Anyone itching for a freestyle? Dave East, an emerging rapper from Harlem, New York hits us with a new freestyle over The Madd Rapper‘s beat. Originally a track tackled by Beanie Sigel & Jay-Z entitled “It’s On”, Dave East tries his take over the instrumental and titles his “Once Again It’s On”.
Dave’s vocals flow over The Madd Rapper’s production, placing focus on his punchlines and delivering bar after bar. The old school feel that is brought through the production is carried through Dave East’s lyrics and sound, which work toward breathing new life into a classic track.
Dave has seen quite a bit of support in his career, receiving playtime on Shade 45, Power 105, Hot 97, and many other Sirius / FM radio stations, as well as being directly supported by DJ Ill Will throughout his career. With his raw feel and consistent sound, Dave is quickly becoming a prominent figure within New York’s music scene. Dave’s “Black Rose” project just dropped on May 2nd, featuring production from RicoBeats, & SunnyDukes, as well as features such as Smoke DZA. If you’re feeling what Dave East represents, check out “Once Again It’s On” and let us know what you think about it in the comments section.
Derek Christoff AKA D-Sisive, the Canadian rapper hailing from Toronto, Ontario hits us with a collection of tracks under the title “I’ll Change Your Life If You Change Mine“. Best known for his Juno-nominated EP “The Book“, D-Sisive shows us an 11 track album featuring a few songs that have been previously released such as “Fat Cage”, “6 Inch God”, and “Violent J”, as well as a ton of new cuts that are sure to have any D-Sisive fan jumping for joy. It is also worth noting that the digital release seems to be sub-titled “aboyinaroom may“.
The digital release starts out with a creepy intro in the form of a skit titled “I Hope I’m Gonna Be Ok“, where the artist asks himself just that, then ends it off stating that “2015 is going to be quite a ride”, setting the listener up for the adventure ahead. The second track entitled “The Scientology Samba” starts off smooth, and with the production and vocals gaining ground, the energy builds up before giving way to a groove type feel. “Lil’ Bow Wow” sports D-Sisive ripping apart a boom bap beat, throwing out bar after bar. If you’re a fan of straight rhymes, this is going to be the track for you. “Violent J” holds a dark overtone in regards to the production, and the vocals themselves, which appear to be fit the title quite well. “6 Inch God“, a hilarious take on Drake’s “6 God”, has Derek flowing smoothly over an undeniably classic instrumental as one of the stand out tracks on the album. “Gabagool” & “The Furious Funkster” have D-Sisive delivering his signature style, before “Fat Cage” comes around with Derek killing a quirky instrumental that just sounds so right. The second to last cut “Basquiat Don’t Breakdance” has to be one of my favorite cuts on the album, with the track only being 1:09, D-Sisive flows all over the beat with this head bopping track. The closing song is titled “Peter’s Tits [Lesbian Haircut (Win Butler)], and is quite fitting to close out the album, with its gentle almost optimistic feel. D-Sisive is gearing up for 2015 being quite a ride.
For some info about what D-Sisive himself had to say about his new release, hit the jump.
Brooklyn’s very own Creative Gold has been making and recording music for a few years now and is making quite a name for himself. With a catalogue that includes four mixtapes (Creative Thoughts Vol. 1 and Vol. 2, Category 6, and #DirtyJordans), Creative continues to refine his craft and is dropping a new project on May 6th titled MVP Race.
Promoting his newest release, Creative selects “Kim J” as his latest single. Produced by YDBeatsss, the slowed down and flipped Ginuwine sample provides a complimentary soundtrack to Creative’s poetic profession of his ideal woman Kim J. Energetic, confident, on time, and poised, Creative brings a strong presence to the mic and sits comfortably in the pocket.
For anyone who is unfamiliar with Creative Gold’s and YDBeatsss past work, “Kim J” is a strong introduction of the two. The songwriting and production really exhibits their notable chemistry and demonstrate the growing potential of the upcoming mixtape and future careers in the industry. Interested in showing your support? Feel free to comment in the section below.
At just 18 years of age, Markel Scott better known for his stage name Bishop Nehru has created a mass following through his rapidly increasing skills for production and songwriting. Releasing his debut album via Nas’s label Mass Appeal, Bishop Nehru in the meantime drops an EP of tracks that are in his words “Just too raw sonically for the album”. Nehruvia: The Nehruvian EP, is set to be released on May 11th. The New York MC displays his talent for flows and lyrics as well as production on the first single from the EP “Harmony In A Glass” .
Like his legendary mentors and collaborators MF Doom and Madlib, Bishop’s instrumentals model their techniques and provides a simple but yet rich melodic chord progression that is supported by a classic drum loop. His choice of production and subject matter, bring an element of realness that not many artists depict in this current state of the industry. The rare quality also allows an infinitely relatable result for almost any music listener.
Maturing personally and musically, Bishop Nehru continues to retain his innocence, charm, and modesty even with the immediate changes. Also, the unprecedented, legendary, and almost mythical supporting cast around him, authorizes his potential to exceed the already high expectations for a superb career ahead.
Chris MccClenney hits us with an official remix for GoldLinks “Sober Thoughts“, originally produced by the one and only Kaytranada . Releasing this track through HW&W records, Chris McClenney of the Soulection crew transforms GoldLink’s otherwise relaxing tune and gives it a dance spin that would have even the toughest dude in the club tapping his foot.
Chris’ “Sober Thoughts” remix starts off easy with just a couple welcomed additions to the song while GoldLink does his thing over the beat. As the song continues Chris steps up the production right around the time the first chorus drops which is when you realize that you’ve been bopping your head to this the whole time. A very well polished remix to say the least, especially when the saxophone is introduced in the later half of the track. Taking an otherwise chill song and spinning it into a dance record is no easy feat, but Chris handles it quite well, making the mass appeal of this song a little bit stronger.
GoldLink is just coming off of the heels of announcing a creative collaboration with legendary Rick Rubin, who’s worked with the likes of Kanye West, and Eminem. Next up for GoldLink is his first headlining tour in the U.S., and is going down all summer, which includes his performance for Michigan’s annual Electric Forest Festival.
Would you rather dance to Chris’ remix, or vibe to the original? The beautiful part is you really don’t have to make a choice when you have both at your disposal. If your feeling GoldLink, make sure to hit up his show in Toronto tomorrow (May 2nd), as part of Canadian Music Week, and check out our feature for CMW, including GoldLink’s show here.