Too Ill (prod. Michael Keenan)
Skizzy Mars has definitely been on top of his game lately. After releasing the much heralded Phases nearly a year ago, Skiz had a relatively quiet 2013. While it’s easy to forget about artists during their brief lulls, we know Skiz spent his time in the lab wisely, waiting to return with a vengeance. Well, Skizzy Season is officially upon us now, as the 20 year old emcee has teamed up with producer Michael Keenan to string together a slew of smooth releases over the last few weeks.
His latest entry in that series, “Too Ill,” definitely lives up to its billing. Sampling the Snakehips remix of BANKS‘ “Warm Water,” (still one of our favorites at TMN), “Too Ill” features the NYC native playing to his strengths, utilizing his carefree, charismatic flow to weave together an intriguing narrative, while showcasing his penchant for crafting catchy hooks. Skizzy’s upcoming mixtape, Pace, is set to drop next week on March 4th, and we can’t wait to hear what else he has in store for us.
Feel That (Official)
As Vic Mensa and Smoko Ono continue their European tour alongside Danny Brown, we finally get a glimpse of what the two have been cooking up in the lab during their extended time together. The Chitown natives have both been on quite a tear lately, steadily releasing one hit after another, and this might just be their biggest one yet. “Feel That” is a certified banger–not something we’d typically expect from the SAVEMONEY spitter, but we definitely don’t hate it. Smoko cranks the bass all the way up on the club ready instrumental, while Vic gets familiar with his ratchet side. We wouldn’t be surprised if this one pops off in the coming months, and we’re definitely open to Vic exploring new sounds as he’s done over the past few months. Check out the heater above, and make sure to grab a free download to add to your collection before the weekend begins.
Bound 1 (Remake)
When the tracklist for Yeezus first surfaced, many fans were puzzled by the numbering of the album’s final song, “Bound 2,” since none of us had ever heard any version prior to that. After finally giving it a listen, I thought maybe it was just a lame play on the phrase “Bound 2 Fall In Love” repeated throughout the chorus, but as it turns out, there really was a “Bound 1″ after all. By now I’m sure many of you have already seen the live footage of Hudson Mohawke debuting the original version during a set in the UK on Valentine’s weekend.
Now it appears as if someone’s decided to reconstruct the entire song, allowing the world to finally hear what “Bound 1″ would’ve really sounded like. As it stands, “Bound 2″ was already quite a departure from the deeply dark, grungy minimalism heard throughout the rest of Yeezus. “Bound 1″ carries an even lighter tone, resulting in a sweet melody that heavily contrasts with the album’s material, which may be why Rick Rubin decided to step in and alter the sonic direction with one fell stroke of his epic beard. With “Bound 1″ you get a sense of what Kanye was initially trying to achieve with this tune, and it almost adds some context to the sentimental nature of its oft-criticized music video.
Take a listen to the single above, and also make sure to check out Kanye’s epic performance from Late Night with Seth Meyers that includes a medley of some of the greatest hits from the past decade of his decorated career, including: “Jesus Walks,” “Touch The Sky,” “Stronger,” “Heartless,” “All of the Lights,” “Mercy,” and “Black Skinhead.”
In Vein (Feat. The Weeknd)
A week prior to its release, it looks like Rick Ross‘ latest album has already sprung a leak. Earlier tonight, we shared with you one of the album’s most anticipated singles, “Sanctified.” This one right here though, might be the true highlight of the project. The Weeknd‘s been on quite a tear lately, dropping stellar remixes of “Drunk In Love” and “Or Nah” over the last two weeks. He continues his hot streak with “In Vein,” another drug-induced slow burner that delves into the crooner’s risqué lifestyle and features a chorus where he claims “I don’t got a single sober vein in my body.” We’d totally believe it, and while this is a Ross single, Abel definitely steals the show here (just as he always does). Check out the track below, and let us know what your thoughts are on Mastermind based on what you’ve heard so far. Maybe you’ll even be enticed to pre-order a copy for yourself. Feel free to stream the album on iTunes Radio yourself before deciding.
Sanctified (Feat. Kanye West & Big Sean)
It’s already been a busy week for hip-hop so far, but it only seems to be looking up from here. With Rick Ross‘ sixth studio album, Mastermind, set to drop next week, we’re getting an early listen of the most anticipated track from the project, “Sanctified.” Featuring G.O.O.D. Music’s Kanye West and Big Sean, “Sanctified” is a soulful banger, crafted through a combined effort between Yeezy and DJ Mustard. All three emcees trade bars interchangeably over an instrumental that features a few trademarks from both talented producers. While this is probably the first single to really move the needle for us on Ross’ latest album, there’s still some interesting collaborations yet to be heard featuring The Weeknd, Lil Wayne, Mavado, Scott Storch, and more. Check out the single above, and make sure to get your pre-orders in for Mastermind before it drops on March 4th.
With less than a week away until the release of his first solo album in eight years, Pharrell has decided to give his fans a sneak preview of G I R L through iTunes Radio, as has become the custom these days for most major releases. Revealing the final tracklist through Instagram late last night (which you can view below), the album is set to include exciting features from Justin Timberlake, Miley Cyrus and Alicia Keys, with additional contributions coming from Daft Punk, Timbaland, Hans Zimmer, Kelly Osbourne, Leah LaBelle, Tori Kelly and JoJo. Although the only single we’ve heard so far is the insanely addicting “Happy,” we have a feeling Pharrell will have no problem asserting his dominance over the charts with this latest project. Don’t take our word for it though. Follow the link below, and find out for yourself.