Breakthrough Ft. ESSA
Let’s say you just came out a bit rattled after one hell of a rough day. One of those where you’re too exhausted to run it all off, but your head’s still careening too much to curl up under covers and drift off. Well, lucky for you, TRWBADOR’s got just the dose for you with “Breakthrough.”
One part mellow future bass, one part tailored hip hop verse, the UK based producers team up with Hip Hop legend ESSA for the perfect blend of catharsis and reflection. ESSA’s unobtrusive lyrics flow effortlessly over purifying harp melody, his cadence in tandem with dialed back beats, all calmly glazed over with interludes of producer Angharad Van Rijswijk’s soothing vocals. Perfect for making peace.
All told, it’s a powerful but beautiful piece to get re-centered. It’s honest without overly trying, enlightening without being sappy, impactful without being invasive. It’s highly re-playable. “Breakthrough” is out on May 26th as a digital download–or for all of you analoggers–a 7” will be hitting record stores. Indulge. When it drops, I know I’ll be sitting stereo-side after work, unwinding with a glass of super-manly wine.
Kingdom (feat. Berhana)
I follow over three thousand artists split between four accounts on Soundcloud and for a while it has been a rarity that an amazing hip-hop record shows up in my feed. This week that wasn’t the case since Jimmy Q got together with Berhana to put out their newest single “Kingdom.” Over the past year Jimmy Q has put out an incredible amount of remixes with his electronic RnB style, but this is the first original from him that features vocals which share the same style as the beats he creates. All eyes on Jimmy Q this year because over a short period of time he’s been performing with Ryan Hemsworth, Saint Pepsi and Odesza; soon enough he’ll be making his way to your city to blow your minds!
Chase and Status
Gangsta Boogie feat. Raekwon & Knytro
London based duo Chase & Status made waves in the music scene with the release of their chart-topping effort Brand New Status. Returning to the source material that made them so widely known, the duo drop a brand new re-working of the track “Gangsta Boogie.” The new revision stays true to their unique aesthetic of blending spoken word from a prolific emcee with an infectious backdrop. Taking to the beat are Wu-Tang veteran Raekwon and newcomer Knytro for some dope verses. Raekwon is definitely the stand-out performer on this single, as his words weave smoothly through the production. Although the track isn’t full of the usual heavy mix of high-energy, electro, and reverberating effects, the simplicity of the gritty beat gives it that old school feel and makes for a complimentary mix.
Take a listen to the flipped track above, and be sure to catch the duo as they hit several venues for their North American tour this summer.
’Tyler Hawkins – Weightless (prod. Yung H33m)’
A few months back, we introduced a fresh Brookyln emcee named TRW of the bi-coastal Wread Wrkr collective. The west-coast faction of WW, Bay Area-based duo Ninety, have also been putting in work as of late with a solid debut EP released and a number of impressive loose tracks. Energetic rapper Tyler Hawkins and quick-flowed emcee/producer MikeyCtheMan capture the positive vibes of the west coast drawing inspiration from both latitudes of California, while incorporating their own unique vocals and new-age influences.
“See That,” a track from their debut release The Tales of the Two of A Kind, perfectly embodies the chemistry and contrasting styles between MCM and Tyler. While Tyler brings the non-stop energy and unconventional style, Mikey showcases both a knack for smooth samples and a more classic-inspired rapping technique. The most recent Ninety offering comes from one half of the duo, Hawkins, on the track/video titled “Weightless.” Over appropriately airy production from frequent collaborator, Yung H33m, Tyler’s erratic, entertaining lyricism shines and serves as a perfect introduction to a raw, talented artist. The video, directed by Ari Kamin, matches the energy as Hawkins kicks his bars over the backdrop of a bright blue sky.
Ninety’s young library is full of jams that perfectly complement sunny summer weather. Check a couple tracks above and the dope visuals below; and if you’re feeling it find some more on SoundCloud.
Travi$ Scott Ft. Big Sean + The 1975
After he first unveiled the song nearly 2 months ago during a live performance at SXSW, fans have been chomping at the bit to get their hands on Travi$ Scott‘s latest single. With a radio rip surfacing a few weeks back under the mistaken title of “1975,” we knew it was only a matter of time before we would finally be able to hear the final version of the track in all its glory.
Although we have to settle for the clean version for now, it’s still abundantly clear that Big Sean and La Flame are not playing around with this one. Travi$’ rapid ascent over the last year has definitely made for one of the more remarkable stories to follow in hip-hop (as chronicled in his recent Houston To Osaka documentary). It’s astonishing just how quickly the young spitter has been able to step out from the shadows of his fellow G.O.O.D. Music/Grand Hustle associates, and establish his own brand. With his debut album Rodeo slated for release later this year, we’re pretty confident the Houston native has a few more heaters just like this stashed away for the summer.
UPDATE: Added the official explicit CDQ version of the track, now with a credited feature from The 1975.
Believe Me (ft. Drake)
After plenty of teasers sprinkled throughout the week, the preparations for Tha Carter V are finally underway . Billed as Lil Wayne‘s final solo project, the New Orleans veteran had recently been building anticipation for the lead single, thanks to some unconventional promo from Kobe Bryant and Floyd Mayweather. Recruiting his number one running mate, Drake, for the assist on this one, “Believe Me” features the two emcees trading bars over an ominous instrumental by Boi-1da and Vinylz that’ll shake you to your very core. As they switch up their flows to coincide with a shift in the tempo midway through, “Believe Me” when I say that Weezy sounds hungrier than he has in recent memory. We won’t say he’s in classic mixtape form just yet, but we’d like to think his relative dormancy lately indicates that he’s bringing a new level of focus to this album.
Stream the new track above, and stay tuned for more information on Tha Carter V, including its new release date.
Had Em All [Prod. brandUn DeShay]
As the producer behind many of our favorite tracks from the likes of Chance The Rapper, Mac Miller, Danny Brown and Sir Michael Rocks, there’s no question that brandUn DeShay has talents behind the boards, but how many of you out there knew he had bars too?
Currently kicking it in Japan, the Chitown native has immersed himself in the culture, releasing a brand new single to celebrate the beginning of Golden Week. Following a short absence from the game, the multi-talented emcee has emerged from his hyperbolic time chamber Goku style to create some of his most potent material to date. On “Had Em All” we find the hyper confident lyricist waxing poetic over a dizzying instrumental that can be described as nothing less than super fly. Stay tuned for more from the self-anointed “goldUn Child,” as chances are this isn’t the last we’ll be hearing from him.