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Kali Uchis & Tyler, The Creator Deliver Must Hear Chilled Out Single "After The Storm" Ft. Bootsy Collins

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Tyler, the Creator's most recent album Flower Boy made our Top 20 Hip-Hop/R&B Albums of 2017, and one of the standout tracks was his collaboration with Kali Uchis, "See You Again." The two have struck gold again with "After The Storm," the newest single from her forthcoming debut album.

The smooth track picks up right where "See You Again" left off, with BADBADNOTGOOD providing a hip-hop/jazz instrumental for the Columbian singer to shine over. Funk legend Bootsy Collins starts off the track which creates an amazing blend of the sounds of the 1970's and today. Tyler, the Creator brings a short but sweet verse to break up the song in the middle, and the way everything comes together at the end for a bridge and extended outro makes this one of the best songs she's ever released.

Kali Uchi's debut album still does not have a release date, but we can't wait to hear what else she has in store for us after this gem. Enjoy! 

Kali Uchis - After The Storm (Ft. Tyler, The Creator & Bootsy Collins)

Marshmello Honors Lil Peep, Shares Emotive Collaboration “Spotlight”

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For the first official posthumous release since his tragic death last year, Lil Peep is featured on Marshmello's latest song entitled "Spotlight." Marshmello said that the mother of Gus Ahr (aka Lil Peep) reached out to him because she wanted all of her son's unheard music to be released for his fans.

We're happy she did, because his life was unexpectedly cut short before we got to hear more music from the young rising rapper. Marshmello matches the emo-rap hybrid sound that Peep was known for and allows for his vocals to remain the focal point of the song while putting together a perfect backdrop of bright melodies and trap inspired hip-hip drums. The track sounds like something Peep would've released on SoundCloud before his major label debut last year, and I'm sure he would have been happy to share this with the world. R.I.P. Lil Peep

Marshmello & Lil Peep - Spotlight

Kendrick Lamar, Future & James Blake Join Forces With Jay Rock On Must Hear, Hard-Hitting Song "Kings Dead"

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It was announced a few weeks ago that Kendrick Lamar would be curating the soundtrack for the forthcoming Black Panther movie, which came with a brand-new collaboration from Kendrick and Top Dawg Entertainment labelmate SZA. For the second single off the soundtrack, TDE member Jay Rock has teamed up with Kendrick Lamar, Future, and James Blake for "King's Dead," which also serves as the first single to Jay Rock's next album.

Fans of Kendrick's "HUMBLE." and "DNA" will instantly be excited to hear K. Dot team up with producer Mike Will Made-It again over this trap beat, but the song is full of surprises throughout its duration. Jay Rock lays down a highly technical verse that shows off his lyricism before Kendrick and Future come back in for the call-and-response chorus, followed by a silly and unexpected falsetto bridge from Future. 

Mike Will and producer Teddy Walton then transition into a beat switch (with James Blake vocals!) for the end of the song that allows Kendrick to go wild over an intense, bass-heavy, distorted instrumental. Kendrick absolutely snaps on this, similar to the back half of "DNA" and fits a crazy amount of bars into the last minute. 

The style of this song is completely different than the Kendrick x SZA collaboration, and we cannot wait to hear what else the Black Panther soundtrack has in store for us. The soundtrack drops February 9th, with the movie premiering the following week. Enjoy! 

Jay Rock - Kings Dead (Ft. Kendrick Lamar & Future)

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