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[Hip-Hop] Hodgy Beats – Dena Tape 2 (Mixtape)

Long-time Odd Future fans may remember Hodgy Beats‘s Dena Tape as one of the strongest projects to come out during the crew’s breakout years. Since that time, aside from a few solo releases, Hodgy has focused mainly on his collaborative MellowHigh and MellowHype projects with consistently solid results. Yesterday, Hodgy returned as a solo act in full force with Dena Tape 2. Keeping the vocal features to a minimum, Beats lets his quick-hitting, gritty delivery and lyrics take front and center over productions from Hit-BoyLeft BrainLakim, Marvel Alexander and more. Hodgy also holds his own over the instrumentals for Kendrick Lamar‘s “Sing About Me, I’m Dying for Thirst” and Outkast‘s “Aquemini.” This project definitely has a more cohesive feel than its predecessor displaying Hodgy’s growth artistically, both from a delivery perspective and content-wise. Give our favorite tracks a listen and, if you like what you hear, you can grab the whole mixtape for free at the link below:

Hodgy Beats – Dena Tape 2

’Hodgy Beats – Cudda Been’
’Hodgy Beats – Wild Boy’
’Hodgy Beats – Miyagi’s Prime’
’Hodgy Beats – New Balance Ft. Domo Genesis’
’Hodgy Beats – FREEALLMYNIGGAS’
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[Hip-Hop] G-Unit – Nah I’m Talking About

G-Unit
Nah I'm Talking About

After a surprise performance at last night’s Hot 97 Summer Jam, the original members of G-Unit (minus Olivia, plus Kidd Kidd) have given us their first new track together in recent history. Despite rumors of beef and a few unpleasant interview remarks, 50 CentLloyd BanksTony Yayo and Young Buck reunite over the Hit-Boy produced HS87 cut “Grinding My Whole Life,” transforming it to “Nah I’m Talking About.” To our surprise, and delight, it absolutely slaps.

Although my dreams of an all-out 50 and G-Unit comeback have been repeatedly shattered over the last ten years, I can’t help but think about how the rap game might have been different had they kept their momentum from 2004 going for just a few more years. It is unlikely that this is the start of their return but hopefully there will be a few more songs where this one came from. In the meantime, enjoy this blast from the past and check out the stream of 50’s upcoming album, Animal Ambitionto help nurse any remaining G-Unit withdrawals.

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[Hip-Hop] Drake – Trophies

Drake
Trophies

The year might almost be over, but Drake still has some new music to deliver to his eager fans. His latest leak, “Trophies,” is a triumphant Hit-Boy, Noah “40” Shebib, and Hagler assisted, horn-heavy celebrity anthem that was previously debuted in a trailer for Nothing Was The Same. The Young Money-affiliate takes an introspective look at his rise to fame, responsibilities in life, and the effect his parent’s divorce had on his young mind. Drake has always been one to let listeners into his personal thoughts, and this track is another look into his past and how it has shaped his future and the artist he is today.

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[Mixtape] Casey Veggies & Rockie Fresh – Fresh Veggies

Just as the year ticks down to an end, the good music keeps on flowing. After several leaks and teasers, the joint effort from young emcees Casey Veggies and Rockie Fresh finally arrives for our listening enjoyment. The Puma-sponsored mixtape Fresh Veggies is a 10 track effort with all original material. It’s a tasty treat for music fans of the Chitown and LA representatives that features guest spots from Juicy J, Ty Dolla $ign, and Hit-Boy, as well as production from Lunice and Holladay. Take a listen to a few of our favorites and download the mix below.

DOWNLOAD: Casey Veggies & Rockie Fresh – Fresh Veggies

’Casey Veggies & Rockie Fresh – Fresh Veggies (prod. Lunice)
’Casey Veggies & Rockie Fresh – Aladdin (prod. Uncle Dave)’
’Casey Veggies & Rockie Fresh – Sacrifice (prod. Rey Reel)’
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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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[NEW] Beyoncé – Bow Down/I Been On (Prod. Hit-Boy, Timbaland)

Beyoncé
Bow Down / I Been On

Although Beyoncé was the headliner at the Super Bowl last month, it’s been over a year since she released any new music. Well, the Queen B has triumphantly returned, and is back to assert her dominance. “Bow Down/I Been On” is easily one of her most aggressive tracks to date, as she puts all other R&B songstresses out there on notice that she’s not about to relent her crown yet (just like her husband). Over some tricked-up drums, Mrs. Carter switches between sped up and chopped-and-screwed vocals as she talks her trash. There’s a very minimal amount of singing, but the track still accomplishes its goals pretty handily. Assuming this is just a teaser, we’re looking forward to what else Bey has to offer us later this year.

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[Hip-Hop] HS87- Cypher (Feat. Various Artists)

Cypher
Hits Since 87, Inc Feat. Various Artist

Hit-Boy definitely had to call in a few favors to make this one possible. “Cypher” is a jam-packed collaboration between the past, present, and future of hip-hop. Just take a look at some of the names here. Along with HS87 crew members like Kent M$neyAudio Push, and B Mac The Queen, we also have a slew of other talented emcees like ScHoolboy Q, Casey Veggies, Xzibit, Rick Ross, Method Mad, Redman, and Raekwon bombarding the mic. Each rapper take turns absolutely assaulting the beat, almost in the order of their birth. It’s definitely worth a few spins, just to make sure you don’t miss any brilliant bars between this collection of talented dudes. This track is set to be featured on the upcoming HS87 compilation album, All I’ve Ever Dreamed Of, dropping March 12th.

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