[Hip-Hop] A$AP Rocky – 1Train (Feat. Kendrick Lamar, Joey Bada$$, Yelawolf, Danny Brown, Action Bronson & Big K.R.I.T.) (Prod. Hit-Boy)

One of of the most anticipated tracks off of Long.Live.A$AP features a who’s who of some of the hottest young rappers in the game right now. “1Train” consists of six straight minutes of fiery bars from the likes of A$AP RockyKendrick Lamar, Danny Brown, Big K.R.I.T., Action Bronson, Yelawolf and Joey Bada$$. The song wouldn’t be quite complete though without the immaculate production courtesy of Hit-Boy. For those still getting accustomed to some of the names on this list, the song serves as a proper introduction to the future of rap music. This outstanding single is just another hit from the Harlem emcee who’s been churning them out left and right in preparation for his debut album, set to drop on January 15th.

A$AP Rocky
1Train Feat. Kendrick Lamar, Joey Bada$$, Yelawolf, Danny Brown, Action Bronson & Big K.R.I.T.)(Prod. Hit
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Zedd – Clarity feat. Foxes (Acoustic Version)

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You already know where The Music Ninja stands when it comes to Zedd. We’ve featured the Russian-German producer a number of times before, including the epic original version of this track “Clarity” featuring Foxes. But what happens when all the electronic flare is stripped away, what are you left with? Surprisingly, an absolutely charming piano ballad. Foxes’ vocals are especially impressively sweet, and become the main highlight of this EDM-turned-acoustic track. Check it out above! The original’s below for comparison.

Clarity (feat. Foxes) (Original)
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[STREAM] Fool’s Gold’s Loosies Compilation

Our friends at Fool’s Gold Records are celebrating their fifth birthday, and what better way to do it than with a ton of music? Their epic Loosies Compilation is a 22-track rap collection that is truly stacked with some of hip-hop’s rising stars, such as Action Bronson, Flatbush Zombies, Freddie Gibbs, and Danny Brown. Producers like AraabMUZIK, Chuck Inglish, and Chase N Cashe show up to the party to lend a hand as well. Oh, and remember that epic, filthy A-Trak “Piss Test” Remix we posted the other day? Yep, it’s on there, too.  Below are a few choice selections:

Kelly Green (Produced by Milo)
Action Bronson
Twin Peugeots feat. Big Body Bes (Produced by Party Supplies)
Danny Brown
Molly Ringwald (Produced by AraabMUZIK)
Flatbush Zombies
36 Chamber Flow (Produced by Erick Arc Elliott)

Stream the whole Loosies Compilation HERE.

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[Amazing Acoustic] Henry Green – Shipwreck

Quivering, though barely audible, is the sound of sadness, emptiness and a want that cannot be fulfilled. New singer-songwriter Henry Green quivers and conveys all of this heavy-handed emotion beautifully and with such simplicity on his recently released debut single, “Shipwreck”. Armed with nothing but an acoustic guitar, and a few ghostly echoes in the background, he is still able to move mountains. Your heart nearly collapses for Green when he calls out:

“I don’t want to swim away from what we had”.

“Shipwreck” is out via Night Talk Records.

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via The405

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[Electronic] Artful Dodger – Please Don’t Turn Me On (Disclosure Remix)

Disclosure strike gold yet again with this remix of Artful Dodger‘s R&B/garage hit “Please Don’t Turn Me On”. The original, if you’ll remember, was from 2000, but it sounds pretty damn modernized here. If you’ve been a fan of the UK duo thus far, you won’t be disappointed. Check out the official music video, too, which was just released this week.

Please Dont Turn Me On (Disclosure Remix)
Artful Dodger FREE D/L
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[FREE Download] DJ Muggs – Sound Boy Killa EP + [INTERVIEW]

For a man that needs no introduction, he continues to re-introduce himself back into the music scene with increased relevancy and humility. More of a living legend than just a producer, Lawrence Muggerud, better known by his stage name DJ Muggs, has conquered just about every genre he has set foot on. We can easily associate him for being Cypress Hill’s DJ and producer, or perhaps for having produced tracks for Funkdoobiest, House of Pain, Dizzie Rascal, U2, Depeche Mode and many more. And yet, after spending some time talking to him the last night, it is clear that he only cares about one title, that of a musician devoted to the craft. With music evolving every second of every minute of our lives, only a handful have been able to keep up, and even fewer can bring forward the level of consistent talent DJ Muggs demonstrates. He has inspired many to pick up DJ gear at Musician’s Friend in an attempt to create a similar sound.

Dark, aggressive and almost exhibiting a life of its own, the Sound Boy Killa exposes a new side of DJ Muggs we have not seen before, although always expected. As if he is reconstructing the rules of dubstep, the much less hip/hop influenced EP, indulges in emotional and grinding overtones that while overly layered, still feel smooth and organic.

Conceptually, it is classified as a Dubstep release, yet it breaths through an unprecedented amount of experimentation existent between the tracks. “People of the Earth” for example showcase a synergy between dubstep and drum and bass while the lighter tracks like “Sound Clash Business” bring in an energy of Trap surrounded by more natural sounding percussion elements. Our favorite however, are the filthy wobbles that continuously flirt with the sporadic manipulation of vocal samples on “Drop the Beat”.

DJ Muggs is offering his fans the Soundboy Killa EP as a gift to his fans in the form of a free download. The release is a bit darker than his upcoming LP release “Bass for Your Face”, but it will prepare you just the same. You can stream it below as well as download it in full.

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Sound Boy Killa

DJ Muggs
Different (feat. Sunny Cheeba)

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Sound Clash Business

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People Of The Earth

DJ Muggs
Stoned Raiders (6 Blocc Remix)

DJ Muggs
Drop The Beat

Download: Sound Boy Killa EP

To celebrate the release, we were able to get chat with DJ Muggs about the current state of music and find out more information about his love for bass music.

TMN: Hey Lawrence! First off, here at TMN we are always interested in discussing the evolution of music, and we feel like there is no better person to interview than having you, DJ Muggs, not only share with us your experiences but also talk about your soon to be released forthcoming LP “Bass for Your Face” out on January 15th on Ultra Music. On this very same note, so much has improved [in technology] over the last couple of years, from your perspective as a producer, has the process of creating a track changed for you?

I think it has.

I went from using strictly SP-1200 and MPC’s to using more software, using more Logic and working more on the computer than doing it on the outside and putting the music [back] in.
There are just more options for me now and I do not have the problem of stuff sounding aluminum. When I make dirty ass hip/hop I know exactly the processes to get what I want. It is like having all these tools right there at my fingertips. I love it.

TMN: Have you been able to port over the same process when creating electronic music the same way you did with Hip/hop? Not specifically on the technical side but when it comes to composing it, do you find yourself starting with the beat first before you move into the melody? Walk us through your process? Continue reading

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (December 2012 Round #3)

When the world gets insane, music can be the perfect sidekick to the escape artist we all harbor inside. So, turn it up and tune it out ’cause sometimes we all deserve a moment of thoughtless flight.

Lions and Witches
Pearl & The Beard
The Honey Dewdrops
Social Studies
Renny Wilson
By and By
El Sportivo & The Blooz
Waking World
Bandito Folk
Maddy Hay
Taking Champange



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