The Music Ninja Presents: Sunday Night Soul

Sunday Night Soul

R&B has experienced a bit of a renaissance lately. Artists like Frank Ocean, The Weeknd, and Miguel have been able to breathe new life into the genre in recent years, and now because of the internet we have more talent to choose from than ever before. In order to properly pay tribute to all these new faces in the business, we’ve put together a little soul mix for you to listen to while you wind down your weekend. Now this is unexplored territory for us, so we can’t promise it’ll be a weekly series just yet, but we’ll do our best to keep it consistent. In the meantime, we’d like to kick things off right with an extremely talented group of artists, including names like JMSN, Jhené Aiko, Bipolar Sunshine, Sampha, The WeekndTei Shi and many more! We promise you won’t be disappointed, so kick back, relax, plug your headphones in and immerse yourself in the sweet melodies and smooth grooves provided by tonight’s entertainment.

Wake Up Remix featuring Common
William Bolton
Bipolar Sunshine
Drowning Butterflies
Sean Kongery
Aware (feat. Elias)
Stop Me Cold
Skin Town
Hit Down
Both of Us (Ft. Ryan McDermott)
2AM Club
Jarrell Perry
Jr. Hi
Secrets ft. The Weeknd
Early Morning Champagne Ft. Joel Compass EP (Black Butter #52)
Smokers Room
King Avriel
Tei Shi
Nature vs Nurture
Pools Full Of Women (Prod. by Jess Jackson)
Dawn Richard
Jhené Aiko
The Worst
Kristal Lyndriette
Manhattan (prod. Felix Snow)
Last Stand (produced by SOHN)
Sway Clarke II
I Dont Need Much
Thing U Missed
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The Hip-Hop Dojo [Vol. 15]

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Guess who’s baaaaaaccckk? Did you miss me? The Hip-Hop Dojo’s finally ready to reopen its doors for business, and I’ve got plenty to share with you today. I’ve traveled far and wide, sailed across the seven seas, climbed the highest peaks, and braved the hottest deserts to hone my craft, learning from the very best, meditating, and planning my return (basically picture the whole training sequence from Batman Begins). In all honesty though, I appreciate your patience over the last few months, and hope I can finally get back on my grind to deliver you the freshest hip-hop product on a consistent basis.

So without further ado, let’s get this party started. This very special fifteenth edition of The Hip-Hop Dojo features plenty of familiar names, from hip-hop heavyweights like Eminem, Busta Rhymes, Q-Tip, Raekwon and Kendrick Lamar, to Dojo frequenters like Kings Dead, MeLo-X, Audio PushTito Lopez, and Devine Carama. We’ve even got a few fresh faces for y’all like Michael Christmas, Dom McLennon, A La $ole, GoldLink, and Fresco Nerd. Given the sheer size of our comeback playlist (over 45 tracks!), I’ll keep it light on the words this week to conserve your precious time and keep you focused on the music. However, if you like what you hear from any of these artists and want to check out any relevant projects from them, I’ll include a link roll below.

We hope you guys enjoyed our fifteenth edition of The Hip-Hop Dojo as much as we did! As always, you can send all submissions/suggestions to and


Roc Marciano - The Pimpire Strikes Back

Jabee – Deliver Us From Evil

MED & Blu – The Buzz EP


MoRuf – Shades.Of.Moo

Alexander Spit – Dillinger

Eddie B & Harry Fraud - Paper, Piff & Polo

Lecrae – Church Clothes Vol. 2

Fresco Nerd – Unexpected Expectations

Village of Pharaohs – Pharaodysseus (1996 A.D.)

Fly.Union – Loose Releases

OverDoz - Boom

MeLo-X - GOD: Pièce de Résistance

Tyrone BriggsScattered Thoughts

Dont Front (feat. Buckshot)
Busta Rhymes
Thank You ft. Q Tip
Its My Thing
A La $ole
Been Swank (Prod. Hames)
Devine Carama
16 Bars In A Clip (produced by J
Devin Miles
Show You The Cool {Prod. Air Kalo} Ft. Scolla
Audio Push
So Far To Go (Freestyle)
Hollywood FLOSS ft. Like of Pac Div
Underdog Remix
Roc Marciano
Sincerely Antique Ft. Action Bronson & Willie The Kid (prod. Alchemist)
Styles P.
All I Got (feat. Action Bronson & Easy Money) (Produced By Statik Selektah)
Teslas Son (Prod. Cam)
Stik Figa
Untitled +1 ft. Add 2
MED & Blu
The Buzz feat. Mayer Hawthorne (prod. Madlib)
80s Boobs (prod by J. Arthur)
Kobes Room (Truth Be Told) (Prod. by Sango)
Homie.Lover.Friend ft Jesse Boykins III
Isaiah Rashad
Ronnie Drake feat. SZA (Prod. by The Antydote)
Casey Veggies
Faces Remix (Ft. Dom Kennedy)(prod. Rob Holladay)
Casey Veggies
Life$tyle Remix (Ft. Curren$y)
Smoke DZA
Legends In The Making (Ashtray Pt.2) (Ft. Wiz Khalifa & Curren$y) Prod. By Harry Fraud
Same King (prod by Jansport J)
Blended Babies
See The World Ft. Asher Roth & Chuck Inglish
Alexander Spit
94 Logo Blur feat. Chuck Inglish
Eddie B
The Warning ft. Sean Price & Termanology (Prod. By Harry Fraud)
Sean Price, Billy Danze & Maffew Ragazino (feat. DJ Babu)
Land of the Crooks (prod. by M Phazes)
Kuniva (of D12)
Michiganish ft. Jon Connor, Boldy James, Guilty Simpson
Was It Worth It (feat. Derek Minor & Crystal Nicole)
Shelton Harris & Tyler Dopps
No Gods
Fallen (prod. MeLo X)
Fresco Nerd
Real (Feat. A.J. Crew) (Prod. By ToneBeatz)
Brian Fresco
Dom McLennon
Jon Waltz
LNIA (Last Night In Atlanta)
Jon Waltz
Magic City (FNIA)
Ryan Hemsworth & Starlito
Cant Get Over You
Fredo Santana
Jealous (Ft. Kendrick Lamar)
Kid Ink
My Own Lane (Prod by Ned Cameron)
Village of Pharaohs
Back to Cairolina (MMA & IV League) (Prod. by Ski Beatz)
Im There
These Niggas Ft Nipsey Hussle (Prod by. THC)
Kings Dead
Dont Need Much
Tito Lopez
#BUSSIN (Prod. By Lone Lez)
Michael Christmas
Kunishi (Prod. Jasper Sheff)
MeLo X
Remember Remember (Feat. Cheri Coke)
Rockie Fresh (Feat. Lunice)
Blowing Up! (feat The Graduates)
Tyrone Briggs
LOSER (Prod. by Mike Cash)
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[Bear With Us] Taylor Swift – I Knew You Were Trouble (APSPDR+ Cover)

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Taylor Swift
I Knew You Were Trouble (APSPDR+ Remix)

Bear with us, ninjas. We know you just aspirated your beverage all over your screen when you read the words “Taylor Swift,” but just press play and give it a chance. Harlem based producer APSPDR+ has deconstructed any familiarities to the original, reimagining the entire look and feel of this top 40 hit.

In a down tempo, chill interpretation, this remixer has served up a tasty selection of simplistic beats and soul driven vocals. It’s sultry and heartfelt, providing you with a more approachable association with this overplayed pop song. Not that we have anything against Taylor Swift, we just happen to find this version much more enjoyable. Kudos to APSPDR+ for providing us with his unique take.

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[NEW] Timbaland – Know Bout Me (Feat. Jay-Z, Drake & James Fauntleroy)

Know About Me (Feat. Jay-Z, Drake & James Fauntleroy)

After alluding to this track awhile back, mega-producer Timbaland drops a brand new single featuring Drake and Jay-Z. The single, titled “Know Bout Me,” is a monster collaboration and very reminiscent of classic Timbo from the 90′s with heavy hitting bass and rim rattling studio effects. It seems the beef is squashed between the rapper and producer and now we get the aftermath of the make-up. At first listen, it definitely takes some getting used to as Timbo abandons the synth beats and electro rhythms for a more throwback flow. That might be something that new fans are not used to but still is just as good as his previous hits. With the addition of Drizzy and Hov delivering some dope verses and James Faunterloy crooning on the hook, this is a nice taste of what is to come from the Virginia native.

If you are feeling nostalgic, take a listen to the first single off his upcoming full length Textbook Timbo, and be sure to grab a copy when it hits iTunes December 3rd.

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Morgan Page and Michael S. – Against the World

Morgan Page and Michael S.
Against the World

One of our favorite and most prolific Los Angeles producer, Morgan Page, continues to evolve and exert his authority when it comes to mixing house-induced vocals with high energy dance music. Coming from releasing tracks like “ROTN” in collaboration with Bastille and an exciting new rendition of The Outfield’s “Your Love” earlier this year, Mr. Page turns it up one more notch with “Against the World”. Taking on the emotionally uplifting vocals of Chicago’s Michael S with enthusiastic bright basslines, Morgan Page delivers another summer anthem in the middle of winter — what an anarchist.

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[Get Crunk] Clayton’s Friday Party Playlist #76


What is good, ninjas? Once again we find ourselves looking ahead to several days of unadulterated freedom. As we brace ourselves for the onslaught of family events, holiday shopping, travel and cold, bitter weather, it’s important that we use our time off to enjoy ourselves.

Whether you’re cracking open a cold one, uncorking some Two Buck Chuck, or getting ready for bottle service tonight, remember one thing: #danceirresponsibly

Patrick Baker
Summer Lover (Gazzo X Dani Deahl Remix)
Bag Raiders
Shooting Stars Ft. Rhys (Xristo Remix)
Red Hot Chili Peppers
By The Way (Eric Lam Remix)
Mosh It Up Upside Down (Eluusif Mashup) Kill The Noise X Diana Ross
Jay Cosmic
To The Rhythm
Fatboy Slim & Riva Starr
Eat Sleep Rave Repeat (HLM Bootleg Remix)
Watch The Pit Puzzle Rise (Leo Laurettis Mashup)
M. Woods, Quintino, Blasterjaxx Feat. Axwell
Hit Da Flo
Party Favor, POSSO
Infinite Daps
Baauer & RL Grime
Raspberry (Original Mix)
DJ Scene & Jayceeoh
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[TMN Resident Artist] He’s Minnesota, And He Loves That Nickname

Come Around (Minnesota Remix)

For this wonderful month of no-shave November, we have the highly talented BASS man himself Minnesota joining our fabulous ninja family. And today I get the pleasure of getting to ask him any and all questions to find out a little more about this Minnesota grown artist.

TMN: First off Christian, we are so excited to have you this month! Please tell us, are you participating in no-shave November and if so how is that going? Can you grow facial hair easily or are you a patchy, awkward growing hair guy (no need to hide it, there are plenty of guys out there who have this problem).

M: Na, I’m not participating in the No Shave November, mainly because I have some of that patchy, awkward growth when I try growing a full beard.

TMN: So let’s start off kind of at the beginning. You are a Minnesota native, tell us a little about what it was like growing up there, what were some of your favorite things to do as a kid?

M: I grew up in the suburbs of Minneapolis and really enjoyed it there. I was just a normal Minnesota kid, played a lot of snowboarding and sledding until I turned 12 and started getting into music.

TMN: Did you have any musical idols growing up?

M: I was super into Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd when I first got into music.

TMN: And as a kid, when was the first time you actually discovered music for yourself? Were you a singer or did you play any instruments, was your household a music household?

M: When I turned 12 I started playing guitar and getting really passionate about music.

TMN: You eventually moved to California when you were 18 and there, your friends dubbed you the nickname Minnesota. Were you ok with that nickname or were you like, I kind of wanted to be called bone crusher or something more along those lines?

M: Haha, na I actually WAS stoked on the nickname. I was always called nicknames growing up and I actually liked the new one that my friends gave me when I moved out to California.

TMN: The story goes that you really started to embrace EDM music after you went to Symbiosis Gathering. Kind of take us back to that moment when you were there, in the desert, surrounded my people dancing and electronic music blasting and tell us what that experience was like to make you decide to immediately pursue making that genre of music?

M: I went to Symbiosis only knowing a few of the artists on the lineup, but was suprised to see that all the producers and DJs, many unknown to me, were incredible performers. The art, workshops and the fact that the event wasn’t just about the music also inspired me to pursue a career that was closely tied in with this culture.

TMN: Now, you released your first EP ‘Panda Snatching Tycoon’ back in 2011 and found nationwide critical acclaim almost immediately. Besides the awesome title, tell us how that felt to release your music into the world. I’m sure there were nerves and doubts and sleepless nights, how did it feel though after you got your music out there?

M: Whenever I put out any sort of music, right before and after the release I’m always very anxious to see how it will be received, but I was very happy with the results of my first EP, especially when it a couple of the tracks started to get play by Bassnectar.

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