It’s that time of year again when MTV releases its “Hottest MCs in The Game” list, which is always bound to stir up some controversy. A plethora of rappers have already expressed that they feel slighted by their rank, including Kanye West and A$AP Rocky. Now Danny Brown‘s stepped up to give us his two cents. Rather than phoning into any radio shows though, Danny demonstrates why he belongs to be mentioned amongst the top emcees with this brand new Harry Fraud-produced track. Brown comes packing heat on this one, leaving no doubt in our minds that he’s one of the best rappers out there right now.
#HottestMC Produced By Harry Fraud
It’s been quite awhile since Alvin Risk has blessed us with an original mix of his own. With “Skyclad,” he assures us that it was well worth the wait. “Skyclad” is a dichotomy of sorts, a song of epic proportions with two drastically different sides representing the same coin. This may sound lame, but envision the song as a heated battle in Dragonball Z for just a second.
The minute and a half build up would represent the training and preparation needed for the huge duel. Once you hit the break though, you’re nose diving into the heart of battle, and all hell breaks loose. Risk pretty much removes all bars from there until about two and a half minutes in when the song calms down again for just a moment. That would be the period when Goku prepares his finishing move and then proceeds to unleash his entire strength on the baddie, finally ending the fight. I now expect any future fan videos to provide credit to me for bringing up the idea. Honestly, you could imagine almost any heroic scenario there, but the point is that Risk is able to create an atmosphere unlike anything else with his music. If you want to relive that fight again, I’d suggest purchasing the track, available now on iTunes.
Finally (Kings of Tomorrow cover)
Alternative band, The xx, have an awesomely minimal, genre-fusing sound and a recognizable somber style. The group recently played a live set for BBC Radio 1 including this cover of the Kings of Tomorrow‘s “Finally”. While not technically an original song, The xx truly make it their own with a pulsing beat, heart-wrenching vocals and airy guitar melodies. Hit play below and relax your mind state.
Earlier today, Chi-town’s Sir Michael Rocks let loose a dope new track as he prepares to drop a project in the coming weeks. “Money Came” is a pretty encompassing representation of Sir Michael’s talents from his bravado-filled vocals to his simple, but meaningful and original, lyricism. The addicting, 808-backed production of Choo Jackson drives this one keeping your head nodding through out. Enjoy, grab a free download below and look out for Banco, out soon.
Sir Michael Rocks
Ciara‘s remained relatively quiet since the release of 2010′s Basic Instinct. With her new single “Body Party” though, she’s proving she’s back and better than ever. Contrary to what you might believe based on the name, the song is not a party anthem at all. Rather, it’s a slowed down, seductive number that allows the sultry songstress to really showcase her vocals. Co-penned with boyfriend Future, “Body Party” will certainly evoke feelings of passion and nostalgia (maybe this will sound familiar) made possible through the ethereal production from Mike WiLL Made It. Ciara’s new album, One Woman Army, will be available some time in June 2013.
If you thought the “Gangnam Style” craze was over, you’re sadly mistaken. Arguably the hottest song over the last year, now has one of the oddest remixes of the year. With Diplo at the helm, the K-Pop hit gets a whole new dimension of springiness behind it as it’s transformed into a certified trap anthem. What really helps get the song popping are the verses from 2 Chainz and Tyga (I guess Lil Wayne and Drake weren’t available). They aren’t going to impress you with their lyrics, but they’ll definitely get your head bopping, which is all that really matters here. The main thing I really want to see out of all of this though, is a brand new music video featuring 2 Chainz trying to do the dance. That would be awesome. For those wondering, this is an official remix, and it will be on PSY‘s Gangnam Style (강남스타일) [Remix Style] – EP, out today on iTunes. Also included below is the full version of Afrojack‘s remix of the track, which is also on the EP.
Gangnam Style (강남스타일) (feat. 2 Chainz & Tyga) (Diplo Remix)
Gangnam Style (강남스타일) (Afrojack Remix)
As you may or may not know, SXSW is just around the corner. And if you don’t know now, you will soon, with blog coverage from here to Timbuktu. If you are so lucky to head to Austin next week, let this playlist serenade you in your plane, train or automobile ride to a week of magical musical bliss. And if the luck ain’t in your cards this year, try looking at the bright side. At least you still have a few Indie Dojo’s to play.
The Duke of Norfolk
Under White Pines
Loose Skin (November, You Curse Word)