Kendrick Lamar – “The Heart Part 4”

Mar 23   |   Darren Gooden
Early Thursday morning, Kendrick Lamar hinted at something. He had wiped his Instagram profile clean . . .

Zayn – “Still Got Time” ft. PARTYNEXTDOOR

Mar 23 | Darren Gooden
Zayn Malik links with OVO Sound’s PARTYNEXTDOOR for “Still Got Time.” This song will be the 1st sing . . .
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New Music Mar 24  |  

Rex Orange County connects with the jazzy sounds of “Sunflower”

Never judge a book by its cover, especially if that book is Rex Orange County. When I pressed play on the Haslemere, England crooner’s single “Best Friend,” I was taken aback. A feeling of bliss just might creep up on you, as you hear mellow guitar riffs alongside his velvety voice. That was a little . . .

the payback
New Music Mar 24  |  

DJ Low Cut and EMS plot for “The Payback”

Are you a fan of raw, in your face, unapologetic Golden Era style spitters? If not, please exit stage left now. For the rest of you, we have a special treat: DJ Low Cut‘s new single, “The Payback,” featuring EMS, M-Dot, REV, and Mayhem. Sounding like a lost file from an old Wu-Tang album, the . . .

Reality Only
New Music Mar 24  |  

Cypher Clique and Mickey Factz drop the piano-driven “Reality Only”

Delaware’s most renowned three man hip-hop trio, Cypher Clique, is back with a new release entitled “Reality Only.” For the track’s melodic piano-driven production, the Clique deferred to member James Major for the keys and recruited none other than Mickey Factz for the assisting lyrical feature.  This group of artists is a machine when it . . .

the story so far
New Music Mar 24  |  

McKinley Dixon talks about lessons learned on “The Story So Far”

Cresting waves on a beaches and lush, melodic horns intros lead us into McKinley Dixon‘s emotional and cathartic track, “The Story So Far.” With decisive delivery, he details the stories of his life, love that he’s lost and found, and lessons learned along the way. Dixon raps with precision over boombap-inspired drums and hi hats, spitting lyrics that . . .

Holy Ghost
New Music Mar 24  |  

Desiigner – “Holy Ghost”

Brooklyn’s Desiigner is back and he drops his latest track, “Holy Ghost.” He has picked up a respectable amount of steam since the release of his hit single, “Panda.” That led into the New English project, the Mike Dean-produced “Timmy Turner,” and numerous other features, songs, and ad campaigns. I’m looking forward to seeing what Def . . .

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Premiere: Donte Peace paints vivid pictures of ‘Black Babylon’ on his new album

Donte Peace isn’t afraid to give you a raw picture of the struggle that he’s personally endured on his engrossing new album, Black Babylon. The Seattle-based artist and self-proclaimed “Nappy Headed King” has a strong, charismatic delivery that serves him well throughout the twelve-track project. Donte is acutely aware of the dangers that come with . . .

Soul Sista
New Music Mar 24  |  

LIKE made Bilal’s “Soul Sista” sound even better

This is an absolute audible treat on many levels. Not only am I excited to find out that LIKE (of the incredibly talented PAC DIV) is still active and creating wonderful beats, I was immediately led his to his SoundCloud, overflowing with hot beat tapes and remixes. It’s like running into a great old friend you haven’t . . .

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New Music Mar 24  |  

Mike Will Made It – ‘Ransom 2’ (Mixtape)

Mike Will Made It gave us drop after drop in anticipation of his Ransom 2 project. We heard tunes like “Gucci On My,” “On The Come Up,” “Razzle Dazzle,” and more. The 17-track offering comes with contributions from Big Sean, Lil Yachty, 21 Savage, Migos, Kendrick Lamar, Future, 2 Chainz, Rae Sremmurd, Lil Wayne, and more. Stream . . .

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Kendrick Lamar – “The Heart Part 4”

Early Thursday morning, Kendrick Lamar hinted at something. He had wiped his Instagram profile clean except for one simple post of the Roman numeral “IV.” It was rather hush hush, yet the noise of wonder was so loud. We now have a resolution as Kendrick unleashes “The Heart Part 4.” Listen the “The Heart Part . . .

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Zayn – “Still Got Time” ft. PARTYNEXTDOOR

Zayn Malik links with OVO Sound’s PARTYNEXTDOOR for “Still Got Time.” This song will be the 1st single on from forthcoming album which is scheduled to drop this summer. Related: Zayn Malik Seeks To Embrace An Identity Of His Own Zayn‘s first album, Mind of Mine, was released roughly a year ago. With it, he became the . . .

Trapspots
New Music Mar 23  |  

Lil Bibby – “Trapspots”

The word is that Lil Bibby‘s Free Crack 4 project will be here sooner than later. On the way that release, he drops off “Trapsots.” It’s a heavy hitting trap banger that Bibby is all too comfortable with. Stream the DJ L-produced track below.

THANX
New Music Mar 23  |  

T-Pain – “THANX”

On what has seemed like one of the longest waits for an album (Stoicville), T-Pain manages to keep fans content with periodic releases. In any case, we are thankful to get some new tunes from him, however it comes. Today, he shares “THANX.” Stream below. #THANX — T-Pain (@TPAIN) March 23, 2017 Relive the fun . . .

Gang Up

Young Thug, 2 Chainz, Wiz Khalifa & PnB Rock – “Gang Up”

Young Thug, 2 Chainz, Wiz Khalifa, and PnB Rock are the latest to team up for a posse cut on a movie soundtrack. The song? “Gang Up.” The movie? The Fate Of The Furious. The vibe? High speed chase on a highway on kawasaki motorcycles, as the protagonist and villain swerve in and out of . . .

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Stream 4 Gorillaz songs with D.R.A.M., Vince Staples, Popcaan & more.

After a significant hiatus, The Gorillaz are back on the map with a grand total of four new records. They are as follows: “Ascension,” featuring Vince Staples; “We Got The Power,” featuring Jehnny Beth of Savages; “Saturnz Barz,” featuring Popcaan, and “Andromeda,” featuring D.R.A.M. The Gorillaz are releasing an album called Humanz on April 28th. . . .

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Migos rocks out in the “What The Price” video

Watch the “What The Price” video from Migos Migos drop another epic video from the CULTURE album. “What The Price” finds the Atlanta trio rocking out with Zaytoven in the woods where they met up with Paper Boi on Atlanta, getting into a bar brawl, and Offset finessing to end up with the leading lady . . .

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Drake – ‘More Life’ (Album Stream)

The delays kept us waiting, but Drake‘s More Life has finally been released to the world. It premiered on OVO Sound Radio, and is now available on Spotify and Apple Music. Guest artists include Kanye West, Travis Scott, Sampha, PARTYNEXTDOOR, Young Thug, Stormzy, and more. DOWNLOAD 1. Drake – Free Smoke 2. Drake – No . . .

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Kendrick Lamar – “The Heart Part 4”

Early Thursday morning, Kendrick Lamar hinted at something. He had wiped his Instagram profile clean except for one simple post of the Roman numeral “IV.” It was rather hush hush, yet the noise of wonder was so loud. We now have a resolution as Kendrick unleashes “The Heart Part 4.” Listen the “The Heart Part . . .

More Life

Drake plays the role of global music ambassador on ‘More Life’ (Review)

“More chune fo ya head top so watch how you speak on my name”. With that quick phrase following a soul stirring sample, Aubrey “Drake” Graham took the world by storm once again, delivering his much anticipated “playlist,” More Life. Coming off his most successful commercial album, Views, Drake has returned with the swagger only . . .

Reload
New Music Mar 23  |  

Toronto native Joël Lobban’s “Reload” is cinematic, futuristic R&B

There’s gotta be something in the water up in Toronto. The number of uniquely talented R&B artists to come out of that city is impressive, and newcomer Joël Lobban is another one to watch for. His Japain-produced single, “Reload,” feels like the best song from a new science fiction movie soundtrack. The vocals on this . . .

dance for me
New Music Mar 22  |  

Production duo OSA and Rome’s “Dance For Me” is a sultry jam

Virginia production duo and real life brothers Tyler and Travis Jasper, known professionally as OSA (an acronym for “One Song Away”) team up with Connecticut singer/songwriter Rome for the alluring sounds of “Dance For Me”. The production alternates between soft and slow drum kicks and keys and rises to a fever pitch during each iteration . . .

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New Music Mar 20  |  

Xavier Omär bares his emotions to all in his “Speculate” video

“With love always being the center, that will always connect everything that I do.” Xavier Omär‘s Everlasting Wave project conveys an array of moods, and “Speculate” might be one of its most somber moments. The Georgia native chooses to put his moody musings on center stage with his new video. Watch the dark, shadowy video . . .

Gorillaz

Stream 4 Gorillaz songs with D.R.A.M., Vince Staples, Popcaan & more.

After a significant hiatus, The Gorillaz are back on the map with a grand total of four new records. They are as follows: “Ascension,” featuring Vince Staples; “We Got The Power,” featuring Jehnny Beth of Savages; “Saturnz Barz,” featuring Popcaan, and “Andromeda,” featuring D.R.A.M. The Gorillaz are releasing an album called Humanz on April 28th. . . .

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Mike WiLL Made It – “Perfect Pint” ft. Kendrick Lamar, Gucci Mane & Rae Sremmurd

Mike WiLL Made It brings in another all-star cast for his latest release, “Perfect Pint.” This time, Kendrick Lamar, Gucci Mane and Rae Sremmurd step up to the plate. Ransom 2‘s release is right around the corner. Pre-order Ransom 2 via iTunes. Stream “Perfect Pint” below.

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The Highlight Reel #064: Forget About The Rest

This is the 64th edition of The Highlight Reel, your biweekly playlist full of the best new releases. For the culture, always. I’ll always think of the number 64 in regards to grade school. 64% was borderline between passing and failing a class. Every once in a while, I got a little bit too familiar . . .

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James Blake’s “My Willing Heart” video features Natalie Portman

I really feel like I can hear an entire life of emotion in James Blake‘s voice. This time around, the video for “My Willing Heart” carries equal amounts of depth, both literally and figuratively. The black and white video stars Natalie Portman, who appeared in the video just days before she gave birth. The elegant . . .

Young Thug, 2 Chainz, Wiz Khalifa & PnB Rock – “Gang Up”

Mar 23   |   Michell C. Clark
Young Thug, 2 Chainz, Wiz Khalifa, and PnB Rock are the latest to team up for a posse cut on a movie . . .

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