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XV feat. Jazmine Sullivan and Sez Batters — “Famous”

14 Apr

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XV’s debut album for Warner Bros. Records, Zero Heroes, is set to release tomorrow. After receiving a lot of praise following his release of Everybody’s Nobody in 2009, this Kansas rapper ignited, teaming up with the likes of DJ ill Will and Rockstar, Talib Kweli, Mike Posner, Wiz Khalifa, and Kanye in the years since. “Famous”, the second single off of this project, features an impressive melodic voice in Jazmine Sullivan, another Midwest native, and Sez Betters adds a light-hearted verse. I was really impressed with some of the production I’d heard from XV, and this song kept with the standard. All in all, there aren’t many other stories about the infamous struggle for fame that are this optimistic, or have this nice of a sound. Here it is (the album artwork is worth a close look at the very least):

The self-named “kid with the green backpack” released a trailer for the album earlier this month, which features a snippet of “When We’re Done”. In this track, X to the V raps over a sample of “Sanctuary” by Utada Hikaru, a song made famous in my childhood favorite, Kingdom Hearts II. It’s worth a listen:

Star Slinger — “Close to Me” and Video

11 Apr

A favorite of ours here at Tunes, Star Slinger provides us with his visual representation of “Close to Me”, his collaboration with producer Teams. Unlike his euphoric “Mornin’” video, this piece plays on the cautions and insecurities people have with strangers in a peculiar, clever way. It does this wonderful tune justice in perfectly fitting fashion, despite its pure oddness. Star Slinger and Teams’ recent team-up EP is up for download here. Give the video a look here.

Also, here’s Star Slinger’s remix of Alex Winston’s “Sister Wife,” in which I think our ever consistent producer does a wonderful job taking advantage of the song’s rich vocals and replacing the acoustic guitar with a relaxed synth and some nice punchy rhythms:

Unreleased track by Earl Sweatshirt AKA Sly Tendencies

9 Apr

Wherever this mysterious 17 year-old rap prodigy is, he should be patting himself on the back. Now referred to as Earl Sweatshirt, “Dat Ass” was produced when this infamous, dicey lyricist was still the independent skater/rapper known as Sly Tendencies, and Wolf Gang meant nothing to him.

In the recent explosion of OFWGKTA, Earl’s strange absence from the group, combined with his raw talent as a rapper and musician as a whole have labeled him as the most intriguing rap enigma to come from Odd Future in my opinion. He has a unique ability to combine his rebellious, bad-egg personality with pure craft and wit in his words. This track features Earl spitting over a funky sitar, and, like his public image, embodies the phrase “short and sweet.” Check it:

Pharrell remixes a Tron Legacy instrumental and collaborates with Odd Future

1 Apr


Pharrell has added a little personality and finesse to the robotic theme of Daft Punk’s Tron: Legacy soundtrack in this new remix entitled “The Game has Changed”. I’ve always thought of Pharrell as a very fickle, fluid rapper, but this track displays his versatility as a producer, as well as some classically nice Pharrell flows. I really recommend this one:


Speaking of Pharrell’s production, it was revealed earlier in March that Pharrell and Chad Hugo’s DJ combo, The Neptunes, would join forces with Odd Future…needless to say I’m excited. Apparently, after having worked with Tyler on two tracks from his upcoming Goblin, album, the rest of Wolf Gang wanted in. Written by Tyler himself, his description of the studio time expresses a lot of respect for Pharrell (read it with a Tyler voice in your head and its way better than it looks):

“so, im at diddys house today, and you know, i ask him about the neptune tracks that didnt make the fucking Press Play or LTTP shit. this nigga played me like 8 fucking beats. and got damn, were they fucking tight. its was some that sounded like hell hath no fury type shit, and then some shit that sound like young girl/the beat goes on then some shit that sound like the Yummy type shit the beats were realllllllly goood. i asked him if they would see the light of day, he said ” yeah, one day”

“yeah, and chad. i asked him a bunch of shit, im trying to get the sooner or later instrumentak and the cassie hide track. i might even get to hear some In Search Of Sessions!!! ( i played chad locked away and he was like WTF? that was suppse to be on insearchof.)” “right now as i type im in the studio with P and Chad. this shit is fucking crazy. we’re making a beat. o my fucking atheist god. my fucking Hero, the nigga that shaped my life ( no homo) is a Fan of me, like, is a legit fan.”

Look for more from both of these groups in the near future.

Thom Yorke and MF Doom will “end up doing a whole record together”

21 Mar


Just after his announcement that he would be working with Four Tet and Burial for his next single, Radiohead lead Thom Yorke revealed today that he will be collaborating on an album with MF Doom. When asked about this speculation, Doom responded, eloquently I might add, “We’ve got some ill ass ideas.”

The two have been working on some duets, and an album seemed like the next logical step. Until we pick up anything from this album, enjoy Thom Yorke’s remix of Doom’s “Gazzillion Ear.” We’ll keep you updated on what is to come…

Wiz Khalifa – Rooftops (ft. Curren$y)

21 Mar

Another track off Rolling Papers, which is set to release on the 29th, “Rooftops” features Wiz with long time collaborator Curren$y. As it is Wiz’s first release on a major label (Atlantic Records and his typical label, Rostrum Records), there are high expectations awaiting the Hottest Breakthrough Hip Hop Artist of 2010.

Anticipations aside, this track is fun. If you are a Wiz fan, this song definitely stays true to Wiz’s normal subject matter, but it has a very comfortable, relaxed melody that is easy to slip in to. This young Pittsburgh rapper’s effortless and conversational style and Curren$y’s flow compliment the rhythm very well. Give this a listen:

Jay Electronica – Prelude to a Freestyle

17 Mar


As I have been a long time fan of Jay Electronica, I’m excited to present this little tune. Although its lacking in stellar production value, its clear that Jay just wanted to have some fun in his fickle freestyle over the soulful beat from “Devil in a New Dress”, from Kanye’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.

While he waits for his next major production, enjoy this video, with clips from his recent tour, which stays true to Jay’s sweet wordplay, and equally thrilling rhymes: