THEY BULLITTS (ft. Yasiin Bey, Jay Electronica & Lucy Liu)
They Die By Dawn
Although I was completely unaware of the upcoming movie They Die By Dawn before this morning, the title track from the soundtrack has certainly piqued my interest. The fittingly theatrical cut features two highly regarded, yet elusive, emcees in Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def) and Jay Electronica who help create a vivid musical trailer over a steadily building western-influenced instrumental. They Die By Dawn is set to be released later this year and its cast will include Michael K Williams and Erykah Badu among several other notable names. In the meantime, hop on your horse, grab your musket and turn the volume up.
As the calendar turns over, so do our sights for upcoming events in 2013. The experiences, shows, live performances, breathtaking nights and jaw dropping moments have passed, and a new set is just on the horizon. With the release of Coachella’s line up, we couldn’t help but get overwhelmingly excited. Postal Service? Sigur Ros? Baauer? Dillon Francis? There’s honestly just too many artists to name at this point.
We booked our flights. We booked our house. Our cameras are packed, and our Music Ninja shirts are laundered, pressed and ready for full on desert festival action. Yes, we’re going to make the pilgrimage deep into the California desert for what is set to be one of the most amazing musical weekends ever. We’ll be tweeting, instagraming and facebooking. Make sure to stay tuned.
Who are you most excited to see in 2013??
After experiencing one of the best movies ever created, Inglorious Bastards, it was obvious that another Tarantino revenge story would provide just as much pleasure. Django, a love story that wraps around themes of revenge and justice was accompanied by one of the most modern soundtracks in the last couple of years. However, the main Django theme song is not so recent, originally composed in 1966 by Luis Bacalov. Spanish producer Guts, took the already excellent original and made a slow, easily digesting chill rendition.
No, your eyes are not deceiving you. That title does say James Brown and 2Pac. The two musical legends have collaborated from beyond the grave, creating the title track for the Django Unchained soundtrack. This work is the product of Tupac’s engineer Claudio Cueni, who was able to render a stellar mashup between Brown’s “The Payback” and Shakur’s “Untouchable.” I’m usually not a fan of music created posthumously, and think it’s probably time to stop milking Pac for all his legacy’s worth. However, it’s easy to see that this one is more than your average cut and paste job, and shines ahead of most tracks of its kind.
2Pac & James Brown
2012 seems to be a good year for soundtracks, with Quentin Tarantino’s latest picture, Django Unchained, now adding a few solid contenders over the past few weeks. The latest single, featuring the always excellent John Legend, seems to be a departure from his traditional style of music, but that isn’t to say he doesn’t fit right in with the track’s atmosphere. Indeed, Legend’s soulful vocal are the perfect choice for this Western theme, as he’s able to accurately convey the sense of determination and malice running through the hero’s mind. If you like this new anthem, make sure to look for it again when you watch the film on the big screen on Christmas Day, with the soundtrack dropping a week earlier on the 18th.
Who Did That To You.mp3
Lending his voice to the upcoming Quentin Tarantino film, Django Unchained, the MMG emcee Rick Ross drops some new heat titled “100 Black Coffins” off the soundtrack. The Jamie Foxx produced single is a Rozay narrated track describing the dark tale of the western movie about the slave turned bounty hunter. With a strong western vibe and strong verses from the Maybach lyricist, this is a dope release and a side from the always flossin’ rapper. Be sure to check it below and hear more from John Legend, Anthony Hamilton, and collaborations from the late James Brown and Tupac Shakur on the Django Unchained soundtrack dropping 12/18.
100 Black Coffins (Rick Ross)
After the successful released Tarantino and RZA film Man with the Iron Fist and acclaimed soundtrack, the GOOD Music emcee Kanye West releases an extended, alternate version to the movie’s single “White Dress”. This romantic RZA and Tru of the Wu-Tang affiliated soul group Stone Mecca doesn’t stray too far from the original version but offers a polished, more soulful vibe without taking away from Kanye’s well delivered bars. Similar to Ghostface‘s “Wildflower” or “Icecream”, this track offers a nostalgic feel coupled with a beautiful piano line, chill drum chords, and jazzy guitar rip towards the end.
White Dress (Alternate Version)