Joey Bada$$ took to Twitter on Monday morning to unveil his latest project, the Summer Knights mixtape. The mixtape includes tons of guest spots and producers, including Pro Era members and friends. Pro Era's Kirk Knight, Nyck Caution and Dirty Sanchez drop verses throughout. So do frequent collaborators Chuck Strangers, who also help out with production. Lee Bannon, Oddisee, The Alchemist, DJ Premier and more were also tapped for production, leading to a solid 17-track album. This is definitely a big step up for Joey Bada$$ and Pro Era. Download and stream Summer Knights via Joey's tweet, and check out his new video for "95 Til Infinity" below.
For those who haven't heard Kanye West's new album Yeezus, stop what you're doing right now and listen to it. Yeah, you might hate, or you might love it. Either way, it's a definitive moment in his career, an anti-pop album from a very mainstream artist. Amidst all the craziness that is Yeezus are a slew of samples, from TNGHT to Snoop Dogg to Marilyn Manson and many more. The folks at Babylon Cartel have been kind enough to compile every song Yeezy sampled into a free 55-minute mixtape. Stream or download it below.
To all the unaware people out there, Kanye's Yeezus officially released today.
Yeezus: The Samples: 01. Intro ( Prod By Gianni Lee ) 02. Holy Name of Mary Choral Family – He’ll Give Us What We Really Need (On Sight) 03. Marilyn Manson – The Beautiful People (Black Skinhead) 04. Capleton – Forward Inna Dem Clothes (I Am A God) 05. Omega, Omega – Gyöngyhajú lány (New Slaves) 06. Rahul Dev Burman, Asha Bhosle, Manna Dey – Are Zindagi Hai Khel (I Am A God) 07. Kenny Lattimore – Lately (I’m In It) 08. Nina Simone – Strange Fruit (Blood On The Leaves) 09. TNGHT – R U Ready (Blood On The Leaves) 10. Snoop Dogg – Down 4 My N’s – (Blood On The Leaves) 11. Lords Of The Underground – Chief Rocka (Guilt Trip) 12. Pusha T ft Popcann Travis Scott – Blocka (Guilt Trip) 13. Beenie Man – Memories (Send It Up) 14. Wee – Aeroplane (Reprise) (Bound 2) 16. Ponderosa Twins Plus One – Bound (Bound 2) 16. Brenda Lee – Sweet Nothin (Bound 2)
It's always awesome to be a Doomtree fan! Especially this year with the multiple releases that the crew has put out like Lazerbeak's Lava Bangers, the Doomtree crew album No Kings, Paper Tiger's Summer EP and free Beat Tape and the upcoming album from P.O.S.We Don't Even Live Here, it's hard not be excited and supportive of one of hip hop's best if not THE BEST collective there is out there. Why do you think they are called "Team The Best Team"?
In addition to all the releases I listed above, we get another album from Doomtree member, Z3R0K00L himself Mike Mictlan titled SNAXXX. The album is the first solo release from Mike since his collaborative record with Doomtree producer Lazerbeak, Hand Over Fist. However, unlike most of Doomtree's releases, Mictlan's SNAXXX features one cut of Doomtree production by Paper Tiger while the majority of the album is produced by newcomer 2% Muck (Tha Clerb, Spyder Baybie Raw Dog) and also features some of the midwest's up and coming rappers such as Lizzo, Greg Grease, Spyder Baybie Raw Dog and Freez but also features Doomtree partner-in-crime P.O.S. for 2 tracks on the album.
It's a bit of change of the normal formula that we are used to from members of the crew but it's still a dope record nonetheless. You can stream the album below and then head to group's bandcamp site to download the record for free or by naming your own price if you wish to show support. WHICH YOU SHOULD ALWAYS DO! So that dope artists like Mike keep continuing doing what you and them love and thats putting out good music. Need more convincing (you shouldn't) peep the awesome promo above.
You can also pick up the album in physical form in a sweet deluxe package of the album titled SNAXXX PAXXX, which includes an autographed 15 track CD, multi-colored screen printed t-shirt, 11x17 3D SNAXXX Magic Eye Poster, 2 different stickers, and a gummy pizza candy, all packaged inside of a special screen printed "MIKE'S SNAXXX" pizza box. There have only been 300 physical PAXXX created, so get your ass to the Doomtree Store and pick one of those up as fast as you can.
Mike will be on tour with P.O.S. in support of his new album We Don't Even Live Here dropping this month. Check out the tour dates after the jump.
P.O.S We Don't Even Live Here Tour!! w/Bad Rabbits and Mike Mictlan
It's been nearly a year since we heard anything from Yak Skywalker who was releasing his new album Gas Galaxy track by track each month. But after several months of silence Yak has decided to drop his brand new LP for free. That's right, free. Take a listen to The Weathermen member's album below, co-produced by the homie Chapter 7 and features dope artwork by Oliver Cartwright as well as remixes by Lunice and Circuit Bored. Just some good hip hop for your weekend. Enjoy.
Animal Kingdom was one of those bands that totally caught us off guard but in the best possible way on our first listen. You may remember a few months back when we loved on their video for their single, "Strange Attractor" so much that we included them on our April Mixtape. Since then we have added their new album, The Looking Away to our summer rotation and have yet to regret that decision.
We are happy to report that the band has ventured to the US of A for a string of dates, which kicks off tonight in Philadelphia, PA and runs through mid-August. Even better: if you happen to be living in the greater NYC area we have a pair of tickets to give away to tomorrow night's (7/25) show at Mercury Lounge.
Want to come dance along side us tomorrow night at Merc? Leave us a comment before 11:30am EDT tomorrow (7/25) telling us something that you're strangely attracted to. A winner will be chosen at random and notified shortly afterwards. Show is 21+ so make sure you're old enough before you enter.
Don't live in NYC? Make sure you catch these guys [hopefully] in a neighborhood near you. They'll also be making appearances at Lollapalooza and Outside Lands so make sure you keep an eye out for them if you're headed that way as well.
Animal Kingdom - Tour Dates
JULY 24 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda's 25 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge 26 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall 30 - Albany, NY - Jullian's 31 - Columbus, OH - The Basement
AUGUST 03 - Chicago, IL - Lollapalooza 04 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock 05 - Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room 07 - Colorado Springs, CO - Black Sheep 08 - Denver, CO - Marquis Theatre 09 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court 11 - San Francisco, CA - Outsidelands Music and Arts Festival 12 - Santa Ana, CA - Constellation Room 14 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour 16 - San Diego, CA - Soda Bar 17 - Santa Barbara, CA - Soho Room
El-P, Despot, Killer Mike, and Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire will begin their Into The Wild Tour tomorrow night, and to celebrate they've released a free mixtape for fans to download. The mixtape, created with the help of Trackstar the DJ, consists of songs from each of their respective discographies, including El-P's "Tougher, Colder, Killer" and Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire's "Huzzah." Head here to download the Into The Wild Tour mixtape for free, and after the jump you can take a look at the tracklisting for the mixtape along with the collective's tour dates.
Into The Wild Mixtape Track list:
Trackstar the DJ/Maurice Sendak - Intro
El-P/Killer Mike/Despot – Tougher Colder Killer
Mr. Muthaf*ckin eXquire – Huzzah
Killer Mike/El-P – Butane
El-P – Drones Over BKLYN
Killer Mike – Ghetto Gospel
El-P – Stay Down
Killer Mike – Untitled
Despot – Get Rich or Try Dying
Mr. Muthaf*ckin eXquire – Aggin Laer
El-P/Mr. Muthaf*ckin eXquire/Danny Brown – Oh Hail No
You've seen us obsessing over The Neighbourhood for a few months now as they've slowly introduced themselves to us track by track with songs like "Female Robbery" and "Sweater Weather". Well now you can be a full-fledge fan with us by grabbing their debut EP I'm Sorry in exchange for the ability to receive updates on your soon-to-be favorite new band.
The band has a couple of dates in California this month. Make sure you have a look at the dates over on their Facebook page.
Chromatics' fantastic fourth studio album Kill for Loveis easily one of the best albums of the year so far, and today the Portland outfit has shown that they are highly appreciative of their fans and they support they give. The band has released a stripped down, DRUMLESS version of Kill for Love and are offering it for free for anyone and everyone to download. Below, you can stream the drumless version of "The Page," and head here to download Kill for Love (DRUMLESS). As well, after the jump, you can take a look at the tracklisting for the percussion-free album, as well as the band's upcoming tour dates.
Chromatics – Kill for Love (DRUMLESS):
01. The Page 02. These Streets Will Never Look the Same 03. Lady 04. Kill for Love 05. At Your Door 06. Back From the Grave 07. A Matter of Time 08. Candy 09. The River 10. There’s a Light Out on the Horizon 11. Into the Black
Chromatics 2012 Tour Dates: 05/12 – Mexico City, MX @ Auditorio Blackberry # 05/30 – Copenhagen, DK @ Distortion Festival 05/31 – Paris, FR @ La Gaîté Lyrique 06/02 – Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound 06/04 – Dublin, IE @ Forbidden Fruit Festival 06/06 – London, UK @ Village Underground 06/07 – Rome, IT @ TBA 06/08 – Milan, IT @ TBA 06/09 – Brussels, BE @ Brussels Film Fest 06/29-07/01 – Rothbury, MI @ Electric Forest 07/13 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue * 07/14 – Chicago, IL @ TBA 07/17 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues * 07/21 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Electric Factory * 07/22 – Brooklyn, NY @ Fixed x Dog and Pony at Dekalb Market