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Dan Henig - Paper Planes & Hurricanes EP

Dan Henig – Paper Planes & Hurricanes EP

Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Dan Henig has officially released his new EP, Paper Planes & Hurricanes. Best known for his daring public covers of tracks like Lil Jon’s “Get Low,” Henig built a considerable and loyal following on YouTube through his videos. Yesterday, he finally presented the world with his own original body of work in...
Trillectro & DJ Spicoli - Singles Awareness Day 8 (Mixtape)

Trillectro & DJ Spicoli – Singles Awareness Day 8 (Mixtape)

Each Valentine’s Day, the good folks over at Trillectro / DCtoBC drop a mixtape to raise awareness for those without a special someone in their lives. Trillectro Music Festival co-founders Modi and DJ Spicoli are back with the eighth installment today – just in time for Feb. 14th. From Trillectro’s SoundCloud page: Since 2008, the team behind Trillectro has...
Kevin Abstract - ECHO (Video)

Kevin Abstract – ECHO (Video)

Kevin Abstract has officially unveiled the first single to his sophomore record THEY SHOOT HORSES. “ECHO” is similar, yet different, to Kevin’s previous works we’ve seen up until now. If you’ve followed his music then it’s a natural progression that many were expecting. He drops his raps to sing over this Romil-produced cut resulting in...
Review: Lana Del Rey - Honeymoon

Review: Lana Del Rey – Honeymoon

Review written by Crystal W. (@crystalwang1017). Lana Del Rey is one of the most iconic voices in pop music today. She inspires and is inspired by nearly every genre, from indie to hip-hop. More importantly, her character and image are the most detailed and influential they’ve been in recent years. Her third album, Honeymoon, came out last week....
AG Honor - Classic Man (Freestyle)

AG Honor – Classic Man (Freestyle)

You couldn’t go anywhere without hearing Jidenna‘s “Classic Man” this summer. Today, new artist AG Honor dropped his own version of the popular tune. This is just a two-minute freestyle, but it’s already clear that AG Honor has some pipes. He’s also got some catchy one-liners up his sleeve. Honor is repping Takoma Park, Maryland. Look out for...
The Weeknd - Beauty Behind The Madness (Album)

The Weeknd – Beauty Behind The Madness (Album)

The Weeknd, everyone’s favorite wild-haired R&B star, has finally released his highly anticipated summer album, Beauty Behind The Madness. Since the release of his series of critically acclaimed mixtapes (House of Balloons, Thursday, and Echoes of Silence) in 2011, The Weeknd has steadily gained a massive following. In 2014, he released his debut album Kissland, and his fan...
Benny Benassi & Chris Brown - Paradise

Benny Benassi & Chris Brown – Paradise

Benny Benassi and Chris Brown link up for the EDM banger, “Paradise.” This collaboration is sure to have international pop appeal as a feel-good song with a catchy hook, bouncy instrumental and all-too-important beat drop. Whether or not you like C. Breezy’s behavior out of the studio, you’ve gotta admit that he’s one of the more...
Majid Jordan - My Love ft. Drake

Majid Jordan – My Love ft. Drake

Majid Jordan links with fellow OVO artist Drake for “My Love.” You’ll remember that these two linked up previously for “Hold On We’re Going Home,” a single from Drizzy’s latest album Nothing Was The Same. “My Love” is equally dope — especially the part during which Champagne Papi croons, “You got your trophies I know how...
Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment - Surf (Album)

Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment – Surf (Album)

It’s a rare day when an album is released for free on iTunes, but it’s an even rarer day when Chance The Rapper and co. release a new album. And today, we are the lucky ones because Surf is finally here. Donnie Trumpet (or Nico Segal) is a masterful curator and trumpeter, and this new...
Jamie xx – I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times) ft. Young Thug

Jamie xx – I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times) ft. Young Thug

The most unlikely collaborations usually tend to fall under one of two categories: terribly bad or incredibly good. There isn’t much middle ground. Thankfully for us, this unexpected new song from Jamie xx and Young Thug falls under the latter, where we would go so far as to say that it could be a contender for song...
iLoveMakonnen - Drink More Water 5 (Mixtape)

iLoveMakonnen – Drink More Water 5 (Mixtape)

 iLoveMakonnen delivers the fifth installment in his Drink More Water series. The Atlanta rapper-singer has developed quite a buzz since the release of his “Tuesday” track featuring Drake. Peep the 11-track mixtape — which contains features from the likes of Gucci Mane, Migos and Fredo Santana — below and let us know what you think....
Rihanna - Bitch Better Have My Money

Rihanna – Bitch Better Have My Money

Rihanna drops a banger with “Bitch Better Have My Money.” The Deputy-produced track serves as the second single for Riri’s upcoming album following “FourFiveSeconds.” BBHMM is Rihanna at her best — cocky, confident and brash — and the song is perfect for your weekend festivities. The beat is co-produced by Kanye West, Travi$ Scott and WondaGurl. Rihanna’s...