Ahead of next week’s drop comes perhaps the mostly highly anticipated cut from Eminem‘s forthcoming The Marshall Mathers LP 2: the Kendrick Lamar-assisted cut “Love Game.” In sticking with the Beastie Boys-inspired vibe, whether intentional or not, that marks the majority of the album, the track once again adopts an old-school rap/rock beat from Rick Rubin and company as Em’ and K.Dot trade verses, their sharp tongues and barbs in hilarious contrast to the music itself. Enjoy below and look for The Marshall Mathers LP 2 to drop November 5.
Curren$y, Smoke DZA, and Harry Fraud have joined forces for this new EP, The Stage. Four brand new tracks with features from Big K.R.I.T. and French Montana. Fraud supplies all the beats while Spitta and the Kush God set The Stage with the bars. A quick listen and a dope free offering, get it below.
Zane Meyer stands behind the “Can’t Fool The Youth” project, a video-based magazine focused on fixed gear freestyle. After a well-received first volume, Meyer and his team return with the sequel, another visually stimulating film starring Californian rider Devon Lawson. Here, Lawson take on the urban landscapes of San Francisco, championing stairways and sidewalks with effortless ease. Watch the compelling teaser above.
Following their highly successful Blue Chips mixtape from last year, Action Bronson and Party Supplies team up yet again to drop the sequel. Blue Chips 2 arrives on November 1st, and to get you ready for it, they’ve put together an entertaining two-and-a-half-minute teaser video. Check it out above.
House Shoes returns with a limited quantity of The King James Version Chapter One: Verses One – Four, a compilation of source material that takes the listener on a journey through the sonic foundations of J Dilla‘s catalog. The project, originally released on CD in 2009, arrives on deluxe black vinyl double LP with a stunning collection of tracks that provide a taste of the thought process and preferences behind Dilla’s iconic productions. The project comes packaged in artwork by Joseph Buckingham with liner notes featuring anecdotes from a host of tastemakers, including ?uestlove and others. The series of gems mixed and arranged by House Shoes is sourced from the original vinyl recordings tapped for Dilla’s beats. This is a joint for diggers and Dilla devotees alike. Check the track below to listen to House Shoes Presents The King James Version Chapter One: Verses One – Four, and download the mixtape for free. Purchase the limited 2LP vinyl via Redefinition Records.
Director Bryan Singer returns to the X-Men director’s chair for the first time since 2003′s X2 for the franchise’s seventh film, X-Men: Days of Future Past. Following the “Days of Future Past” storyline set forth by iconic comic-book writers Chris Claremont and John Byrne for Uncanny X-Men in 1981, the film unites the ensemble casts of the original X-Men films and X-Men: First Class as the characters join forces with their younger selves to change the past in hopes of saving the future. Starring the likes of Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Peter Dinklage, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen and Shawn Ashmore, X-Men: Days of Future Past is set to hit theaters on May 23, 2014.
Ecuadorian illustrator, Javier Perez updates his Instagram account regularly with amusingly simple illustrations which cleverly incorporate the use of everyday objects, blurring the line between two and three dimensions. Check out more of his work below.
In continuation to its Fresh Off The Boat series, Eddie Huang visits Detroit to sample the local food and hospitality. A city that’s recently been filed for bankruptcy, Detroit is filled with boarded-up property and derelict neighborhoods. Here, Danny Brown offers Huang a private tour around his hometown, as they visit the rapper’s local barbers and grab a bite at Big Baby Burgers. Aside from dropping by local hang outs, we also get a glimpse at a skate park Danny Brown built for the local youths, a project that does its share in helping the economic crisis. Watch the short above and stay tuned for the next episode where Eddie Huang visits Michigan.
The visuals for Major Lazer’s latest video offers just what you’ve come to expect from them, albeit in a more toned-down fashion. Jet Blue Jet is a kaleidoscopic journey of twerking, tattooed girls who inhale and exhale smoke in slow motion. Former White Girl Mob member, Lil’ Debbie even makes a cameo.
The second album you need to pick up today while perusing the record store (or iTunes), would be Quelle Chris‘ latest, Ghost At The Finish Line. 7 months after releasing his much talked about and often replayed album, Niggas Is Men, the Detroit emcee/producer returns with what might be his best work to date. No filler at all, 13 brand new Quelle tracks with a little something for everyone. Along for the journey are Alchemist, Guilty Simpson, Houseshoes, Black Milk, Jimetta Rose, Oh No, Denmark Vessey, Knxwledge, and more. No need for any more of a hype-job, as you can now listen to the full LP for yourself, below. Ghost At The Finish Line is out now via Mello Music Group.
British street Artist Banksy continues his “artist residency on the streets of New York” with his latest public display appearing in the Coney Island neighborhood of Brooklyn. The image depicts a surprised robot spray painting a barcode on a brick wall as a pigeon flies above. Though no commentary was supplied in conjunction with this piece, some have noticed that the numbers “132741” under the barcode correspond to a color code for a dark shade of blue, a blue that resembles the one worn by the NYPD. Could it be a jab at New York’s finest or maybe just a look at the notion of consumerism? Now in the last week of his month long series, where anxious to see how it will all come to an end.
Joey Bada$$ and his Beast Coast compadres join forces on “My Jeep”, the latest joint to arrive ahead of the retail release of the Summer Knights EP, produced by Lee Bannon. The posse cut features verses from Meechy Darko and Issa Gold with Chuck Strangers on the hook, representing lovely for the legion of their fellow Brooklyn lords. The track from Lee Bannon is as whimsical as it is sinister with a bit of that vintage crackle for the heads. Check the track below to listen to “My Jeep” from Joey Bada$$ featuring Meech, Issa Gold and Chuck Strangers. Purchase the Summer Knights EP via iTunes tomorrow.
Though the seven wonders of the antiquated world are generally accepted by all of mankind, the unofficial eighth wonder is a very disputable subject where many people around the world claim something different and typically local. One of which lays in the glorious mountains of Ifugao in the Philippines, the Banaue Rice Terraces. These 2,000-year-old waterways are located 5,000 ft. above sea level, stretch across 6,000 square miles of mountainside, and are commonly thought to have been built by hand or with very basic hand tools.
Always in search of a unique location to splash around, Red Bull “wakeskaters” Brian Grubb and Dominik Preisner traveled to the Philippines for a grind session at one of the most beautiful creations of man in both the ancient and modern world. The team would like to assure its viewers that the plants, wildlife and local inhabitants were not harmed or disturbed during the filming of this project.
Banksy has taken his “Better Out Than In” project to New York City’s Greenpoint neighborhood for his latest piece. The piece in question is a simple yet poignant message that reads “This site contains blocked messages” on a wall that appears to have been painted over. Whether this piece alludes to the op-ed that the controversial Artist penned and which was subsequently rejected by the New York Times or is meant as a more general statement of the ongoing debate on censorship is for the viewer to decide.
Legendary songwriter and guitarist Lou Reed passed away yesterday on Long Island, New York. Pushing the envelope to rock music for over five decades, Lou Reed’s contribution to the genre cannot be undermined. Launching his career in the ’60s with Velvet Underground, Reed stood behind the seminal era of New York’s punk scene in addition to partaking in Andy Warhol’s Exploding Plastic Inevitable series. After leaving the band in 1970, Reed embarked on his solo career, producing progressive-rock and collaborating with the likes of David Bowie and Metallica to continue to redefine rock. The cause of his death has yet to be confirmed, but the musician underwent a liver transplant back in May this year.
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Nobody puts together the unofficial ‘rarities’ collections than DJ Rahdu and his fellow hard drive reducers at Bama Love Soul. If you’re familiar with the ‘flips, remixes and tributes’ mixtapes they’ve already put together for the likes of Erykah Badu, and you know the amount of D’Angelo covers and remixes they stay posting on their blog, then you know that a D’Angelo edition is both long overdue and an event worth marking your calendar for. Stream or download below and scroll down for the tracklisting.
D’angelo – Brown Sugar (Incognito Molasses Remix)
D’angelo – Brown Sugar (Budamunk Remix) feat Mabanua
Ebrahim – Paris 2 D’angelo
D’angelo – Me & Those Dreaming Eyes of Mine (Arkiv Remix)
D’angelo – Feel Like Mkain’ Love Rework aka Straight Love
D’angelo – Shit Damn Motherfucker Remix
Exile – Stay Tuned (Here)
Muhsinah – Stay Here
Ekundayo – D and Jello
Abjo – ThrsLove
Q-Tip – I Believe (Simbad Remix) feat D’angelo
Mark Ronson – Glass Mountain Trust (B.Bravo & Teeko Re-Funk) feat D’angelo
D’angelo – Spanish Joint (Miguel Macedo Soulful Mix)
D’angelo – Lady (Manmademusic Remix)
Red Astaire – Follow Me
L33 – D’angelo Impro.. (L33 Refix)
D’angelo – Devil’s Pie (Talpas Remix)
Daru & Dena – Take Your Hand Pt2
Easy Lee – Searching for James River
RoddyRod – Line Dance (Shine Mix)
Raphael Saadiq – Be Here (JBird Remix) feat D’angelo
Boom Baptist -D’angelo (Interlude)
Next Collective – Africa
D’angelo – Cruisin’ (God May Be Funky Remix)
Chris P – ??
D’angelo – Left & Right (Ishfaq Rework)
D’angelo – Devil’s Pie (D-Felic Broken Refix)
i-D Online – (How Does it Feel) (L-Vis 1990 Own Way Edit)
Lauryn Hill -Nothing Even Matters (The Electric Boutique Remix)
Tony Ozier – Ode to D’angelo (The Root)
Lee and GETLIVE of Midnight Rockers Express are experts at what they do. They’ve teamed up with Us & Them to drop their 24th mix. It touches on many moods and styles within it’s hour running time. Check out what they have to offer below and let us know what you think:
MRE24 KID SMPL FKA TWIGS PUSHA T KANYE WEST JONNY PIERCE MIA MAJOR LAZER LEE BANNON GYPTIAN DRUM FORCE 1 SHY FX SKREAM BRANDY PEDESTRIAN
Chicago born producer, Thelonious Martin, never keeps his fans waiting long for some new bangin’ beats. This past weekend, he cooked up his latest batch of head-nodd inducers, and let them loose on his sound cloud page. Take a listen to “October 26th”, and “生命の木 (Tree of Life).
Fresno’s finest, Planet Asia, comes through with a dizzying display of wordplay with “You Go Slavia”, produced by Frank The Butcher & Paul Mighty.