The Hip-Hop Dojo [Vol. 16]

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It’s no secret now that The Hip-Hop Dojo hasn’t been the most consistent playlist here at TMN, and that’s due to a multitude of different factors. I’m not here to make excuses however, and the lack of hip-hop goodness lately is totally on me. It’s a new year though folks, and my resolution from here on out is to continue providing you with the dopest hip-hop content from across the net on a regular basis.

Let’s get the ball rolling quickly with this first edition of 2014, because it’s definitely one of our strongest playlists to date. Right off the bat you may notice that we’re starting things off with a Christmas anthem. We know the Holidays are over, but that Peanuts sample by producer J1K was way too good to pass up. Since we didn’t have a December edition anyway, just think of BIZ’s “Christmas Time Is Here” as a late present from all of us to you. Speaking of Christmas, we follow our first entry up with a laidback  single from Michael Christmas named after the Quentin Tarantino classic, “Jackie Brown.” Our next few items carry on the chill vibes, with many of them utilizing a throwback sound similar to the one employed by Joey Bada$$ and Pro Era. Of course Joey and his collective are featured here as well, spreading the love on the eclectic “Sol Luna.” While those dudes from Brooklyn keep with the sweet talking, Nemo Achida prefers to take a more “Hands On” approach, teaming up with 88-Keys and BJ The Chicago Kid for a smooth new cut.

Our next selection would’ve been a perfect one to start your day off with, as rapper Chris Morris opens with “Yo it’s like Sunday morning waking up,” over some supremely ill production from Nabeyin. Moving on, we’ve got the return of Dojo veteran and TDE signee, Isaiah Rashad, who brings us a sly tribute to “Brad Jordan,” better known to the rap community as Scarface. You should be familiar with two of our next collaborators, as Waldo and Sango have both been featured on this page multiple times before. This time around, they’re accompanying British femcee Little Simz on the juicy cut, “Mandarin Oranges.” Speaking of familiarity, hip-hop heads should definitely recognize the instrumental on GoldLink‘s “The Heart,” which is the same one used by Kendrick Lamar for ”The Heart Pt. 2.” It’s always tough to beat an original from K Dot, but the West Virginia brings his A-game here, with a spastic delivery definitely that gives the track an edge of its own. Meanwhile, Azizi Gibson hops on some bluesy Flying Lotus production to ring in the New Year properly with “Libras Don’t Die.”

Things take a darker turn in our next suite of entries, with the always slick Rapsody leading this group off over some dope, downtempo 9th Wonder drums. Hefna Gwap is certainly not in a celebratory mode on “Happy Birthday (Fuck That)”, while Dillan Ponder brings us another ominous track with his latest single, “Hive.” While Alexander Spit‘s “Bitter Suite Symphony” sounds nothing like The Verve classic, it’s certainly a formidable number all its own. Sa-Roc shows us her “True Mastery”  of the English language on this fierce new cut, while Verbal Kent teams up with Khrysis to give us all a gritty lesson in “Raponomics.” If there ever were an expert in that subject though, it would be Raekwon, who brings along T.I. and the late Doe B to help him out on “I Wanna Know.”  Like most rappers, Truck North is out to prove he’s the number one “Chief Rocka,” hopping on a revamped version of the Lords of the Underground classic. Find out if he does that one any justice.

 Alexander Dreamer employs his “Freedom of Speech” on this dope tune that samples the intro to Coldplay‘s “Charlie Brown.” Julian Malone keeps things rather abrupt on the hard hitting “Bitche$,” but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t pack a mean punch. Bodega Bamz brings us a real banger on the Electric Bodega remix of his single, “Don Francisco,” featuring French Montana. Next in our lineup, we’ve got a few well known commodities, as Audio Push strive to prove they’re better than all these other “Juveniles,” hooking up with Logic and Jill Scott over a spectacular beat provided by Hit-Boy. Miami emcee Eskeerdo is out to fight the “Devil’s Work,” hopping on a sample of Miike Snow‘s single of the same name. Meanwhile, Topaz Jones questions whether he’s “Living A Lie,” on his recent introspective single. K.B. Starr is ready to plead his case for why he thinks “New England Girls” are the best over some incredibly fresh production from SevnthWonder. Our final pair of tracks comes in the form of two upbeat remixes, first with Yonas putting his own stamp on Lorde‘s “Team,” and then Zak Downtown closing things out with the addicting “City’s Ours,” which flips another remix, the Flume revision of Hermitude‘s “HyperParadise.”

We hope you guys enjoyed our sixteenth edition of The Hip-Hop Dojo as much as we did! As always, you can send all submissions/suggestions to baseer@themusicninja.com and ash@themusicninja.com.

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BIZ
Christmas Time Is Here (Produced by J1K)
Michael Christmas
Jackie Brown ft. Manu Manzo (prod. Jasper Sheff)
SK The Greatest
Ounces (featuring Mad One, D.O.S. & Poppadop)
Dessy Hinds
MoWetter Blues (Prod. 6thBoro)
Mike Melinoe
Steady Vibe (Pro. By Stereo Symphony)
A$hton
Knighty Knight
Termanology
Set It Off (Feat. Ransom)
Chris Faust
Black Manta Featuring Donwill (prod. Hannibal King)
Chox Mak And Henny Tha Brain
40 Ounces (Prod. By Bunty Beats)
PRO ERA
SOL LUNA (Feat. Joey Bada$$, Dyemond Lewis & A La $ole) (Prod. Navie D.)
Nemo Achida
Hands On ft. BJ The Chicago Kid (Prod. 88 Keys)
Chris Morris
Morning Dew (Prod. Nabeyin)
Yo Dot
Never Shines (Produced By Regular Joe Productions)
Isaiah Rashad
Brad Jordan feat. Michael Da Vinci
Little Simz & Waldo
Mandarin Oranges (Prod. Sango)
GoldLink
The Heart
Azizi Gibson
Libras Dont Die (prod. Flying Lotus)
Rapsody
Illuminaughty (Chinchilla) Prod. by 9th Wonder
Hefna Gwap
Happy Birthday (FUCK THAT)
Dillan Ponders
Hive (p. DMNDBK)
Alexander Spit
Bitter Suite Symphony
SA ROC
True Mastery
Verbal Kent  
Raponomics (prod. Khrysis)
Raekwon
I Wanna Know (Feat. Doe B & T.I.)
Dag Savage (Johaz & Exile)
God Body ft. CO$$, Gonja Sufi & Blu
Truck North
The Man
P.Genz
Grandslam!
Lashaun Ellis
Whatever You Want
Alexander Dreamer
Freedom Of Speech (Soundcloud Bonus)
Julian Malone
Bitche$
Jourdan Jackson
Triple Crowned Ft. Marion Write & TR@bb (prod. by Bliss)
Bodega Bamz
Don Francisco (Remix) Feat. French Montana
Raz Fresco
Slang Rap (Prod. By Raz Fresco)
Audio Push
Juveniles ft. Logic & Jill Scott (prod. Hit Boy & Rey Reel)
Eskeerdo
Devils Work (feat. Miike Snow)
Topaz Jones
Livin A Lie
K.B. Starr
New England Girls (Prod. By SevnthWonder X Rilla Force)
Jered Sanders
Boys On the Radio
YONAS
Team (Lorde Remix) prod. sean ross
Zak Downtown
Citys Ours
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[Indie/Electronic] Lupa – Eyes Unclouded

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Lupa Music
Eyes Unclouded

She goes by Lupa, her real name being Imogen Jones, and she is only 15 years old.

The classically trained violinist from Sydney started using her violin skills and mixing them with drum beats creating her new love, songwriting. This might be the most wonderful thing about her, Lupa writes, records, and produces all of her music in her bedroom at home. Her beautifully stunning indie/electronic sound has a laidback approach with a twist of eeriness. Her song “Eyes Unclouded” has lyrics of someone way beyond Lupa’s years. The story is simple and sweet, believing someone is perfect until you see who they really are when you look closely. The mix of violins, Lupa’s synthetic voice, and the electronic melodies make this song intoxicating to the ears. Cannot wait to see where this young artist goes.

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[Oh Baby] Mar – Man X Woman

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Mar
Man X Woman

How about we start this New Year off with a little sexy?

Ok, a lot sexy?

Enter Amsterdam artist Mar who has released a super sensual electronic with a touch of house song titled simply ‘Man X Woman’. This the first release off of his upcoming EP ‘Form’ and if the rest of the songs are anything like this one, this might be the next big baby-making EP. Mar is not just the producer behind this, he is also the writer and the vocalist and can this man sing. With a feel similar to Disclosure, Mar keeps the song lighthearted with his upbeat electronic melodies while slowing it down with his vocals, even breaking those into some deep base voices. This is everything a good man x woman should be, all music, hot, heavy, and yet innocent.

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[Get Crunk] Clayton’s Friday Party Playlist #85

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What is up, ninjas? This weekend is shaping up to be one for the record books, and you best believe we have a soundtrack said weekend. Below are some of the freshest party tracks from this past week. We even have one premiere for you, bringing you Elektrosex’s remix of “SWIZZY”. As usual, all of these bad boys are free downloads. So, crack open a cold one and get ready for two days of freedom.

#danceirreponsibly

Jeremy Olander
Blabla (Original)
Young Folks (Robbie Rivera Vs. Landis Remix)
Eric Clapton
Cocaine (Gazzo Remix)
Terravita & Casey Desmond
Settle The Score (Case & Point Remix)
MAKJ
MAD MAX (Original Mix)
SWIZZY
Gent & Jawns (Elektrosex Remix)
LET HER GO (CAKED UP REMIX)
Toybox Freestyle(RAT Bootleg) FREE DOWNLOAD
Fatboy Slim & Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike & Ummet Ozcan
Eat Sleep Rave Repeat (Young Live Trap Fix)
Blasterjaxx
Mystica ( Sikdope Trap Remix )
Drake
Best I Ever Had (K Theory Remix)
Alma
Avalanches (feat. Sound Remedy & Kill Paris)
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[Secret Ninja Pass] This Week at Beta 1/9

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Alright, ninjas. We’ve been hooking you up with free entry to Beta over the past year. We know you’ve have some epic times, catching some of the most legendary talent EDM has to offer, and we’re on board to keep this thing going. So, we’re once again giving you an opportunity to check out the best night club in North America for free. What all do you have to do to get in? It’s pretty damn easy. Just follow these steps:

- Head to the front door, and enter the club before 11 pm
- Show this post to the cashier (Valid for 21+ only)

Who’s going to be lighting the decks up this week? Peep the killer talent below.

BT - January 9th
BT
Stem The Tides

School Boy + Must Die! - January 10th
School Boy
Aftershock VIP

Cedric Gervais - January 11th
Cedric Gervais
The Look (Preview)
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[Nu-Disco/Synth-Pop] The Golden Pony ft. Suntalk- Bonfire

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The Golden Pony
Bonfire Feat. Suntalk

It’s been a little while since we checked in with one of our favorite tastemaking Deep Disco outfits, The Golden Pony, and in between their time hustling as some of NYC’s most influential electronic promoters, they’ve managed to issue a follow up to their debut original “Tiny Purple Fishes” with a house meets disco groover “Bonfire”. Featuring another NYC band Suntalk on vocals, “Bonfire” beautifully flits between the electronic indie dance output of camps like Future Classic and 4AD and straightforward nu-disko and house music structures. While TGP has made their name mostly by reaching into the remix cookie jar, their original tunes have been the hook which keeps us ninjas coming back for more. “Bonfire” paces itself briefly, starting off slow and steady, before bouncing in cheeky vocals and an appropriately addictive, simple bass line. This one pulled from us an immediate smile, and music which exhibits this quality has always been some of our favorite. Grab the free download here in exchange for a ‘heart’ on Hype Machine.

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TMN Resident Artist Interview – Markus Schulz [EXCLUSIVE]

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GDJB Dec 26 2013 Markus Schulz Flashback Episode

Well it’s finally here, a new year full of endless possibilities. This past year, TMN launched our resident artist program. Each month we had the opportunity to showcase the amazing talents of an artist for our readers to get to know on a more intimate level. We couldn’t have asked for better artists or a better response. So as we wrap up this year we wanted to end with an artist who we have respected for many years, one who constantly is changing the ways of dance music. For the final hoorah for 2013, we have the pleasure of getting to know Markus Schulz just a little bit better.

TMN: Markus! First off we just want to say we are such huge fans of you and all of your music. Thank you so much for wrapping up 2013 with us.

Thank you so much guys. It’s been another hectic and productive year.

TMN: Let’s start from the very beginning. Now you were born in Germany and you immigrated to the United States when you were young. Where did you grow up in the states?

Growing up in Germany was difficult for me. My step-father was in the military, so every couple of years we would have to move locations, and therefore any friendships you had forged with other kids vanished overnight, because the technology and means to keep in touch just wasn’t there. I was one of the so-called “army brats”.

It took me a long time to come out of my shell and show my personality to friends, but when I eventually did, it was time to pack up and move again.

I emigrated to the US when I was 13, and lived just outside Boston. It was a massive culture shock for me, and I struggled to fit in anywhere. I didn’t know any English, so had to learn the language quickly too. Music for me acted as a form of escape, and for a long time, it was the only friend I really had.

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