Thursday, June 29, 2017

"Girl I Love That Dress But You Won't Need It Anymore"

As if Bruno Mars' Versace on the Floor couldn't get any sexier, David Guetta decided to crank up the baby makin' vibe a few notches. In adding a slight tempo bump and some Daft Punk-esque vocal ad libs, Guetta did a stellar job of carrying the torch of the original without over doing the tempo. The funk still permeates throughout the track, but in a slightly more electronic manifestation. If you're looking for a complete overhaul of the original, this isn't going to be your favorite. But if you're wanting a new flavor added to an already good taste, then you might get swept up in the amplified sexiness of the remix...#VersaceOnTheFloor

Bruno Mars vs David Guetta - Versace on the Floor

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

"Saturday Nights Couldn't Get Much Clearer"

I still haven't quite honed in on Whethan's sound as an artist, but that's more of a reflection on how diverse his singles have been so far. Good Nights is much more chill than previous releases, but it's equally as potent with Mascolo's vocals shepherding the way. The vibe of the track feels more like what you'd expect from The Chainsmokers when they were collaborating with talented vocalists you hadn't heard of yet. It's a stark contrast to Love Gang, which is why I'm still feeling out what Whethan is capable of as an artist. The good news is he's hitting the road on tour this summer, so there will be plenty of opportunity to investigate his capabilities further in the coming months. Check his tour trailer below along with the obligatory links to iTunes and Spotify...#GoodNights

Whethan feat Mascolo - Good Nights

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

"How You Gon' Do That to Me?"

You might remember the big news last December when Flosstradamus decided to part ways as a duo back in December. It was a sad end to a chapter in the life cycle of Flosstradamus, but the show goes with the next chapter having been released last week. How You Goin' Do That is the first release by Curt Cameruci, who is the half of the original duo now carrying on the torch for the Flosstradmus name. The new one featuring the vocals of Cara Salimando carries a much more chill, melodic vibe than the usual Trap Lord banger we've all become accustomed to from the duo. There's a hint of bounce post-drop, but it's much more vocal driven and seemingly geared toward Top 40. It's a stark contrast to something like Soundclash, but I get that time goes on and a new chapter will ultimately bring changes. I'm going to reserve judgment on the Flossy split after a few more tracks, but the early indications are to expect an evolution in musical style from Curt moving forward...#HowYouGonDoThat

Flosstradamus feat Cara Salimando - How You Goin' Do That

Monday, June 26, 2017

"Can't Drink All Day If You Don't Start in the Morning"

How Kanye of Drake to release a new track at fashion show. Signs made it's debut in Paris this week during Louis Vuitton’s show devoted to their new Spring-Summer ’18 collection. The track follows the tried and true One Dance/Too Good tempo that invites you to shake your hips along to the beat as Drake does his crooning thing. It definitely leans more toward the R&B side of the spectrum, which fits well with the fashion show setting. But I'll admit, the simplicity of the beat gets unnerving after a few listens. The back and forth pitter-patter is cool and all, but four minutes of it gets monotonous.

If you fast forward to the 5:55 mark in the video below you hear the song being played in context at the fashion show. Check it on iTunes or Spotify if you're more of a fan of the dancehall tempo than I am...#Signs

Drake - Signs (prod by Supa Dups & Noah “40” Shebib)

Sunday, June 25, 2017

"My Lil' Baby on Thick, Thick"

Here we go again with this laid back, carefree vibe from Calvin Harris. Don't Quit just surfaced on DJ Khaled's new Grateful album, but it fits like a glove with everything Calvin Harris has put out the past three months. Slide, Rollin', Heatstroke, and Feels have all followed the same the point that it's starting to sound manufactured. The reason I'm being so critical of the sound is because I know Calvin is capable of so much more than what's amounting to formulaic pop music featuring buzzy artists. Maybe I'm in the minority with that take, but if there's one thing I can't stand, it's seeming like you're making music that you think people will like. There's a thin line between trend setting and trend matching that I feel like he's walking right now.

Aside from the whole Calvin Harris beef above, I was a fan of Travis $cott's sing-songy autotune and Jeremih's vocal contribution. Of course I could have done without Khaled's hypeman style ad-libs that are so played out they sound like white noise. I get it though, branding and all. The good news is that this has some potential for being a standout track on a compilation album, which is exactly what Khaled's new album is. It's all over the place stylistically, but that's cool as long as it's expected from the start. Head on over to iTunes or Spotify for a few laps around the album...#DontQuit

DJ Khaled feat Travis $cott, Calvin Harris, and Jeremih - Don't Quit

Saturday, June 24, 2017

"If I Can Live Through This, I Can Do Anything"

Back like they never left, Fall Out Boy ignited a relatively normal week with an inspirational new single. Champion definitely sets its sights high with the song title, but when you've got the vocal prowess of Patrick Stump anything is possible. The energy of the track ebbs and flows ranging from the dramatic, singy-songy rap verses to the high-octane vocals and guitar riffs on the hook. The combination of energy and powerful vocals give it the opportunity to reach the heights its name portends.

For those keeping score at home, their new can be considered Act 2 of their upcoming Mania LP. The follow up single comes on the heels of the equally lit Young and Menace that dropped back in April. Check the Spotify and iTunes if you're like me and interested in listening a few more times...#Champion

Fall Out Boy - Champion

Friday, June 23, 2017

Videos of the Week June 23rd

It's been a while since I've been this stoked about a trio of music videos released in one week. Led by the seductive Rihanna and smooth vocals of Bryson Tiller, DJ Khaled's Wild Thoughts started the week off on a high note. Then, around mid-week, two of my favorite songs in 2017 were blessed with visuals. Desiigner's white-hot fire track Outlet finally was anointed with the cinematic fire that it deserved. It's a rare soccer-centric sports anthem with Sidney rocking a Manchester United away jersey. Man...if that track and video doesn't get you hype and wanting to take on the world, I don't know what will.

On a more mellow, but equally interesting note, Odesza's Line of Sight took a more Sci-Fi route into the top five. The story of a young kid befriending a robot was apropos for the serene vibe of the track. As a side note, I'm more than a little excited to have the opportunity to see Odesza at The Greek in October. Even though it's months off and I just saw them at Red Rocks, they're without a doubt in my top three favorite live shows right now and I'm more than excited to see them again.

Outside of the world of music videos, Khalid did a superb cover of Frank Ocean's Lost in the BBC Radio 1 studio. The piano session was perfect introduction to the up-and-coming vocalist if you haven't given him a listen yet. And rounding out this week's top five was a novelty all the way from Germany where the Rundfunk-Tanzorchester Ehrenfeld did a orchestra cover of Daft Punk's Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger. It's not the easiest track to cover, so tip of the cap to how they put it together with the computerized vocals and all...#RundfunktanzOrchester

DJ Khaled feat Bryson Tiller & Rihanna - Wild Thoughts (Video)

Desiigner - Outlet (Video)

Odesza - Line of Sight (Video)

Frank Ocean - Lost (Khalid Cover)

Rundfunk-Tanzorchester Ehrenfeld : Daft Punk - "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger"

Photo Credit: YouTube

Thursday, June 22, 2017

"I'm Bout to Blow it All on Chocolate"

I never imagined living in a world where Big Boi would be churning out uptempo dance music. But here we are in 2017 and when you hear Chocolate, you're going to think it's a remix of a Big Boi original. Not so fast! It's that trademark funk that Daddy Fat Sacks brings to the table on ever track, but this time manifested with a bit more tempo and repetition.

At this point, I shouldn't need to sell you on checking out Boomiverse. It's an evolved version of Big Boi that continues a crusade of Southern swagger, but with added layers of dopeness. You've got the ATL mainstays sprinkled throughout the album, but it's songs like Chocolate that serve as a reminder that Big Boi is still on the grind and trying to push the expectations of his music. Life time achievements are a thing in Hip Hop and at this point, it's safe to anoint him as the poster child for longevity on a genre that has risen from relative obscurity to commercial success...#Chocolate

Big Boi feat Troze - Chocolate

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Marshmello Takes Future to Jersey Club on Mask Off

Evidently Marshmello was tired of being predictable. Just when we'd all warmed up to his happy-go-lucky style, he goes and drops a bangin' Jersey Club remix of Future's Mask Off. What's Jersey Club you ask?'s similar to a lot of the Baltimore Club tracks I posted waaaay back in 2010. If you're looking for a reference from back in the day, check out DJ Class's Party Crackin'.

I'm not sure which is more surprising, that Marshmello took a quick Hip Hop detour or that he dabbled in a style he's never touched before. Whatever the case, the mello man flipped the original like a pro. It's a perfect break beat style track to bang out in between tracks at a show. Admittedly, I'm not a big Future fan, but I can zone out to the mix below all day long. Tip of the cap to Marshmello as I'm going to have to re-evaluate what the breadth of music I thought you were capable of making...#MaskOff

Future - Mask Off (Marshmello Remix)

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

"Don't Let This Feeling Fade Away"

It must be summer because of late I've been in the mood for bubbly EDM. Like for example Sam Feldt and Lush & Simon's new one Fade Away. Led by a vibrant chord progression and soft vocals from Inna, it's bubble-gumy af, but hard not to get caught up in its tropical wake. It's a welcome respite from the mid-week doldrums, which more than makes it post-worthy. Hat tip to Sam Feldt for continuing to churn out feel good EDM tracks. His consistency is a big reason why I'll always give his new singles a listen. Follow me on over to Spotify, roll the windows down, and don't hesitate to share this with those around you...#FadeAway

Bonus Video - Inna performing Fade Away acoustic in studio...

Sam Feldt X Lush & Simon feat Inna - Fade Away

Monday, June 19, 2017

HudMo Debuts New Track Passports on Silicon Valley

Leave it to Silicon Valley to debut a brand new bangin' HudMo track. As soon as the credits started scrolling on the latest episode the clanging synths came in with a truck load of bass. Then Remy Banks' slow flow comes in over the beat for added thug appeal. It's a perfect fit for what you'd expect from Mike Judge. Slightly obscure and packed with in-your-face intensity. The track is one of fourteen that will be surfacing on the new Silicon Valley Soundtrack that'll be landing on iTunes on June 23rd. If you're a fan of the show, you're going to want to take a few laps around this gem of an album...#Passports

Hudson Mohawke feat Remy Banks - Passports

Sunday, June 18, 2017

"You Mix the Wrong Guys With the Right Intentions"

Everything Calvin Harris has put out in 2017 thus far has thrown me for a loop. I was so accustomed to his EDM driven style that I'm still wrapping my mind around this airy, funk vibe he's been focused on of late. I get that artists and DJs need to keep evolving to keep their music fresh, but as an avid far of his previous music, the rapid transition has felt a bit forced so far.

Take for example his latest star-studded funk anthem Feels with Pharrell, Katy Perry, and Big Sean. It fits perfectly in my mental model for the type of music I'd expect from Pharrell. The funk is layered on heavy and when you add in a swaggy verse from Big Sean loaded with quoteables mixed with a bubbly Katy Perry hook, you've got yourself a Top 40 topping hit. Maybe it's too bubble gum for my liking, but it's all just too perfect. Give me a grimy EDM beat like on Slow Acid and I'll be good to go. Until then I'll be trying my best to maintain optimism until I get to do a few laps around Funk Wave Bounces Vol 1...#Feels

Calvin Harris feat Pharrell, Katy Perry, & Big Sean - Feels

Saturday, June 17, 2017

"Now I See the Sunrise, Now I Feel Glorious, Glorious"

For the past nine years we've all been lucky to indulge in the creative brilliance of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. This week, Macklemore released the statement below announcing that the duo are taking a break to give each other some collective "space"...

"After the last tour, Ryan and I agreed that some creative space would be good for the both of us. Ryan Lewis is my brother forever. We have been working together damn near every day for 9 years and it felt like the right time. This decision came from a place of love for one another. I'm the best man at his wedding next month. There will be more M&RL music to come when the time is right."

Don't get it twisted, there's no beef, it sounds like they both want to pursue some opportunities independently. In my mind, there's no bigger opportunity than a collaboration with Skylar Grey. Following a familiar, piano led, clap-inducing anthem sound, Glorious is exactly as good as it sounds. When you press play below, you're going to get Macklemore's pitter-patter flow, backed by a soulful, vibrant hook from Holly Brook. It's musical inspiration to a T, which is everything you'd hope for an expect from the star power below...#Glorious

Macklemore feat Skylar Grey - Glorious (prod by Joshua "Budo" Karp)

Friday, June 16, 2017

Videos of the Week June 16th

I'm bringing a truly unique top five this week. Led by some quirkiness, a few music videos, and a whole lot of race related content, it was an eclectic week. As long as you can get over the fact that Jimmy Fallon and Miley Cyrus didn't do the best job at concealing their true identities, their NYC Subway performance was one of the stand outs from this week. Pretty crazy how quickly a crowd gathered, mostly for Miley, but when Jimmy unmasked himself, people started losing it and breaking out their iPhones.

In the world of music videos, The Weeknd and Buddy released new videos for singles. Of the two, I enjoyed Buddy and Kaytranada's dance heavy video the most. Regarding race it was apropos that the Black Panther trailer came out the week that Ice Cube went on Bill Maher's show to school him on use of the N word. To Bill's credit, he owned up to his mistake and seemed like he was open minded enough to listen to what Cube was saying. As a side note, I really hope Black Panther continues Marvel's dominance in comic book cinema in 2018. Thanks to Wonder Woman, they actually might have competition from DC moving forward...#BlackPanther

Miley Cyrus and Jimmy Fallon Pose as Subway Singers

The Weeknd - The Secrets (Video)

Buddy feat Kaytranada - World of Wonders (Video)

Ice Cube and Bill Maher Have a Real Talk About Race and the Use of the N Word

Black Panther Trailer

Photo Credit: YouTube

Thursday, June 15, 2017

"Don't Call Me No More, No More"

TOKiMONSTA has been an EDM mainstay for a while now, yet she hasn't made her GWDJ debut to date. I don't have a good answer for why that is because I've been a fan of her for a while now. Her new one, Don't Call Me, with Yuna is as good of a debut as you could imagine as it mixes mellow vocals and a quiet, rolling beat. It's more ethereal and chill than anything, but a perfect track to zone out to when you're trying to get something done. Check it out at your normal iTunes or Spotify outlets if you're as big of a fan as I am...#DontCallMe

TOKiMONSTA feat Luna - Don’t Call Me

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

More New Music Off Odesza's New A Moment Apart Album

A few weeks back I saw Odesza debut Meridian live at Red Rocks. The rhythmic chanting on the track really stuck with me when I first heard it. It possesses the instrumental vibrance that you'd expect from the duo from Seattle. There's a mellow, but energetic vibe that fits well with everything they've put out to date.

To be honest, I gritted my teeth when I first heard they had a new album coming out. I did so because in my mind there was absolutely no way they were going to touch the greatness that In Return reached. After hearing Line of Sight and now Meridian, I'm starting to build up the confidence that they may somehow be in the same conversation. With A Moment Apart just shy of three months away from being released, there's a lot more of the story to be told. Cautiously optimistic with the arrow pointed up is where I'm at right now...#Meridian

Odesza - Meridian

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

"They Wanna What's Going on in the South"

It's sad, but there has been a direct correlation between Pimp C's passing and my affinity for southern Hip Hop. Songs like Big Boi's new one featuring Pimp C's vocals make me realize that more than ever. I've never been a big Gucci Mane fan, but even his sleepy raps didn't detract from the novelty of hearing Daddy Fat Sacks on the same track with Sweet Jones again. Don't get too excited about an unreleased verse, all you're gonna get from Pimp C is a quick sample. Nonetheless, his energy and brash delivery is infectious and gives the track a needed boost from the start.

If you're counting at home, this is now three praise worthy single from Big Boi in the past month. They'll all be on his upcoming Boomiverse album due out later this week. Needless to say, there's still eight more tracks we've all yet to hear on the full length album, so feel free to join me in getting stoked for it's release on Friday...#InTheSouth

Big Boi feat Gucci Mane & Pimp C - In the South

Monday, June 12, 2017

"Watermelon, Baseball, Apple Pie, Disney Land"

I've said it before and I'll say it again, it's getting really hard to tell the difference between Drake and Mike Stud. The sing-songy rap flow with extra swag on deck they both possess is damn near identical. Plus Mike has his right hand man production wise in Louis Bell similar to how Drake has 40. Then there's the whole six degrees of Marcus Stroman separation. Mike played baseball with Marcus at Duke. Marcus now pitches for the Blue Jays, from Toronto...aka the 6, which is where Drake is from. Other than Mike covering a couple Drake tracks in concert, it sounds like the two are co-existing peacefully despite the similar sounds.

As far as Things I Like, the slow tempo and heavy bass is what will get your attention. Sure, the initial sample is corny af, but the lyrical gymnastics Mike is able to do on the beat is stellar. There's more singing than rapping, but that doesn't mean there's any shortage of gravitas from Mike on the mic. Let's just say the song below did what was needed to keep the momentum rolling after two dope singles, Gym and Frio...#ThingsILike

Mike Stud - Things I Like (prod by Louis Bell)

Sunday, June 11, 2017

RAC Chills Out Vice and Jon Bellion's Obsession

Trop House isn't the first thing that comes to mind when I think of RAC (Remix Artist Collective), but they sure as hell pulled it off with their new remix of Vice and Jon Bellion's obsession. It's sort of a mix of Chill House and Trop House, but the airy vibes are prevalent throughout. Piggybacking the stellar vocals from the original, RAC didn't dramatically flip the script on the original, but the House influence on the beat illuminates the remix. It's cliche to call it a summer track, but you can obviously picture listening during on a beach day or in the background when you're grilling out with friends. That's what I'll be doing tonight and I can promise you this remix will be spun a few times...#Obsession

Vice feat Jon Bellion - Obsession (RAC Mix)

Saturday, June 10, 2017

"I Want You to Share That Air With Me"

Chalk this one up under the "I don't need to convince you to press play" variety. When David Guetta and Justin Bieber announce they're releasing a new single together people get really excited for days. Yesterday that day finally came to fruition with the release of 2U.

Does it have Bieber's pillowy soft vocals? Yep. Does Guetta bring his A game with a quiet beat and forceful, but catchy drop? You bet he did. It's never going to be the festival banger you may expect, but it has the power to to quickly climb the Top 40 charts over the next week. It doesn't hurt one bit that they employed a lyric video featuring Victoria Secret Angels lip syncing the track too. If you feel a little guilty for liking this for a minute, don't feel bad, I did too. Just give it a couple quick listens and move on before it hits the pop culture blender...#2U

David Guetta feat Justin Bieber - 2U

Friday, June 09, 2017

Videos of the Week June 9th

Quite the assortment of videos this week with a bunch of new music videos and a few interesting clips outside of music. Led by a Japanese theme and featuring Big Boi in a European-style king throne, the video fro Kill Jill was as cold as you'd expect from Sir Lucious. His rapport with fellow ATL-iens Killer Mike and Jeezy can't be understated. There's a reason why they run Atlanta and that was on full display on that track. Continuing on the music tip, Bebe Rexha and Weezy did a really good capturing the inspirational of the track for the video of The Way I Are. And while we're on music, don't sleep on the up and comer Saba. His verse on the remix of Gallant's Bourbon is top notch.

Outside of music videos, it was inspirational to see Chance the Rapper continue to spread positivity when confronted about racism in America. His praise of how Lebron handled his latest spray painting of his house showed how both he and King James deserve to be thought leaders in an America that needs more people to have informed, educated takes on social issues. And last, but not least, I'm ending the week on a funny note with Fallon reading off some mostly outlandish tweets about terrible summer jobs. That one about peanut butter in a dumpster didn't seen real, but nowadays you really never know...#MyWorstSummerJob

Big Boi feat Young Jeezy & Killer Mike - Kill Jill (Video)

Bebe Rexha feat Lil Wayne - The Way I Are (Dance With Somebody) (Video)

Gallant feat Saba and Lophiile - Bourbon (Video)

Chance the Rapper Goes on The View, Talks Racism in America

Fallon Reads the List of #MyWorstSummerJob

Photo Credit: YouTube

Thursday, June 08, 2017

"Cause You Know the Truth Hurts, But Secrets Kill"

Picture this for a minute...Halsey's vocals over one of Cashmere Cat's experimental instrumentals. Buried deep on Halsey's new hopeless fountain kingdom album is a gem in Hopeless. It's a quiet, subtly electronic slow jam that feels like what a ballad in 2017 should sound like. It has all the quirks you'd expect from a Cashmere beat with a healthy dose of electronically altered vocals. It's not that Halsey's vocals need to be tweaked at all, it's the intrigue of matching the synths with the vocals that stands out. Anyone who has been in a toxic relationship should be able to appreciate the emotional depth the track offers. If this and her new one with Quavo is any indication of the quality of her new album, you should be starting to realize how much you're missing out about now...#Hopeless

Halsey - Hopeless (prod by Benny Blanco & Cashmere Cat)

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

"Say She Wanna Do It For a Bankroll"

Remember that time Diplo released a new single featuring Bieber, then re-released the single replacing him with young up and comer Rich Chigga? Yea, I'm with you, I didn't see it coming either. But evidently when the original version disappeared from the internet, this is why...

"other artists made soundcloud take down the Justin Bieber version because they had exclusives with him, you can find it online here tho cause ¯\_(ツ)_/¯" - Diplo

Sounds like it was more of a BS formality than a conscious decision to boot Biebs off the track. Nevertheless, holy bass Batman! Bank Roll has all the quirky clicks and pops you'd expect from a Diplo track, but with a whole lot of back end to boot. At it's core, it's a hype Hip Hop track with three of the buzziest rappers out right now. I'm still in the wait and see phase with all three, but I will say Rich Chigga got my attention with Dat $tick. Don't hesitate on copping the free download and by all means flex on this one windows down this weekend...#BankRoll

Diplo feat Rich the Kid, Rich Chigga & Young Thug - Bank Roll (prod by Boaz van de Beatz, King Henry & Diplo)

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

"I'm Your Recovery, Can't Let Temptation Bring Me Down"

I'm really warming up to this sub-genre of EDM known as Electro Soul. The mix of quiet synth progressions, R&B vocals, and a touch of horns strikes a unique balance of smooth vibes. Case in point Gramatik and Eric Krasno's new one Recovery. It's armed with a bouncy synth progression, R&B vocals, and just enough horns to keep it interesting.

I'd go as far to say without the electronic beat, I'd be writing about a jazz track right now. But that's the whole allure of Electro Soul. It has the grown and sexy vibes your parents can appreciate mixed with the bounce and excitement of EDM. Best part about it? If you're a fan of the track, it'll only cost you a Facebook like for the free download. Can't hate on that as a mid-week gift from the Electro Soul gods...#Recovery

Gramatik & Eric Krasno - Recovery

Monday, June 05, 2017

"If You Don't Love Me No More, Then Lie, Lie"

In case you missed it, Halsey released her sophomore album late last week. Hopeless Fountain Kingdom is a follow up from her debut, Badlands, released back in 2015. If there's one thing you can count on from Halsey it's sexy vocals. Her raspy tone and angelic harmony make for a uniquely potent combo.

Her newest single off the album is loaded with relationship drama and has an overtly theatrical vibe to it. Yet again, we have another Quavo sighting, proving that everyone is still eating out the palm of his hand. Call me a hater, but is he much of an upgrade over auto-tune heavy Future or even T-Pain for the fans of Hip Hop from a decade ago? Love him or hate him, he and his Migos squad is running pop music right now, so you'd better get on the bandwagon soon as it's near capacity. At the very least, this new one has piqued my interest in Halsey's new album. If you need me I'll be diving deep on it the next few days...#HopelessFountainKingdom

Halsey feat Quavo - Lie (prod by Lido)

Sunday, June 04, 2017

"It Ain't Right, But It's Right Now"

Snakehips always seems to find themselves on my list of must-listen artists. They're able to ride the fence between EDM and Hip Hop, which puts them in exclusive company and directly in my wheelhouse. For their new one, they recruited ELHAE and H.E.R. for vocals and everyone's favorite singer rapper D.R.A.M. Is it me or does ELHAE sound strikingly similar to Kevin Cossom? Not a bad look either way, especially when you toss in some thundering bass. Don't sleep on that acapella verse at the end from D.R.A.M. too. Choose your own adventure below with the lyric video and Spotify link for Right Now...#RightNow

Snakehips feat ELHAE, D.R.A.M., & H.E.R. - Right Now

Saturday, June 03, 2017

"Save Me From Myself 'Cause I Can't Go Much Longer"

When RL Grime does it big, he does it WAAAY big. A symphony of raw electronic power is what you can expect when you press play on his new single below. Everything from the slow build, to the arena filling synths, to the vibrant bass all works together in such beautiful harmony. And I haven't even mentioned the vocals from Miguel yet. Stay For It isn't a collaboration you'd expect, but often those turn out to be the most novel. His soothing vocals fit the vibe of the track to T, adding another calming element that contrasts well with the eye popping drop. Mark my words, this will go down as a top 10 favorite on GWDJ Favorites for 2017...#StayForIt

RL Grime feat Miguel - Stay For It

Friday, June 02, 2017

Videos of the Week June 2nd

What better way to welcome the summer months than a top five chalked full of Hip Hop goodness. Led by Kendrick Lamar and his flying car, Perfect Pint was the lead off hitter this week needed. I can't speak to the random animals, unicorns, or super-imposed Gucci Mane in the video, but it made for a chaotic watch. If a much more chill, SoCal Hip Hop video is more up your alley, then Mura Masa and Desiigner have your back. Let's just say Desiigner has never been accused of a lack of energy and that was evident in the video. If you're a Nike fan, then you can move right past Travis Scott's new Way Back video because it's one big James Harden Addidas commercial. Can't hate on the cross culture collabo between Hip Hop and NBA talents, but it comes off a bit too opportunistic for my liking. Speaking of opportunistic, how about Lil Yachty making a fashion splash in his first TV performance. Do the words Lloyd Christmas mean anything to you? Suffice to say, he pulled it off like a champ.

And in case you're not into Hip Hop videos, rounding out the top five is a trailer for the new four part HBO documentary detailing the come up of Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine. It'll have cameos from the likes of Snoop,, and Eminem cameos, the series will have all the big names you'd hope would help tell the story. The Defiant Ones will premiere on July 9th, so set your DVRs y'all...#DefiantOnes

Mike Will Made It feat Kendrick Lamar, Gucci Mane, Rae Sremmurd - Perfect Pint (Video)

Mura Masa feat Desiigner - All Around the World (Video)

Travis Scott feat James Harden - Way Back (Video)

Lil Yachty Performs Bring It Back on Kimmel

The Defiant Ones: Cut To The Chase Tease (HBO)

Photo Credit: YouTube

Thursday, June 01, 2017

"Save That Talk for the Ones Who Don't Know No Better"

Just when you thought it would be an average Thursday, Major Lazer drops a new 6 song EP out of the blue. That news alone is exciting, but when you add to it a title track featuring the likes of Travis Scott, Camila Cabello and Migos' own Quavo, it gets much more exciting. It may not be the tribal, booty-shake anthem you were hoping, but it is a fun mish-mash of styles and deliveries. Led by Travis Scott and Camila's sing-songy vocals and some auto-tune mastery by Quavo, the beat finds a way to take a back seat to the talent on the mic. Like any self-respecting release, the song's release came equipped with a fun lyric video too. Check it out, as well as iTunes or Spotify if you're like me and eager to see what the other five songs on the EP sound like...#KnowNoBetter

Major Lazer feat Travis Scott, Camila Cabello & Quavo - Know No Better

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