Robin Thicke released a stream of his song “Take It Easy On Me”, which features production from superstar Timbaland. Blurred Lines has an official release date of July 30 through Star Trak/Interscope Records. Pre-order Blurred Lines on iTunes. Also, if you somehow have not checked out the video for the lead single, “Blurred Lines”, do so by clicking here.
That New Jam will have more streams from Thicke’s album in the coming weeks so stay tuned!
During his live Twitter Q&A session yesterday, Jay-Z gave Young Guru (or Just Blaze) the green light to liberate the elusive full-version of the third installment of “Dead Presidents”. Guru must have been keeping up as he took to SoundCloud to finally liberate the unreleased version. Sadly – as you’ll notice upon playing – the “missing” verse eventually ended up on “Moment Of Clarity” instead. Still, a dope song regardless.
Brooklyn’s own, Fabolous, is back and is the latest MC to sit down and speak to the well versed, always entertaining, Nardwuar. The clip finds the two speaking about everything from Fab’s early days in the game, his passion for old soul music, and his love for Brooklyn hip hop.
Nardwuar of course comes with the gifts, giving Fab a limited edition Kool G. Rap and DJ Polo album on vinyl! Check out the interview below and please, speak your mind – you know what happens when an artist rolls through Vancouver!
Hit-Boy may no longer be a part of the G.O.O.D. Music fold, but that didn’t stop him from utilizing Kanye West’s“New Slaves” for his own purposes. With that, we receive a remix, titled “New Chains”, that is a bit different both sonically and topic-wise from his former boss’ Yeezus standout.
The track comes with an accompanying visual treatment that features Hit-Boy rhyming while shackled, but albeit beautiful women get equal face time. Off scenes show dated footage of Black men working in a chain gang for emphasis. Check out the treatment for “New Chains” below.
Hit-Boy – New Chains (James Somersett) [Official Video]
Justin Timberlake unleashes the official video for “Tunnel Vision”, the newest single from his latest album The 20/20 Experience. Timbaland also makes a cameo in the NSFW visuals. Things definitely got a little risqué in this one.
Weekend Money is a musical duo born straight out of the New York lifestyle scene, as in one that pulls influence from everything AND music. The group is comprised of NYC/Philadelphia-based rapper Ne$$ (who is a member of the Dead Prez affiliated group A-Alikes) and Brooklyn, by-way-of Iraq, producer/vocalist Baghdaddy. And although they do explain in their bio that they’re [obviously] not the first musicians to pull from the plethora of influences that is New York City, they do describe the following:
New York City is everything. We wouldn’t have made this project if we didn’t live here. There are so many people, personalities, stories, sounds, etcetera everywhere you turn. The city is the muse for this project.
The quote is in reference to their Naked City EP, which dropped last year, but the influence is there nonetheless and it is certainly something that still remains. I guess for me personally, in essence, Weekend Money embodies the progress growth of the hip hop music genre (which in turn embodies NYC as the foremost city driving culture and inspiration worldwide).
Their lyrics are consciously tied to the emotion and style of each instrumental, making them versatile and marketable. And their beats, whether self produced or aided by the likes of Hot Sugar, incorporate spacey synths and grungy drums and bass lines that tip their to both 90’s hip hop riffs and 2013 EDM jams. Samples of their work and links to their social media networks are all provided below.
There hasn’t been much in the way of music appearances in 2013 for 50 Cent. The Queens rapper has mainly focused on behind the scenes ventures this year as music has taken more of a backseat (although his upcoming album has been due out four or five times already at this point). J. Cole recently released his widely popular sophomore album Born Sinner and 50 was a rare guest on the project. The track “New York Times” is the only song on the album featuring rappers other than Cole. Recently, the Queens native called into DJ Whoo Kid’s program on Shade 45 and talked about his involvement on the album and J. Cole.
“I think that it’s a good project man,” 50 Cent said. “He’s producing his records while actually rapping on them like Kanye.”
Speaking of Kanye, 50 didn’t spare his feelings about Born Sinner’s release date competitor Yeezus and its creator.
“I think they’re both talented,” he said. “Some of the choices on the new joint that Yeezy made, I wasn’t into all that. I didn’t know what kind of beat came off.”
50 Cent also talked about how Kanye’s sixth studio album might be received by fans and critics down the line.
“It was creative man, it came out of nowhere with that. We’ll see if people can adjust to it and really enjoy it or if it’s too different.”
Finally, 50 talked about his future music and why he doesn’t party too much. He even jokes about re-recording Power of the Dollar with producers such as Timbaland, J. Cole, and Kanye West.
Listen to the full DJ Whoo Kid interview below (via Shade 45):
50 Cent Talks Ending Beef With Floyd Mayweather, Yeezus, J. Cole, Boxing, & Much More
Back to drop off another freebie, leading up to the release of his anticipated Thumpy Johnson album, today we showcase Jeremih’s remix of “Throwin’ My Money” featuring Twista and R. Kelly, which was originally released months back. The strip club anthem now of course features additional sensual vocals from the R&B crooner – you can check out the rework below. Enjoy and be sure to make a return visit upon Thumpy Johnson’s release.
Free Download: Jeremih – Throwin’ My Money (remix) ft. Twista and R. Kelly
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Pro Era member Joey Bada$$ has released the full download of his free new album, Summer Knights, and has our team itching to hit the play button. Production credits on the album come from Alchemist, Oddisee, the legendary DJ Premier, Chuck Strangers, and special appearances from Smoke DZA, TNah Apex, Collie Buddz, and the Pro Era squad. Download Summer Knights by heading clicking over to DatPiff.
With the “fallout” between The Weeknd and Drake occurring last year when The Weeknd signed with Universal Music Group and left OVO, Drizzy has kept his ear to the streets and discovered Party Next Door. Also hailing from Toronto, PND embodies much of the Toronto sound (especially r&b) with down-tempo rhythms and heavily EQ’d synths and drums. Let us know what you think and check it out below.