We Up (feat. Kendrick Lamar)
Although 50 Cent hasn’t been able to maintain much relevance musically over the past few years, he’s been able to mostly rely on other ventures to remain financially viable. With his fifth album, Street King Immortal, dropping later this year, 50 is determined to change that. While he’s tried his hand out with a few singles over the last few months (rather unsuccessfully), something tells me he’s finally found the right one in “We Up.” Originally, this track was released last month with an additional verse from Kidd Kidd alongside the one from Kendrick Lamar. In the end though, it seems as if Interscope Records had a difference in opinion on the necessity of one kid, while deciding to let the good kid stick around. Regardless of the changes, the song is incredibly smooth and a pretty impressive effort from 50. It definitely gives us something to be excited about with the new album going forward.
Sail (Remix) ft. Kendrick Lamar & Ab-Soul
Kendrick Lamar and the Top Dawg crew really want to make sure this is an amazing week for you. After receiving the stellar remix for “Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe” on Monday, and ScHoolboy Q‘s awesome new track ”Yay Yay” early Friday, we’ve now been blessed with a remix to AWOLNATION‘s hit single “Sail” complete with guest verses from Kendrick and Black Hippy running mate, Ab-Soul. While the remix may lack the punch of the original, it has been edited by Sounwave to make it a little bit more hip-hop friendly. Kendrick and Ab-Soul undoubtably deliver on their verses, although it can be hard to tell what they’re saying at times, considering the song’s plastered with tags from the L.A. Leakers. It looks like we’ll have to wait for the official version to drop, but in the meantime let’s enjoy what we can of it.
La La La (feat. Sam Smith)
“La La La” is probably one of the most universally recognized phrases in all of music. It can be used as a replacement for almost any term, express any mood, and it resonates with nearly everyone. Because of that it seems like it’s used in just about every song, and almost every artist has at least one song using it as a title. Despite its widespread use however, British producers Naughty Boy and Komi are seemingly able to breathe new life into the term. As a sucker for anything with a Bollywood vibe, Naughty’s keen sample caught my ear right away, but it was the soulful vocals of Sam Smith that kept my attention on this wonderful pop tune. “La La La” is just the second single from Naughty Boy’s upcoming Hotel Cabana project, with the first being “Wonder” featuring Emeli Sandé.
Yay Yay (Prod. by Boi-1da)
Black Hippy‘s ScHoolboy Q is preparing to release his debut album with Interscope Records later this year and today we are blessed with what appears to be the first single. As we have come to expect from Q, he delivers with gritty rhymes regarding mature material in a way that is refreshingly ratchet. The thumping, disorienting producing of Boi-1da perfectly matches Q’s style making “Yay Yay” an absolute banger. We’ve already got one classic album from a Black Hippy member in Kendrick Lamar’s Good Kid m.A.A.d. City, and ScHoolboy Q’s Oxymoron is looking to have what it takes to be yet another with a completely different sound. I can only really describe this song in the words of Q, “YAK! YAK! YAK!”
Gah! What happened? Last we knew, we were in Miami, and now we’re back home again. Holy shit, ninjas. That was a trip for the record books. We’ll have a full report coming your way soon, but in the mean time, please enjoy this tasty selection of party inducing tracks. We’re going to try and avoid listening to it though, as we need a solid detox from last weekend’s festivities.
ZIP COMING SOON
Separate Cannonballs Journey x Showtek x Justin Prime
Tonights Memories (Hard Rock Sofa x Kid Cudi x Dzeko & Torres x Laidback Luke)
DVBBS ft. Simon Wilcox
We Are Electric (HLM Remix)
Follow You Down x Music Sounds Better As Trap
Hit it Rasputins Monkey (Avesta vs Henrix vs Hard Rock Sofa)
Bigger Then Us(Nelly Furtado, Nari & Milani, Leon Bollier, Zedd, Dada life)
DVBBS & LOVEHAUS
B Booi feat Davide Mutendji
Home (T Fresh Remix)
Back To New (The Two Friends Remix)
Tiesto vs Basto
Chasing Storms (RAT Bootleg)
TJR & Deth Hertz
Dont Hertz Me
THEY BULLITTS (ft. Yasiin Bey, Jay Electronica & Lucy Liu)
They Die By Dawn
Although I was completely unaware of the upcoming movie They Die By Dawn before this morning, the title track from the soundtrack has certainly piqued my interest. The fittingly theatrical cut features two highly regarded, yet elusive, emcees in Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def) and Jay Electronica who help create a vivid musical trailer over a steadily building western-influenced instrumental. They Die By Dawn is set to be released later this year and its cast will include Michael K Williams and Erykah Badu among several other notable names. In the meantime, hop on your horse, grab your musket and turn the volume up.