In the midst of recent holiday season celebrations, the main man JT acquires a few verses from some of his (other) favourite rappers, J Cole, A$AP Rocky and Pusha T to bless the TKO remix.
After a successful comeback year which has seen JT release two albums, this latest remix seals just how much everyone loves to support him – after all the hits do keep rolling. The three MC’s that are linked together on the Timberland produced beat take the opportunity to address their own agendas too, in particular J Cole, who ceases the moment to address the Kendrick Lamar verse on ‘Control’. Yeah. That… Again.
After a painfully long absence from releasing new music, New Zealand’s finest soul adventurers Electric Wire Hustle finally answer our calls and deliver a brand new track titled ‘Numbers and Steel’…
And it’s with great pleasure (and relief) that, even with a slight rearrangement in band members (Mara and Taay are now joined by drummer Mario Crew & bassist Johnny Lawrence), they’ve returned to us with a sound that evolves further than what they left us with in 2010, yet rings warmly familiar. Their musical impressions and soulful inflictions are still very much present, only now the sound is further formed and refreshingly in contemporary way.
Drizzy takes us on an hilariously awkward journey back to 1980′s Miami to get his Tony Montana on in this dramatic new video for his 80′s indebted ‘Hold On, We’re Going Home’ single. The former Degrassi star has already expressed his desire to get back into acting and later this year will have a starring in role in Anchorman 2; yet it still comes as a surprise (an incredibly amusing one at that) to see Drake donning a ski mask and wielding a machine gun in order to rescue his kidnapped beau. Directed by Bill Pope (cinematographer of The Matrix) and featuring A$AP Rocky, song collaborator Majid Jordan and Chicago rapper Fredo Santana the video gives the song a very literal meaning… Whether that’s a good thing or not is up for you to decide.
Renowned selector Oneman continues to extend his skills into production with his remix of Mount Kimbie and King Krule’s collaborative effort ’You Took Your Time.’ Over the past year the Rinse FM mainstay has released a series of edits including A$AP Rocky’s‘Purple Swag’ and The xx‘ ‘Chained’. Oneman’s contemplative take on the track features vocals from oddball Brainfeeder rapper and producer Jeremiah Jae who delivers fittingly melancholic bars.
Ahead of it’s official release next week A$AP Ferg does the right thing and serves stream of his new album Trap Lord, probably in anticipation of that inevitable leak. The album, which originally started out as a mixtape, features appearances from mob leader A$AP Rocky, Schoolboy Q, Bone Thugs N Harmony, Waka Flocka Flame and more. Head over to Ferg’s official website to stream the album in full.
After nearly a decade at Hyde Park, Wireless Festival 2013 made the bold move to uproot to Stratford City’s Olympic Village, marking the first major event there since last years historic summer games. It was a move that had a lot of people intrigued, well that and the small fact that Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z were headlining individually and as part of their Legends of the Summer tour outfit – prompting nearly 200,000 to descend onto East London.
Ahead the release of his Summer Knights mixtape on July 1st and tour with A$AP Rocky & Wiz Khalifa, Joey Bada$$ of Brooklyn, New York releases his latest single ‘Amethyst Rockstar’ produced by hip hop’s masked villan DOOM. Joey’s self-assured hunger can be felt from the first word he spits and combining this with DOOM’s richly seasoned, elaborately decorated production allows for him to really shine.
Not since A$AP Rocky has a rapper created such a simultaneous buzz on and offline like Chance the Rapper is generating right now. Currently courted by every major label in the U.S and hot off the heels of his recently released Acid Rap mixtape, the Chicago born emcee teams up producer Nosaj Thing for the latest installement of YoursTruly’s ‘Songs from Scratch’ series. ‘Paranoia’, which features in-part on Chance’s aforementioned mixtape (see: ‘Pusha Man’) marries Nosaj Thing’s off-kilter beat wizardry with the rappers multi-layered, multi-personality wordplay.
A$AP Rocky returns to the clouds with fellow A$AP Mob cohort Ferg on ‘Max Julien’, a haze-driven new track produced by Ty Beats. Taken off Funkmaster Flex’s Who You Mad At Me Or Yourself? mixtape the song revisits the woozier end of the A$AP repertoire – it’s immersed in lofty synths, crisp hi-hats and airy chants. Both emcees deliver characteristically different verses; Rocky assumes his usual charm-offense, while Ferg tackles a slightly more technical flow.
I didn’t think I could love Jessie Ware’s album any more than I already do but with the arrival of ‘Imagine It Was Us’, apparently I can. The Julio Bashmore produced up-tempo will feature as a bonus track on the U.S version of Ware’s debut album Devotion and now has a shiny new video to accompany it. Set within a circus and featuring some interesting characters, the song has fast become one of my favourites from Jessie and this may possibly be one of her best videos to date.
The A$AP Rocky remix of ‘Wildest Dreams’ will also appear on Jessie’s U.S release.