Kung Fu Kenny’s album is strong top-to-bottom, here are our favorite moments.
As a producer the work you put in to making a song what it is may sometimes get overlooked. When it comes to making a beat for somebody else to use, most people only remember the artist rapping or singing. Establishing a name for yourself to the general public can thus be pretty difficult without the proper backing. Originality and range are key in an era where it seems like everything has already been done. Mike WiLL Made-It has been around for a while now and he remains relevant because he embodies these two very crucial aspects of producing.
The Atlanta phenom has produced various Billboard Top 100 hits such as “Black Beatles” by Rae Sremmurd, “Mercy” by G.O.O.D. Music, “Bandz A Make Her Dance” by Juicy J and many more. His list of rapper co-signs is extensive and extremely impressive but his range has also allowed him to collab with top female recording artists, like: Beyonce, Rihanna, Miley Cyrus & Ciara.
In his second installment of Ransom, Mike WiLL Made-It uses his clout to pull together what is a star studded list of features. Fans have been waiting on this ever since the first edition surfaced way back in 2014 and after all of the unexpected delays, it’s finally here! Although a handful of the songs were released prior to the scheduled date, this album has plenty more to offer. My personal favorite off of Ransom 2 is “Aries (YuGo)” with Pharrell and his rapping personality, Station Wagon P. There’s like five or six bangers on this one though so give it a listen and let us know what you think!
Mike WiLL Made-It Ransom 2Buy
Maroon 5‘s “Don’t Wanna Know” featuring Kendrick Lamar has taken the airwaves by storm since it’s release with its radio-friendly tropical house touch, but now it has received quite the makeover over courtesy of Dash Berlin. While the lyrics may state differently, this track has now become quite the uplifting mainstage weapon. Listen below!
Maroon 5 – Don’t Wanna Know (Dash Berlin Rework) | Download |
Kendrick Lamar’s “Untitled Unmastered” album was one of those rare rap albums that was undeniably good, but concurrently lacked a club/radio friendly track. Well that problem has now been solved for us by Max Styler’s flip of “untitled 7 / levitate. Max keeps Kendrick’s crisp flow from the original track in tact and adds his own flavor on top to create a flip that is equal parts energetic and wavy, and perfect for the summer. Go grab the track for free below and follow Max Styler on socials to keep up with all his upcoming releases.
Kendrick Lamar – Untitled 07 | Levitate (Max Styler Flip) | Free Download
Black Friday was in full effect yesterday as our feeds were flooded with videos of middle aged women bum rushing Wal-Mart’s like defensive linemen on crack to get their hands on a $ 20 45 inch flat screen TV. Some however stayed in and nursed there food hangovers still lingering from Thanksgiving. While Friday saw the release of some great albums and some outlets were giving out discount on songs and merch, arguably the two most influential MC’s in the game today dropped some new music that you can’t put a price on. Longtime friends and friendly rivals Kendrick Lamar and J.Cole traded beats and dropped simultaneous “Black Friday” freestyles to treat the fans with maybe some of the best hip hop we’ve heard all year (And it’s been a really good year for hip hop).
With perfect strategy and synchronization, the TDE and Dreamville soundcloud accounts posted “Black Friday” remixes. J. Cole took Kendrick’s smash single “Alright” off “To Pimp A ButterFly”, while K-Dot added his spin to “Tale Of 2 Citiez” from “Forrest Hills Drive”. Christmas certainly came early this year for hip hop fans and can maybe hold over fans until the long awaited collab album to drop.
J. Cole – Black Friday |
J. Cole has had a major year and it’s hard to deny the impact he’s had on hip hop since stepping onto the scene and releasing his biggest and most ambitious project “Forrest Hills Drive”. An album that went platinum with no promotion, no features, just quality music front to back. J. Cole is also making his presence felt as it pertains to social issues facing the country today as he’s lent his celebrity to help bring eyes to protests across the country being an moral ambassador for hip hop. So it should come as no surprise that for this beat swap, Cole picked the song that’s become a rallying cry for protests everywhere with Kendrick’s hit “Alright”. J Cole goes alpha over this beat and brings his own style to the jazz fusion influenced anthem. He also left an Easter egg in their for the fans at the end where he says he doesn’t know when the collab album everyone’s been clamoring for will come out, but he will be dropping a surprise in February. This song is a moment and set the bar high for K-dot to match.
Kendrick Lamar – Black Friday |
Is widely known that Kendrick is one of the most competitive rappers in the game right now and he has a knack for dropping historic verses in big moments. He certainly delivers on this track. Taking the slowed down, grainy and raw instrumental from “Tale Of 2 Citiez”, Kendrick snaps with lyrical vengeance with a spit fire flow and pin point rhymes. He goes for almost 4 solid minutes and at some points you think he’s done but then the beat drops back in and he just keeps going. This remix might be up for verse of the year and might even go as far to be compared to the greatest of all time. It’s what we’ve come to expect from Kendrick and it’s crazy to see that even still riding the massive sucess of 2015 he’s still spitting freestyles like he’s still and underground rapper.
There are no winners or losers in the beat battle…I think we all one. Both tracks racked up a million plus plays in less than 24 hours and that really speaks to how big both of these artists are right now. This will definitely stoke the fire of debate between fans on who’s the hottest rapper out right now (Excluding Drake from the argument at the moment). Make sure you check out both tracks and tell us which one is your favorite. In the meantime though, sit back, throw your feet up and turn those speakers way up!
Happy Holidays Slappers!
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