding the Mile High City as a flourishing music hotbed of all genres, so we wanted to ring it in with you Ninjas. The show is free with an RSVP here, and if that’s too much for you, it will be only $5.00 at the door. Just make sure to arrive early as there are an unlimited number of RSVP’s made available and it will be first come, first serve until capacity. We’ll see you there Denver friends!
In anticipation of their peformances, stream “Miss U” by Shigeto, “Ruby Dime” by RUMTUM, “Ready Your Ghost” from Inner Oceans and a throwback: “Penny Mastered” from Kitty Crimes below.
Balmain Jeans (feat. Raphael Saadiq)
Too Bad I Have To Destroy You Now
In true ninja fashion, Kid Cudi just sneakily released his highly anticipated prequel to the next chapter of the MOTM series on iTunes. On first listen, Satellight Flight continues Cudi’s spacey, introspective and theatrical narrative all the while progressing his newfound production prowess with several lengthy instrumental portions. Don’t expect to hear much rapping from the moon man, but also keep in mind that this is more of a precursor to Man on the Moon Pt. 3 than a feature album in itself. From an artistic perspective, musicians like Kid Cudi deserve more respect than they receive for attempting to do something larger than just release a series of singles.
It is difficult not to think of Beyonce‘s spur-of-the-moment release as a catalyst for this kind of roll out. It will be exciting to see how this pans out and who else follows in Queen Bey’s footsteps. Check out a couple tracks above and head over to iTunes to cop the whole project.
Big Boi feat. Phantogram
While a new album from Outkast seems like nothing more than a pipe dream at this point, we can at least count on Big Boi to always deliver some quality material. For the fifth installment of his “Mashup Mondays” series, Sir Lucious Left Foot brings back the funk, with an 80′s inspired remix that blends the disco stylings of Shalamar‘s “A Night To Remember” with the Phantogram assisted single, “Objectum Sexuality.” The end result is a groovy revamp that may even trump the original. We’d even go so far as to say that this remix–along with its equally impressive visuals–is the best in the series so far. We’ve still got more four more entries to go though, before we can make a full judgment on that.