Kings/1ØØ (featuring Olivver) (prod. by Danny Score)
Little by little, we’re getting introduced to Jez Dior’s upcoming album, which is due to drop sometime this summer. Once again we’re offered up a unique production from this alternative, against the grain hip hop artist.
Hailing from Los Angeles, Dior has been shaking up the blogosphere with grunge-rock inspired hip hop tunes that have people’s heads turning. After catching a little fire from his video for “Who Drank My Whiskey?“, he came back with “Old No. 7,” which features an appearance by Oakland local G-Eazy.
Producer Danny Score has a cinematic soundscape going, which is the perfect backdrop for “Kings/1ØØ” to come to life. Boasting a laid-back, yet emotionally intense ride built on ryhtmic drumming, fluttering guitar notes, and of course Jez’s now signature Cobain-esque screams, we’ve found ourselves hitting play again and again.
Keep tabs on this up and coming indie hip-hop artist by following him on his Facebook account, as this upcoming album is something you won’t want to miss.
Pharrell ft. Jay Z (Disclosure Re-Work)
Long-time Pharrell fans undoubtedly feel a sense of nostalgia for his incredible work of the early and mid 2000s. Luckily, though, the legendary Virginia-bred producer continues to make amazing music and the breadth of his influence is strong in both hip-hop and EDM. Today, we get a special treat from UK EDM stars, Disclosure, in the form of an incredible remix of Pharrell’s classic, Jay-Z featuring track, “Frontin.”
Disclosure’s funky electronic sound meshes perfectly with the instrumental creating an incredibly fun and bouncy summer anthem. It comes as no surprise that the two styles work so well together considering that the brothers of Disclosure have, on multiple occasions, mentioned Pharrell as a musical inspiration. Kick your weekend off right with this one and look out for a free download as the SC description suggests they’ll be giving it away once they reach 1 million likes on their Facebook page.
FINALS 2 (Feat. Wale, Gunplay, Rockie Fresh, Fat Trel, Tracy T & French Montana)
Even though Miami couldn’t stand the heat during the first game of the NBA Finals, MMG’s bawse Rick Ross still shows his support for his home team on the new track “Finals 2.” The D. Rich turnt-up single finds Ross bringing together an all-star line-up of emcees to show off their support and lyrical skills on the mic as a sequel to the 2011 single, “Finals” featuring Meek Mill. Bringing together Wale, Gunplay, Fat Trel, Rockie Fresh, Tracy T and French Montana, this track finds each artist lacing the knocking, street beat with their own personal style of delivery. Although some rappers stand out more than others, each offers their own unique dose of fandom and braggadocios rhymes. Take a listen to the new tune, and be sure to stay tuned to hear more new music unveiled during the Finals.
With his debut album These Things Happen set to drop later this month, the homie G-Eazy decided to share a few freebies that didn’t quite make it to the album. While it would be nice to hear a preview of what Eazy has in store for us on June 23rd, we’re not complaining about the two unreleased tracks we have below. The first of these songs, “Monica Lewinsky,” finds the talented spitter getting in touch with his ratchet side, teaming up with frequent collaborators, Skizzy Mars and KYLE, to floss about the perks of the typical rapper lifestyle.
Things get a bit more serious on the second of the two releases, “The Day It All Changed,” as the talented emcee describes the moment his life was forever altered over an ominous instrumental provided by Kane Beatz. Both tunes are incredibly solid, and in our minds, could have easily made it on to G-Eazy’s album, or at least one of his mixtapes. It only makes us curious however about the material that did end up on the finish product, if this was left on the cutting room floor.
Monica Lewinsky ft. Skizzy Mars & KYLE
The Day It All Changed (Prod by Kane Beatz)
As they gear up for the release of their upcoming album, L.O.R.D., A$AP Mob took to Funkmaster Flex and Hot 97 to drop their latest single, “Hella Hoes.” Now if the title didn’t give it away already, this new cut finds the quartet of A$AP Rocky, A$AP Ferg, A$AP Nast and A$AP Twelvyy boasting about the numerous amount of hoes they’ve amassed in a short period of time, among other gangster platitudes. While the group isn’t exactly breaking any boundaries with this new track, it is still one hell of a banger, featuring the four emcees flowing over a menacing trap instrumental. There’s still no word on a release date for the upcoming album, but stay tuned throughout the summer, as there’s bound to be more fresh music like this on the way.
Isolated (Prod. by 9th Wonder)
NY-based newcomer Bishop Nehru demonstrates that he is steady on the grind with his latest track, “Isolated”. Separating himself from the daily distractions of adolescences and fame, Nehru spits about keeping to himself, staying out of trouble, and avoiding negativity. The young emcee definitely has a good head on his shoulders and with tutelage and some dope production from 9th Wonder, the Rockland county youth keeps that focused message with an enjoyable, chill listen. Nehru definitely possesses wisdom beyond his years with his intelligent delivery and message in the bars. This is one of the first listens from LRG‘s upcoming Brilliant Youth EP, which also features new material from Las Vegas rapper Dizzy Wright and many more.
The G-Unit comeback machine doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon, as the crew have just dropped their second track in 2 days, this time rhyming over Drake‘s latest single, “0-100.” While many will be quick to dismiss this as a marketing gimmick meant to draw attention to the release of Animal Ambition earlier today (which knowing 50 Cent, wouldn’t be hard to believe), we still can’t help but marvel at the fact that the original members of the group are at least back in the studio recording with one another. What’s even more amazing is that they actually sound pretty good together. An argument can even be made that this version is actually better than Drizzy’s original, but we’ll leave the discussion up to you.
If 50 is as smart as we hope he is, he’ll find a way to keep everyone together long enough to create at least one more project. In the meantime, fans can check them out live at Citi Field as they perform a post-game concert after the Mets face the Padres on June 14th.