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Common
Kingdom (feat. Vince Staples)

Veteran Chi-town emcee, Common, takes a break from acting to deliver some new music of the street gospel variety on “Kingdom”. After … Continue reading »

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[Hip-Hop] 50 Cent – Flip On You (Feat. ScHoolboy Q)

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Flip On You (Feat. ScHoolboy Q)

It’s never been a big secret that ScHoolboy Q is a huge fan of 50 Cent, and now the Compton native gets the opportunity to link up with his hero on the leaked track, “Flip On You.” 50′s influence can be heard throughout much of Oxymoron, and while this track didn’t make the final cut of that album, it gets a chance to live on as bonus cut off of 50′s upcoming Animal Ambition. The long awaited collaboration finds both emcees flexing over a soulful instrumental provided by Nascent, and after a couple listens, we’d have to say 50′s skills on the mic are still far better than his talent on the mound (although we all know that was a publicity stunt right?)

Check out the single above, and look out for Animal Ambition in a few days when it drops on June 3rd. You can also find a free stream of the album after the jump.

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[Hip-Hop] Ghostface Killah & BADBADNOTGOOD – Six Degrees (Feat. Danny Brown)

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SIX DEGREES Ft. Danny Brown

After dropping their EP III earlier this month, Canadian trio BADBADNOTGOOD have teamed up with the legendary Ghostface Killah and Detroit’s Danny Brown to bring us a bone-chilling new single. Spitting vicious bars over an unnervingly eerie instrumental, both emcees ensure that you’ll want to maintain all “Six Degrees” of separation from them. Ghostface’s cold, calculated flow serves as a perfect contrast to Danny’s unruly attitude, yet neither emcee sounds out of place on the haunting number.

Check out the single above, and make sure to pre-order yourself a copy before it drops on June 23rd.

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[Hip-Hop] Wiz Khalifa – 28 Grams (Mixtape)

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After a slight delay due to some legal trouble clever marketing he encountered during a stop on his Under The Influence of Music tour in Texas, Trap Wiz has finally been unleashed, and fully manifested himself in this brand new mixtape, 28 Grams. If his new nickname didn’t already give it away, it should be noted that this isn’t your typical Wiz Khalifa project, as the Pittsburgh native’s teamed up with producers like ZaytovenMetro Boomin, 808 Mafia, ID Labs, Sonny Digital and a few others to explore a grittier, trap-inspired sound.

We can’t say the experimentation pays off, as often times throughout the project it comes off as forced and contrived. The tape does have its shining moments however. Collaborations with Juicy J and Ty Dolla $ign are almost guaranteed to stay in rotation all summer, and we also catch a few glimpses of classic Wiz on Ricky P produced numbers like “Pure,” “Samo,” and “Comb Over,” as well as the Thundercat assisted “Something Special.”

Standing at 28 tracks, sorting through an ambitious project of that scale can prove to be a daunting task, so as usual we’ve picked out a few our favorites for you below. If you do feel inclined to download the full mixtape however, you can do so at the link below.

DOWNLOAD: WIZ KHALIFA – 28 GRAMS

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Samo (Prod by Ricky P)
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On A Plane (Prod by Cozmo)
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Something Special ft. Thundercat (Prod by rmbjustize)
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Word On The Town ft. Juicy J, Pimp C (Prod by Juicy J)
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Banger ft. Ty$ (Prod by Sonny Digital)
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My Nigs ft. Curren$y (Prod by ID Labs / PoShod Beats)
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[Chill/House] Donnell Jones – U Know What’s Up (option4 Remix)

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Donell Jones
U Know What's Up (option4 Remix)

It’s been a bit since we’ve had the pleasure of featuring the groovy addictive electronic sound of rising producer option4, excluding our convivial group interview at Snowball Music Festival in Denver a few month back, so when the burgeoning house fixture sent over his latest remix of the classic Donnell Jones vocal track “U Know What’s Up”, we were chomping at the bit. Needless to say, option4 has once again hit the mark with a savvy dance rearrangement tipping the scales from sultry pop to club-house goodness all the way into the jacking sound more closely associated with early Chicago Trax records. That’s part of option4′s alluring mystique though; a unique and vast understanding of all things dance, employed with a forward thinking, intoxicating spin. Not to mention this latest composition just simply oozes sexy, and on top of that, is available as a free download. There certainly seems to be a reason option4 has been paired up with Moby, Empire of the Sun, Flume and The Bloody Beetroots in big markets like NYC, Denver and Seattle as well as stops at SXSW and Miami Music Week as of late; and if our electronic and dance aficionados out in Ninja haven’t gotten in on the secret, we highly suggest you do so now.

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[Chill] Little Dragon – Klapp Klapp (Nosaj Thing Remix ft. Future)

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Klapp Klapp (Nosaj Thing remix featuring Future)

Swedish band, Little Dragonreleased their anticipated fourth studio album a couple days ago and it has already received quite a bit of critical acclaim. Building off that momentum, they released a brand new remix with a couple unlikely collaborators–experimental lo-fi producer Nosaj Thing and Atlanta’s auto-tuner Future

As expected, Nosaj strips down “Klapp Klapp,” a pretty upbeat song, into a beautifully layered and intricate cut that matches the relaxing vocals of Little Dragon’s Yukimi Nagano. Future makes his brief appearance at the 2:15 point and does a good job of keeping with the vibe although its still a bit of an unusual combination. This one’s perfect for late nights. Nabuma Rubberband is out now on iTunes.

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[Deep-House] Kiesza – Hideaway (Bixel Boys Remix)

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Hideaway (Bixel Boys Remix)

L.A.’s Bixel Boys have been a group with whom we’ve witnessed basically a complete musical evolution; from their humble beginnings churning out a solid slate of groovy-deep remixes to their move into the self-appointed world of ‘Big Room Underground’ to legions of new fans. While we’ve certainly enjoyed seeing the duo hone in on their current EDM energy meets sleek indie-dance and deep-house production structures, their latest remix of Kiesza’s “Hideaway” was exactly what this writer has been wanting from the pair since having the pleasure to see them live a little over a year ago. The Bixel Boys’ remix leans much closer to pure house this time around, behind a classic piano sample that could’ve been pulled off of a Marshall Jefferson late 80′s track, and a wonderfully rhythmic, deep bass line. Not to mention, Kiesza’s vocals fit the house game like a sequined glove, weaving their way onto the tune with such an airy and soulful refrain on which the dance genre was built upon that one could easily be persuaded into thinking her incantations were written explicitly for this arrangement. We’ve been grooving this one out all morning, so you might be doing the same after giving this one a rinse. “Hideaway” is available for purchase via Lokal Legend, but if staying here a while and streaming above is your thing, we are totally cool with that.

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