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Lil Pump - "Gucci Gang Remix"

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This past week, a remix of Lil Pump’s viral hit “Gucci Gang” was debuted on OVO Sound Radio. The new version clocks in at a whopping eight minutes, as opposed to the two-minute-long original, and features Gucci Mane, 21 Savage, French Montana, J Balvin, Ozuna, and Bad Bunny.

The 17-year-old rapper is rumored to have recently signed an $8M deal with Warner Bros. after nullifying his previous deal with the record company on account of him being underage. He was 16 when he signed his original deal.

Lil Pump tweeted in January that his next project, Harvard Dropout, would be “coming soon,” but a release date has not been officially announced. Pump teased new music on Instagram last Sunday with a post that featured him rapping along to a new song with the caption, “You ain’t living life like me #Harvarddropout Btw I’m dropping eskeetit next week.”

-Owen Murray

N.E.R.D - "Lemon" (Drake Remix) ft. Rihanna

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Today Pharrell Williams debuted a new remix of N.E.R.D and Rihanna’s “Lemon” on Drake’s OVO Sound Radio. The original version of the track appeared on N.E.R.D’s album NO_ONE EVER REALLY DIES, which came out late last year.

Drake’s cocky and playful verse kicks off the song, replacing Pharrell’s opening verse. Rihanna’s stellar appearance remains unchanged, as does Pharrell’s outro. The changes to the instrumental are subtle, but succeed in making “Lemon” sound more like a Drake song.

Back in January, Drake released two new singles, “God’s Plan” and “Diplomatic Immunity.” He also had a significant feature on BlocBoy JB’s hit “Look Alive.” For the music video of “God’s Plan,” Drake went around Miami and gave away nearly $1M to those in need. Drake told fans at a Raptors game on March 9 that he is “working on this new album for the city [of Toronto].” Details about the album have not been released yet.

-Owen Murray

Sade - "Flower of the Universe"

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“Flower of the Universe” is British soul singer Sade’s first new release since her 2010 album Soldier of Love. The song was written for the A Wrinkle in Time OST, which also features contributions from the likes of DJ Khaled, Sia, and Kehlani. A remix of the song by legendary producer No I.D. was also released.

The original version of the song features piano, plucked guitar, and orchestral elements accompanying Sade’s beautiful layered vocals. For the remix, No I.D. puts the preexisting instrumentation and background vocals lower in the mix, and adds slow, steady percussion in his signature tight, crisp style.

-Owen Murray

Joji - "Demons" (Lunice Remix)

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The deluxe version of Joji's debut EP In Tongues was released a few days ago, and in it is several remixes from the likes of Ryan Hemsworth, Actress, and Lapalux. Among the most radical of these is Lunice's take on "Demons," which transforms the song into a wonked-out trap banger. The producer certainly makes the track his own, but hey, at least you can hear elements of the original in there (cf. Actress).

Again, In Tongues (Deluxe) is out now via 88rising.


Premiere: ELUCID - "Wake Up Dead Man" (Milo Remix)

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Back in April, New York hip hop artist ELUCID released his revelatory third album, Save Yourself, through Backwoodz Studioz. Above, you can hear a remix of the project's penultimate track courtesy of Milo. If there's any rapper/producer thoughtful enough to pull off this remix, it's Milo, so we're stoked to debut it.

Hope you dig it; if so, check out the album here: