[Hip-Hop] Kai Straw – The Business feat. Keak Da Sneak & Roach Gigz

Kai Straw
The Business ft. Keak Da Sneak & Roach Gigz

Another single off the upcoming Toothpick album has hit the web thanks to Kai Straw. The San Francisco artist already released “Friction” last week, and now “The Business” is here. This single has Kai keeping more in line with his hip-hop roots and teaming up with fellow Northern California artists Keak Da Sneak and Roach Gigz. For all you Bay Area cats out there, you now have another anthem to slap.

“The Business” has each of the emcees sharing a bit about their hometown within the bay, covering Oakland, Fairfield and San Francisco. James The Bear produced this record, which has one of the sickest beats we’ve heard in a while. Fans of Kai’s older works will find this especially dope, as it is a sort of new-school homage to the hyphy movement where Kai got his start producing records. “The Business” stands out as something exceptionally special within Toothpick. Two more singles are to be released before the full album is out on Tenth Gate Records on April 12th.

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Sam Paye & Eleventy Million – The Yoga Pose [TMN Premiere]

’Sam Paye + Eleventy Million – The Yoga Pose’

Sam Paye of Seattle has brought forth his latest original single “The Yoga Pose” as a premiere for us ninjas. We present to you his creation with rapper Eleventy Million. “The Yoga Pose” is a danceabale mixture of hip-hop, pop and electronic music. There’s a lot going on in this three minutes of audio that is tailored for the eclectic taste.

Sam delivers an instrumental whose sound jumps around with different sounds ranging from progressive synths to 80’s basses to saxophone. On top of the diverse beat is Eleventy Million’s vocal performance that, for the most part, isn’t just straight rapping. We get a crowd-controlling expression that is more akin to a hypeman than someone spitting lyrics; although there are phrases of straight rap. After all, this is a party record. “The Yoga Pose” will be available through Bomb Recordings tomorrow. Until then, stream the full preview before it’s up for grabs.

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[Future/Trap] SoySauce x lil aaron – BOUT TIME

SoySauce x lil aaron

After raising 15,000 meals for the Los Angeles Food Bank, SoySauce is back with another record. “BOUT TIME” is a collaboration with vocal artist lil aaron to celebrate the success of the charitable Lunch Money EP. This future meets hip-hop record is silky smooth. lil aaron’s acclaimed song writing shines through the magnetic production by SoySauce.

“BOUT TIME” is one of those underground releases that could very well bubble its way up to the top, garnering radio success on top of an already strong internet campaign. Fans of someone like Drake or Post Malone are going to be in love with this song, as it rivals their sounds without pigeon-holing itself into their styles. SoySauce hasn’t released any digital store or download info around this track, so it has us wondering if there’s another EP on the horizon. If there is, stay tuned, as it’s sure to be something special.

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[Hip-Hop] Kaiydo – Reflections


Kaiydo is up next. It’s that simple. Following up the Sampha sampling “Arcade,” this dude drops another top notch song with a dose of energy that we’re sure you’re in need of on a Monday. “Reflections” is the third installment of his Colors & Sounds project, and it nicely balances out the massive hype of “Red Freestyle” and the smoothness of “Arcade.”

Kaiydo already has demonstrated his deft hand at writing catchy hooks and firing off speedy verses with this debut project so far, and, given the massive reception on each tune, he’s certainly poised for a breakout later this year. Once Colors & Sounds comes to fruition, we’ll get a better scope on just what Kaiydo is capable of, but “Reflections” stands strong on its own and makes a case for his highly probable popularity on the way. Each of these tracks explores his range as a rapper, and, more importantly, an overall artist since he is involved in his own production also. Keep your ears open for Kaiydo. There’s plenty of great stuff ahead.

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Noise Pop 2016: 7 Acts We Loved–SF, 2/19-2/28 [Festival Review + Playlist]


All photos by Dom Powell except for photos of DIIV, which are by Ash. 

Over the last few years, San Francisco’s Noise Pop Festival has grown into our favorite week for music in the Bay Area. Taking place at venues across the city, the logistics can get tricky, but the venue hopping and set-time speculation is completely worth the broad variety of music the lineup offers. As is true for any festival. there’s no way to catch everything and there was plenty of FOMO to go around between the surprise guest filled late night Cafe Du Nord shows to the various events at Noise Pop’s home base, Swedish American Music Hall. With a couple years of experience under our belt, we definitely feel like this was both our best go-around thus far as well as the festival’s. The one great thing about the staggering number of events is that every publications experience is slightly different, each choosing different favorite takeaways based on their schedule. Take a trip back with some of our favorite sets, songs and moments from the week below. Continue reading

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[Hip-Hop] THEY. – Motley Crue (Beshken Remix)

Motley Crue (Beshken Remix)

When I found this particular “Motley Crue” remix I had to share it, and truth be told, I’m a fan of everything Mind Of A Genius touches. Let me introduce you to Beshken, a rising artist and producer who’s blend of hip hop and electronic sounds are addictive. His rendition of  THEY.’s “Motley Crue” takes the listener on a relaxing sonic journey and I’m truly excited to see what music he has in store for us.

Beshken began producing in 2012 after buying his first 88 key midi keyboard. Previously trained as a rock and jazz guitarist, he first became interested in dance music when DJing house parties in Los Angeles. In late 2015, Beshken moved to New York City to study music at the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at NYU; this shift shaped both his view on the culture of electronic music and sonic experimentation. With support from Next Wave Records, Majestic Casual, and more, Beshken is just getting started. Also be sure to check out his Closed Doors EP when you get the chance.

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[Get Crunk] Friday Party Playlist (Vol 183)


Another Friday means another playlist. After an extended weekend last week, this one is going to seem a little too short. No matter the case, we have some banging tunes to maximize your weekend pleasures. This week we start things off with a laid-back hip-hop treat from Hoody Time, then head into the future with the likes of DEVAULT and Havok Roth who both have collaborative works out this week. Love trap and twerk music? Get your dose of it from IVARR, 2win Beam, Yultron, and a sick remix from Bad Royale and Styles&Complete. From there we move on to some house and breakbeat action with the closing section being filled out with some sexy G-house. As always, #danceirresponsibly to these twelve free downloads and enjoy your weekend!

’The Hotness (feat. Reilly Comisar)’
’Drake & Future – Change Locations (DEVAULT w/ Opvs Remix)’
’graves & Havok Roth – Imaginary Friends’
’IVARR – Sonorous (Original Mix)’
’2win Beam – Let Me See It’
’Watch Out (Bad Royale x Styles&Complete Remix)’
’Skrillex & MUST DIE! – VIP’s (SickStrophe Remix)’
’Clockwork (Original Mix)’
’Mind Cntrl & Night Lurkers – Vintage (Original Mix)’
’I’m A Dog (Original Mix)’
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