[Hip-Hop] Rick Ross – Oil Money Gang (Feat. Jadakiss) (Prod. J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League)

Oil Money
Rick Ross
Oil Money Gang ft Jadakiss

It should be pretty evident by now that Maybach Music Group is determined to take over your Monday. As we mentioned earlier today, Rick Ross and company are set to drop the third edition of their Self Made series later this summer. After announcing the new album, Ross has been leaking music from the project throughout the day, with the latest offering being “Oil Money Gang” featuring Jadakiss. While “Poor Decisions” seemed to take Ross out of his comfort zone a bit, this new cut is right up his alley. It’s a silky smooth number that absolutely oozes decadence and luxury. Check out the latest single from Rozay above and be on the lookout for Self Made Vol. 3 when it drops on August 6th.

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[Hip-Hop] Wale – Bad (Remix) (Feat. Rihanna)

Bad (Remix)
Bad (Remix) feat. Rihanna

Wale wants to make sure you don’t forget his name at all, having already dropped one other single earlier today. His second offering comes in the form of a remix to his hit single, “Bad.” Replacing Tiara Thomas on this updated version is Rihanna, who offers up her talents on the chorus as well as a few bars here and there. Check out the track above and make sure to cop Wale’s The Gifted when it drops on June 25th.

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[Hip-Hop] J. Cole – Crooked Smile (Feat. TLC)

Crooked Smile
J. Cole
Crooked Smile feat. TLC

J. Cole brings back that old school sound as he links up with TLC (T-Boz and Chilli) for the second single off of Born Sinner. Cole takes this opportunity to flaunt his imperfections, while also encouraging others to embrace their own. It’s great seeing him take a stand against the materialism prevalent throughout this country, while proving you can still be successful and loved without altering your appearance. Look out for more positive messages when J. Cole’s Born Sinner hits shelves on June 18th. R.I.P. Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes.

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[Hip-Hop] Wale – Poor Decisions (Feat. Rick Ross & Lupe Fiasco) (Prod. Jake One)

Poor Decisions ft Rick Ross & Lupe Fiasco

Rick Ross and his Maybach Music Group are gearing up to release their third ensemble album (in as many years) this summer with Self Made Vol. 3. Becoming a staple of the season now, Ross has churned out these records year after year in order to stay on top of the game. It’s been a brilliant strategy that’s kept him at the forefront of our minds, and it’s also helped make household names out of guys like Meek Mill and Wale.  The first single from the project comes today from the latter who changes things up a bit with “Poor Decisions.” While we’re not used to hearing Rozay on a more conscious tip (maybe he’s changed his ways since that whole “Molly” incident), that happens to be Lupe Fiasco‘s forte, who proves to be a perfect feature for this new track. Check out the Jake One produced cut below and let us hear your thoughts.

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[TMN PREMIERE] A.J. Crew – Graduated With The Cords

A.J. Crew
Graduated With The Cords [Pusha T Remix]

Graduation. It’s one of the most monumental experiences of your life, and yet one of the most indescribable as well. For those of you who’ve already gone through the process, just try and think back to the cavalcade of emotions running through you at the time: pride, nostalgia, accomplishment, triumph, hope, and relief represent just a modicum of the countless sentiments bubbling up inside. It’s one of the few occasions that people both celebrate and feel anguish towards at the same time. because it marks both the conclusion of four of the greatest years of your life, and yet it also signals a new path for you to embark on.

What does this all have to do with A.J. Crew? Well, the Toledo-to-Chicago import just recently graduated from Roosevelt University and decided to share his achievement with the world by releasing a new anthem for the Class of 2013. While “Graduated With The Cords” isn’t set to replace “Pomp & Circumstance” at your next commencement, I’d definitely be proud to rock it as a recent graduate. Serving as a remix of Pusha T‘s “Numbers On The Board,” A.J. manages to accomplish what few emcees rarely can when jumping on someone else’s instrumental; he makes it his own.  While I won’t concede that he bests Pusha’s original, he definitely captures its essence and murks the Kanye West production in his very own way.

Grab the free download above, and make sure to check out more from A.J. Crew, including the accompanying music video below, as well as A.J.’s new mixtape, The Reality of It All, after the jump.

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[MP3 Playlist] The Chill Dojo #38

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June is finally upon us and with it comes months of guaranteed chill Summer tunage. That’s not to say that the colder months left us in any short supply, but there’s something about this season that elevates this music to another level.

Our first track is the prime example as Snakehips goes next level with an edit to his upbeat hit  ‘On & On’. Just when you thought the original couldn’t get any better, the UK beatmaker adds a fresh touch which shines with pure happiness. We’re not done with this track yet though, because Kaytranada has also lent his skills to his own remix with an infectious deep sound and old-school hip hop beat. And as if to set a trend, Le Youth also revisited his own material with a slowed-down, sexed-up version of ‘C O O L’ which just oozes that classic R&B flavour. It’s the first of many baby-making Summer specials to come, that’s for sure.  Another certain thing about the Chill Dojo in the months ahead is that it’ll definitely feature plenty of Goldroom, with all the tropical stylings we can’t get enough of. TMN already covered the producer’s latest remix of Owl Eyes, but we’re throwing another one into the mix with a tropical-infused edit of his original ‘Angeles’ courtesy of the appropriately named Palm & Trees. And we couldn’t let this write-up end without bringing to light a remix from yet another dojo favourite in Shook, who recently released his downright funky take on Jamiroquai. It’s been two years sitting on this absolute gem, but we’re stoked it’s finally out for free download, and at the perfect time too!

It’s another edition loaded with those feel-good sensations, and this is only the beginning. We’re set for some of the most exciting weeks to come. Peace out!

Chill Dojo #38 zip

On & On (Snakehips Edit)
On & On (Kaytranada Remix)
Le Youth
C O O L (R&B Edit)
Angeles (Palm & Trees ReTropicalize)
Owl Eyes
Jewels & Sapphires (Goldroom Remix)
Lifeline (Shook Remix)
When Its Hot feat. Djemba Djemba & Mr. Carmack
You & Me ft. Eliza Doolittle (Toro y Moi remix)
Naughty Boy
La La La ft. Sam Smith (Pále Remix)
Cocktail Skies (Coming Soon On Love Not Money)
Somethin Bout You
Amel Larrieux
Wale Ft. Tiara Thomas
Bad (Yarin Lidor Remix)
On Your Side ft How To Dress Well (Radio Edit)
Gabrielle Aplin
Panic Cord (Hucci Remix)
Falling into Daydream
Tranquility (Forthcoming on Avis Nocturna)
Open (Keeno Remix)
Whistling in the Dark feat. Augustus Ghost.mp3
Ryan Hemsworth
(。◕‿◕。) (or, I Want To Stare At Your Face Until I Die)
Ryan Hemsworth
Ryan Hemsworth
Empty Thoughts Over A Shallow Ocean
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[Event Review] The Neighbourhood w/ Lovelife at The Gothic Theatre – Denver, CO

Your New Beloved

Thursday night The Gothic Theatre, one of Denver’s most quaint and acoustically inviting venues, played gracious hosts to a very contrasting sell-out crowd for California rock influenced alt-poppers The Neighbourhood and Brooklyn’s lo-fi synth-rock outfit Lovelife as part of their nation wide The Love Collection tour. On a night which featured multiple sell out shows in the Metro area, we found a unique slice of frenetic energy meets subdued enthusiasm. Those two contrasting types of listeners in attendance made for an interesting, albeit very fun night and such a stylistically diverse crowd culminated in one of the most captivating events visually and auditorily. Now, this wasn’t the typical show for us Ninjas, with doors opening at 7:00 p.m. and the show concluding at 10:30, an hour at which we are normally just arriving. But, it was in all actuality quite a paradisaical way to spend a Thursday evening inside of one of the most progressive and fast-moving music scenes in the country.

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