• Fashawn – Golden State Of Mind (Feat. Dom Kennedy)

    Fashawn – Golden State Of Mind (Feat. Dom Kennedy)

    By Mason Strehl on September 30, 2014

    It’s been an exciting year for Fashawn, after he signed to Nas’ new label, Mass Appeal Records. Now he is preparing to release his first album, titled The Ecology, since the big news of his signing. The Cali emcee paints an ode to his home state with his new track and first single titled “Golden State Of Mind”. It’s a throwback for sure with a definite west coast vibe and a guest verse from Dom Kennedy. The track is produced by TMR favorite Exile, who brings forth a laid back, bass heavy instrumental for Fash and Dom to rhyme on.

    In other news, The Ecology has been pushed back, but this track will appear on the upcoming compilation Mass Apeal Vol. 1. We’ll keep you posted on more!

  • Joey Bada$$ – Get Paid

    Joey Bada$$ – Get Paid

    By Mason Strehl on September 26, 2014

    One of the most anticipated albums of the year might just be around the corner. The album, Joey Bada$$’s B4DA$$, will hopefully be coming by the end of the year. Today we get a taste of what’s to come with a new loosie. This track won’t be on the album, but I don’t care – this is fire. The track is a pretty dark and energetic and Joey comes correct with the verses. The chorus can get a little repetitive, but joey’s verses will make you forget all about that. Be on the lookout for upcoming singles off the project.

  • What You’ve Missed: Bishop Nehru, Doom, Dephlow, Apollo Brown, & Ras Kass

    What You’ve Missed: Bishop Nehru, Doom, Dephlow, Apollo Brown, & Ras Kass

    By Mason Strehl on September 25, 2014

    I just wanted to drop in with a few different track that dropped this month that were especially fuego. We got 3 tracks, one with Bishop Nehru & DOOM, a track from VA emcee Dephlow, and another collaboration track from Apollo Brown & Ras Kass. Check them out!

  • Skizzy Mars – Sweetest Hangover (Feat. Marc E. Bassy)

    Skizzy Mars – Sweetest Hangover (Feat. Marc E. Bassy)

    By Mason Strehl on September 25, 2014

    Skizzy Mars is the king when it comes to flipping your girlfriends favorite singles into smooth vibes anyone can get behind. Today, he’s done it again with his latest single “Sweetest Hangover” featuring Marc E. Bassy on the hook. The track is exactly what you might expect – a synthed up, pitched up sample layered with Skizzy’s infectious verses. Check the track out below and catch the free download.

    Download: Skizzy Mars – Sweetest Hangover (Feat. Marc E. Bassy)

  • McKinley Dixon – Peter Truman

    McKinley Dixon – Peter Truman

    By Mason Strehl on September 11, 2014

    This project is a bit old, but I definitely feel like it should be shared. From TMR newcomer, but future mainstay McKinley Dickson, comes an EP titled Peter Truman. The project is brief, at only about 5 tracks, but each track is golden. 

    The short project comes out to about 3 tracks, with two bonus instrumental live mixes courtesy of Nathanael Clark. Other than that the instrumental style is strictly jazz. All beat arrangements were done by Nicholas Cheung and Dixon, and they echo some of the greatest jazz hop instrumentals from the likes of Nujabes. McKinley is a very impressive wordsmith, and after listening through once, you’ll know what I mean. His lyrics are clever, conscious, and they tell a story – something I find most impressive. Many emcees these days rap and don’t say anything, which is certainly not the case with Dixon. You can tell his work is crafted by a love of music, and it makes for a very authentic feel. 

    The project is worth a few listens for sure, and once you do that, go buy it. He is currently working on a new project which hopefully will come to light soon. Until then, keep this one on repeat. 

    Download: McKinley Dixon – Peter Truman