Forbes recently released a list of 2012′s hip-hop “Cash Kings,” ranking the rap world’s top earners. Snagging the #1 spot was Dr. Dre, who wrangled up a whopping $110 million — half of which can be attributed to his Beats by Dre headphone brand. The West Coast producer and emcee was joined by #2 Diddy (buoyed by his Ciroc vodka), #3 Jay-Z (his money raked in from number of places, like the Brooklyn Nets) and #4 Kanye (reaping much of the benefits from Watch The Throne). Eminem, who hasn’t exactly been a popular face for corporate endorsements and sponsorships, still placed at #9, bolstered by his music, selling more albums in the last 10 years than any artist. What are your thoughts, ninjas?
1. Dr. Dre – $110 million
2. Diddy – $45 million
3. Jay-Z – $38 million
4. Kanye West – $35 million
5. Lil Wayne – $27 million
6. Drake – $20.5 million
7. Birdman – $20 million
8. Nicki Minaj – $15.5 million
9. Eminem – $15 million
10. Ludacris – $12 million
Rarely has a track caught my sense of musical direction so off guard. When clicking on the album Alahambra, where this single resides, truly had no idea of what was about to bless my ears. Given the mass amount of music bandcamp sits in front of you to sort through the whole site can become somewhat of a maze at times. Through all the wrong turns and dead ends, stumbling across Mother Falcon, a group from Austin, TX, made it all well worth it.
Letting the beautiful vocals caress the early rising of the track gives the listener no real insight as to what is awaiting them. The soul of this song just gets louder and louder as the progression steadily builds up till the true colors of “Alligator Teeth” show. Listening to a group of new wave musicians attack a traditional instrumental setup will send a refreshing chill down the spine. That driving force of a percusion in this song is given the most perfect old school DnB pattern that lets a collective such as this band reach out and affect your everyday 2012 music listener. This track is offered as a free download off Mother Falcon’s bandcamp page here. Check out the rest of the album while you’re at it.
I haven’t been this obsessed with a preview of a song in a long time. Once I stumbled on this track yesterday morning I listened to it roughly 15 times over the next few hours. Yea, yea, I know a bit overkill but it has been a while since Wolfgang Gartner has put a sound of this caliber. His most recent releases such as “Girl on Boy”, “Girl on Girl,” and “Redline” are all good, but this is exceptional. The sound design is similar to some of the tracks off Weekend In America, bringing some big room synths mixed with flawless wobbles that is sure to put a smile on your face. This two-track EP titled Love & War drops on September 17th. Cheers.
“The Love & War EP features two tracks (Love & War, Nuke) that Wolfgang Gartner is calling his favorite tracks he’s ever made.”
Sometimes in our ninja travels, we come across a band that makes us smack our forehead in sheer disbelief that we missed the boat. With the amount of amazing music that’s out there, it’s bound to happen. Take for example Canadian 7-Piece Library Voices. This indie-pop ensemble has been putting out music since 2008, and it’s a shame we’re just now sharing some with you.
Guilt aside, we’re happy to shine a light on this upbeat, poppy, and downright loveable Library Voices. The video above is far and away our favorite track to date. If you can listen to this song once, and not start singing it the next time you hear it, well, you must a strong adversion to catchy music. We must warn you though, the vocal harmonies in this track can make even the stingiest of singers belt out tunes at the top of their lungs.
Included below are two more of their tracks off their latest album. The first, “Generation Hadicap,” is a dancy, bouncy pop track that includes a magnitude of instruments and catchy lyrics. The second, “If Raymond Carver Was Born in the 90′s,” is a great blend of electronica and indie rock.
This sampling of tunes from Library Voices should be enough for you to start beating down their hypothetical door and asking for more. Hit them up on Facebook and tell them what you think!
Ro James is the next big thing in R&B. You just haven’t heard of him yet. It might seem like a bold statement to make, but once you listen to this track you’ll share the same sentiments. The New York crooner brings together a smooth blend reminiscent of classic 90′s R&B modernized with some atmospheric synths to propel it into the future. On the track, James really plays off the patriotism theme, as he takes an oath to honor his relationship with his lover, while employing such creative lyrics as “I wanna put your love in my pocket/So when I wanna use it I got it.” Ro James’ first single is truly a remarkable track, and has us all intently anticipating his new EP, Coke, Jake & Cadillacs dropping later this year. If you’d like a get a look at the man behind the music, check out the video below to get a brief glimpse into his life.
Since being signed to G.O.O.D. Music back in 2007, Big Sean has had a steady rise finding mainstream success with out losing his original fan base. Sean has been featured on some of the biggest hip-hop tracks in the last couple of years and, with the help of Kanye West, emerged as a consistently relevant artist. Best known for his witty wordplay and experimental flows, the Detroit native has been a very valuable asset to the G.O.O.D. team. On his latest mixtape, dedicated to his home city, he draws in help from a ridiculous amount of notable names in hip-hop including Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, Juicy J and King Chip, just to name a few. With production credits just as impressive, Detroit, will likely be one of the strongest efforts from Big Sean yet.
With G.O.O.D. Music’s highly anticipated Cruel Summer‘sSeptember 18th release date around the corner, this should more than hold fans over. Stream a few notable tracks below and download the whole tape for free here: Big Sean – Detroit (Mixtape).
Right alongside the release of their new album, Fragrant World, Yeasayer leaves their mark on the latest Gotye craze, “Eyes Wide Open.” The Brooklyn-based trio slows down and mellows out the original by adding a smooth percussive track and chopping up the vocals. Is this remix another stroke of musical genius by the currently spotlight-soaked group? Or is it a still-recognizable tune that can now be played in every posh restaurant lounge around the world? You decide. If you were dubious of the overplayed track before, maybe you’ll like this version more!