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Best Rap Releases of 2014: 1st Quarter

Best Rap Releases of 2014: 1st Quarter

We’re three months into 2014, and there have been numerous rap releases you may or may not have gotten a chance to listen to. The point of this post is to highlight our favorite projects and singles that have been unveiled thus far in 2014. This feature includes albums, mixtapes, and singles released Jan 1...
Get Ready for Summer with a Goldroom Remix of MØ

Get Ready for Summer with a Goldroom Remix of MØ

There are very few producers that can capture a uplifting, summertime vibe as well as Josh Legg, aka Goldroom. With springtime in full swing and summer just around the corner, it’s safe to say Goldroom season is among us. The “Inverno Mix 2014” has been on heavy rotation since it came out in late February,...
[STREAM] SZA - "Babylon" (ft. Kendrick Lamar)

[STREAM] SZA – “Babylon” (ft. Kendrick Lamar)

SZA released the video for “Babylon” a month ago, but it lacked the Kendrick feature that appears on the album.  SZA’s album, Z, will be released tomorrow (April 8) via Top Dawg Entertainment as the first R&B project under the label.  The “Babylon” version on Z calls upon fellow Top Dawg member, Kendrick Lamar to ease into a...
Listen to Mobb Deep's "My Block" Produced by Kaytranada

Listen to Mobb Deep’s “My Block” Produced by Kaytranada

The talents of Mobb Deep and Kaytranada have come together in a classic no-hook style rap. The 90′s reminiscent tune, “My Block”, was produced by Canadian up and coming producer, Kaytranada, who has become a favorite of ours here at The Dankles. The duo of Havoc and Prodigy comprise Mobb Deep, and are releasing their eighth...
[STREAM] Temptations - "Cloud Nine" (French Kiwi Juice Remix)

[STREAM] Temptations – “Cloud Nine” (French Kiwi Juice Remix)

French Kiwi Juice has a clever knack for creating some of the smoothest, silkiest, swaggiest tunes out there, and he’s back at it with this fresh remix of the Temptations‘ classic Motown tune “Cloud Nine.” Crafting some of the best feel-good music out there, French Kiwi Juice never disappoints. Whether it’s an original or a...
Stream SZA's "Childs Play" Featuring Chance The Rapper

Stream SZA’s “Childs Play” Featuring Chance The Rapper

The second installment of a three part EP series by SZA is due on April 8th, and is the first project SZA will be releasing under the direction of Top Dawg Entertainment (TDE). “Childs Play” serves as the second single off the forthcoming Z EP, and is blessed with a verse with none other than the ever...
[DOWNLOAD] Chuck Inglish - Glam (ft. Chance The Rapper & Macie Stewart)

[DOWNLOAD] Chuck Inglish – Glam (ft. Chance The Rapper & Macie Stewart)

Chuck Inglish has enlisted fellow Chicagoan, Chance The Rapper, to add a soulful touch to Chuck’s debut solo project, Convertibles. The choice of production on “Glam” caught me by surprise as Chuck typically has heavy hitting 808s on his beats, but this track is a mellow combination of live instruments sounding like more like a beat...
Sunday Music Relief #37

Sunday Music Relief #37

Welcome ladies and gents to our weekly series titled Sunday Music Relief! We all know how fast the weekend can go by whether you spent the time hanging with friends, out partying or simply taking care of business. However, come Sunday most of us will be tired from the weekend past and prefer to just...
SZA releases new single "Babylon" via music video

SZA releases new single “Babylon” via music video

SZA has been gearing up for the second release from her three part EP series of S, Z, and A. One year after her S EP , SZA has positioned herself among the most elite vocalists out there. Gaining recognition from Kendrick Lamar, this young talent from New Jersey was signed by the Lamar-led label Top Dawg Entertainment (TDE) last summer. Z will be...
[DOWNLOAD] Big K.R.I.T. - Lac Lac (ft. A$AP Ferg)

[DOWNLOAD] Big K.R.I.T. – Lac Lac (ft. A$AP Ferg)

I have more respect for any rapper that chooses to produce their own beats, and Big K.R.I.T. has gotten very good at this. As the third release of #weekofKRIT, “Lac Lac” shows that the Mississippi rapper is at the top of his game as he prepares his forthcoming LP, Cadillactica, to be released via Def...
[DOWNLOAD] AlunaGeorge - Kaleidoscope Love (Kaytranada Edition)

[DOWNLOAD] AlunaGeorge – Kaleidoscope Love (Kaytranada Edition)

It’s no secret that both Kaytranada and AlunaGeorge are favorites of ours here at The Dankles, and it’s a treat to have a Kaytranada edition of “Kaleidoscope Love.” In case you haven’t heard Kaytranada’s Instrumental Hip-Hop is Dead mix, it’s 48 minutes of quality, lush instrumental hip hop reminiscent of J Dilla. This Canadian producer’s edition of “Kaleidoscope...
Stream Erik Hassle's 6 song EP, Somebody's Party

Stream Erik Hassle’s 6 song EP, Somebody’s Party

Erik Hassle is the Swedish version of Frank Ocean, and released an amazing six song EP with Somebody’s Party. I don’t think I’m the first person to draw this comparison as the two singers’ voices are incredibly similar, and have comparable taste in their production choices. “What He is Like”, and “Somebody’s Party” are the only...
Stream the new Chromeo single, "Jealous (I Ain’t With It)"

Stream the new Chromeo single, “Jealous (I Ain’t With It)”

Masters of everything funky, Chromeo, has done it again with their newest single, “Jealous (I Ain’t With It).” This Canadian duo has ended their four year hiatus and is due to release forthcoming album, White Woman, May 12th via Atlantic Records. Chromeo hosted a Reddit AMA in the fall revealing they have collaborated with Vampire Weekend‘s Ezra Koenig,...
[DOWNLOAD] Big K.R.I.T. - New Agenda (ft. Rick Ross)

[DOWNLOAD] Big K.R.I.T. – New Agenda (ft. Rick Ross)

Big K.R.I.T. kicks off his #WeekofKRIT with “New Agenda”. This new tune features Rick Ross, who released his much anticipated album Mastermind today. Big K.R.I.T. has plans to release a new track every day through this Sunday as promotion of Cadillactica, the follow up to his Def Jam debut. This tune showcases the production skills Big...
[DOWNLOAD] Jeremiah Jae - Survival (feat. Oliver The 2nd)

[DOWNLOAD] Jeremiah Jae – Survival (feat. Oliver The 2nd)

Jeremiah Jae is a Chicago-based rapper on Flying Lotus‘ label, Brainfeeder. Jeremiah Jae released “Survival” as a single via Warp Records with a feature from fellow Chicagoan, Oliver the 2nd as a rendition of what it means to have started from the bottom, and the difficulties of surviving in the streets. The choice of production...