Knucklehead Feat. Earl Sweatshirt
It’s the season of giving, so the folks over at Red Bull have launched a new series called 20 Before 15, in which they’ll be releasing 20 songs in 20 days leading up to 2015. For the fourth entry in the program, they’ve selected a new cut from Lil Herb–yet another “Chi-raq” native who’s had a marquee year for himself in 2014, and seems primed for a breakout. Pairing him up with Odd Future‘s Earl Sweatshirt, the two combine to create a laidback, yet tenacious tune where they reminisce about some of their previous knuckleheaded behavior. Earl performs double duty here, handling the production as well, and the pair originally hooked up for this collaboration down in Austin for SXSW. Stream the track above, and be on the lookout for more from Red Bull in the coming days.
After enjoying a rather successful breakout campaign in 2014, PARTYNEXTDOOR is already primed for bigger and badder things in 2015. Having recently wrapped up his North American fall tour just last month, Party is now preparing to travel the globe, announcing his PND Live World Tour late last night, which includes 42 dates across the USA and Europe from January through March. To celebrate the big news, the Canadian crooner also released a free EP titled, PND Colours. The project is his first since this summer’s PARTYNEXTDOOR TWO. Though the EP is short on length, it’s definitely not short on quality, featuring four very memorable tracks to add to the 21 year-old’s already impressive collection. PND Colours also includes appearances from Travi$ Scott and Ca$h Out, and while the OVO signee doesn’t typically feature many artists on his songs, he makes good use of their talents here. Stream and download the EP below, and make sure to check out PARTYNEXTDOOR live when he makes it to your city next year.
Lets Get Married
Girl From Oakland
Jus Know (feat. Travis Scott)
Dont Worry (feat. Ca$h Out)
Since releasing his debut project, Hello World, at the start of 2014, Atlanta emcee Daye Jack has been steadily offering his fans new material, each release expanding on the last and demonstrating a different dimension of his sound. Although he’s already shown an aptitude for singing, Jack takes things to a new level with his latest. “Still Barking” carries a distinctively jazzy tone equipped with a xylophone, steady bass line and some subtle, distorted keys. Daye Jack matches the instrumental’s smoothness spending the first 1 minute crooning a ballad that, in short, details feelings of oppression sending a soulful, witty “fuck you” to authority before spitting a few equally clever bars. For those of you at work or school right now, this one’s a great listen for hump day–grab a free download above.
Gucci Mane ft Raury
Gucci Mane has been no stranger to controversy throughout his career. Whether it’s his countless stints in jail, his beef with other rappers, or his ice cream tat, Gucci has always been a polarizing figure in the hip-hop scene. No matter what your opinion of him though, good or bad, there’s one thing about Gucci that demands respect: he is always willing to put on up-and-coming artists. While the cynical among us may see this as a ploy to leech onto younger talent in an effort to remain relevant, we think the Burr man has good intentions. Here we have just the latest example, as he teams up with stalwart youth, Raury, for “Dead People.”
Armed with a hypnotic hook about stuffing his pockets with “Dead People” (a common rap idiom that refers to one’s love of wealth), and the evil voices in his head that command him to collect as much of it as possible, Gucci turns in a deft performance, while Raury backs him up with a compelling verse of his own. It’s not often that we get a chance to hear Raury spit, but it’s no secret at this point that the fledgling artist can pack a punch on the mic. Check out the infectious tune above, which we hope is just one of many more collaborations between these two in the future.
7,000 Girls ft. Childish Gambino & King Chip
It’s been a minute since we’ve featured anything from OverDoz. on these pages, but you know what they say, ain’t no time like the present. On their first outing since the release of last year’s mixtape, Boom, the fabulous foursome link up with Childish Gambino and King Chip as they trade tales about their sexual conquests. Though those numbers have still yet to be verified, for now we’ll take the group at their word when they say that collectively, they’ve slept with “7,000 Girls.” More unbelievable things have occurred, but just like in basketball, no one will ever approach Wilt Chamberlain numbers. Although it might get tiring at some point to hear rappers constantly bragging about their lifestyle, this laidback cut has its own undeniable charm, which probably stems from the smooth, yet quirky instrumental crafted by Patrick Paige II of The Internet. Check out the wacky tune above, and keep on the lookout for any projects the Cali natives might be gearing up for in the near future.
Soon Come Soon
Young Fathers, who won the coveted Mercury Prize earlier this year for their album Dead, are likely one of the most unique hip-hop groups you’ll ever encounter. Mixing a whole lot of soul with electronic production, often catchy melodies and darker lyrical undertones, the Scottish trio manage to pack a whole lot into their music. Clearly not slowing down any time soon, the already accomplished trio returned last week with an infectious new single that perfectly captures what has gotten them this far.
“Soon Come Soon” is absolutely addicting from the first second with a tribal drum kit backing a pulsing, fuzzy electronic backdrop. Lyrically, the verses on this are abstract but seem to come back to themes of tyranny, power struggles and social injustices contrasting beautifully with the instrumental, as it is stripped-down and faded into ambience under the crooning harmonies of the chorus. This one’s definitely in our top recent releases–give it a spin above.
Danny Brown & Action Bronson
When GTA V was re-released for next generation consoles earlier this month, it came packed with plenty of exclusive content to keep gamers keenly interested in the title. One of the more exciting inclusions we’ve witnessed so far is the slew of hip-hop that’s been leaking from the game’s updated soundtrack. Before we go any further, we’d like to a take a moment thank the rap gods at Rockstar gaming for making this latest collaboration possible.
Action Bronson and Danny Brown are certainly two of the most eccentric characters on the hip-hop scene, but they make perfect partners on this pairing. Last night, when a redditor uploaded game footage featuring “Bad News,” it was anything but that, as fans instantly fell in love with the uncanny single. We now have an opportunity to listen to a high quality version of this bad boy, and it’s just as glorious as ever. While Danny and Bronson both have their own distinctive idiosyncrasies, each personality manages to shine through as they trade bars over a trippy, caustic instrumental provided by The Alchemist. Check out the track above, and stay tuned for any news about an official release.