Tied together by their origins in the city of Compton, YG Hootie and Kendrick Lamar pay homage with their latest drop, “The City.” The song, which is produced by produced by Eardrummers’ DJ FU, has a laid back vibe to it. Hootie’s Hubris project is expected to release on November 11th. Stream “The City” below.
“Give me your vibes, I want all your energy.” Iman Omari sets the mood masterfully with his smooth new single, “Kama Sutra.” He embraces the concept of selfless love this time around, as his lyrics make it clear that he’s down to do whatever it takes to please his partner. Look for his IHY album . . .
“Let’s go somewhere, to a place, I know, where you’ve never been before.” Mar is an Amsterdam bred vocalist and poet who has a knack for making music that feels otherworldly. “Place” is a great example. Layered melodies and distorted vocals create a floating, exhilarating feel that supplements Mar’s gorgeous harmonies and imaginative lyricism. Mar . . .
“Carpe Noctem, to seize the night. Some of us take it for granted. The night symbolizes truth, a moment in time when you can be whatever you want. It symbolizes fear to some and security to others. Seize the night, keep faith, and prosper.” Cleveland born, Houston raised rapper and songwriter Marcellus Juvann just dropped his Carpe . . .
It should come as no surprise that a rapper who goes by theantisocial keeps a low profile. That being said, he’s got a gem of a single on his hands in the form of “Do Yo Dance.” The Maryland-based spitter is a member of the multifaceted LAST NIIGHT collective. Stream “Do Yo Dance” below, and look to . . .
“If this is the American Dream, we got scammed.” Rochester, New York-based veteran emcee Emilio Rojas doesn’t pull punches in his remix of Kendrick Lamar’s “Element.” The Sounwave-produced instrumentation lends itself well to weighty topics. Stream Emilio’s “Element” remix below and check out his remix of Taylor Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do” afterwards.
Track four of Kari Faux‘s Primary project is called “Lowkey,” but that could have been the title of the whole project. The Little Rock, Arkansas native is as cool, calm and collected as ever throughout the seven-track EP. Production from the likes of Matt Martians, MeLo-X, and Kari herself fits her laid back aesthetic to . . .
Jared Jackson did it. He made “Loyalty” better. “Preposterous,” you say. I understand. That being said, it just might be possible. You need to listen to this remix for yourself. Kendrick Lamar and Rihanna‘s vocals. The G-Funk instrumentation. It’s all chopped up and flipped to perfection, and it’s ready to be danced to. Get into . . .
What do you do when you can’t sleep at night? Thelonious Martin makes pulse-pounding instrumentals with Busta Rhymes ad-libs thrown in for good measure. “5AMinLA” would be a great instrumental for a lyrically inclined emcee who needs to get a few things off of his or her chest. Who’s ready to step up and deliver? . . .
Maroon 5 has a rich collaborative history – they’ve already worked with the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Future, and Wiz Khalifa. Their latest drop, “What Lovers Do,” features vocals from SZA, who’ll be riding the success of her Ctrl album for months to come. Stream “What Lovers Do” below.
DJ/Producer, Marshmello, links with El Paso’s Khalid for a stirring dance ballad titled “Silence.” They’ve been quiet for too long and it’s time to let loose. Stream below and purchase “Silence” on iTunes.
Fellow Boston emcees Dutch ReBelle and Marcela Cruz team up to let off their new “Don’t Know Why” video, featuring a bonus video for “Mophizzy.” It’s good to see some of the city’s talent getting the exposure that they deserve. Produced by Nelly Protoolz and directed by D. Gomez, “Don’t Know Why” is a beautifully shot . . .
From the first time I heard “Loyalty” from Kendrick Lamar‘s critically acclaimed DAMN. album, I pictured in my head what the visuals could and would look like. Well, Dave Meyers & the little homies surpassed my expectations with the video for the sultry collab with Rihanna. The video starts off with Kung-Fu Kenny in a room full . . .
Kendrick Lamar‘s “DNA” has gotten a new set of wings thanks to a mashup by DELAY. that puts K. Dot’s cadences over the instrumental to Denzel Curry’s “Ultimate.” I saw the “ULT.DNA” title and got excited, anticipating what this might be. Thankfully, it was just what I expected. Not many other instrumentals can carry the . . .
Damian Marley contributed a solid feature on JAY-Z‘s 4:44 album. He keeps the wave rolling and is a back with a new song titled “R.O.A.R.” “‘R.O.A.R.’ is really speaking about how, in Jamaica, what we call rudeboys always had a responsibility to the community,” Marley says of the track. They would be the safekeepers — the . . .