February 16, 2012


Free Music: Missy Elliott Returns on Busta Rhymes Remix & More

Busta Rhymes ft. Chris Brown, Missy Elliott & Lil Wayne: “Why Stop Now (Remix)”
The Busta/Chris collabo gets new verses from Missy Elliott and Lil Wayne. Weezy has a few choice lines (“My blunts last longer than friendships”) while Missy’s verse makes me very hungry and excited for her upcoming album (finally/hopefully) this summer. [The Fader

Big K.R.I.T.: “King Pt. 2”
Taking the music from Drake’s majestic “Lord Knows” for his latest introspective rumination, Big K.R.I.T. talks Plan B, race, faith, and redemption and reminds us why he’s one of today’s best rappers. [CoS]

Mouse on Mars: “Polaroyced”
The first single from the first album in six years from the always-reliable German IDM duo is loose, playful and inventive. This is homemade electronic music that doesn’t take itself too seriously, and it’s all the better for it. [Stereogum]

The Young: “Livin’ Free”
These Austin up-and-comers craft very amiable fuzz-rock with a slight psychedelic-blues tinge. They just signed to Matador, so keep an eye on ‘em. [Pitchfork]

Julie Holter: “In the Same Room”
Ethereal, borderline-meandering bedroom pop from the blogosphere’s latest darling. It’ll probably grow on you—if you can stay awake. [Prefix]

DOOM & Jneiro Jarel: “Banished”
Apparently the prolific fringe rapper DOOM is making an album with this Massive Attack & TV on the Radio producer. Throbbing bass and skittering samples make their first single an interesting portent of things to come. [Stereogum]

Diplo ft. Nicky B: “Express Yourself”
Having nothing to do with the Madonna or N.W.A songs of the same name, this banger mixes Nicky B’s ragga with Diplo’s beloved tweaked-out beats. [Spin]