Long-time Odd Future fans may remember Hodgy Beats‘s Dena Tape as one of the strongest projects to come out during the crew’s breakout years. Since that time, aside from a few solo releases, Hodgy has focused mainly on his collaborative MellowHigh and MellowHype projects with consistently solid results. Yesterday, Hodgy returned as a solo act in full force with Dena Tape 2. Keeping the vocal features to a minimum, Beats lets his quick-hitting, gritty delivery and lyrics take front and center over productions from Hit-Boy, Left Brain, Lakim, Marvel Alexander and more. Hodgy also holds his own over the instrumentals for Kendrick Lamar‘s “Sing About Me, I’m Dying for Thirst” and Outkast‘s “Aquemini.” This project definitely has a more cohesive feel than its predecessor displaying Hodgy’s growth artistically, both from a delivery perspective and content-wise. Give our favorite tracks a listen and, if you like what you hear, you can grab the whole mixtape for free at the link below:
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Vibe (Prod. Jean Kengz)
Milwaukee isn’t typically thought of as a hotbed for up and coming hip-hop talent, but all that is about to change with names like WebsterX, Vonny Del Fresco, and IshDARR poised to put the city on the map. The latter of the trio has given us the opportunity today to premiere his brand new track, “Vibe.” The first single from his upcoming full length debut project, Old Soul, Young Spirit, IshDARR invites you to “Vibe” with him as he spits vivacious rhymes over a smooth, jazzy instrumental provided by French producer Jean Kengz. Armed with a confident exuberance and melodic flow, it’s pretty clear that the 18 year old spitter has a bright future ahead of him.
Check out the tune above, and be on the lookout for Old Soul, Young Spirit, set to drop the first week of March.
As head into the month of February, we have to unfortunately say farewell to our Resident Artist for the month of January. We’ll still be with Datsik every step of the way supporting the ongoing Ninja Nation Tour, but today’s piece wraps up our month-long highlight on him.
Going out in true style, Datsik has offered up his five favorite hip hop tunes that he’s jamming to right now. If it’s warm enough where you’re at right now, you might want to roll the windows down for this one. It’s full of West Coast style that deserves some dark shades and an elbow out the driver’s side window.
Xzibit – Criminal Set
Dr Dre – Keep their Heads Ringing
Snoop Dogg – Just Dippin’
TI – About the Money
Rain Or Shine
Coming off a huge year, experimental hip-hop group Young Fathers continue to push their sound forward with their latest single, which comes along with the announcement of their upcoming sophomore album. As with most of their material, “Rain or Shine” defies classification with an energy that balances rap, rock and pop. A vintage organ and heavy percussion create a unique sort of chaos as the Young Fathers bring in chanting vocals. Following a common motif in their music, the Scottish-based trio cover social issues and power struggle with a distinct, poetic delivery backed by soaring backing harmonies. Give this one a spin above– Young Father’s upcoming album, White Men Are Black Too, is due out on April 7th on Big Dada Recordings and is available for pre-order via iTunes now.
Royal has stepped away from his signature “refixes” to deliver one of the most important projects of 2015. Cycles, in short, is a landmark EP with its combination of a pop mentality and the ever fluctuating “future” state of mind. The level of production quality reflected here is a testament to just how much he has grown as an artist and come into his own sound since his monumental refix tape. He fearlessly has charged ahead and experimented with a slew of refreshing sounds and ideas. He even utilized his own vocals on here, while also calling on Desktop. and Axel Mansoor for strong features that round out the record nicely. It’s hard to not get excited about the future of music when spectacular releases like this are becoming more and more of a common occurrence. Cycles is a crowning achievement of 2015 and Royal is going to end up being a household name in the very near future. That’s a guarantee.
Louis Futon may have recently disbanded as a duo, but that hasn’t hindered the quality of music stemming from this fantastic project. Tyler Minford has taken control and pushed onward through a sea of largely successful remixes in the recent past, which have paved the way for his genre destroying self titled EP. Each track lives in its own dimension, and the progression throughout is comparable to a galactic journey through sound. Spacey synths, immense drums, and a grandiose presence have become staples in the development of Louis Futon’s sound, but he still continues to conquer uncharted territory with ease. These four new originals are also supplemented by a trio of star studded remixes, courtesy of Tjani, Kill Paris and Kasbo, so it’s safe to say that this project covers a lot of ground and has a little bit of everything for all you forward thinking fans out there. Pick up the EP for free on his website!
Silk (Kill Paris Remix)
Sir Rock (Kasbo Remix)
Over the past month, we’ve had the ultimate pleasure of partnering up with Datsik to bring you ticket giveaways to his Ninja Nation tour, an exclusive interview, and now we’re throwing the frosting on the cake with a full free download of his Down For My Ninjas EP.
No need to get your vision checked, you read that last paragraph correctly. We’re offering up Datsik’s latest collection of bass heavy tunes for the low, low price of free-ninety-nine. Just click the image below, and go snag your free copy. We only ask one thing. When you’re rocking out in your car, at the gym, or at work, take a moment and say this phrase: “praise be to ninjas.”
This offer is only good for the next few weeks, so act now before it’s too late. On that note, tickets to his shows are selling out fast, so snagging some now might be a good idea.