[Chill] Sampha – Without


Probably best known as the voice behind many of SBTRKT‘s greatest hits, Sampha Sisay is getting ready to embark on a journey of his own with the release of his solo debut, Dual. “Without” provides us with the first taste of what to expect from the six track EP, as Sampha’s hypnotizing vocals float beautifully over the ethereal, undulating backdrop. After just one listen, we’re convinced that we’re going to love whatever else we hear from the UK native when Dual finally drops on July 29th.

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[Hip-Hop] Wale & J. Cole – Winter Schemes (Prod. Jake One)

Wale x J. Cole
Winter Schemes (Prod. Jake One)

As they revel in the chart-topping success of their latest albums, J. Cole and Wale decided to let this one loose in celebration of their newfound positions at the pinnacle of hip-hop. July may seem like an odd time to release a song titled “Winter Schemes,” but if you pay closer attention, the name really seems to imply that the pair have been planning their domination since way back in December. Check out the dope Jake One produced single above, and if you haven’t already, make sure to grab yourself copies of Born Sinner and The Gifted, which are both incredible records in their own right.

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[NEW] Jay-Z – Dead Presidents 3 (Prod. Young Guru)

Dead Presidents 3 (Prod. by Young Guru)

Jay-Z was definitely in a good mood today. With his twelfth studio album, Magna Carta…Holy Grail officially hitting shelves tomorrow, Hov took to Twitter this afternoon for an impromptu Q&A session. Given how rarely Jay tweets, you could call it a spectacle, as Hov pretty much had everyone hanging on each and every character with his witty, lighthearted banter. One of the questions asked dealt with the release of “Dead Presidents 3,” and if there was a fully recorded version floating out there somewhere. Jay answered that he had indeed recorded it years ago, and gave the go ahead to either Just Blaze or Young Guru to finally let it loose. Guru must have been paying close attention, because we didn’t have to wait long to hear the track in its full unreleased glory.

“Dead Presidents 3″ serves as an appropriate sequel to Hov’s original classic, but it is a bit disappointing to know that we’ve essentially already heard the song in its entirety before (one of the verses was previously used on The Black Album‘s “Moment of Clarity”). Still, it’s pretty cool to be able to finally hear this song nearly ten years after it was originally conceived. Check out the track above and see if it lives up to your expectations after all those years of waiting.

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[TMN Premiere] Carousel – Wolf’s Awake

Wolf's Awake

Over the course of the past few years, the L.A. by way of Brooklyn indie-pop duo known as Carousel have slid into  a coveted spot within the hearts, and more importantly the ears of perhaps the entire TMN staff. With every passing release, we’ve become used to a certain level of production standard and instrumentation from the former Berklee School of Music students, and it is more apparent than ever that these savvy traditional musicians are becoming quite adept at translating their skill into an intoxicating brand of electronic pop. “Wolf’s Awake” is our first taste from the group’s forthcoming EP, Palms due out in August, and falls right in with a long line of notable tunes from the duo. Their “happy-dance” sound is taken slightly upwards with a fleeting four by four drum pattern prominently carrying Jackson Philips’ airy synths and vocals straight to the dance hall. Not, the typical Top-40 dancehall, but more likely in your local indie-dance club of course, but you get the picture and I digress. Parts of “Wolf’s Awake” echoed the emotive raw dance-punk from early 2000′s DFA recordings paired with Carousel’s apt sense for creating unhurried pop melodies; culminating in a cut fit to be aurally consumed in any number of settings. After almost two years since their last album, the 26 Allston EP, we are chomping at the bit to hear the rest of Palms as it becomes available, and you can bet you Ninjas will be right there with us devouring every track. Listen to “Wolf’s Awake” above.

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[NEW] Flux Pavilion feat. Childish Gambino – Do Or Die (Flosstradamus Remix)

Flux Pavilion
Do Or Die feat. Childish Gambino (Flosstradamus Remix)

Title says it all, Flosstradamus remixed Flux Pavilion and Childish Gambino‘s track “Do Or Die”. This bass heavy track from Flux was already a huge production, with that said, Floss throws a nice twist. With some subtle but on point vocals edits, and two satisfying drops. No news yet on the release date, but we will keep you posted. Cheers.

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[GIVEAWAY] Outlook Festival – 2 Tickets + Camping


We’ve ran ticket giveaways on the site, but traditionally we run them for our US readers. Well, we know we have a lot of readers from other countries, so it’s about time we run something for all of you. Knowing that Outlook is only a month away, we decided that we wanted to hook up a pair of passes with a camping pass.

The line up? Oh it’s on point. This festival is definitely for the hip hop fan, as well as our EDM minded fans with artists like the following: MOS DEF / TALIB KWELI / JAY ELECTRONICA / CAPLETON ALBOROSIE & SHENGEN CLAN (Live) / THE PHARCYDE (Live) / ANDY C / MALA IN CUBA (Live) / DAVID RODIGAN /JOEY BADA$$ / PHAROAHE MONCH.

How to enter the contest

1) “Like” us (The Music Ninja) on facebook here:

2) “Like” the Outlook Festival on facebook:

3) Comment below this post with the names of three (3) of your favorite artists from the 2013 lineup.

More details
- Winner will receive 2 “General Admission Passes and a Camping Pass” (Transportation NOT included)
- Winners will be announced July 12th at 5pm Eastern Time. We will make contact through the Facebook message you entered on. (So pay attention!)
- NO transportation, food, drink, or any other expense will be covered by The Music Ninja or Outlook Festival

Know You
Talib Kweli
5am In Brooklyn
Mos Def
The Light Is Not Afraid Of The Dark (Prod. by Kanye West)
Talib Kweli Rocket Ships feat. Busta Rhymes (Prod. by RZA)
Satisfaction (RL Grime Remix)
Benny Benassi
Mac Miller featuring Jay Electronica – Suplexes Inside of Complexes and Duplexes
Runnin Down (Kimbra & The Pharcyde)
Trap On Acid
RL Grime (DL in Description)
My Home (Coki
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[Get Crunk] Clayton’s Friday Party Playlist #59


Happy Friday, ninjas! Today we’re taking the show on the road and blogging from the sunny beaches of Florida. We already have a Piña Colada in hand and we’re ready to start jamming to some fresh beats. We hope you have some killer plans laid out for this weekend, but if you don’t, you at least have some killer beats.


Kanye West
Black Skinhead vs. Tame Impala
Rebel Of Valentina (GRΛVIS Mashup)
Mashup The Dance
Major Lazer (Drunken Masters Remix)
Twerkulator (Original)
Schoolboy vs Empire of The Sun
We Are The Aftershock (Revolvr Bootleg)
Knife Party vs. Sean Paul, ZooFunktion
Get Busy LRAD (Kastra Bootleg)
Reece Low & Djuro Ft. J
Dirty South feat. Joe Gil
Until the End (Xristo Remix)
Soldier Rasputin (Leo Laurettis Bootleg)
Hard Rock Sofa Feat. Amba Shepherd
The Knocks ft St Lucia
Modern Hearts (Dave Edwards Remix)
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