There are few artists that consistently bring bars like Big Sean. It really doesn’t matter what flow or feel he’s going for, this man can SPIT and it’s lucky that Kanye took the time to listen to this kid spit outside a radio station in Detroit. Sean runs circles around a Key Wane & Travi$ Scott collaboratively produced beat and gave it out for free on his SoundCloud!
I’m gonna give a +1 to Sony for snatching up the unbelievable talent that is Shift Key. He has the sound for the long term that incorporates elements of genres like hip-hop, deep house, R&B and bass music and consistently delivers quality music track after track. We can’t wait to see what the future brings for Lewis Jankel; his Attracting Flies or Thong Song remixes are a good place to start if you haven’t heard him yet.
The release of Pretty Lights’ record 2 years in the making, A Color Map Of The Sun has been seen by many (including myself) as a major step in the progression of electronic music. Rather than trying to make a festival track that sounds the same as everyone else for the sake of charting on Beatport, he spent unreal amounts of time painstakingly crafting and recording his own tracks to vinyl so that he could sample them again for his tracks. He joined Zedd in the ranks of “EDM” artists to make debuts on late night TV by hopping on Conan with Talib Kweli and a full live band to play their collaboration “Around The Block”.
We told you from DAY ONE that Jon Bellion was gonna be special but you all know that by now. The Long Island product has been grinding out making damn good music for a while now and with his first Visionary Music Group mixtape Translations Through Speakers already in the books, it looks like JB is getting ready to ramp it up again for the next album. This latest video from GRVTY shows Jon and DJ Rhetorik hanging at the home studio listening to a MONSTER tune that could end up being the intro track for the new album. Needless to say, we’re a little excited.
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.
With J. Cole’s album Born Sinner looking to take the #1 spot on Billboard over Yeezus and Wale’s release The Gifted climbing the charts as well, the two unleashed this freebie via SoundCloud. Although no download, the Jake One produced 4th collaboration between the two comes along with confirmation that J. Cole will be producing on Wale’s next Jerry Sienfeld-assisted mixtape.
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.
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