On what would have been Prodigy’s 43rd birthday, producer Vanderslice has shared a new posthumous single paying homage to the legendary emcee, with the help of Conway and Mobb Deep affiliate Big Twins.
While speaking of the track, titled “Hardbody Karate,” Vanderslice revealed that he originally tailored the beat to the man Prodigy himself, explaining he was going to do whatever it took to secure a bucket list feature from the New York mainstay, who has admittedly been his personal favorite emcee ever since the 1995 release of “Shook Ones (Part II).”
“I had the sample in my stash for years and the second Steez and I finished it, I set it aside for our new album—come hell or high water, we were going to do whatever it took to get Prodigy on it,” he shared in conversation with Mass Appeal. “It’s an NFL record, it was rare and expensive so we wanted to make sure we utilized it properly. Steez laid the bass and synth, I layered the drums and did all the chops. It’s poetry in motion.”
The song is set to appear on Vanderslice’s forthcoming project, The Best Album Money Can Buy, which features the likes of Ghostface Killah, Freddie Gibbs, Evidence and Slug of Atmosphere, among others, and is set to drop this winter.
“It was such a humbling experience to finally get to work and build any sort of relationship with him, and once it was done I felt a sense of accomplishment unlike I’ve ever felt with my music,” Vanderslice adds. “I have lost a lot of people in my personal life and when I heard he died my reaction was, ‘That’s impossible we just finished our song, man!’ I was shattered inside. I don’t think rap will ever recover from losing P.”
Take a listen to the tribute track above.
In celebration of Record Store Day, Ohio-based funk/soul label Colemine Records and Brooklyn-based indie hip-hop label Coalmine Records have joined forces to release a limited edition 7-inch 45 titled, “Head Above Water.”
The collaborative label release features a new track from The Rugged Nuggets on Side A, with Small Professor flipping the track on Side B. The latter features verses from Smoke DZA, Fly Anakin and Blu, with DJ Revolution handling the cuts. Joe Buck also handled artwork for what is sure to become a collector’s item for fans of independent hip-hip and Record Store Day alike.
Get all the details about how to purchase the limited edition vinyl here and check out the music above.
After garnering the attention of many new ears with the release of her debut single “The Real Thing Don’t Change,” which broke the Top 40 on the Urban AC chart this past fall, singer Porcelan returns with new music.
Her sophomore single, “Lois Lane,” is a beautiful offering, exploring the emotional space and vulnerability that new love brings.
Of the track, Porcelan says, “Every woman wants a strong man in their lives that makes her feel secure. The ideal fantasy is to be swept off your feet and protected by a strong man who will rescue you from anything that can bring you harm, and Superman’s love for Lois Lane symbolizes that.”
Check it out above.
The coveted season of summer releases is now upon us.
After announcing he’s joined the G.O.O.D Music roster earlier this year and shortly following up the news with his debut project GOOD Job, You Found Me, Chicago artist Valee is back with his latest.
The new song, “Womp Womp,” recruits beloved crooner Jeremih, with the two complimenting each other in a rather curious way over a Cássio-produced instrumental. While the track doesn’t quite qualify as a summer anthem, it does hold the potential to be a sleeper hit, scoring points for its minimalistic experimentation.
Check out Valee and Jeremih’s latest, “Womp Womp,” above.
Dua Lipa has been providing banger after banger lately, with the pop singer cementing her reputation as one of 2018’s most exciting talents with each release, three of which just so happen to be charting on the Hot 100 currently.
Saweetie, a fast-rising rapper from the Bay Area, found herself inspired by the London-born singer, giving her track “IDGAF” the official remix treatment.
For the remake, the “ICY GRL” rapper adds several verses, further adding to the celebratory unbothered vibe the track proudly encompasses.
“How it feel, how it feel, how it feel? / Sign off on our connection / And I sign onto a deal,” the fresh Warner Bros signee spits. “Shoulda kept a hundred / Man, you shoulda kept it real / Cause I realize you fake / And you lost all your appeal / It don't hurt when I see you with her / You was always insecure / And believed what you heard.”
Fans can catch Saweetie at the 2018 Miami installment of Rolling Loud, set to take place next weekend (May 11-13) and be livestreamed exclusively by REVOLT TV.
Take a listen to the spirited remix above.