Modern Language, "Madlab" f. Illogic

California emcee Lucid Optics and UK producer Museum are Modern Language, presenting "Madlab", their new single from An Offer You Can Totally Refuse, their forthcoming album out now. "Madlab" features a guest appearance from Ohio emcee Illogic, who with Lucid Optics forms the duo Lucid Logic. Lucid and Museum first met when they performed on the same bill at a show in San Francisco, and have been collaborating digitally ever since, releasing the OK Txt Me EP in 2015. Lucid Optics is part of the Iscape collective, and has performed alongside Blueprint, Louis Logic and Milo. "Museum doesn't know it, but this beat was the greatest twentieth birthday present I could've asked for," says Lucid. "I was in a lot of turmoil in that period and still getting used to all the chaos around me. The main theme is realizing the power and potential human beings have while being surrounded by people who don't. I also met one of my favorite artists while we were working on this project and we became friends after playing a show at the Honey Hive in San Francisco. I think my verse leaves room and unanswered questions, which isn't always a bad thing, but Illogic really ties it together with that sort of spoken word piece. I'm super grateful to be working on more music with both of these dudes."

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Yamin Semali, "Right On (RMX)". Blu, Kurupt, J-Live

East Point, GA rapper/producer Yamin Semali presents his remix of "Right On", which appears on The $aturday/$unday Remixes, a project in which he remixes over his own productions the Monday/Friday album he released in 2015 with fellow Atlanta producer Illastrate are Monday/Friday (Monday/Friday on Bandcamp). Videos from the album were released for "Right On" (watch) and "MF" (watch). The remix album was completed following a North America tour with Melaphyre Etheoryall and Boog Brown. Besides his collaborations with Blu, Kurupt of Tha Dogg Pound and J-Live, Yamin's work as one half of Atlanta rap duo Clan Destined garnered them a 5 out of 5 rating from Creative Loafing for their album Self Titled. Yamin made AllHipHop's Top Indie Artists of 2015 list (read) as well as its 2014 top 50 artists list, and Yamin's self-titled solo debut album landed on Dart Adam's Top 50 Albums of 2013 list. "Illastrate really influenced me, first as an emcee," Yamin says about the project. "Then, after I did a few remixes, he encouraged me to do the entire album. I'm glad I took him up on that. Monday/Friday is my best work so far to me."

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Apollo Brown & Skyzoo (feat. Joell Ortiz) - "A Couple Dollars"

The second official single from Apollo Brown & Skyzoo, "A Couple Dollars,"brings in special guest and Slaughterhouse member Joell Ortiz and debuted at the Complex.  In addition, when you pre-order the upcoming album on iTunes or Bandcamp there is another bonus silent single "The Vibes" available today.



"For me, this record is a personal favorite of mine because of what it represents as far as my perspective. Coming up, I saw certain things in my neighborhood, which led to certain aspirations, which led to motivation of all sorts. This record is about how those things come about, and how they started in the first place, dating back 400+ years ago, as pointed out in the second verse. This song stands as another testament to who, what, when, where and why as far as how it is in my neighborhood". - Skyzoo



"Always feels good to tell the story of my past and how it was growing up in my projects in Brooklyn. Reminds me where I came from. You need that reminder every now and then to keep you focused and sharp." - Joell Ortiz


About The Album
The Easy Truth

After years of mutual respect, circling each other in collaborations, tours, style and respect, two titans of their craft have finally collided in Apollo Brown & Skyzoo's "The Easy Truth." The album is everything you've dreamt it would be: breakneck instrumentals and syllables crafted to make your head spin. The marriage between Detroit instrumentals and NYC wordplay has never been more cohesive. Themes range from police brutality to NY ambitions; Skyzoo shows you the world the way he sees it.

Recorded and produced in Detroit, "The Easy Truth," is the perfect distillation of hiphop influences. Every moment on the album is a loaded question, a perspective positing a notion of truth, the convergence of grit and symphony.

Joining the artists on the record are Joell Ortiz, Westside Gunn, Stalley, Conway and Patty Crash, a reciprocal band of guests that only add depth and richness to the duo's chemistry. Coming September 30th, "The Easy Truth," is true to its titular description: honest, fluid, and organic.

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PARTYNEXTDOOR - Don’t Do It For You No More

PartyNextDoor is getting ready to release his highly anticipated P3 album next Friday (August 12), but before he does so the Mississauga crooner decides to share another presumed leak for us in the meantime called “Don’t Do It For You No More.”

Over production from Bizness Boi, Soufwest, and TH3ORY, PND croons to his lady about mending their relationship, while delivering some feel-good vibes in the process. Serving as the follow up to “Not Nice,” the track is another strong addition to PND’s steady growing catalog of hits, and all the more reason to get excited for P3 to arrive. Preorders available now on iTunes.

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Saba - Symmetry

One of the most intriguing prospects out of Chicago, Saba has been active with the features but has kept a moderately low profile since he dropped ComfortZone in 2014. Today he began the rollout of his upcoming project Bucket List by premiering its lead single, "Symmetry," on Zane Lowe's Beats 1 show.

 

“‘Symmetry’ is about finding your other half, or better half, even,” Saba told NYLON of the song. “They say the most beautiful people have symmetrical features, and that that’s what beauty is. I tried to take that concept and expand on it to say that symmetry in life is when everything lines up, things just start to make sense.”

 

The single is consistent with Saba's conceptual style of hip hop. It unravels over the course of several or more listens. 

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Phonte & Eric Roberson - It’s So Easy

Only July 22, Phonte and Eric Roberson will join to release Tigallerro — one of a couple projects we hope to get from the Greensboro rapper/singer this year. And for the first taste, 'Te and Roberson unveil the project's first single, "It's So Easy."

If you need a jolt of happiness and glee in your life — which, on weeks like this one, we all could — "It's So Easy" can be that spark. The two trade verses both singing and rapping as they speak on life's joys from their children to being able to independently release music.

If Tigallerro can bring half bliss "It's So Easy" does, July 22 and the days following will be happy times.

 

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Tinashe - Superlove

Get ready for some “Superlove” from Tinashe.

 

The R&B songstress is still crafting her sophomore album Joyride, but in an interview with Tampa Bay radio station 95.7 The Beat, she announced that her next single “Superlove” could be out in “a few weeks.”

 

“I have new music coming too that I’m so excited about,” she said. “I’ve been working on it for awhile. The album is called Joyride. I’ve got a new single called ‘Superlove’ and I’m so excited to get it out there. I’ve been working, putting my heart and soul into this new stuff.”

 

As fans know all too well, Tinashe has been crafting Joyride for quite some time. Earlier this year, she also postponed her “Joyride World Tour” in order to finish the LP.

 

“I will be wrapping up the finishing touches on Joyride by the end of May, and will be back on the road shortly thereafter to see all of you,” she wrote in a letter about the tour postponement. “If you know anything about me, you know this was the last thing I would ever want to do.”

 

Joyride, the follow-up to her 2014 debut Aquarius, doesn’t have a release date, but Tinashe promises that it’s coming “soon.”

 

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Cousin Stizz - Where I Came From

Cousin Stizz is just two days away from releasing his new album, MONDA. The Boston native made a name for himself last year, off the strength of his debut project Suffolk County (which if you never heard, you can download here), and it sounds like he's picking up right where he left off with this dope new leak/visual "Where I Came From."

 

The title says it all-- if you're wondering where Stizz came from or how he grew up, this video should do the trick, from drug deals to robbery. The song is just as dope as the visual component, with haunting production from Tedd Boyd to pair with Stizz's revealing bars.

 

Be on the look out for MONDA to impact July 14th. 

 

Quotable Lyrics:

I knew that one day my day'd come

How 'bout you see where I came from

Nothing on nothing I came from

Problems on problems, I ain't run

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