Viceroy has returned with his next installment in the acclaimed “Jet Life” remix series that are always offered as a free download. Previous “Jet Life” adventures have included “Pony” by Ginuwine, “Getting Jiggy Wit It,” and “This Is How We Do It” which has helped make these releases infamous. For number seven, Viceroy has brought back the St. Louis legend Nelly to do a ride along with his hit single, “Ride Wit Me.” Pumping the tropical grooves into the southern rap anthem seems to go flawlessly as this remix takes a turn towards summertime. Another great track as Viceroy picks up the pace after a great Ultra set and prepares for a whirlwind of a summer tour!
Chicago production and remix genius, Brenmar, is back at it again as he gives Rick Ross’s soulful original Sanctified his own twist. With Kanye and Big Sean joining Ross on the original it quickly becomes clear why Brenmar chose to take this track to the next level. With no short of great vocals Brenmar cleverly samples Big Sean’s claim that “All I want is a hundred million dollars and a bad bitch”, I mean isn’t that the American dream at this point? With the addition of some clever snares and snaps over some glitched out effects and a heavy drum line all leading into a heavy but fun drop Brenmar truly took this track to the next level. As usual this one can be downloaded for free below as well as on Brenmar’s Soundcloud, if you aren’t familiar with Brenmar he has been quite busy this year and I would also highly suggest his new EP type project High End Times Vol. 1.
There are a lot of artists out there that like to beat around the bush and allude titles to deviant behavior, but not 4:20, no sir they got right to the point. Released off of French recording label cosmonostro the compilation of instrumental music titled “Bluntstrumentals” is a collection of hip-hop instrumentals pure and simple. No this isn’t a collections of trap bangers that will summon legions of neon new age ravers ready to get “plurnt” and RAGE into the evening, this is a collection of electronically produced songs that are reminiscent of the works on Gramatik’s “Street Bangerz Vol.1 & 2.”
This 13 track collection is awesome, each track bounces and flows with the spirit of hip-hop that can bring out the linguist in anyone. 4:20 has only made blips on the electronic scene, but I am hoping for their sake that they will keep up their production, it is very exciting seeing this type of music circulating within the networks I am following. I don’t know much about 4:20 aside from what I can collect off their sound cloud and their entertaining bio, I think it’s enough to suffice. Take a look.
“I am a dynamic figure, often seen scaling walls and crushing ice. I have been known to remodel train stations on my lunch breaks, making them more efficient in the area of heat retention. I translate ethnic slurs for cuban refugees, I write award winning operas, I manage time efficiently. Occasionally I tread water for three days in a row. I woo women with my sensuous and god-like trombone playing, I can pilot bicycles up severe inclines with unflagging speed, and I cook thirty minute brownies in twenty minutes. I am an expert in stucco, a veteran in love, and an outlaw in Peru. Using only a hoe and a large glass of water, I once single-handedly defended a small village in the Amazon basin from a horde of ferocious army ants. I play bluegrass cello, I was scouted by the Mets, I am the subject of numerous documentaries. When I’m bored I build large suspension bridges in my yard. I enjoy urban hang-gliding. On Wednesdays, after school, I repair electrical appliances free of charge. I am an abstract artist, a concrete analyst, and a ruthless bookie. Critics worldwide swoon over my original line of corduroy evening wear. I don’t perspire. I am a private citizen, yet I receive fan mail.” – 4:20
Well it is safe to say I have been on kind of a Frank Ocean kick as of late. Amine Edge’s re-work of Ocean’s Lost has been stuck on repeat for me at this point for a couple months. Earlier this week Blue Sky Black Death, the production duo hailing from Oakland, released their upbeat and soulful bootleg of Pyramids by Ocean. Although I am not super familiar with BSBD they have been around for over a decade and the groups evolution appears to be constantly continuing. BSBD managed to maintain the lyrical story that Ocean initially portrayed in the original, and with a bit of reworking on the beat and the application of a few filters and synths the track really gained a gorgeous soft feel in this bootleg. Grab the free download below and check out the Blue Sky Black Death Soundcloud for more great tunes.
I thoroughly enjoy when dance producers take us back to the golden age of hip hop, remixing some of the classic beats we grew up on. The Fugees were one of hip hops supergroups comprised of all-stars Wyclef Jean, Ms. Lauryn Hill, and Pras Michel. They dominated the airwaves after their sophomore album, The Score, became one of the highest grossing of all-time in its’ genre with such hits as “No Woman No Cry,” “Killing Me Softly with His Song,” and the track featured today “Ready Or Not.” Definitely my favorite song on the album as well as the fans choice for the elusive Whiiite to remix when he posed that very question. Whiiite recently hit 50,000 followers on Facebook and decided to remix any song we wanted – let’s just say I couldn’t be happier! Whiiite hits us hard with a thugged out trap rendition of the cult classic giving it up for a free download. The lyrics and voice of Lauren Hill is always an absolute pleasure to hear, get on this release!
The following track is exactly why we think Wax Motif is an artist to watch this year as he will surely blow the f*#k up in 2014. Wax Motif has the exceptional skill of knowing what we want to hear, whether it be on the mainstream stage or in the underground club, he will make you bounce. Taking on the fresh new single from Tinashe, Wax Motif turns this R&B track into a club ready, house beat that jives straight into your bones. The vocals of Schoolboy Q continue strong in the remix bridging the gap between house music and hip hop, equaling the exact sound we are all looking for. If you like what you hear you may have an opportunity to catch Wax Motif live as he continues his winter tour with DVBBS, stops still include NYC, Boston, and gigs at the Winter Music Conference in Miami. The full tour schedule is available after the jump!