[Hip-Hop] Rockie Fresh – Life Long (Feat. Rick Ross & Nipsey Hussle)

After dropping the rim rattling “Superman OG” last week, Rockie Fresh decides to ease his foot off the gas pedal as he continues to take us on a ride down the Electric Highway. With MMG boss Rick Ross in tow, along with West Coaster Nipsey Hussle, Rockie Fresh takes some time to reflect on the finer things in life along with the plans he has to prolong that lavish lifestyle. While “Superman OG” might be what you’d listen to pump yourself up on your way to a party, “Life Long” is the cool down song you’d find yourself playing on your way back home. We’re hoping for some more quality music from the young Chicagoan when his Electric Highway mixtape drops on January 21.

Rockie Fresh
Life Long (Feat. Rick Ross & Nipsey Hussle)
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[Chill] Cocaine 80s – Fly Ass Pisces ft Common, Jhene Aiko & James Fauntleroy

There is a certain calm that group Cocaine 80s‘ music brings when you hit the play button. It could be the dope No I.D. production or just the smooth vibe the group brings to a track but their latest single is another dose of that sick laid-back sound that has become signature. Collaborating with the newly signed Def Jam vocalist Jhene Aiko and Chitown vet Common, the blending of soothing vocals and hard drums makes this track from their upcoming effort a great listen. Be sure to check it out below and pick up their latest ARTium Recordings 7 track EP Flower of Life, available for free download here.

Cocaine 80s (w/ Jhene Aiko x Common x James Fauntleroy) – Fly Ass Pisces
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[Hip-Hop] Talib Kweli – Art Imitates Life (Feat. Black Thought & Rah Digga) x One Two (Feat. Jae Millz & Oh No)

Over the weekend, Talib Kweli decided to bless us with two gems from his much awaited Prisoner of Conscious album. The first track, “Art Imitates Life” is essentially a convention of the most underrated emcees in the game, featuring The Roots frontman, Black Thought, and female veteran, Rah Digga. The song itself is an absolute lyrical onslaught, full of quotable quips that’ll force you to keep rewinding back through each and every verse. While Black Thought slips in his patented socially conscious remarks, Rah Digga seems to channel her inner Freeway as she comments on the state of lyrics in hip-hop.

The second release features another unconventional pair with YMCMB’s Jae Millz, and Stone Throw’s Oh No adding in a couple verses over a funky yet agressive backdrop. Both tracks were produced by Oh No, and showcase why he’s one of the most revered producers out there. It’s songs like these that make you truly proud to be a hip-hop fan. Talib Kweli’s Prisoner of Conscious is set to drop on April 23, but you can still download these two tracks from iTunes right now.

Talib Kweli
Art Imitates Life (Feat. Black Thought & Rah Digga)
Talib Kweli
One Two (Feat. Jae Millz & Oh No)
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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (January 2013 Round #3)

Why is it so easy to focus on the negative and completely ignore the positive? Isn’t it better to pay attention to what makes you tick rather than drown yourself in an ocean of debbie downer moments? Easier said then done sometimes, true. But if we all took a minute to find something that gave us the slightest twinkle in our eye once a day, it might become easier to make positivity your daily routine. Hey, we’ll even make things a little easier for you. That twinkle could possibly be sparked from the Indie Dojo you find yourself listening to below. It’s worth a shot.

Half Moon Run
Full Circle
Mighty Oaks
Like An Eagle
This Old Ghost
Tiger Man of The Matto Grasso
Eagle Rock Gospel Singers
So Many Wizards
Best Friends
Pretty Heart


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[Future Funk] Anita Ward – Ring My Bell (Kill Paris Remix)

Kill Paris drops a funky remix of Anita Ward‘s classic track “Ring My Bell”.  His soulful delivery on this incredible remix is rather refreshing while still mixing some incredibly heavy wobbles. The samples of the original are satisfying and tweaked in just the right way. Happy monday everyone and enjoy this free tune. Cheers.

Anita Ward
Ring My Bell (Kill Paris Remix)
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[Trap] A$AP Rocky – Long Live A$AP (Bird Peterson Remix)

The man that brought us the massive remix of Kendrick Lamar‘s track “Swmming Pools” is back at it. Here, he delivers another bass-heavy remix, this time tackling A$AP Rocky‘s track “Long Live A$AP,” effectively transforming it into a Trapstep-style banger sampling all the best parts of the original. Enjoy the free download, cheers.

A$AP Rocky
Long Live A$AP (Bird Peterson Remix)
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Skrillex – Reason (Tom Budin Remix)


When I see Skrillex in a title of a track, whether it is an original or a remix, I just prepare myself for a corpus amount of heavily layered music with an extremely aggressive wobbles as if to simulating two sweaty robots having hot and oily sex. And while a few months back that heavy sound was appealing, for me at least, it has run its course. Talented as any producer may be, the trends keep changing and it is really their adaptability to adapt and create new experiences that sets talented musicians apart from others.

This brings me to up and coming seventeen year old Austrian producer Tom Budin. Taking on one of Skrillex more controversial tracks, Tom injects it with so much electro funk that even the original dubstep foundation is molded into an easily digestible and amusing sound. From its melodic backdrops within its build ups to the evolving and textured bassline, this remix brings a breath of fresh air to the already saturated dubstep scene. And it is a FREE DOWNLOAD.

Reason (Tom Budin Remix)
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