Hive (feat. Vince Staples and Casey Veggies)
Fans who missed out on Earl Sweatshirt‘s vitaminwater x The FADER’s Uncapped show in New York were treated with another little surprise last night in the form of a brand new single, “Hive.” Also featuring Casey Veggies and Vince Staples, the video is edgy and dark, yet still quirky enough to make sure you don’t forget it’s an Odd Future production. Doris is set to finally drop on August 20th, and we can’t wait to hear what Earl has in store for us. Make sure to grab yourself a copy of “Hive” on iTunes, available now.
Nakamarra feat. Q-Tip
While this might be the first time we’re featuring Hiatus Kaiyote on our pages, we’re hoping this isn’t the last. We may have missed the Australian quartet’s Tawk Tomahawk EP last year, but lucky for us they’re gearing up for a re-release on their new label, Flying Buddha. The marquee single of course is this one right here, a remix of “Nakamarra” featuring the amazingly talented Q-Tip. Getting a co-sign from such a legendary figure in the music industry is definitely encouraging, but not surprising once you hear (lead singer) Nai Palm‘s soothing, sun-dipped vocals. Although the band markets themselves as “future soul,” the loungey vibes on “Nakamarra” seem to hearken back to a simpler time that serve as a reminder of why we fell in love with the genre in the first place. With the revamped version of Tawk Tomahawk set to arrive tomorrow, it might be a keen idea to check out the original release before purchasing. Now excuse me while I fantasize about what A Tribe Called Quest‘s reunion project would sound like.
Crime (Feat. Kendrick Lamar)
Like many artists seem to be doing these days, Mayer Hawthorne gave NPR the go ahead to put up an advance stream of his album, Where Does This Door Go in anticipation of its release next Tuesday. One of the most intriguing pieces from the project happens to be “Crime,” the crooner’s first collaboration with the young and talented Kendrick Lamar. It seems like you can’t go anywhere without seeing Kendrick’s name these days, yet we still haven’t grown tired of him. Hawthorne ditches his traditional Motown sound for something with a bit more West Coast edge on this one. It still makes for a rather easy listen however, and we’re sure we’ll be coming back for seconds plenty of times during the summer. For more Mayer Hawthorne, you can check out the full stream of Where Does This Door Go at the link below before it hits shelves on July 16th.
STREAM: Mayer Hawthorne - Where Does This Door Go
VANIC VS EMINEM
The Last Stand
Harkening back on my early college days, Vanic has grabbed my hand and taken me back to a day of bleach blonde hair and rebellious rap lyrics. Some of you may not remember 8 Mile, but I most certainly do. Our favorite renegade rapper made his silver screen debut with a story about his life and times before we all came to love him and his music.
Fast foward to today and Vanic has blended one of the most iconic scenes with some big buzzy dubstep beats. The essential vibes of the original are all in place. The feelings that are evoked by listening to “B-Rabbit” light up a Detroit nightclub in the feature film are perfectly encapsulated in this remix.
Cool, smooth, perfect on the palate, leaving you wanting more.
Am I talking about a smooth drink? Well, that is the title of Marian Hill’s song titled “Whiskey”. But no, I was actually talking about their music.
MH is made up of Philadelphia musicians Jeremy Lloyd and Samantha Gongol. This duo has come up with a hip-hop, beat vibe sound with the beautifully seducing lyrics of Gongol. This song starts with a simple drum beat, then Gongol slowly begins her captivation over listeners with her sound and lyrics saying, “You are my whiskey, I will make you mine…”. The song follows a break pattern, with the song stopping every thirty seconds or so giving the song a story telling like feel to it. This song is simple, simply beautiful that is. MH is very new and this is their first song but I guarantee you, this whiskey, bluesy, lullaby of theirs is just the first in along line of smooth drinks.
Wale x J. Cole
Winter Schemes (Prod. Jake One)
As they revel in the chart-topping success of their latest albums, J. Cole and Wale decided to let this one loose in celebration of their newfound positions at the pinnacle of hip-hop. July may seem like an odd time to release a song titled “Winter Schemes,” but if you pay closer attention, the name really seems to imply that the pair have been planning their domination since way back in December. Check out the dope Jake One produced single above, and if you haven’t already, make sure to grab yourself copies of Born Sinner and The Gifted, which are both incredible records in their own right.
Dead Presidents 3 (Prod. by Young Guru)
Jay-Z was definitely in a good mood today. With his twelfth studio album, Magna Carta…Holy Grail officially hitting shelves tomorrow, Hov took to Twitter this afternoon for an impromptu Q&A session. Given how rarely Jay tweets, you could call it a spectacle, as Hov pretty much had everyone hanging on each and every character with his witty, lighthearted banter. One of the questions asked dealt with the release of “Dead Presidents 3,” and if there was a fully recorded version floating out there somewhere. Jay answered that he had indeed recorded it years ago, and gave the go ahead to either Just Blaze or Young Guru to finally let it loose. Guru must have been paying close attention, because we didn’t have to wait long to hear the track in its full unreleased glory.
“Dead Presidents 3″ serves as an appropriate sequel to Hov’s original classic, but it is a bit disappointing to know that we’ve essentially already heard the song in its entirety before (one of the verses was previously used on The Black Album‘s “Moment of Clarity”). Still, it’s pretty cool to be able to finally hear this song nearly ten years after it was originally conceived. Check out the track above and see if it lives up to your expectations after all those years of waiting.