Vortex (ft. Kid Cudi & Pusha T)
King Chip, formerly known as Chip tha Ripper, has always been a ninja favorite for his unique brand of smooth, laid-back raps. When you add his fellow Cleveland native, Kid Cudi, to the picture the outcome never fails to be dope. On a standout from Chip’s latest mixtape, 44108, the dynamic duo, and Wicked Awesome labelmates, team up with G.O.O.D. Music’s man of the hour Pusha T for a refreshingly original track.
On “Vortex,” Cudi and Dot da Genius (aka WZRD) team up for a psychedelic, guitar and piano-laden beat setting the tone perfectly for a song about a dangerous love interest. Cudder creates one of his trademark hooks taking his vocals up an octave from what we’re used to. Pusha T continues his relentless streak of vicious bars and King Chip continues the maturation of his style delivering with the confidence of a vet.
Enjoy this great track above and, if you’re digging it as much as we are, make sure to grab the whole 44108 project, which includes a number of other notable features, for free HERE.
So I Go (Prod. by Smoko Ono)
If you thought the Smoko Ono produced “So I Go” was trippy before, wait till you catch a glimpse of the new video from Chitown’s very own Jarred A.G. Conceived by Merked Creative, the vibrant visuals can be more accurately considered as an interpretive artpiece–something that falls closely between an acid trip and those visualizers from the Windows Media Player days. The transitions in the video sync up perfectly with the rhythm of Jarred’s flow, which seamlessly drifts between a laidback, swagged-out drawl to a sped up, feverish clip. The track itself helps shows off Jarred’s versatility, and provides a case for why he should be mentioned among the plethora of rising names coming out of Chicago, the current hip-hop capital of the world.
Disclaimer: This video may cause seizures for those suffering from photosensitive epilepsy. Viewer discretion is advised.
An artist’s sophomore album is usually defined as their career making one and with Big Sean’s Hall of Fame, he proves that he is not just a commercial rapper, but an improved lyricist who is still learning to master his craft. There is no denying that during the year following his debut release of Finally Famous, Sean has accrued quite a list of accomplishments. From launching his clothing line Aura Gold, holding his own with plenty of charismatic verses on Cruel Summer, dropping a critically acclaimed Detroit mixtape, to dating the beautiful Naya Rivera, the 25 year old rapper is in nothing but a celebratory mood, yet still remains humble.
…What you know about feeling something you can’t even touch
Opening with a set of violins and rowdy applause, the intro “Nothing is Stopping You” is as equally attention grabbing as it is motivational. Carrying the theme that hard work and dedication will reward you with the things you desire, Sean’s flow definitely reflects the self-satisfaction that fame has brought him. A theme and sound that smoothly transitions into the Key Wayne produced keys of the soulful lead single “Fire” and the Young Jeezy and Payroll assisted “It’s Time.” The track “10 2 10″ takes the listener on a walk down Sean’s memory lane and serves as the album’s autobiographical piece as he spits about life growing up in the city of Detroit.
After teasing us with a snippet and leaking a YouTube clip last year of some young kids dancing to the track, UK artist M.I.A. finally drops the full version of her latest single “Come Walk With Me”. Starting off with a slow melody, the track quickly picks up tempo to transition from a pop song to a ridiculously insane electro banger. The jarring track is equal parts grunge as it is infectious. Take a listen to the new tune from her upcoming Matangi full length, dropping soon.
Diplo is back with yet another twerk anthem, this time teaming up with Angger Dimmas and Travis Porter. Diplo is no stranger to these massive club tunes, with similar releases such as “Express Yourself” and “Bubble Butt” he clearly loves a great ass. This track is titled “Biggie Bounce” and was ripped from the most recent Diplo & Friends show that featured sets from the Mad Decent Block Party After Party in Brooklyn, NY. This track is sure to be played out by everyone, and probably its own remix contest. No news yet on the release date, we will keep you posted. Cheers.
Diplo & Angger Dimas feat. Travis Porter
Lil Wayne really wanted to make sure you weren’t sleeping on him, dropping his highly anticipated Dedication 5 mixtape in the wee hours of the morning around 6:00 AM (well after its planned release date). Chances are most of us were tucked in neatly under our sheets around that time, but if you happened to arrive home from some late night festivities, you probably had a nice surprise waiting for you.
While I’m not ready to anoint him the hip-hop crown, after one listen through the 29-track effort, I’d say Weezy appears to be in stronger form than on any of his other recent projects. Maybe he finally heard all the chatter that he’d fallen off and decided to put in some work. That seems to be the underlying motivation behind releasing this latest tape in the Dedication series. It’s not exactly like anybody was clamoring for it. In the end though, Dedication 5 seems like a solid project overall, and with features from The Weeknd, Chance The Rapper, T.I., and 2 Chainz, among others, definitely something worth checking out.
DOWNLOAD: Lil Wayne - Dedication 5
You Song feat. Chance The Rapper
FuckWitMeYouKnowIGotIt feat. T.I.
Started From The Bottom Remix