[Indie] Gentlemen Hall – Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe (Kendrick Cover)

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Bitch Don't Kill My Vibe (Kendrick Cover)

We’ve been hearing a lot of amazing covers lately. From Drake to Daft Punk, the internet era of music has created an amazing platform to pay tribute to artist’s work. This time around, we’re excited to serve up a vocally driven version of Kendrick Lamar’s “Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe.”

The slow rolling, laid back stoner jam from the Compton based hip hop giant is turned upside down from these East Coast indie rockers. With a tribal feel, Gentlemen Hall gave this tune a new identity, while still maintaining the chill vibe of the original. As expected, this tune is a free download on the groups Soundcloud page. Pick it up, light the nag champa and lie back to this one.

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[NEW] Eminem – The Monster (Feat. Rihanna)

The Monster
The Monster ft. Rihanna

Ever since 2010′s “Love The Way You Lie,” Eminem and Rihanna have formed an unexpected bond that’s found the two artists collaborating multiple times throughout the years since. The main reason of course is for crossover appeal, which so far has garnered the pair chart topping success. The duo are ready to test the waters again, with their latest single, “The Monster,” dropping just in time for Halloween.

Despite its title, the track doesn’t really strike fear in our hearts, striving for more emotional appeal as Em details some of the demons he’s had to deal with since becoming famous. While the song will definitely thrive on the radio, it leaves a little to be desired lyrically. If you’re feeling this new joint from Eminem and Rihanna, you’ll be able to download it from iTunes tonight at midnight. In the meantime, make sure to grab your pre-orders for The Marshall Mathers LP 2 before it drops on November 5th.

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[Event Review] The Weeknd, BANKS, & Anna Lunoe – The Chicago Theatre 10/13-10/14


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The Weeknd
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Anna Lunoe

3 artists. 2 nights. 7,200 minds blown. That would be the simplest way to sum up my experience in Kiss Land. With a lineup featuring The Weeknd, BANKS, and Anna Lunoe, I was understandably excited the whole day leading up to the event. The first thing that popped into my head as I strolled up to the venue and read the names on the glowing marquee, was that this felt all too surreal. Two years ago, I could’ve never imagined that my first show at the legendary Chicago Theatre would be by The Weeknd. Not only that, but the fact that he was headlining two sold-out back-to-back nights was a true testament to how far he’s come in such a short period.

Walking in, you could immediately feel the energy in the air. There’s always excitement before any show, but this night just felt different in many ways. Maybe it was because of all the weed smoke, maybe it was the crowded space in The Chicago Theatre lobby, or maybe everyone was just as curious about what to expect as I was. Luckily, we had Anna Lunoe to help carry us through each painfully slow minute that ticked by. While I personally didn’t know much about Lunoe coming into the show, I was pleasantly surprised by her set. She’s not your traditional DJ by any means, and her music certainly reflected that, as she was able to get the crowd pumped up with a unique mix of tracks that varied wildly between Cashmere Cat, Lil B, and even some of her own material.

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[Experimental Hip-Hop] Emay – Wudhu (Cleanliness)

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Wudhu Cleanlinessness (Demo)

We haven’t heard much from Emay since last year’s instrumental project, Into It. Well, it finally looks like the Montreal native is ready to take command of the mic again, letting go of a brand new demo called, “Wudhu (Cleanliness).”  We’ve always been fans of the emcee’s stream of consciousness flow, and his production is still on a whole different level, as he blends together a distorted, harmonious sample with a simple, pounding drum pattern to produce a vivid, awe inspiring instrumental.

The song’s title makes reference to the process of cleansing oneself that Muslims practice before every prayer. Could that signal that Emay is ready to make a fresh start? Let’s hope so, because we’ve waited way too long to hear a new project from the talented young wordsmith.

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[Hip-Hop] Childish Gambino – Worldstar

Childish Gambino

It has been great to have Childish Gambino back. In the last few weeks, the unique and fresh emcee has resurfaced continuing to evolve his sound. This morning, Bino returns to his more comical self with a track in honor of the one and only WorldStar Hip-Hop. Over a heavy, minimal beat layered with an appropriate “Worldstar” chant, the multi-talented artist goes with a staggered flow discussing all sorts of mischievous scenarios. Topping it all off, the song closes with an extended, epic horn outro accompanied by the always dope singing voice of Childish in stark contrast to the playful feel of the rest of the song.

Gambino’s Because the Internet drops on December 10th. In the meantime, enjoy and grab a free download above.  Also, make sure to check out his incredible and unconventional freestyle over Drizzy’s “Pound Cake” from his recent stop at Sway in the Morning after the jump!

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[Remix] Rudimental – Free (Feat. Emeli Sandé & Nas)

Free ft. Emeli Sandé [Nas Remix]

It’s difficult for me to turn down anything related to Nas, so as soon as I saw this remix of Rudimental‘s “Free,” I knew I had to give it a listen. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that the Emeli Sandé assisted track was already pretty spectacular to begin with. Bringing in Nasty Nas adds some hip-hop flair to The UK duo’s uplifting single, that’s all about taking life for what it is, and then tossing aside those cares to live life to the fullest without any restrictions. Check out the inspiring tune above, and make sure to grab the “Free” remix package when it drops on November 18, which will also include reworks from Jack Beats, Maya Jane Coles, and Roy Davis Jr. 

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[Hip-Hop/Soul] Lianne La Havas – Elusive (S-Type Remix)

Elusive (S-Type Remix)

UK Producer S-Type puts a stunning spin on Lainne La Havas’ song “Elusive”. The remix is full of Havas original jazzy and soul feel with a clash of electronic beats and melodies thanks to S-type. Known for his hip-hop sound, S-Type powerfully let’s the drums do most of the talking in his remix, careful to allow Havas stunning vocals to sit peacefully in their place among S-type’s beats. A great mix that keeps the fingers drumming away on the desk.

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