Eminem, Royce, Big Sean, Danny Brown
Detroit Vs Everybody Shade 45 Rip (prod. by Statik Selektah)
In a major move that almost nobody saw coming, Eminem assembles a few of Detroit’s finest to form a monster collaboration that pits the city’s top dogs against the rest of the rap game. This is a team up that fans have been pining after for awhile, and it’s great to see all of these Motor City natives assembled together under one roof. Featuring some heavy hitters like Royce Da 5’9″, Big Sean, Danny Brown and Dej Loaf, this absolute banger finds each emcee in top form as they trade indelible bars over a stadium worthy Statik Selektah instrumental. We won’t make a judgment on who murdered their verse the hardest, but it’s definitely closer than you might expect.
It’s only appropriate that the track would be featured on Marshall’s upcoming Shady XV compilation project, dropping later this month on November 24th. Those interested in copping this single before that date can pre-order the project on iTunes now. And if you haven’t had enough Eminem, check out the “SHADY CXVPHER” he released earlier today that features Slaughterhouse and Yelawolf, after the jump.
Black Out Days remix ft. Danny Brown and Leo Justi
Given hip-hop’s influence on their sound, it comes as no surprise that emcees are drawn to the music of Phantogram. Aside from their work with Big Boi, the electro pop/rock duo have seen a number of rappers flip their songs into instrumentals–Ratking‘s take on “Fall in Love” is maybe the best example. Today, we get another stellar hip-hop re-work as Phantogram enlists Danny Brown and Brazilian producer Leo Justi to take on one of their many hits, “Black Out Days.”
Justi does an absolutely amazing job keeping the original in tact while picking up the tempo with 808-percussion and layering of portions of the vocals. At about the 1:45 mark, the beat takes a brief backseat as Danny Brown steps in. When the instrumental returns, the talented emcee hits his stride demonstrating his hard-hitting delivery. Lyrically, this might be one of our favorite verses from Brown so we recommend giving it a close listen. You can check out our interview with Phantogram here if you haven’t already.
BenZel Ft. Juicy J & Cashmere Cat
It’s easy to see why Juicy J is still a relevant and prominent artist in the music game. His latest collaboration, “Four,” with hit-makers Cashmere Cat and BenZel finds the Memphis emcee spitting a smooth verse over a dope beat. It is a rarity to hear some new music from Benzel, but it is always welcome and the production duo deliver an addicting track. The unique blend of southern flows over a lounge-esque beat makes for a chill listen that is sure to get heavy rotation on anyone’s playlist. No news on when this single will be available for purchase or if it is tied to another project. So, for now, sit back and enjoy some sonic euphoria.
DEM ONES (PROD. SARAH J + TORY LANEZ)
After dropping one of the best mixtapes of the year to start the month, Toronto native Tory Lanez has retuned to the scene, reviving his Fargo Fridays series on Halloween. This is definitely one hell of a treat, as Tory picks up right where he left off on Lost Cause, flashing his brilliance behind the mic while simultaneously handling production duties as well. ”Dem Ones” is as “swavey” a cut as any, and it doesn’t appear like the young talent plans on slowing things down anytime soon. Listen to the track above, and if you haven’t had a chance yet to check out Lost Cause, make sure to do so ASAP.
The Season (prod. by J.Dilla)
It may not be Thanksgiving just yet, but the holidays brought out the softer side with a new tune from the Queens emcee, Nas. Apparently ‘Tis “The Season” for the rapper to deliver some new music for our listening enjoyment. Backed by a classic “Gobstopper”-sample from the legendary J.Dilla, the latest single is a smooth, percussion filled track with a nice jazzy vibe. After previewing this gem last night during Run the Jewels 2 event in Brooklyn, Nas unveiled the full-length studio version today for fans to get into.
Balancing snares and horns with some spoken words, Nas remains humble as he pays homage to the late producer and speaks on not being able to enjoy the spoils of his success. It is good to know that even with all the success, Nas still takes the time to give fans some original, reflective work. Nas also credits his brother The Jungle for his source of inspiration and denies ever getting rhymes from Jay-Z or his protege Jay Electronica. Take a listen to the new single and be sure to stay tuned to hear more.
As regular festival attendees, the Ninja staff has definitely learned to appreciate a well-organized event and last weekend’s Treasure Island Music Festival proved once again to be one of the best in the business. With no overlapping sets and plenty of room to dance, TIMF, even in its most well-attended year to date, felt like a paradise for festivalgoers who, with the current popularity of live music, have become accustomed to the more stressful aspects of music festivals. Treasure Island’s 2014 lineup featured masterful curation of diverse genres encouraging attendees to check out acts they might not have otherwise.
Check out a playlist of memorable songs to go along with some amazing photos of MØ, Chet Faker Outkast, Alt-J and more from Treasure Island Music Festival below. If you were in attendance last weekend, we hope this brings you back!
Why we loved it: Electro-pop vocalist MØ has been on our radar for quite some time now. As a performer, she has an undeniable energy with a voice that translates incredibly well live. Due to an eye infection, she was rocking an eye patch during her set, which actually ended up making her look even cooler on stage. Continue reading
We probably should have seen this coming, right? With yesterday being Drake‘s birthday, October’s Very Own decided to celebrate by sharing a preview of what he’s been cooking up in preparation for his next album, Views From The 6. The three new tracks, “6 God,” “Heat Of The Moment,” and “How Bout Now,” (which you may remember first leaked earlier this week) seem to be related to Aubrey’s upcoming project, but there’s no confirmation of their origins. The accompanying artwork (above) does seem to imply there is a connection though.
The 28 year old emcee spared no expense with his shiny new gifts. Each single represents a different flavor of Drizzy; so whether you prefer his bombastic, “no-fucks given” attitude, or his more mellow, lo-fi, seductive sound, he’s got you covered. Stream all three tracks above, and make sure to download the free offerings as well. Expect to hear more from Drake’s View From The 6 as he readies the album for release next year.
6 God (Prod. by Boi 1da & Syk Sense)
Heat Of The Moment (Prod. by 40)
How Bout Now (Prod. by Boi 1da & Jordan Evans)