April 8, 2012

Ab-Soul - Terrorist Threats ft. Danny Brown & Jhene Aiko

This one's sorta got that 'Druggys WitH Hoes Again' feel to it. I would love to see Danny Brown on some more TDE tracks in the future.

The Game - California Republic [Mixtape]

Hosted by DJ Skee, The Game drops off another monster project with 24 tracks featuring some of the biggest names in the biz. Appearances from Rick Ross, Ace Hood, Meek Mill, Just Blaze, Cool & Dre, Lupe Fiasco, Lex Luger, Pharrell, Snoop Dogg, Lil Wayne, and so many more. Hit the jump for the full tracklist and download link.

Frank Ocean - PDA [Unreleased Backstreet Boys Demo]

Maybe Frank Ocean has been the in the game much longer than we thought. This previously unreleased track from his Lonny Breaux days certainly has a familiar pop sound and may sound completely familiar to any major pop music fans out there. This demo was actually used by the Backstreet Boys for a song off their 2009 album This Is Us (yeah, I had no idea either). It's great to see some of Frank's old material starting to show up more often. Listening to his music from years ago definitely give us a good sense of his growth.

A-Trak x Mark Foster x Kimbra - Warrior [Video]

Converse's "Three Artists, One Song" series started with a Gorillaz/Andre 3000/James Murphy collab. Those big three names are a tough act to follow, but this mix of DJ A-Trak, Mark Foster (of Foster The People), and Kimbra (known for her performance on Gotye's 'Somebody I Used To Know') certainly held it's own in the series. It's gonna be interesting to see who else Converse has for us in the near future.

Drake - Take Care ft. Rihanna [Video] x HYFR [Video]

Two very different videos, but both equally as risky. I mean, who else can get away with filming their re-bar mitzvah and turning it into a music video other than Drake? Maybe Kanye if he was Jewish. Clearly 'Take Care' is the more dominant of the two tracks, but which video is everyone feeling more?


Usher - Climax (Kaskade Remix)

Usher's already-hot single gets an even more club-ready mix from the man Kaskade. It's not an easy feat to sharpen up a Diplo-produced track, but this certainly does the job.

Curren$y - What It Look Like ft. Wale [Video]

Spitta's newest single quickly gets videoed up. You can also check out the studio session for this track under the jump.

Previous: Curren$y x Styles P - #The1st28 [FreEP]

Jay Electronica - Dear Moleskine (prod. Just Blaze)

Jay Electronica's Act II is the Detox of the 2010s. The only difference is that an official track has been released in the past two years. Jay's Just Blaze-produced 'Dear Moleskine' has been on every fans radar since the preview dropped way the fuck back in 2009 (seems like much longer ago). Now it's official. Act II: coming whenever soon.

Sir Michael Rocks - Premier Politics 1.5 [Mixtape]

Back in late September, Sir Michael Rocks of The Cool Kids teams up with the team over at illroots to release his Premier Politics mixtape. During his recording sessions, Mikey created numerous tracks that ended up not making the final cut on the project. Now, the two are teaming up again to release Premier Politics 1.5 -- a compilation of 12 new tracks that Mikey put together during those sessions. With features from Chuck Inglish, Cardo, Sunny Norway, and more, this download is just as worth it as the original. Hit the jump for the tracklist and download link.

Previous: The Cool Kids - Rush Hour Traffic [Video]

April 6, 2012

Bone PUGZ-N-Harmony - 1st Of Tha Month [Parody Video]

Sure it's been over ten years since the original video was released, but this gem of an idea certainly had to be done. Watch as Bone Thugz-N-Harmony's '1st Of Tha Month' video is remade using Pugs. #PugLife

B.o.B - So Good [Live in Las Vegas]

I really had no idea that MTV still did their "Spring Break" shows. Well, this years is in Vegas and Bobby Ray took to the stage to perform his newest single off his upcoming sophomore album. Strange Clouds dropping May 1st.

Kanye West - Mercy ft. Big Sean, Pusha T, & 2 Chainz

Just when Kanye West almost wasn't the topic of everybody in the music business' conversations, he drops a new diss track with DJ Khaled and now a lead single for the G.O.O.D. Music compilation album. The man certainly knows how to stay relevant.You gotta give it to him though because this track definitely goes.

Previous: Tony Williams - Another You ft. Kanye West

Emilio Rojas - Who Am I? [Video]

Shouts to OnSmash for this new Emilio Rojas premiere. Dude's been on his grind recently and something tells me he's hiding some big news from us (rumors point to a Maybach Music Group signing). No word yet on where this track will end up.

Previous: BTH 2012 Freshman List

April 4, 2012

Lyrx - Don't Go (prod. Swollen Drums)

The homie Lyrx is getting ready to drop his upcoming mixtape. 'Don't Go' is our first look at The White Kid Chronicles, which is set to be released by the Pacific Northwest rapper soon.

Previous: Lyrx - Hands High

DJ Khaled - Theraflu ft. Kanye West & DJ Pharris

On first listen, I was disappointed in the quality of this new Kanye track. Then, I realized that it was released for the sole reason of being a diss-track towards Kris Humphries. Now, I'm laughing. You kill me Kanye.

Buddy - Staircases ft. Kendrick Lamar (prod. The Neptunes)

They debuted this track while performing together at SXSW. Now, Pharrell's newest artist has released the CDQ version of his Kendrick Lamar collab for all to enjoy. For those of you that haven't yet heard of Buddy, this is a great place to start.

Previous: Buddy - Agitated ft. Sir Michael Rocks (prod. Chuck Inglish)

T.I. - Love This Life (prod. 1500 Or Nothin')

TIP slows it down a bit for this new single off his upcoming album, Trouble Man. After the last few street singles have done well, it was about time he delivered a more radio-ready sound. It will be interesting to see how this track does on the charts.

Previous: T.I. - F*ck Da City Up [Mixtape]

Steve Aoki - Cudi The Kid ft. KiD CuDi & Travis Barker [Video]

This superstar collaboration can be found on Steve Aoki's Wonderland album that's available on iTunes now.

Previous: Steve Aoki - Ladi Dadi ft. Wynter Gordon [Video]

Curren$y - What It Look Like ft. Wale

For the first single off his upcoming The Stoned Immaculate album, Spitta reaches out to Wale for a verse and the hook. Project drops June 5th.

Previous: Curren$y - Here [FreEP]

Outasight - Believe In Me

Our man Outasight has been enjoying the huge success his 'Tonight Is The Night' single has been seeing while he continues to play shows and make guest appearances all over the country. This new track was put together for WWE's "Once In A Lifetime" special. We're hoping to hear a second single from his upcoming Warner debut album very soon.

Previous: Outasight - Tonight Is The Night (Timeflies remix)

Nick Javas - Warning Track (prod. DJ Premier) [Video]

I was real disappointed when Nick Javas had to discontinue his NFL Rhyme Reel early last season, but he decided to get creative and put together this track in celebration of Major League Baseball's opening day today. Premo on the beat is worth the listen in itself, but there are quite a few clever lines on this track.

Kendrick Lamar - The Recipe ft. Dr. Dre (prod. Scoop DeVille)

Since Dr. Dre's shout-out on the radio over a year ago about wanting to work with Kendrick Lamar, we knew it was only a matter of time before we heard what these two could cook up ('Recipe' pun) in the studio. After all, he's Dr. Dre -- he gets what he wants! It was rumored that their work together would end up on Detox, yet it was also rumored that Detox would be out 87 years ago and that didn't happen. So, after the signing of Kendrick to Interscope Records, we knew a Dre and Kendrick collab was on the horizon. Now, here's 'The Recipe' off of Kendrick Lamar's upcoming Aftermath/Interscope debut album, Good Kid In A Mad City. Formerly known as 'Women, Weed, and Weather', this ode to their native city of Los Angeles is just the thing we were hoping for in their first collaboration.

Skyzoo - Rocket Science [Video]

Yet another set of visuals from The Great Debater. Skyzoo's lyrics are truly just too deep for the casual listener to catch. You really need to be into the music if you're trying to hear everything hes trying to say. And yet every time I go back and visit some of his old music I still catch a new line that I didn't before that makes me say wow.

Previous: Skyzoo: Friends With Words [Video]

Childish Gambino - Eat Your Vegetables

Mr. "D-Money" is finally back with some new music. This one rumored to be on his upcoming project contains a sample from... Donkey Kong. Not at all surprised though coming from Donald.

QuESt - Fear Not Failure [Mixtape]

In his young career, QuESt has already seen a bunch of ups and downs. Since the release of his highly anticipated Broken Headphones mixtape, his music never seemed to live up to its' expectations. In recent months though, QuESt's music has taken a bit of a different sound to a more electronic-inspired feel. Maybe that's just the way that a lot of hip-hop is moving now, but it's a great fit for QuESt.

Previous: QuESt - Mass Appeal Freestyle

Vonnegutt - Bright Eyes [Video]

Between demos and snippets, we've been hearing about Vonnegutt's 'Bright Eyes' track for quite some time. Now that Kyle Lucas and crew have the final cut down for the first single off their upcoming Falling Up The Stairs LP, they hit us with the video as well. We were really feeling that Kate Upton version, but this one isn't bad either. Oh, and did I mention that this track can be downloaded for free? Be on the lookout for their Purple Ribbon debut to hit shelves this summer.

Previous: Kyle Lucas & Captain Midnite - Bye Bye Beautiful, Don't Bother To Write [Video]

Game - Skate On ft. Lupe Fiasco

Here's a track that is rumored to have not made the final cut for Game's The R.E.D. Album for some strange reason. 

David Dallas - The Purple Tint (Forty One Mix) [Mixtape]

A frequent collaborator with Duck Down Records' David Dallas, producer Forty One decided to put his own spin on Dallas' The Rose Tint album. By now, anybody that visits this site frequently enough or actually reads what I have to say about the music I listen to probably already knows how I feel about New Zealand artist David Dallas. Being one of my favorite projects of last year, my initial thoughts on the idea were completely negative. However, after giving each of the tracks a quick listen, it actually is a refreshing sound to an album that I constantly listen to. I mean, if anybody knows what kind of sounds are going to work well with David it's gotta be Forty.

Chuuwee - Crown Don't Make You King ft. DJ Next (prod. Audible Doctor)

It feels like his Watching The Throne and The Millennium Falcon (Episode 1) mixtapes just dropped last week, but Chuuwee's already gearing up for the release of his newest project, Crown Me King, that's due out very soon. This man's put so much work in the past year or so that he's clearly a front-runner for XXL's 2013 Freshman cover. Dare we look that far ahead?

Hoodie Allen - No Interruption [Video]

Being an avid follower of Hoodie's music since his Bagels & Beats EP (back when Hoodie Allen actually consisted of an emcee/producer duo), I've been waiting for this moment for quite some time. You see, Hoodie's been able to obtain his large following by doing two things: giving away music for free and using popular samples in his beats to create a quick sense of connection to any song. 'No Interruption' differs in both of those areas. Hoodie's first official single off his upcoming All American EP not only is a complete original (doesn't contain a single sample), but it's also your chance to support Hoodie for all of the free music he's given us over the past few years and go purchase it on iTunes. Enjoy this first single before the full project hits iTunes on April 10th.

Previous: Zak Downtown - Rock The Show ft. Hoodie Allen

The Catchup: Late March Edition

To keep it short, we've been slacking in the past few weeks. We're hoping to change that as April continues on. Hit the jump to check out some of the best of what we missed.