[Hip-Hop] Juicy J – Ain’t No Coming Down

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In anticipation for his new album, southern emcee Juicy J has been on his grind lately. Following the success of his other single “Show Out”, he teams with Childish Major and C4 production to drop “Ain’t Coming Down”. The slow-paced, dark single find the former 36 mafia rapper spitting his usual hard hitting rhymes about money, drugs, and weed. This is definitely more on the “sit-back and light up” or “ride-out” sound than his previous banger, but is still worth a listen. Be sure to check out his latest LP Stay Trippy when it drops later this year.

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[NEW] Lana Del Rey – Young & Beautiful (from The Great Gatsby soundtrack)

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Lana Del Rey
Young & Beautiful

Lana Del Rey makes her return to the new music world, thanks to the forthcoming film The Great Gatsby. “Young & Beautiful” showcases the pop singer in all her somber, dramatic glory. The haunting track is an interesting one for LDR — an H&M model, lovely style icon and overall gorgeous human specimen — as it has her calling out desperately, “Will you still love me when I am no longer young and beautiful? Will you still love me when I got nothing but my aching soul?” Fans of the songstress, as well as fans of the tragic literary tale, will enjoy this quite a bit. Listen to it below and be sure to pick up the official Great Gatbsy soundtrack (also featuring Florence and The Machine, Jay-Z, Beyonce and Andre 3000) when it drops May 6th internationally and May 7th here in the US.

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[Hip-Hop] D’Banj – Scapegoat (Remix) ft. Kanye West

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D'Banj
Scapegoat (Remix) ft. Kanye West

Nigerian native and G.O.O.D. Music soldier D’Banj gives us a carefree anthem with none other than Yeezy chiming in with two verses. If his iconic voice sounds familiar, it’s because Kanye had recruited him on Cruel Summer‘s “The Morning.” Drawing from his Nigerian roots, D’Banj creates a song that incorporates island drums and beach chords. Kanye’s flow on his verses is the perfect form of creativity with a slight hint of raunchiness. All in all the song makes it feel like palm trees and eighty degrees anywhere.

This song is due out on D’Banj’s upcoming album, DKM (D’Kings Men).

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[Electronic] Disclosure – You & Me ft. Eliza Doolittle

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Premiering last week on Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 show, “You & Me” is the latest track from UK producer duo Disclosure. Featuring vocals from Eliza Doolittle, it’s a thumpin’ cut that, once again, showcases the pair’s house leanings (we dig it so much, you might’ve seen it on our latest installment of the Chill Dojo!). Over the last year or so, they’ve slowly carved out a name for themselves in the electronic world — especially with their acclaimed remixes and choice collaborations — and it all leads up to June 3rd when they drop their debut album, Settle, via PMR Records. If that date seems a bit too far off, have no fear, they are scheduled to release a singles EP at the end of this month. Enjoy.

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[MP3 Playlist] The Chill Dojo #34

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For many people, this week in April is one of the most laidback times of the year. It’s a time that goes hand in hand with the celebration of chill music, so look no further for those mellow tunes you desire.

Dojo number 34 kicks off with a amazingly funky beat from Lindsay Lowend, released under his alias Bib. ‘Take my Heart’ is a jam, plain and simple, packed with catchy vocal elements and magical chords to be consumed in high doses to leave you smiling. We go from an incredible beat to incredible bass courtesy of Watapachi remixing the soulful hit ‘Love You Down’. The original gets slowed down with an injection of 808′s and heavy bass to create a serious love trap anthem. While the mood is set, it’s only fitting to move into this next remix from NY producer Obey City, who creates a stunning atmospheric track filled with stunning drumwork and ethnic strings. Sizzlebird is another masterful user of string elements within his chillstep works, and he again puts it on full display with his latest free download ‘First Light’. Ellie Goulding’s Halcyon Remix Album was released for download this week, and one of the highlights of the stream was this next effort from Kastle, who utilises garage vibes and vocal transformation to showcase the skills that make him one of the top producers in the game.

The rest of the playlist should provide you with a fitting soundtrack to continue the chill vibes for the week ahead. Peace Out.

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Bib
Take My Heart (Keats//Collective VOL. 3)
INOJ
LOVE YOU DOWN (WATAPACHI REMIX) *** FREE DOWNLOAD ***
PS 3 (Obey City Remix)
First Light
Ellie Goulding
My Blood (Kastle Remix)
Wolftek Feat. Jessika Dawn
Until The End (Vocal Mix)
You & Me ft. Eliza Doolittle
KLP
Roll With It
Touch Sensitive
Pizza Guy
Lucky Charms (Original Mix)
Kris Menace feat. Black Hills
Waiting For You (Fingerpaint Remix)
Satin Jackets
Dee Baby
Satin Jackets
Only You (Rogue Vogue Remix)
Satin Jackets feat. Patrick Baker
Only You (Delia D. Remix)
Sau Poler
Love Minded.mp3
Sau Poler
Isolated.mp3
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[Mashup] 2 Mello – Chrono Jigga (Jay-Z vs. Chrono Trigger)

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What is it about Jay-Z that allows him to blend in so seamlessly with just about everything? I’m not a huge fan of mashups, but I swear all the best mashup projects I’ve ever heard have involved Hov in some way, shape, or form. While pairings with your favorite bands (see: The BeatlesLinkin ParkColdplayOasisAC/DCThe Verve and Radiohead) have all been pleasant surprises in the past, none of those could possibly prepare you for this.

As one of gaming’s true masterpieces, Chrono Trigger was revered for its unique artwork, revolutionary gameplay, breathtaking story, and of course, its legendary soundtrack, which was composed by the talented duo of Yasunori Mitsuda and Nubuo Uematsu. As a self-professed hip-hop head and video game nerd, 2 Mello has collided the two drastically different worlds to craft one of the most bizarre mashups of all time with Chrono Jigga. It takes an entirely different level of creativity to envision a project such as this, and Mello is able to prove this is more than just a gimmick.

Instead of simply slapping a few bars over some catchy music, 2 Mello often re-imagines some of our favorite Jay-Z works, and breathes new life into them, as all great mashups should do. Take for example, “Ignorant Scene.” It’s not just about finding an upbeat tune to fit with Jay’s “Ignorant Shit.” Rather, Mello explores some of the intricacies hidden in Jay’s verses, and pairs it with the unconventional choice of “Wind Scene,” to allow us to see the classic in an entirely new light. The album is littered with great examples like this.

Take a quick peek at the sample we’ve gathered for you below, and make sure to download the entire project over HERE when you’re done.

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An Encore In Time (Jay Z vs. Chrono Trigger Mashup)
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Ignorant Scene (Jay Z vs. Chrono Trigger Mashup)
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Public Chrono Announcement (Jay Z vs. Chrono Trigger Mashup)
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Dirt In The Palace (Jay Z vs. Chrono Trigger Mashup)
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What More Can I Sing (Jay Z vs. Chrono Trigger Mashup)
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[Editorial] Rebuttal – Going to Coachella? You’re a Loser and Part of the Problem and Probably Fat

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Last week Luke O’Neil over at Bullet posted a snarky, funny at times, and slightly offensive piece about Coachella, its attendees and its line up. After having just been to Ultra, experiencing my first music festival outside of Colorado, I was a little irritated by his article. To me it seemed like a pathetic attempt to troll and get new followers on twitter. Before I responded though, I wanted to experience Coachella and see if he was remotely close at pegging this supposedly “life changing” experience that everyone talks about ad nauseum.

Well, I’m back now. I’m exhausted, depleted of spending money, and coming back to the reality that I’m not in festival mode anymore. I just reread Luke’s article, to see if I could agree with him on any points, and there are a few. However, his leading you to the conclusion that you shouldn’t go has to be debunked. Before I start, I do realize that some of his article was said tongue in cheek. However, he made some pretty bold assumptions that I feel like contesting.

Going to Coachella? You’re a Loser and Part of the Problem and Probably Fat

Nothing like trying to convince people to do something by insulting them, right? I know that this is just the title, and the author was trying to encompass everything that his article entailed, but on the simplest level, this couldn’t be further from the truth. I can’t attest to whether all of the people around me were losers or not, because that is an extremely subjective descriptor, and one that’s obviously impossible to tell without conversing with a person. The crew that I rolled with were all pretty normal people, all moderately successful, enjoy music and love experiencing festivals. The people I met while pre-gaming in parking lots, waiting in line to get into the beer garden, and relaxing in the shade were…well, all really nice people. Everyone had smiles on their faces and were excited to be in the moment. The vibe was extremely social, laid back, and friendly.

As for being fat, I say this in complete and utter honesty: this statement could not be further from the truth. In fact, at one point I actually commented on the level of in shape and healthy people. I can’t really say much more than that.

Speaking of young people, were any of them consulted in the booking process this year?

Ok, so there were a few odd bookings for this particular year, I will agree with that. Here’s the problem with this statement though…did you see the other names on the festival line up? You do realize that while Red Hot Chili Peppers was playing, Eric Prydz was throwing down literally one of the best live DJ sets I’ve ever witnessed (keeping in mind that reviewing music is my profession)? The laws of physics suggest that you are unable to be at every stage at once, so while that seemingly odd booking is playing, you can walk to any other number of stages and catch another artist’s performance.

Also, take a moment to add up what a festival costs. My flight was $350, the rental house we booked was $420 a piece, the ticket was $400. That’s over $1000 without spending money. With beers being $9 a piece and a singular slice of pizza being $7, you can start to figure in how much spending money was needed for a three day festival. So, do you still think that this was filled with “young people”? There are a handful of trust fund babies that could probably ask daddy for a couple of grand to piss away on a festival, but the majority of the people there were late 20′s early 30′s middle class people.

Musical appreciation has evolved in the past few years. I started working here in 2010. In three years I’ve worked with countless bloggers, been to hundreds of concerts, and been a part of awe inspiring hours of music talking to fellow music nerds. The times have changed. Allow me to explain.

When I was in high school, most people were into one kind of music. There were ravers who were only into EDM, goth kids who loved the industrial metal bands, and pop punk junkies that couldn’t miss a single Warped Tour. I don’t see that as much anymore. In fact, it’s overwhelmingly apparent that it’s now cool to be into every type of music. Kids today have endless amounts of musical selection at their finger tips, and are now exposed to every single genre and sub genre, past or present. With that being said, the level of musical knowledge and appreciation is beyond anything that I ever witnessed growing up.

There is simply no reason to ever see more than a few bands at a time on any given day, and anyone who tells you otherwise is lying, or on drugs.

I like roller coasters, but there’s absolutely no reason for me to go to an amusement park and ride multiple ones. That’s simply over-indulgent and ridiculous. I often seek out singular roller coasters and just go ride it once, then go home. I also enjoy drinking beers, but I think it’s silly to go to the Great American Beer Festival and try dozens of 1 oz samples. That’s just insane that anyone would enjoy anything like that.

Dude, seriously? I absolutely love music, and could picture no better way to spend my day then walking from stage to stage seeing live acts. How is spending an entire day, if not three, doing what you love most that absurd?

Festivals like this aren’t for people who like music, they’re for people who kind of like the idea of drinking in a crowd in a field near other potential sexual partners

There’s nothing like making a broad stroke assumption about a group of 100,000 people, right? This was one of the most asinine points to this entire article. How could you possibly know what the personal objectives of every individual be? You can’t.

I paid close attention to the way people were consuming music this last weekend though. I wanted to see if people knew who the artists were, or if they were just scanning the crowd for their next piece of ass. It came as no surprise to me that the people standing watching the shows were actually watching the show. People sang along. People danced. People turned to their friends and exclaimed how much they loved this song. People smiled ear to ear as they heard one of their favorite bands play one of their favorite tunes.

Coachella, and festivals like it, are the enemy of the authentic music experience. The bands don’t like playing there, the fans aren’t getting a proper introduction to the music in its natural setting

What is the authentic music experience? After spending some time researching this in Webster’s dictionary, I soon realized that there’s no definition for it. Isn’t this a rather subjective thing to describe? For me, an authentic music experience is enjoying music in any setting. I’ve been at Red Rocks watching shows with amazing stage production and mind blowing natural acoustics. I’ve seen a bluegrass band play at a bar in Downtown Denver. The two are miles apart, but I still enjoyed the music all the same. It seems to me that an authentic music experience is simply watching live music, in any setting.

As far as artist’s concerns with playing at Coachella, I’ll simply use a quote that Michael Menert posted just the other night.

“…had an unbelieveably fulfilling experience at Coachella. Made new friends, saw a lot of old friends, played a set to a receptive and responsive crowd, experienced Wu Tang and RHCP, both of whom weigh in considerably in my musical development early on… thank you PL, Sophie, 12th, kraddy and the crew at DoLab, CAA, Vendini, the homie Blake from Nashville, my management team, and Coachella for leaving me feeling brand new, even though I still haven’t slept since Friday haha! heading home to turn this potential energy kinetic…”

So, what’s my end game here? Go to Coachella. Don’t go to Coachella. I don’t care, and it’s frankly none of my business. If you want to go and have that experience, please do so. You only have one life to live, so you might as well make the most of it. If you detest the thought of standing in the hot desert sun with thousands of people, then don’t go.

For me personally, Coachella was an absolutely amazing experience, and one that I will cherish for the rest of my life. I’m still thinking back to jumping around like crazy reciting line after line of Wu Tang songs, sitting in the grass listening to Postal Service play “Such Great Heights”, and screaming my lungs out as Two Door Cinema Club belted out “I Can Talk.” The decor, the lights, the stages, created an unbelievably setting that most music lovers would have enjoyed.

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