A nice little gift to top off a great music Monday comes in the form of a previously unreleased Big Sean track. In his typical fashion, the Detroit emcee talks about his achievements providing inspiration for anyone hoping to reach success in their life’s pursuits. As its title suggests, this new track is essentially a hip-hop version of the Thank You note penned over a jazzy, feel-good instrumental. This one’s a great pick me up to end the start of your week. Peep above and gobble out like its Thanksgiving.
Life Round Here (Feat. Angel Haze)
When James Blake released his Chance The Rapper assisted remix to “Life Round Here,” late last year, we assumed that would be the ultimate version of the single that we’d hear. Then again, we never expected a team up quite like this. Covering a James Blake song is certainly no easy task, but this revamped crew consisting of Ellie Goulding, Angel Haze and Noah Breakfast, give the original a run for its money, rebuilding the track completely from the ground up. Crafting a dense, ambient instrumental for the ladies to play with, Noah opts for a sounds that’s arguably far more melancholic than Blake’s forerunner. Ellie’s vocals float through the track almost aimlessly, yet they still feel purposeful as they lead in to a fierce verse from Angel Haze. Stream the single above, and let us know which version is your true favorite.
Aerosol Can (feat. Pharrell Williams)
The year of Pharrell carries over into 2014, as the Grammy award winning musician collaborates with Major Lazer for this brand new single. While he’s worn many hats throughout his career (including this very ugly one), it seems like it’s been an eternity since we’ve heard from Pharrell the rapper. Premiered earlier today by Zane Lowe on BBC Radio One, the N.E.R.D. frontman sounds perfectly at home on this beat, enough so that you’d think he produced it himself. Stream the track above, and be on the lookout for Major Lazer’s new Apocalypse Soon EP, set to drop on Februrary 25th and include additional features from Sean Paul, Machel Montano, RDX, Moska, and Mr. Fox.
1st Quarter Freestyle
After dropping his sophomore album, Hall of Fame, last year, Big Sean is primed for another big year in 2014. Wasting no time, the Detroit spitter is kicking things off the right way with this “1st Quarter Freestyle.” Produced by longtime collaborator Key Wane and fellow G.O.O.D. Music affiliate Travi$ Scott, the track features Sean rhyming over a deep, hard-hitting instrumental for nearly six minutes straight. There’s no clue whether this will be featured on any future projects yet, but we’ve got a feeling we’re about to hear a mixtape announcement very soon. Download the track above, and make sure to check out the Mike Carson directed visuals as well below.
Cam'ron & A-Trak
When A-Trak released a video last week (via Instagram) teasing a collaboration with Cam’ron, the internet went wild. Well, we now have the first official look into the pair’s upcoming Federal Reserve EP. “Humphrey” has that distinctly Dipset flavor, hearkening back to the golden days of the Harlem collective, when the group was basically dominating the hip-hop airwaves between 2002-2006. This A-Track and Party Supplies produced cut gives us some hope that the group can find their way back into prominence, with Juelz Santana and Jim Jones both set to be featured on the EP as well. Take a listen to the track above, and stay tuned for more from Killa Cam and A-Trak as the year progresses.
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib
Robes (ft. Earl Sweatshirt and Domo Genesis)
In an era when many consider gangster rap a fad of the past, Indiana’s Freddie Gibbs has managed to find the perfect balance between grit and intelligence in his music. His collaborations with the legendary hip-hop producer Madlib have proved incredible thus far and the two are gearing up to release a project later this year. Their latest track, premiered on BBC Radio, features some silky smooth production and verses from two of the more exciting young emcees out right now in Earl Sweatshirt and Domo Genesis. Kick back to some quality hip-hop music above and look out for Pinata, due out on March 18th.
The Chicago hip-hop scene is continuously evolving, making it one of the hottest music environments in the entire country right now (even when temperatures are approaching arctic extremes). Today we’re proud to present another piece of that ever growing puzzle, with the debut single from Windy City trio, Death By Icon. “Let Loose” lives up to its title perfectly: a genuinely fun experience painted through playfully honest lyrics and charismatic vocals, complimented by a spastically vibrant, percussion-driven instrumental that melds together elements of hip-hop, juke, and bounce. Comprised of members Vic (vocals), Dook (producer) and Ant (vocals/co-producer), Death By Icon brings to mind a pastiche of influences from OutKast, to Chance The Rapper and Major Lazer, however the group is already able to stand out completely on their own.
Grab a free download of the dope tune above, and follow the band on Facebook and Twitter as they prepare for the release of their upcoming album, Trybecca, set to drop on April 8th.