On April 2nd, Cold War Kids will issue their fourth full-length, Dear Miss Lonely Hearts. Earlier, we had a preview of the LP thanks to the hearty, rockin’ track “Miracle Mile” (above), which pleasantly reminded us of their earlier releases. But we’ll be honest — we’ve gotten kind of impatient the last few weeks, wondering if the rest of the record would sound similar to that aforementioned song. So, we were beyond excited to hear that entire thing is currently streaming online! Check it out and let us know what you think.
Welcome back to the Hip-Hop Dojo! It seems just like yesterday we put up the first edition of this humble playlist, but we have all this awesome music to remind of us the time that’s passed. This week’s lineup features some true lyrical wordsmiths, from veterans like Talib Kweli and Ras Kass, to youngsters like Kendrick Lamar and Joey Purp. Although we’re only in our second week, a few artists are already making reappearances like the aforementioned Joey Purp, as well as STS, Sahtyre, King Chip, and Termanology. Since last week’s post ran a little lengthy, we’ve tried to shorten things by highlighting some of the standout material.
We start things off this week with a more conscious vibe. While up-and-comer Eddy B sheds light on some of his harsh realities growing up, Talib and R.A. The Rugged Man take us for a tour around the globe, exploring atrocities many of us may not have been aware of. Meanwhile, ¡Mayday! frontman Wrekonize also provides us with some insight to personal struggles of his own, and the reasons for his “Anxiety Attacks.”
Toning things down in the next section, we’ve assembled a nice collection of songs to share with your other half. One of the most notable items is “Natural Spring Water” from 2AM Club, who flaunt their roots in multiple genres alongside Wichita native, XV. We also have a few recognizable faces in here too. With Tyga & Chris Brown‘s “Fuck For The Road” comes a story of redemption and renewal, while The World Famous Tony Williams and his (arguably more famous) crew of Kanye West, King Chip, and Freddie Gibbs, assemble together for a remix of his ode to that special someone. Lastly, we have a new cut from some TMN favorites, THEBLKHANDS, who utilize a brilliant sample of The xx‘s “Angels” to introduce us to the darker side of love.
The next section just features some good old-fashioned trash talking, a language that’s clearly spoken worldwide as evidenced by our inclusion of London-based ItsNate on the remix of his hit record, “WSLTA” which stands for “Where She Learnt That At.” We also get some outstanding verses from the likes of Joey Purp, GQ, Rapsody, Rocki Evans, Blu, and Smoke DZA along with his new R.F.C. crew. Old-fashioned wasn’t just a figure of speech either, as just about all of these tracks have some ill, old-school vibes to them.
As always, we also have a few cuts ideal for listening between 4:19 and 4:21. B.I.C.‘s spaced-out “DOPM” is definitely a standout in that category. Credit is definitely due to Chuk Le Garcon, who creates a trippy, ethereal beat for the boys to spit on. We can’t forget to give props to Ras Kass for coming up with the possible line of the week on Termanology’s “We Stay High,” spitting, “I’ll put a rapper in a wheelchair like Degrassi.” Sahtyre‘s got a real banger for the second week in a row, with his powerful new single, “Gettin High.”
Speaking of bangers, we’ve got a real treat for you with our next two songs, both featuring prominent samples. While STS definitely does his thing over Kavinsky‘s “Odd Look,” Zak Downtown and Murda Mook absolutely tear apart TNGHT‘s “Higher Ground.” Finally, we decided we’d wrap things up with some uplifting music. “Jordan vs Bird” is a triumphant song from Puck, a unique rapper, who proves he won’t let being resigned to a wheelchair prevent him from taking the court.
I hope you guys enjoyed our second edition of The Hip-Hop Dojo. As always, if you have any suggestions or submissions, feel free to send them over to email@example.com.
Watts R.I.O.T. Ft. Kendrick Lamar (Prod. by Sounwave)
Learn Truth (ft. Talib Kweli)
Natural Spring Water feat. XV
Fuck For The Road ft. Chris Brown
Another You (Remix) ft. Kanye West, King Chip & Freddie Gibbs
In Love (Feat. Kembe X)
Dont Stop (Prod. Thelonious Martin)
I Know Feat. Rapsody & Rocki Evans (Produced by Khrysis)
Ghost Of Dipset (Prod. Thelonious Martin)
Slave To The Wave (Prod. By 183rd)
WSLTA (Remix) Feat. G FrSH, CatchEm x Phaze One
We Stay High (Feat. Ras Kass & Wais P) (Prod. Statik Selektah)
DOPM (Prod. By Chuk Le Garcon)
Dont Blow My High ft. Murda Mook
Jordan Vs Bird
Being a Top 25 Club from DJ Mag comes at no surprise as Beta Nightclub has been featuring an amazing array of talent this summer, and this weekend is once again no exception.
Being regulars at Beta, we figured we should share their line up with you, in hopes that you’ll come down and rage with us. Also, just like last time, we have arranged for something special.
MUSIC NINJAS GET FREE COVER
For the shows Thursday, Friday and Saturday, make sure you bring your phone with you. If you’re 21+, get there before 11pm, and show them this post on your phone – your cover is comped. Just make sure to enter through the front door, and not the side VIP entrance. Can’t wait to see you down there!
3LAU HAUS #12 (Electro Beach Spring Break)
Ohh Shhh (Ultra Music)
Lefse Records will release a tribute album, MITSUDA, honoring Japanese video game composer Yasunori Mitsuda. Here is Ryan Hemsworth‘s dramatic, adventurous, and very game-appropriate contribution called “Proto”.
New York-based rapper, Skizzy Mars, has been garnering a lot of buzz over the last few years with his music. While he would constantly surprise us with quality material from time to time, fans were itching to hear a full body of work from the young emcee. We finally have that project in the form of his new mixtape, Phases, which proves the wait was well worth it. While fans will be delighted to see the return of hits like “Pay for You” (with G-Eazy) and “Douchebag,” it’s the new material we’re all excited about, and Skiz does not disappoint. Phases is the type of project that both fans of hip-hop and pop can enjoy. Skizzy Mars is one of the few artists out there who’s able to effectively combine catchy, flavorful hooks with raw, intelligent lyricism. Picking out standout tracks from the project proved to be a bit difficult, but each one of the chosen few below brings something different to the table. It’s definitely worth your time to check out the whole project though, which you can download for free at skizzymars.com.
Phases ft. Conner Youngblood
Delusional ft. Sterling Fox
No Time To Chill
Subscape first came to promenence in the scene after his debut release on Dub Police in 2008. Since then, he has become one of the most prolific artists the label has seen. Aside from a coast-to-coast US tour in 2012, he also had monster remixes for artists like Ray Foxx, Ed Sheeran and Adam F.
Subscape’s melodic yet heavy dubstep style has graced our ears on many occasions, which was why we were so excited to bring you this exclusive today. On the heels of the third installment of the My Style (My Style 003 – March 31st) series, Subscape has offered up a delicious exclusive for our ninjas with, “No Time to Chill.” Prepare your neck and ears for this one. In the true essence of artists like Doctor P, Flux Pavilion, and Caspa, Subscape has an absolute monster of a track that features alarm style synths, monster bass, and perfectly timed vocal samples.
Take one listen to this track, try not to bob your head, and when you’re done, check out his tour dates below to see where you can catch him live.
North American Tour
03/04 – Foundation Night club Seattle, WA
04/04 – U Street Music Hall Washington, DC
05/04 – Encore Edmonton, AB
06/04 – Flames Central Calgary, AB
07/04 – Smog Sundays at Los Globos Los Angeles, CA
11/04 – Temple San Francisco, CA
12/04 – Beta Nightclub (Sub.Mission 6th Birthday) Denver, CO
13/04 – The Loft Minneapolis, MN
14/04 – Barcelona Austin, TX