After cancelling their tour due to health concerns, Blu & Exile have returned with a gem called “Back To Basics.” In the Beginning: Before the Heavens will contain tracks from before and during the recording of their underground classic Below The Heavens. There were over forty tracks that didn’t make the final cut of their 2007 release, and . . .
“You was hating, but you not anymore.” Toronto-based emcee Sean Leon has a dark, hazy banger on his hands in the form of his latest drop, “Gold.” Gloomy, powerful production courtesy of Wondagurl and FrancisGotHeat sets the tone from jump street. Sean’s autotune-assisted, ominous, melodic delivery keeps us intrigued from start to finish. Stream “Gold” . . .
It’s a Monday, but Flamingosis‘s A Groovy Thing project is the perfect way to brighten your day. The SoundCloud description explains it all: “here are 18 instrumentals of sample-based pocket groove instrumentals for you to get your groove on. As always, thank you to all of the artists involved in collaborating on this project with . . .
Dakota Kruser, better known as DK, is a Massachusetts-based singer and producer with a new single about the downward emotional spiral of loneliness. “It’s okay to be alone, but sometimes, being alone gets lonely” is a letter to those who are sulking in their rooms and feeling lonely where they feel like they should feel . . .
Over the last three years, Maryland’s Ace Cosgrove has built out quite the SoundCloud catalog, gaining a steady global following in the process. However, his latest project, Ms. Claire’s Basement, could be the project to launch him into the ears of many, many more. For Cosgrove, Ms. Claire’s Basement has a truly different sound than . . .
Straight up: Dave East can rap. The rugged, Harlem-based lyricist sticks to his guns on his new Mr. Authentic-produced release, “No Back and Forth.” Braggadocios descriptions of his lifestyle mesh effortlessly with thinly veiled threats over soul-sampling instrumentation. Stream “No Back and Forth” below.
“More chune fo ya head top so watch how you speak on my name”. With that quick phrase following a soul stirring sample, Aubrey “Drake” Graham took the world by storm once again, delivering his much anticipated “playlist,” More Life. Coming off his most successful commercial album, Views, Drake has returned with the swagger only . . .
For his latest magic trick, Russ drops a new gem of a record called “Keep On Goin” with Bas. If his verse is any indication, it would seem that the Dreamville emcee was more than motivated enough to step up to the plate for the appearance. The two emcees bring a different demeanor and flow . . .
Bas has traveled a good portion of the globe due to the success of his Too High To Riot video, and he lets us get a glimpse into his travels with two new videos for “Penthouse” and “Live For.” Watch the videos for “Penthouse” and “Live For” below.
Terror Jr is an interesting pop trio featuring Felix Snow, Campa, and a currently unnamed third member. Their newly released “Come First” remix includes guest features from Father and Lil B. But here’s the real tea. Rumors are circulating that the third member of Terror Jr, an unnamed female vocalist, is actually Kylie Jenner. Wouldn’t . . .
Juelz Santana is back at it with a dark, powerful new joint called “Santana Bandana” that leaves many of us curious about what he has up his sleeves for 2017. The Dipset veteran is in classic form, and even includes a brief sample of Drake‘s reference line to him from VIEWS standout track “Hype” – . . .
R&B is known to be a rather romantic genre of music, but Raleigh Ritchie heads in different directions with “Sicko.” The United Kingdom-based artist keeps things blunt and to the point with his honest, reflective thoughts taking the forefront. Ritchie’s Mind The Gap EP will release in the near future. Stream “Sicko” below.
Blitz The Ambassador is back with “Hello Africa,” another high quality single that stays true to his roots. The Ghanian native explained, “I wrote this song while traveling around Africa this year. Almost every city I mentioned was from firsthand experience.” Blitz’s DISAPORADICAL album releases on December 12th, and can be pre-ordered via Bandcamp. Stream . . .
Ab-Soul is gearing up to release his Do What Thou Wilt LP, and he fans the fires a bit more with a new video for “Braille,” a bass-heavy cut featuring Dreamville’s very own Bas. The video shows them both hitting Paris. They definitely make their mark. Watch the PANAMÆRA-directed video for “Braille” below.
“Tables do turn and labels do burn, the second they ask you to sell your soul.” It’s always interesting to hear backstories behind certain tracks, and Spillage Village‘s “Can’t Call It” is a prime example. We heard this track originally as a J. Cole-centric effort, under the name of “Jermaine’s Interlude.” As a standout from . . .