I’ve grown to respect just about everything that the InviteOnly crew sends me, and Will Akogu is just another great artist to add to their repertoire. The bouncy distorted beat sets a nice up-tempo vibe for Wil to smoothly spit some rhymes about his dream girl.. Until about the 1:50 mark where Gucci Bags kicks in, which samples the familiar Cameras/Good Ones Go track off Drake’s Take Care album from 2011. As the beat slows down Wil Akogu’s true colors shine, consummate delivery and crisp mixing/production really make his lyricism stand out. He goes from rapping about trying to spit game to a good girl to finding a bad bitch/gold digger, flexing his adaptability and overall talent. Don’t sleep, his debut project M.V.P. (Most Valuable Poet) drops this fall, but until then just cop the free download and follow Wil on twitter.
This submission just recently hit my inbox and from the minute the beat dropped I could tell this song was going to see it’s way to our extensive library. Steven Chexx an artist originally from Toronto now living in Fort Worth, Texas decides to focus this track around Proverbs 3:6 “In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” With a haunting female vocal sample mixed with the hard hitting bass and high hats by Xclu creates the perfect vibe for this track that openly states “It’s up to you, the power is on your hands.” The track also features the man who mixed and mastered the track Devontee, who provides equally insightful lyricism. This track is inspiring as it is intelligent, one listen is not enough to grasp the full message or meaning of this song. Try this out and see how it sits with you. If your feeling this make sure to look out for Chexx’s project (seeing as this song will appear on it) due out sometime in the next few months entitled Unemployment Chexx, you won’t be disappointed.
You know when you hear that HAAAAAAN French Montana is about to murder a fat ass beat. G gave us the jump on this track when we interviewed him and Marty Grimes in Berlin, and even though it didn’t make his album we knew it would still go off harder than anything he’s ever dropped before. With production from Ty Fyffe, a live hook from Yung Fliiboy, and two of the most supercilious verses you’ll ever hear. I’ll keep it short, this song can speak for itself.
This tape is beautiful. You might know Marc as the lead singer for 2AM Club, but what he’s managed to do on his first solo project blew me away. From the get go he samples a speech about The Poets, saying that the artists and musicians and writers are the ones who really know the truth about us, the only ones who see past the fortune and greed, the only ones who speak out against conformity and pursue their passions. He’s managed to balance arrogance and personal ideology in a way that results in unique lyricism and quotable radio-ready hits. Although the majority of the project is about women, he maintains the insightful premise of the tape and covers everything from addiction to the American Dream. There’s a few notable features, like Skizzy Mars and IAMSU!, but for the most part this is all Bassy. Production is on point throughout, obviously, and offers primarily down-tempo beats for Marc’s vocals. For an artist that’s been writing behind the scenes for the better part of his career, it certainly sounds like he’s ready to step into the spotlight. Until we’re graced with part two, enjoy the incredible free music and follow him on twitter.
Whether you’re livin’ it up in Cali, raging on the East Coast, or somewhere in between, you won’t be able to resist this free Radical Something summer jam. Yeah, Cali Get Down is a little more poppy than most of the music you’ll find on this site, but you’ll find that it’s perfect for blasting in your car as you’re cruising down the freeway or day-drinking on the beach. Those upbeat trumpets add a nice little twist too. Cop that free download and catch Radical Something on tour, with some Matisyahu appearances.
Could this song really get any more erotic? I posted The Weeknd’s summer lovin’ anthem Often just over a month ago, and if you haven’t heard it yet you’re missing out on more than just free music; you’re missing out on countless vocal-induced orgasms. For the rest of you, Kygo reworked Abel’s summer hit to give it an invigorating and refreshing new sound. Unlike the production we’re used to hearing from him, he abstains from the tropical vibes and instead plays off the dark/sexy undertones by layering vocal samples, and developing intricate transitions over even more elaborate drum loops. Is it great? Yes. Is it better than the original? That’s for you to decide. Regardless, show this man some love on twitter, he just announced some new tour dates on his page.
Brock Berrigan and Jetpack Jones team up again to create another masterpiece that really speaks to not only fans of the two but those who have chosen not to recognize the undeniable skill these two artists have. Jetpack actually laid everything on the table via twitter the other day, hoping to inspire people to really pay attention to the meaning behind the words. He writes “”I very rarely express emotion anymore outside of music, and sometimes it takes a toll. When I feel some type of way I just record it and hope someone relates. That’s my way of letting you in. So I need you to listen.” Berrigan provides the usual brass and piano influences to provide that funky vibe the Jetpack Movement has become known for, and with the smooth vocals Jones’ throws on top really bring the whole thing together. The beginning sample is taken from the infamous Gil Scott-Heron, a soul and jazz poet/musician mostly known for his work in the 70s and 80s. Overall this is just an incredibly classy track, intended to be played at the edge of the water hanging out with your friends or in your room in complete silence. When you feel like an artist is talking to you personally through a song, that’s a true sign of greatness: and Jetpack Jones has that in spades.
Don Scott is back again with a fresh jam perfect for the summertime vibe across our great nation, and decides to bring a little funk with him. Although the beat itself is uplifting and uptempo, Don remains cool over the instrumental keeping composure and delivering real verses that have meaning like expected. This eccentric beat was produced by Don Scott but not without the help of London Jack and NC17, and the beat finds itself centering over a sample from Micheal Jackson’s song “Pretty Young Thang”. Overall this is a great track to jam over the few remaining weeks of summer, providing the perfect vibe to lay out by the water and sip with your close friends. Listen to the track and see what you’re thinking about the newest release from the Don.
Like most of Skizzy’s songs “Lucy” is about a girl. Even with this common tendency I knew I was going to love this song, and I was not disappointed. Most similar to this song is a past favorite of mine Tara. However, there is one main difference; Tara seems to tell him what to do while Skizzy ignores her and does what he wants “Tara told me not to drink so I’m passing out, and Tara told me not to smoke so I’m getting high.” While Lucy seems to encourage him to do things he is not into “She said hurt people.” Another interesting feature of this song is the distorted quote “The whole concept of success to me is a little bit warped” whereas most people categorize success as possessions or monetary value, Skizzy seems to think its mastering a skill you are passionate about. Even though this song is a remix by Olivver, I think it fits Skizzy Mars’ style perfectly with his love/struggle between girls and his constant strive for success. Depending on your mood, this is a song you can relax to with the deep bass guitar and Olivver’s smooth vocals. On the other hand, this is a song you can play at a party and have everyone dance to. Skizzy’s upbeat lyrics and the fast paced snare drum in the back ground set the perfect vibe for any mood. If you like the track download it for free and join the hype by Following Skizzy Mars on twitter.
I love putting new artists on the site, especially when they sound as incredible as this. From the ambient rework of Great Good Fine Okay‘s hit single, down to the soft vibrations in his light R&B vocals, everything falls into place to produce a mellow yet divine single. I’ll leave it at that and leave you to discover him for yourself, check out his soundcloud if you’re feeling his vibe.