[GIVEAWAY] Outlook Festival – 2 Tickets + Camping


We’ve ran ticket giveaways on the site, but traditionally we run them for our US readers. Well, we know we have a lot of readers from other countries, so it’s about time we run something for all of you. Knowing that Outlook is only a month away, we decided that we wanted to hook up a pair of passes with a camping pass.

The line up? Oh it’s on point. This festival is definitely for the hip hop fan, as well as our EDM minded fans with artists like the following: MOS DEF / TALIB KWELI / JAY ELECTRONICA / CAPLETON ALBOROSIE & SHENGEN CLAN (Live) / THE PHARCYDE (Live) / ANDY C / MALA IN CUBA (Live) / DAVID RODIGAN /JOEY BADA$$ / PHAROAHE MONCH.

How to enter the contest

1) “Like” us (The Music Ninja) on facebook here:

2) “Like” the Outlook Festival on facebook:

3) Comment below this post with the names of three (3) of your favorite artists from the 2013 lineup.

More details
- Winner will receive 2 “General Admission Passes and a Camping Pass” (Transportation NOT included)
- Winners will be announced July 12th at 5pm Eastern Time. We will make contact through the Facebook message you entered on. (So pay attention!)
- NO transportation, food, drink, or any other expense will be covered by The Music Ninja or Outlook Festival

Know You
Talib Kweli
5am In Brooklyn
Mos Def
The Light Is Not Afraid Of The Dark (Prod. by Kanye West)
Talib Kweli Rocket Ships feat. Busta Rhymes (Prod. by RZA)
Satisfaction (RL Grime Remix)
Benny Benassi
Mac Miller featuring Jay Electronica – Suplexes Inside of Complexes and Duplexes
Runnin Down (Kimbra & The Pharcyde)
Trap On Acid
RL Grime (DL in Description)
My Home (Coki
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[Get Crunk] Clayton’s Friday Party Playlist #59


Happy Friday, ninjas! Today we’re taking the show on the road and blogging from the sunny beaches of Florida. We already have a Piña Colada in hand and we’re ready to start jamming to some fresh beats. We hope you have some killer plans laid out for this weekend, but if you don’t, you at least have some killer beats.


Kanye West
Black Skinhead vs. Tame Impala
Rebel Of Valentina (GRΛVIS Mashup)
Mashup The Dance
Major Lazer (Drunken Masters Remix)
Twerkulator (Original)
Schoolboy vs Empire of The Sun
We Are The Aftershock (Revolvr Bootleg)
Knife Party vs. Sean Paul, ZooFunktion
Get Busy LRAD (Kastra Bootleg)
Reece Low & Djuro Ft. J
Dirty South feat. Joe Gil
Until the End (Xristo Remix)
Soldier Rasputin (Leo Laurettis Bootleg)
Hard Rock Sofa Feat. Amba Shepherd
The Knocks ft St Lucia
Modern Hearts (Dave Edwards Remix)
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[Indie] Eliza and the Bear – Friends

Eliza and the Bear

London five piece Eliza and the Bear definitely has made some new friends here at The Music Ninja with the release of their heartwarming tune, “Friends.” The playful lyrics combined with the echoing guitars and anthemic harmonies make for a truly infectious single.

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[Pop] Ellie Goulding – Burn

Ellie Burn
Ellie Goulding

Happy 4th of July ninjas! What better way to celebrate America’s birthday then by lighting up some fireworks? Ellie Goulding already has the fire burning for us, providing the perfect anthem for the day’s festivities with her energetic new single. Despite Ellie being a Brit, we’d like to adapt this song as our own, because ‘Murica right? That’s what we do. We’re not sure if this will be on a new album, or a re-release of last year’s Halcyon, but for now you can stream the single for free before its official release on August 18th.

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[Undeniable Soul] Pretty Lights – A Color Map of the Sun (New Album)


Sir Isaac Newton, once said, “If I have ever made any valuable discoveries, it has been due more to patient attention, than to any other talent.”

Patient attention are not two words one often finds when it comes to the music world. It seems these days, artists are always striving for the next big thing, for the tune with the biggest drops or the biggest crowd affects or the number one spot on the radio and websites. So when an artist takes a step back and decides it is time to go back to the roots of their musical learning and back to the basics, many of us are taken by surprise, and one hell of a good surprise at that.

Enter Derek Vincent Smith, or as we all know him, Pretty Lights. This past year, Smith decided to start a journey into a musical place he had only skimmed the surface of before. Smith is known for taking old vinyl records and old tunes from the past century, breaking them up and putting them into some of the most captivating music of this century. But this time, Smith decided he wanted to do all of it on his own and I mean all of it.
Over the last year, Smith used his musical talents and mixed it with musicians of every age and genre to put together a musical journal of vocals, melodies and an old school feel. He composed and recorded music and vocals that emulated time periods that spanned the last century, then pressed it to vinyl. He used that vinyl along with a custom built analog modular synth to create “A Color Map of the Sun.” All of his recordings were done in New Orleans, Brooklyn and Smith’s own hometown Denver with the name of the album inspired by Isaac Newton.

The resulting album is analog electronica – soulful, electro hip-hop that pays respect to music’s immense power to touch listeners emotionally, kinetically and inspirationally. Smith said that he “Searched for vocalists that could take my lyrics and put their own incredible soul and emotion into them. I made beats for some of my favorite rappers in exchange for the ability to chop up the lyrics they wrote. It was a laborious yet immensely gratifying experiment that I could not be more proud of.”

So here it is, an artist showing what his original work sounds like with the help of some amazing musicians who leant their skills to help Smith capture his dream and show all his fans a new and valuable discovery.

13 songs of pure ecstasy which I could sit here and write twenty pages about but the best thing for you to do would be to set aside a good two hours and just listen to the magic that is Pretty Lights. Also, below is a video that shows insight into the making of “A Color Map of the Sun” where you will get to experience a little one on one with Smith and see how much heart and soul was put into this album.

Remember, it is all about patient attention.

A Color Map of the Sun – Track Listing

Pretty Lights
Color Of My Soul
Pretty Lights
Press Pause
Pretty Lights
Lets Get Busy
Pretty Lights
Around The Block feat. Talib Kweli
Pretty Lights
Yellow Bird
Pretty Lights
Go Down Sunshine
Pretty Lights
So Bright feat. Eligh
Pretty Lights
Vibe Vendetta
Pretty Lights
Done Wrong
Pretty Lights

Bonus Tracks: One Day They’ll Know, Always All Ways, My Only Hope

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[NEW] Jay-Z – Holy Grail (Feat. Justin Timberlake)

Holy Grail (Feat. Justin Timberlake)

Well, the download link for Magna Carta Holy Grail is finally live, but as you may know, Samsung is already experiencing some technical difficulties. In the meantime, many have been getting their fix through an exclusive stream from Funkmaster Flex and Hot 97. In case you haven’t been following along, we’ve got the first taste of Jay-Z‘s new album, with the title record “Holy Grail,” featuring Justin Timberlake. We’ve only got the tagged version at the moment, but it’s better than nothing. Check out the epic track above, and be on the lookout for more material from Jay-Z in the coming days.

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[TMN Resident Artist for July] Inpetto

Girls and Boys (Radio Edit)

“Inpetto create amazing productions with a fantastic balance of beautiful melodies and power for the dancefloor.” – Axwell

Well if that isn’t a perfect introduction to our new Resident Artists of the month then I don’t know what is.
Welcome to the Music Ninja stage, Inpetto. They have been around for a few years and brothers Marco and Dirk Duderstadt got noticed early on for all the right reasons in the music industry. Originally from Dorsten, Germany, Inpetto (which is an Italian translation of the Latin in pectoral: ‘in the secret of the heart’) these producers of progressive house and tech house have remixed the likes of David Guetta, and Armin Van Buuren while continuing to make their own simple yet driving instrumental beats that are sure to keep everyone in the audience moving. If you need a little more convincing, just turn on their latest release “Boys and Girls”.

Another month, another pair of insanely talented musicians to captivate your eardrums. Here’s to a month of so many secrets of the heart of Inpetto.

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