[Hip-Hop] Big K.R.I.T. – Reign On

Bringing in some positivity and good vibes, southern emcee Big K.R.I.T. teams up with 9th Wonder and drops the V-Day single “Reign On”. This uplifting collaboration opens with a sample of the O’Jays‘ “For the Love of Money” and draws inspiration from the NBA legend Julius Erving aka DR. J. K.R.I.T. flows over the 70′s beat with a dope rap about money, success, and family. Be sure to check out the free track below and wait patiently for the rapper’s new mixtape K.R.I.T.(King Remembered in Time) to drop later this year.

Reign On with Big K.R.I.T and 9th Wonder
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AMTRAC – The Scheme EP

AMTRAC is a tricky fellow to categorize, and we have a sneaking suspicion that this is far from unintentional.  This “multi-instrumentalist DJ” seemingly transcends genres from project to project, most notably in his most recent release The Scheme EP (Super Music Group).

The EP is an eclectic mix of dance music that weighs heavily on its heavy, energetic beats that feel full of colorful volume and rich, yet simplistic production.  Each track is noticeably different from the other, but each comes to the party with a surprising Nu Disco, Deep House feel.  Check out each of the tracks below and feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments.

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Azealia Banks – Harlem Shake Freestyle

Brooklyn producer Baauer’s “Harlem Shake” has quickly become a YouTube and club phenomenon, so it was only a matter of time before artists decided to jump on the dope beat. Azealia Banks‘ takes advantage of the Harlem Shake mania and freestlyes over the trap beat. Considering that the young femcee is from Brooklyn and usually rhymes over eclectic beats, it should come to no surprised that she took to the beat. Her tongue-twisting and fast paced rhymes are right at home to the single and make for a nice audio treat this Valentine’s Day. Be sure to check out the freestyle below.

Azealia Banks – Harlem Shake Freestyle
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[R&B] Usher – Go Missin’ (Prod. Diplo)

What would Valentine’s Day be without a little Usher? A year after the release of “Climax,” Diplo and Usher Raymond try to replicate that same success with another soft, seductive new single. “Go Missin” isn’t quite as heart wrenching as the duo’s last collaboration, opting for a more upbeat, yet still subtle tone. After a few listens, it’s pretty easy to see these two have another hit on their hands. There’s no indication whether this will be on Usher’s next album, but if you’re digging this new track from Usher, make sure to grab the free download below.

Go Missin (Prod. Diplo)
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Gramatik – Bluestep

Leave it to Gramatik to seamlessly create a new subgenre. Gramatik, as we have described before, has had funk, soul, blues and jazz running through his veins since he was a toddler, and while that alone doesn’t give him the authority to on all these genres, his music clearly does. Bluestep is a complex yet simply layered experimentation merging two complete opposite genres into one seamless sound. There are no limits to what Gramatik cannot mix together and this is just another example of his brilliance.

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[Valentine's Playlist] The Love Trap

Happy Valentine’s Day Ninjas. In the spirit of the season we’ve put together a playlist of some of the best romantic trap music we could find. Much like Dubstep, Trap as a genre already has more sub-genres than you can think of. One of these sub-genres that has been making some waves is Love Trap. This playlist is full of names you might already be familiar with like eSenTRIK and Hucci, while others are names you should definitely familiarize yourself with like Kastle and Kaytradana. The first half of the playlist moves through some trill, lyricly infused romance before the second half gets jazzy, using saxophones over the trap or juke beats.

Whether you’re spending this Valentine’s Day curled up with your sweetheart on a bear skin rug in front of a roaring fire sipping wine or drinking a whole bottle of vodka and eating a box of chocolate by yourself, this list of tunes are sure to get the romantic vibes going.   From all of us here at The Music Ninja, Happy Valentines Day. We Love You!

Stay Forever Tour VIP Remix
Love You Down (eSenTRIK Remix)
I Got You (feat. The Weeknd)
XXYYXX ft. 2 Chainz About You (DJ Fergie Ferg Trap Edit)
Parker Ighile
So Beautiful (Tim Gunter 808 Bootleg)
Teedra Moses
Be Your Girl (Kaytranada Edition)
Frank Ocean
Thinkin Bout You (Ryan Hemsworth Bootleg)
Destinys Child
Cater 2 U (Ruddyp Remix)
Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs
Trouble (Lunice Remix) FREE DOWNLOAD
Yuna x Adventure Club
Lullabies (ViLLΛGE Remix)
Childish Gambino
Heartbeat (ROBBER¥ remix)
Again and Again (ChasenDreamzZ Trappin In The Bed Remix)                    {FREE DOWNLOAD}
BLUE DREAM (free download via XLR8R)
Keys N Krates
Wolf Myer Orchestra – Caught (Koloah Bootleg) FREE DOWNLOAD
Connection (STYLSS presents: TRAP FUNERAL)

And if this list doesn’t satisfy your desire for those Love Trap vibes, make sure to check out Drankenstein‘s Valentines mix

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[Hip-Hop] J. Cole – Power Trip (ft. Miguel)

Shortly after dropping an unexpected free projectJ. Cole gives us the first single from his long awaited sophomore album, Born Sinner. On “Power Trip,” Cole enlists recent Grammy winner, Miguel, for an appropriately-timed love song. While plenty of emcees touch on romance in their raps, Cole has a way of capturing certain intricacies and complexities within relationships that few can articulate quite as effectively. Miguel fits in perfectly over the instrumental providing a dope interlude of sorts. Stream this dope single below and look out for Born Sinner, due later this year.

Power Trip feat. Miguel
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