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[Hip Hop] Big K.R.I.T- Confetti

Today we have the new single by Meridian, Mississippi’s favorite son Big K.R.I.T called “Confetti”. I have been a fan of Krit’s since his Return of 4eva mixtape in 2011, so when I saw he was posting cryptic posts on his Instagram I knew his return was imminent. This is the first release of Krit’s since his album Cadillactica came out in 2014 and boy this didn’t disappoint.

Krit talks about how rappers now a days are only focused on the now instead of their long term legacy and he uses confetti as an analogy when he raps, “Your confetti ain’t even heavy nigga/ Got the win, I want the record nigga/ What’s a crown if you don’t even protect it nigga/ What’s a name if they don’t respect it nigga/ Nah, your confetti ain’t even heavy nigga.”

Take for example the 2008 New England Patriots, throughout the regular season and playoffs they had a perfect season but all those games were worth nothing because they didn’t win the Super Bowl and didn’t have the “heavy confetti” like the champions do. Getting back to the music this track is perfect for Krit to let other artists know even though he’s been away he’s still hungry to hold the crown as the best rapper. This track has spacey keyboards, booming bass and guitar riffs in the beginning of the song that would make Jimi Hendrix proud. I encourage you to listen to this track because this has got me excited about what’s about to come with the inevitable release of Krit’s newest album.

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[15 To End 2015] Ninja Ash’s Best of the Year

When you listen to music as much as I do, your song selections and life experiences become inseparable–each impacting the other in both conscious and subconscious ways. That relationship embodies the uniquely subjective nature of music. You can listen to a song ten times and think nothing of it but then hear it in the right context or headspace and everything just clicks. As such, any effort of making an objective “best of” list proves a fruitless task. So rather than attempt that Sisyphean task, my ’15 To End 2015′ captures the songs that meant the most to me this year: ones that soundtracked my best memories, comforted me at my lowest points or simply possessed endless replay value. Peep my favorites of 2015 below. Hopefully they’ll take on a life of their own in your music collection.

’Beach House – Space Song’

A trip to psychedelic space land–just close your eyes and absorb.

’The Internet – Under Control’

A fresh and endlessly relatable take on R&B from Syd & co.

’Thundercat – ‘Them Changes”

Built on the same Isley Brothers drum sample as “Today Was a Good Day,” this funk-injected jam crescendos a year full of nostalgia for the era of Parliament, James Brown & Sly Stone.

’Main Attrakionz – Ain’t No Other Way’

Feel good Bay Area hip-hop for and from the soul.

’Raury – Forbidden Knowledge (feat. Big K.R.I.T.)’

An absolute lyrical gem from a young artist with wisdom well beyond his years.

’Kendrick Lamar – These Walls (feat. Thundercat, Bilal & Anna Wise)’

My most played song from my favorite album of the year: ‘To Pimp A Butterfly.’

’Jamie xx – I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times)(feat. Young Thug & Popcaan)’
It’s hard to pick a favorite song from Jamie xx’s ‘In Colour’ but this summer anthem flipped pretentious listeners on their heads while showcasing the merits of melodic emcees.

’Shamir – In For The Kill’

The danciest track from the year’s most pioneering pop vocalist.

’Mura Masa – Lovesick Fuck’

In 2015 Mura Masa continued to prove his dominance in the realm of emotional future bass. This is easily my most played track of the year.

’Big Wild – Aftergold’

‘Aftergold’ captures Big Wild’s genuinely organic approach to electronic music–one full of sonic plot twists and playful melodies.

’Lane 8 – Loving You ft. Lulu James’

Lane 8’s compositions shaped my year and “Loving You,” the opener of his debut album, brings to mind feelings of excitement and new beginnings.

’Kenton Slash Demon – Harpe’

The capacity for emotional power within an instrumental composition should never be underestimated–‘Harpe’ proves that.

’Tame Impala – Let It Happen (Soulwax Remix)’

The magnificence of Tame Impala and the rare emergence of Soulwax combine for infinite grooves.

’Billy Kenny – I Eat Beats (Ardalan Remix)’

This song is single-handedly responsible for piquing my interest in tech-house.

’Sonny Fodera & Gene Farris – We Work It’

I listened to this every time I worked it in 2015.

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[Hip-Hop] Raury – Forbidden Knowledge (feat. Big K.R.I.T.)

Raury
Forbidden Knowledge (feat. Big K.R.I.T.)

From the moment Raury hit the scene last year with “God’s Whisper” and his subsequent Indigo Child mixtape, the young Atlanta artist placed himself outside the boundaries of genre restriction. Even with such a broad range of styles that spans from folk to hip-hop, he’s managed to build a cohesive following who’ve come together over his music’s youthful energy and positive message. As he gears up to release his debut album next week, Raury has let loose what might be our favorite single yet.

“Forbidden Knowledge” features a minimal, ethereal instrumental that serves as the perfect canvas for Raury to display his abilities as an emcee. Delivering rhymes with a quick-hitting stream-of-conscious flow, the talented up ‘n comer displays an incredible level of lyricism as he explores issues of social injustice and inequality.  After two stellar verses from Raury, Big K.R.I.T., a legend in his own right, takes the mic adding wisdom of his own. The somewhat unexpected collaboration proves a powerful, thought-provoking one that showcases the versatility of both artists. All We Need drops is out via Columbia Records on October 16th and is available for pre-order here.

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[Hip-Hop] Big K.R.I.T. – Cadillactica

Big K.R.I.T.
Cadillactica

Memphis-emcee Big K.R.I.T. takes listeners to the stars and beyond in a old school ride with his new single “Cadillactica”. The single comes fresh off the release of K.R.I.T.’s See Me On Top Vol. 4 release and is yet another chill listen. Mixing a tough, southern-flow with a catchy hook over DJ Dahi-production, this latest release should definitely be in heavy rotation for K.R.I.T. fans.

This tune finds K.R.I.T. jumping on the track with some quick-tongued bars reminiscent of old-school hip-hop. Definitely one that is meant for low-riding or chilling, this single is not necessarily K.R.I.T.’s best but it is certainly worth a listen for what it is. The young rapper even shows off some of his comedic skill on a short-skit towards the tail-end of the song. This is the third release from the upcoming project of the same name and is available for free when fans pre-order the album on iTunes, now.

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[Hip-Hop] Big K.R.I.T. – Mt. Olympus

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MT. Olympus (Prod. By Big K.R.I.T.)

Southern producer and rapper Big K.R.I.T. never fails to surprise fans with a new track every now and then. After accruing 500,000 followers on Twitter, he took to the interwebs to drop another gem for our listening enjoyment. The track “Mt. Olympus” is a new kind of K.R.I.T., with the the Mississippi native dropping a fiery, aggressive flow about the fickle industry. Taking shots at the game that has, somewhat, shunned him from reaching mainstream notoriety, K.R.I.T. also takes a moment to spit a reply to Kendrick‘s “Control” verse. The self-produced single is a pretty dope first listen of what is to come from his upcoming sophomore project Cadillactica, dropping soon.

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[Mixtape Download] Big K.R.I.T. – King Remembered in Time

Out to claim his Southern rap throne, Mississippi emcee Big K.R.I.T. drops his long awaited mixtape, King Remembered in Time this week. Seizing creative control, the 17 track album is mostly produced and penned by the underground phenom, and is completely free. He teams with mega-producer 9th Wonder on “Life is a Gamble,” and collabs with rap veteran Bun B, along with fellow newcomers Wiz Khalifa, Trinidad Jame$, Future, and BJ the Chicago Kid.

K.R.I.T. definitely delivers on this mixtape and shows off his unique talent of mixing the ratchet, trunk popping tunes with intellectually witty rhymes. Be sure to download the free tape here and grab your tickets to his upcoming West Coast tour, starting this May.

’Big K.R.I.T. – Shine On Feat. Bun B (Prod. By Big K.R.I.T.)’
’Big K.R.I.T. – Only One Feat. Wiz Khalifa Smoke & DZA (Prod. By Big K.R.I.T.)’
’Big K.R.I.T. – My Trunk Feat. Trinidad Jame$ (Prod. By Big K.R.I.T.)’
’Big K.R.I.T. – R.E.M. (Prod By Big K.R.I.T.)’
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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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