After joining forces with Rick Ross and Kanye West on the original Mastermind single, Big Sean‘s decided to step out into the spotlight on his own, delivering a fresh new verse on “Sanctified.” Rest assured, Sean rolls steady with the punchlines, keeping the boasting to a maximum as he makes bold declarations like “I feel like I’m the black Brad Pitt,” and “If you got my e-mail, you’s a millionaire. If you got my cell phone, you’s a realionaire.” Real deep stuff, if you ask me. All kidding aside, while this alternative version makes for an entertaining listen, Sean can’t quite match the intensity of his mentor on the original. At least now we know what the single would have sounded like had it included a few more bars from Big Sean himself.
Burial feat. Pusha T
It’s the beginning of a new month and with that comes great excitement especially because it’s March. And yes some of us are probably a little bit excited for all that basketball playing going on but with each new month comes a new resident of the month, that’s getting a three pointer at the buzzer to win the whole game excitement right there.
This month a group comes to us, well, three artists who decided after producing tons of amazing music for other artists that they best start doing some producing of their own music. And so, YOGI was born, the latest addition to OWSLA, consisting of I/O, Blake, and of course, Yogi. The three London lads started experimenting with mixing different genres of music back in 2009 and because of that closeness these boys already have an undeniably unique and strong sound. After their huge remix of Zedd’s ‘Stay The Night’ last year, the boys leaked their all instrumental track ‘Christian Bale’, a song off their debut EP due out this May. The full tracklist is still hush hush but today the boys premiered the lead single off of the EP ‘Burial’ featuring Pusha T to get their fans even more excited for the music to come.
Let’s just say, Boo-Boo has nothing on these three insanely talented artists and March is going to be another month of madness here at TMN with YOGI.
Big K.R.I.T. feat. A$AP Ferg
Lac Lac (Prod. By Big K.R.I.T.)
For the third installment of his “Week of K.R.I.T.” series, Big K.R.I.T. hooks up with the Trap Lord himself, A$AP Ferg on the impeccably smooth “Lac Lac.” Produced by K.R.I.T. himself, “Lac Lac” is a laidback hip-hop masterpiece, with the Mississippi native utilizing his confident drawl to keep listeners engaged, while Ferg’s flow evokes memories of classic Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. In our previous post, we mentioned that K.R.I.T. seemed to be returning with a whole new level of focus as he prepares for the release of Cadillactica, and these last two efforts have certainly restored our faith in his abilities. Grab a free download above, and keep your ears ready, as we still have four more days of free K.R.I.T. awaiting us.
Malaysian DJ/producer duo Simon Lee & Alvin have been relatively new to the scene, only having released a handful of remixes in the last 6 months, however its becoming more transparent they want to make a statement in 2014. Being an international blog, The Music Ninja is always trying to reach out to any corner of the world for talent and while we have not featured any other artist from this beautiful peninsula, Simon Lee & Alvin urged us to take notice.
With tracks full of house elements like “Space Chase” that quickly build up emphasizing on rhythm, texture, and energy to other more electro based like “Lights Loud” continue to add to the evolution of their evolving sound. In terms of production, there are some drier opaque elements that can come off underwhelm but they make up with their ferocious intensity. Simon Lee & Alvin have opened for Above & Beyond, Ummet Ozcan, Gareth Emery and claim to be supported by the likes of Kaskade, Above & Beyond, Fedde Le Grand. You can find out more over at their soundcloud and facebook.
Simon Lee & Alvin
Simon Lee & Alvin
Simon Lee & Alvin
Betrayal (Jakwob Mix)
“I want to learn to love this feeling…”
The beginning to an unbelievably stunning and haunting song by London based artist Laura Welsh, “Betrayal” is the perfect song for Welsh because it combines her strong and powerful voice with the intense melodies of DJ Jakwob. The lyrics paint quite a picture of what Welsh is singing about: she is looking for redemption for the person who she appears to love after making some wrong choices along the way. This is a song that has a pop like feel with a dark twist, but a good dark twist. Reminding me a bit of Florence Welch, this beautiful artist is sure to capture the attention of your ears and mind.
The Pink Bride
Memphis native 21 hasn’t been featured on our pages before, but if he continues to churn out gold like this, chances are you’ll be seeing his name far more frequently around here. While hip-hop is no stranger to feelings of unrequited love and forlorn loneliness these days, the 19 year old, takes a fresh approach to the topic that many more seasoned emcees haven’t tried before. Utilizing complex wordplay and armed with confident wisdom beyond his years, the young rapper provides insight into a situation most of us have had the misfortune of dealing with before. 21 recently detailed some of this own thoughts about the track in an interview with Pigeons & Planes:
Basically ‘The Pink Bride’ is about loving someone who doesn’t fully love you back or love you back at all, which is something we’ve all been through,” 21 explains. “If you listen to the hook, she says, ‘I wanna say I love you, but it’s alright.’ That essentially sums everything up. So my process was just me thinking back on girls in the past who have led me on and had me in deep love with them, only to say they don’t feel the same way or only to be halfway in it. And the same for me, the girls I’ve led on and made them feel like I love them or was in love with them, only to let them down by not loving them the same. So it’s just about me telling my story about a girl (The Pink Bride) who led me to believe that she loved me as much as I loved her only to come to find out that she didn’t.”
Much of the single’s success can also be attributed to the use of Ta-Ku‘s “I Miss You” as the song’s instrumental, which itself utilizes a sample of Willow Smith‘s “Summer Fling,” whose sweet, almost despondent vocals add an extra layer of depth to the song’s message. Expanding on the concept Ta-Ku outlined in his own Songs To Break Up To EP, this one’s perfect for the heartbroken and the downtrodden among us, but still makes for an enjoyable listen regardless of your current mood.
As we close out a month long celebration of the artistry of UK based Marika Hackman, we’d like to offer up a sincere thank you for her time with us. With that being said, we have a tasty new track for you to enjoy.
Taking a slight departure from her expected sound, Marika has crafted something a little more upbeat than what we’re used to. Utilizing some deep, driving, tribal drums, we’re given a much less folk-centric sounding tune. While the tempo is something that we’re not used to coming from her, the dark and often ominous sound is definitely apparent.
“Deep Green” is due out on this youngsters upcoming EP, Deaf Heat, which will be dropping April 14th.