Fabolous has struggled with consistency throughout his entire career. Anointed as a successor to Jay-Z in the New York hip-hop scene during his early days as an emcee, he’s never seemed to live up to the expectations allotted to him by fans, despite having plenty of commercial success. While we can’t get behind everything that Loso has released in recent times, there’s always one thing we can look forward to every year: The Soul Tape. Incepted in 2011, the series has reflected the qualities most appreciated in Fab as an emcee (his smooth demeanor, witty punchlines, etc.) as he rhymes over soulful instrumentals both old and new. This year’s edition comes gift wrapped in a giant bow, featuring artists like Jadakiss, Ryan Leslie, Young Jeezy, Meek Mill, and Jeremih as well as production from araabMUZIK, Boi-1da, ILLmind, and more. Check out a few highlights from the project below, and then follow the link to cop a free download of the tape.
DOWNLOAD: Fabolous – The Soul Tape 3
The Get Back (Prod. The Superiors)
Everything Was The Same (Feat. Stacy Barthe)
Lay Down (Feat. Ryan Leslie) (Prod. By ILLmind & Ryan Leslie)
The Hope (Feat. Jadakiss) (Prod. By araabMUZIK)
All Me (Stwo Remix)
We hope everybody had an enjoyable Christmas break full of wonder and cheer. Even if you didn’t, we’ve got the perfect gift for you right here. In the spirit of the Holidays, French producer Stwo decided to present us with one more incredible remix to wrap up the year. With his edit of Drake‘s “All Me,” Stwo continues to remind us why he’s looked upon as one of the most talented up and coming producers in the game. This might just be his most impressive effort to date, utilizing his R&B sensibilities to completely transform the track into a buttery smooth composition full of mesmerizing keys, glittering strings, and rapid hi-hats. In simpler terms, this is way sweeter than the cookies you had waiting for Santa by the fireplace. Check out the Holiday-themed remix above, and stay tuned for more from Stwo as we turn the page into 2014.
Alright, ninjas. We’ve been hooking you up with free entry to Beta over the past year. We know you’ve have some epic times, catching some of the most legendary talent EDM has to offer, and we’re on board to keep this thing going. So, we’re once again giving you an opportunity to check out the best night club in North America for free. What all do you have to do to get in? It’s pretty damn easy. Just follow these steps:
– Head to the front door, and enter the club before 11 pm
– Show this post to the cashier (Valid for 21+ only)
The only stipulation is that this deal is not valid for the Baauer show. Sorry, kiddos. You’ll have to buy those on Beta’s website.
Who’s going to be lighting the decks up this week? Peep the killer talent below.
Cash Cash - December 26th
Showtek ft. We Are Loud & Sonny Wilson
Booyah (Cash Cash Remix)
Baauer - December 27th
Moguai - December 28th
When I Rock (Radio Edit)
It seems like some of the best things in life come out of an unexpected situation. Born in the summer of 2011, AMINAL was tossed together last-minute to open a bill. The founding members (Matt Battle, Matt DeWaters, and Ian Leonard) stepped on stage and improvised. Here we are two and a half years later, and we’re wishing we could have witnessed that show in Rochester, NY.
Gaining attention in upstate New York, this four piece indie rock group has opened for the likes of Vampire Weekend, Ra Ra Riot, Static Jacks, MS MR and more. After spending some time with the EP, it’s easy to understand why this group is starting to make waves. We just hope these waves carry them across the US, so we can catch a live show.
The opening track fools you a little bit, utilizing buzzing electronic elements to kick things off. This reminded us a little bit of how The 1975 changed up their pace with “12,” utilizing slow builds to welcome in the next energetic track. “Cat Toys” falls into place perfectly, with uplifting synths and an enthusiastic guitar work.
“Let Me In” is our favorite of the bunch, harnessing a upbeat tempo that demands you to tap your feet, clap your hands and bob your head. Calling on associations of Fun and This is Me Smiling, the rough around the edges vocal harmonies create a the desire to sing along, and dance like you don’t give a shit what people are thinking. Coupled with frenetic drumming and engaging guitar riffs, this will most certainly have a place in our weekend playlists.
In a world of uncontrollable amounts of musical onslaught, it’s always nice to see something stand out above the monotony. Take a listen to their full EP below, then shoot them a tweet and let them know what you think.
Way To Grow
(Tnertle x Passion Pit x Lucius x Gentlemen Hall x KING x Sydney Wayser)
Colorado based electronic hip hop producer duo TNERTLE is back at it again. If you’re not familiar with this self-proclaimed “samptronic” outfit, you will be after today. We’ve been long time fans of this Mile High City musicians for quite some time, posting pretty much everything they does.
Their style is infectious, meticulously sampling and infusing jazz, electronica and hip hop elements to create a sound that we just can seem to get enough of. Today we’re featuring a tune that exemplifies this. “Way To Grow” is a playful collage of samples from their friends at Berklee School of Music who are on the up and up. Including bits and pieces from the likes of Passion Pit, Lucius, King, Gentlemen Hall and Syndney Wayser, it’s a well thought out homage.
As we slowly pull ourselves out of our holiday induced food, family and booze comas, it’s important to start the day off right with something real nice (as Cousin Eddie would say.)
Coming off of the mixtape from the electronic producer/vocalist duo, Made in Heights, has a downtempo delight that’s perfect to ease you into reality. Chock full of atmospheric layering, subtle tribal drum work and a underlying synth melody, the true hero in “Mantis” is Kelsey’s heart-wrenching lyrics. The simplistic soundscape is a perfect backdrop for the her story.
Coming off of their latest release,The Wøøds, This is apparently just a light taste of what’s on deck for this upcoming year for this talented duo, according to their Bandcamp:
a sort of albumixtape to lead you on an audio journey thru the HEIGHTS. a lil’ lagniappe of sonic fantasy foreshadowing some of what’s to come in 2014.
Through out the month of December, record label LuckyMe has been handing out a free song a day as part of their holiday advent calendar. For Christmas Eve, they unleash a new tune from the always dope Baauer. “Good 2 U” is a simple, but heavy melody that is best suited for large speakers or some quality headphones. Listen and grab a free download above. Also, make sure to check out Hudson Mohawke’s booming advent contribution from a couple days ago. You will definitely want to save these two for New Years.