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[Electronic] BenZel – Waiting… (feat. Ben Abraham)

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Waiting...... (ft. Ben Abraham)

BenZel, comprised of Benny Blanco and Ben Ash, had a stellar year in 2014 with their Men EP and executive production on Jessie Ware‘s album. They’ve continued that streak thus far with a number of impressive, diverse loosies, most recently the dope, Tory Lanez-featuring “Stuck on You.” Today, they bring us another in that series with the soulful, building “Waiting…” featuring crooning from Australian vocalist Ben Abraham. It’s a gorgeous electronic tune that progresses into a near-enormous sound without compromising its chilled-out, radiant energy. “Waiting…” closes with a seamless, acoustic retreat to Abraham’s beautiful piano and voice. Brighten your day with this one above.

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[Hip-Hop] BenZel – Four (ft Juicy J & Cashmere Cat)

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It’s easy to see why Juicy J is still a relevant and prominent artist in the music game. His latest collaboration, “Four,” with hit-makers Cashmere Cat and BenZel finds the Memphis emcee spitting a smooth verse over a dope beat. It is a rarity to hear some new music from Benzel, but it is always welcome and the production duo deliver an addicting track. The unique blend of southern flows over a lounge-esque beat makes for a chill listen that is sure to get heavy rotation on anyone’s playlist. No news on when this single will be available for purchase or if it is tied to another project. So, for now, sit back and enjoy some sonic euphoria.

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[NEW] Baauer & BenZel – Rich People’s Theme Song

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Another heater from the none other than Baauer, this time collaborating with BenZel. The track is titled “Rich People’s Theme Song” and features some catchy Hip-Hop samples, massive 808’s, massive bells . The vocal edits throughout this track is nothing short of amazing, and the drop is just as satisfying as the rest. This was ripped from Eclair Fifi’s In New DJs We Trust show, and there is no news on the release date yet. Cheers.

’Baauer & BenZel – Rich People’s Theme Song’

via Neighbors Hate Us

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The Hip-Hop Dojo [Vol. 1]

It’s been a long time in the making, but it’s finally here! Ladies and Gentleninjas, I now present to you: The Hip-Hop Dojo: Volume 1. You may find yourself asking what exactly to expect upon entering the Dojo.Well, that’s a very good question. The Hip-Hop Dojo allows us to share with you all the great hip-hop music that’s dropped over the last week that either a) we didn’t have time to get to OR b) we may have mistakenly missed. We then present all those tracks in one neat little playlist, with a short sentence or two describing each song. Take a listen below, and make sure to download all the FREE tracks here.

Serving as the intro to our playlist, we have Skizzy Mars‘ “15,” a cascading and uplifting song that’ll be the project starter on his upcoming mixtape, Phases. We then continue the trend with three more inspirational tracks. The first of those is “All I’ve Ever Dreamed Of” by HS87, which takes the namesake of their recent mixtape release. “All I’ve Ever Dreamed Of” is a song with almost two sides. Just as you begin to get a feel for Robin Thicke‘s triumphant chorus, the song slaps you in the face with some banging drums. What else would you expect from a Hit-Boy produced track? Next up on the list is a new single from up-and-coming Philly-duo OCD: Moosh & Twist from their Back to the Basement mixtape. Through the song, the two take turns rapping and singing about their ascent towards worldwide notoriety. If you’re looking for something particularly cheery to brighten up your day, I suggest checking out the music video for this one as well.  Finally, rounding out our trio, we have an extremely playful and fun track by DMV-bred Roy Murci called, “Magic Johnson” that definitely has a Wale-esque vibe to it. The next track in the lineup we have is essentially a remix of a remix, as STS tackles Adventure Club‘s remix of Flight Facilities‘ “Crave You” to profess his absolute love for gold. Following things up, we have another new track with a famous sample as Big K.R.I.T. flips James Blake‘s “The Wilhelm Scream” to reflect on his state of mind as he prepares for his upcoming mixtape, King Remembered In Time.

Moving on, what Dojo would be complete without an appearance from a member of the Wu-Tang ClanRaekwon reminds us of the good ol’ 90’s with his newest effort, spitting some elegant bars over a soulful backdrop. Keystone-native, Tayyib Ali also revives that old school aesthetic, proving that he does anything but follow “The Script.” Next up, we have duo Kidz In The Hall, who bring us a dazzling, head-bopping single in “No Doz.” We then shift over to the West Coast to the savvy pairing of TiRon & Ayomari who forget their filters when discussing their ideas of love and women. Crossing back across the country to New York, we we find Torae and Skyzoo who to want to remind us of the message Wu-Tang made famous 20 years ago, letting us know that “Cash Still Rules” everything.

As we continue forward, we come across a couple of bangers to turn up with your headphones plugged in. TermanologyEa$y Money, and Nitty Scott MC all flex their mic skills for the hell of it over a reverberant, guitar-laden beat on “Bars For Days”. Our next two tracks feature a common subject: every rapper’s favorite herb. While King Chip takes us to a place known as Clevelafornia to tell us where he prefers to smoke his, the boisterous Sahtyre creates a complete dedication to his favorite vegetable over an insanely wild, high octane beat. Chitown natives Joey Purp and Kami De Chukwu may still be young, but they provide us with some brief insight to all the fun to be had at an “Illuminati Slumber Party.” Staying within the confines of the illest city in the Midwest, Cracko Kain & Vic Spencer speculate upon the state of Chicago operating under martial law. Boldy James’ “Goose Egg,” is a haunting yet infectious number, that’ll have you pressing play again the second it ends.

The final three tracks are meant for more mellow occasions, when you’re looking to just kick back and unwind to some relaxing tunes. We start that process off with SMKA‘s “Good Life.” Laced with a euphoric beat from Kato, ATLiens Playboy TreSpree Wilson and Marian Mereba all discuss the struggles endured during the quest for the good life. Coming from young Japanase duo BenZel, “Semi Detached” is a raw, emotional track with stellar, ethereal production that reaches you right to the core. Chance the Rapper blesses the track with a casual, yet introspective guest verse, while British crooner Cass Lowe tugs at our heartstrings with his delicate, whispering vocals. Last but not least, we have the multi-talented MeLo-X, coming to us with “Handle It” which will be featured on his upcoming GOD: LoFi project. With this latest effort, MeLo is able to show off his skills as both a producer and rapper, as he takes M-Phazes‘ remix of Gotye‘s “Somebody I Used To Know” and transforms it into a seductive, soothing bedroom anthem.

We really hope you enjoyed the first edition of The Hip-Hop Dojo. If you have any submissions or suggestions for the next edition, feel free to send them to baseer@themusicninja.com.

’Skizzy Mars – 15 (Intro)’
’HS87 – All I’ve Ever Dreamed Of (feat. HitBoy, Audio Push, K. Roosevelt & Robin Thicke)’
’OCD: Moosh & Twist – Top Of The World’
’Roy Murci – Magic Johnson (feat. Danie Lyon)’
’STS – Dripping In Gold’
’Big K.R.I.T. – R.E.M.’
’Raekwon – Whatever Baby (Feat. JD Era)’
’Tayyib Ali – The Script’
’Kidz In The Hall – No Doz’
’TiRon & Ayomari – No Filter’
’Torae – Cash Still Rules (Feat. Skyzoo)’
’Termanology f. Nitty Scott MC & Ea$y Money – Bars For Days’
’King Chip – Under Palm Trees’
’ Sahtyre – Broccoli’
’Joey Purp & Kami de Chukwu
Illuminati Slumber Party’
’Cracko Kain – Martial Law ft. Vic Spencer’
’Boldy James
Goose Egg’
’SMKA – Good Life (Feat. Playboy Tre, Marian Mereba & Spree Wilson) (Prod. Kato of SMKA)’
’BenZel
Semi Detached (Feat. Cass Lowe & Chance The Rapper)’
’MeLo_X – Handle It’
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[Electronica] BenZel – Fallin’ Love (Video)

Originally from Japan, but now based out of New York, BenZel are a young duo with a penchant for groovy, syrupy, R&B-leaning production. You’ve heard their work on Jessie Ware‘s cover of “If You Love Me” (originally by 90’s group Brownstone), but now we get a taste of an original in “Fallin’ Love”. It’s dubbed as a “demo” on their Soundcloud (below), but you wouldn’t know it. They recently released the official video for the stylish tune; it’s a tad risque, but hey, it’s Monday. Best to start the week with some spice. Check it out.

’BenZel – Fallin Love (Demo)’
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[Electro Soul] Jessie Ware & BenZel – If You Love Me (Video)

Last month, teenage Japanese duo BenZel teamed up with British powerhouse Jessie Ware for “If You Love Me,” an inspiring track done originally by R&B group Brownstone in the early ’90s. A lava lamp-like video directed by Kate Moross was released at the same time as the song, but recently an official music video has surfaced. Set in New York City, it depicts a woman showing off her pole-dancing moves in an empty subway car.

’Benzel & Jessie Ware – If You Love Me’

Bonus: a new BenZel demo called “Fallin Love”
’BenZel – Fallin Love (Demo)’
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[Soul] Jessie Ware & BenZel – If You Love Me

I tend to get a little carried away with my Jessie Ware posts, so I’ll try and keep it short here. The British soul singer collaborated with young Japanese duo BenZel to cover “If You Love Me,” a ’90s hit by R&B group Brownstone. It’s a melancholy, heart-is-tearing-at-the-seams kind of track, and as usual, Ware conveys vulnerability beautifully as she pleads for her significant other to show how much he really cares. The song’s emotional robustness especially shines during the chorus as a choir sings out, as though from the mountaintops: “Say it! Do it! Show it! Prove it!”

The video above was directed by Kate Moross, who had previously worked on Ware’s “Wildest Moment” visuals. Stream & download the track below:

’Benzel & Jessie Ware – If You Love Me’

Jessie Ware’s excellent debut, Devotion, is out now via PMR/Island.

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