[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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[Hip-Hop] XV – Madness Begins EP

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There was a time period between 2011 and 2012 when it seemed as if XV was right on the cusp of stardom. After signing a deal with Warner Bros. Records, and a string of successful mixtape releases (Zero HeroesPopular CultureSquarians Vol. 1) that saw his star rise higher than ever, it seemed as if all the right pieces were in place for the Kansas native to finally make that giant leap from Smallville to the big stage. Then 2013 came and went without much of a peep from the talented rapper, and the momentum he’d been steadily building just kind of fizzled out into a blip on the radar.

That’s not to say we’re not excited for new material from the gifted emcee, but it’s going to take a tremendous effort to get back to the stage he was at in his career. Madness Begins is definitely a step in the right direction. Composed of 8 tracks of new material, the EP serves as a refresher of what Vizzy can really accomplish when he puts pen to paper. We won’t go so far as to say that this is one of his best projects, but it solidifies his standing in the game, and lets us know that despite his brief sabbatical, XV hasn’t lost a step.

Madness Begins is just the first effort in a five volume #MarchMadness Free-Play series that’ll see new releases to coincide with different legs of the college basketball tournament. If it all goes to plan, this could be just the boost Vizzy needs to get his career back on track, as we all anticipate his long-awaited The Kid With The Green Backpack album.

DOWNLOAD: XV – Madness Begins EP

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[NEW] Chance The Rapper – Save Yourself First

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Chance The Rapper and James Blake surprised us all last year when they teamed up for a hip-hop infused remix of Blake’s “Life Round Here.”  Now that the pair are rooming together, the Windy City native has decided to release the verse that didn’t make the final cut. This version is far more subdued than the one that first saw the light of day, and plays closer to the tone of the Overgrown original. While the uptempo nature of the previous remix almost made it sound like a celebration of life, this tune is far more heartfelt and reflective, allowing Chance to show off his vocal chops and really dig deeper into what life around the streets of Chicago really means to him.

Chances are this won’t be featured on any projects in the near future, but given the frenzy with which the young emcee has returned in the last few weeks, you’ve gotta think an announcement of some sort is on its way soon.

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[Hip-Hop] The Underachievers – Incandescent (Prod. Ryan Hemsworth)

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The Underachievers break their recent mute 2014 status with a dope new track for our listening enjoyment. The Ryan Hemsworth-produced single “Incandescent” is something a little different from their previous body of work. The rap duo make their return to the webs with a dark, moody vibe and gritty, menacing lyrics to match. Paired with some heavy drum work and harsh keys, the underground crew try to come hard with this new sound. Signed to Flying Lotus‘ Brainfeeder imprint, you can expect the Brooklyn group’s debut album, Cellar Door: Terminus Ut Exordium, later this year.

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[Mashup] Big Boi – Part Time Hater (Feat. Kid Cudi & Stevie Wonder)

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Part Time Hater (ft. Kid Cudi & Stevie Wonder)

Believe it or not, we’ve finally made it to the ninth and final installment of Big Boi‘s “Mashup Mondays” series. We’ve seen some pretty ambitious efforts so far, yet each single track leaves us even more amazed than the week before. This time Big Boi and DJ Dungeoneze team up to blend together the Kid Cudi-assisted “She Hates Me” with Stevie Wonder‘s “Part-Time Lover” to create the cleverly titled “Part Time Hater.” The previously morose single comes off as far more upbeat after its recent facelift, embedding more optimism in the song’s lyrics, which is reflected in the “glass half full” shown in the track’s artwork. If anything, the tune is worth a listen simply for the fact that you’ll never hear Cudi singing quite like this ever again.

There’s no accompanying video this time, but feel free to download the track above, and check out several other standouts from the series as well.

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[Remix] G-Eazy – Far Alone (Feat. E-40 & Jay Ant)

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Far Alone (feat. E-40 & Jay Ant)

“Far Alone” was already one of our early favorites from G-Eazy‘s upcoming album, These Things Happen, but now it’s ready to undergo the remix treatment. The talented emcee no longer has to kick it solo, recruiting Bay Area legend, E-40, to chip in with a brand new verse. The song is all about making it on your own as an independent artist, and overcoming adversity in the face of doubt, something we’d say Eazy has accomplished pretty successfully. While we’d heard Eazy’s story on the original, E-40 provides some insight into the early days of his career with his contribution to the upbeat single as well.

While there’s no indication whether this’ll be on These Things Happen, we’re looking forward to hearing more from the upcoming record in the coming months. Stream the terrific tune above, and make sure to catch G-Eazy on the road with Rockie Fresh, Tory Lanez, and a few others during their nationwide tour.

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Kid Ink feat. Chris Brown – Show Me (Mickey Valen Remix) [TMN PREMIERE]

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Show Me (Mickey Valen Remix)

Oh shit, ninjas. Go find your Ray Bans and flip flops, because this track has summer written all over it. While that attire might only be appropriate for your climate controlled home, this tune will have you feelin’ warm all over.

Coming via New York based, multi-faceted producer Mickey Valen (also known for his work in NOOSA), “Show Me,” has been dialed up with some sexy, playful guitar riffs, rolling hi-hat hits and a more upbeat tempo. Gone are the Top 40 R & B vibes, and in their place we find the perfect groove for the summer’s first pool party.

When asked about this remix, Valen simply stated:

I’m just trying to make summery, happy tracks
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