Don't Do it

N.E.R.D. lets loose the explosive “Don’t Do It,” featuring Kendrick Lamar

“They’re gonna do it, anyway.” N.E.R.D.‘s “Don’t Do It” has a light vibe to it, but it addresses some heavy topics related to being Black in America. The Kendrick Lamar-featuring single carries a rock edge to it, and has plenty of energy to match. Kendrick goes absolutely bananas on his verse, as you would expect. . . .

1000

N.E.R.D. – “1000” ft. Future

“Kinetic energy, a thousand times higher.” There’s no shortage of energy on N.E.R.D.‘s attention-grabbing new single, “1000.” Oh, and did I mention that Future is on it? I can hear this record booming off in clubs for months to come No_One Ever Really Dies releases on December 15th. No_One Ever Really Dies is slated to . . .

Squeeze Me
New Music Dec 26  |  

N.E.R.D. – “Squeeze Me”

New N.E.R.D. is better than no new N.E.R.D., so we’ll take “Squeeze Me,” even if it’s just a loosie to be featured on the soundtrack for Spongebob The Movie. “We’re trying not to think too much in a cartoon sense,” Hugo told Variety of N.E.R.D.’s work on Spongebob, “but more just like a psychedelic, otherworldy . . .

church
New Music Apr 12  |  

Shan Vincent de Paul – “Church”

Toronto-based Shan Vincent de Paul drops hazy funk vibes on “Church.” It’s a cut off of the upcoming Saviors where he drops fiery lyrics over an airy, electric soundscape. “I was listening to a lot of Brazilian artists when writing this one,” he tells Exclaim! “I wanted to capture that playful rhythm you find in . . .

The Top 10 Producer Projects of 2015

When it comes to year end lists, performers and artists are often given priority over producers and musicians. Despite being overlooked, a number of producers certified their place in music this year, and quite a few producer albums, EPs and mixtapes made compelling arguments for this year’s best release. With that in mind, I decided . . .

all we need

Is Raury’s Studio Debut Album ‘All We Need’? (Album Review)

Over the last ten years, hip-hop has grown in popularity and made a major impact on mainstream music. There are many defining moments we can look back on that allowed hip hop to break out of its shell, like when Eminem got on stage with Elton John at the Grammys, or when Kid Cudi dropped . . .

Green Pastures
New Music Jan 1  |  

Sunny Moonshine – “Green Pastures (Crack Ballad) (Gabe Niles & Chad Hugo Edit)”

Virginia talent unites on Sunny Moonshine‘s “Green Pastures.” Sunny gets some production assistance from the other half of Sunny & Gabe, Gabe Niles. She also is graced with the production chops of the legendary Chad Hugo. Yes, the same Chad Hugo who is one half of The Neptunes and one third of N.E.R.D. “Green Pastures” . . .

D.R.A.M.

D.R.A.M. Reveals How One Epic Summer Changed Everything (Interview)

D.R.A.M.‘s name might be new to your ears, but the Hampton, Virginia creative has been at it for years. At the moment, he is probably most well known for his hugely popular single, “Cha Cha,” but that is only one facet of his unique brand of artistry. D.R.A.M.’s recently released project, #1EPICSUMMER, draws influence from modern . . .