Big Boi ain’t tryna hear your woes over your Monday Blues. He’s been dropping exclusive mashups every Monday for the last three weeks, with 6 remaining in his #MashupMondays series. Re-engineering tracks from his album Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors, Big Boi continues to prove that his lyrics can control a beat, no matter the genre. “GossipZilla,” the third drop from the series, is a reimagined version of VLADR’s “Gossip,” an outstanding merge with the conceptual rock track “Godzilla” by Blue Oyster Cult. Check out the track after the cut and download it here. The previous two mashups are down there too.
Y’all. Okayplayer just dropped some heavy, heavy news. I’m talmbout so heavy, it’ll make your head spin from the weight of it all. Amerigo Gazaway, returns to reign majestically with an epic fusion from his new series “Soul Mates”–Yasiin Gaye.
Building the album’s foundation from deconstructed samples of Gaye’s Motown classics, Gazaway re-orchestrates the instrumentation into new productions within a similar framework. Carefully weaving Bey’s dense raps and Gaye’ soulful vocals over his new arrangements, the producer delivers a quality far closer to Gaye’s famous duets than that of a “mashup” album.
Yes, that’s the mighty Mos, now known as Yasiin Bey and the Soul Gawd Marvin Gaye. As one. Together. The full project will drop on February 25th but you can listen to the track below and download it here.
If you’ve been following the soul makers of the Odd Future collective, then you’re already somewhat familiar with this cat, Tay Walker. He’s 1/5 of OF’s The Internet, playing the role of keyboardist and one of vocalist of the group. He dropped this solo effort last fall and it’s proving to be the perfect storm of rhythm and blues. My favorite track: “(Why Me) Pondering.” Walker is due to drop his next project, 25 Hours a Day, this Spring. Check out his first single and video, ”Karma,” from the project under the cut…
Titled DJ Applejac Presents: Shecky’s Sunday Coolout, Vol. 2, this mix compilation is perfect for many moods on any day. Obscurely classic 60s and 70s grooves are some of DJ Applejac’s specialties, so it’s no surprise that Sunday Coolout brings the jams that you [probably] know little about but can vibe to, nonetheless. Enjoy a couple of tracks in here and then go download it here!
Amerigo Gazaway, formerly of Gummy Soul, presents a very sultry Cali songstress by the name of Xiomara. Ms. Lady takes covers to a whole new level with her bluesy renditions of Outkast’s “So Fresh, So Clean” and A Tribe Called Quest’s “Electric Relaxation” in A Tribe Called Outkast: A Tribute. Transforming the original songs into smoothed out, ultra-melodic tracks, Xiomara’s sound is reminiscent of a sexy night at an underground speakeasy. Get into it under the cut.
Been bumpin’ this new Scotty ATL mixtape, In The Meantime 2. Some fine Southern hip hop, straight out of the Eastside of Atlanta. Below, you can check out the track “I Did It First” featuring Shawn Chrystopher, Chase Allen and Coolismac and produced by SMKA. Go get familiar with Scotty and cop the download at Live Mixtapes.
I’ve been listening to Gwen Bunn for a little under a year. The Decatur, GA native writes, arranges and produces her own music. With lyrics of experience and multi-layered production, her impressive output belies her young age. Gwen has appeared on a couple of tracks from the Foreign Exchange crew, including “Can’t Turn Around,” from Love In Flying Colors. She also put the beat down on Schoolboy Q’s “Collard Greens.” Hip hop, soul, R&B, electro-jazz, Gwen Bunn can pretty much arrange a tune in all genres. Quite frankly, she’s one to look out for in 2014.