Raekwon comes through with some two-headed early birthday love for Michael Jackson on a clean flip of the classics “Got To Be There” and “The Girl Is Mine”. This week’s two-fold offering finds the Shaolin disciple adding flame to some of MJ’s most cherished recordings. Listen above and let us know what you think.
Pro skater Eli Reed recently teamed up with Playboy for the short film “Lost Paradise.” The piece sees Reed taking a nasty spill in New York City’s Chinatown before consequently waking up in the Playboy Mansion. Playmates Kayla Collins, Ashley Doris, Carly Lauren, Crystal McCahill, Jaslyn Ome, Tiffany Toth, and Dani Mathers then dress Reed in a pink Marc Jacobs suit, an ensemble hand-selected by Mordechai Rubenstein, aka Mister Mort, before giving him free reign of the mansion.
The Fugees classic track “Rumble In The Jungle” from the When We Were Kings soundtrack gets a plodding, bottom-heavy remix from producer Beshken. The corpulent bass is offset by a sweet melody and bright chords that break through the dense rhythm to provide a great foil for the true school lyricism.
Homeboy Sandman teams with Knxwledge to drop the new track “Problems” ahead of his forthcoming HALLWAYS LP, due out September 9th via Stones Throw. The track is an introspective stream that finds Sand waxing poetic about everything from the mundane to the unfortunate side-effects of the dirt people do. Check the track below to listen to “Problems”, and stay tuned for more from Homeboy Sandman.
Before releasing his debut album Free TC, LA-based singer, songwriter and producer Ty Dolla $ign shares his highly anticipated mixtape $ign Language. Featuring 11 tracks, each stylistically weaved together, the relaxed beats include contributions from the likes of Rich Homie Quan, Big Sean, Juicy J, Wiz Khalifa and more. Check out the compilation below.
Raekwon takes his fiery verbal to Rene & Angela‘s “I’ll Be Good.” The Shaolin Island microphone champ comes correct with that rugged & raw, gracing the triumphant R&A blapper with an introductory verse before letting the track ride out in a blaze of sophistofunk glory, adding yet another stellar episode to a long of list retooled and repurposed remixes by the chef.
DJ Scratch returns with another remix of a golden era track, this time dropping a previously unreleased rework of “Real Hip Hop” By Das EFX. The latest joint packs a healthy amount of swing as DJ Scratch combines the 1995 classic with a loop of the famous horns from Tom Jones‘ (and Carlton Banks) signature theme, “It’s Not Unusual.” The quirky rework is a truly unusual approach to a golden era favorite that somehow manages to work. Check the track below to listen to “Real Hip Hop” (DJ Scratch Unusual Remix).
Jay Shells recently hit up the City of Brotherly Love to extend his portfolio of site-specific street Art. Animal was on hand to capture Shells in action and record the 22 new Signs he posted throughout the city featuring quotes from the likes of Black Thought, Bahamadia, Action Bronson, Beanie Siegel, Danny Brown, and more.
Japan’s DJ Mitsu The Beats has compiled an impressive slate of original Dilla-fied jawns, putting one up for the GOAT with a proper tributary LP. From start to finish, the drums are tight and crunchy, the chops are pin-point and soul-drenched and the AUDIBLE experience is fluid, yet dynamic, bearing many of the sonic marks of the rap-game superhero without faking the funk.
“The intension of this album is not to imitate, but to present myself while reflecting on how his influence has helped me to find my own style. This is a dedication of my style to him, which would not have been possible without his influence. I will CONTINUE to respect him. Thank you Jay Dee / Jay Dilla. “
Flying Lotus treats his loyal following with the release of this new track called “Cosplay” under his alter ego. The psychedelic number features raw baselines by label mates Thundercat and a spacey beat by Flying Lotus, which is overlayed by th rapper’s vibrant lyrics. Hit play above and let us know what you think of Captain Murphy’s latest delivery.
Statik Selektah certainly knows how to pick ‘em, as Action Bronson makes way to his latest single “Long Time” off the upcoming #WhatGoesAround LP. This latest offering was limited to but one feature and Bronosolinio comes through with that burley, lighthearted flow. The production is standard Stat, flipping jazzy loops over some cold drum programming, with an unnamed vocalist rocking the hook.
Diamond D teams with the equally legendary Pete Rock for the single “Only Way To Go” from his forthcoming Diam Piece LP, dropping September 30th. The Chocolate Boy Wonder holds down the mic with a proper dose of lyricism while Diamond D does the heavy lifting on the beat, which features an Akon sample. The track is the latest from the project which also boasts tracks from Skyzoo, Alchemist, Fat Joe, Talib Kweli and more. Check the track below to listen to “Only Way 2 Go” featuring Pete Rock.
Raekwon applies his signature touch to yet another r&b classic with the release of his latest Throwback Thursday one-off track “Yearning For Your Love.” His rework of one of the many celebrated recordings from The Gap Band‘s catalog only serves to reiterate the singularity of Charlie Wilson‘s lead vocal and the importance of the time-honored groove. Rae’s choice of jams continues to give fans a glimpse at the true depths of his soul music acumen. Check the track below to listen to “Yearning For Your Love”, and stay tuned for more from Raekwon.