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So I Go (Prod. by Smoko Ono)
If you thought the Smoko Ono produced “So I Go” was trippy before, wait till you catch a glimpse of the new video from Chitown’s very own Jarred A.G. Conceived by Merked Creative, the vibrant visuals can be more accurately considered as an interpretive artpiece–something that falls closely between an acid trip and those visualizers from the Windows Media Player days. The transitions in the video sync up perfectly with the rhythm of Jarred’s flow, which seamlessly drifts between a laidback, swagged-out drawl to a sped up, feverish clip. The track itself helps shows off Jarred’s versatility, and provides a case for why he should be mentioned among the plethora of rising names coming out of Chicago, the current hip-hop capital of the world.
Disclaimer: This video may cause seizures for those suffering from photosensitive epilepsy. Viewer discretion is advised.
An artist’s sophomore album is usually defined as their career making one and with Big Sean’s Hall of Fame, he proves that he is not just a commercial rapper, but an improved lyricist who is still learning to master his craft. There is no denying that during the year following his debut release of Finally Famous, Sean has accrued quite a list of accomplishments. From launching his clothing line Aura Gold, holding his own with plenty of charismatic verses on Cruel Summer, dropping a critically acclaimed Detroit mixtape, to dating the beautiful Naya Rivera, the 25 year old rapper is in nothing but a celebratory mood, yet still remains humble.
Opening with a set of violins and rowdy applause, the intro “Nothing is Stopping You” is as equally attention grabbing as it is motivational. Carrying the theme that hard work and dedication will reward you with the things you desire, Sean’s flow definitely reflects the self-satisfaction that fame has brought him. A theme and sound that smoothly transitions into the Key Wayne produced keys of the soulful lead single “Fire” and the Young Jeezy and Payroll assisted “It’s Time.” The track “10 2 10″ takes the listener on a walk down Sean’s memory lane and serves as the album’s autobiographical piece as he spits about life growing up in the city of Detroit.
Come Walk With Me
After teasing us with a snippet and leaking a YouTube clip last year of some young kids dancing to the track, UK artist M.I.A. finally drops the full version of her latest single “Come Walk With Me”. Starting off with a slow melody, the track quickly picks up tempo to transition from a pop song to a ridiculously insane electro banger. The jarring track is equal parts grunge as it is infectious. Take a listen to the new tune from her upcoming Matangi full length, dropping soon.
Diplo is back with yet another twerk anthem, this time teaming up with Angger Dimmas and Travis Porter. Diplo is no stranger to these massive club tunes, with similar releases such as “Express Yourself” and “Bubble Butt” he clearly loves a great ass. This track is titled “Biggie Bounce” and was ripped from the most recent Diplo & Friends show that featured sets from the Mad Decent Block Party After Party in Brooklyn, NY. This track is sure to be played out by everyone, and probably its own remix contest. No news yet on the release date, we will keep you posted. Cheers.
Lil Wayne really wanted to make sure you weren’t sleeping on him, dropping his highly anticipated Dedication 5 mixtape in the wee hours of the morning around 6:00 AM (well after its planned release date). Chances are most of us were tucked in neatly under our sheets around that time, but if you happened to arrive home from some late night festivities, you probably had a nice surprise waiting for you.
While I’m not ready to anoint him the hip-hop crown, after one listen through the 29-track effort, I’d say Weezy appears to be in stronger form than on any of his other recent projects. Maybe he finally heard all the chatter that he’d fallen off and decided to put in some work. That seems to be the underlying motivation behind releasing this latest tape in the Dedication series. It’s not exactly like anybody was clamoring for it. In the end though, Dedication 5 seems like a solid project overall, and with features from The Weeknd, Chance The Rapper, T.I., and 2 Chainz, among others, definitely something worth checking out.
You Song feat. Chance The Rapper
FuckWitMeYouKnowIGotIt feat. T.I.
Started From The Bottom Remix
The Music Ninja Presents: Showtek's Essentials Part 2
For our third installment in Showtek’s tenure as our Resident Artist, we’re excited to bring you “Essentials Part Two”. No, this isn’t just another version of their show Skink, this is a new program that gives you a little more insight into what the guys are digging on at the moment. It covers a broad range of tracks that you probably won’t hear in their sets, but know that they’re into at the moment.
DJ brotherly duo Wouter and Sjoerd have provided one track for the following categories: favorite classic, current favorite, future classic, secret weapon, best new talent, favorite chill-out song, road trip essential, and pregame track. Their favorite classic is meant to educate the new generation of dance music fans, while their current favorite will be directly relevant to their fans’ tastes. The future classic track is a tune they believe will be continued to be played long after its initial success. The secret weapon is a jaw-dropping track only to be used to stun the crowd at the most opportune moments. Best new talent features a promising emerging artist. The favorite chill-out song demonstrates their balanced taste with something mellow. The road trip essential is a tune that they enjoy listening to while traveling. Lastly, the pregame track is to be used as a warm-up for partying.
Favorite Classic: Marco V – Simulated
Current Favorite: Toxic – Infected
Future Classic: Martin Garrix – Animals
Secret Weapon: Jack Beats – About To Get Fresh (Brillz Remix)
Upcoming Talent Support: Danny Avilla – Tronco
Favorite Chill-out Song: Bakermat – zomer
Roadtrip Music: Raekwon Feat Ghostface Killah & Method Man – Icecream Man
Pregame Track: Vinai – Hands up