Much has been made of Desiigner's scintillating, finger-snappin' XXL freshman freestyle. "Timmy Timmy Timmy Turner / He be wishing for a burner." Desiigner has since previewed the song several times in various states of completion. It became evident that the gothic stylings of Mike Dean were going to give the song a character few would have predicted after Desiigner's a capella freestyle.
No Justice No Peace
Z-Ro and Mike Dean go way back; both have been staples of the Texas hip hop scene since the 1990s. Z-Ro was in NYC yesterday, and stopped by Mike Dean’s studio where the two put together “No Justice No Peace” “while watching today’s events unfold on the news,” according to Mike Dean’s Soundcloud.
Kanye West Feat. Sampha
A new Yeezy leak has hit the web, and it comes in stunning quality, sounding like what has to be the CDQ. Named after his three-month-old son, Kanye performed "Saint Pablo" last month at Yo Gotti's release party for The Art of Hustle. The track features British singer Sampha, who lends his fragile vocals to a particularly gorgeous Mike Dean production. Knowing Ye, there are likely a couple of other heads behind the mix as well.
White Black Jesus
Mike Dean, better known as the sonic genius who helped craft the sound of Kanye West and pretty much the entire Houston rap scene (Z-Ro, Scarface, Travis Scott, Devin the Dude, etc.), seems to relish his backseat driving/outside of the spotlight status in the rap scene.
Weed Dabs Weed Dabs
Mike Dean's been busy these days. After sharing the extended version of The Weeknd's "Tell Your Friends" as "When I See It" the talented producer delivers an instrumental to the fans.
When I See It (Extended Version)
Kanye West surprised fans earlier this month and released two new songs onto his soundcloud page, an alternate version to “Say You Will” and a remix to The Weeknd’s “Tell Your Friends.” The latter, which was produced by Kanye & his long time collaborator Mike Dean, has now seen a new extended version of the instrumental surface online tonight thanks to Mike Dean. The four-minute instrumental is a little more heavier with the guitar, but still dope nonetheless. Give it a listen and go tell your friends.
After dropping "Heir to the Throne" and "Heat it Up," Vic Mensa is back with his "I Been," his third track in three weeks.
ASAP Rocky just sat down for an exclusive conversation with Red Bull Music academy, and at the end of the conversation, he premiered a brand new track called "M's". The song has now made it's way online, and you can listen to it in full. The song features a particularly banging instrumental from The Honorable C-Note, while Rocky maneuvers the beat with some of his jiggiest flows yet, before launching into some melodies by the song's end.
Yesterday we posted one of the new records featured on the Grand Theft Auto V soundtrack, which was announced yesterday, and includes 162 songs total. The soundtrack is a mix of old and original tracks, with the Flying Lotus and Krayzie Bone collabo from yesterday, "Medication Meditation," being of the latter variation.
The past week hasn't been going very smoothly for Tyga, as he just tweeted his frustrations with his label and claimed they were "holding [him] hostage." But it now seems as though his comments may have spurred a change, as "40 Mill," the hotly-anticipated single from his upcoming Gold Album, just dropped on iTunes.
Blocka La Flame
Travis Scott Feat. Popcaan
Listen to Blocka La Flame (Prod. Mike Dean & Young Chop), the new track by Travi$ Scott featuring Popcaan which was dropped on Friday, December 14th, 2012. Travi$ Scott's odds keep getting better with each new leak, and Blocka La Flame (Prod. Mike Dean & Young Chop) will undoubtedly improve his chances of winning. It's a worthy addition to a respectable catalogue that has seen a lot of growth since Travi$ Scott debuted in this game. We're looking forward to the follow-up.