[Get Crunk] Clayton’s Friday Party Playlist (Vol 97)

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A lot of you are out in Miami this week for Ultra and WMC, so you won’t really need a playlist, seeing as how you’ll be fully engrossed in live, dance-inducing beats. However, for those of us who didn’t have the dough to throw down on a South Beach vacation, we have a tasty selection of tracks to carry you through your weekend festivities.

Hopefully you’re seeing some warmer weather in your neck of the woods, because this week’s #CFPP would be great to play with the windows down.

#danceirresponsibly

Dr. Dre
Forgot About Dre (The Golden Pony Remix)
Slippin Into Darkness (GRiZ Remix Ft. Jessica Breanne)
Lettuce
Gravis
Poetic Horns (Kendrick Lamar X ELOQ)
Slynk vs Soundboy Tom vs Notorious BIG
The Funk
2ToneDisco
Games
EC TWINS
PLUR
Walden
Zilent
Kaskade
Atmosphere (Instant Party! Festival Remix)
Vinnie Maniscalco
100$BILL
Rustep
Rockin
Too Short
Weird Science (Psymbionic & Wolf
Sisqo
Thong Song (Tall Boys Twerk Remix)
Marian Hill
One Time (Imanos Remix)
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[Hip-Hop] Mobb Deep – Legendary (Feat. Bun B & Juicy J)

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Mobb Deep
Legendary (feat. Bun B and Juicy J)

We’re less than a week away from a Mobb Deep reunion album, as the “Legendary” rap duo prepare to bring things full circle with the release of The Infamous Mobb Deep. After touring together last year to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their debut project, Juvenile Hell, the pair took to the studio to record their first full studio album in nearly a decade. This one pays tribute to another hip-hop classic, The Infamous, and it’s separated into 2 discs: one full of 17 fresh new tunes, and one that includes 14 unreleased songs from their 1994 recording sessions.

“Legendary” happens to be one of those newer tracks, and features contributions from Bun B and Juicy J, legends in their own right respectively. The single is as triumphant as they come, as the two team up with Prodigy and Havoc to look back in retrospect on their careers and reflect on their successes over some supreme production supplied by Havoc, The Maven Boys, and Boi-1da. It’s a relatively simple track overall, but it comes packed with plenty of advice and lessons learned for the younger generation to follow.

Also be sure to check out Mobb Deep’s recent collaboration with TMN favorite Kaytranada below, which proves that the old heads aren’t afraid to give the young guys a chance to shine too. If you’re feeling both tracks, feel free to head over to iTunes to pre-order The Infamous Mobb Deep before it drops on April 1st.

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[Chill] SZA – Childs Play (feat. Chance the Rapper) (prod. XXYYXX)

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SZA ft. Chance the Rapper
Childs Play (prod. XXYYXX)

Top Dawg Entertainment‘s first female signee SZA, who is currently gearing up to release a project, dropped off an incredibly laid-back tune just a few minutes ago. As if one new Chance the Rapper verse wasn’t enough for today, the young emcee also snagged some bars on this cut. If you are already familiar with Orlando-based phenom producer XXYYXX, you will likely recognize the production from his 2012 track “About You” although it has been slightly sped up with some additional instrumentation by Dae One.

SZA’s vocals glide over the haunting, down-tempo beat and Chance delivers a solid verse that displays both his lyricism and unique singing voice. When the vocals of TDE’s first lady and Chance collide near the end, they make for a soothing harmony that close out the song perfectly. Peep above and keep an eye out for SZA’s project, Z,  which is set to drop on April 8th.

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[Hip-Hop] Chance the Rapper & The Social Experiment – Home Studio

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Chance The Rapper & The Social Experiment
Home Studio ( Back Up In This Bitch)

Chit-town rep and ninja favorite Chance the Rapper just improved our morning with a spontaneous release. “Home Studio,” as its name suggests, is a pretty raw song, but continues Chance’s creative narrative.

Over some fittingly fun and bouncy production, Chance goes in full ad-lib mode boasting about his success in the industry despite the uniqueness of his sound. In a way, the goofy tone ends up complementing the light and triumphant content of the lyrics. Check this one above for a fresh, mid-week energy boost.

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[Hip-Hop] Jay Electronica & Jay Z – We Made It (Freestyle)

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We Made It

I know we probably say this every time we hear new music from Jay Electronica, but in the rare glimpses we do get every year, we begin to remember just how gifted of an emcee he really is. Our latest refresher comes in the form of a freestyle over Soulja Boy and Drake‘s “We Made It,” alongside Roc Nation boss Jay Z. While Jay Elec provides us with an update on the state of his career (even apologizing to his fans for constantly keeping them waiting), Hov delivers a ferocious verse of his own, taking more than a few not-so subtle shots along the way. We don’t want to get too ahead of ourselves, but with this being his second release in just a week (a pretty significant accomplishment for him), we’re hoping this means even more material from Jay Electronica is on the way.

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[NEW] Miguel – Bennie And The Jets (Feat. Wale) (Elton John Cover)

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Miguel feat. Wale
Bennie and the Jets

In order to celebrate the anniversary of his landmark album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, music legend Elton John is preparing to release a deluxe edition of the timeless project over 40 years later. Along with a 100-page hardcover book, a CD of live performances, and a DVD of the 1973 film Elton John and Bernie Taupin Say Goodbye to Norma Jean and Other Things, fans can also expect the repackaging to include a tribute CD that features nine other accomplished artists tasked with providing a modern take on a few of the album’s classics.

The first of these commissioned covers comes from the unlikely duo of Miguel and Wale, who take more than a few liberties with their revision of “Bennie And The Jets.” While remnants of the original remain, Miguel adds his own flair to the redesign, complete with a roaring backbeat, potent guitar riffs, and peerless falsetto that stay true to the contemporary crooner’s typical style. Wale meanwhile, chips in with a smooth verse of his own (one that Chance The Rapper would be very proud of) that really helps provide this version of the single with its own identity.

Set for release next Tuesday, March 25th, the record will also include covers from Fall Out Boy, Ed SheeranEmeli Sandé and more. Pre-orders can be found here.

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[Grunge Rap] Jez Dior – Who Drank My Whiskey?

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Jez Dior
Who Drank My Whiskey?

Someone’s harnessing their inner Kurt Cobain and his name is Jez Dior. Taking a turn to the 90′s, Jezzy has served up a piping hot plate of sounds that will take you back to your younger years. “Who Drank My Whiskey” is a far departure from what we’re used to hearing from this often emotional rapper, yet as far as principal, it’s right on par.

The tune as a whole will take you for surprise. This isn’t a beat-centric, cinematic tune as what you’ve come to known from this LA based lyricist. If you’re expecting something similar to “Love me to Death” or “Candles,” know that you’re not going to find it here. However, this deviation from his artistic mean is a welcome refresher and a spiritual omen of what Jez’s going through in his development as an individual and artist.

The video that accompanies it is already stirring up some controversy, getting covered in a boldly worded slam piece by The Gloss, a female-centric online publication. Before we get into that, we’ve come to find out the meaning behind the video, which completely fits what we already know about this indie hip hop artist. Appreciating the fact that his music is often darkly stirring, displaying voids in his life through his artistry, we’ve always known him to be a deep thinker, capable of crafting songs that are far from any mainstream messaging.

While we’re not experts in the dissection of cinematic art, we can make the connection to what Jez, his director (who is a female), and his producer (who is a female) say they were trying to accomplish. However, Samantha from the Gloss felt different. Without requesting any additional information or a quote from Jez’s team or the director of the video, she brazenly identifies him as a “Hipster Rapper,” attempting to discredit him based on his exterior appearance before the reader can even get into her argument, which ends up covering a very sensitive issue. Obviously striking a nerve, she took a break from writing about Cameron Diaz topless photos and Lindsey Lohan’s sex list, to speak her mind.

Jez’s team quickly responded to the her post, commenting on the stream. Check out what the producer of the video had to say in response:

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