Skrillex is working on a studio project with a group of hip-hop artists

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The multi-talented Skrillex is almost omnipresent these days, having been featured as a producer on Fifth Harmony’s new single ‘Angel,’ as well as dropping his own brand new single ‘Favor‘ in just the last two weeks.

He continues to push on relentlessly it seems, as an Instagram by Josh Xantus confirmed Skrillex’s work on a new project alongside a group of budding hip-hop artists. It’s unsurprising to seethe icon delve into this genre, given the success of his collaboration with Rick Ross, ‘Purple Lamborghini.’ However, it seems that Skrillex has been hired as simply a producer for his latest project, especially after listening to the video clip shared by Xantus.


GoldLink – Crew (Lido Remix)

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The Norwegian virtuoso Lido has returned with yet another new rapturous reworking, this time hitting GoldLink’s even-keeled “Crew.”

Ripping apart the tune’s pace entirely, he eases into the track, showcasing his expansive musical repertoire in a piano introduction. Once GoldLink comes around with the first verse, Lido picks up the pace, and the track takes off. Similar to his reworking of GoldLink’s “Sober Thoughts” released just last year, the flip is filled with energy, and by the time the second round of verses rolls around, things are up to full speed.

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Ekali makes OWSLA debut with an insane Denzel Curry collab, announces Babylon World Tour

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Ekali just signed onto Skrillex‘s label OWSLA. Known for his earth-shattering bass and masterfully mixed hip-hop tracks, it comes as no surprise the artist is now working directly with some of music’s most influential acts. After playing Webster Hall’s final club night alongside Skrillex and Boys Noize on Aug. 5, Ekali now presents “Babylon,” a five-minute fusion of hip-hop and electronic music with one of rap’s most versatile—Denzel Curry.

Speaking with XXL ahead of the collaboration’s release, Ekali explained his stylistic choices.

“My objective with ‘Babylon’ was to create a world where rap and electronic coexisted without tipping the scales too far in either direction. I was hyped on the idea of producing an entire song around Denzel’s story instead of having him tell his story around my beat, so I ended up producing 99 percent of the song after Zel had already recorded his parts.


He continued, “It’s an approach to rap music that I’d never seen done before, so I wanted to know what that sounded like. Working in the room with Denzel was fast… he’s a real rapper. Most of the time we spent kicking it just playing shit back and forth. He wrote and recorded his parts for Babylon in minutes.”

Following up on Ekali’s remixes of Curry’s “Threatz” with a style similar to that of Flume and Vince Staples’ “Smoke & Retribution,” the latest rave-rap release is a flavorful heavy feature that’s simply waiting for its dance floor drop. Luckily, fans won’t need to wait long as Ekali also announced the “Babylon World Tour,” with 42 tour dates goes on sale this Monday, Aug. 21.


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Watch Gorillaz perform ‘Empire Ants’ live for the first time in seven years at Outside Lands

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A Gorillaz show always lives up to the hype. Riding the success of their latest album Humanz, they continue to prove this notion even further with their fiery headlining set at Outside Lands’ tenth anniversary in San Francisco. They brought out an impressive array of collaborators as per usual, one of which was none other than Yukimi Nagano of Little Dragon. Nagano, who also played the festival, joined Damon Albarn on stage for a live rendition of their joint record “Empire Ants,” marking the very first time Gorillaz had performed it live since Plastic Beach came out in 2010.


H/T: Stereogum

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Premiere: Salva releases open source beat tape called ‘Clips’

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Up-and-coming Los Angeles talent Salva has released his groundbreaking “open source” beat tape, Clips. The LP pulls heavy inspiration from audio and movie clips often sampled in styles like UK Grime and southern trap with a prominent 808 structure.

Salva’s unique and much-needed concept behind the “open source” album is forward-thinking and extraordinarily innovative. Everybody is allowed and encouraged to contribute their music and collaborate. This cuts down on artists having to illegally remix songs, forcing an unfathomable amount of underground talent and music to be completely unheard.

Clips references ammunition, in this case the “clips” that will be used to create dance-floor weapons. When it’s released, all its stems will be available on Splice, as well as a sample pack that is loaded with Salva’s favorite drum, percussion, and FX.

Salva has been busy working on a plethora of projects as of late, including producing the lead single from UK’s Dizzee Rascal album Raskit. He also contributed the background record for the LA Leakers‘ new single “Sucio,” which features OT Genasis, Kap G, and Trinidad James.

The extraordinarily talented and well-versed hip-hop maverick has no intentions of halting any of his creative projects anytime soon. In fact, he’s planning on releasing Peacemaker 2 with an impressive lineup of rappers as a follow-up from his 2014 mixtape that featured Young Thug, Freddie Gibbs, E-40, Schoolboy Q, A$AP Ferg, Kurupt, and Problem.



Clips tracklist:

  1. Intro: memories
  2. Stranger Things Have Happened
  3. DD
  4. System
  5. Cold Case
  6. Bells
  7. Tryna Cut
  8. Fucc: Badman
  9. Drop The Glock
  10. Her
  11. BBB
  12. Dungeonmaster
  13. Club Wave
  14. Cruise Thru Fillmore 97
  15. Nuff Darkness
  16. Souf Lndn
  17. Bunker

Clips was written, produced, recorded, mixed, and mastered completely by Salva. 3D animations, artwork concepts, rendering, layout, and designs were also created by Salva. Physical vinyl, CD, and tape versions of Clips will be available in September of 2017 via Peacemaker Entertainment.

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Hip-hop’s ultimate sweetie Chance the Rapper is hosting a free surprise concert in Chicago today

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Chance the Rapper is officially music’s gift that keeps on giving.

His compassion for his hometown of Chicago is genuinely heart-warming. After announcing that he’ll be hosting a free concert, today August 12, deemed #BBBash, Chance then proceeded to share in an on-camera interview with ABC 7 Chicago he would be handing out free tickets beforehand.

“ I wanted to make sure I can identify all those teachers that support our youth and build our children up, all those fathers that are out here with their families, the cornerstones of their houses, bringing their families out—I wanted to make sure I can identify y’all so my people can get you some free tickets,” Chance told the camera.

The free show is set to follow Chicago’s annual Bud Billiken parade set to culminate with a picnic at Washington Park —one of the city’s oldest and largest celebrations amongst African-Americans in the country— of which Chance will be the grand marshal. He previously took to Twitter to ask Chicago public school teachers attending the parade to wear red in an effort to locate them to pass out free tickets to the show and celebrate their hard work and earnest dedication.

On top of it all, Chance has also announced his non-profit organization SocialWorks will be giving away 30,000 “stuffed” backpacks to children during the parade.

H/T: Pitchfork

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Google celebrates DJing in new doodle

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DJ culture has a rich and full history, sprawling across genres and around the world. However, if one event is heralded as the keynote of turntablism, it is Kool Herc’s party on Sedgwick Ave in the Bronx, held on August 11, 1973.

To celebrate the 44th anniversary of this cultural shift, Google has turned their homepage doodle into an interactive turntable feature. Prefaced with a history of the event, Google offers a tutorial of basic turntable tips and goes on to provide a crate of records full of classic hip hop, funk, and soul tracks. Gain achievements for scratching and other mixing techniques while jamming to George Clinton, Prince Paul, Grandmaster Flash, and more. Although DJing has come a long way from the underground parties in the Bronx, the end goal of soundtracking a night and getting people to dance has held constant over the years and is still thriving.


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LIOHN – Bone App The Teeth

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In case you hadn’t realized by his tongue in cheek mashups or quirky artwork tendencies, Swedish newcomer LIOHN has quite the sense of humor. That isn’t to say that his run of solid, genre-defying releases has been child’s play though. Back after a brief Summer hiatus following his May She Propser EP, the young Nordic talent jumps back with a quick reminder that his ear for a slick beat still comes second to none. Warping the soundtrack to Katy Perry’s questionable public meltdown, “Bone App The Teeth” is part side slapping bootleg and part essential set weapon, cutting into LIOHN’s urban chops to assert that this could well be a very real-time discovery of the Swedish producer’s next evolutionary step.



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Watch Skepta drop serious retro-vibes in ‘Hypocrisy’ music video

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Grime God Skepta just dropped some serious knowledge on the skeptics in his brand new video for “Hypocrisy.”

Unleashing the fiery single just last month via a SoundCloud surprise, the “Hypocrisy” visuals find the rapper amongst a slew of women in black sporting wigs, men in white, and the rapper spewing fashion-reference bars over a retro karaoke set. After receiving some internet hate for his fashion industry involvement earlier this year, “Hypocrisy,” has been dubbed the artist’s response to the haters.

“Just came back from the Ivors / And look at what we collected / The MBE got rejected / I’m not trying to be accepted,” Skepta says. Later rapping, “They try to disrespect me / When they’re online especially / But everything cool when they check me / Because I’m so cool and deadly.”

Stay tuned for more from the artist as he’ll likely be tapped by more limelight rap artists like Drake, again, moving forward.


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MUST WATCH: Run The Jewels brought a fan on stage at Lollapalooza and he killed it

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Run The Jewels have made a hell of a lot of noise in today’s hip-hop.

Just this weekend Killer Mike and El-P’s committed vision has delivered yet another rad moment as the two brought up a random fan, Jacob Powell, at their Friday evening August 4 Lollapalooza performance to rap their track “Legend Has It.”

After spotting his sign in the crowd reading,”Let me rap ‘Legend Has It,’” the rapper duo told Powell to get up to the stage.

“Clear the motherfucking way,” Killer Mike said as he began to make his way to the barrier. “Get your ass to the stage.”

The crowd could hardly believe their eyes. Powell made it to the stage when El-P said, “You just happened to catch our eye the minute we were just about to do that song.”

Adding “We’re gonna help you do it a capella. The way that we like to do is that you take the center of the stage, you raise your hands to the sky and you say: ‘Chicago, make some noise!”

The city, understandably, lost their minds.  “You’ve got about eight bars maximum before you get the fuck off of here.”

Powell unleashed eight bars, with the help of the rap duo, wowing 60,000 plus people who closed out his incredible turn by chanting his name. In a moment that became an instant legend: Killer Mike lifted Powell, carrying him around the stage, ensuring jaws stayed glued to the floor—all while he continued to throw it down, without missing a word. Watch Powell utterly kill it for yourself here.
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