[Festival Review + Playlist] Take Us Back: Outside Lands 2014 Highlights through Photos & Songs

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During the Gold Rush, the area where Golden Gate Park currently resides was referred to as the “Outside Lands,” a sprawling seemingly uninhabitable expanse, before being adopted by the city of San Francisco and developed into what is now the gorgeous western portion of the city. Today, Outside Lands carries a whole new meaning as the the premiere music festival of the Bay Area located in the heart of the park. Every event has a unique charm and, for OSL, the magic of San Francisco’s physical and cultural beauty is truly at its core. With breathtaking scenery, quality food/wine and the lingering remnants of the hippie movement, Outside Lands 2014 served as yet another reminder of why the area has become, and has for so long been, such a desirable destination even with its famously cold summer weather.

Just over two weeks have passed since we took our final steps out of what was the most popular OSL in the event’s history. In the days following a festival, the mundanity of everyday life can become particularly evident. Luckily, with concerts, there’s always an artist’s music to revive the excitement of your most memorable, albeit sometimes least remembered, moments. This year’s Outside Lands lineup featured an incredible diversity in artistic styles making for a broad range of experiences to look back on. Join us as we take revisit a dozen of our top highlights from the weekend through photos and songs. Continue reading

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[Hip-Hop] Childish Gambino – Candler Road

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Without so much as a warning Childish Gambino took to Twitter tonight to drop his first single since the release of last year’s Because The Internet. In recent weeks, Bino has been touring the festival circuit and proclaiming himself as one of the top five rappers in the game, calling out Kendrick Lamar, Drake, ScHoolboy Q and many of his other contemporaries. Upon first listen to this brand new cut, it’s clear the rapper certainly has a chip on his shoulder. The track–named after Candler Road in Decatur, Georgia–definitely has a Southern trap vibe to it, with Bino utilizing a flow similar to what we heard on his Royalty mixtape. Midway through though, we hear the synths begin to build as the instrumental transforms into something similar to one of his previous singles, “Telegraph Ave.” Interestingly enough, the tune also comes after Bino’s recent “white rapper” Twitter rant, and it leaves us wondering if this is his way of showing us both sides of the same coin.

There’s no indication yet of whether this will be included on any future projects or not, but Gambino has indicated that he’s working on a joint EP with Chance The Rapper and plans to release another album later this year.

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[MEGA SUMMER 2014] Vol 2: Hip-Hop & R&B Playlist

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Summer is an incredibly precious season to us, because in our belief it represents the very best that music has to offer. Whether it’s the slew of magnificent releases that find their way onto our pages, or the breathtaking outdoor festivals and concerts that mesmerize and captivate our attention, there’s no doubt in our minds that music and summer share a truly magical relationship. Going on our second year now, our MEGA SUMMER PLAYLISTS are our ultimate ode to the season, as we pay tribute to the tracks that have soundtracked our journey over the past few months.

Returning bigger and badder than ever, our series chronicles summer’s very best offerings across four different genres. Earlier this month, we debuted the first playlist, which consisted of Indie Rock and Folk singles. Today’s selection of tracks captures the true essence of summer, from breezy and relaxed R&B, to the most turnt-up rap songs on the planet. Believe it or not, we still have two more massive playlists left to share, with a wide array of Alternative tracks on deck for our next release before we wrap things up with our EDM playlist.

We hope this playlist helps you squeeze out the last ounces of summer, while serving as a reminder of how great this season truly was. Enjoy!

Stwo
Stay On my Cool w/ Jay Prince
Sango ft. SPZRKT
Middle Of Things, Beautiful Wife (Stwo Remix)
Sunni Colón
Temple (esta. remix)
FORTUNE.
LUVTHRUHER.
Willow Smith
5 (Feat. Jaden)
Michael Christmas
Thermostat (Prod. by El Redd)
SZA feat. Chance The Rapper
Childs Play
denitia and sene
divided.
Janita
Thats How Life Goes (NeguimBeats Remix)
AstroZu
Sungod Ft. Tusks
Alina Baraz
Paradise (Prod. By ESTA.)
Jhene Aiko
The Pressure
Jhene Aiko Ft. Kendrick Lamar
Stay Ready
Vanessa Elisha
Ocean (Prod. By J Louis)
Raleigh Ritchie
Stay Inside (The Internet Remix)
Alice Russell
Hurry On Now (FKJ Remix)

FKJ
Waiting feat. Madelyn Grant

Jeni Suk ft. Adrian Per
 2 ON (Tinashe remix)
Tinashe
2 On ( Ft. Schoolboy Q) (MARKAI Remix)
Niykee Heaton
Bad Intentions
EPISѺDE
Dust Feat. Mree & Topaz Jones
SZA
Moodring (prod. Felix Snow)
Jhene Aiko
Bed Peace ( Feat. Childish Gambino )
Childish Gambino
Pink Toes (feat. Jhene Aiko)
MARC E. BASSY
LOCK IT UP FT. KEHLANI PRODUCED by JAHAAN SWEET
Tory Lanez
Crew (Prod. Tory Lanez X The Mekanics
PARTYNEXTDOOR
Her Way
Waldo
Kobes Room (Truth Be Told) (Prod. by Sango)
Wiz Khalifa
We Dem Boyz (Louis Futon Remix)
leo kalyan
over you
Mélat
Fanclub (Remix) Ft. THURZ Prod. Jansport J
Olivia Louise
Skin Deep ( produced by Moteleola)
William Bolton
Passion
Kali Uchis
Real
Duan & Only
Gold & Honey
The Internet ft. NickyDavey
Timeless
Sinead Harnett (Feat Snakehips)
No Other Way
Galimatias & Joppe
One Step Back Ft. GoldLink
JAHKOY
Closer (p. FKJ)
Minty Burns
Higher Grounds Ft Christian Dee
Mod Sun
MushrooMS
Sway Clarke II
Secret Garden Featuring TINK
Raury
Gods Whisper
iamblackbear
valley girls
Saba
Butter (Produced By Saba)
Connor Evans
Surf (Prod. by BHB)
Ballad
Where To Now
MeLo X
A Tree Must Be A Tree
Fabolous
Thim Slick Feat Jeremih Prod By Lewis Cullen
Bas Feat. J. Cole
My Nigga Just Made Bail
Kehlani
FWU (Prod. by Swagg Rcelious)
Adrian Marcel
I Get It Ft. Casey Veggies
Maryann
Two Marys Feat. Devin The Dude (Prod by N8 the Gr8)
Raury
Cigarette Song
Brothers From Another
Day Drink
Jackson Breit
 Never Gonna Let You Go
William Bolton.
Bud Light
Aer
Wont Laugh
Asher Roth
Fast Life (Feat. Vic Mensa)
Brothers From Another
Blame It On My Youth
TaEast
Heatwave feat. Bam Circa 86 & Cali Cam
Erik Hassle
Pathetic (Vince Staples Remix)
Busta Rhymes
Thank You feat. Qtip, Kanye West and Lil Wayne
@cookieekawaii
Stoners Anthem Prod. ARTYDRAW
OSKA FARO
I. Back
Oppi
Diamonds (ft. Javi Santiago)
Audio Push
So Far To Go (Freestyle)
Joose (AGO)
Julian (produced by mozaic)
AGO
What Dreams Are Made Of (ft. Waldo, Joose, The SEVENth & Lena Chanel) (prod. AbJo)
P E L L
Dollar Store
Daye Jack
Hello World
Casey Veggies
Faces Remix (Ft. Dom Kennedy)(prod. Rob Holladay)
ShowYouSuck
80s Boobs (prod by J. Arthur)
MiC Kurb
Always On Time (feat. Kevin Abstract)
Sulaiman
Fam And Foolies (featuring Chance The Rapper)
Saba
For Yall (Feat. Eryn Allen Kane And MC Tree)(Prod. by Nascent, Cam Obi, and Ben Free)
Taylor Bennett
Brother Man FREESTYLE (ft. Loyale Soulё) (prod. Dru B.)
Chance The Rapper & The Social Experiment
Wonderful Everyday: Arthur
Childish Gambino
The Worst Guys (feat. Chance The Rapper)
Michael Christmas
Step Brothers ft. Alex Wiley (Prod. by A Rayz)
Joey Fatts
Ended Up (Feat Mansuy)
COIN BANKS
THOMAS LAWRENCE Feat 20syl, Tab One (Kooley High), Anders And The Ruby Horns
Topaz Jones
Divas At The Disco (Prod. Thelonious Martin)
Big K.R.I.T. feat. A$AP Ferg
Lac Lac (Prod. By Big K.R.I.T.)
Izzy Jones
818. (BONUS)
Mike Melinoe
Steady Vibe Pro. By Stereo Symphony
Pro Era
SOL LUNA (Feat. Joey Bada$$, Dyemond Lewis & A La $ole) (Prod. Navie D.)
Chris Morris
Morning Dew Prod. Nabeyin
Michael Christmas
Jackie Brown ft. Manu Manzo (prod. Jasper Sheff)
Chox Mak And Henny Tha Brain
40 Ounces (Prod. By Bunty Beats)
OverDoz.
These Niggas Ft Nipsey Hussle (Prod by. THC)
Bam Circa 86
SOUFCA.RISING
Flatbush ZOMBiES
LiT
Isaiah Rashad
RIP Kevin Miller (Prod. by Black Metaphor)
Isaiah Rashad
Brad Jordan feat. Michael Da Vinci
Bishop Nehru
You Stressin (Produced by. Disclosure)
Wiz Khalifa
Everything, Everything ft. Iamsu!, Berner, JR Donato and Kool John
Casey Veggies
Life$tyle Remix (Ft. Curren$y) (prod. Cardiak)
Curren$y
A Lil Sumthin (Come Up Big On Em)
Apollo Renegade
Cooling (Prod. IGNORVNCE)
Ratking
So It Goes
Kembe X
As I Unfold ft. Ab Soul & Alex Wiley
THURZ
PERFECT WORDS Ft. Kelsey Bulkin (produced by Rahki)
21
Save My Soul ft. Jon Waltz (Prod. Nova)
Raiden
Life (Prod. Skye Chai)
Jay Prince
Polaroids
Childish Major
Childish Ft. Curtis Williams
Statik Selektah
Alarm Clock Ft. Ab Soul, Jon Connor, Logic, & Francesca
BJ The Chicago Kid & Add 2
15 Minutes Of Fame
LOrange
Need You Feat. Blu
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib
Robes ft. Earl Sweatshirt & Domo Genesis
De La Soul
Dilla Plugged In (Produced By J Dilla)
Mac Miller
Melt (feat. ScHoolboy Q) (prod. Pete Rock)
Mac Miller
Therapy
Statik Selektah ft. Action Bronson, Royce Da 59, & Black Thought
The Imperial
Jurassic 5
The Way We Do It
Mursday
 My Own Parade
Knx.
thts.rt$100(TWRK)
Childish Gambino
telegraph ave.
Muneshine
Show Me The $$$ ft. Moka Only (LAKIM Remix)
YoAstrum
Heav3n (Prod. By Tk Kayembe X Mr. Carmack)
Bodwan
Your Look Feat. EMAY
Lucki Eck$
Reflections prod. @VelaSeff
Lucki Eck$
Count On Me 3
Jon Waltz
Wildflower
Porter Ray
Blackcherry (Ft. Cam The Mac)
RiFF RAFF
LAVA GLACiERS (feat. CHiLDiSH GAMBiNO)(PROD. BY HARRY FRAUD)
Rome Fortune
Trap Lady  (Prod By SuicideYear x outthepound)
YoAstrum
Jet Grind Radio (Prod. By Lakim)
Fortune & MisterMack
Work (Remix)
Rich Boy
Throw Some Ds (kuma remix)
Jarvis Hodges
Numbers Dont Lie
Casey Veggies & Rockie Fresh
Fresh Veggies (prod. Lunice)
brandUn DeShay
Had Em All (Prod. brandUn DeShay)
Little Simz & Waldo
Mandarin Oranges (Prod. Sango)
Sango x GoldLink
Wassup
GoldLink
Sober Thoughts (prod. by Kaytranada)
OverDoz.
KILLER TOFU
Snoop Dogg
Cadillacs (prod. by Madlib)
YG & Blanco
Block Party (prod. Cookin Soul)
G Unit
Stunt 101 (Cookin Soul remix)
The SEVENth
13th Hour
Little Simz
Have I (Prod. @DaPdabeatx)
Wiz Khalifa
We Dem Boyz Part 2 Feat. Rick Ross, Schoolboy Q & Nas
Mila J Feat. Ty Dolla $ign, Kirko Bangz & Problem
Smoke Drink Break Up (Remix)
Yung Lean
Yoshi City
Skizzy Mars
Summer11 (prod. Michael Keenan)
Daye Jack
Trapped In Love
Alex Wiley
Vibration
A$AP Mob
Trillmatic feat. A$AP Nast & Method Man
AR 2
Dont Let Me Down Ft. Jeni Suk & Iamsu!
TLC
No Scrubs (SteLouse Flip)
Doja Cat
So High (SteLouse Flip)
Katy B
Crying For No Reason (MORRI$ REMIX)
Tory Lanez
R.I.D.E. (Falcons Remix)
Schoolboy Q
The Purge / Rapfix Cypher (20syl Remix)
20syl
Ongoing Thing Feat Oddisee
Jay Z ft. Pharrell
 Change Clothes (no sleep remix)
GoldLink
Planet Paradise (Prod. Louie Lastic)
Yung Simmie
Acrobat Freestyle Prod By DJ Smokey
Joyner Lucas
F*ck Your Feelings (Freestyle)
Little Simz
Bars Simzson (Prod. Hank Iving)
SonReal
Live This (Feat. Madchild)
JAHKOY
Party Til Tomorrow (p. Mr Carmack)
SALVA
Drop That Bitch ft. Kurupt, ScHoolboy Q, Problem, Bad Lucc
Young Thug, Freddie Gibbs & A$AP Ferg
Old English (prod. by Salva & Nick Hook)
Drake
Draft Day
Jeezy
Beautiful Ft. The Game & Rick Ross
Rick Ross Feat. Big Krit, Mase & Fabolous
Supreme Remix
Young Thug
Lifestyle ft. Rich Homie Quan
Drake
0 to 100 / The Catch Up
Ab Soul
Tree Of Life
Nas vs. Flume
Made You Hold On (Carlos Serrano Mix)
The Weeknd
Drunk In Love (The Weeknd Remix)
G Eazy
Lets Get Lost Ft. Devon Baldwin (Jarreau Vandal Remix)
Logic Ft. Big Sean
Alright (Prod. By Tae Beast)
Vanessa Elisha
Midnight Swim (Prod. By GXNXVS)
Tinashe
Vulnerable feat. Travi$ Scott
Tory Lanez
Summin (Prod. Daniel Worthy X Tory Lanez
PARTYNEXTDOOR
Recognize Feat. Drake
Lil Wayne
Believe Me (Feat. Drake)
G Unit
Nah Im Talking Bout
G Eazy
I Mean It ft Rick Ross & Remo
Jon Waltz
LNIA (Prod. By N O V A)
ILOVEMAKONNEN
Tuesday Feat. Drake
kevin abstract
DRUGS (prod. by romil)
Young Thug ft Wale
Stoner (Remix)
Tyga Ft. Young Thug
HOOKAH
Rae Sremmurd
No Flex Zone (Prod. By Mike WiLL Made
K Camp
Cut Her Off feat. 2 Chainz (Prod By Will A Fool)
Wankaego
Show Em Ft. Lil Boosie, Webbie & K Camp
YG
My Nigga Remix feat. Lil Wayne, Meek Mill, Rich Homie Quan & Nicki Minaj
Yo Gotti
Act Right (Feat.Young Jeezy & YG)
TI x Young Thug x Killer Mike
About The Money (Remix)
Jeezy & Jay Z
Seen It All
Wiz Khalifa
We Dem Boyz (Hol Up)
Que
OG Bobby Johnson (Remix) Feat. Snoop Dogg, A$AP Ferg & Pusha T
Bobby Shmurda
Hot Nigga
Rich Homie Quan
Type Of Way (Mayhem Edit)
Sage The Gemini
Gas Pedal (VESTIGE Remix)
Vic Mensa
Feel That (Official)
Vic Mensa
Wimme Nah (Prod. By Kaytranada)
Hoodie Allen
Nolan Ryan
Busta Rhymes
Calm Down (feat. Eminem)
Iamsu!
What You Bout feat. Wiz Khalifa, Berner, & P
T.I.
No Mediocre Ft. Iggy Azalea
Bobby Brackins
Hot Box feat. G Eazy & Mila J (Prod. By RedWine)
TeeFLii
24 Hours feat. 2 Chainz
Ty Dolla $ign
Paranoid (Remix) ft. Trey Songz, French Montana, and DJ Mustard
Kid Ink
Show Me (Remix) Featuring 2 Chainz, Juicy J, Chris Brown & Trey Songz
Jeremih featuring YG
Dont Tell Em (prod by: Mick Schultz & Dj Mustard)
Drake
 2 On / Thotful (Remix) (feat. Tinashe)
YG Ft. Drake
Who Do You Love
ScHoolboy Q
Man Of The Year
Travi$ Scott Ft. Big Sean + The 1975
Dont Play
Mibbs
$100 ft. Polo Donatello
Low Pros
Jack Tripper (feat. Young Thug & PeeWee Longway)
Lil Jon & DJ SNAKE
Turn Down For What REMIX Dirty FEAT JUICY J, 2CHAINZ & FRENCH MONTANNA
FLOSSTRADAMUS
MOSH PIT ft. Casino
YOGI
Burial feat. Pusha T
Rustie
Attak (feat. Danny Brown)
Juicy J
Low feat. Nicki Minaj, Lil Bibby & Young Thug
Big Boi
King Sh!t (feat. T.I. & Ludacris & Kito & Reija Lee)
MeLo X
Remember Remember (Feat. Cheri Coke)
Vic Mensa
Down On My Luck
Skrillex
Coast Is Clear with Chance the Rapper and The Social Experiment
Mayo
Rock With You (Prod. by Milo Mills)
JAHKOY
Fall In Love (p. Moods)
Connor Evans
Summer Night Jam (Prod. by BHB)
Calvin Harris
Summer (Mike Stud Remix) (Prod. by Louis Bell)
Childish Gambino
3005
Goapele
Hey Boy
Usher
She Came To Give It To You Featuring Nicki Minaj
MNEK
Every Little Word
Gipp
Shine Like Gold Ft. Cee Lo Green
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[Hip-Hop] Joose – Black Sand (Rvdical Remix)

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Black Sand (Rvdical Remix)

Hip-hop is currently going through a fascinating transformation as rappers continue taking risks ranging from the strange vocal inflections of Young Thug, and more recently Makonnen, to the future bass raps of Goldlink. The Soulection collective has had a special role in carving out what label-captain Joe Kay calls the “sound of tomorrow” lending their unique brand of dance music as instrumentals for a broad range of talented emcees. The strength of this movement is multiplied by the artists’ and labels’ openness to collaborate, which in the digital age has become easier than ever and allows for an unprecedented diversity in styles.

The latest remix from Flow-Fi‘s Rvdical the Kid is exemplary of this incredible progression reworking the already dope track, “Black Sand,” from frequent West Michigan AGO collaborators Joose and Sango into an addicting masterpiece. While the original has a minimal and incredibly relaxed vibe to it, Rvdical’s take adds an ethereal element rearranging the vocal sample and adding unique percussion giving Joose’s lyrics a whole new context. Zone out to this awesomely floaty track above.

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[NEW] Captain Murphy – Cosplay

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Cosplay

Over the course of this week, legendary experimental producer Flying Lotus has been unveiling information about his highly anticipated upcoming album, You’re Dead. In addition to sharing the dark, trippy album artwork and exciting tracklist, which includes features from Snoop DoggKendrick Lamar, renowned jazz musician Herbie Hancock and FlyLo’s rapping alter-ego Captain Murphy, he also let loose a new Captain Murphy track today through Adult Swim’s Singles Program titled “Cosplay.”

For anyone who hasn’t been to Comic Con, the term cosplay is short for “costume play,” a performance art most commonly involving people dressing up as existing fictional characters and creating intertwined story lines–quite fitting in this case. As we’ve come to expect from the Captain, this new offering is brooding and ominous with warping vocals and disorienting production. For some more background on FlyLo’s menacing other half, watch an awesome animated short about the origins of Captain Murphy here.

In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, FlyLo said the new project will “mess up the game” diving into themes of death and the afterlife through music. We’re certainly excited to hear his take on the age-old question on You’re Dead, which is set for release on October 7th. Stream this new offering above and look for a free download via Adult Swim on August 18th.

BONUS: Check out snippets from You’re Dead below.

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Youre Dead! Teaser
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[Future Rap] Louis Futon x A-1 – Parasail

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Parasail [Free Download]

Philly production duo Louis Futon drop a heavy hitter today with “Parasail,” a sharp but quick ditty that works in some of that futuristic bounce. The guys recruit Bay Area-based rapper A-1 to spit lyrics on a jungle-meets-space beat, resulting in a collaborative piece that is larger than life.

A-1′s vocals are crisp yet calculated, but manage to work marvelously with the complex composition of “Parasail,” a track that is brimming with bass. While A-1′s flow manages to command attention, the track’s real breadwinner is the sweet, sweet beat with its fresh syncopations and hefty percussions. “Parasail” is available for a free download by heading to Louis Futon’s Facebook.

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[Hip-Hop] iLoveMakonnen – Tuesday (Remix) (Feat. Drake)

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Just in time for your “Tuesday,” Drake decides to drop his very own remix of iLoveMakonnen‘s Sonny Digital & Metro Boomin-produced hit, “Club Going Up On A Tuesday.” As one of the hottest singles on the net, it’s only fitting that Drizzy hops on with a verse of his own–something of a trend recently, as he’s done the same with Tinashe‘s “2 On” and Soulja Boy‘s “We Made It.” Although he is the king of random releases, this comes from as far out of left field as you can get. What better way to build even more hype for his Lil Wayne vs. Drake tour though than by putting his own spin on of the catchiest tunes around? Receiving a co-sign from Drizzy is also just about the greatest boost the young ATLien could receive, and we’re interested to see if any other rappers follow suit and come out with remixes of their own. Grab a free download above, and let us what you think about this odd pairing.

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