[Hip-Hop] Heems – Sometimes

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Sometimes

When Das Racist split up a few years back, it was unclear what kind of musical output we could expect from its members and, for a brief moment, it appeared that we’d be losing some of the freshest talent in hip-hop. Luckily, since that time, frontman Himanshu Suri aka Heems has remained active with his record label, Greedhead Music, putting out impressive solo mixtapes and making feature appearances on several top-notch projects. Last week, Heems shared a new track along with an official release date for his debut studio album, Eat. Pray. Thug.

“Sometimes” sees Heems in top form spitting over evolving, dynamic production from Gordon Voidwell that allows his stream-of-conscious flow to truly shine as he adjusts his cadence in a way that perfectly matches the motif of the song. In Suri’s own words, this track focuses on “dualities, identity and the space between spaces” using the title as a starting point to portray a unique, important and insightful racial perspective not commonly found in rap music. Eat. Pray. Thug. is out March 10th and can be pre-ordered on iTunes now. In the meantime, enjoy this phenomenal piece of musical commentary above.

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[Shoegaze Drake] Drake – Best I Ever Had (Mason Flynt Remix)

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Best I Ever Had (Mason Flynt Remix)

Finding words to describe this has been tough. Here’s about the best way to explain it: Shoegaze Drake. Did you ever think you’d hear that phrase in your life? Well, Mason Flynt dropped a remix of Drake’s “Best I Ever Had” yesterday that sounds like something out straight out of Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist. It really catches the ear and makes for an unexpected great listen. He found a great balance between electronic elements and live instrumentation for what ended up being one of the most unique takes on Drake out there. This was a huge switch up in style for the primarily hip-hop influenced producer and remixer, but it really does work and is simply fun. Mason has had some spectacular tunes so far, and the Austin native is slowly beginning to make a name for himself with his solid collection of slick songs. Luckily enough, this remix a free download, so you DJs out there can inject a major dose of feels in your set and get emotional in the club real quick.

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[Hip-Hop] Action Bronson – Actin Crazy (Prod. by 40)

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Actin Crazy (Prod. By 40)

It’s hard to believe that Action Bronson is yet to release a major label debut album given the amount of quality content he’s put out over the last few years. With a due date of March 24th now slated for his debut, Mr. Wonderful, the Queens emcee dropped a glimpse into the project just a few minutes ago. “Actin Crazy” features production from Drake‘s in-house beat-master, Noah “40″ Shebib, which complements Bronson’s lyrical acrobatics surprisingly well. The instrumental, unsurprisingly, proves ethereal and airy with Bronson’s chorus matches his current career position, “Opportunity be knocking, it got a let a mofucka in.” Of course, the song wouldn’t be complete without lines like “All I do is eat oysters/And speak 6 languages in 3 voices.” Give this one a listen above–we’re certainly excited to give Bronson’s Mr. Wonderful a spin in a few months.

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[Hip-Hop] Rome Fortune & OG Maco – Yep (EP)

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Atlanta emcee Rome Fortune has not slowed down one bit since the release of his debut project, Small VVorldOG Macowho was featured heavily on that project, has been equally prolific, most recently putting out a powerful EP, Breathe, in response to social injustices around the country. To kick off 2015, the two are back at it again with a new collaborative EP, appropriately titled Yep. The project expands on the bouncy, progressive production typical of both rappers creating a unique juxtaposition with lyrics that range from introspection to comical to romance. The addicting opening track, “Jungle,” draws you in immediately with its dynamic production and delivery from both artists and the project never really looks back. Other standouts for us included “Pearls,” “Make It Loud,” “Pay Rent” and the Chris McClenney-produced bonus track “Moving On,” but the EP is worth a listen from start to finish as it truly keeps you on your toes with its variety. Stream the whole project below and grab a free download here.

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Jungle (Prod. Cubby)
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Pearls (Prod. Childish Major)
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Yep (Prod. TM88 Of 808 Mafia)
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Make It Loud (Prod. Cubby)
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Pay Rent (Prod. Ben Pramuk)
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Sex (Prod. Saeed)
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Suit Case (Prod. SuicideYear & Honeycoma)
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Riot (Prod. LC On The Traxx)
Bonus: Moving On (Prod. Chris McClenney & Taz Taylor)

You can also check out the recently released concept video for “Sex” after the jump.  Continue reading

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[Chill] Earlly Mac – Naturally (Feat. JMSN) (Prod. Icepic)

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Naturally (prod by Icepic)

Stream the new release from proud Detroit native, Earlly Mac. The Finally Famous member delivers a stimulating tune in which he recounts a most sought-after woman from a night out. His vivid verse allow us to ‘Naturally’ paint the picture. As soon as those smooth vocals puncture your headphones you’ll be hooked; a ninja guarantees. The synth work is stellar and that drum kit really pops. Produced by Icepic, this one really has that bounce.

How does a record like this come together? “These things happen naturally.” An appearance by a Detroit neighbor, JMSN, takes the single to another level, “like an apple blossom tree.” This is a pleasant unveiling by a solid lineup of young talent. It would be great to hear more from all involved. Does anyone else feel really excited for music in 2015? This really sets the tone for what will be considered smooth in my book for the year.

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[Trap] Zooly Feat. Thurz – Same Shit

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When it comes to EDM, a sub-genre that makes a heavy statement such as trap can be hard to combine with a vocalist. Though when the right combination of voice and production is finally found, the next obstacle is to achieve a balance that allows the production to stand out without overpowering the vocals. A perfect example of this balance is Zooly’s latest release, “Same Shit” featuring Thurz.
This twerky original from the Los Angeles artists is a slapper in every way, and it doesn’t waste any time in getting down to business. So after you’re done shaking your rump and getting crunk to “Same Shit,” go and download it for free.

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[Future] GoldLink – Ay Ay (Gravez VIP) (feat. Drewsthatdude & Scolla)

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Ay Ay (Gravez VIP) (ft. Drewsthatdude & Scolla)

Atlanta-based producer Gravez has positioned himself nicely for 2015 closing out last year with an onslaught of strong releases, both originals and remixes. His take on Drake‘s “6 God” was featured by multiple editors in our recent best of 2014 list, but it’s only one of many future hip-hop productions that has gained him a rapidly growing following on SoundCloud. For his last remix of 2014, Gravez unleashed a complete re-imagination of “Ay Ay,” the standout track from Ninja-favorite emcee GoldLink. With some production assistance from Drewsthatdude and vocal work by Scolla, the VIP keeps Link’s vocals in tact while transforming the booty-bouncing original into a soulful number with a distinct southern, future bounce.

With artists like Rome Fortune, Young Thug and iLoveMakonnen pushing the envelope as emcees in Atlanta, Gravez seems to be carving his own lane among the wave of producers creating unconventional backdrops helping ATLiens stay ahead of the curve sonically. We’re looking forward to what Gravez has in store for us this year between his original work, remixes and collaborations. In the meantime, enjoy this unique cut above, grab a free download and head to Gravez’s Soundcloud page for more gems.

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