New Music: OWSLA Drops MONSTA EP Today!

Skrillex ‘s label OWSLA just celebrated its first birthday! And as dubstep's American revolutionary and DJ goblin of mystery continues to expand his loaded bass-driven empire, he unleashes MONSTA, the latest electronic trio to join the OWSLA family. This might be the first time you have heard of producers Rocky and Rufio, and lead vocalist Bryn Christopher (a.k.a “Skaar”) who bring a uniquely brilliant sound to what we call dubstep, but after listening to this infectious as shingles (only less itchey and far more bass-driven) compilation, it certainly won’t be the last. The London-based trio has already notable mixes under their belt, including their remix treatmentn featured on Zedd’s hyper-successful, “Spectrum” EP.

MONSTA’s debut EP, simply titled “MONSTA,” includes three original MONSTA tracks and boasts a solid list of remixes from some of Electronic Dance Music’s finest, including Alvin Risk, Dillon Francis, Kill Paris, Nero and Sonny Moore himself. This is not your typical “womp wub womp wobble wooble ” dubstep record – the EP is a welcomed change of pace, featuring amazing bass-driven tunes from the softer, chiller side of dubstep, to the filthy and the grimy.

Orginal track, “Holdin’ On” is a soulful aria with instrument-based elements with a line of growling Borgore-esque bass that rips straight through Skaar’s formidable and androgynous vocal hook. When Skrillex first heard the tune at South By South West; he thought MONSTA was using Aretha Franklin samples. Cut the remix of “Holdin’ On,” which become one of the hottest unreleased tracks to explode across the Internet. After Skrill's work together with London's dub pioneers Nero's track “Promises,” the track is full loaded like TNT, and the explosion is just as exciting. Their remix is a high-energy sub-bass collaboration that serves as big fat beat saying, "Hello, MONSTA," from the Grammy-winning artist to the new trio. Taking the smooth vocals from the original and infusing a fast and vicious drum and bass flavor that blends both Nero’s old school sound and Skrill’s bouncy creative magic - press play and rage on my friends.

“Messiah” offers a new sound altogether, which is somewhat ethereal and uplifting, one could categorize as “soulstep.” It is brimming will raw energy while a grinding bass rhythm chugs along in the background with an overlay of powerfully deep vocals. You will hardly recognize the absolutely lethal new version that Alvin Risk concocts from the original. His signature head-banging sounds are laced in the remix, and indeed “take it higher”-- and light-years harder beyond the original. Throwing down a filthy surge of bass and shooting high-powered lasers in every direction, he has a slinky dubstep masterpiece on his hands.

Skaar’s superb vocals shine as bright as L.E.D. lights in “Where Did I Go,” and are futher enhanced by the glitchy electronic rhythm and crunchy bassline. This number is able to satisfy multiple musical palates. The remix curated by Dillon Francis and Kill Paris adds a level of funk that the original tightly coiled production lacks, while still keeping the heart of the vocals intact.

Here's a taste:

Snag MONSTA out now on Beatport and iTunes.

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Black Eyed Peas And Nas Release Animated Music Video For "BACK 2 HIPHOP"

On Monday (Dec. 17), the Black Eyed Peas released their music video for the '90s- throwback- influenced record "BACK 2 HIPHOP" featuring Nas, off their latest album Masters of the Sun Vol. 1.

The cinematic-like, five-minute visual features each member of the 'Peas with their own scene, where  they spit bar after bar. The colorful video is part-animated and part live-action, and incorporates inspiration from of the golden age of hip-hop as Ancient Egypt meets the Sci-Fi genre.

All three members wear red and black through the first part of the video, while Nas appears as the Great Sphinx of Giza, reminiscent of the look fans may recall from the cover of his album I Am. A young woman lip-syncs the song's hook, which samples Soul II Soul's 1989 classic hit "Back to Life (However Do You Want Me)."

While Pasha Shapiro directed the video, reportedly came up with the concept. The hip-hop group was ecstatic to be able to work with the legendary Queens rapper, revealing, "It was 'iLLMatic,' such an honor to rock with NAS. He is such a huge inspiration to our crew!"


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On Wednesday (Dec. 19), the group will be performing the song on The Late Late Show with James Corden. Their seventh album, Masters of the Sun Vol. 1, was released in October and saw the group going back to their old-school roots with political themes.

What are your thoughts on their new music video? Sound off in the comments.

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Blueface Freestyles On Beat Thanks To A Ukulele

Blueface's rising career has been shaded with doubt from the naysayers about his subject content and cadence, but, in the interest of showing versatility, the 21-year-old gave an acoustic set on Twitter.

Joined only by a man holding a ukulele, the "Respect My Cryp’n" rapper sat ontop a silver car delivering some bars. The short video captioned "Famous Cyrp" takes inspiration from the 886011 Records DK affiliate's debut album barring the same name.

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— blueface (@bluefacebleedem) December 15, 2018

Unlike the bulk of the Los Angeles rapper's previous work, this is the first time fans have heard the budding emcee on beat. The new lyricist is usually seconds behind, delivering an off-beat flow, but he has managed to get cosigns from rappers like Drake, Meek Mill, Lil Uzi Vert and surprisingly, Ice Cube.

"They're not ready for it," Blueface said in an interview with Power106 at Rolling Loud. He also shared his excitement over his new found fame. "[I'm on] top of the world."  The former football player has created a cult following. With the up-and-coming rapper's start similar to Tekashi 6ix9ine there have been many comparisons between the red and blue rappers and their lasting impressions on hip-hop.

Watch Blueface hold a beat above.

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Viral Stars Daddy Long Neck And Wide Neck Release Single Accurately Titled "Neckst Up"

These days, it pays to have a viral moment. Charles Dion McDowell, known as wide neck after several of his mugshots (and neck jokes) went viral, has teamed up with another unique fellow to make some kind of music together.

On Sunday (Dec. 16), Wide Neck along with Daddy Long Neck, a social media personality with more 1.4 million followers on Instagram, released a music video for the comedy rap song "Neckst Up."

In a nervous soft relaxed tone, McDowell raps, "Shawty lick me up call me up neeeckst Shawty wanna f**k call me up neeeckst / Shawty suck me up call me up neeeckst / Shawty make it clap call me up neckst."

In the video, Long Neck and Wide Neck stroll through the mall wearing t-shirts that read "All Necks Matter," while taking pictures with fans and having an attractive lady entertain them while sitting down on the bench. The leading lady in the video even goes as far as licking the two internet stars with her long tongue.

Since the release of the video, "Neckst Up" has reached over a million views on YouTube. After McDowell went viral, he connected with Daddy Long Neck, whom he shares a similar abnormal body condition.

Check out the video above.

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