[Hip-Hop] De La Soul – Dilla Plugged In (Prod. J Dilla)

De La Dilla
De La Soul
Dilla Plugged In (Produced By J Dilla)

25 years after the release of their debut project 3 Feet High & Rising (an album everyone should have after the band gave away their entire catalog for free last month), De La Soul are looking to commemorate the occasion by releasing a brand new tune rapped over a previously unheard J Dilla instrumental. There’s simply no better adjective to describe “Dilla Plugged In” than dope. Listening to the track is almost like taking a trip to an alternate timeline, one where De La Soul is still a prominent force in hip-hop, and Dilla is still producing ill beats. Lucky for us, moments like this are sure to occur more frequently, as “Dilla Plugged In” is just the first single from an upcoming mixtape by the group entitled Smell The DA.I.S.Y. which will consist exclusively of Dilla produced beats. Right now there’s no release date for the project, but we’ll be eagerly anticipating its arrival.

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[Hip Hop] Kate Tempest – Lonely Daze

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Kate Tempest
Lonely Daze

What do you get when you combine South-East London, the spoken word, and one bad ass girl?
One female rapper with a killer accent.

Kate Tempest ladies and gentlemen is by far one of the coolest, yes coolest, artists I have ever written about.
She started off as a rapper, toured the spoken word circuit for a number of years, and now works as a poet and playwright too. I mean, why settle for one thing when you can have it all?

And let me tell you, this girl knows how to throw down words and use them. Her recently released ‘Lonely Daze’ is a song off of her upcoming album later this summer on Big Dada and just gives you a hint of the talent behind this girl’s mouth. Her accent is strong but that doesn’t take away from the power of her voice and her clear ability to make you hear her. This is quite a different sound, a mix of beats with Kate’s talking voice to combine for an addictive movement that leaves you ensnared to her will and her conversation.

Don’t worry, Kate’s words will find you and make you listen.

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[NEW] Big Boi – King Sh!t (feat. T.I., Ludacris, Kito & Reija Lee)

King Sh!t
Big Boi
King Sh!t (feat. T.I. & Ludacris & Kito & Reija Lee)

Mashups have never really been my thing, but Big Boi‘s “Mashup Mondays” series has proven to be nothing short of brilliant. Breathing new life into an album that was already impressive on its own, each new remix has been just as exceptional as the last. This latest effort is no different, fusing the trap stylings of “In The A” with the buzzing electronic vibes of  Kito & Reija Lee‘s “Run For Cover.” While that might sound like a recipe for disaster to some, all three emcees seem to fit in rather naturally over the bass heavy instrumental, with Reija Lee’s sweet, fleeting vocals serving as the perfect foil to the gruff and boastful lyrical content.

If there were ever any doubts about Big Boi’s diverse and eclectic taste in music, they should be put to rest by now, as he’s proven to have a perfect ear for these kinds of blends by now. Grab a free download of the track above, and keep your ears prepared, because we still have three more weeks to go.

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[Hip-Hop] Lupe Fiasco & Ab-Soul – Thorns & Horns

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LUPE FIASCO & AB-SOUL
THORNS & HORNS prod. by Floss & Fame

After a slew of peculiar releases late last week, Lupe Fiasco appears to be back in his element with his latest single, “Thorns & Horns.” Teaming up with TDE wordsmith, Ab-Soul, the two emcees showcase their lyrical prowess, trading some vicious bars atop some booming Floss & Flame production. The song itself is plagued with watermarks claiming “This version is for Ab-Soul,” which might indicate this isn’t a final cut.

Opting for a much more “commercial” sound with his last few singles, it’s gotten us wondering whether Tetsuo & Youth will truly be a dramatic departure from his previous efforts, or if he’s really just throwing us all for a curveball. You can never really tell what’s going on in Lupe’s mind, so instead of trying to dissect his thought process, we’ll just take things at face value for now with a raised brow.

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[Hip-Hop] Atmosphere – Bitter

Atmosphere - Bitter
Atmosphere
Bitter

Rejoice Atmosphere fans, because the Rhymesayers are planning a full return on May 6th. Along with the recent announcement of their seventh studio album, Southsiders (the first since 2011′s The Family Sign), the Minneapolis natives have also unveiled the lead single from the new project. “Bitter” features Slug and Ant in classic form, as they discuss the futility of submitting to jealousy and holding silly grudges.

Fans of the single can pre-order the new album through iTunes or the Rhymesayers website. The tracklist for Southsiders can also be found after the jump, and it includes some pretty interesting titles, like “Kanye West,” “Star Shaped Heart,” “Let Me Know That You Know What You Want Now,” and “My Lady Got Two Men.” Continue reading

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[Hip-Hop] Big K.R.I.T. – New Agenda (Feat. Rick Ross)

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Big K.R.I.T. feat. Rick Ross
New Agenda (Prod. By Big K.R.I.T.)

Although Big K.R.I.T.‘s 2012 debut album Live From The Underground received widespread critical appraise, it never really made the commercial impact to help the Mississippi native breakthrough to the mainstream. After returning back to the underground and releasing his King Remembered In Time mixtape in 2013, it appears K.R.I.T. has finally reemerged with a “New Agenda” to seize the throne. Teaming up with Rick Ross on this bonafide Southern cooked banger, “New Agenda” serves as the first single from Cadillactica, K.R.I.T’s sophomore project, and helps kick off the “Week of K.R.I.T.” in which the artist plans to release seven new singles from today through Sunday.

Grab a free download of the single above, and stay tuned to hear what other gold K.R.I.T. has for us in the coming week.

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[Hip-Hop] A$AP Rocky – In Distress (Prod. Gesaffelstein)

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A$AP Rocky x Gesaffelstein
In Distress

Over the last week, the latest novel-to-movie, Divergent, has been building buzz for their already hyped film by enlisting some of the most exciting up and coming artists to contribute to the soundtrack. For hip-hop fans, today’s release is likely the most exciting. On “In Distress,” French house producer Gesaffelstein teams up with A$AP Rocky for an intense, and appropriately theatrical, track.

Gesaff’s dark and minimal funk sound works particularly well with Rocky’s slowed down, purple-tinted persona. We have already seen Gesaffelstein producing hip-hop on the big stage with his impressive contribution to Yeezus and this is yet another indication of his compatibility with the current direction of the genre. If you are not already familiar with the talented producer’s work, make sure to check out his stellar 2013 album, Aleph

Check the heavy “In Distress” above and hit the Buy link if you’d like to get the whole Divergent soundtrack.

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