Step 1. One of the most interesting stories we've ever written started by featuring this infectious Outkast mashup cover "Moves Like Ms. Jackson" last Sunday. With no artist name attached, the song spread virally raising the question of who this might be, leading to speculations ranging from Disclosure, Duke Dumont and Moon Boots.
Step 2. Then this past Sunday, we received another track from the mysterious artist; this time an original titled "Superfriends" featuring the same style and vocals, yet still no name for the artist.
Step 3. Well today we are finally unlocking the mystery.. or at least the beginning. One of Thissongissick loyal readers posted a comment on the article stating they were sure "this artists' name is ZHU." We started digging and after reaching out to a writer from 20 minutes (The French New York Times), we were sent an exchange of email's he had with the artist responsible for the songs who we now can confirm as "ZHU". His name is Steven Zhu, a producer and singer from LA who has gone to great lengths to keep people focusing on the music rather than the musician. ZHU declined an interview but issued the following statement about about keeping his identity:
“Many are wondering why I chose to release my music anonymously. I am my own ghostwriter. As a society, we become more attached to the creator than to the creation. Music is faceless. My music is for a new generation—one in which people appreciate art for its intrinsic value—Generation WHY.“
We searched around and found zhumusic.com, and up until literally 15 minutes ago the entire site was pure black, yet now appears with the familiar Z symbol featured on both previous artworks (image below), confirming the identity. On the page there is a video with the Z symbol and what sounds like another new original song from our main man ZHU. He also has a field for collecting e-mails for what we can assume will be the next steps in project ZHU. We can rest a little easier now knowing at least part of the mystery, yet now we are left with ten more. What are these original songs apart of? Some future album we might see very soon? Should we expect another release on Sunday like the first two? When will we get to see him live?
At least we now know who he is, and judging from these two first tracks and overall movement he is starting, we can rest assured that ZHU will easily become one of the biggest breakout acts of 2014.
Source: 20 Minutes
Last week we asked you to help us figure out "Who the F*ck Made This Amazing OutKast Mashup House Cover?" and received answers ranging from Duke Dumont to Moon Boots. While we wait on our toes for news as to who made the infectious track, we received another anonymous e-mail from the no name artist with a new song and similar artwork. Pitched down rap samples set the tone of this track, yet the vocals coming in sound like the same singer from "Moves Like Ms. Jackson"; this leads us to believe whoever these tracks are from are both a producer and singer. We are also not crossing out the idea of it being a group as opposed to a solo artist. Looking forward to anymore news with this artist if it's new releases or even his / her / their name or identity. We will keep you posted as we find anything else out. Enjoy!
Unknown – "Superfriends" | Free Download
Some artists choose to hide their identity from the publics eye, but today we have an exciting new artist who's even kept their artist name a mystery… at least for now. The artist made it clear that letting the music "speak for itself" was a top priority before anyone grew attached to the name or image. With that being said, we received a groove filled dance track with this unknown vocalist singing the lyrics to various Outkast's popular hits. The melodic deep house beat compliments the silky smooth vocals perfectly, creating one infectiously delightful track to play multiple times. Such mystery causes an unreal amount of curiosity, is this a completely new artist or some already established act? It sounds like it could have been produced by someone like Disclosure or Perseus.
Who do you think this song could be produced by? Leave a comment below.
Moves Like Ms. Jackson (Cover) | Free Download
UPDATE : André 3000 and Big Boi were together in Atlanta for Thanksgiving this past week as seen on Big Boi’s instagram. Just coincidence? Or does this solidify speculation of a 2014 reunion?
Outkast, one of the most iconic hip-hop duos of all time, are in serious talks to reunite and potentially headline Coachella in 2014. Big Boi and Andre 3000 haven’t performed together in over seven years, but officials have tipped off Billboard to some plans stirring up for next year including Coachella and some other unspecified dates.
“One source tells Billboard that there have definitely been “some conversations” about Outkast reuniting, while another says it is “all systems go” for Big Boi and André 3000 to end their hiatus next year.”
This is definitely a green flag that the duo is coming back and hitting the road. When a group of this size plays a reunion at Coachella, it is typically followed by headlining a handful of the other influential music festivals in the country like Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo and Austin City Limits. Anyone else as excited as me?
Visionary Music Group artist Logic fresh off announcing his Def Jam record deal and XXL Freshman class title drops us off the latest track off his upcoming TSIS sponsored mixtape, Welcome to Forever which is set for a May 7th release. He fearlessly tackles the instrumental to one of the biggest hip-hop records ever “Ms. Jackson” by Outkast. He does more the justice to the track laying down some bone-chilling flow and wordplay. Grab the free download, enjoy!
Also Logic is about to embark on a massive 32 date nationwide Welcome to Forever Tour bringing alongside Skizzy Mars, Castro and Quest. You can see more info on the tour here and grab tickets at www.VMGTour.com
Logic – Roll Call | Direct Download
let’s loose the second track off his upcoming Welcome to Forever mixtape set for a May release.
Frank Ocean – Pink Matter (Remix) (ft. Big Boi & Andre 3000) : First Track With Both Members of Outkast in YearsPosted in Chill by nick | Tags: Andre 3000, Big Boi, Frank Ocean, Hip-Hop, Outkast, Rap, Remix
Apparently Frank Ocean is so damn good, that he actually reunited both Big Boi and Andre 3000 of Outkast on his track Pink Matter. But when it got released on his album, channel Orange, complications arose and only Andre 3000‘s verse saw the light of day. Well now we get the remix, which is actually the true version feauring Big Boi‘s verse. He adds a nice fresh flowful edge with consistent solid lines adding just the right twist to a great track. If this is the sign of these three working together on some original material, the world might just loose it. Do you like this version better then the previously released one? Sit back and enjoy!
Frank Ocean – Pink Matter (Remix) (ft. Big Boi & Andre 3000) | Download
Outkast, what a great hip hop duo. Well they are broken up and won’t be coming out with anything new, so how’s a new filthy remix of their classic ‘Bombs Over Baghdad’. This remix is done by Styles & Complete, and is their first official dubstep remix, he typically produces for some rappers including the Ying-Yang twins but said he was influence by TSIS to make some filthy dubstep. It’s got a nice heavy sound, but not to overtop like a lot of dubstep. Turn up the bass up for this one and enjoy!
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Na Palm, one of the TSIS ‘Sick Artists’ just dropped us this fresh new cover over an Outkast classic. His ‘Dirty Girls Like Dirty Beats’ mixtape is so sick, and if you haven’t checked it out, download it here. This song is real chill, and shows that Na Palm has got some serious talent. He’s been touring like crazy, and is playing a massive LMFAO Halloween show in his hometown Chicago. Enjoy some fresh new Na Palm!
NA-Taliens – Na Palm | Download
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‘Illinoize’ Sufjan Stevens Mashup Album(ft. Aesop Rock, Outkast, Brother Ali and more)): 7 Song albumPosted in Chill, Mixtapes / Albums by nick | Tags: Aesop Rock, Brother Ali, Hip-Hop, indie, mash-up, Outkast, Rap, Sufjan Stevens
So this mixtape came out quite awhile ago, and I had a couple people request it, and for a good reason. This album by the Tor features songs from popular indie artist Sufjan Stevens and mashes him with various rappers for a great blend. Sufjan Stevens songs were almost meant to be turned into rap beats, haha. I’m sure you’ll find a couple you’ll fall in love with. I’ve highlighted my personal favorite tracks, but downloading the entire album in .zip is highlyÂ recommended. Enjoy!
Star of Wonder / None Shall Pass – Sufjan Stevens ft. Â Aesop Rock | Download
Dumb I Sound / ATLiens – Sufjan Stevens ft. Outkast | Download
â˜…Â John Wayne Gacy Jr. / Specialize – Sufjan Stevens ft. Pete Rock & CL Smooth) | Download
â˜…Â The Tallest Man / I Like It – Sufjan Stevens ft. Grand Puba | Download
â˜…Â Kill / Any Type of Way Â - Sufjan Stevens ft. Big Daddy Kane & DJ Premier | Download
â˜…Â Night Zombies / Talkin My Shit – Sufjan Stevens ft. Brother Ali | Download
The Dress Looks Nice on You / Make You Feel That Way – Sufjan Stevens ft. Gift of Gab | Download
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Tonight i’ve gota real chill dancey sick mash-up of Daft Punk and Outkast. It comes together very nicely and on beat for a dancey track. Not much else to say about it, it’s from an interesting producer Barto + His Pop Orchestra. It’s nothing too crazy, just a good pretty decent chill mash-up. Enjoy
Punkroses – Outkast vs Daft Punk (Barto + His Pop Orchestra)
Big Boi who made his name in the popular rap duo Outkast, has been making a name for himself as a solo artist in recent years, and with his upcoming album Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son Of Chico Dusty set to drop July 6th he is sure to turn some heads. Well I got my hands on the first single and am here to share it with you, which is of course real sick. The beat drops soo hard, and is just real sick. Turn up the bass, blast your speakers, and pump this track on repeat. If you don’t really like it your first listen through, listen again haha. It really is one of the tracks that grows on you, especially with a good system. Well i’m sure you’ll like it, enjoy!
Shutterbugg – Big Boi
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