Trillion Girls ft. Childish Gambino
Like many artists to emerge through the blogosphere these days, Jr. Hi is a man shrouded in mystery, but one thing we do know about him so far is that he knows how to pick his partners well. After previously collaborating with The Weeknd on his first single “Secrets,” the Neon Gold signee reemerges with a Valentine’s Day treat alongside Childish Gambino. ”Trillion Girls” is an enigmatic, slow burning affair, that steadily builds through a sultry mixture of hazy vocals, trippy synths and pounding drums. Bino helps kick the song off with a deeply provocative verse, rapped in a hushed tone that’s reminiscent of what he heard on Because The Internet. Grab the free download above, and make sure this is a fixture in tonight’s playlist.
Show Me (Remix) Feat. Juicy J, 2 Chainz & Trey Songz
I’m not ashamed to admit that this track has been one of my guilty pleasures over the last few months, and it’s for that exact reason I can’t resist sharing a remix that now features 2 Chainz, Juicy J, and Trey Songz. Kid Ink and Chris Brown of course return for the ride as well, with the former penning a new verse to keep things fresh. It’s not a profound transformation by any means, but it at least guarantees a few more spins in your rotation, meaning this tune will definitely be stuck with you for the foreseeable future. Take a listen to the single above, and make sure to catch this song live as Kid Ink embarks on his spring tour alongside King Los and Bizzy Crook.
Remaining releatively quiet on the music front, minus a couple remixes, NY artist Theophilus London returns today with a brand new EP for our listening enjoyment. The project, titled Lovers Holiday II, comes just in time for Valentine’s Day and is a continuation from his 2011 EP Lovers Holiday. Carrying the same vibe from the previous collection, fans get a brief taste into the inner workings of the producer/rapper/singer/fashionisto. Featuring 6 new tracks of original material and help from Kanye West, Leon Ware, Blood Orange, and The Force MDS, this is definitely worth the wait and listen. You can grab a free download HERE.
Take A Look (Martin Dupont Interpretation)
Figure It Out Feat. Blood Orange, The Force Mds
Based God (Jolene Cover)
I Have An Ego Also (Preview)
(PREVIEW) Do Girls
Made In Black America Ft. Ab-Soul
In the lead-up to his upcoming album, Nobody’s Smiling, Common seems as hungry as ever, determined to prove that he’s still one of the most vicious lyricists in the game. Bridging the generational gap with his latest effort, the Chitown spitter goes toe-to-toe with the young cat, Ab-Soul, who’s more than capable of holding his own with the rap legend. “Made In Black America” is a gritty, streetwise production that features both emcees reflecting on their experiences growing up in the streets, while still weaving in some indelible punchlines bursting with bravado. Listen to the track above, and keep on the lookout for more from Com and No I.D. when the album drops later this year.
Diablo (prod. Larry Fisherman)
Since donning the alias of Larry Fisherman late in 2012, we’ve been able to witness an imaginatively creative side of Mac Miller that many of us probably never knew existed. With every release, the Pittsburgh native shows tremendous growth and maturity as he tweaks and experiments with various new sounds, making for must follow material on SoundCloud. This latest effort may–in some ways–be his most ambitious to date, as he forges a seedy, almost hollow, dare we say, DOOM-esque piano driven instrumental. “Diablo” explores the inner workings of Mac’s mind as he gets in touch with his personal demons, utilizing his familiar stream of consciousness flow to precise perfection. We only hope there’s more where this came from, as we’re interested to see how Mac develops his sound moving forward.
When A Fire Starts To Burn (Freestyle)
As one of the hottest names in hip-hop right now, it’s pretty evident that Vic Mensa‘s flame isn’t about to burn out anytime soon. Continuing along with that theme then, the Windy City spitter brings that same smoldering intensity to his remix of a “When A Fire Starts To Burn,” one of the standout singles from his tourmates Disclosure. Never failing to deliver quality bars, the SaveMoney representative steps up the tempo a bit to keep up with the pulsating beat, showcasing some surprisingly versatility as he lands some quick witted punchlines and even finds time to send some quick shoutouts to recent collaborators like Disclosure (obviously), Smoko Ono, Kaytranada, Rockie Fresh and Tokyo Shawn. Between this and last week’s “Magic” remix, it’s clear Vic has no problem with stepping out of his boundaries as he prepares for a takeover in 2014. It’s all just a matter of when at this point.
Hallelujah [Prod. By Dan Dare]
“Hallelujah” is usually an exclamation reserved for miracles, but after hearing this new single from Thunderbird Gerard, you might have a few new uses for the phrase. With his latest effort, the New York by way of London artist brings us a hauntingly hypnotic affair driven by repercussive synths and resounding bass. Labeled simply as “ill wave,” the multi-talented musician flexes his skills over the Dan Dare produced beat, laying down a few bars while also handling duties on the chorus. Gerard also gets some assistance from the lovely Kenzie May, who supplies her sweet vocals on a refrain midway through the track.
Fans in the UK will be able to catch Thunderbird Gerard as he tours with Rizzle Kicks through March, while those of us stateside will have to settle for this dope number for now.