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Hip Hop

MEMBA – Middle Man

New York-based duo Memba have just dropped “Middle Man,” their first single to be released independent of any label. Chopped and screwed hip-hop gives a dark and misty feel when spun around bass-heavy electropop. Vibrant synths bounce atop vocals from British rapper Asher Don, the track’s featured artist. Bursting with battery-powered drive, the lyrics speak to the corruption of an industry of middle men profiting off hardworking artists.

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01-31-18

Lando Chill – Fwm

Hip hop and R&B seem to be scooting closer and closer together these days. Lando Chill has dropped “Fwm,” and you can barely classify it as rap. Dreamy kaleidoscopic synths stream in and out of awareness. Maya Vera slides in under Lando’s refrains with her sweetly tranquilizing voice. We’re ready to be snowed in with our significant other, trapped in a mountain of blankets by the fire.

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12-14-17

SiR – Something Foreign (Feat. ScHoolboy Q)

TDE’s next man up is SiR on the ScHoolboy Q featuring “Something Foreign”. Set to a Saxon-produced instrumental driven by jazz-referencing piano chords and rhythm structures, “Something Foreign” is a subtle standout.

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12-05-17

Premiere: Hurley Mower – Momma Told Me

Chicago producer Hurley Mower puts a cool new after hours instrumental around an interpolation one of the best rap tracks of the year Migos’ “T-Shirt” with fresh effects. Don’t miss. Stream the B3SCI premiere of “Momma Told Me” below.

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reviewed by
09-01-17

KAMI – Foundation

KAMI, a SaveMoney affiliate out of Chicago, is an artist whose sound is reminiscent of 80’s atmospheres. On the song listed above, “Foundation”, KAMI’s passionate flow comes alive in the lyrically driven track. KAMI’s debut album, Just Like the Movies, has a unique synthesizer driven sound that creates a hypnotic vibe. Also pay attention to the SaveMoney anthem, “Just Like the Movies”, featuring the entire SaveMoney group.

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06-16-17

Johnny Yukon – Eyes Closed (Feat. G-Eazy)

Johnny Yukon is a Philadelphia native singer-songwriter who links up with G-Eazy for “Eyes Closed”. “Eyes Closed” is a hard-hitting melodic rap beat with Johnny on the smooth hook and G’s slapping flow. Johnny’s urban-pop style is confessional lyrics over hard-hitting beats that compliment each other. Take a peep at Johnny’s Soundcloud page here.

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06-16-17

Joyner Lucas – Mask Off (Remix)

Joyner Lucas is an up-and-coming artist out of Massachusetts whose smooth and lyrical flow murders this remix of Futures “Mask Off”. Joyner’s remix “Mask On” goes against the message of the original track in a direction that preaches healthy drug habits. It seems like Joyner’s concept for the remix was to contradict the original track. Joyner’s flow is very clear and articulate, and also condemns drugs like Molly and Percocets.

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06-14-17

Chaz French – Way Out

Chaz French is an up-and-coming Soundcloud artist out of Washington, DC. Chaz’s latest single “Way Out” shows his potential as an artist and personality. Chaz grew up in a dangerous part of Maryland battling through hardships such as homelessness and a near death car accident. Chaz’s latest project These Things Take Time is available on all streaming services and worth the listen!

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06-01-17

Gotts Street Park – This World (Feat. Benny Mails)

Leeds UK collective (and Mabel collaborators) Gotts Street Park debut with RJD2-esque (even a little DJ Premier-esque) “This World”, a potent bit of hip hop particularly suited for late night hours.

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04-12-17

NAV – Good For It

The first time I heard NAV was on Travis Scott’s song “Beibs in the Trap”, which was eventually made into a music video. NAV stayed underground after the release until his self-titled mixtape NAV dropped late February. My favorite track from the project is “Good for it” listed below. Check out the entire project on all major streaming services.

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04-07-17

Drake – I’m Still Fly

“Still Fly” is some real vintage Drake, coming from his 2008 remix of Big Tymers “Still Fly”. The song is an interesting view into the development of the current Drake. The track has a similar melodic flow that he is known for today. Peep drake’s new project More Life on any major streaming service.

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04-07-17