After piquing interest with a Sun Raw remix EP last month, Red Bull Music Academy alum and (apparent) R&B mega-fan Naphta is back with another remix package. This time around, the Polish producer has put forth his oddly slurred take on some of the most critically acclaimed R&B cuts from the last year, drawing from Autre Ne Veut, Shlohmo & Jeremih, and Tinashe. Naphta also draws quite a bit of his sound from regional American staples like Jersey Club and Three 6 Mafia-style, hi hat heavy beat work. The package is highly entertaining, if not spectacular, but few remix packages are at that. Stream two choice cuts from the EP below and download the entire thing here courtesy of Freshmore.
After featuring heavily on January’s Freebandz tape, Casino, who is Future’s real life brother, is back with Ex Drug Dealer. While Casino hasn’t found his Mike Will yet, he’s stil an exciting newcomer. Whether he’s crooning in alien cadences like his brother or waxing poetic about crack deals over Zaytoven and 808 Mafia production, he shows an impressive flow and command over his subject matter. The skits at the beginning of each Ex Drug Dealer track could probably be removed, but what can you do, it’s a powder-inspired tape. Download Ex Drug Dealer below.
Download: Casino – Ex Drug Dealer
Despite releasing a wealth of quality material in the past year-plus, our favorite autotune automaton, the one and only Future, hasn’t been remixed nearly as much as some of his peers in the rappity singity game. We might receive one Future remix for every 10 Drizzy redos and that’s just not conducive to a positive music landscape. To help right the ship, Los Angeles resident Caleb Stone recently bootlegged “Karate Chop” into an equal parts melodic and molasses mess of hi hats and rippling synth work. Guitar licks encircle Nayvadius’ muted vocals projecting an opiatic effect to the original’s decidedly triumphant vibe. Stone’s remix has a little bit of a Ryan Hemsworth vibe to it in that Future’s vocals are kept almost entirely intact, but the track takes on an entirely new character with the Angeleno behind the wheel. Not to start the hype wheel or anything, but Stone might just be onto something here.
Something has to be said for an artist coming out of nowhere with a fully developed persona and sound. It’s no surprise, with roots in Dungeon Family and whatnot, that Future and his debut LP Pluto have been hugely successful, but the cohesiveness of what the Atlanta MC/crooner represents has to be noted. Mike Will has A LOT to do with that cohesiveness of course, but Future’s voice crack is unmistakeable whether you hate it or love it and is a big reason why Mr. FreeBandz is so wildly successful. While his sensitive thug side has probably garnered more praise, Nayvadius has also gone off on some Sonny Digital productions with aplomb, if not waxing poetic then beating the listener down with an often blunt force (often at the same damn time as say, cooking dope or talking on the phone). “Mark McGwire” falls in the blunt force category and will probably turn off all the people hating on his “freestyle” over that new TNGHT production on the most recent Pitchfork Selector feature. Like the famed (and now much maligned) Cardinals slugger, Future takes the shortest route to the finish line (or fence if you prefer the convoluted metaphor), name-checking Jeezy, Boosie and Antawn Jamison (?!) while simultaneously proclaiming himself king (same damn time again!!). Based on “Mark McGwire”, it doesn’t appear that Future’s upcoming FBG: ‘The Movie’ tape (dropping 1/15) will fall short in its quest for greatness like Marky did.
Powder face like a Geisha
First off, let’s throw on a veil of selective amnesia. Big Sean never outshone Pusha T on “Mercy”. That whole Pusha/Weezy “beef” never happened. Actually, let’s just forget everything post-2010 VMAs. Let’s take it back to the days when the Virginia Coke brothers were at their most ruthless and The Neptunes were basically infallible. You’re there? Take a second, take it in. Alright, so Pusha T just released a new song with autotune automaton Future on the hook and Yeezy behind the boards. Anyone hoping for a Lord Willin’ redux will be disappointed here, as Pusha is a different animal without twin brother Malice, but “Pain” has as much machinegun wordplay as any Pusha verse of yore. If you’re a The Wire nerd like I am, “Pain” is pure ear candy (could have been Travon/but instead I chose Avon). Stream the track below and use your own facilities to grab a download. Yeeuchhhhh.