Archive for 2015
LuckyMe's been killing it with their '15/'16 Advent series, and their fifth release is a NYE-centric banger from S-Type. All bright synths and crisp drums. Dude is forever crushing it with beautiful melodies, and this cut is no different.
Hopefully you and yours are doing it right for the New Year. Everyone over here at RTD wishes you the best.
You already know what time it is. Skillz basically takes everything you talked about on Twitter and put it over a track. Smart and hilarious, dude wins, especially when he says Creed was better than Pacquiao and Mayweather. #FACTS
I say all of that to say I'm bringing the Yearmix style to rockthedub in 2015.
Here's a collection of tracks that I rocked with in 2015. It has some semblance of an order, at least in terms of how genres and vibes flow. It's made for your pregame before the real turnup, and hopefully you won't need to do too much skipping (although if your aim is to hear one particular pop set or the greatest rap tracks of the year, this isn't for you). This isn't anthem bashing. We have grime, hip-hop, footwork, drum & bass, some dubstep, house, and even some epic jazz in this sprawling 60-track playlist.
Hopefully this will help those of you who need a soundtrack but can't be arsed to make one.
How the hell did I miss this? Over the summer, Stray dropped one of the illest mixes of 2015, and it featured Fracture's intoxicating remix of The Weeknd's "King of the Fall," a track I'd completely slept on when it came out because I don't really rock with The Weeknd's music like that. Fracture's behind my absolute favorite Weeknd edit, and when I asked him about this edit, he said it was just a dub, which I took to mean it was never coming out.
Now I see it's been out for a month. Merry Late Christmas to me! Stream and download below.
Word to the wise: they'll just be sending you two Mediafire links, and the rarities might caught a red flag because of a remix of "Craziest," but there is a GRIP of tracks in there, including Pete Rock's "Hip Hop Hooray" remix, the Beatnuts' remix of "It's On," and a bunch of unreleased gems. If you're having trouble, just keep refreshing until it allows you to grab it.
Word is that Naughty is back as a trio, and is going on a 26-date tour, as well as dropping a documentary.
To build up for Creed, I ended up re-watching all of the Rocky films. Somehow, while I remember Clubber Lang being a goddamn beast in the Sega Master Drive video game, I forgot how amazing he was in Rocky III. That said, I'm glad that Old Maid Millionaires Al Shid and J-Zone linked back up to drop this ode to Lang, which is reportedly the first single from The Best of AL SHID (The Old Maid Years), which is due out early 2016. These two making music together is what the rap game has been missing.
That said, December 26 is (unofficially) the day to catch up on the world of online hip-hop mixtape drops, so download/stream/buy a bunch of music that dropped under the radar due to your egg nog-induced haze.
This is awesome. I imagine a number of you are finally lounging after having to deal with family, and want to just cozy up (or chill out) with a drink and a friend or two and get your vibes on.
Justin Martin (who does the damn thing on the production tip) and his brother Christian are proper drum & bass heads, and recently cooked up this dope dnb yule log video, because it's necessary. Here are their thoughts, alongside the mix that's featured in the above video.
"Its been a wonderful year raging with you all, and as a special thank you for all of your support, we would like to give away a very special mix. Hopefully this musical journey will bring back some nice memories of that magical sunrise at the dirtybird campout where the SoCal sky opened up right at dawn and showered us with the first rainfall in months. Even if you were not there to share that special moment with us the first time around then hopefully this mix still gives you the warm fuzzies you need to stay cozy this winter. So sit back by the fire with some loved ones, grab a festive 40oz, and have a drink to some drum and bass with us."
Shlohmo released a number of remixes from his Dark Red LP for free (although you can cop them on iTunes as well), including Baauer's take on "Ten Days of Falling," giving the darker-tinged cut a lighter bounce. If you want more Baauer, peep Pusha T's latest project, which has Baauer co-producing "Sunshine" alongside Kanye West and Mano. You should also check out Baauer's latest single, "GoGo!"
You can stream and download all of these Dark Red remixes down below.
Marking two years since Busta Rhymes and Q-Tip linked up for The Abstract & The Dragon, the dungeon dragon Busta Rhymes is back with a full mixtape for you hip-hop lovers out there. For those of you who think this will just be a Conglomerate party, don't fret; Bus-a-Bus made sure that MCs like Chance the Rapper, MF Doom, and a Leaders of the New School reunion were sitting on the same tape with Rick Ross, O.T Genasis, Waka Flocka, and Gucci Mane.
Stream and download below.
While it's only 25 minutes, DJ Concept drops the perfect holiday-themed beat tape. We're talking 14 tracks that take some of your favorite holiday gems and puts a dope hip-hop spin on them.
Stream the full project below, then add it to your holiday playlist.
Don't you hate when you make a point to remember something...and then forget it? That's what happened to me and Wiki's Lil Me, a free album of heatrocks that the RATKING spitter dropped earlier this month. I was going through my e-mails and happened upon it;I didn't realize that he had features from Skepta, Hak (also from RATKING), and others on the mic, with beats from Madlib, Sporting Life, Yung Gutted, Kaytranada, and Skywlkr.
Wiki brings that '90s hip-hop aesthetic to the now, with an ear for twisted sonics. If you're sleeping, you're fucking all the way up. Stream below, then download the full project over on letterracer.com.
It looks like Lenzman has a new EP, Golden Age, set to drop on Metalheadz in January, so he linked up with Dan Stezo on the mic for 70 minutes of drum & bass on a soul tip. There's a fire, throwback feel to this: just two individuals taking something they love and expressing it for an extended period of time.
Soak this one in.
You can own this for $free.99.
As an early Christmas gift/catch-up, here are all six of Sega's most recent projects. Dive in.
The fam over at Pigeons & Planes sorted out their first compilation release just in time for the holidays, and it's chock full of the usual forward-thinking, envelope-pushing sounds that they represent on the daily. I LIke It, What Is It? is quite possibly the best title for a comp from P&P; they're in tune to so many artists you're definitely not, and probably hear that question a LOT from passersby.
Everyone from Cousin Stizz (who will be at the next No Ceilings show in January) to Ellie Herring are featured. Stream below and download today.
Seeing that this is the week that everyone is in the giving mood (because holidays), I figured why not share an EP that I'm rocking with right now from the mighty Digital and his Function Records imprint. It's kind of hard to pin down the time frame of this free, three-track EP Give and Take, but it's free, has hypnotic cuts like "Killer" on it, and it's free. Digital is and always will be a don when it comes to the more dubwise-side of the scene, and this EP properly reflects everything that's right about both his sound and what dnb can truly stand for.
While much isn't know about Channel Zektar, this 31 minute session is more than enough to get turntablism fans excited.
Newest latest from Ciph and Rosenberg: "This episode has a lot. Ciph tells a great story about flying on Dave Chappelle’s plane a couple of weeks ago. Then we call my wife to convince her that buying a new place is a good idea. Then Phonte stops by to talk about his new work, breaking up with Little Brother, and tells a great Kanye story."
Jeff Weiss was nice enough to make sure you had all of these gems for your iTunes. Grab them ASAP, as that link has a timer on it.
Made a Zip of the Top 50 Rap Songs. Please don't call the cops. https://t.co/lp0npMKHGr— Otto Von Biz Markie (@Passionweiss) December 17, 2015
From the looks of her new single, Dominique Larue is set to have a vanglorious 2016. "Ultimate" is the first cut from her forthcoming DubMD-present EP Blitzkrieg, which is due out sometime in the summer of 2016. She also has a project with J. Rawls entitled Almost There due out in early 2016.
Stop looking for women on the mic; they've been here.
This one has been a long time coming for Suede Jury, but his new album, Soul Sophisticate: Everyone Is An Actor, is here as his 16-track opus. Features include Black Spade, Fresh Daily, and others, but it's really Jury's time to shine. Stream below, and if you dig it, cop it.
You can stream the full project below, and head to their website for the full download.
Something kind of thunderous from a pair of dope Canadians. I interviewed Lunice about his recently-released EP 180, which found him finally dropping four four-year-old tracks. My personal favorite, "All Clear," got laced by CJ Flemings, who worked with Lunice on "Weather Man." Word is more from these two will be on Lunice's next album. For now, "get out my bidness!"
RATKING's Wiki should be on the top of your "why does this rapper not have everyone going ham right now?!" list. While this is dumb short—any time Wiki spits on a Black Milk track, it should be longer than 90 seconds—but his hypnotic flows cut through the grit of this track so effortlessly.
The description only says that new Wiki is coming soon, so who knows what homeboy has in the pipeline. Hopefully it's more like this.
I've been super hype over Pusha T's "Untouchable," while at the same time loving that Styles P was on Diddy's "Auction." Those two loves come together with P lacing a looped up "Untouchable" instrumental, then coasting over Kendrick Lamar's "These Walls."
We don't even take Sundays off.
File this new DJ Premier mix under "definitely not what you'd expect." It's funny; back in March of 2013, Avicii dropped a surprising set for Diplo & Friends, featuring everything from Smokey Robinson to Foreigner. Preemo has done something similar with his hour, spending damn near 37 minutes throwing in a number of pop and rock JAMS before throwing down some hip-hop.
The best part? This was done as a part of Radio 1's "Hip-Hop Month." You can stream the full set down below.
That future is now.
These two spitters are not only the best to do it on the more mainstream side of the scene these days, but they're also homies. So much so that they took the time out to spit over each other's tracks, then coordinate their releases for the same (Black Fri)day. In this series, Kendrick does the damn thing over Cole's "A Tale of 2 Citiez," while Cole gets medieval on K Dot's "Alright."
Stream both below.
(Pigeons & Planes)
Either way, here's a collection of mixtapes from Erykah Badu (But You Caint Use My Phone), Rick Ross (the two-disc Renzel Remixes), Lil Wayne's long-awaited No Ceilings 2, Fabolous, and more that you'll need to be up on for the forthcoming post-Thanksgiving holiday Monday morning water cooler talk. You're welcome.
For real fans, you know that Fresh Daily and 8thW1 made material as Charlie Brown's Field Goal. Word is that they finally decided to sort out a compilation of tracks over the 2007-2012 period that sat in the vault while these two worked on their own solo projects. You can cop it today; and trust, it's lit.
Something intriguing here. Proper late chilly night vibes here. uhlife dropped this NiceGuyxVinny-produced cut "no ebola" as the first single from his forthcoming lofeye project, which is due out in the summer of 2016. Love hypnotic, slow and low instrumental.
"i see ghosts floatin' in my herb smoke..."
Remember when we told you that Spec Boogie was now Rob Cave? Maybe you didn't; maybe you need a track produced by The Stuyvesants to get you acclimated? Here's "-40°," the first chilly glimpse from Books & Chicks & Brooklyn Shit, his forthcoming album. I can't tell you much about that, but just know that it's going to be a problem for the rest of the world.
You can download "-40°" right now.
SOMEBODY had to flip the theme from The Walking Dead.
"A city named Woodbury disguises itself as a safe haven for the characters in "The Walking Dead". Yet once the city lifts its mask, it's true identity shows itself. There are some of us walking the earth who prefer not to live in disguise."
It's been one year since RTJ2 dropped, so Mike and El decided to drop their "Angel Duster" video. Celebrate, bitches.
This is just amazing. Two legendary figures in the hip-hop radio sphere linking up with two legendary figures in the hip-hop podcast sphere to talk the new Stretch & Bobbito documentary Radio That Changed Lives (which is available a day early). Two hours of classic hip-hop talk.
DJ Deeon went in on this tribute to DJ Rashad and Chi Boogie by providing the INTERLUDE series with 100% Chicago house, juke, and footowork. Loads of original bangers.
New single from Redman, taken from his forthcoming MUDFACE album (which is due out November 13). And if you missed it, check out what happened when Redman touched that BET Hip Hop Awards cypher.
"Well we can finally move on from the lost episode. De La sits down with us at A3C in ATL and covers it all–including the formation of the group, Russell Simmons, touring w NWA, lost Native Tongue groups that never happened, Biz hanging out at their high school, and tons more. Thank you guys!"
Crazy to think it's been about five years since we released Deal - The Villain's EPic. Since that time, I know homeboy has been working hard on a number of aspects on his life, one of them being his forthcoming ALBUM, Beards, Beats & Kicks.
The new video for "Nova Charm" is apparently a teaser for the "Emerald Preference" clip, which is set to drop in November. Deal's a beast, and is bringing that energy that many are missing in today's scene. Also, JERSEY!
Lowkey, your sock game is just as important as your hat game. If you're looking to pull a fit together, the right socks can make you go from "yeah, you look iight" to "fam, that 'fit is fresh af!"Plus, a pair of dope socks can help you perfect throwing your personality into your wears.
Society Socks does you one better: they will help you throw some flair into your wardrobe while also helping someone who is truly in need.
See, for every pair of socks that are copped, Society Socks, which is based in Toronto, donates a pair of socks to someone in need: "Socks are the least donated, but most needed clothing item. Since homeless shelters only accept new socks, it’s much more difficult to donate them compared to other used clothing. Society Socks will change this." It's a simple concept, but a dope way to a) get your feet looking right, and b) helping serve a need that largely goes unseen.
Their designs are fire, and all of their socks are priced just under $10. I got a few pairs of Society Socks myself, and I can't front, they are comfy and add something unique to my daily 'fit. Check out some of their styles below, then cop yourself a pair (or three)... for a great cause.
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Run The Jewels' DJ (and official RTD homey) Trackstar the DJ has finally released The Jewel Runner Tour Mixtape, which does what it says on the tin; gives you a glimpse of what RTJ is doing right now:
"The project features tracks from all four acts, including Boots' Meow the Jewels remix and RTJ's late night television performance with TV On The Radio, as well as incredibly dope exclusives from Fashawn and Cuz Lightyear. Mike and El did some light hosting in classic WRTJ fashion, and the artwork was expertly handled by the great Ian Klarer, who also did the tour poster and last year's tour mix cover, among other things."
Welcome to the weekend, and if you're around, catch RTJ on tour... and cop some of Trackstar's merch!
If you slept on Rich Quick's The Everywhere Man, you need to stop it, forreal. Don't believe me? Sink into the hypnotic "Poizon," a track that not only features a cast of lethal lyricists, but packs a pretty heavy message. We all have to make choices; if you want to be an idiot, you'll have to deal with that. Be more... smarter, that is.
This track speaks to what this blog was built on. You have the underground heads like Shabaam Sahdeeq and Pumpkinhead (RIP) that I grew up on before this Internet shit really popped alongside Internet-age vets like Torae and Jersey-reppin' 8thW1. There's something about this instrumental from Big Ape that has me open as well.
I can also respect lines like not wearing skinny jeans because your "balls gotta breathe."
You can snag this on Sahdeeq's Modern Artillery EP, which is out on October 13, with a limited-edition cassette copy dropping on October 17 (aka Cassette Store Day). And for those who can, there's a memorial fund for Pumpkinhead's family that is in need of hitting its goal; contribute something.
Run The Jewels is back with a BEAST from the forthcoming Rubble Kings soundtrack, which drops October 30 on Mass Appeal. Rubble Kings is said to be about how "a few extraordinary, forgotten people did the impossible, during the gang era of NYC and how their actions impacted the city and the world over by planting the seeds to what would become hip hop culture." You can hear El and Mike channeling that vibe over this monstrous instrumental.
This is a part of the Adult Swim Singles project, and can be downloaded for free via their website.
Here's the official video for Black Collar Biz's "Blessings On Blessings." Remember that life truly is too good to be stressing, as some folks have it worse. The last few times I've see BCB perform around Trenton, this track has rang off. One of those universal themes.
While I'm not sure what came over Kaytranada to start unloading a bunch of bangers on his SoundCloud page, I'm glad I caught them when I did. Everything from random instrumentals and quick ideas to remixes of acts like Lucy Pearl to a Hilary Duff cover, dude has a bunch of heat for you. It's been almost a day since he upped something new, but I'd say keep it locked to Kaytra's SC just in case.
Here's a banger taken from Ren Thomas and Skrewtape's Don't Be Mad, which is available on iTunes. Classic for the real heads out there.
Here's the official video for that Nato Caliph banger that dropped back in August.
Talk about morning motivation music. Been a minute since I've heard new Kooley High, and with their EP Heights set to drop on October 9, they have me open. This Sinopsis-produced, Add-2-featured cut is free with a digital pre-order, so get on it ASAP.
As we all strive to get where we want to go, we have to have theme music that makes us realize the shit we need to avoid. This freebie from J.Lately's Let's Just Be Friends LP (which drops on October 23), is that track. Produced by Oops and featuring Von Pea and Bambu, this one should play loud af when you're just on some "avoiding the bullshit" shit.
You can download this project for free via runthejewels.net, or pre-order the 2XLP vinyl release (which is $38 and all goes to charity). Listen to clips from the project below.
One of my favorite Lessondary members, Spec Boogie, is Spec Boogie no more. He's now going by his given name, Rob Cave Jr, and on the latest episode of Bad With Names, he goes through his history, breaking down why he's changed his name.
For his birthday, Francis Chiser keeps the party rocking with this gift to you, the party people. It has an intriguing twist to it, too:
"The inspiration for this mix came from my wife and my recent radio guests spots in 2015. The concept was to create a time-lapse mix of a night out of good music and friends. Starting at the pre-game stage of getting ready at 9pm to finally making it home at 7am with the sun finally coming out, this mix covers hours of music in 90 minutes. With hip-hop classics, innovative remixes and a touch of soul & house, this mix is perfect for any occasion for body-movin’."