Lorde ft. Gilbere Forte – Royals (RAAK Remix)

Royals ft Gilbere Forte (RAAK Remix)

16 year-old newcomer Lorde gets the remix treatment for her latest single “Royals”. Flipping the New Zealand singer’s indie-pop track, producer RAAK adds some subtle synth beats and a new melody. Jumping on the track with a complimentary feature is the freshly signed Epic Records artist Gilbere Forte. The PA rapper makes the track his own with a dope verse that transitions well into the newly flipped beat. The catchy single is available now and quickly climbing the iTunes charts. After dropping his acclaimed  mixtape PRAY, Forte is also currently touring and working on his as-yet-untitled Anigma/Epic Records full length debut.

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[NEW] Drake – Hold On, We’re Going Home (Feat. Majid Jordan)

Hold On We're Going Home
Hold On, We're Going Home feat. Majid Jordan

While many fans believe Drake‘s style has gotten a bit stale over time, he’s shown a willingness to experiment recently as he prepares for the release of Nothing Was The Same. “Hold On, We’re Going Home” features Drake going in to full R&B mode, but rather than droning on about his ex-girls for the millionth time, Drizzy opts for a much more upbeat, 80′s influenced pop melody. The throwback tune provides us with a refreshing change of pace from Drake’s typical material without sounding too out of place in his vast library. “Hold On, We’re Going Home” represents the perfect way to wrap up a late night out on the town, and adds yet another anthem to the Toronto native’s repertoire. Look out for Nothing Was The Same when it drops on September 17th.

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[NEW] Drake – All Me (Feat. 2 Chainz & Big Sean)

All Me feat. 2 Chainz & Big Sean

While many of us out there were sleeping (I know I was), Drake decided to drop this bomb on us seemingly out of nowhere (which is pretty much the norm for him these days). Drizzy must’ve been in a generous mood last night, hooking us up with a free download of his latest single featuring 2 Chainz & Big Sean. Given the title of the song (and the parties involved), it’s probably not too difficult to ascertain that the minimalistic trap anthem is brimming with braggadocious rhymes and self indulgent lyrics. We’d like to say this will be featured on Nothing Was The Same, but you can never be too sure with Drake. Look for the album when it drops on September 17th.

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[Hip-Hop] Big Sean – Fire

Big Sean

Detroit’s been going through some rough times lately, especially with the recent news that they’re filing for bankruptcy. However, the Motor City still has at least one thing to be proud of, with Big Sean returning to light a “Fire” under their ass. Sean first premiered the single live in London back in March, but now we get a chance to hear the inspirational tune in its full, CDQ glory. Big Sean’s sophomore effort, Hall of Fame, is only less than a month away, with the album set to drop on August 27th. If you’d like to get a sneak peek at the album’s packaging, you can check out Sean’s (hilarious) reveal from his Instagram account after the jump. Continue reading

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[TMN EXCLUSIVE] Little People Interview

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There’s just something about listening to an artist over and over again. Song after song. Sound after sound. You seem to gain a confidence that you know exactly what a live performance would be like. Then that moment arrives, when you open up the paper and see them at a venue in your home town. You go to the show and it’s not what you expected. It’s better than what you expected, and in so many ways.

This was the story for this writer when Little People came to Denver. Laurent Clerc aka Little People has one of those sounds that’s incredibly infectious. His downtempo hip hop infused beats carry gracefully over carefully orchestrated woodwind instruments creating a sound that is overwhelmingly atmospheric and experiential.

We had a chance to sit down with the ever so humble Laurent Clerc outside of Larimer Lounge and talked about music over an American Spirit.

TMN: Let’s start of by talking about how the tour is going so far.

LP: Yes, it’s going really well so far. I have been very lucky to jump on board with Emancipator for his west coast dates and he pulls in very big crowds, so I have got the chance to play in amazing spots and locations. We played san Francisco – 800 people, L.A. 1000 people. It’s going really well. Now I am at the end of my Colorado run, played a couple of dates in the mountains. Denver is going to be pretty well tonight, I am looking forward to that. I have played her before, it was my second gig in the us. I opened for Polish Ambassador so it’s nice to be back as the headliner.

TMN: How do US crowds compare to European crowds for you?

LP: My point of view is slightly skewed because bizarrely I’m actually a lot bigger in the US than in the UK (or Europe generally). I actually don’t play that much back in Europe. Crowds in the US are crazy, you get a really good response and with the last few years electronic music blowing up, it’s amazing to hit some random towns that know what I do.

TMN: Have you have a favorite city to date? Any favorite shows in specific?

LP: Playing Sasquatch was pretty amazing! That was crazy.

TMN: We are obviously huge fans of your work, but we just gotta drive this home. You tend to create musical scenarios that are drenched with emotion. What inspires you to produce a track, is it emotional base, is it technical?

LP: It is more technical, bizarrely enough. I started making music in the computer. I had my dad’s computer and I worked out sampling and he had one of those recorder programs that came free and I would do loops and stuff like that. I always had the technical kind of background. I also do IT on the side too so I am fairly technical. I like what I do and I am always trying to find new sounds to generate new sounds and I use something technical and something odd to create something, and then from there I hone it and make it a full track. It is really a technical part that comes first but I guess you can say my music “emotional charged” but I do like that kind of stuff. It definitely ties in later on in the process.

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[Hip-Hop] Childish Gambino – Centipede

Childish Gambino

Yesterday, Childish Gambino tweeted out a link to his website, iamdonald.com, without much further context. That link led to a rather blank page with nothing but an empty field to type in an email address. Within minutes the site crashed, and many fans were left wondering just what exactly they were subscribing to. Well, we didn’t have to wait very long to see some fruitful results, as we have the first official material from Bino since last year’s Royalty mixtape. “centipede” is a jazzy, piano-driven track that builds up pretty slowly and climaxes around the 3:00 mark, transforming from a soulful ballad to an absolute banger. It’s typical Gambino flair, featuring honest lyrics and witty punchlines. No word yet on what Gambino’s next project will be or when it’ll drop, but it seems like he’ll plenty of time on his hands to focus on his music career now that he’ll be leaving his role on Community.

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The Hip-Hop Dojo [Vol. 14]

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After way too many delays, I finally present to you the fourteenth edition of The Hip-Hop Dojo. These playlists keep getting larger and larger, which is really a good sign for the state of hip-hop, as it means there’s way too much quality material for me to even sort through on a weekly basis. Like a trooper though, I’ve powered through to bring you some of the best the game has to offer. We have quite the eclectic group here for you, with a few artists showing off their versatility by making repeat appearances throughout the playlist. Among them are returning veterans like Chance The RapperHit-Boy, Alchemist, Action Bronson, and Domo Genesis as well as newcomer, Sean Dee. Hit-Boy in particular had a strong showing this week, tackling some recent singles from two of his favorite idols. For his first effort, Hit-Boy recruits Rockie Fresh to aid him with a remix of Jay-Z‘s “Somewhere In America.” While Jay’s line about Miley Cyrus had everyone in stitches, I have to say Rockie’s little jab at Amanda Bynes might actually be just as clever. On the second cut, Hit-Boy puts his own stamp on Kanye’s “New Slaves,” flashing his shiny “New Chains” for the whole world to see. It’ll be interesting to see what Hit-Boy has ahead of him now that he’s officially parted ways with G.O.O.D. Music.

Leading off this week’s lineup is one of my absolute favorite groups from the 90′s, Camp Lo, who team up with Pete Rock and Mac Miller for a fun little ode to the always alluring Megan GoodAlchemist came through this week as well, releasing a mini-EP in collaboration with streetwear company SSUR, featuring the likes of Freddie Gibbs, Domo Genesis, Action Bronson, Blu and more. If I had to base my decision on production alone, then the dreamy soundscape on Na$im Williams‘ “61 Lilies” would be a lock for the top honors this week. Luckily, each emcee that touches the record has the bars to match. Devin Miles reminds us of at least one reason why summertime happens to be the most beloved of all seasons through his latest single (hint: it has something to do with “Sundresses”). Bishop Nehru recently dropped off one of the most impressive mixtapes of the year with strictlyFLOWZ. We’ve only provided you with a small bite here, but we’d like to think that at only 16 years old, it’s pretty evident that Nehru has a bright future ahead of him.

With the feverish temperatures escalating throughout the country, it’s only appropriate that Ibn Inglor would come through with a furious “COLD STORM” to help rescue us from this blistering heat. If Cazzie Jetson sounds familiar to you at all, it’s probably because he constitutes 1/3 of TMN favorite, THEBLKHANDS. Cazzie brings that same focus and dedication to quality to his solo effort, “$eminole.” Jarred A.G. and Dally Auston continue to show off why Chicago is one of the preeminent cities for hip-hop at the moment, ruthlessly shredding apart this C-Sick produced number like the “Barbarians” they claim to be. Meanwhile, Da YoungFellaz display why they’ve been a constant staple on these pages over the last few weeks with yet another excellent single in “Presidential Rolex.”

Words cannot describe my excitement when I first discovered Atmosphere‘s new single, “Bob Seger.” While the title may seem odd at first, it has plenty to do with this exchange right here. I guess Slug draws his inspiration from Twitter now. With a rumored seventh studio album in the works, we’re hoping “Bob Seger” is just a taste of what’s to come from one of the most accomplished hip-hop acts of the last fifteen years. Speaking of accomplished underground artists, Tech N9ne surprises us with one of his most personal tracks to date, addressing much of the criticism he’s received towards his art, and how he handles it. It doesn’t hurt that he gets a fiery new verse from Kendrick Lamar too.

If you need any more convincing that MeLo-X is one of the illest emcees doing it right now, look no further than “Natural Vibez,” which is equal parts chill-out anthem and equal parts trunk rattler. In case you missed it, check out MeLo’s terrific GOD: HiFi project; it’s an absolutely must listen. Chance The Rapper isn’t quite done with the acid rap, teaming up with ProbCause to bring us a trippy new ode to “LSD.”  It’s a well known fact that Space Jam is easily one of the greatest films ever made (anyone who tries to argue this just doesn’t understand modern cinema), so when I saw this single from Audio Push appealing to my nostalgia, I just had to press play. Sampling a portion of the classic theme song, the West Coast duo transforms the hyped up tune into a certified dance floor anthem.

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


Camp Lo & Pete Rock
Megan Good Ft.Mac Miller
Camp Registration feat Step Brothers, Action Bronson, Blu & Domo Genesis
Tesla feat Domo Genesis, Freddie Gibbs & Hodgy Beats
Na$im Williams
61 Lilies feat. Scheme, Doc, & Sulaiman
I Remember
Dark Knights featuring Wale
Devin Miles
Bishop Nehru
Mobb Dizzle
Joey Bada$$
Norwegian Breakfast
Sean Dee
Kami de Chukwu
Wont Not.
Mickalas Cage
Cross Roads ft. Chance The Rapper & Vic Mensa
Martin $ky
Ibn Inglor
COLD STORM (prod. Mhone Glor)
Ken Rebel
Rebel Life (Remix) Feat. Brandun DeShay
Cazzie Jetson
Snoop Dogg
Passenger Seat (Prod. Cardo)
I Cant Stop
Dom Kennedy
Erica Part 1 (Prod. by Lord Quest)
Jarred A.G.
BARBARIANS ft. Dally Auston (Prod. C Sick)
Willie The Kid
Medusa feat. Action Bronson & Roc Marciano
The Procussions
Fall to Fly
True 2 Life Music
 We Go
Da YoungFellaz
Presidential Rolex (feat. Kepstar & DeVo D)
The Underachievers
The Proclamation
Blame One & J57
B.L.A.M.E.57 (featuring DJ Rhettmatic)
Wake Up Feat. Andy Gruhin, Scolla & THURZ
Hit Boy
SomeWhereInAmerica (Remix) Feat. Rockie Fresh
Bob Seger
Archie Bang
Blasphemy (prod. By 12 Keyz)
Tech N9ne
Fragile feat. Kendrick Lamar, ¡MAYDAY! and Kendall Morgan
Doley Bernays
Till We Fall
Hayk x dFresh
Elevate (prod. Mike C)
Kings Dead
Honest Abe
MeLo X
Natural Vibez (Prod. Tom Richman)
LSD ft. Chance The Rapper
Sean Dee
Bow and Arrows (Feat. Anna Yvette)
Audio Push
Space Jam ft. Lil Wayne
Makin Papers ft. Lupe Fiasco, Snow Da Product & Too $hort
DJ Katch feat. Izza Kizza
Let Me In
All My N*ggas featuring Danny Brown & Schoolboy Q
Hit Boy
New Chains (James Sommerset)
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