Judging by the releases thus far, Big Boi‘s upcoming album will be one of the strongest hip-hop projects of the year. Today, he provides yet another confirmation teaming up with fellow Atlanta veterans, Ludacris and T.I., for a southern banger with production that sounds like a marching band on steroids. All three emcees go all the way in putting their respective boastful, ATL-branded raps on prime display. Stream “In The A” below and look out for Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors, due out on December 11th.
R&B powerhouse Alicia Keys releases her fifth studio album, Girl On Fire, this week. Now, I know seeing her name on The Music Ninja might be a little puzzling, but we couldn’t help noticing the impressive array of artists that she collaborated with on this new LP. One in particular really caught our eye: The xx member and production guru Jamie xx. He lends his expertise on Keys’ track “When It’s All Over,” providing a subtle, but lovely backdrop of snappy and swirling electronica. She brings the vocal chops, he brings the atmospherics. Check it out below.
While trying to battle a turkey-induced food coma last week, my cousin and I blasted TNGHT‘s self-titled EP in the car as we waited for this big box retail giant to open its doors for midnight Black Friday shopping (yes, we are very into “American traditions”). It’s one of my favorite releases of the year and I remain convinced that whatever they do pleases me.
Over the holiday weekend one half of the duo, Mad Decent’s Lunice, released a hypnotic and jarring remix of Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs‘ track “Trouble” that literally buzzes its way into your ear canal. I am not disappointed. Download it for free below!
Legendary emcee Styles P has been taken an indie approach to the game these days. From working with rising internet stars like Azealia Banks on “Nathan” to dope lyricist Action Bronson, SP the ghost is beginning to appeal to a new rap generation. With the release of the AraabMuzik produced single “Araab Styles” off his new LP The World’s Most Hardest MC Project, Philly indie/hip-hop artist Lushlife remixed and renamed it “Lush Styles”. Adding a hazy and atmospheric new beat while keeping P’s dope verses, the mix is sick. Be sure to check it out below.
“Husk,” the throbbing and groovy house track from excellent UK producer Julio Bashmore, gets a set of visuals today courtesy of directors Jake Applebee and Spike Morris. If bright lights, weightlifting action and flying owls aren’t enough, stream the full 8-minute version of the song below and be sure to visit his Soundcloud page.
There aren’t many modern artists who take Christmas music as seriously as Sufjan Stevens. For us, the listeners, we can’t really complain. His latest seasonal gift is Silver And Gold, an epic 10-volume, 50+ song release to give our holidays a healthy dose of charming — albeit sometimes eccentric — folk rock. There’s something for everyone in this collection, from weird numbers to calming lullabies, so don’t miss out. Below is one of the quieter tracks, “Justice Delivers Its Death”. If you enjoy it, head on over to NPR and stream all of Silver and Gold for free!
The beautiful and creative Solange Knowles is back and, again, gets caught up in the game of love with her new single “Lovers in the Parking Lot”. The Blood Orange-produced melodic track is a sample of the 1985 Schoolly D’s single “PSK,” and is a funky number that focuses on Knowles’ vocal range. Taking a more serious mood than her previous singles, “Sleep in the Park” and “Losing You,” this single will also be included on her upcoming November 27th release EP True.