Audio Push - Turn Down (Video)

Despite Come As You Are being a release I was looking forward to, listening to it seems to have inadvertently slipped down my queue, and hence it still remains untouched. One listen to this track, and the foolishness of my ignorance will impact you as much as it did me.

Who knew that the duo were capable of laidback, easygoing hip-hop of this ilk? They both surprise and impress with this effort: the mellow production is instantly captivating, with feathery guitar plucks accompanied by a combination of delicate synths for a smooth upper layer, and a strong (but thankfully, not dominating) percussion holding things together in the background.

It’s a fantastic production that many would associate with the likes of Wiz Khalifa’s weed raps, and credit goes to the pair for taking it far beyond that, with two verses geared around the relaxation of a female subject, or her “turning down”, whilst the third verse is a little smarter and reworks the turn down notion into one of people living beyond their means. It’s an enjoyable set of verses, backed up by a chilled out and catchy hook, and hence comes out as a strong all-rounder.

The video is a simple one, featuring the duo rapping behind grainy, retro filters, interspersed with story footage of the aforementioned female, capping off a great release from one of the best new duos in the hip-hop game today. Get the mixtape now.

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Audio Push-So Far To Go ft. Preston Harris (Video)

If one of the better duos in the rap game want to have a go on an underappreciated J Dilla beat, I’m paying attention. Audio Push are slowly cementing themselves as a force to be reckoned, and given hip-hop’s lack of true duos (and that doesn’t mean two artists coming together for a one-off project), they’ve definitely got a chance of filling the void that, arguably, was last housed by the Clipse.

The beat is a bonafide classic. Dilla captured a perfect chillout vibe with a bassy hip-hop edge, Common did justice to it on the Finding Forever album, and now Audio Push revive the soulful production for this quick release. Their verses are as solid as ever, with some likeable moments of biographical storytelling laid alongside good raps about their current lives- the latter is actually quite refreshing as rather than focus on the typical ‘bragger raps’, there are moments of honesty and insight that strip away the arrogance and suit the reflective nature of the production. It would be an easy move to stick with the brash, confident raps and just apply them to this beat, but they certainly deserve credit for adjusting their game where many artists in their position probably wouldn’t have bothered, whilst Preston’s soulful hook caps things off smoothly.

If you haven’t already, grab their Come As You Are mixtape now (sadly, this isn’t on there though).

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Audio Push-Come As You Are (Free Album)

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They’re one of very few duos coming up in hip-hop, and whilst that makes them a rare commodity, beyond that novelty they’re an excellent act with plenty of potential. Their Inland Empire mixtape had some great tracks on it, and even if it lacked a little consistency it was a good showing.

This project comes with a ton of backing from their label boss Hit-Boy, who also serves as the project’s executive producer- whilst that’s clearly to be expected of their employer, his claim that the tape featured some of the best music he’s ever made (or something to that effect) is not one he’d likely be throwing around too easily. Features include Joey Bada$$, Wale, T.I., and labelmate K. Roosevelt amongst others, whilst Hit-Boy’s frequent co-production credits suggests the beat work will also be up to scratch. It’s a project that could very well see Audio Push move into a more prominent position in hip-hop, and in any case should prove a good listen for mainstream hip-hop heads. Free stream and download below.

Audio Push-Come As You Are

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Audio Push-Space Jam ft. Lil' Wayne

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Hip-hop duos are increasingly rare these days, and it’s good that the upcoming talents of Audio Push appear to be getting plenty of traction within the industry. There’s a fun novelty about paired acts, and in the case of these two, it’s helped by the fact they’ve got a strong natural energy that makes for solid mainstream work.

It’s not quite on par with the speaker-crunching intensity of their most recent single, but it’s a radio-friendly effort that could prove a big hit for them this summer. The production’s repeated vocal sample makes for hypnotic listening, whilst also adding a liveliness to complement the buzzing percussion and triumphant synth work, with the overall combination being an energetic sound that suits the duo well. Of course, it’s no lyrical masterclass from any of the acts involved (including another lazy Wayne feature), but it’s mainstream fare that should knock nicely in your vehicle of choice. Free grab below.

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Funkmaster Flex-Who You Mad At? Me or Yourself? (Mixtape)

56 tracks. Seriously.

Fair play to Funk Flex for this though, as the lineup is unbelievable and essentially a snapshot of mainstream hip-hop at this moment in time. Appearances include A$AP Rocky, Joey Bada$$, Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, Childish Gambino, Fabolous, Action Bronson, Slaughterhouse, Young Jeezy and many, many more; for a full list, check out the back artwork over at Funk’s place. Many of the tracks from this tape have leaked out individually in the last 24 hours too, and thankfully they’re tagless versions, with one notable example being the Joey Bada$$ effort on the mixtape. If you’re after any of the other individual tracks, I’m sure a quick Google search can help you there, otherwise grab the bumper project for free below.

Funkmaster Flex-Who You Mad At? Me or Yourself?

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Hit-Boy presents HS87-All I've Ever Dreamed Of (Album)

I’ve been looking forward to this for weeks. As a fan of all four acts on the roster, there are certain to be plenty of strong tracks with longevity on this, with the first few tastes of the project (here and here) being better than most of the tripe hip-hop is producing these days.

For many, it’ll be a good introduction to the talents of Audio Push and K. Roosevelt, with the former being compared by many to the Clipse (a debate for another time), and the latter being one of the better all-round talents to emerge in recent months. You can stream it at the new MySpace, download it here. Your call.

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Hit-Boy-Cypher ft. Kent M$NEY, Audio Push, B Mac The Queen, SchoolBoy Q, Casey Veggies, Xzibit, Rick Ross, Method Man, Redman & Raekwon

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An incredible lineup here, for the latest single from HS87′s upcoming All I’ve Ever Dreamed Of album.

Over the last 2 years, there’s no doubt Hit-Boy has become one of the go-to producers in music (he’s proven himself as an MC too), and that’s clearly allowed him to bring these names together. Each rapper involved exchanges enjoyable short verses in true cypher style (no hook, of course), and each brings a definitively unique offering; arguably, no-one’s verse is delivered quite as distinctly as ScHoolboy Q’s here. His slightly offbeat raps certainly catch the ear, and though there are better verses in terms of flow consistency and lyrical output, with Raekwon being an obvious example, credit to Q for trying something different. Not sure why Ross gets a different production segment, but it’s a nice break from the throwback production that everyone else gets, though it does seem to give him a bit of an advantageous playing field. Nonetheless, a good slice of hip-hop with a very diverse collection of rappers who will keep this track interesting for many plays to come.

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Audio Push-Them N****s ft. Hit-Boy (Video)

Part of Hit-Boy’s HS87 label, Audio Push’s (who made my 13 for ’13) enjoyable Inland Empire tape dropped at the backend of 2012, with this track being the pick of the bunch. It’s also set to feature on the upcoming HS87 compilation album, All I’ve Ever Dreamed Of, and is a great choice to introduce listeners to the collective.

A mainstay of my playlists in recent months, this is the stuff you turn up loud and get a little wild with it. It’s lively, buzzing and energetic, with the intense Hit-Boy production (which has become one of my favourite beats of his) complementing the passionate raps of Oktane and Pricetag, who definitely shake off the Jerkin’ tag with this one. The stuttery nature and midtempo pacing helps to amplify the rapped work, as Hit-Boy opens with a slick, easygoing delivery before Audio Push step in and take the energy of the track through the roof, both with their likeable raps and highly animated performances. The anthemic hook caps things off on the audio, whilst the video’s general desolation, darkness and lavish touches give the performers a clean, rarely distracting backdrop to work in front of. Great audio, solid video and be on the lookout for that album on Tuesday.

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LA Leakers-The 2013 Draft Picks (Mixtape)

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Sourmilk and Justin Credible (props to those who associate that name with the old wrestler) have built up quite the name for themselves over the last couple of years as the LA Leakers, and their status as pre-eminent West Coast DJs is verified with this collection of unreleased tracks and remixes from some huge names.

Ryan Leslie, Wale, Pac Div, A$AP Rocky and Problem are amongst the established names contributing, whilst Ryan McDermott, Audio Push and Trinidad James are part of the very talented and/or popular upcomers featured here. For the mainstream and middle-ground hip-hop heads, there’s no reason you wouldn’t be grabbing this and I’ll delay you no further-head below for the free stream and grab.

LA Leakers-The 2013 Draft Picks

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