Posted by TwirlyHatMatt on July 28, 2014
The day is finally upon us. After a fantastic rollout filled with excited singles, features, videos and tastes of what was to come, we have the whole meal. ComfortZone is the hard work of Chicago emcee, Saba. It’s difficult to categorize Saba as a hip-hop artist when so much of the ComfortZone is soulful and a near-R&B sound.
It is refreshing to see something so emotion-filled and different coming on to the scene. So, do yourself a favor and stop shmoney dancing for a minute to enjoy Saba’s ComfortZone.
Posted by TwirlyHatMatt on June 12, 2014
YoAstrum is no new-comer to Fresh New Tracks. Previous singles, “A Day’s Worth” and “Heav3n”, were a big hit with you all, making it only right to share the full length project, Alchemy In Heav3n. YoAstrum packs 13 tracks full of his signature beat selection and self-aware lyrics.
Personal favorites from the tape include the aforementioned, “Heav3n”, as well as the Lakim produced, “Jet Grind Radio”. Alchemy In Heav3n is viable and accepted across multiple genres and enumerable listeners. The forward-thinking production coupled with the melodic rap make the project a must listen.
To download the complete mixtape, head on over to Bandcamp.
Posted by BIGLIFE on April 7, 2014
Andre Nickatina, E40 and The Grouch…If those three names don’t have you listening already then roll one up and enjoy King Doobie’s first mixtape. The Loud Life features six tracks that are the perfect compliment to any blunt and a nice warm up for 4/20. Impressive for his first mixtape and I can’t wait to see what he has in store. Be sure to grab the free download below and happy Monday.
Posted by TwirlyHatMatt on April 5, 2014
Over the course of the past few months, we have watched Vonny Del Fresco transform his raw potential (seen in, Noir Designer) to a sound completely his own and easily digestible by a wide array of listeners.
Del Fresco has just released After It All, a second EP in the seemingly connected series of short projects he has been putting out. In comparison to his previous project, After The Fall, After It All is incredibly more refined. From the production of Kingston, BNJMN and Cam Wallace all the way to the features of Dee Phresh and Carpe DM, Vonny Del Fresco is making it clear that he is not simply another rapper to get lost in the vast abyss of internet rap.
Enjoy Vonny’s signature distorted vocals, and unique social commentary throughout After It All.
Posted by jeffwbaird on February 23, 2014
I’m all for self-expression, but the extent to which under-and-post-grads have begun chasing down full-time careers in hip-hop is concerning. It seems to signify the misconception that attaining a lucrative presence in the genre comes with ease; you don’t need to know music theory, don’t need to be able to play an instrument, and don’t really even need a good singing voice, though it certainly helps your versatility and is more appealing in this post-So Far Gone era of hip-hop. Thus, for those who like to write and like the idea of stardom and like the idea of feeding their egos, hip-hop seems like a relatively simple and satisfying career aspiration. It helps, too, that this is 2014 and gangsta rap is no longer the forefront of the genre. We’ve reached a time when there is no defined rapper aesthetic, when Sammy Adams is as equally recognizable as an emcee as Bun B. This is all to say that every day bloggers around the country have their inboxes stocked with thoroughly uninspired rap. Rap that at least attempts to replicate the sounds and flows of what already exists on the radio, as if recycling Big Sean’s flow from “All Me” guarantees radio placement.
This is why it’s so exciting to receive a record like S.E.I.S. It’s surprisingly easy when you listen to an album to tell if the artist enjoyed making it, and whether its sound is genuine and authentic. When that is the case, it’s that much more fun to digest, and it doesn’t make you question the artist’s goals. If the passion is there, they’re not only more likely to do the work necessary to become a success to the extent of a Macklemore or Logic or Hoodie Allen — which is really hard — but also that probably doesn’t even matter to them. It’s art, it’s their passion, and the unlikelihood of acceptance shouldn’t hold them back — the same way that the low acceptance rate at top law schools doesn’t keep hopefuls from applying in bulk. Maxxx Flair, an NYC native, was first featured on FNT in 2012 with “Forever Dope”, and while he was already a budding emcee at the time, his progression as a lyricist and technical rapper is immediately made clear from the first few bars of the intro. Fueled by a solid selection of lively, hard-hitting beats, Maxxx shines over this set of seven tracks, showcasing his finesse with cadence, wide range of flows, and strong attention-to-detail as a writer. Accompanying the mixtape is the video for the first single, “F@#K !t”, produced by 52 Kings, which you can find below. If you take a chance on one new rapper this week, let it be him.
Posted by TwirlyHatMatt on January 6, 2014
The Peachy Playlisters are back yet again, this time to ring in the new year with the most thugged-out, racked-up mix you have ever heard. Filled to the brim with 42 certified bangers, this playlist is great for the car, the hood, the kitchen, etc.
If you are a fan of: Travi$ Scott, A$AP Ferg, Meek Mill or Kendrick Lamar chances are that you will be a fan of this playlist. However, I can’t promise anything so you’re going to have to give a listen for yourself and tell me what you think. Now I could bore you with how this playlist is going to blow your eardrums out and make you want to go rob a Hallmark store with your grandma, but I won’t.
So folks, enjoy, and see you soon.
Posted by J-Tiffy on December 23, 2013
One cool thing that happened to me this year was that I got hired on to write for FNT. I have followed this website for years and it has led me to mountains of great music. I’m glad that I now have the opportunity to share music with the website. This year I became a bigger fan of mixes; I love to see what artists can do when given an extended period of time within which they can be creative. Below is the list of 10 mixes that I liked the most from this past year, with some other mixes mentioned at the end that didn’t make this list based on who knows what. The list is more or less ranked in order, with mix #1 definitely being my favourite. If you don’t want to listen to all of the mixes, and don’t care what I have to say about them, then skip ahead and at least listen to the number 1 mix – Space Jams by The M Machine (hence the above, cool picture of those guys). Thanks for supporting the website by visiting it, thanks for supporting artists and their music, and thanks for reading our posts.