Hip-Hop | Spencer Joles – Long Nights

Posted by on April 17, 2014

I’ve got this sort of, hip-hop-fairy-godfather type of best friend that drops in every now and then to enlighten me with only the best underground hip hop on the rise. For the past few years, he’s been the one to introduce me to everyone from Afu-Ra to G-Eazy, Blue Scholars to Logic, Black Element to even Aloe Blacc. Need I continue? So recently when he told me one of his own cousin’s picked up producing, I knew it had to be good. Everyone, meet Milwaukee’s own, Spencer Joles. “Long Nights” is a v trill track to get lost in, with mellow vibes and steady rhymes throughout. I’ve also included his newest release, “Cosmic Dialect,” which demonstrates this guy’s commitment to steady releases as well as testing out all different production styles. This young rapper already has a pretty stacked selection of * free * original work and covers on his Soundcloud so take a minute to dive in and check it out.

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Electro, House | House of Pain – Jump Around (TBMA Remix)

Posted by on April 16, 2014

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You guys ready for some more dope electro-house from TBMA? Well here it goes, TBMA aka The Bolivian Marching Affair who’s still going strong with their original “Obsessed” just hit me with their latest remix of the 90’s hip-hop anthem “Jump Around” by House Of Pain, and this remix hits! DJs take note, you’re going to want to include this one in the mix, it’s a guaranteed rager! Ya’ll enjoy this hump day, and this revived classic! This is a must listen and a must download!

Free Download: House of Pain – Jump Around (TBMA Remix)

Hip-Hop | Christian Deshun – NXXMB

Posted by on April 12, 2014

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NWLA rapper Christian Deshun released visuals directed by Slim Vision TV for his track “NXXMB,” the first record off his mix tape SMPLCTY which is straight fire if you haven’t checked it out yet. Currently waking up on this Saturday morning to some non-chalant hip hop with the smell of breakfast in the kitchen, and life can’t get any better! With productions by Christian, Knxwledge and Tae Beast, I strongly advise all you hip hop heads check this quality project out, I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s a contender for best mix tape of 2014, remember you heard it here first. This is a must listen and a must download!

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Albums, Featured | Jackson Breit: Good Times & Bad Times EP

Posted by on April 10, 2014

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After a few weeks of building anticipation with singles, Jackson returns with a 2 part FREE EP. The project consists of jazzy sounds meet hip hop and pop, perfect for the start of Spring and going outside.

Download : Good Times & Bad Times

Download : Good Times & Bad Times

 

Hip-Hop, Rap, Trap | Andrew Luce – Candy Shop (Remix)

Posted by on March 15, 2014

I’m pleased to share a banger coming straight from my home-base, so you all better give this fool some plays for this seriously insane remix of 50 Cent’s notoriously known “Candy Shop”. Somewhere between trap and dirty hip hop, the feel for this song is all too dope. Did I mention this dude is barely old enough to drive? Props from the FNT fam.

Hip-Hop, Mixtapes | Maxxx Flair — S.E.I.S. [Chapter 1]

Posted by on February 23, 2014

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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, “[email protected]#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.

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Freestyle, Hip-Hop, Rap | Vonny del Fresco – Studies

Posted by on February 19, 2014

Vonny del Fresco is fresh off the release of his After the Fall EP and decided to keep his fans on their toes with a short burst of music. “Studies” is a minute long freestyle/video that oozes energy and takes you on an robotic-sounding ride. The song was originally produced by Mr. Carmack, a name that is becoming increasingly popular in hip-hop production, and del Fresco decided to give the new-school production wave a spin with some sharp rhymes penetrating the already complex instrumental.

Snag this freebie from SoundCloud below.