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This one is a bit of a strange one, but get past it’s initial weirdness and it’s a hidden gem that’s remarkable and refreshing for the Hip Hop landscape. It’s the latest from from Deep 6 Division with an added feature from Charlotte, NC heavyweight Elevator Jay, is a master gem that mixes high level intensity with electronic edge to craft together a track that is equally strong in its lyricism as it is in production value.

While the track can have a repetitive flow at times, it’s got a touch of Danny Brown’s early Fool’s Gold swagger embedded into the piece, and the resulting work indicates that they might have what it takes to continue in the rap game.

On the track itself, this is what Rapper Shane had to say-

“Jay is one of my best friends and favorite rappers. One evening, Jay and I were hanging out drinking beers listening to some of the beats Mike had been making for this Deep 6 project and when the beat for “Ain’t got it” came on, Jay knew it was the one for him. Jay is a Charlotte native who raps with a classic southern, country rap tunes approach so to have him on the Deep 6 project is bit out of his norm… which made for a really rad song. We all out here trying to get paper yet we realize money don’t mean shit in life.. but at the same time its everything when you don’t have any. Mr. West said it best ” having moneys not everything, not having it is”. We just expanded on the topic, when shit gets tough you wanna get bread by any means, day dreaming what life would be like if you robbed a bank etc.. we ain’t them dudes to rob a bank but when you flat broke, dumb shit like that has crossed most peoples minds, but more in a fantasy way. We hollered at our bud Shamus Coneys to cook up a visual for us.. we acquired an ATM, lit that bitch on fire and just rapped outside an abandoned warehouse. The song is pretty to the point so we felt the visual should be as well!

Check out the video below.

It’s been a turbulent couple of weeks, but SRNO and Naaz’s “Stay Sane” is helping us, well, stay sane. The enchanting style and sound of the track is a beautiful blend of electronic and R&B sounds that come together to create something truly fantastic.

Listen to the track below. The track is out via Majestic Casual, and can be purchased here.

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DJ Shiftee has been one of my favorite underground producers, especially when it comes to music made for partying, and I’m especially excited to let everyone know about this stunning track that’s premiering with us today. “Go Preemee” is the latest, and sees the talented producer team up with Brooklyn-based Svpreme Ink, a lyricist who’s complex style shines through in this piece.

With an emotional element to an otherwise beyond catchy song, the two create some truly great magic, and the resulting piece is one for the books.

According to DJ Shiftee-

“I was hanging with Dre (Svpreme Ink’s manager) at a studio session in Atlanta, and he was like, “you need to hear Svpreme.” He played me one of her tracks, and I was immediately sold, “YO! We need to work together.” Turns out Svpreme & I both live in Brooklyn, on the same subway line even, and we clicked musically right away. We had one writing session, where we knocked out 3 songs in a few hours, and then got up the next week at Red Bull NYC to record 2 of them. The first of these is Go Preemee, which is meant to be sort of an anthem for Svpreme (aka PREEMEE), but really for anyone to channel his or her confidence, talent, & swagger.”

… And according to Svpreme Ink- “I was complaining to my manager Dre about how I needed to get inspired with music again. He told me he just linked up with this guy Shiftee at a session in ATL. He told me Shiftee loved the music and his sound would inspire me to try something new so we linked! The vibe was so solid and natural. The energy clicked and the work just happened. The first day, me and DJ Shiftee knocked out 3 or 4 songs, but when we started recording “Go Preemee” we knew it was the one. It’s different than the music I usually make but its a song that gets people moving. It’s happy, it’s a party, I love that and creating it was fun too. It was the inspo I was looking for. Wouldn’t be surprised if you see more work from me and Shiftee in the near future!”

For those of you that don’t know, DJ Shiftee is an esteemed turntablist, producer, and head honcho at Hot Mom USA. Svpreme Ink, originally from Brooklyn, is a Rapper, Writer, Tattooist and Model.

The track will be released on the 28th of this month (it’s this Friday!). Check out the song below.

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It’s Thursday, which means we’re getting ready to put together our weekend playlist, and this one will definitely be blasted during the after hours parts of the long nights we’re about to have in the next couple of days. With a blend of Depeche Mode and Daft Punk’s Tron soundtrack in tow, Piqi Midi compels an unique style. Heartbreak bursts through in the song, and “Don’t Fall In Love With Me” is simultaneously creative and emotionally stirring.

This is what he has to say about the track himself-

“I had just broken up with my ex-girlfriend who took me into a whirlwind of fucked up situations. I was a sucker for love and when I realized I had she was totally playing with me. I felt like “Don’t Fall in Love with Me” was my public service announcement to all women in my life thereafter. I felt that I was never going to fall in love again. That I would never get close to another girl again. I also feel like this is how some girls are after getting let down by a few a too many guys. They grow this hard shell. When you start to show them you’re committed, they get scared and run away.

I made the beat maybe 3 years ago, and the chorus was there. I revisited the instrumental in 2015 after my breakup with a lot of sad feelings (a bit mentally unstable even). I got into the recording booth and literally cried the lyrics so it sounds as if my voice is weeping with pain. I thought it would be fun to exaggerate “Don’t Fall in Love wit Me” and make it a theatrical. I wanted to created this vortex of darkness but make it sonically stylish and minimal. As if it’s cool to be this heart-breaker. I was really inspired by Depeche Mode, and the Human League at this moment and you can feel like in the dark wave synths and drum kits.

For the Video I play a small time criminal in the Gothic city of Prague. He’s making his way up in the world but now he’s under surveillance. His weakness for cheap thrills gets him caught up with a decoy and he now has to leave his girl behind.”

Piqi Midi is a Czech Republic based artist from the US that has been juggling music and work for various years. The NYU alum was formerly one-half of duo The DAT, and is now a solo act embedding himself further into Prague’s alt culture.

Check out the track below.

Burbank, California based producer w. baer has been working with the amazing record label Hush Hush for a while now, and they teamed up yet again to release an eerie, 5-track EP titled “Wait a minute…who am i here?” set for an October 28th release date.

The entire EP resonates hard with the darker themes that naturally begin to flow in as Fall and Winter slowly transition over, and the resulting project is perfectly dropped in time for Halloween. The project title was also inspired by the cult 1987 thriller b-movie The Stepfather, so the synth-heavy darker tones are embedded right into the foundation.

“The Shakes” is the track off the EP that we are premiering today. The eloquent seven and a half minute track is frightening, moving, and emotion evoking; the song itself is film-esque in it’s structure and narrative, and the result is one you need to hear for yourself.

Listen to the track below.

LA based rappers Gavlyn and Blimes Brixton have teamed up with some of our favorite producers at Bad Taste, Walter Ego and Lean Low among others, to drop a stunning release called the “Dodgy EP”. We’re especially excited to premiere a track off the EP, called “Whip Dip Cherry” which is guaranteed to bring you some much needed energy on this Wednesday. The energetic piece blends LA swagger wth UK’s exciting electronic music/bass scene and combines to become a massive force to be reckoned with.

The entire project will be available October 28th on Peach House/Bad Taste. Pre-order the EP here.

Wow, we’ve got a serious banger for you today, and trust us, you’re going to want to hear this one. E.A.S.Y. consisting of veteran DJs Enferno and Shiftee, have partnered with Sayyi, and the resulting masterpiece blends bass influences with stunning piano and lush synths, making this one for the books. 

The boys make it look easy to be turntablist and synth/drum pad masters, and with the combined lyricism of Sayyi, they know how to bring all of their musical perfection into a short 1:42 length track. The only complaint is that the video is not longer, and the look we get into seeing them make the track in real time is an added bonus!

Watch the video and listen to the track below.

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