Images recently surfaced of Jay-Z, Timbaland, and Swizz Beatz all working together in the studio. As it turns out, they were helping Mr. Carter pen an “Open Letter.” With this new track, Hov approaches some recent issues the only way he knows how: by addressing them head on. He covers topics ranging from his recent anniversary trip to Cuba, to the sale of his stock in the Brooklyn Nets, and even chilling with President Obama. This doesn’t seem like it will live on any forthcoming album from Jay, as it really just serves a reminder to everyone why he’s on top.
Miguel and Kendrick Lamar both broke out in a big way in 2012. After sharing the cover of VIBE magazine together, it’s clear the two have even bigger plans for 2013, like this remix to Miguel’s excellent single, “How Many Drinks?” Last year, Miguel proved he could carry a full album without any features with the Grammy nominated, Kaleidoscope Dream. However, it never hurts to have a little help from your friends, and Kendrick Lamar is certainly good company to keep around. Kendrick doesn’t manage to steal the show this time, but he does deliver a steady verse with his contribution, even slyly referencing his own hit song, “Swimming Pools (Drank).” Miguel keeps all the same elements of the original with his smooth and keen vocals, making this a must-listen for any R&B fans out there. Look out for the return of Miguel’s Art Dealer Chic EP series later this summer.
It is always hard to take the sound from an original track and make it into your own but that has never stopped electronic DJ and producer 3LAU from attempting to do so. And it seems every time 3LAU rises to the challenge he exceeds our expectations and leaves us pining for more. Enter a song from his latest EP called “Captivate the Light” which he mixed with Bruneaux. It begins with a eerie melody that slowly turns into Deadmau5’ piano melody from “Raise your Weapons”. 3LAU keeps the song slow and beautiful, the captivating female lyrics string the song along until the very end. This is just one of the songs on 3LAU’s new EP which features mash-ups from Avicii to Zedd all touched with hints of 3LAU. He does an amazing job picking the strong pieces, melodies, lyrics from these already mind blowing songs and just adds enough new beats and drops to take the songs to the next level of electronic bliss. Enjoy 3LAU’s full EP here and be ready for some other new and exciting things to come from this young rising artist.
Nilson vs Third Party Feat. RHCP Otherside (3LAU Edit)
Deciding to make 2013 even bigger, the London-based dubstep act MODESTEP are on an onslaught of tour dates all across The United States bringing their movement of quality wobbles to as many cities as possible.
With the help of Music Ninja favorites Mimosa, Dirty Phonics and veteran dj/producer DJ Muggs, the Evolution Theory tour is starting to head west after an extensive coverage of the east coast early this year.
We are working with both MODESTEP and Interscope to bring you a solid ticket giveaway for the Los Angeles event at Club Nokia on April 18th. We have two sets of tickets, which means we’ll select two winners! Instructions are below:
How to enter:
1) Like The Music Ninja on FB
2) Like MODSTEP on facebook:
3) Comment below this post and tell us what is your favorite track from either MODESTEP, Mimosa, Dirty Phonics or DJ Muggs.
Contest ends Friday April 12th. Prizes include only 2 tickets to the show. No travel will be provided in this contest. You are responsible for getting yourself to and from the show. Winners will be notified through this comment stream via FB so please pay attention! Good Luck!
Before it all started Poppin’ Off, there as a story of three men and a duck. Sound silly? Maybe. But, this mowtown, soul, and EDM infused quartet (counting the duck) is anything but. Yes, we were first introduced to Watch the Duck with their big bassy track, “Poppin Off.” How did they get there though? Well, this genre bending group has put together a series of music videos telling the story of how they came to be.
The first release was ” Freedomville (Anatidaephobia Part 1)” The video displays a girl running from door to door opening them, curious as to what lies behind it. This symbolizes the band being sick of doing music for other people, and craving to find what they really wanted to do as musicians.
The next release is of course what we’re bringing you today, Lost In It (Anatidaephobia Part 2). This trippy, carnivalesque short film takes on a ride through the groups journey getting lost in the scene in Atlanta. The track itself provides the perfect association for this video. The big buzzing bass, haunting melodies, sharp electrified synths, and emotion rich vocals give this a thought evoking soundtrack to an already thought provoking music video.
Look for the third and fourth installments coming soon, which will complete the story and take us to what we are all familiar with, “Popping Off”. And while you’re waiting for that release to come about, head over to iTunes and snag a copy of Watch the Duck’s EP, Anatidaephobia.
Another day, another dope single that Westcoast emcee Kendrick Lamar lyrical dominates. On this remix, the South Florida duo Urban Noize remixes the Canei Finch track. Adding in some horn sample cuts and head-nod worthy drums to the beat, the duo compliments the track well. Young Jeezy comes through to drop off a quick street-inspired verse over the throwback vibe and still does the track justice. Still feel like both the original and remix could use a guest verse from Bun B. but this is a solid remix that still keeps the old school rhythm of the original. Take a listen below.