The Outside (Prod. Contour x RenzyBeats)
After headlining as our featured Hip-Hop Dojo artist for the month of February, Joey Green has finally returned with some fresh new material. On his latest single, Joey brings with him a laidback, yet lethal flow as he describes what it’s like to be on “The Outside” looking in. Production is handled by Contour and RenzyBeats, as the track is split into two distinct parts. With a few more performances like this, we can promise you Joey won’t be an outsider for very long. Check out the tune above, and make sure to take a moment to read our interview with Joey from last month’s Hip-Hop Dojo.
Na Na (Cowp Remix)
Cowp may not be a familiar name to you, but he certainly has a developed sound not unlike a majority of producers with a larger following. His most recent remix treatment covers Trey Songz‘ “Na Na,” and he flips the DJ Mustard helmed hit into his own (and honestly much more fitting) creation. Cowp’s version is stripped down to essentials and sprinkles the vocals along the sprightly instrumental without any clashing elements and has an overall nice balance. This is one of those cases where the remix transcends the original, and Cowp yet again has shown himself capable of providing a stellar remix like he has for well over a year now. Be sure to catch his previous remix of Portugal The Man’s “Purple Yellow Red and Blue” and support his latest above!
Trap Queen (E-V & Koala Kalam Remix)
Fetty Wap‘s debut single “Trap Queen” has been trickling its way through the radio and club scene, finally implanting a spot in mainstream rotation. Today, fans of the catchy tune get a little taste of something different as LA-based DJ E-V and Ohio-native Koala Kalam give the successful single the remix treatment. Maintaining the high energy of the original, the two later flip the beat with the addition of some synth production, electro sounds, and a turnt vibe that is sure to keep the party going. Just in time for the weekend, take a listen to the free new mix and be sure to check out each DJ’s respective Soundcloud pages to hear more new and innovative mixes.
Mark Instinct & LUMBERJVCK
The Block ft. Strap Deez
Los Angeles producer LUMBERJVCK makes his way back to Kannibalen Records, this time with Mark Instinct and Strap Deez. The two producers join up for a booming hybrid instrumental called “The Block,” which gets murdered by raps from The Block Society owner, Strap Deez. With all three together, the final product is a straight up beast that is likely to end up attacking the upcoming events in SXSW and Miami. LUMBERJVCK and Mark Instinct are some of the most distinct bass producers in the game, and their coming together shows just what they can do playing off another’s talents. Get yourself a copy of “The Block” here.
Indie hip hop act Johnny Astro is back with another tune, following his Chapter Z | Astrology album. This time around, the Arlington-based lyricist is set to a thundering bassline, haunting piano melody, and accentuating vocal samples. “Notice,” is best served through a set of hefty subs, pairing perfectly with a windows-down drive across the city.
This release came out on the newly launched Cadence & Cause, with proceeds going towards providing homeless children in the US with care packages. When asked about this campaign, Astro had this to say:
I know how it feels to be without a place you can rest your head at night. Also as someone with a voice, I feel it is only right to help the next person in their time of need as much as possible.
If you’d like to support Johnny in this fight, click here to contribute to his campaign.
In a strange turn of events, Kendrick Lamar‘s highly anticipated album is now available on Spotify and iTunes. Top Dawg Entertainment label boss Anthony Tiffith sent out a few tweets after the album mysteriously appeared suggesting that the surprise drop was a mistake. Accident or not, though, it’s really great to hear what Kendrick’s been working on since his instant classic debut studio album. While Good Kid, m.A.A.d. City told the story of a young Kendrick, To Pimp A Butterfly sees a composed, mature and confident Lamar delivering organic funk & soul-inspired new age hip-hop. Although we’ll want some more time with it, we’re loving what we’ve heard thus far. Check out the Spotify stream below or head to iTunes to pick up a digital copy. It will be interesting to see how this rollout unfolds as more information on what actually happened becomes available. Regardless, we’re more than excited about the new music. Continue reading
With Kendrick Lamar‘s sophomore album release around the corner, the anticipation, speculation and hype is at an all time high. Today, we get another glimpse into the project with “King Kunta,” an ode to the P-Funk era. Over a groovy bassline, King Kendrick delivers a gritty empowering message with a James Brown-esque cadence. In the closing chapter of George Clinton‘s memoir, he talks about working with Kendrick Lamar. “King Kunta” likely emerged from those sessions with its distinct Parliament/Funkadelic sound. Give this one a listen above–To Pimp A Butterfly drops on March 23rd. Check out what Clinton had to say about Lamar below:
George Clinton: The other day I did a session with the rapper Kendrick Lamar. Even before I met him I was laughing at “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe,” which had the same silly-serious tone we tried for in Funkadelic. He came down to Tallahassee to record with me, and it was beautiful…He acts like he’s about fifty with all his theories. When I met Sly Stone, he knew of P-Funk because he heard those records himself, as they came out. When I met Rakim, he knew of P-Funk because he listened to his brother’s records. With Kendrick, it was his parents’ records. He didn’t just know the hits. He knew the deepest of the deep cuts. When you talk about your old work with a young man with an old mind, the work feels less old. We talked about my old songs and they were renewed. When the past comes rushing into the present that way, I can see clearly that artwork is a living thing. Younger artists teach me that I taught them. That’s why I’m grateful to Kendrick Lamar, and to anyone who is carrying on the P-Funk tradition.