A$AP Ferg goes socially sharp with the help of his mother and the mighty Chuck D on the uplifting new single “Beautiful People.” The cut, built over a choice flip of Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On,” comes as but the latest to make its way from Ferg’s freshly released, Always Strive And Prosper, which dropped last week to much critical and public acclaim. Peep the latest from A$AP Ferg above, and grab your copy of his new album via iTunes today.
“I woke up April 21st to the news of Prince’s passing. Before I could fully digest the news I receive numerous text from friends about his passing and how I should honor his passing with making music with Prince samples, in honor. I thought to myself I’m not going to do that, I’m not going to ride Prince’s legacy to gain fame. As time passed, drinks were sipped and again I’m asked the question “how are you going to respond, musically to his passing?” I went home faded, turned on the stereo and started banging Prince. As I’m listening I’m realizing all the emotion of mine that is stored in his music. I’m realizing how much of his music my mom would play loudly in the house. My mothers face happy as she would dance in the house. I mean she would be busting! Dancing like she’s in the club! She was good too! I began to cry and think about my own life, my mothers passing and princes passing as a symbol of this wonderful journey. A sign of the times of my own life to witness the death of my mother to know the the death of a prince that represents almost a farewell to a childhood that made the manhood of who I am now. The creativity I fight viciously for, and the inspiration I find along the way that keeps on track with the God energy means everything to me. All the summers that passed with this amazing inspiration, creativity and emotion that is Prince to me. I realized I have no choice but to honor his creative life by honoring my own by taking my good friends advice with these 3 simple beats and this hip hop I’ve been working on my whole life. This is what makes me happy. Inspiration turned to creation. With heart and with love.”
Today, the SaveMoney emcee comes through with one of his strongest tracks to date, and brings along a few other rising stars from Chicago for the help out. “Cornerstore” has Purp exchanging bars with Saba while theMIND provides additional vocals over Thelonious Martin’s production. This serves as the first official single off of Purp’s highly anticipated project, iiiDrops.
Mistah F.A.B liberates a Pete Rock produced collaboration with Jadakiss from his upcoming album Son of A Pimp 2, due out May 27th on EMPIRE. The project will feature guest appearances from Raekwon, Curren$y, Snoop Dogg, Too $hort, 2 Chainz, Bun B and others. Listen above, and pre-order the album here.
“One of my best friends and musical mentors, Maceo from the band The Omys gave me a mix cd when i was going through a tough time with a song called Donna by Prince. I listened to the song over and over in the car. I never imported the cd, could only hear it in the car, so when i tried listening to it on tour i couldn’t find it anywhere. As you know Prince’s music is pretty rare on the internet but this song was especially elusive because it was a part of a compilation album of his “unfinished” music. This was a really powerful inspiration for me after having worked so hard on Surf and still having so much material left over that didn’t quite fit but still described my vision and passion of the era of making music when putting Surf together. Songs are like poems, they’re never done.
In honor of that song and all songs like it, and the earth claiming one of the greatest humans to ever grace its land, Prince…I dedicate this to everyone who will ever hear it.”
The production on this EV Zepplin project from Chuck Inglish and Blended Babies is gonna be ridiculous. Check out the Asher Roth featured “Gun” above, and pre-order the project ahead of its April 29th release.
Oddisee has another smooth instrumental from The Odd Tape to mellow out your morning. This time around, the DMV emcee/producer hits us with “Born Before Yesterday.” Oddisee says of his latest release, “The Odd Tape is meant to be a ‘Day In The Life’ piece set to Audio. Each track is the theme music to my routine. ‘Born Before Yesterday’ takes its title from the daily proposals I receive that question intelligence in ways that only the music industry can.” The Odd Tape will be out May 13th.
The homie Truck North comes through on the sneak attack. The North$ide emcee and long time The Roots Crew affiliate just released a new mixtape, Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead. The tape consists of 11 tracks of furious bars and raw rhymes. No features on this one, but he gets production assists from Khari Mateen and James Poyser.
Snoop Dogg is business as usual as he readies The Return Of Doggystyle, and observes his highest holiday. The LBC legend and 420 ambassador to the world linked with Mike Will for “Late Nights,” an offering from what we can only assume is his fourteenth studio album. Slung over a hypnotic knock, Snoop makes it clear that he still knows hot to pick em, returning to top rap form with swaggerific wordplay on this twist-til-the-twilight anthem. Stream Snoop Dogg’s latest above, and stay safe as you burn the day away.
“Please support and share this tribute to our brother Phife of ATCQ… one of the many things this man shared with us besides his music was a moral compass.. a good man.. i hope in some small way this shows that we gained much from the love that he shared with us… all sales go directly to the family of Phife…. respect”
To celebrate the 21st anniversary and the Record Store Day re-issue release of Mobb Deep’s classic The Infamous… LP on colored vinyl, All City Music teamed up with the Beat Junkies’ own J.Rocc for this special mix featuring songs and samples off the album. Hit the jump to stream the mix. Order the limited edition (only 2,000 copies), 180 gram translucent blue and orange vinyl before it’s too late on Amazon or Discogs.
As we inch closer to the release of A$AP Ferg’s new album, he continues to bless us with full track previews of some of the project’s anticipated tracks. Today we get the full version of his Missy Elliott assisted “Strive,” which was produced by DJ Mustard and Stelios. Listen above, and get your pre-order on before the album arrives next Friday.
“This week’s #TbtRemastered…one of my favorites from the N&^*%R Tape (originally released in ’08)… for the mixtape, Nas game me a bunch of vocals from songs he wasn’t gonna use and i made new songs with those…”Cops Keep Firing” originally started as an extra verse he didn’t use on “Be A N*&^ too” …I made a new beat, added the scratch hook and when he heard it he did a new 2nd verse too it..up until now it’s only been available on that mixtape (with shout outs,drops, etc)..here it is, CDQ and re-mastered for heavy knock in your Beats be Dre’s…free download too..enjoy, my good ones!!!!” #TbtRemastered —–Greenery