The Hip-Hop Dojo [Vol. 13]

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June was definitely a monumental month for hip-hop. With album releases from the likes of Kanye WestJ. ColeWale, and even more, it’s easy to feel a bit overwhelmed from the wide influx of new music. While we were all preoccupied with the heavy hitters, it may have been easy to sleep on some of the other hustlers out there trying to push the music game forward. I admit I fell behind myself, hence why this edition of the Hip-Hop Dojo has been sitting in my drafts for weeks now. Lucky for you guys though, we here at The Music Ninja are here to fill you in on what you might’ve missed over the last month or so.

As I mentioned earlier, this post is long overdue, which is exactly why it’s bursting at the seams with 40+(!) new tracks for a hearty heaping helping of hip-hop goodness (try saying that 5 times fast). I’ve been on my grind over the last couple of days to finally get this playlist in your hands, and there’s a reason why I carefully selected this date to finally unleash it to the world. Today just so happens to be my birthday (yes, this is a shameless attempt at getting more birthday wishes), so as my present to all of you loyal ninjas, I bequeath unto you the thirteenth edition of The Hip-Hop Dojo. Now I’m not quite crazy enough to do a summary of all the songs on this list, so this time around I’ll just give you a rundown of my favorites. Although picking out of a list of roughly 45 songs is no easy task, I’d probably have to say my favorites are (in no particular order): Curren$y’s “Killer$,” Vic Mensa‘s “Hollywood LA,” Fabolous‘ “Young OG,” MeLo-X‘s “The Truth,” Jon Connor‘s “When I Was Young,” Dillon Cooper‘s “Kung Fu” Action Bronson‘s “Heel Toe,” Produktive‘s “Show Me Love,” and finally the knxwledge remix of Denitia & Sene‘s “Casanova.” With that being said, I’d like to think each and every song in this collection brings something unique to the table. Given the length of the playlist, I suggest taking the weekend to sift through it all. Maybe you could even give it a go during your Independence Day cookouts.

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

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD ALL THE FREE TRACKS (ALT. LINK)

P.S. As an added bonus, I’ve included some of the best material from those stellar June releases I alluded to earlier as another “mini-playlist” after the jump. Definitely check them out if you haven’t gotten a chance to get through all the albums yet.

Curren$y x Young Roddy 
Grizzly
Curren$y
Killer$ Ft. Trinidad Jame$
Rockie Fresh
Kush Do (Feat. Wiz Khalifa)
SYG
Sex.Your.Girl (prod. Vanilla)
Donnie Trumpet
Zion ft. Chance the Rapper & Vic Mensa
Vic Mensa
Hollywood LA
Dom Kennedy
Never (prod. The Futuristiks)
Flatbush ZOMBiES
Palm Trees
Derek Wise
LXVE
MeLo X
The Truth
Martin $ky
Sall Good
Bishop Nehru
Fickle Mind$ (Prod. Ghost McGrady)
Leather Corduroys (Joey Purp & Kami de Chukwu) & theMIND
Prophet. (prod.THEMpeople)
GDNA
Bad Mutha F*cka feat Macon Hamilton, Frank Leone, & Waju
Joey Bada$$
95 Til Infinity (Prod. Lee Bannon)
Warm Brew
Word (prod. by Lord Quest)
Produktive
Show Me Love
King Vada
Fini$h (produced by Cardo)
Big K.R.I.T.
KING Pt. 3
Fabolous
Young OG
Silent Knight
Work in Progress
Bizzy Crook
Emails From Kanye West (Prod. By SkipOnDaBeat)
Jon Connor
The Sarah Song (Tour Life The Sequel)
Jon Connor
When I Was Young Feat. Chris Webby & Smoke DZA
Freddie Gibbs
Freddie Soprano (Prod. by ID Labs)
KuroiOto
Demons feat. James Gardin, The Amature, Jahshua Smith & Rafael
Dillon Cooper
Kung Foo
Perrion
Corleone (Prod. By Shy Guy)
Dominic Lord
Overworld
The Kid Daytona
Shotgun (Prod. by Marce Reazon)
Bijan
Social Graces feat. Cecily Madanes (Prod. By Monaco)
Da YoungFellaz
Fall Down
Denitia & Sene
casanova. (knxwledge remix.)
DJ Sidereal
All I Need Is Sunshine (Finding Novyon & D.Glove)
Brothers From Another
Drunk Talk
Radical Something
Cheap Drink
D Pryde
Lifted
Daz Dillinger & WC
Stay Out The Way (ft. Snoop Dogg)
Metabeats
Hookers ft. Action Bronson
Action Bronson
Heel Toe (Prod. by Harry Fraud)
Hayk x dFresh
Choices (prod. YoYo)
Chamillionaire
Overnight
Machine Gun Kelly
Breaking News

Hassani Kwess
My Money Jam (Prod. by Royal)

Asher Roth
Actin Up (ft. Rye Rye, Justin Bieber, Chris Brown) (prod. by Oren Yoel)

YONAS
Leaving You

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[NEW] Kid Cudi – Going To The Ceremony (Prod. WZRD)

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Going To The Ceremony (Prod WZRD)

With Indicud still fresh on our minds, Kid Cudi decided to unleash a brand new single today. Produced through his WZRD side project, “Going To The Ceremony” features Cudi once again channeling his inner rock persona over a drifting, guitar driven instrumental. While some were left disappointed with the Kid from Cleveland’s last project, this one is sure to please Cudi fans of all types. Check out the freebie above, and let us know what your thoughts are on Cudi taking another stab at exploring his rock alter ego.

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[Fresh] Free n Losh – The Best is Yet to Come EP

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One of our most cherished parts about doing what we do is when we hear something completely unexpected. And it’s even better when we hear something completely unexpected from an artist that we’ve never heard of.

Yes, Toronto based Producer Duo Free n Losh are somewhat new to the game, but they have a sound that’s decadently rich with history and skill. With their eclectic taste in music they are creating a sound that is loved by connoisseurs of the classics, hip hop and electronica alike.

Take “Things You Don’t Understand” for example. The soulful gospel inspired lyrics play beautifully with the jazz centric hip hop beats. Ray Charles vocals are left in such a natural state that the original tones feel completely organic and unscathed.

Track after track, Free n Losh impress us; they blend classic tunes from the likes of Led Zepplin and Frank Sinatra with modern production techniques. It’s simply overwhelming in all the best ways. With too many talking points to cover, we’ll just let you simply listen. Get ready to go for a ride. This is one of the most impressive things we’ve heard in the past few months.

Free n Losh
Things You Dont Understand
Free n Losh
Shes Leaving Home
Free n Losh
The Best Is Yet To Come
Free n Losh
Babe Im Gonna Leave You
Free n Losh
Where Do They Go?
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[Get Crunk] Clayton’s Friday Party Playlist #58

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What is up, my ninjas? It is finally Friday, and we already have the bottle open ready to pour some shots of delicious freedom down out stressed out little faces. You should be doing about the same right now.

Wait…what’s that? You’re not quite in the mood. Well hit play on that first little button under these words, and get ready for some audible inspiration. This is easily the most diverse and party inducing CFPPs I’ve ever crafted, so get ready to get down.

Oh, one more thing…#danceirresponsibly.

Bob Marley
Could You Be Loved (RAC Remix)
Coyote Kisses
Black Cat
Laura Mvula
Green Gardens (Djemba Djemba Remix)
Elvis Crespo
Suavemente (Kennedy Jones Remix) (Party Favor Edit)
K Theory
Hero
Boombox Cartel
Hysteria (WTF Is Festival Trap Anthem)
Huey
Pop Lock N Drop (Candylands OG Remix)
Kanye West
Send It Up (Them Lost Boys X Nomster Remix)
Case & Point
Open Your Eyes feat. Lara Woolf
Bassjackers vs Dimitri Vegas, Like Mike, Dada Life
Tomorrow Crackin (Fred McLovin Mashup)
Audiobot
Lets Go (Junkie Kid HardHouse Remix)
Feel My Dirty Universe (Leo Lauretti & Thi Andreottis Mashup)
Feenixpawl Feat. Wynter Gordon
Bastille
Haunt (Xristo Remix)
Atlas Genius
Symptoms (Pierce Fulton Remix)
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[OWSLA] What So Not – The Quack

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Australian DJs Flume and Emoh (who paired up together as What So Not) dominate hip hop, R&B and funk carioca games on their newest EP, The Quack, out today via OWSLA. This EP is chalk full of simplistic garage influenced instrumentals full of big buzzing beats and odd ball industrial noises that create a perfect backdrop for the indie hip hop laid over it.

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Every Time You See Me (The Quack) ft. Action Bronson, D Mac & Blood Diamonds
What So Not
Like This Like That ft. Deize Tigrona
What So Not
High You Are
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[Hip-Hop] J. Cole – Let Nas Down (Remix) (Feat. Nas)

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Let Nas Down (REMIX) feat. Nas

When J. Cole‘s Born Sinner dropped last week, one of the first tracks people noticed was the heartfelt number, “Let Nas Down.” J. Cole is an emcee who’s never been ashamed to open himself up, but “Let Nas Down” may have been one of his most personal songs to date. In it, Cole describes the devastating feeling of letting down one of your idols. Specifically, he recalls the conflict bubbling up inside of him when he found out Nas wasn’t a fan of the first single (“Work Out”) from his debut album, Cole World. “Work Out” was a song that received mixed reviews from many J. Cole fans. Some viewed it as him selling out to produce a hit record, while others saw it as a necessary step to expand his brand. Born Sinner represents a return to the J. Cole we all know and love, and Nas decided to recognize that, finally providing Cole with some closure on this new remix. After finally receiving Nasir’s blessing, this new revamp represents a ceremonial passing of the torch as Nas now truly considers J. Cole to be one of his peers.

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[Hip-Hop] Big Sean – Beware (Feat. Jhene Aiko & Lil Wayne)

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Beware (Ft. Jhene Aiko & Lil' Wayne)

With all the attention surrounding releases from Drake, Jay-Z, J. Cole and Kanye West recently, you might’ve forgotten that Big Sean has an album on the way this summer too. Good thing he’s back to make sure you’re “Beware” of his presence. Featuring the soulful stylings of Jhene Aiko and a guest verse from Lil Wayne, “Beware” is an incredibly smooth, laidback joint that’s easy to vibe out to. Don’t let its sultry sounds deceive you though, as the track serves as a warning to men everywhere about the wrath of a woman scorned. Check out the single above, and be on the lookout for Sean’s forthcoming release, Hall Of Fame, set to arrive on August 27th.

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