Masspike Miles-Flatline ft. Wiz Khalifa (Video)

As each week goes by, an upcoming R&B artists reminds me that they still exists, and those individual pieces are really coming together to recover that scene. Masspike’s one that I enjoy but often don’t credit enough, and here’s a good opportunity to do so.

Admittedly, this production caught my ear as it also backs Lloyd Banks’ Live It Up, one of the highlights from his V6: The Gift mixtape (which I’ve been listening to relentlessly recently), though it originally belongs to Miles. Hence, though it may be the wrong way around in terms of actual chronology, this release provides a fresh take on that excellent production, with Miles delivering well. Masspike’s vocals are passionate but delivering in a stop-start manner that allows the thumping production room to breathe and shine, with its bassy nature working against Miles’ shrill voice well, though Wiz’s approach is arguably a little too laidback, and hence he gets thoroughly swallowed within the beat’s intensity.

The clip is simple enough, giving Miles some valuable face time, and most importantly capitalising on the production’s energy with rapid scene shifts, busy, high activity scenes and rightfully making no attempt at telling a story. It’s an easy watch that definitely amps up the audio’s intensity, and you can grab it on Masspike’s Skky Miles 2 project now. Don’t miss out on that Banks version above either.

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Masspike Miles-Skky Miles 2: Cozmic Cloudz (Mixtape)

Masspike is legitimately one of the most overlooked talents on the R&B scene today. Admittedly, he doesn’t brand himself ideally, with a rather aggressive stage name, mispelling of ‘sky’ and excessive use of the letter ‘z’ (it annoys me), but track-for-track his output over the last 18 months has comfortably been up there with his more revered peers.

The prequel to this project found its way to collections everywhere a mere 5 months ago, and Miles caps off a critically-successful year with this 15-track release. Features include Gunplay, Wiz Khalifa and Havoc, whilst the production credits suggest there’s going to be a nice diversity across the soundscapes offered. I know many of you are pining for some new, substantial R&B material and you could do much worse than grab this freebie. Do precisely that below.

Masspike Miles-Skky Miles 2: Cozmic Cloudz

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Masspike Miles-Skky Miles EP

The R&B game hasn’t provided much by way of quality for months now, but Masspike Miles is one of the few emerging artists who has delivered some good material.

As far as EPs go this is actually relatively lengthy, coming in at a healthy 10 tracks, whilst the MMG crooner grabs a few rappers along for verses with appearances from Ace Hood, Wiz Khalifa and Torch. If you’re unfamiliar with this guy’s work, I’d highly recommend giving his previous and recent releases a look over here, and I’m sure that’ll fully convince you to head below and pick up this free EP.

Masspike Miles-Skky Miles

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Masspike Miles-Killa

Maybach Music’s best kept secret, and he’s rapidly become one of R&B’s best kept secret’s too. His material since the turn of the year has been top drawer, and frankly I’m surprised MMG haven’t utilised his talents more. This one was dropped earlier this week and is set for his upcoming Skky Miles project (not a typo).

The production is a brilliant blend of soft and energetic, combining smooth, airy synth work with punchy percussion, amongst many other elements, for a superb backdrop with a lot of depth. Masspike’s vocals follow the same style, with his delivery being a little more restrained in the verses before he takes on a much more passionate delivery for the bridge, whilst the hook work actually lies somewhere in between. The latter vocals make for a nice surprise, as he doesn’t go for overkill with the hook and instead rides along the beat with a confidence and poise that belies his status as a relative upcomer. Enjoyable effort, looking forward to Skky Miles.

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R&B Fridays: Episode 144

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(One to catch up on: newcomer Jade Alston’s excellent Searching)

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R&B Fridays: Episode 135

I wanted to open this week’s episode with a breakdown of why the number 135 was special. Turns out, nothing of any significance is tied to the number, so that’s that.

A few decent posts to recap on from the week gone by, with Ed Sheeran and Yelawolf teaming up for the first track from their upcoming EP, John Legend hooking up with Ludacris for a solid R&B jam, the excellent Elle Varner dropping off a brand new mixtape for her fans to enjoy, and finally a fantastic chillout instrumental from MeLo-X.

All caught up? Good. Feel free to resume your browsing by clicking below for this week’s instalment. There’s also a surprise new feature included in this episode that we’ve been requested to add for some time. Mysterious.
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Hip-Hop Collaboration Catch Up

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

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J. Cardim/Styles P/Tuge/Masspike Miles/French Montana - What You Sayin’

I don’t know why, but I wasn’t expecting much before listening to this…how wrong I was. Styles P and friends go hard on this excellently produced track with a nice addictive chorus too.

J. Cardim – What You Sayin’ ft. Styles P, Tuge Palermo, Masspike Miles & French Montana

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Quest Tha Young'n/Sheek Louch/Termanology

Visuals for Quest Tha Young’n and his lead single Stick Up from his debut album Quest For Greatness.

Make of it what you will. Some pretty crazy flows from Term at the end which makes it, all in all, well worth the watch.

Audio here. You love me really.

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