My internet has been out for days, so I apologise for the delay. That being said, hip-hop’s current malaise means even obvious releases like this are completely slipping under my radar. I generally enjoy Game’s material, but even he hasn’t escaped the effects of my boredom with rap as of late.
Nonetheless, it’ll be a project I’m certainly going to give a go, if only for the inevitable handful of car-ready highlights that will emerge. Game’s usual running buddies turn up, alongside some of the newer breed, with features from Chris Brown, Lil’ Wayne, Nipsey Hu$$le, ScHoolboy Q, Diddy, Elijah Blake and K. Roosevelt amongst many more, whilst the production lineup boasts appearances from Cool & Dre, DJ Mustard and League of Starz. It’s pretty much everything a mainstream hip-hop head needs, and is available to stream and download below.
On the back of the first two tapes in the Dreamchasers series, Meek’s carved out a very strong position in the mainstream hip-hop scene, and certainly ranks as one of MMG’s more recognisable names. Credit to Meek then for sticking with the mixtape scene, despite the fact he could have probably put half of these tracks onto an EP and made a lot of money; clearly, he just wants to get a lot of product out there, and that’s to be appreciated.
Features on this are big-name heavy, as you’d expect, with Diddy, Nicki Minaj, Fabolous, Future, Jadakiss and Ma$e appearing alongside MMG leader Rick Ross, whilst the producer lineup boasts Cardo, Boi-1da, Key Wane and even the massively-forgotten Scott Storch. Meek’s proven himself a very versatile rapper, so expect a couple of club hits, speaker rattlers and maybe a more introspective track or two. Either way, mainstream heads will be grabbing this one- do so for free below.
Meek Mill-Dreamchasers 3
Plenty of new material this week, in what has been a very active week for the R&B and pop scene. Well, that’s probably a half-truth as there’s only really the one post to recap on from this week’s posts, with the official visuals for Nikki & Rich’s breakout single with Fabolous surfacing.
Very interesting lineup in this week’s episode, with man-of-the-moment Frank Ocean lining up alongside such current luminaries as Chris Brown, Trey Songz and many more. No throwback this week as there has been quite a chunk of new material to get through, but there’s lots of good stuff to get into regardless. Click below to collect your winnings.
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Genuine reason on the delay this week: I wasn’t happy with the amount of good quality material as of yesterday afternoon, but the R&B/pop world has delivered in the last 24 hours or so to make sure that situation has improved.
Not too much to recap on from the past week, with only the three related items: UK starlet Jodie Connor released her newest single, fellow homegrown upcomer Jaya released a new video featuring two prominent MCs, and Mike Posner let loose of official visuals for his collaboration with Lil’ Wayne.
Click below for this week’s R&B fix.
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Very, very interesting project here. The Dirty Money trio let go of an official mixtape release, comprised of both unreleased material from recording sessions, and remixes of tracks from their hugely successful (and pretty enjoyable) Last Train To Paris album.
One of the tracks from this actually surfaced a day or two ago (I was saving it for R&B Friday!), and was a very listenable R&B-style remix to their club anthem Ass On The Floor, retooled by The-Dream and Tricky Stewart. On that basis (and of course, the style of their album), I expect this mixtape to provide some pretty solid R&B work in a fairly empty scene right now. Download link below, tracklist even further below that.
Diddy-Dirty Money-LoveLove vs. HateLove Mixtape
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Probably one of the best tracks on their Last Train to Paris album, the Dirty Money trio let loose of yet another video from the project.
I was actually quite glad to see this album has recieved fairly widespread critical acclaim, as I still see a few vituperative comments about the mainstream style they’ve gone with: facts are, they make it sound far, far less generic than most mainstream acts, and certainly do a good job of adding a more mature, edgier feel to the R&B style. I’m a big fan of how they acknowledge the gender roles in the group by ‘responding’ to one another in their verses, which adds a new and rarely-used dimension to the music.
Solid production on this track, being made up primarily of a quick piano loop that’s captivating and lively, whilst Kalenna and Dawn deliver in spades with the vocals as they switch between smooth, laidback verses to energetic, passionate choruses with relative ease. The video is pretty simple, with specific colour blocks used for the three seperate ‘scenarios’ giving it a consistent feel that emphasises the audio appropriately. LTTP available on iTunes now!
Oddly, I was actually in the process of finally listening to Diddy-Dirty Money’s Last Train To Paris album yesterday, and lo and behold Diddy had liberated a remix by one of Netherlands’ finest, Chuckie.
The original is definitely one of the stronger tracks on the album, and this remix completely alters the R&B/pop feel of the track into a huge electro/dance effort. The first third of the track is very heavy on the electro synths, and almost verges on techno at times, but it’s within the middle portion that the track really shines as the superb vocals of the original are layered over a piano-driven melody that supplements the club vibe of the track nicely. Worth a listen for the electro heads.
Diddy-Dirty Money-I Hate That You Love Me (Chuckie’s Marquee Remix)
To me, the early hours of ‘Saturday’ count as Friday, so welcome to the first on-time R&B Friday in a few weeks!
Not a great deal to recap on this week, with the only notables being another official remix to Lloyd’s Lay It Down, and an all-British collaboration from Alesha Dixon and Jay Sean. However, it’s more than made up for with this week’s episode: with almost 20 tracks from the likes of Trey Songz, Pitbull and many more, there’s lots to enjoy and keep you going until next week.
Want some? Come get some.
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Once again, it’s not quite a Friday. However, with the busy Christmas/New Year period over, hopefully these will be back on regular schedule from next week!
The past week has seen some pretty interesting R&B/pop pieces: Duck Sauce came through with a great remix of Chromeo and Elly Jackson’s single, the well-respected Jackie Boyz dropped off a mixtape, Marsha Ambrosius delivered an incredibly thoughtful video, Eminem remixed Dirty Money’s Hello, Good Morning, and we were also treated to two more Dirty Money remixes. Click below for this week’s instalment.
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Leaked a few days ago with tags all over it (you know how much I hate those), here goes the tagless version for you lovely folk to enjoy.
Essentially, it’s the same club banger the original was, but with the added intensity and quality of an Eminem verse. He comes through with a much more humorous and light-hearted lyrical set here, though still manages to cram in some nice wordplay and high-speed flows. Solid remix, and definitely worth grabbing for the jovial Em verse.
Dirty Money-Hello, Good Morning Remix ft. Eminem
Two very different remixes Diddy liberated recently on Twitter of Dirty Money’s single.
The first is an electro remix by Felix Da Housecat, and certainly doesn’t skimp on the dance vibes. I’m not too keen on the version, but purely because I preferred the more relaxed synths of the original, and frankly I’m not the biggest electro head in the world. However, those who do like that sort of music will definitely enjoy this a great deal. The second is actually a mash-up with the ubiquitous Pon De Floor, and matches up (in terms of tempo) quite nicely. Being a mash-up, those drifty synths are left in for the most part, with the odd burst of Pon De Floor‘s melody giving the track a stronger club vibe. Arguably, that melody is a bit overbearing for this sort of track, but it’s worth a listen either way.
Dirty Money-Ass On The Floor (Felix Da Housecat Electro Remix)
Dirty Money-Ass On The Floor (Pon De Floor Mashup)
Diddy just let this one loose on Twitter, and I assume it’s the official remix to the track. Once again, a T-Pain remix has become part of the official remix (Black and Yellow being the other example), and it’s a good thing as his remixes have been very good in recent weeks.
We do also have to deal with a Gucci Mane verse, though in honesty it’s not too terrible and does fit in line with the track fairly well. However, it has to be said that Pain’s contribution is certainly the highlight, as he throws in a new intro, as well as retaining his contributions to the hook and adlibs.
Dirty Money-Loving You No More Remix ft. T-Pain and Gucci Mane
The SIXTH video from the Dirty Money album (and it’s not even out until tomorrow!), and once again they’ve got it just right. Say what you want about Diddy, but when it comes to R&B and mainstream hip-hop, he’s absolutely nailed it down with incredible consistency this year.
I’m a huge fan of this track, and fully believe this is Swizzy’s best production of the year. The airy synths are contrasted superbly by a speedy percussion that you wouldn’t normally associate with the synth/melody style, and its held together by fantastic vocals. That blend of variation is visualised perfectly with dark, winter landscapes mirroring the atmospheric synths, and the energy of the production represented by the movement and passion of all involved artists.
Yet another fantastic audio-visual combination from these guys, and I’m genuinely surprised at just how right they’ve got this project. Audio is available here.
Flying ever quicker towards that milestone 100th episode, episode 78 stops off at many of your favourite artists, having already done so a few times this week: we were given the new Michael Jackson video, R. Kelly then covered one of MJ’s biggest hits (as well as turning back the clock with some live performances), and Tinie Tempah unleashed his latest video.
However, it’s been the upcoming names that have really shone this past 7 days, with Jesse Boykins releasing the highlight of this week’s R&B/soul and Theophilus London adding a modern spin to Tweet’s Oops, courtesy of a Lindsay Lohan assist.
Cast your eyes and cursors downwards for more meaty (or soya) chunks of music.
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By my count, this is the 5th video from the album so far, with at least two others (Ass On The Floor and Lookin’ For Love) in the works. Unbelievable effort really, and they’ve all been relatively decent which certainly makes it worth making more. Given that the album is recieving widespread praise too, there seems to be no reason to stop pushing the project.
This track is probably the most ‘hip-hop’ I’ve heard thus far from Last Train To Paris, being driven almost solely by a simple, open percussion line and a soul-sampled hook. Very minimal production, but one that will certainly appeal to the hip-hop fans, with a fittingly-simple video to further enhance that appeal. LTTP is released everywhere next week.
Another very fitting video from the Dirty Money trio. Diddy, Dawn and Kalenna put together a deserted, lonely and searching video that fits with the bittersweet nature of the audio, and adds a well-rounded set of visuals to their most ‘complete’ song to date.
The isolation adds further emphasis to Diddy’s rhymes, which as mentioned when reviewing the audio, are surprisingly heartfelt and sincere. Not packing videos with complex storylines and thematics tends to retain the identity of the audio/lyrics, and doesn’t muddle that image with additional messages: it’s the right move for this track, as the simple and effective visuals add weight to the tone and vibe of the track.
Audio can be found here.
Swizz Beatz hits us up with his latest Monster Monday track, this time with Dirty Money taking the spotlight, and I can’t really say I’m much of a fan of this in all honesty. The track to me seems to be a little over-produced if anything, and its definitely a case of less would be more. However, it has to be said that I’m starting to warm to Swizz’s hooks, and once again he’s delivered one that’s bound to stick in your head throughout the day.
Download the track for free from here
Decent beat, decent chorus, decent enough lyrics. So why am I not impressed with yet another Game leak? Well for a start, as I’ve stated before, Pharell’s production just doesn’t suit Game, but this track just also sounds so incredibly generic.
The addition to Diddy on this is just pointless and makes little sense. Game you need to step it up, and I say this as one of your biggest fans.
On the brightside I’m confident this is just a throwaway track, and that we’ll be hearing some Cool & Dre (as well as Dr. Dre!) produced Game tracks at some point, which will bring Game back to his high standards. Don’t let me put you off though, you may like this. As I say the beat, chorus and lyrics are all decent enough, it’s just not my cup of proverbial tea.
The Game – Red Bottoms ft. Diddy Edit: Link removed at request of the record label. Understandably (given how poor the song is) they didn’t want this track out there.
Official video for what was a massive moment for Grime music, and Skepta himself. Hopefully we will see some more US hip-hop artists collaborate with our compatriots, we’ve seen B.o.B collab with Giggs, and recently Jay-Z has given Tinie Tempah the thumbs up, so I’m sure we’ll see more of that happening over the next few years. What I would personally like to see is these same US artists helping to break the UK ones over in the US, without our artists sacrificing their true sound.
Anyway, the video itself is pretty decent, for what is very much a ‘dark’ club track we have some scenes in a club and scenes out in the streets to give the song that added feel of authenticity. A few cameos too from what I saw, (Chipmunk and possibly Rodney P!?).
Audio can be squirrelled from here.
I’m beginning to think these demo ‘leaks’ aren’t accidental. Two new Dirty Money tracks drop, and are very closely preceded/succeeded by the original demos? To be honest, it’s a good move as it’s essentially music that would otherwise be collecting dust, and doesn’t hurt anyone’s revenue as its only a demo.
My appreciation for this production grows with every listen, not least as it’s incredibly versatile. Ross is tolerable on this, although I’d take Diddy/Dirty Money’s version ahead of Ross’, purely from a consistency perspective as it fits in line with Diddy’s recent material more than it does Ross’.
Rick Ross-Looking For Love ft. Usher
It’s always exciting when this happens. Although this demo actually leaked before the final Dirty Money version, it only struck me what it was after listening to the DM track.
Aside from having Cole on the verses in place of Diddy, the track is the same from a production and hook standpoint. It’s interesting how a change of personnel can really alter the feel of a track: it feels much closer to a hip-hop track with Cole involved, and it’s a shame they didn’t retain at least one of his verses. Quite surprisingly though, Diddy’s 2nd verse is probably stronger than Cole’s by virtue of having a much more personal touch. However, Cole does a great job with his first verse, and as previously stated adds a much stronger hip-hop vibe.
J. Cole-I’m Coming Home (Demo) ft. Dirty Money
Premiered at a Major League Baseball game earlier today, the latest release from Last Train To Paris represents a marked change in direction for the trio.
Production-wise, a strong pop/R&B undercurrent manifests itself as an uplifting, motivational effort, with that core built on by some bittersweet raps from Diddy: many of the lyrics are regretful and reflective, particularly in the first two verses, but are delivered with a positive inflection that masks the gravity and emotion of them. Creatively, it’s the best move for this track as it meshes with the upbeat flavour of the production, adding consistency and flow to the track and allowing for a better segue into the comparative optimism of the final verse. It also builds to a well-delivered hook, as Dawn and Kalenna come through with uplifting, memorable vocal work. One of the stronger tracks from the trio, and probably the most rounded as a song.
Dirty Money-I’m Coming Home
A strong choice for their next single, the Dirty Money trio and Drake drop off a decent video that fits the audio nicely.
The track has a very lonely, inner voice feel and that’s emphasised well here with the various isolated Diddy scenes, alongside the blank, lifeless colour schemes and scenery utilised throughout. I’ve developed a lot of appreciation for Drake’s verse in this track, and if you actually give it a good listen it’s got some very poignant lines: specifically, I really liked ‘how come every time that you’re suspicious I’m a liar?’.
Audio can be smuggled out of here.
Lots of big hip-hop acts involved in the three collaborations here, which I put on the backburner slightly.
All of them are solid, with the Diddy/Ross track boasting a relaxing beat that will win many admirers. The Busta/50 track has some real potential, with a slightly dark feel that suits all involved parties nicely. The final track is a remix of this one and has some great features, the highlight being Luda and Twista’s contributions.
Bugatti Boyz (Rick Ross and Diddy)-Fontaine Bleau ft. Masspike Miles
Busta Rhymes-80′s Baby ft. Wyclef Jean & 50 Cent
Sean Garrett-She Geeked (Remix) ft. Busta Rhymes, Ludacris & Twista
A warmup for R&B Friday, and really decent stuff too. Rumoured to be on the upcoming Dirty Money album, this track has Diddy back on his rapping tip for the verses, and also boasts some smooth vocals from Usher on the hook.
The production is very similar to some of the other Dirty Money leaks, with a pulsating and deep bassline complimented by both slowed-down techno elements and hip-hop percussion: it’s a production style I quite like, as it feels futuristic but isn’t high-tempo enough to remove the hip-hop feel. Good track all-round, grab it below.
Diddy-Lookin’ For Love ft. Usher
I’m sure you can forgive me for this being a couple of days late: having no laptop sort of makes things a little difficult! Hence, I’ll not keep you too long out here in the cold and away from the R&B.
Whilst I’m told the pre-episode recaps are going down well, in the interests of time you can take care of it yourself for this week by clicking the R&B category at the top of this page, which should fill you in appropriately. Click on for this week’s episode.
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Nice little banger here, how could expect any different with Rick Ross and Diddy? Love them or hate them, they make music that sounds pretty good in your cars.
This, predictably, has a great beat along with some lyrics that aren’t particularly anything special. Download link below.
Bugatti Boyz (Diddy & Rick Ross) – Another One
Bit of a weird track, which perhaps signifies the direction Diddy’s next album Last Train To Paris is going to be taking. Lil’ Wayne on this track seems like a bit of a waste (you’ll hear what I mean when you listen to this song), but Justin Timberlake saves the day and makes this track weird in a good way rather than weird in a “wtf is this sh*t!?” kind of way.
Diddy – Shades ft. Lil Wayne & Justin Timberlake