John Legend: Who Do We Think We Are (feat. Rick Ross)

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It is hard to describe “soul” music sometimes.  Songs can either be identified as “has soul” or “doesn’t have soul.”  With that being said, this song has soul for days.  Combine Mr. Legend’s airy-rasp with Rick Ross doing Rick Ross things and you can see why this is the first single chosen off of the highly anticipated “Love in the Future” album.  Though there have been a few delays, the album is slated for a tentative June 25th release date.  Yes, that means you should set a reminder in your iPhone, folks.

Travis Barker & The Cool Kids: Jump Down

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“Jump Down” is the first single off of Travis Barker’s upcoming album, Give The Drummer Some, which is set for an October release on Interscope. The album will feature production from DJ Khalil, The Neptunes, Swizz Beatz, RZADJ Premier, and Pete Rock, with verses from hip hop heavyweights such as Weezy, Eminem, Pharrell, RZA, Lupe Fiasco, Rick Ross, The Clipse, Ghostface, among other big names. Barker, who is known for his hard, punchy hip hop remixes, played drums on all the tracks and served as the executive producer of the album. The track was produced by Barker and Chuck Inglish, and has a simplistically fresh synthy breakbeat under some gritty rhymes from Mikey Rocks and Chuck Inglish of The Cool Kids.

MP3: Travis Barker: Jump Down (feat. The Cool Kids)

Hit the jump for a video of Barker remixing Slaughterhouse’sThe One

Big Sean: Finally Famous Vol. 3 (mixtape)

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G.O.O.D. Music artist Big Sean releases his third mixtape, Finally Famous Vol. 3, hosted by Don Cannon, the prelude to his long awaited debut album, Finally Famous, on G.O.O.D Music / Island Def Jam, dropping on September 14th. Big Sean’s major label debut is set to feature production from The Olympicks, Kanye West, and The Neptunes, and features Wale, Eminem, Kid Cudi, and Rick Ross among others. The Detroit rapper has showed restraint, releasing just three mixtapes over the course of the last three years, but nonetheless has crafted his image as an integral part of the G.O.O.D. music roster.  Big Sean belongs to this new class of hip hop that doesn’t feel the overwhelming compulsion to project the gangster rap image, and is willing to push the sonic boundaries of hip hop, a product of the same sort of musical thinking of label mates Kid Cudi and Kanye West.  Sean’s strength lies in his ability to blend a bouncy flow of witty punch lines in his melodic verses, making his skills as an MC immediately recognizable for hip hop heads, but allowing him greater potential for a broader audience. It’ll be interesting to see how his album does in a couple weeks, but in the mean time check out the mixtape and this track, which samples the Luniz classic, I Got Five On It, featuring personal favorites, Chuck Inglish of The Cool Kids and Curren$y.

MP3: Big Sean: Five Bucks (5 On It) (feat. Chip tha Ripper & Curren$y)

Mixtape download after the jump.

Kanye West (feat. Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj & Justin Vernon): Monster

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A new track from Mr. West, that he dropped on his website this morning. This is part of the G.O.O.D. Fridays that Kanye announced on twitter earlier this week, and is apparently just the beginning of the collaborative efforts of Kanye and Bon Iver front man Justin Vernon. Check out this sweet interview from Pitchfork where Vernon discusses going to Hawaii to record with Kanye, overdubbing the shit out of his vocals, and smoking spliffs with Rick Ross.  Also, Nicki Minaj’s verse is FIRE.

MP3: Monster (feat. Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj & Justin Vernon).