Frank Ocean‘s cover of Aaliyah‘s Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number standout “At Your Best” (You Are Love) gets a rework from Soulection representative starRo. The lush backing track on this rework elevates Frank Ocean’s performance just enough for his sweet falsetto to take flight. Check the track to listen to “At Your Best” (You Are Love) [starRo Version].
Big Sean gets with Kanye and Drake for his dark and stormy joint “Blessings” off his forthcoming Dark Sky Paradise project. The Vinylz and Boi-1da produced track comes as a follow-up to the four heaters Sean gave us back in July. His latest finds him taking stock of all his life’s wonders along with the usual suspects Drizzy and Ye. Big Sean’s Dark Sky Paradise is slated for a February 24th arrival. Keep it locked for all the goodies from that piece, and listen to Big Sean, Drake and Kanye go in on “Blessings” above.
Noisey continues its latest series, dubbed “Welcome To The Trap,” which explores the subcultures that influence regional Hip-Hop movements. Episode #3 focuses on Young Jeezy and Gucci Mane, who are credited for the start of the “Trap Music” sound. In it, veteran ATL manager Coach K talks about the origins of the music, while producer Zaytoven explain the explosion of the genre and eventual beef between Jeezy and Gucci.
DJ EFN rounds up the troops for his latest heater “Revolutionary Ride Music” off the forthcoming Another Time tape. The track finds a laundry list of both seasoned and spry throwers of lyrical daggers going in over a Buckwild production that simply wreaks of the Beast Coast heat. You’ll find Royce Da 5’9″, Your Old Droog, O.C. and Reks all sharing time, which is our first taste of the soon-to-drop tape, which will also feature Talib Kweli, Guilty Simpson, M.O.P., Cormega, Bun B, Black Milk and literally too many more to stuff into these few hundred words. DJ EFN’s Another Time tape is slated to arrive on March 3rd. Listen as EFN & Co. do work on “Revolutionary Ride Music” above, and keep it locked for more drops from the project over the next few weeks.
The previously unreleased KRS-One track “Late Night”, recorded in 1993, sees the light of day after being unearthed recently by Boogie Down Production’s DJ Kenny Parker. The track from the Practice Tapes LP features the Bronx-bred blastmaster rattling off an early draft of the track that was slated for the Return Of The Boom Bap LP. Shouts to DJ Kenny Parker for the extra fresh throwback.
Those of you familiar with the New Museum in Manhattan know that it’s become a hub for inventive, avant-garde art. In honor of their “Chris Ofili: Night and Day” exhibit, which runs currently through February 1st, the art center commissioned Rich Medina to make a new mix that fit the mood. Wild and colorful with an emphasis on funk, Medina’s mix is a perfect sonic counterpart for Ofili’s bright, Afrocentric paintings, with cuts from Fela Kuti, Jimi Hendrix, Earth Wind and Fire anchoring it all.
French production duo Union take Kendrick Lamar‘s good kid mAAd city standout “Poetic Justice” into the stratosphere with their electric remix of the cut. Supplanting the sparse production with pulsating swirls of synths and glitchy mutations of the vocal, the Franco-funkateers serve up a righteous remix. Whet your pallet with Union’s atmospheric flip of Kendrick Lamar’s “Poetic Justice” above, and let us know what you think of the remix.
Following their “Chiraq” series, VICE heads to Atlanta for a series called “Welcome To The Trap,” in which they explore the subcultures that influence the regional Hip-Hop movements. In the first episode (of 10), host Thomas Morton meets up with stick-up boy Curtis Snow, who explains what “the trap” is all about. Later, he visits the iconic Patchwerk Studios to catch up with Black Mafia Family’s Bleu Davinci. In part 2 (below), he hits infamous strip Club Magic City to catch up with Migos.
Lil Wayne’s Sorry 4 The Wait 2 mixtape is here, serving as a gift to fans who are waiting for Tha Carter V. The new release features 17 new tracks with features from Drake, Mack Maine, 2 Chainz, Christina Milian and Shanell. Also, Weezy remixes a number of popular hits, including Rae Sremmurd’s “No Type,” Bobby Shmurda’s “Hot N*gga,” and OG Maco’s “U Guessed It.
Mayer Hawthorne and Jake One‘s Tuxedo linkage has been nothing short of top-shelf boogie for the two-steppers thus far. Today, the sophisticated strutting is back and in full-effect, as the duo lets loose their latest joint “Number One,” providing us with a new taste of their forthcoming full-length. Stream Mayer Hawthorne and Jake One’s latest boogie-blessed heater “Number One” and peep the dates for a few of their European shows below.
Tuxedo European Dates:
18 Feb: Stockholm @ Strandvagen
19 Feb: Hamburg @ Klubsen
20 Feb: Berlin @ Cassiopeia
21 Feb: Antwerp @ Piaf
27 Feb: Rotterdam @ Bird
Last week, Kaytranada made his BBC Radio 1 residency debut with a properly wavy set that featured a blazing new joint from The Internet in their collaborative loosie “Girl.” It finds Syd Tha Kid lacing the track with her whispery vox, as a lush synth-scape and shuffle drive through the track. Listen to The Internet’s Kaytranada-helmed cool-out groove “Girl” above and let us know what you think of the track.
Joey Bada$$ celebrates his big two-oh with the release of the jazz-chopped loosie “Born Day.” The B4.DA.$$ bonus cut is produced by Statik Selektah and finds Brooklyn’s resident Bada$$ dropping introspective lines over Stat’s chops. The Pro Era captain has more than one loose joint up his sleeve though, as today we’re also graced with drop of his debut B4.DA.$$ LP, which channels the glory days of BK’s sonic scene while managing to sound so damn new all at once.
Joey Bada$$ gets with the mighty Action Bronson and the lovely Miss Elle Varner for “Run Up On Ya”, a fresh new cut from young Joey’s forthcoming and anxiously anticipated debut full-length B4.DA.$$ LP set to drop tomorrow. It’s another taste of sweet, sweet nostalgic BK rap glory. The duo of heavily seasoned NY upstarts make for a proper pairing and Varner’s raspy, earnest croon gives the hook the kind of smoke that you’ll want to be blowing for listens two through a thousand.