Old School Love (Feat. Ed Sheeran)
Another week, and another Monday. Definitely nothing to get excited about right? Fear not however, because Lupe Fiasco is here to help lift your spirits. With the first single from his upcoming album Tetsuo & Youth, Lu drops off a brand new track that’s perfect for the radio waves, alongside British singer/songwriter, Ed Sheeran. If the title didn’t give it away, the song acts as a tribute to old-school hip-hop hits, with Lupe opening the tune saying, “Give me that late 80′s, early 90′s old-school.” For a hip-hop head like myself, it’s got enough references to make you feel nostalgic about the past, but it keeps the vibe fresh enough to remind you what era Lupe truly operates in. Check out the new track above, and make sure to catch Lupe on his Tetsuo & Youth preview tour, kicking off later this fall.
Drake featuring Rick Ross
Hold On, We're Going Home (MMG Remix)
Hopping onto one of Nothing Was the Same‘s lead singles and catering to the ladies, MMG bawse Rick Ross lends his talents to the remix of Drake‘s hit “Hold On, We’re Going Home.” The smooth mix finds the Miami spitter talking during the intro and later spitting some bars in his deep voice over the original beat. Of course you can’t have a Ross track without the continuous ‘M-M-Maybach’ rip playing in the background. Finishing off with the same verses and chorus from the original, this track remains just as catchy as before. Take a listen below and be sure to hear more from the boss when Mastermind drops Dec. 17th.
Cameroonian singer/songwriter Lorine Chia builds the buzz for her latest EP, Naked Truths, available for purchase Oct 29th. The soulful singer questions the listeners to explore more than just what is told to them. The mellow D&D production compliments her sultry and unique voice as she croons over a percussion and synth-assisted beat. At 20 years old, there is a certain sophistication in her lyrics and melodies that exceed her years and she has already made fans out of all of us at TMN. Be sure to take a listen to the latest cut and the full stream of her EP when it drops October 15th.
While differentiation is hard to find in hip-hop, Texas-based emcee Johnny Astro seems to be able to carve out his own sound while offering something consistent with the current motion of the genre. On Astro’s latest offering, “Moonlight Therapy,” his flow is rythmic and melodic over a mesmerizing beat helping make a darker track about internal struggle feel surprisingly danceable. All three of the young artist’s verses are lyrically on point as he takes the listener on an introspective journey.
Enjoy this dope cut above and make sure to look out for more from the promising Astro.
What’s better than catching an epic lineup on a college campus? Catching an epic lineup on a college campus for free. Thanks to the good folks at Fool’s Gold, this weekend you can see A-Trak, Danny Brown, Carnage, Casey Veggies, Nick Catchdubs and many more up at the Colorado University campus. This party is free, and will be hosted at the Balch Fieldhouse on campus from 2pm – 8pm.
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Peep a few tracks from the lineup below, watch the NYC Fool’s Gold Day Off recap, then throw on your dancing shoes. It’s about to go down on Sunday
Landline 2.0 feat. GTA
Side B (Dope Song)
Dimitri Vegas & Moguai & Like Mike
Mammoth (Heroes & Villains Vs. Carnage Festival Trap Remix)
Baby Dont Cry
Bizness feat IAMSU! & Jay Ant
yaphet kotto (freestyle)
Earlier today, Childish Gambino took to Twitter to announce that his upcoming album, Because The Internet, would be dropping this winter. It seems like an appropriate title, given that Bino can attribute much of his fame and success to the web (although that can be said for just about every musician these days). Not content with just an announcement though, Mr. Glover decided to commemorate the occasion by giving us a taste of just what we should expect from the effort, with “Yaphet Kotto.” The soulful single features the Georgia representative running through his entire repertoire of flows, as he employs clever wordplay to convey personal messages throughout the cut. The song doesn’t seem to be a “freestyle” in the traditional sense; rather, it seems to refer more to the song’s sporadic nature, as Childish continously hops from one topic to another.
We look forward to hearing more from Gambino throughout the course of the year, but in the meantime, make sure to check out the track above, as well as the accompanying trailer for Because The Internet below.
What is this Loneliness (ft. Damon Albarn & Casual)
In 2000, Del the Funky Homosapien, of the Hieroglyphics and Gorillaz, teamed up with producer Dan the Automator and turntablist Kid Koala to create Deltron 3030. Their self-titled debut, a futuristic tale of Deltron Zero fighting for the people, was hailed by many as one of the top underground rap albums of all time. Thirteen years later, after endless anticipation and speculation from fans, the trio has returned, this time in 3040.
Event 2 opens with a fittingly dramatic monologue from Inception‘s Joseph Gordon Levitt before Del picks up on “The Return” right where he left off. In the year 3040, greed and corruption have brought human civilization to a backwards, anarchical crossroads. Deltron Zero, riding his stream-of-conscious storytelling flow, journeys the future’s hazardous terrain surprisingly smoothly for someone who, in both this tale and reality, has nearly become a mythical character. The sonic background created by Dan the Automator, who actually finished the production circa 2008, proves timeless once again with influences ranging from classical to funk.
While the first installment held minimal features, Del brought on a number of friends this time around including strong collaborations from members of AWOLNATION and Rage Against the Machine. His reunion with Damon Albarn on “What is this Loneliness,” which you can stream above, proves to be one of Event 2‘s high points holding the distinctly strange Gorillaz flare. The Lonely Island, of SNL fame, even make an extended appearance for comic relief, a random inclusion that fairs alright. Even with the array of personnel on nearly every track, Del carries the majority of the narrative and creative direction making for a truly interesting, and mostly smooth, melding of styles.
Read the rest of the review after the jump