Royce Da 5'9", Crooked I and Bun B Collab

From Royce’s upcoming Bar Exam 3 mixtape, this has these three hip-hop heavyweights rhyming over T.I.’s I’m Back. They all deliver and drop some nice verses, which you’d expect from these veterans. The final version will apparently have the other two Slaughterhouse members adding verses too. For now though, enjoy this version.

Royce Da 5’9″-Nobody F***ing With Us ft. Bun B and Crooked I (I’m Back Remix)

Joe Budden-Unthinkable Freestyle

Budden takes a spin on the awesome Alicia Keys track. His flow is good on this, and he definitely uses the instrumental well. His subject matter probably doesn’t quite match with the original track at times, but I suppose it doesn’t matter as he’s only using the beat. Good one, and I’d like to see more rappers take this beat on.

Joe Budden-Unthinkable Freestyle

Nas and Damian Marley UK Tour Dates

In support of their Distant Relatives album, these guys have announced a US and European tour. Should be pretty good, I’d love to go but I’m not in the country at the time sadly! UK dates are below.

July 16th – Manchester Academy

July 20th – Hammersmith Apollo

May 2nd West Palm Beach, Fl Sunfest

May 21st Arcata, CA Arcata Community Center

May 22nd Eugene, OR Cuthbert Amphitheater

May 23rd Seattle, WA Showbox Sodo

May 25th Oakland, CA Fox Theater

May 26th Santa Barbara, CA University of California, Santa Barbara

May 28th Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern

May 29th Las Vegas, NV The Joint

May 30th Valley Center, CA Harrah’s Rincon – Open Sky Theater

May 31st Los Angeles, CA UCLA Jazz Reggae Festival

June 2nd Santa Fe, NM Paolo Soleri Amphitheatre

June 8th Houston, TX House of Blues

June 9th Austin, TX Stubb’s Waller Creek Outdoor Amphitheater

June 11th Manchester, TN Bonnaroo Music Festival

June 12th Atlanta, GA Tabernacle

June 13th Lake Buena Vista, FL House of Blues – Lake Buena Vista, FL

June 27th Brussels, BE Couleur Cafe Festival

June 28th Paris, FR Paris Hip Hop Festival

July 1st Arendal, NO Hovefestival

July 3rd Cologne, DE Summerjam

July 4th Gdynia, PL Heineken Opener Festival

July 6th Copenhagen, DK Vega

July 7th Hultsfred, SE Hultsfred Festival

July 9th Frauenfeld, CH Openair Frauenfeld

July 10th Montreux Vaud, CH Montreux Jazz Festival – Miles

July 11th Rotterdam Holland North Sea Jazz

July 13th Hamburg, DE Stadtpark

July 14th Munich, DE Tollwood Festival

July 16th Manchester, UK Manchester Academy

July 17th Dublin, IE Tripod

July 20th Hammersmith, UK Hammersmith Apollo

July 23rd Gräfenhainichen, DE Splash Festival

July 31st Brooklyn, NY Williamsburg Waterfront

August 1st Bridgeport, CT Gathering of The Vibes Festival

R&B Fridays (Wednesday): Episode 41 Part 2

So here’s the deal. This is the stuff that I couldn’t fit into the last episode, but as I’ve got so much new material to post today (and I’m feeling lazy/tired), I’m foregoing my usual track-by-track analysis and just posting up the links.

Pick off what you want, and be prepared for an absolute massive R&B Friday this week. Why? Because I have about 150 tracks for it already. Yes, you read that right. Goodbye life.

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Joell Ortiz-Project Boy, Produced By DJ Premier

Another video/audio double for you, this one being from Joell’s upcoming album. This is a great track, with a fantastic Premo production setting up Ortiz nicely to lay down some great raps. Joell’s been on fire the last 6 months or so, and this is another good one from him.

More Slaughterhouse-related goodies coming today too.

Joell Ortiz-Project Boy

B.o.B & Charles Hamilton-Paperboy

The video is a promo for the track that you can grab below. It’s pretty good viewing actually, and suggests the two of them may work on a full-length project together.

The track itself is pretty good, with a nice chilled beat and some good rhymes/flows from both artists. One to check out for fans of either.

B.o.B & Charles Hamilton-Paperboy

Raekwon-Canal Street Video

Quick one from me, as I’ve got plenty of stuff to be posting today. Watched the first minute or so of this, and it looks like a pretty interesting video for the track from his OB4CL2 album.

Nicki Minaj's First Proper Single

Another nice club track which features a rather addictive chorus by singer/songwriter Sean Garrett. I’ve had this one on repeat for the past 20 mins or so, so you don’t need me to tell you it’s good.

Nicki Minaj – Massive Attack ft. Sean Garrett

Dirty Money and T.I. Collabo = Club Banger

Cracking track this, I don’t really need to comment on this too much – if you’re a fan of good beats, tracks to play loud in the car/at home etc and you don’t pick this up, then you’re a tool.

This isn’t your generic club track either, there’s something really different about Dirty Money which I can’t quite put my finger on, Diddy is on to a winner here.

EDIT: Actually written by Notorious Indi, but showing up as me (Ajay-182). Just to confirm.

Dirty Money – Hello, Good Morning ft. T.I.

Hate Is The New Love: Mark Hoppus vs. Tom DeLonge

So, I’ve held off on doing one of these as I wanted to do a non-rap ‘beef’, but couldn’t think of one. I’m officially an idiot, as it was this very fallout that gave me some of my favourite music ever.

Seeing as Blink are back in the headlines for being confirmed as Reading/Leeds headliners, it seems even more appropriate to take this week’s HITNL in that direction. Amidst the joy of their reunion, many people don’t/didn’t really know the ugly history of the years between the Blink break-up and reunion. Click on for a little lot of info, and of course some tracks to enjoy from the fallout.

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Usher and Video

Been waiting for this to drop for a while, as I’ve been enjoying the audio for quite some time. The track is beginning to blow up (thank us later Ush) and I’m pleased as it is a good one.

Whether you’re a fan of the early version audio or this newer version, the video is really good and it’s classic Usher with plenty of dancing and light effects. Pretty sure it’s 3D too.

Common-Testify, The 88-Keys Remix

Very interesting one. There’s a pretty good backstory to this one which you can read in full at 88-Keys’ place here. Small excerpt below:

“I turned over this remix rather fast but never finished it because I couldn’t come up with a hook for it. I played it for Kanye & he liked this a lot. So much, in fact, that he was going to reach out to Brandy to lay a hook down on this. Unfortunately for me, Common didn’t feel this half as much as ‘Ye did. So I got the word back from Common & Derek (his management) while they were in Japan that they were going to pass on it. It’s cool though. They are all still my brothers. No love lost. I only hated him for like 5 minutes. *ha*”.

Common-Testify (88-Keys Hand on the Bible Remix)

Quick Blast: Drake’s Thank Me Later Release Date

Drake takes up B.o.B’s old release date (now moved to April 27) of May 25th for the release of his debut effort, Thank Me Later. The album will include features from Jay-Z, Kanye and more.

Over is doing fairly well in the US charts right now, and a video is set to be released soon. Check out The Dream-assisted Shut It Down too, which is probably going to be the bigger/more pushed single of the two.

Keane and K’naan-Stop For A Minute

Who saw this collabo coming?!

Great one though, and it has that classic Keane sound with some really worthwhile additions from K’naan. Definitely one worth checking out, as it’s a good song and it’s a really good video too.

Flo Rida and T-Pain’s Newest Collab

Have a guess what type of track this is?

Another club one from these two, and it’s definitely going to be another big one. Flo Rida usually flips some old school sample, this time half-using the classic Eurythmics track Sweet Dreams for the first single from his upcoming The Only One album. It’s pretty standard Flo/Pain-big beat, pretty aimless lyrics and such. Grab it if you like his other stuff, as this will slide right in.

Flo Rida-Zoosk Girl ft. T-Pain

Sariah-Deep N Luv

One for the dance/pop fans to check out for sure. Newcomer (to me, at least) Sariah serves up a catchy slice of electro-pop, with a couple of pretty good remixes too. Have a listen, as I’ve got a feeling these tracks could find there way into a club near you soon.

No free downloads for you on this one, but you can grab ‘em here for 79p per track (and basically cherrypick the better ones). I’m sure you’re not struggling that hard to stump up 79 pennies.

Young Jeezy/USDA – Bag Music Video

The Jeezy/USDA collabo has been given the visual works, much like the recent Cudi vid, this also primarily uses backstage and on stage footage, but it also uses a pretty cool split screen effect too, to show them rapping to the song. Audio can ‘get got’ from here.

Kelis-Acapella Video

Moving images for Kelis’ newest single. Haven’t watched this yet, but I didn’t mind the audio when it dropped way back when (swackers, head here to grab it), so I expect I’ll give it a look over eventually.

Insert Nas/Kelis divorce joke here.

Quick Blast: Kanye West's New Album 'News'

A few news outlets are reporting that Kanye’s next album will feature production/assistance from RZA, Pete Rock and Q-Tip. There’s been a lot of talk that it’s going to be a ‘real rap’ album, and hopefully it’s true. The rumoured artists above add to that belief, and I’m looking forward to hearing some new stuff from it.

My prediction? Look for the first single/leak to drop by the summer.

Drake’s Over, Remixed by DJ Esentrik and DJ Sega

For US readers, this remix is in the Baltimore club genre. For UK fans, this one is probably like a toned-down electro style.

It’s good though, and I do quite like it. I’ve never been one for over-the-top electro beats, but I do like uptempo stuff so this fits the bill nicely.

Drake-Over Remix (DJ Esentrik and DJ Sega)

Erykah Badu-Window Seat Video

This video is nothing short of magnificent. Must-watch for everyone.

I’ve been liking this song for some time, as it’s so chilled out and mellow it’s practically perfect to listen to any time. If you’re seeing this after a heavy night, watch this and you’ll find it really easygoing.

The video is utterly brilliant. I won’t ruin it, but it’s such a departure from what I expected from the audio and is possibly a contender for video of the year so far. It’s so, so simple which leaves it wonderously open to interpretation. Great job that will inevitably be hugely underrated.

Prodigy (of Mobb Deep)-The Phone Tap

This is usually Murray’s lane, but I think he’s travelling at some point this weekend so I’ll step in on it.

This is a track recorded by Mobb Deep’s Prodigy over the phone, whilst still incarcerated. No matter what, that’s pretty dope and I’m not sure many other rappers would show that sort of dedication. It doesn’t really come any more legit than recording from prison, and Prodigy drops some decent rhymes on this. One for the real hip-hop heads.

Prodigy-The Phone Tap (Welcome to State Prison)

Justification Throwback: Angels & Airwaves Part 1

I haven’t written a feature in a while, so let’s do one I’ve been thinking about for a while. Narrow-minded folk, go elsewhere, this isn’t for you. Go and put some mindless crap on repeat and have a nice evening.

Most of you will know I pretty much worship these guys. However, unless you know me quite well, you won’t know why. If you care, read on. If you don’t, I won’t hold it against you.

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Joe Budden-Hello Expectations (First Leak From Mood Muzik 4)

Fans of the recent Budden leaks will love this. The first drop from the upcoming Mood Muzik 4 mixtape, Budden takes on a pretty hard beat and drops some nice rhymes. He touches on a range of topics, including the Tahiry thing, and does a good job throughout. Definitely another one the Budden fans will be enjoying a lot.

Joe Budden-Hello Expectations

Wale Remixes Rude Boy

Niiiice. I’ve never hidden my love for the Rihanna version, and adding some nice rhymes from one of my favourite rappers of recent years is always a good thing. I would have liked this to be slightly longer, and maybe added Rih’s verses back in after, but I can’t complain: it’s Wale rhyming over a dope beat/catchy hook, it’s all good!

Wale-Rude Boy Remix

Ludacris, Diamond, Trina and Eve-My Chick Bad Remix Video

Visuals for Luda’s single remix. If you haven’t already heard this,the original (with Nicki Minaj) can be swacked here.

Diamond, Trina, Eve or Nicki…I know who I’d go for.

R. Kelly-Be My #2 Video

This was definitely one of the strongest tracks from Kelly’s recent Unitled album. It’s a really enjoyable uptempo track that R&B/pop fans will definitely want to check out.

The video is pretty much just live footage but does have plenty of scantily-clad women, so it’s probably worth a look. Definitely have a listen to the audio at least though.

R&B Fridays: Episode 41

50 tracks. I had to plough through 50 tracks this week! Expect a part 2 post in the next few days as a result.

The crazy thing is that pretty much all of the tracks are from really big name artists, which makes this episode (and the sequel) pretty stacked at 22 tracks each (5/6 of the tracks were poor, hence a 44 total!).

Lloyd, Keri, Leona, R-Les, and many more are all waiting for you after the click. There’s some real quality in here (especially from Johnta and Lloyd) and this is possibly the best episode ever, so be sure to check this one out whether you’re a new fan or a regular.

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Final Version Of Lloyd and Mystikal Collab, Set Me Free

As above, this is the final version of their collab. I liked this track when it initially leaked, and this version has a couple of little additions/quality improvements which make it worth getting if you enjoyed the original.

Keep an eye out for today’s R&B Friday, it’s going to be absolutely packed.

Lloyd-Set Me Free ft. Mystikal (Final)