[Hip-Hop] Rome Fortune – Small VVorld (Album)

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Atlanta has long been home to some of hip-hop’s most unique characters dating back to Outkast‘s emergence, which not only opened the doors for southern rap in the mainstream, but also gave ATL emcees confidence to be as epically strange as they are today. Over the last year we’ve seen artists from Young Thug to Raury rise to prominence and their vastly different styles are a true testament to the diversity of creative minds coming out of the area. In the midst of countless burgeoning Atlanta artists, Rome Fortune has managed to stand out carving out a multi-faceted sound all his own.

After a series of impressive releases, Fortune’s debut project premiered on Billboard yesterday and it’s a must listen for hip-hop fans looking for music that pushes the genre forward. Small VVorld has a distinct abstract feel to it as Rome Fortune delivers his laid-back vocals over a truly impressive range of instrumentals. Aside from far-out production courtesy a few of the South’s many talented beat makers, Fortune teams up with experimental, electronic producers Four Tet and Bassnectar displaying an aptitude for songwriting over dynamic production. Although the emcee features are light, his tracks with oft-collaborator OG Maco display a clear chemistry and the cut “FriendsMaybe” with iLoveMakonnen is one of the most fun, memorable moments of the project.

In some ways, Fortune’s steez on the microphone over ethereal production brings to mind the “cloud rap” popularized by Bay Area acts like Main Attrakionz, while maintaining Atlanta’s trap influences and developing a compelling narrative. The result is one of the most progressive, creative rap projects of the year that we would describe in short as cloud-trap rap. Stream the whole project, and grab the free download, below.

DOWNLOAD: Rome Fortune – Small VVorld

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The Experiment feat. OG Maco (Prod By Cubby)
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4 Seasons feat. OG Maco (Prod By Dizzle)
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Why (Prod By Pat Lukens)
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5 second RULE (Prod By SuicideYear)
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Workin Gal (Interlude) (Prod By Lava Dome)
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Workin Gal (Prod by SuicideYear)
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FriendsMaybe (Feat. ILOVEMAKONNEN) (Prod. By Money Karlo)
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No Evidence (Demo Prod By Blood Diamonds)
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Flashback (Prod By Bassnectar)
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Suit Case feat. OG Maco (Prod By honeycoma x SuicideYear)
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BONUS: One Time For (prod Four Tet)

 

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[Hip-Hop] Jay Prince – Feel It (prod. by IAMNOBODI)

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Feel It (Prod. IAMNOBODI)

London-based emcee Jay Prince dropped some new material yesterday and asks simply that listeners “Feel It”. The laid-back tune is a pretty straightforward and easy listen, but not one you want to sleep on. Some pairings of producers and rappers don’t always turn out well, but the mesh of Soulection‘s IAMNOBODI and Prince is as easy as the tone of the single. Prince’s smooth flow and relaxed lyrics blend well with the soulful and fresh production. The 21 year-old emcee only hopes that listeners kick back and enjoy the good vibes, while listening to a dope uplifting tune. With the winding down of Summer and the Fall pretty much here, this track definitely channels the feel of the season change well. This is the second single from the duos upcoming EP BeFor Our Time, dropping soon.

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[Hip-Hop] Childish Gambino – Secret Track (3005 – Beach Picnic Version)

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Remember when Donald Glover told his fans to learn how to code? Well, it looks like that advice is finally paying off. Over the weekend, one astute reddit user discovered a secret track hidden within Bino’s becausetheinter.net website. After some clever sleuthing and collaboration with his fellow super fans, he decided to pair the mysterious vocals with the “3005 – Beach Picnic Version” instrumental from Bino’s recently released KAUAI EP, and miraculously enough the two audio sources synced up perfectly! The end result–which you can listen to above–has been verified by Gambino himself, and it goes to show what you can achieve with a little hard work and persistence.

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[Hip-Hop] Chaz French – Happy Belated (EP)

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On the intro track of his debut EP, DMV native Chaz French tells the story of his temporary homelessness, struggles with alcohol and troubled youth through his experience in a nearly fatal car accident. It’s a hell of a way to introduce yourself to an audience, but it also sets the tone for Happy Belated, one of the most honest, personal hip-hop projects we’ve heard in a long time. French paints a pretty vivid picture of himself with his music employing a verbal dexterity and variety matched by few emcees over strong, diverse soundscapes. More impressive than his savvy on the mic, though, is the cohesiveness of his EP taking the listener through life’s up and downs.

Happy Belated has a distinct trajectory almost divided into three acts. “Intro” leads into the downtempo, introspective “Watcha Know” before French transitions, through the slightly more upbeat “YNN,” into a booming trap section seemingly capturing the joys and struggles of his demons. Exiting the highest energy portion of the tape, Chaz calls on fellow DMV emcee and one of our favorites, GoldLink, for the memorable “LMGLML” and the two have a chemistry that is extremely promising for future collaboration. The tone of the final few songs come out as overwhelmingly positive considering the pain expressed prior tying together with “Before I Die,” about redemption and getting himself together for his people.

Although its vastly different musically, Happy Belated has the autobiographical, coming-of-age feel that Kendrick Lamar‘s Good Kid m.A.A.d City had in portraying what its like to grow up through adversity. Through a broad range of expression, Chaz French is able to provide a candid, sincere depiction of himself in a way that is sympathetic, rough around the edges and inherently human. Listen to a few of our favorites from the mixtape and grab a free download of this evocative project below.

Download: Chaz French – Happy Belated

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Intro (prod. by Super Miles)

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YNN (prod. by Kal Banx)

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Erryday Stuntin ft. Eddie Vanz (prod. by Hovey Benjamin)

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LMGLML ft. Goldlink (prod. by Kris Minor)

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Primavera  ft. Eddie Vanz (prod. by Hovey Benjamin)

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Before I Die (prod. by Super Miles)
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[Mixtape] Tory Lanez – Lost Cause

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After months of waiting and a brief delay, we finally have our hands on Lost Cause, the eagerly anticipated project from Canadian native Tory Lanez. As we’ve alluded to in the past, Tory is a tremendous talent who’s finally ready to make a name for himself and take on the big stage. A true triple threat who excels at rapping, singing and production, the gifted musician takes the opportunity to flaunt his full repertoire of skills on this tape. Too often Tory draws comparisons to fellow Toronto native Drake, because they share a similar moody, lo-fi style, but a closer listen will reveal that the emcee stands in his own lane–no pun intended.

Upon first glance at the tracklist, one of the more admirable aspects of the project is that Tory doesn’t rely on any big name features to lift him up, instead choosing to place the spotlight on himself while leaning on a diverse stable of producers including Noah Breakfast, RL Grime, Ryan HemsworthPlay PicassoChristian Louie, SykSense and more, to help formulate a cohesive sound. Presenting a potent concoction of hip-hop and R&B, the tape features a few of our recent favorites like “I-95” and “Henny In Hand,” along with some fresh standouts like “Gold” and “Selfish // York University.” Stream the full project below, and hit the download link to grab a copy for yourself. We guarantee this one will be in constant rotation for quite awhile.

DOWNLOAD: Tory Lanez – Lost Cause

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Grandmas Crib (Prod. Play Picasso x Tory Lanez)
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Mama Told Me (Prod. Ryan Hemsworth x Tory Lanez X Play Picasso)
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Dry Your Is (Prod. Tory Lanez)
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A Week Straight (Prod. Noah Breakfast x Tory Lanez)
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Gold (Prod.Tory Lanez x Noah Breakfast x Play Picasso)
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With It // We Did It (Prod. Tory Lanez x Play Picasso)
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Selfish // York University (Prod. Tory Lanez x Play Picasso x SykSense)
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I 95 (Prod. RL Grime, Tory Lanez, Noah Breakfast x Grave Goods)
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Priceless (Prod. Daniel Worthy x Tory Lanez x Burd Keyz)
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The Mission (Prod. Christian Louie X Tory Lanez X Noah Breakfast)
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Henny In Hand (Prod. Noah Breakfast + Matti Free)
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The Godfather (Prod. Play Picasso x Tory Lanez)
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[Mixtape] Childish Gambino – STN MTN

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Seemingly appearing out of thin air, Childish Gambino has finally released his much anticipated Gangsta Grillz mixtape, STN MTN. Part of an innovative two part mixtape/EP called STN MTN / KAUAI, this is just the first half of the project, with the second half set for release on iTunes very soon. The mixtape features Bino hopping on instrumentals we traditionally wouldn’t expect him on, such as Future‘s “Move That Dope” or Lil Wayne‘s “Go DJ,” while continuing to experiment with various other new sounds.

Although we don’t have a release date for KAUAI yet, here’s what Bino recently told Complex about the project:

“It’s a Gangsta Grillz mixtape that goes into an EP. The Gangsta Grillz mixtape is a dream, and the dream ends when I wake up in Kauai. And they go into each other; it’s one complete project. You can download the mixtape and you can go buy the EP. The money from the EP goes to help with keeping Kauai clean.”
Listen to a few of our favorite tracks and follow the link below to download the mixtape from his official website, where you’ll also be able to stream the STN MTN / KAUAI project in its entirety, including the yet to be released EP.

DOWNLOAD: Childish Gambino – STN MTN / KAUAI

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Fucks Given (prod. Nick Banga)
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No Small Talk ft. Kari Faux (prod. Black Party and Kari Faux)
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AssShots remix ft. R O Y A L T Y (prod. Big Soj) 
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U Dont Have to Call (prod. Ludwig) 
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All Yall
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[TMN Premiere] Big Sean – IDFWU (CRVFTSMEN REMIX)

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IDFWU (CRVFTSMEN REMIX)
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It’s been a hot minute since we’ve posted anything remotely similar to this 808 trap, but this new joint by CRVFTSMEN was far too good to pass up. This Boston-based trio has been making some of the best hip-hop remixes out there for quite some time, however they flew onto everyone’s radar in a hurry with this new Big Sean cut. CRVFTSMEN make their TMN debut today with IDFWU, their latest and greatest remix that is just bursting at the seams with energy. It’s still widely debated in some circles how to properly dance to trap, but I can tell you certainly won’t care when this drops at a club as you hurdle your way to the dancefloor.

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