Another Chicago rapper to watch out for: Dally Auston released visuals for his song "W$GTM" earlier this month and received a nod from Chance The Rapper. Watch it. Vibe to it. This is my song for the summer.
Friday, May 17, 2013
Last year we introduced you all to our fellow stag, Duzzo Dave. Over the past year he has released some very impressive projects that have defined who he is as a rapper. His last solo project, MGLL (mygirlooklike) was a well-crafted concept mixtape using beats by Pete Rock. His use of skits from the indie film, Raising Victor Vargas at the end of each song took us through his summertime and relationship issues creating a very relatable and memorable musical experience. After receiving a lot of buzz from music lovers around the tri-state area, especially from his hometown of Norwalk, he put together another summertime hit with Granata; a Darien, CT native and recent University of Tampa graduate.
In the realm of new rappers that don't really release duo mixtapes, this EP makes Duzzo and Granata stand out. Adding to the trend of the 90s this year, the beats as well as their lyrical content on this are raw and classic. With 7 songs, from their initial April 17th release and 3 bonus tracks from the deluxe edition release earlier this week, both of these rappers have put together a solid project that showcases their skills and puts them on the map in the Connecticut rap scene. Download it here.
Monday, May 13, 2013
Kendrick just dropped the new official video for probably my favorite track off of his major label debut album GKMC, "Bitch Don't Kill My Vibe". The video's got a funeral theme to it, more than likely "burying" all of the commercial hip-hop shit that runs the airwaves these days. Check it out above, its complete with a Mike Epps cameo.
Posted by Deane Flow at Monday, May 13, 2013
Friday, May 10, 2013
Looks like we are going to keep the MisterWives train rolling today. Although it's not an original release from the group, we got hooked up with an extremely dope remix of their smash single "Vagabond". Brooklyn native Salinger puts his own original flair that provides an almost throwback nod to the 80's Miami music scene (think soundtrack to the movie Drive). With a mellow and super chill rendition, Salinger arranges a remix that can be listened to while studying for finals or when you're vibin' out during your pre-game.
This relatively unknown producer is someone that has some serious potential if he keeps providing remixes like these. We are also including his super dope remix of Foster The People's "Helena Beat". This remix is more upbeat than "Vagabond" with a trance vibe that has to crush the club scene.
If you dig his sounds like I do, you can find Salinger at the Lit Lounge NYC (located on 6th Street and 2nd ave.) on most Friday nights.
Be on the lookout for more Salinger remixes of MisterWives and other original tracks. Included his SoundCloud / Facebook / Twitter links below so you can stay up on all things Salinger!
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Posted by Stags Flow at Friday, May 10, 2013
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Mandy Lee (vocals/keys) William Hehir (bass) and Etienne Bowler (drums)
"I don’t believe it! It just continues! My, oh my!". Words dropped by a young wordsmith from Seattle born Ben Haggerty. These simple words illustrate my feelings about the run MisterWives have been on to a T. It began with a little tune titled "Vagabond" that set my belief that this band from the Queens / Bronx could be something special. On it went with every new release. Growing and cultivating an Indie / Pop / Soul sound to perfection. They continue to exceed every expectation for growth with their work.
In essence, MisterWives have reached a pinnacle. With the release of their newest single "Coffins" and their first ever video (for "Lullaby"), MisterWives are about to set the music world on fire.
"Coffins" is a ballad that illustrates Ms. Mandy Lee's vocal capability to the best degree. It's smooth, yet powerful in the way that "Lullaby" is. "Coffins" broaches a subject matter that few musicians touch upon : Death. Not many people would categorize a song about this subject as beautiful, but simply that's what this single is. The verses and chorus each provoke thought. What we have here is a "rabbit hole", an adventure into the unknown. While the subject matter is death, the lyricism leaves the interpretation up to the listener. Is it about suicide, death of a loved one, or something else? The mystery of how you interpret the music personally is the beauty of this song. The musical elements have just as great an effect as the lyricism. The use of piano, violin, and cello stand out to me and add a great dynamic to Mandy's voice.
Talk about a hell of a first video release. Huge kudos to Director Will Lucas. This video is not only edgy, but casts light on the artistic side of MisterWives in an Adele-like manner. The imagery and visual interpretation of the lyricism intertwined with Mandy's voice is chilling. This video captures the energy she brings in a concert, but in a different more solemn and majestic way. Although the video may be in black and white, it does not lack color one bit. If we can expect future videos from MisterWives to be anything like this, the bar has been set extremely high.
Although The Great Gatsby has 21 compelling tracks on their soundtrack an argument can be made that "Lullaby" should be Track 22.
MisterWives is playing the Mercury Lounge in NYC on June 21. Get tickets here.
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Posted by Stags Flow at Thursday, May 09, 2013
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Yonas will be releasing his latest project The Transition 2 soon and here is his first leak off that project. He hits you with some clean verses over dope production complete with a super catchy sample for this track titled "Feel The Love". You can grab it for free below and be on the lookout for more coming from Yonas soon. The Transition 2 is coming this summer.
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I can't really remember the last time we had some new material from Radical Something but the trio is back with their latest laid-back track filled with summer vibes and titled "We Were Just Kids". Loggy and Josh reminisce about the simpler times over some great production from Big Red. This is the first single off of their still untitled forthcoming album. Press play and enjoy the nice weather, be on the lookout for more coming from Radical Something soon.
Buzzing producer Ryan Hemsworth linked up with San Francisco based rhymer A-1 to rework Lana Del Rey's hit "Summertime Sadness". I've been super into Hemsworth's production for the last month or so, every remix he does is so clean and the percussion in his instrumentals are always on point. Never heard anything from A-1 before but he definitely impresses here. Grab the free download below.
Sunday, May 5, 2013
Pro Era released some dope visuals for "School High" this past week from their last mixtape, PEEP: The aPROcalypse. Joey Bada$$, Dyemond Lewis, Kirk Knight and Nyck Caution take us back to those lifted high school days (if you had any) with their laid back flows and animations.
Posted by Tay Flow at Sunday, May 05, 2013
Saturday, May 4, 2013
Chicago native, Chance The Rapper put out the highly anticipated AcidRap mixtape this past Tuesday; it has already been considered one of the best mixtapes of April and potentially of 2013. The tape has 13 songs and features artists such as Action Bronson, Ab-Soul, BJ the Chicago Kid and Childish Gambino. With amazing production, tales from his life in Chicago, and his catchy "AH!" ad-lib we love so much, Chance The Rapper has put together a well-thought-out project. This definitely has a high replay value. Download it here.
Some of my favorites:
Posted by Tay Flow at Saturday, May 04, 2013
Thursday, April 25, 2013
New Ab-Soul is never a bad thing and here he links up with Mac Miller over some ominous production from Mac's production alias Larry Fisherman. Mac has been getting much more lyrical in the past few months and he and Soul both kill this beat. Can never go wrong with any new material from TDE. Check it out below and enjoy.
Posted by Deane Flow at Thursday, April 25, 2013
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Kinetics and One Love have been quiet since the release of their debut album You Are Not Alone but the producer half of the duo is back with a progressive house mix of Pheonix's track "Trying To Be Cool". One Love adds in some dope dance-friendly production and amps the track up a bit. Can't go wrong with this one. Download it below.
New Mac track that comes to us courtesy of his friend TreeJay's new mixtape he hosted. Mac is gearing up for the release of his second album and dropped the first leak "SDS" the other day. The new album seems like it's going to have a much different sound than what many have come to expect from Mac, but this one has that classic BDE, KIDS feel to it. It's a jazzy, sax accompanied beat produced by Hannibal King and Mac adds in some laid back verses. Check it out below.
Logic has been unstoppable for the past month, and yesterday he released another track off of his upcoming mixtape Young Sinatra: Welcome To Forever titled "Nasty". The Maryland MC slaughters this Don Cannon produced beat, like his last release "Roll Call"this one has Logic rapping straight bars. The kid just keeps getting better and with all the hype surrounding him these days it's only a matter of time before Logic is a household name. Check out the video above and enjoy. Welcome To Forever drops May 7th.
Monday, April 22, 2013
Tracks from the soundtrack for the upcoming Gatsby film are slowly finding their way onto the internet and this soundtrack is going to be packed with brand new material from all of your favorite artists. The full version of Lana Del Rey's input to the film hit the internet today and if you're an LDR fan theres no way you can hate on it. Her voice sounds unreal, and two snippets of other tracks also found their way onto the internet. A snippet of Jay-Z's "100$ Bill" and Beyonce and Andre 3000's cover of the late Amy Winehouse's "Back To Black" have also made their way out. You can check out the Lana song above and the snippets below. Be on the lookout for more music from the Gatsby soundtrack, we should see several more very soon. Enjoy.
The first edition of the XXL Freshman cyphers for this year has just dropped. It features Ab-Soul, Action Bronson, Joey Bada$$ and Travi$ Scott this time around and they all go in with DJ Drama on the boards. Check out the first episode above and be on the lookout for more freshman cyphers coming very soon.
This one's been floating around the internet for a while ever since Avicii debuted it at Ultra and I just got my hands on a good rip of it. Love this collaboration, a lot was said of Avicii's new material after his slightly off-putting set at Ultra weekend 1 but this track sounds great and Aloe Blacc's vocals are perfect. The instrumental has a classic Avicii feel, check it out and download it below.
Former SHM exclusive vocalist John Martin links up with Seb Ingrosso and Tommy Trash for yet another uplifting house anthem. Something about his voice goes so well with house instrumentals, every song he's on his an absolute hit. You can check it out and download the full song below courtesy of FITA. Enjoy.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Funk Flex just dropped this absolutely stupid mixtape today that features 53 tracks from every single one of your favorite acts in hip-hop. Features on the tape include J. Cole, Childish Gambino, Mac Miller, 2 Chainz, Rick Ross, Meek Mill and so many more. You can stream the full project below but you might as well just go ahead and download it. If you're a Gambino fan, his song on here might be my favorite track of his to date. Check it out below.
Aer releases the visuals for their feel-good track "Take It Wrong" off of their latest release, the Strangers EP. The video matches the laid-back feel of the song perfectly, couldn't ask for anything more from an Aer video. Check it out above and the Strangers EP is on iTunes now.