[LP Review] Bob Marley – Legend Remixed


I’ve never polled this, but I bet it would be an interesting one for Gallup: how many people in the world own Bob Marley’s Legend greatest hits album? How many people in the world can sing along to “Stir it Up?” or “Is This Love?”

I bet it would be almost half the world! Seriously!

Bob Marley is an icon. In the annals of music history, Marley shares company with artists like The Beatles and Led Zeppelin. And like any iconic artist, Marley has had a fair share of good intentioned artists make terrible remakes of his songs in a misguided attempt to honor his legacy. Fortunately, Legend Remixed is an album that not only pays homage to the hero, but is absolutely perfect for your summer patio party!

The album kicks off with the James James remix of “Waiting in Vain.” It’s a perfect introduction to the album, as it’s a minimalist remix: just a few synth touches, no major reshuffling of the lyrics or melody–just a simple and loving remix. Thievery Corporation takes on “Get Up, Stand Up” (of course!), and the listener can look forward to the Thievery dub/acid approach–but it remains undeniably a Marley song, and strangers to the genre will immediately identify it as such. Among the many notable tracks on the album is Pretty Lights interpretation of “Exodus.” This song explodes out of the speakers with electro synth over hip hop beats with the usual Pretty Lights flair for sampling.

There’s no misses on this album, and there are plenty of other tracks that I could have easily highlighted. At the end of the day, this is one of the best, most noble tribute albums I’ve come across and a perfect summer release. So stir it up with this one and enjoy the hot months!

Waiting In Vain (Jim James Remix)
Get Up Stand Up (Thievery Corporation Remix)
Exodus (Pretty Lights Remix)
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[Post Metal] Palms – Patagonia


I hope I’m not being dramatic here when I say: I died a little when Isis split up. That being said, I found a great little restorative with this release from Palms, led by music workaholic Chino Moreno and a few members from Isis.

The track here is longer, with a slow build up to the climax. The listener will be reminded of Pelican and like bands, but with Moreno’s dreamy vocals floating out over the top. This is a great track to introduce newbies to the post metal genre, as it’s not as heavy and is definitely more accessible than some post metal tracks out there.

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[NEW] London Grammar – Strong

London Grammar

“Strong” is exactly the word I’d use to describe every one of London Grammar‘s releases. As one of the best acts to emerge over the past year, London Grammar has consistently impressed us with each and every beautiful song they’ve blessed us our ears with. Compared with their previous efforts, “Strong” seems to scale things back a bit, while still allowing lead singer Hannah Reid‘s vocals to shine. Get ready to embark on yet another emotional voyage with London Grammar when their album finally drops later this year. However, you’ll be able to get ahold of this single on September 1st.

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The Hip-Hop Dojo [Vol. 13]

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June was definitely a monumental month for hip-hop. With album releases from the likes of Kanye WestJ. ColeWale, and even more, it’s easy to feel a bit overwhelmed from the wide influx of new music. While we were all preoccupied with the heavy hitters, it may have been easy to sleep on some of the other hustlers out there trying to push the music game forward. I admit I fell behind myself, hence why this edition of the Hip-Hop Dojo has been sitting in my drafts for weeks now. Lucky for you guys though, we here at The Music Ninja are here to fill you in on what you might’ve missed over the last month or so.

As I mentioned earlier, this post is long overdue, which is exactly why it’s bursting at the seams with 40+(!) new tracks for a hearty heaping helping of hip-hop goodness (try saying that 5 times fast). I’ve been on my grind over the last couple of days to finally get this playlist in your hands, and there’s a reason why I carefully selected this date to finally unleash it to the world. Today just so happens to be my birthday (yes, this is a shameless attempt at getting more birthday wishes), so as my present to all of you loyal ninjas, I bequeath unto you the thirteenth edition of The Hip-Hop Dojo. Now I’m not quite crazy enough to do a summary of all the songs on this list, so this time around I’ll just give you a rundown of my favorites. Although picking out of a list of roughly 45 songs is no easy task, I’d probably have to say my favorites are (in no particular order): Curren$y’s “Killer$,” Vic Mensa‘s “Hollywood LA,” Fabolous‘ “Young OG,” MeLo-X‘s “The Truth,” Jon Connor‘s “When I Was Young,” Dillon Cooper‘s “Kung Fu” Action Bronson‘s “Heel Toe,” Produktive‘s “Show Me Love,” and finally the knxwledge remix of Denitia & Sene‘s “Casanova.” With that being said, I’d like to think each and every song in this collection brings something unique to the table. Given the length of the playlist, I suggest taking the weekend to sift through it all. Maybe you could even give it a go during your Independence Day cookouts.

We hope you guys enjoyed our thirteenth edition of The Hip-Hop Dojo as much as we did! As always, you can send all submissions/suggestions to baseer@themusicninja.com.


P.S. As an added bonus, I’ve included some of the best material from those stellar June releases I alluded to earlier as another “mini-playlist” after the jump. Definitely check them out if you haven’t gotten a chance to get through all the albums yet.

Curren$y x Young Roddy 
Killer$ Ft. Trinidad Jame$
Rockie Fresh
Kush Do (Feat. Wiz Khalifa)
Sex.Your.Girl (prod. Vanilla)
Donnie Trumpet
Zion ft. Chance the Rapper & Vic Mensa
Vic Mensa
Hollywood LA
Dom Kennedy
Never (prod. The Futuristiks)
Flatbush ZOMBiES
Palm Trees
Derek Wise
MeLo X
The Truth
Martin $ky
Sall Good
Bishop Nehru
Fickle Mind$ (Prod. Ghost McGrady)
Leather Corduroys (Joey Purp & Kami de Chukwu) & theMIND
Prophet. (prod.THEMpeople)
Bad Mutha F*cka feat Macon Hamilton, Frank Leone, & Waju
Joey Bada$$
95 Til Infinity (Prod. Lee Bannon)
Warm Brew
Word (prod. by Lord Quest)
Show Me Love
King Vada
Fini$h (produced by Cardo)
Big K.R.I.T.
KING Pt. 3
Young OG
Silent Knight
Work in Progress
Bizzy Crook
Emails From Kanye West (Prod. By SkipOnDaBeat)
Jon Connor
The Sarah Song (Tour Life The Sequel)
Jon Connor
When I Was Young Feat. Chris Webby & Smoke DZA
Freddie Gibbs
Freddie Soprano (Prod. by ID Labs)
Demons feat. James Gardin, The Amature, Jahshua Smith & Rafael
Dillon Cooper
Kung Foo
Corleone (Prod. By Shy Guy)
Dominic Lord
The Kid Daytona
Shotgun (Prod. by Marce Reazon)
Social Graces feat. Cecily Madanes (Prod. By Monaco)
Da YoungFellaz
Fall Down
Denitia & Sene
casanova. (knxwledge remix.)
DJ Sidereal
All I Need Is Sunshine (Finding Novyon & D.Glove)
Brothers From Another
Drunk Talk
Radical Something
Cheap Drink
D Pryde
Daz Dillinger & WC
Stay Out The Way (ft. Snoop Dogg)
Hookers ft. Action Bronson
Action Bronson
Heel Toe (Prod. by Harry Fraud)
Hayk x dFresh
Choices (prod. YoYo)
Machine Gun Kelly
Breaking News

Hassani Kwess
My Money Jam (Prod. by Royal)

Asher Roth
Actin Up (ft. Rye Rye, Justin Bieber, Chris Brown) (prod. by Oren Yoel)

Leaving You

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[Electronic Pop] Pennybirdrabbit – Safer EP Review + “Run” Music Video


Los Angleles based pop-songstress Pennybirdrabbit first crashed into mainstream consciousness through a number of vocal features on tracks from the likes of her friends Skrillex, The M Machine and countless other producers for the past few years. Although many casual listeners are familiar with P.B.R. as a featured vocalist with the smattering of guest spots, our favorite lost-boy alien princess hasn’t neglected her solo project in the slightest. First, in 2012, Penny’s debut extended-play Treehouse took us all by surprise, showcasing an intrinsic ability to pair a powerfully soaring, yet girlish coo with a sample of differing instrumentation. Now, in 2013,  this latest collection of songs conjoin to create the Safer EP (out now on Big Beat Records) which was another step forward in the young artist’s evolution, again covering a wide range of production styles, but in a much cleaner and polished package.

Whereas Treehouse felt like a talented bedroom recording, every track contained within Safer comes across as if it was backed by a complete professional studio; and on that note, a group of sound engineers with a collective intent to bring out the most of those vibrant, rangey windpipes. “Dumbutton” leads the way, and immediately had my attention in no less than two bars. With a hooky synth line punctuated by a galloping, hollow drum kick, “Dumbutton” had piqued my interest without the use of Ms. Penny at all. Safe to say, once the tiny-teen heartthrob soundly makes her appearance, “Dumbutton” evolves into an emotive and pensive slow burning pop ballad, setting the scene for the duration of Safer. 

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The Trap Dojo #45


Hey Ninjas, today’s dojo is divided into two sections. First off we have some sonic redbull to get you going in the morning and get you through the day. DMNDZ kick things off with a huge remix of Knife Party‘s “Power Glove” that is packing some serious bass. Party Favor plugged a tuba into a subwoofer for this brass and bass banger. Run the Jewels, released a new self-titled EP on Fools Gold Records that has some of the sharpest lyrics and heaviest beats this season. Download all ten tracks hereDancefloor Junkies will have you “Ready 4 Action” with their dark “Black Skinhead” remix. A couple electro-trap pop remixes of J. Cole and Robin Thicke are followed by some heavy moombah from Caligula and some funky beats from CRNKN and LAZERDISK PARTY SEX. Some aggressive grime and thuggin remixes with more trunk shaking bass and sharp lyrics from some sharp MCs will get you over that last hump of the morning.

Hit play on the second section as you get ready to go home for the day and need chill out on your drive home. Tigerblood really cools things off with his entry to the Shackles “Let You Know” remix contest on Trapdoor. Vancouver homies Krusha and Sleepy Tom take some classic jungle sounds and infuse it with some soothing basslines. There is no time I like Rihanna better than when her lyrics are being used for some smooth chilled out patio jams, and young producer GRAVIS adds some cool G-Easy verses to a chill Aylen re-fix. Buzz Trillington continues the chill mashup wave before Free N Losh bring the fire on a couple amazing throwback jams. Ray Charles and Frank Sinatra are among the many amazing remix choices for their new EP “The Best Is Yet To Come” Hucci and Huglife, the latter of whom we haven’t seen in a minute since a feud with DJ Sliink forced him to change his name, bring some solid bedroom vibes. 222 Oceans finish off the list with one of the most experimental Yeezus remixes yet.

Knife Party
Power Glove (DMNDZ Remix)
Party Favor
Mr. Brass (Original Mix)
Run The Jewels
Sea Legs
Kanye West
Black Skinhead Ready 4 Action (Dance Floor Junkies Trap Rework)
J. Cole ft miguel
Power trip (Rudebrat electrotrap hype bootleg)
Robin Thicke
Blurred Lines (eSenTRIK Remix)
Bass Like Dat (Original Mix)
Son Of Kick
EOW (Gangsta Fun & Louisiana Jones Remix)
#RSD (Rollin Smokin Drinkin)


Let You Know (TIGERBLOOD Remix)
Fur Trade
Voyager (Krusha & Sleepy Tom Remix)
Wale Ft. Rihanna
Bad (The Insurgents Bootleg)
Rebel Of Valentina (GRΛVIS Mashup) ***Free Download***
Buzz Trillington x Oliver Twizt x Bingo Players
Youre Not Alone In The Trap
Free n Losh
Things You Dont Understand
Free n Losh
The Best Is Yet To Come
So Good
Huglife Remix
Kanye West
Bound 2 (222 Oceans bootleg) *∆ FREE DL ∆*
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[Indie] Midi Matilda – Just My Imagination (Temptations Cover)

Just My Imagination (Temptations Cover)

We’ve had a real thing for the classics over the past few weeks. Sure, there’s been absurd amounts of amazing tunes coming out, but we like to take a little time to appreciate the artists that help influence the sounds that we’ve come to love. One of our favorite playlists we’ve been listening to on Spotify is comprised of R&B from the 50′s and 60′s. The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, The Four Tops and the O’Jays have been getting some major playtime, and with good reason.

While we love the classics, we know that artists do too, which is why we can always appreciate when an artist does their rendition of a classic tune. Today we’re excited to bring you Midi Matilda’s cover of the Temptations “Just My Imagination.” This San Fran based electro pop duo has really put a fun twist on this soulful classic. Press play and enjoy.

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