Relapse (produced by Danny Score)
Never straying away from the difficult subjects, LA grunge rapper Jez Dior is a veritable open book of life experiences, continually dishing out what’s on his mind. He’s not scared to put his heart on his sleeve, as he’s shown time and time again. We find ourselves always drawn to his work for many reasons, but this one in particular stands out.
This most recent release, starkly named “Relapse,” carries a painful story about a battle with alcohol. A theme that’s evident in Jez’s music, we’re once again hearing these associations and understanding that this is something that has an overwhelming influence on his artistry. Musically, the tune boasts a heavy, distorted bassline, spattering hi hat hits, and a pitched-down vocal sample. Combined, these elements create a dark and ominous vibe which perfectly accentuate the cautionary lyrics.
“Relapse” is available today as a free download on Jez’s soundcloud as a thank you for surpassing three million plays. Head over and snag a copy for yourself.
T.I. & Young Thug
About Da $ (Kaytra Remix)
Young Thug has had an absolutely ridiculous year rising from obscurity to one of the most talked about and controversial artists in hip-hop. Thug tends to be a polarizing figure, but it’s hard to deny the addicting nature of his music. Regardless, the Atlanta emcee’s wild, melodic flows lend themselves perfectly to electronic remixes. Canadian producer Kaytranda, who has had a spectacular year himself, is the latest to take on a Thugger hit with spectacular results. Choosing one of Thug’s catchiest tunes, the T.I.-featuring “About Da Money,” Kaytra minimizes the instrumentation of the original replacing it with a jazzy bounce and keeping the vocals in tact. Perhaps the most compelling part of this re-work comes around the 3:30 mark when it goes full instrumental introducing energetic percussion that creates a supreme groove. Peep this one above–we’re excited to hear what 2015 has in store for both of these rising stars.
Girls (MOORS Remix)
Arterial (Moors Remix)
LA hip-hop duo MOORS emerged earlier this year with the release of their self-titled EP, a creative project full of hazy production and introspective lyricism. Aside from their originals, MOORS have also shown a knack for remixes with wavy, genre-bending takes on BATHS and James Vincent McMorrow, who they joined for a leg of his recent US tour. Earlier this week, emcee Keith Stanfield and producer HH dropped off an official remix for another of our favorite emerging artists, Slow Magic. Taking probably the catchiest song from Slow Magic’s recent album in “Girls,” HH creates the perfectly warped loop over which Keith, also a professional actor, displays some theatrical, storytelling bars adding a different kind of depth to the original. Give this dope cut a spin above along with another remix they dropped this week of Lusine‘s “Arterial.”
P.S. You can check out our recent exclusive interviews with MOORS and Slow Magic at those links.
Knucklehead Feat. Earl Sweatshirt
It’s the season of giving, so the folks over at Red Bull have launched a new series called 20 Before 15, in which they’ll be releasing 20 songs in 20 days leading up to 2015. For the fourth entry in the program, they’ve selected a new cut from Lil Herb–yet another “Chi-raq” native who’s had a marquee year for himself in 2014, and seems primed for a breakout. Pairing him up with Odd Future‘s Earl Sweatshirt, the two combine to create a laidback, yet tenacious tune where they reminisce about some of their previous knuckleheaded behavior. Earl performs double duty here, handling the production as well, and the pair originally hooked up for this collaboration down in Austin for SXSW. Stream the track above, and be on the lookout for more from Red Bull in the coming days.
After enjoying a rather successful breakout campaign in 2014, PARTYNEXTDOOR is already primed for bigger and badder things in 2015. Having recently wrapped up his North American fall tour just last month, Party is now preparing to travel the globe, announcing his PND Live World Tour late last night, which includes 42 dates across the USA and Europe from January through March. To celebrate the big news, the Canadian crooner also released a free EP titled, PND Colours. The project is his first since this summer’s PARTYNEXTDOOR TWO. Though the EP is short on length, it’s definitely not short on quality, featuring four very memorable tracks to add to the 21 year-old’s already impressive collection. PND Colours also includes appearances from Travi$ Scott and Ca$h Out, and while the OVO signee doesn’t typically feature many artists on his songs, he makes good use of their talents here. Stream and download the EP below, and make sure to check out PARTYNEXTDOOR live when he makes it to your city next year.
Lets Get Married
Girl From Oakland
Jus Know (feat. Travis Scott)
Dont Worry (feat. Ca$h Out)
Since releasing his debut project, Hello World, at the start of 2014, Atlanta emcee Daye Jack has been steadily offering his fans new material, each release expanding on the last and demonstrating a different dimension of his sound. Although he’s already shown an aptitude for singing, Jack takes things to a new level with his latest. “Still Barking” carries a distinctively jazzy tone equipped with a xylophone, steady bass line and some subtle, distorted keys. Daye Jack matches the instrumental’s smoothness spending the first 1 minute crooning a ballad that, in short, details feelings of oppression sending a soulful, witty “fuck you” to authority before spitting a few equally clever bars. For those of you at work or school right now, this one’s a great listen for hump day–grab a free download above.
Gucci Mane ft Raury
Gucci Mane has been no stranger to controversy throughout his career. Whether it’s his countless stints in jail, his beef with other rappers, or his ice cream tat, Gucci has always been a polarizing figure in the hip-hop scene. No matter what your opinion of him though, good or bad, there’s one thing about Gucci that demands respect: he is always willing to put on up-and-coming artists. While the cynical among us may see this as a ploy to leech onto younger talent in an effort to remain relevant, we think the Burr man has good intentions. Here we have just the latest example, as he teams up with stalwart youth, Raury, for “Dead People.”
Armed with a hypnotic hook about stuffing his pockets with “Dead People” (a common rap idiom that refers to one’s love of wealth), and the evil voices in his head that command him to collect as much of it as possible, Gucci turns in a deft performance, while Raury backs him up with a compelling verse of his own. It’s not often that we get a chance to hear Raury spit, but it’s no secret at this point that the fledgling artist can pack a punch on the mic. Check out the infectious tune above, which we hope is just one of many more collaborations between these two in the future.