NMF Roundup: Ekali and 1788-L drop new heat, Netsky links with Lil Wanye and Bazzi, GRiZ and Matisyahu make magic + more

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NMF Roundup: Ekali and 1788-L drop new heat, Netsky links with Lil Wanye and Bazzi, GRiZ and Matisyahu make magic + moreFalls Festival 2

It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday. With the overwhelming amount of tunes hitting the airwaves today, Dancing Astronaut has you covered with the latest edition of The Hot 25.

Star-studded collaborations rule this week’s NMF. Ekali and 1788-L have joined forces to craft a formidable, bass-heavy collaboration, “R U I N,” and Gareth Emery and Ashley Wallbridge continue their powerful slew of releases together with “Lionheart.” Netsky taps Lil Wayne and Bazzi for “I Don’t Even Know You Anymore,” and Zedd and Katy Perry deliver their radio-friendly “365.” Feed Me returns for the second Friday in a row with “Sleepless,” and Kygo releases his first single of the year with “Think About You.” GRiZ and Matisyahu take a stand on gun violence in “A New Day,” and Madeaux brings a sultry, dark atmosphere with “ADDICTED2.” Andrew Bayer delivers an “In My Next Life” mix of 2018’s “In My Last Life” on Anjunabeats. Goshfather puts his own disco-infused twist on Madonna‘s “Like a Prayer” in his new remix, and Liquid Stranger teams up with CloZee for the eerie “Ceremony.” Kill Paris debuted his new album for Valentine’s Day, touting collaborations with the likes of Fatherdude, Big Gigantic, and more, and Armin Van Buuren tugs at listeners’ heartstrings via “Lonely For You” with Bonnie McKee.

As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed this NMF.

Drake’s ‘So Far Gone’ hits streaming services for the first time in honor of its 10-year anniversary

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Drake’s ‘So Far Gone’ hits streaming services for the first time in honor of its 10-year anniversaryDrake Scorpion Album Singles Billboard Record

Drake‘s 2009 mixtape, So Far Gone, has made its way to streaming services for the first time, in honor of the seminal project’s 10-year anniversary. With a decade now in its rear-view, So Far Gone is newly available on all major streaming platforms. Drake paid homage to the 17-track offering’s milestone anniversary with a retrospective Instagram post that recognized the mixtape’s many contributors.

“@kanyewest a decade ago I rapped over your beat cause you just made the best shit and even though you stay wildin on Twitter these days I will never forget what you contributed to the game and my career,” Drake said. Drake notably rapped over the beat from Kanye‘s “Say You Will” on So Far Gone inclusion, “Say What’s Real.”

The 2019 “Best Rap Song” Grammy Award winner also name dropped producer, Boy-1da, Trey Songz, Ben Baller, and Lil Wayne, among others. “@liltunechi a decade ago you took me out of Toronto and gave me the biggest blessing anyone has ever given me,” Drake wrote. So Far Gone touts a number of OG fan favorites, including “Best I Ever Had,” “Houstatlantavegas.”

 

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@futuretheprince a decade ago you were Dj’ing all ages parties…@ovo40 a decade ago you were scared to share your beats…@oliverelkhatib a decade ago you worked at a clothing store selling someone else’s product…@boi1da a decade ago you were in a basement with pink insulation walls figuring out fruity loops…@ovoniko a decade ago we were handing out flyers promoting club nights…@realbriamyles a decade ago you were working the makeup counter at Beverly Centre…@nebzilla a decade ago your moms house was my safe place and we really ran through the 6 everyday together…@bunb a decade ago you were a legend and you will remain that forever…@benballer a decade ago you promoted me as if you were getting a cut of my career…@treysongz a decade ago you were the first person to recognize potential and give me a co-sign…@omarion a decade ago you came to the Beverly Wilshire Hotel and laid a verse for an unknown artist from Canada…@darkiemade a decade ago you emailed me the cover art for something that would change my life forever….@kingjames a decade ago you came to my release party at 6 Degrees and made me the biggest artist in the city off your presence alone…@kanyewest a decade ago I rapped over your beat cause you just made the best shit and even though you stay wildin on twitter these days I will never forget what you contributed to the game and my career…Portia I don’t know your IG but a decade ago you told me to rap over June 27th and bonded me and Houston Texas forever…@jas.prince a decade ago you took a chance on MySpace and introduced me to Wayne…@liltunechi a decade ago you took me out of Toronto and gave me the biggest blessing anybody has ever given me…I will never forget anybody involved in this journey even if you don’t fit in this caption…So Far Gone streaming everywhere for the first time ever Thursday. 🙏🏽

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Diplo, Sia, and Labrinth’s LSD project hosts Lil Wayne for a ‘Genius’ track and video reboot

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Diplo, Sia, and Labrinth’s LSD project hosts Lil Wayne for a ‘Genius’ track and video rebootLil Wayne Carter V

Just months after the release of LSD‘s stroke of “Genius,” the power trio has resurrected the track, this time with a twist. The group has enlisted another member of pop monarchy, the recently resurfaced Lil Wayne, to bump the track up a few more ancillary IQ points.

Diplo‘s string synths and bumping kicks provide a momentous pedestal for the rap icon’s flippant rhyming. Weezy’s contributing intro verse is a lesson in brevity. In under 25 seconds, the rapper spits his peace and ducks out, giving way to Sia and Labrinth’s prevailing, full-bodied croons. Tha Carter V creator also materializes in the new video accompaniment as a floating, dreadlocked wizard, complete with the trio’s signature breathing colors and off-the-wall animation.

Just four tracks into their auspicious union, LSD has seized the attention of both electronic and pop patrons. With Diplo’s soon-to-be-disbanded Major Lazer project on the backburner, there’s likely to be lots more LSD on the tips of our tongues in coming months.

Gesaffelstein, Major Lazer, SZA, and Tyler, The Creator top the Governors Ball 2019 lineup

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Gesaffelstein, Major Lazer, SZA, and Tyler, The Creator top the Governors Ball 2019 lineupGov Ball Fireworks Credit Charles Reagan

The summer festival circuit is already starting to heat up, with major festivals gearing up unload their 2019 lineups. Closely following Coachella‘s recently released billing, Governors Ball has delivered their 2019 roster, topped by Tyler, The Creator, Florence + The Machine, Major Lazer, Nas, The Strokes, and SZA. Programming an incredibly well-rounded blend of talent for this year’s edition at Randal’s Island Park, Gov Ball is bringing hip-hop and electronic’s most in-demand acts of the moment, including Gesaffelstein, Lil Wayne, ZHU, and Ty Dolla $ign among others.

Additional star power slated for the event includes Bob Moses, Joey Bada$$ and Flatbush Zombies teaming up as Beast Coast, Kaytranada, Louis the Child, MØ, Still Woozy, and many more. Governors Ball 2019 takes place from May 31 – June 2 and tickets are on sale here.

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Diplo, Wu-Tang Clan, & more set to perform at summer X Games 2019

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It’s already time for a new X games, and the world’s biggest action sports festival officially returns to Minneapolis for its third consecutive year in 2019. Held at US bank stadium, festival-goers will not only experience the flashy bike tricks and rail grinds, but also some wild musical performances. Headliners include Diplo, Wu-Tang Clan, Incubus, Minneapolis rapper P.O.S, and more from August 1 – 4.

This event will follow the upcoming winter X games in January, which will be held in Aspen Snowmass, Colorado and features over 75 Olympian participants alongside four A-list music acts including The Chainsmokers, Kygo, Lil Wayne, and Louis The Child.

Purchase tickets for summer X games here and check out the promo video below.

Lil Wayne, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Anderson .Paak, and Meek Mill announced as TIDAL X headliners

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Lil Wayne, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Anderson .Paak, and Meek Mill announced as TIDAL X headlinersLil Wayne Carter V Release Date

TIDAL has announced the headliners for its annual charity concert, TIDAL X. After announcing earlier this year that the proceeds of the show will support criminal justice reform non-profits, the streaming platform has announced its stacked lineup of performers for its return to Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on October 23.

Headliners will include Lil Wayne, Meek Mill, Anderson .Paak and the return of Ms. Lauryn Hill. Kaskade will return to the event as well. This year’s lineup also features Vic Mensa, Black Thought, Teyana Taylor and more. Tickets for TIDAL X and livestream information can be found here. 

One hundred percent of net ticket proceeds and donations at TIDAL X will support non-profit organizations including #Cut50,  Equal Justice Initiative and Innocence Project and REFORM.

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Premiere: Benzi drops ‘EDAT PACK VOL. 2’ stocked with remixes of Skrillex, Drake, Lil Wayne and more [Free Download]

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Premiere: Benzi drops ‘EDAT PACK VOL. 2’ stocked with remixes of Skrillex, Drake, Lil Wayne and more [Free Download]Edat Pack Volume 2 Artwork

Your stepdad’s favorite DJ is back at it. Benzi returns with another one of his stacked periodic drops, giving away EDAT PACK VOL. 2 completely free of charge, as per usual, loaded with a grip of his famous personal edits. Between deliveries, the legendary remixer’s personal cuts get passed around like clout trading cards. Now he has officially dropped off his summer batch, featuring stacked edits and mashes that include Skrillex, Drake, Lil Wayne, ATLiens, Travis Scott, and more.

Download EDAT PACK Vol. 2 here

Enlisting fellow producers CRNKN, New York’s DJ CHUWE, and others for some added firepower, Benzi orchestrates a ten-track collection of certified set list weapons, packed with bridge-gapping edits that stitch together dub, hip-hop, drum n’ bass, and trap. Find the full EDAT PACK VOL. 2 track list here and grab the free download below.

EDAT PACK VOL. 2 Track list:

6ix9ine x Doreus – Stoopid (BENZI x CHUWE EDAT)
Cardi B x Rickyxsan & Hydraulix – Bickenhead (BENZI EDAT)
Drake x Skrillex – Mob Ties UK (BENZI x GENTZ EDAT)
Flipp Dinero x GRAVEDGR – Leave Me Alone (BENZI x CHUWE EDAT)
French Montana x ATLiens – No Stylist (BENZI x CAZES EDAT)
Lil Baby x Badrapper – Drip Too Hard (BENZI x GENTZ EDAT)
Lil Wayne x Kompany – Make It Rain (BENZI x CRNKN 2k19 EDAT)
Smokepurpp x Estremo – Nephew (BENZI EDAT)
Travis Scott x TYNAN & Disto – STARGAZING (NvrLeft x BENZI EDAT)
Young Thug x UNKWN – Chanel (Go Get It) (BENZI x CAZES EDAT)

Download EDAT PACK Vol. 2 here

Lil Wayne holds 16 tracks on Spotify’s Top 50 chart following ‘Tha Carter V’ release

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Lil Wayne holds 16 tracks on Spotify’s Top 50 chart following ‘Tha Carter V’ releaseLil Wayne Tha Carter V Release

Lil Wayne commands a sweet 16 tracks on Spotify’s Top 50 chart following the release of Tha Carter V, the first installment in the rapper’s Tha Carter series in seven years, and notably the final addition to Tha Carter legacy. Sixteen inclusions from the long-awaited album provide the introduction to the chart, with Kendrick Lamar collaboration “Mona Lisa” sitting pretty in the No. 1 spot, and the XXXTentacion-assisted “Don’t Cry” cozying up right behind “Mona Lisa” at No. 2. “Let It Fly,” “Uproar,” and several other Tha Carter V constituents follow suit before Lil Wayne’s dominancy gives way to Kanye West and Lil Pump‘s catchy drop-off, “I Love It.”

Tha Carter V brought a slew of blockbuster features to listeners’ headphones, with Snoop Dogg, Travis Scott, Nicki Minaj, Ashanti, and more making cameos. “With this album… I’m giving you more than me,” Wayne said. “You gotta always remember that. This is four, five, six years of work that you’ll be listening to, and I hope you enjoy it. You don’t have to love it, you don’t even have to like it. Just hope you enjoy every time you put it on.” As Spotify’s Top 50 chart affirms, Tha Carter series now enjoys the vigorous finale that it rightfully deserves.

H/T: Complex

Lil Wayne announced to replace Childish Gambino at Austin City Limits festival

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Lil Wayne announced to replace Childish Gambino at Austin City Limits festivalLil Wayne Carter V

After adding Phoenix to join its lineup just yesterday, the Austin City Limits festival announced today that indeed Lil Wayne will join Justice, Metallica, Travis Scott and Arctic Monkeys to headline the festival this weekend.

Wayne’s arrival comes immediately after the announcement that, due to a newly obtained foot injury, Childish Gambino needed to postpone the remaining dates on his This Is America tour until later in the year — effectively cancelling his top billing at the Texas festival. It is a timely arrival for Lil Wayne, as the rapper celebrates his 36th birthday with the release of his long-awaited Tha Carter V album drop on the same day.

Lil Wayne releases the long-awaited ‘Tha Carter V’ album, the final in his Carter series

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Lil Wayne releases the long-awaited ‘Tha Carter V’ album, the final in his Carter seriesLil Wayne Tha Carter V

Tha Carter V is here. Production credits are with Mannie Fresh, Swizz Beatz, Metro Boomin, Ben Billions and more. Lil Wayne starts the album off with a heartfelt, touching message from his mom, just so listeners know who the project is for. The next song features the late Jahseh Dwayne Ricardo Onfroy or his more widely known stage name, XXXTENTATION.

After odes to his mother and the late rapper, “Dedicate” jumps into Tunechi’s recognizable flow with rhyme schemes that bounce like drums. He credits himself as the guy who started the face tattoo trend, reminding those who might have forgot about Wayne, after seven years since the album’s predecessor. The song ends with Barack Obama praising the rap icon next to the likes of LeBron James.

Wayne takes the high energy down a notch on “Let It Fly,” the first feature track. It’s with Travis Scott and touts the ASTROWORLD creators’ melodic, ambient soundscape while giving Weezy room to roll towards the end.

“Dark Side of the Moon” has Wayne’s singing, R&B side, featuring his attributed discovery and the lyrical hall-of-fame bound, Nicki Minaj. The track shows a softer side to Minaj as well.

“Mona Lisa” follows, featuring another lyrical trendsetter, Kendrick Lamar. Lamar’s verse is a Mona Lisa of verses, practically guaranteeing the song’s success right from the starting gate. “What About Me” features Wiz Khalifa‘s Taylor Gang signee, Sosamann and flaunts a laid-back, auto-tuned atmosphere with no rush. It’s a bit of a break from Lamar’s last tirade.

“Open Letter” is a declamation to anyone listening. Discussing about the rappers’ internal struggles with lines such as, “What’s the life expectancy if you don’t expect it.” The track is riddled with lines like this as an open letter to life. He gives a shout-out to the readers, which in this metaphor are the listeners.

“Famous” features Lil Wayne’s daughter Reginae Carter on the hook. It’s about being famous, something Birdman Jr. has become accustomed to since the young age of 14.

Snoop Dogg lends recognizable melodies to his collaboration on Tha Carter V. This one again has the makings of a hit as well, as Wayne fluidly bounces along Broadus Jr.’s guitar.

Lil Wayne uses his mother’s vocals as a transition in “Took His Time,” which has a similar timbre to an artist Wayne was the first to sign to his Young Money Entertainment label, Drake. The next track, “Open Safe,” has that clap-clap-clap-clap atmosphere.

“Start This Shit Off Right” features Ashanti and Young Money Entertainment signee, Mack Maine. Ashanti brings those 2000 vocals back into the frame, proving Lil Wayne and R&B should hang out more.

Wayne gets soulful on “Demon,” showcasing his lyrical prowess with a contrast into soul. “Mess” is another blissfully melodic and vocally deliberate track.”Dope New Gospel” features Nivea, who was nominated for a Grammy for her collaboration with YoungbloodZ & Lil’ Jon‘s “Okay.”

“Used 2,” toward the end of the Carter V album, is an late Easter egg for those fending more poetry in modern rap. Another transition featuring his mother leads into Wayne’s final song, which starts off with sparking what one could presume to be a blunt.

Tha Carter V was meant to be enjoyed, according to Lil Wayne’s announcement of the drop earlier this week. After seven years of material, targeted features, and a nostalgic flow; it’s hard not to enjoy and feel some type of way.

“With this album… I’m giving you more than me,” the rapper said in his announcement earlier this week. “You gotta always remember that. This is four, five, six years of work that you’ll be listening to, and I hope you enjoy it. You don’t have to love it, you don’t even have to like it. Just hope you enjoy every time you put it on.”

Happy birthday, Dwayne.