The 40 Best Rap Albums Of 2017

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Streaming changed things. 2017 was the year that rap once again reaffirmed its stranglehold on the collective imagination of America’s youth. Like the moment when Billboard first started using Soundscan and inadvertently proved the massive popularity of N.W.A, the streaming services of the world showed just how powerful this music remains. Rap dominated streaming charts. More »

Lido – Only One ft GoldLink

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Lido is celebrating the one-year anniversary of his debut album, Everything, by giving avid fans more than just his music.

The Norwegian producer released signed limited edition vinyl copies and sheet music from the album. He’s also revealed an unreleased version of his track, “Only One,” that features the vocals of GoldLink.

“Only One” features hypnotic melodies that give the song depth and beauty. GoldLink’s smooth vocals add a completely different element to the track. The concise yet personal verse paints a picture of a life-changing ex, with Lido’s production tying everything together for something powerful, yet spiritual.

“Only One” is another example of the producer’s smooth, consistent production.

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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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Falcons shares ‘Want Your Body’ alongside official video inspired by classic rave music

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Falcons, the LA-based producer responsible for collaborations with Goldlink, Chaz French, Ekali, and more, has returned with his first solo track of 2017. After recently teasing it in his sets, he has finally released the song on Fool’s Gold Records, along with a psychedelic animated video.

Falcons delved into his childhood influences to craft this song, and says he was inspired by his exposure the sounds of old school rave music at an early age:

“‘Want Your Body’ is an homage to the 2 types of music that had the biggest impact on my career. My mom introduced me to 90’s dance music as a kid. At the time it felt normal cause that’s my mom, but looking back I’m super thankful to have been introduced to acts like The Prodigy and Halcyon at a young age. It seeped into all my music and ‘WYB’ is an ode to that.”

Featuring pianos that could easily fit in a garage track and drum breaks that could invigorate any raver, the song is set alongside a colorful video with a 3-D animated figure who finds himself in an assortment of psychedelic environments. The video is directed by Amber Park, who has been commissioned for official work by Major Lazer, Katy Perry, Migos, and more. With the hype for this song only raised with the release of a video, it won’t be surprising to hear this track played through the entirety of the summer.

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Isaiah Rashad & GoldLink Team Up For A New Single “Untitled”

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TDE’s Isaiah Rashad  and GoldLink team up for a new record “Untitled” – exclusively premiered by Beats 1 Radio with Zane Lowe a few days back. No word if the release is a part of a forthcoming project, or just a stand-alone single by the duo.

It’s been a productive year for both artists, as GoldLink inked a deal with RCA back in July – and Isaiah recently releasing his well-received debut studio album “The Sun’s Tirade.”

Stream “Untitled” below.

Isaiah Rashad x GoldLink – “Untitled”

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Isaiah Rashad x GoldLink - "Untitled"Chattanooga rapper Isaiah Rashad put out his proper debut album The Sun’s Tirade last month, and now he’s linked up with Washington DC’s GoldLink for a new untitled track. Featuring guest vocals from Preston Harrison, the song finds Rashad and Goldlink both muttering hoarse, dense verses over a thick, syrupy beat by the Antydote. More »

Lido drops unreleased flips of Justin Bieber, THEY., and GoldLink

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If you weren’t excited for Lido’s upcoming album after The Life of Peder, then you will be now. The Norwegian prodigy released three brand new bootlegs on his Soundcloud page seemingly spontaneously, claiming on Twitter that he had forgotten about them. The first track, a buoyant cover of Justin Bieber’s “Sorry,” features Heavy Mellow and Brasstracks on instrumentals and replaces the Biebs with Santell’s RnB croon. “Back It Up (Passion Flip),” a bootleg of the track from THEY.’s Nu Religion EP, builds a swirling chorus of chords and Santell samples underneath THEY.’s melancholic verses. “Sober Thoughts (Lido’s Forgotten Sunday Service)” takes GoldLink verses and spins them into the foot-stomping euphoria of a gospel choir with the help of Brasstracks’ crisp horns. Lido’s signature musicality and gospel influences are on full display throughout all three tracks, which feature complex, ambitious arraignment made to sound utterly effortless and infinitely danceable. Lido’s debut album, Everythingis expected out sometime this year.

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