The story of Makonnen is quite touching: a weirdo kid out of place in Atlanta knocking on virtually every door possible only to have them all slammed in his face until finally striking a friendship/working relationship with rising local producers Metro Boomin and (later) Sonny Digital. This relationship led to the creation of “Tuesday”, Makonnen’s smash hit. Makonnen, now signed to Drake’s OVO imprint, is keeping busy, and today we are introduced to MikeWiLLMakonnen (Mike WiLL Made It x Makonnen). You may listen to their wistful new track “Wishin’ You Well” after the jump.
Childish Gambino’s DJ Drama hosted Gangsta Grillz mixtape is here. That’s right, you read that correctly: a Childish Gambino Gangsta Grillz mixtape. Hip-hop has really come a looong way from Lil Wayne spitting over the now infamous “Cannon” beat to Gambino. STN MTN finds Donald Glover’s rap alter ego Childish Gambino utilizing the platform as a half mixtape/half EP. For the STN MTN portion of the project Gambino will freestyle over some notable beats including “Move That Dope” and “Southern Hospitality” alongside original material. There’s also a concept at play here, something about money made from the EP keeping Kauai clean? Who truly knows when you’re dealing with Gambino. Stream/download STN MTN after the jump.
In case you’ve been wondering where Ludacris has been he excuses his absence at the beginning of his “Hot N***a” freestyle. And although Luda may seem a tad bit late to the party (Bobby Shmurda’s “Hot N***a” was released as a single in July) he delivers a focused and downright aggressive freestyle. We must say, it’s a welcome addition to all the lousy “Hot N***a” freestyles and remixes we’ve heard so far this year. Luda’s still got it, that’s for sure. Listen after the jump.
Young Thug’s breakout single from late last year “Danny Glover” finally gets the proper visual treatment it rightfully deserves. The track that had the hip-hop world buzzing (see: both Drake and Kanye dancing in the club) receives a hyper-stylized treatment with Thugger and Birdman chilling in a gloomy, Sin City-esque world full of debauchery. After the jump!
Young Thug to the rescue! It’s safe to say if you’re in desperate need for a dope hook or unique verse to set your song over the top then Thugger is your go-to guy. And on DJ Drama’s “Right Back” that very notion rings true, as Thugger Thugger handles hook duties, chorus duties, and has the most memorable verse amongst Young Jeezy and Rich Homie Quan. The Young Thug stimulus package is too strong. Listen after the jump for proof.
Gucci once stated he’s “…the god of making music people trap to” and with the incessant flooding of the streets with bangers it’s evident that Big Guwop wasn’t playing. His Trap God series is perhaps the best example of the aforementioned. And for the upcoming third installment of the Trap God series Gucci teams up with master ATL producer Zaytoven for “So Hoody”. After the jump.
2 Chainz stands by his reputation as a reliable feature artist by giving Jessie J a helping hand on her latest song “Burnin’ Up”. The song is the first single from Jessie’s forthcoming Sweet Talker album, out Oct. 14. Listen after the jump.
Cam’ron’s 1st of the Month is due out (appropriately) October 1st and he has recently shared “Snapped” from it. The track was first heard as a snippet on Cam’s Ghetto Heaven Vol. 1. Now Cam has made the full track available with 2 Chainz’s full verse intact. Check out the track after the jump.
CyHi the Prynce’s Black Hystori Project mixtape is one of the best, most overlooked projects of the year. And with music videos accompanying many of the project’s tracks, it’s only right that CyHi continues delivering the visual goods to his music. In “Guitar Melody” CyHi positions himself as a lover, declaring all women as Goddesses. Check out the official video after the jump.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock somewhere you’ve probably heard the name Metro Boomin by now. The “New Atlanta” producer is on everybody’s list of hot producers to work with and in a short amount of time he’s already amassed quite an impressive resume. Crazy thing is, the producer is only 21-years-old! And to celebrate his 21st birthday, Metro has shared a music video of a new song featuring Rich Homie Quan. Check out “Too Short” after the jump.