Har Mar Superstar - Lady You Shot Me
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Har Mar Superstar

This track by New York’s Har Mar Superstar surfaced during SXSW week, meaning it didn’t get as much attention as it deserves. So here I … Continue reading »

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The Hip-Hop Dojo [Vol. 1]

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It’s been a long time in the making, but it’s finally here! Ladies and Gentleninjas, I now present to you: The Hip-Hop Dojo: Volume 1. You may find yourself asking what exactly to expect upon entering the Dojo.Well, that’s a very good question. The Hip-Hop Dojo allows us to share with you all the great hip-hop music that’s dropped over the last week that either a) we didn’t have time to get to OR b) we may have mistakenly missed. We then present all those tracks in one neat little playlist, with a short sentence or two describing each song. Take a listen below, and make sure to download all the FREE tracks here.

Serving as the intro to our playlist, we have Skizzy Mars‘ “15,” a cascading and uplifting song that’ll be the project starter on his upcoming mixtape, Phases. We then continue the trend with three more inspirational tracks. The first of those is “All I’ve Ever Dreamed Of” by HS87, which takes the namesake of their recent mixtape release. “All I’ve Ever Dreamed Of” is a song with almost two sides. Just as you begin to get a feel for Robin Thicke‘s triumphant chorus, the song slaps you in the face with some banging drums. What else would you expect from a Hit-Boy produced track? Next up on the list is a new single from up-and-coming Philly-duo OCD: Moosh & Twist from their Back to the Basement mixtape. Through the song, the two take turns rapping and singing about their ascent towards worldwide notoriety. If you’re looking for something particularly cheery to brighten up your day, I suggest checking out the music video for this one as well.  Finally, rounding out our trio, we have an extremely playful and fun track by DMV-bred Roy Murci called, “Magic Johnson” that definitely has a Wale-esque vibe to it. The next track in the lineup we have is essentially a remix of a remix, as STS tackles Adventure Club‘s remix of Flight Facilities‘ “Crave You” to profess his absolute love for gold. Following things up, we have another new track with a famous sample as Big K.R.I.T. flips James Blake‘s “The Wilhelm Scream” to reflect on his state of mind as he prepares for his upcoming mixtape, King Remembered In Time.

Moving on, what Dojo would be complete without an appearance from a member of the Wu-Tang ClanRaekwon reminds us of the good ol’ 90′s with his newest effort, spitting some elegant bars over a soulful backdrop. Keystone-native, Tayyib Ali also revives that old school aesthetic, proving that he does anything but follow “The Script.” Next up, we have duo Kidz In The Hall, who bring us a dazzling, head-bopping single in “No Doz.” We then shift over to the West Coast to the savvy pairing of TiRon & Ayomari who forget their filters when discussing their ideas of love and women. Crossing back across the country to New York, we we find Torae and Skyzoo who to want to remind us of the message Wu-Tang made famous 20 years ago, letting us know that “Cash Still Rules” everything.

As we continue forward, we come across a couple of bangers to turn up with your headphones plugged in. TermanologyEa$y Money, and Nitty Scott MC all flex their mic skills for the hell of it over a reverberant, guitar-laden beat on “Bars For Days”. Our next two tracks feature a common subject: every rapper’s favorite herb. While King Chip takes us to a place known as Clevelafornia to tell us where he prefers to smoke his, the boisterous Sahtyre creates a complete dedication to his favorite vegetable over an insanely wild, high octane beat. Chitown natives Joey Purp and Kami De Chukwu may still be young, but they provide us with some brief insight to all the fun to be had at an “Illuminati Slumber Party.” Staying within the confines of the illest city in the Midwest, Cracko Kain & Vic Spencer speculate upon the state of Chicago operating under martial law. Boldy James’ ”Goose Egg,” is a haunting yet infectious number, that’ll have you pressing play again the second it ends.

The final three tracks are meant for more mellow occasions, when you’re looking to just kick back and unwind to some relaxing tunes. We start that process off with SMKA‘s “Good Life.” Laced with a euphoric beat from Kato, ATLiens Playboy TreSpree Wilson and Marian Mereba all discuss the struggles endured during the quest for the good life. Coming from young Japanase duo BenZel, “Semi Detached” is a raw, emotional track with stellar, ethereal production that reaches you right to the core. Chance the Rapper blesses the track with a casual, yet introspective guest verse, while British crooner Cass Lowe tugs at our heartstrings with his delicate, whispering vocals. Last but not least, we have the multi-talented MeLo-X, coming to us with “Handle It” which will be featured on his upcoming GOD: LoFi project. With this latest effort, MeLo is able to show off his skills as both a producer and rapper, as he takes M-Phazes‘ remix of Gotye‘s “Somebody I Used To Know” and transforms it into a seductive, soothing bedroom anthem.

We really hope you enjoyed the first edition of The Hip-Hop Dojo. If you have any submissions or suggestions for the next edition, feel free to send them to baseer@themusicninja.com.

Skizzy Mars
15 (Intro)
HS87
All Ive Ever Dreamed Of (feat. HitBoy, Audio Push, K. Roosevelt & Robin Thicke)
OCD: Moosh & Twist
Top Of The World
Roy Murci
Magic Johnson (feat. Danie Lyon)
STS
Dripping In Gold
Big K.R.I.T.
R.E.M.
Raekwon
Whatever Baby (Feat. JD Era)
Tayyib Ali
The Script
Kidz In The Hall
No Doz
TiRon & Ayomari
No Filter
Torae
Cash Still Rules (Feat. Skyzoo)
Termanology f. Nitty Scott MC & Ea$y Money
Bars For Days
King Chip
Under Palm Trees
Sahtyre
Broccoli
Joey Purp & Kami de Chukwu
Illuminati Slumber Party
Cracko Kain
Martial Law ft. Vic Spencer
Boldy James
Goose Egg
SMKA 
Good Life (Feat. Playboy Tre, Marian Mereba & Spree Wilson) (Prod. Kato of SMKA)
BenZel
Semi Detached (Feat. Cass Lowe & Chance The Rapper)
MeLo_X
Handle It
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[Denver Event] This Week at Beta 3/21

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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

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For the Friday and Saturday shows, 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!

Above and Beyond - March 21st

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Doctor P - March 22nd

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Bad Boy Bill - March 23rd

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[Hip-Hop] Black Milk – Sunday’s Best/ Monday’s Worst

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Black Milk
Sunday's Best / Monday's Worst

It has been some time since we have heard some new solo heat from Detroit emcee Black Milk. Breaking his silence today, he drops a new lead single titled “Sunday’s Best, Monday’s Worst”. It has been almost 3 years since Milk’s last solo effort Album of the Year and with his latest track, he takes listeners to church. JDilla‘s disciple combines two songs as one continuous piece of dope music. The first part “Sunday’s best” is a gospel-laced with an underground appeal and the second part “Monday’s Best” brings the reverse, soulful tune that tells a sombre story.

It is a great listen for most hip-hop heads and really shows Milk’s lyrical prowess on the mic. Definitely worth a listen below and are available for download on iTunes now. Both tracks will be featured on Milk’s uncoming untitled new solo album dropping later this summer.

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[Album Review] Justin Timberlake – 20/20 Experience

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They say that with age comes experience and with Justin Timberlake‘s new album 20/20 Experience, he shows that he is wise beyond his years. After over a six-year hiatus, the 32-year-old singer flexes his 20+ years in the music industry over a wide array of genre-hopping, mature tunes. Allowing some time to pass, Timberlake teams up with hit-maker producer/writer Timbaland and Harmon to recapture the same magic that made his previous two multi-platinum efforts so successful.

After falsely announcing that Timberlake was not going to return to the music industry and focus on his booming acting career, he surprised fans by dropping the infectious “Suit & Tie”. The lead single is a progressive, yet retro track that mixes genres and eras. Opening with a chopped-and-screwed vibe, Timberlake quickly switches to a Marvin Gaye-esque falsetto as he smoothly croons over a mix of percussion and studio synths. With the addition of a sophisticated, grown and sex hip-hop  verse from Jay-Z, this tune set up the tone for the majority of the album and the new sound of the “Future sex/Love Songs” singer.

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Pusher Love Girl
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Tunnel Vision

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[Indie] Shady Elders – Schoolmate

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Shady Elders
Schoolmate

There’s a lot of talent coming out of Hot Congress Records in Denver. The most recent of which is a dream pop indie rock band by the name of Shady Elders. Their track “Schoolmates” off of their upcoming album is conveniently titled. We say that because we can’t help but think of dancing to this song at a high school prom sometime in the 50′s. The guitar chords, the dreamy doo-wop feel, and the sultry vocals of lead singer Britt Rodemich had us feeling like grabbing our sweethearts and awkwardly dancing in circles through our high school gyms.

However, while the sound does have that classic vibe that’s getting increasingly popular these days (alla Lana Del Rey, Michael Kiwanuka, Bahamas, etc) this band is very much on their way to great things in the present. They’ve opened for a few large acts that are well revered in the blogosphere, and we expect to see more of the same to come.

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[Hip-Hop] Lil Wayne – Trippy (Feat. Juicy J)

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Trippy (Feat. Juicy J)

For his latest leak off of I Am Not A Human Being II, Lil Wayne releases one hell of a banger. With Juicy J in tow, Weezy rolls with the Memphis native’s mantra on this one, and gets a little trippy, which might explain the sudden health scare over the weekend. Make sure to listen safely my friends, lest you fall to the same fate. If you’re feeling this new track from Wayne, make sure to grab I Am Not A Human Being II when it drops on March 26th.

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