Category Archives: Hip-Hop/Rap

[Dance/Deep House:] CiD & Kaskade – Sweet Memories (Extended Mix) // [Electronic Trap] Far East Movement x Marshmello – Freal Luv (feat. Tinashe & Chanyeol of EXE)


[Dance & Deep House]
Sweet Memories – CiD & Kaskade

Your sweet, memories
the one we danced to, all night long…

CiD & Kaskade’s insta-classic “Sweet Memories” has a very badass extended version (like many of CiD’s songs). Powerful wobbling basslines and funky groovy vocal samples make for a very floor-heavy dance tune. The song is very powerful even with it’s minimalistic take on “vocal house” and is sure to be a favorite among house lovers (also check out the duo’s other hot collab “Us” from Kaskade’s Automatic)


[Electronic Trap]
Freal Luv (feat. Tinashe & Chanyeol of EXE) – Far East Movement x Marshmello

Hustle to win, we be livin’ in sin,
makin’ us two of a kind
새로운 길, babe we got temples to build,
ain’t no haters can step to our grind
-Chanyeol

Hip-hop and electronic group Far East Movement has teamed up with rising-star Trap producer, Marshmello, in the hard-hitting trap banger “Freal Luv.” Bringing R&B songstress Tinashe into the mix and Korean Pop singer Chanyeol, livens the song up even more while heightening it’s diverse sound. On the surface it may begin like your typical trap with female vocals but Tinashe manages to bring some very moving energy to the chorus. Far East Movement has largely been off the mainstream radar for some time, and though this is not the first time they’ve “teamed up” with an EDM producer (All You feat. Waka Flocka heavily sampled Kaskade’s “All You) this cut feels much more authentic. In “All You” the beat was simply sampled from it’s original recording, while this was produced just for the song.

The result is Marshmello‘s signature slamming and slapping snares, heavy bass rolls and triumphant bells keeping the mood light, but intense.

For those in the Atlanta areamarshmello will be performing at The Gold Room in Buckhead, Atlanta on November 23rd. Pre-sale tickets are already sold out.

 

 

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[Hip-Hop/Rap] Migos – Bad & Boujee (feat. Lil’ Uzi Vert) // [Hip-Hop/Rap] Meek Mill – Froze (feat. Lil’ Uzi Vert & Nicki Minaj)


Bad & Boujee (feat. Lil’ Uzi Vert) – Migos

The Migos have done it again, and with the help of Lil’ Uzi Vert not a moment too soon. Just in time for the colder months comes a rather cold rap number in “Bad & Boujee.” With a smooth relaxed beat the song is perfect for chilling out or lowkey turning up. The single is making rounds across the country and the world.


Froze (feat. Lil’ Uzi Vert & Nicki Minaj) – Meek Mill

Look at my neck, ay, damn you know how froze that is?!
Look at my wrist, unh, yeah you know how froze that is?!

For something a little more high energy we’ve got Meek Mill’s “Froze” proving that Meek is not forever taking L’s. I, for one, thoroughly enjoy the street hustle grind sound mashed with Black rockstar rap vibes (see “Black Beatles”). With help from Lil’ Uzi Vert and Nicki Minaj, Meek cranks out a rap banger that is sure to have people dancing, hitting the quan, and making other dance videos to the songs outrageously addictive chorus.

[ATL Hip-Hop:] Rae Sremmurd – Black Beatles (feat. Gucci Mane) [Prod. Mike Will]


[ATL Hip-Hop & Rap]
[Music Video]
“Black Beatles (feat. Gucci Mane) [Prod. by Mike Will]” – Rae Sremmurd

Like clockwork I blow it all, then get some mo’
Get you somebody that can do both
Black Beatles got the babes belly rollin’
She think she love me, I think she trollin’

[Audio:]

 

Rae Sremmurd and Gucci Mane are tearing up the charts around the country with their feel good rockstar anthem “Black Beatles.” Though the song has been out since October (the track enjoyed early spins as part of a mix on ATL’s HOT 107.9 FM), it seems many people are just now finding out about the song. Streetz 94.5 FM announced the song had made the top 3 on the charts a few days ago, many after it’s competitor HOT 107.9.

Coming across exactly as the title states, “Black Beatles” is a feel-good rock rap anthem from two very urban rappers. The clash of genres certainly creates a certain amount of rock flair that shines through in the excellent chorus, mesmerizing beat and carefully chosen lyrics. Gucci Mane rounds out the track with some of his first verses since his release. They aren’t exactly GOAT Gucci, but they don’t detract from the overall feel of the song either. If you haven’t already, do yourself a favor and check out this track. You can also check out Rae Sremmurd’s latest album “Sremmlife 2” and Gucci Mane’s recent “Woptober.”

[Hip-Hop/Rap:] [Real Wavy] Miles Meraki – My Phone (w/Kasey Jones)


[Hip-Hop/Rap:]
Miles Meraki – My Phone (w/Kasey Jones)

Over a spacey-epic beat, the hard hitting “My Phone” from Miles Meraki is an energy-producing, yet mellow song strangely appropriate for the turn-up and the turn-down. The ghastly sounding synths coupled with the powerful, bumping bass create a shoulder and head bouncing under-the-radar trap-hit. Featuring backup from rapper Kasey Jones the two channel vibes of mainstream rappers, without all the mainstream cheesiness. Definitely worth checking out.

Check out more from Miles Meraki below:

Miles Meraki Soundcloud
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[EDM & Hip-Hop] [Trap EDM/Rap:] Mike Fresh & Quavo – Soul Food (Hydrabadd Remix) // [Unsigned Hype] [Underground Rap:] RealWillHill – Fix You Need (feat. Zip K & Seiko)


[EDM Origins]
Mike Fresh & Quavo – Soul Food (Hydrabadd Remix)

Our EDM Origins picks for today highlight some groundbreaking songs in the genres of trap, future bass and house that really pioneered around 2012 and more thoroughly permeated the scene by 2015.

Georgia producers and DJ duo, Hydrabadd’s remix of Mike Fresh and Quavo (of Migos fame)’s “Soul Food” is a trap-heavy, head banging mix full of futuristic synths and raw street rap. The booming, unrelenting bass and dance-ready BPM of the remix make for quite the club banger and a certainly respectable track on its own.

If anything, trap EDM has been a movement for years now, but its fusion with future house music really began to soar after smash disc-jockey, DJ Snake released “Turn Down for What” and his remix of AlunaGeorge, “You Know You Like It (DJ Snake Remix)” which became heavy hits in the music world. Other artists credited with pioneering and furthering the Future House movement include TchamiRustie, Minnesota, Village, Kaytranada, and marshmello among many others.


[Hip-Hop] [Unsigned Hype & Underground]

RealWillHill – Fix You Need (feat. Zip K & Seiko) [prod. FR23SH]

Our second post is a smooth ride on the waves of underground hip-hop sounds and flows. Producer RealWillHill’s “Fix You Need” featuring Zip K & Seiko is a pleasant joyride of authentic rap flavor. The saxophone riffs serve to complement the lackadaisical, yet determined to make you move feelings of the song.

Be sure to check out more from RealWillHill and the other artists below:

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[Rap & Trap Music] 21 Savage – Lord Forgive & Mind Yo Business


21 Savage’s “Slaughter King” is a steady progression of hard, dark trap beats and street lyrics that goes above and beyond its genre cliches.

[Rap & Hip-Hop] [RTS: Real Trap Sh*t]
21 Savage – Lord Forgive (prod. by Fukk 12)

21 Savage – Mind Yo Business

More from 21 Savage

If you’re not familiar with current Atlanta trap music “slaughter king,” 21 Savage shame on you…and me. I was not either until a few months ago back in early Spring. As an old head (or maybe slowly becoming an old fart), I had stopped following this generation of “trap” hip-hop after Chief Keef’s “I Don’t Like” and similar songs dominated airwaves in the past year or two. Of course, here and there I’d hear a song I liked, mostly off of the radio, but I’ve always identified more with “trap” music of the early to mid 2000s (think Gucci ManeT.I., Lil’ Boosie, Cam’Ron and a host of long fizzled out local ATL groups, like Crime Mob or D4L.

While recently chillin’ with some young bucks in the ATL streets, they did not hesitate to introduce me to the budding rapper. Just as I was with dubstep, trap EDM and IDM music, I did not immediately embrace this new type of music shown to be by friends. Especially as it seemed so braggadocious and over-laden with swag flexing, I initially could not take it seriously. Over time however, I began to hear of Savage more and decided to give his mixtape a listen. What could it hurt, right? Turns out I was glad I did.

I may not fully identify with Slaughter Gang, Chiraq Boys, or this young people’s generation of trapping, drug-dealing, “runnin’ up in them bandos”, pulling heists or other actions that might declare one as hard, but I can identify when music is bumpin’ as fuck (excuse my language, it is necessary here).

Slaughter King: Rating (4.5 out of 5 stars)

21 Savage’s “Slaughter King” is a solid tape full of hard, trap beats and lyrics that actually go above and beyond what I would expect from another trap rapper from ATL’s hoods to come up with. Not to say these rappers or this type of music isn’t ever witty or creative, but as is the problem in many genres (my god, like dubstep) after some time you realize a LOT of it sounds the same.

Thankfully, Savage switches it up with clever lyrics, original if not downright catchy ad-libs (21, 21, 21!!) and hooks. Two of my favorites so far off his December mixtape include “Lord Forgive”: the reflective, but very deep opening trap banger with Savage reminiscing on his come up in the rap game and in urban street life in general. For whatever reason, the instrumental ( masterfully produced by Fukk 12) makes me feel very nostalgic, but also very contemplative. The song definitely immediately feels heavy and while listening to it, as one YouTube commenter put it, “[you] can feel Savage’s pain on the track,” which comes across as sincere and certifiably street.

“MInd Yo Business” is probably one of the catchiest on the tape with a repeating hook (“Mind yo bidness b*tch”) over a similarly hard beat. The track is far more active compared to “Lord Forgive” and is already a favorite among many. There are many other standouts on the mixtape, “Deserve,” “No Peace” and very few boring or even similar sounding songs, save for one or two. Even on those tracks Savage still manages to make them entertaining.

Do yourself a favor (if you’re not an original/true fan of this genre of rap): suspend your judgement and how much you identify with gangsters and hood stars, or even the killers (as Desiigner’s “Panda” would like you to do) and simply enjoy and appreciate the power and feeling behind these trap-heavy numbers. You might be glad you did! Also in similar style of rap, also from Atlanta was Bankoll Fresh who has many now classic releases, following his tragic death in a shooting in March 2016.

 

[Hip-Hop/Rap] [Trap] Dougie F – On Right Now


[Hip-Hop/Rap] [Real Trap]
Dougie F – On Right Now (Produced by Dez Wright)


I’m so faded man, my feet off the ground,
I swear, I’m the man in my town
Everywhere I go they stop and stare me down,
Everywhere I go they stop and stare me down!

Sorry for being a little late posting this as I’ve been busy. New Jersey rapper Dougie F’s “On Right Now,” is a shining example of why we shouldn’t give up on today’s generation of rap. With a heavy trap beat, catchy snares and hooks, and an overall dark, heavy feel, that still comes across as party rap. Impressive.

Also featured are semi-freestyled lyrics that…*gasp actually make sense. Okay, so they might not be Nas or Tech N9ne bars, but Dougie’s realness is certainly perceivable, and far above most current radio rap. If nothing else the song sounds great and you can tell Dougie had a good time recording it; all elements that make up good music.

Check out more from Dougie F on his social media sites:

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