Mississippi’s Big K.R.I.T. has played an enormous role in both evolving the sound of southern hip-hop and bringing it back to center stage for fans around the world. On his latest single, he enlists one of the south’s most celebrated veterans in Bun B for a smooth, soulful sound. K.R.I.T., who also produced the track, flaunts his southern accent and vernacular on this one shining right aside a living legend. The steadily rising emcee manages to stay true to his roots, while creating music that is palatable to people of all generations and backgrounds.
“Shine On” is the first single off of Big K.R.I.T.’s upcoming album, King Remembered In Time (the acronym that makes up his name), and truly captures what makes him a unique artist. Enjoy and grab a free download below.
Big K.R.I.T. Shine On feat. Bun B (Prod. By Big K.R.I.T.)
After about a 6 month hiatus Justin aka Crywolf is back with a mesmerizing Original tune. Crywolf was formally “Cry Wolf” and featured 2 guys, it’s now a one man show, but still delivering some next level tuneage. Collabing with Ianborg on this track titled “Oceans”, it also features Justin with some dreamy and empowering vocals. The intro starts off slow with some euphoric synth work mixed with heavy bass and an incredible melody. Then dropping into some hot and heavy wobbles with a sound design resembling Adventure Club or Seven Lions. Cheers.
Also be sure to stay tuned for Crywolf’s upcoming EP titled, Ghosts, that will drop in April on Le Castle Vania‘s Record Label, Always Never. I had the pleasure of listening to two of the tracks on the EP, and they were both nothing short of amazing. Expect big things to come in 2013 from Crywolf!
After severely overplaying Rhye‘s much-lauded singles “Open” and “The Fall” the last few months, I’ve finally got something new to obsess over: the R&B duo’s new album, Woman. It’s streaming in full right now! If you dig Sade-like sensuality, or if you’re just in need of something chill and soothing to unwind to, look no further. Pick it up when it officially drops March 5th via Loma Vista.
Pharrell‘s protege Buddy takes to the internet this week to drop off a free musical gem for some hip-hop heads. This smooth, Roofeo produced single is a dedication to the beautiful ladies of the night and the pole. A very atmospheric and chill tune coupled with some witty and punch-line filled rhymes. Not just another stripper anthem though, but a catchy banger that comes with a guest appearance from the talented emcee Asher Roth. Featured on the Illroots Radio Vol. 3 mixtape, hosted by Chase B, check out the track below.
Chicago-based outfit Psychic Twin serve up a deliciously sweet pop treat in the form of the aptly-titled “Dream State”. A new track off their upcoming Strangers 7″ (out March 5th via Polyvinyl Records), it features a gentle bouncy weightlessness, sparkly synths and the airy, romantic vocals of Erin Fein (formerly of the indie rock band Headlights).
Future-soul pioneer, mdnt, has launched his solo career in quite spectacular fashion with his first single and video. The Brooklyn-based artist mixes electronic and ambient sounds with powerful vocals continuing the progression in the R&B/Soul genre that has been catalyzed by artists like Frank Ocean, Miguel and The Weeknd.
On “Dreamcatcher,” mdnt evokes a dark emotional state further emphasized by the ominous video, filmed on a beach that was torn apart by Hurricane Sandy. The SmarterChild production along with a strong guest verse from rising emcee, Jez Dior, help make this a perfect fusion representative of the direction of this emerging and evolving genre. Check the dope and intense video above, grab a free download of the track below and look out for more new music from this promising artist in the coming months.
For all the ladies and folks who love the ladies, this one’s for you. New York’s own French Horn Rebellion team up with Southern rapper Fat Tonny and JD Samson (of Le Tigre and MEN fame) on this explosive electro-pop party track that pays a little tribute to the wonderful female species. Turn it up loud and get down.