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Snails Launches Epic Original Comic Book “THE SLUGGERNAUT”

Since the beginning, the artwork and visuals have been a huge part of the Snails brand, going hand in hand with the music and telling the story behind the music. Now he’s launching a new chapter in the Snails story launching his “THE SLUGGERNAUT” comic book that’s looking epic as he’s one of the first electronic artists to do something like this.

Head to the website here to check out a preview of the first 10 pages from the first edition to get a glimpse into the world Snails has created. The illustrations look like Marvel level comic book quality and bring his vision and story to life. Snails has created his own universe with various aspects including Frogz, King Slugz, Sluggtopia and The Shell that have been part of a bigger vision that is now being fully explained through this new comic book series called THE SLUGGERNAUT. This next level new comic series allows fans to enter the weird world of Snails like never before and we can’t wait to see the full thing.

Check out the first 10 pages and pre-order vol. 1 of the comic book here. Stay tuned for more volumes of this new series and enjoy!

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TSIS Favorite Rapper J.I.D. Reenacts Famous Leonardo DiCaprio Scenes In Incredible Trailer For ‘Dicaprio 2′ Album

We’re a week away from one of our most anticipated hip-hop releases of the year. To prepare fans for his new DiCaprio 2 project, J.I.D. has delivered a new album trailer that’s one of the best we’ve seen. With the album series being inspired by Leonardo DiCaprio, J.I.D. channels the iconic actor reenacting some memorable scenes from movies like Inception, The Revenant, Wolf Of Wall Street, Titanic, Django Unchained and The Aviator.

J.I.D. is undoubtedly one of our favorite rising rappers and impressed us with singles “151 Rum” and “Off Deez” with J. Cole off the album that also features artists like A$AP Ferg, Method Man, 6LACK, Joey Bada$$ and more. The beats he teases on this trailer all go hard and we can’t wait to hear the full project. Stay tuned for the full album on Nov. 26 and enjoy!

J.I.D. – DiCaprio 2 Album Trailer

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GRIZ Announces Full Schedule For Annual 12 Days Of GRiZMAS Charity Campaign

It’s been a wild year to be a GRiZ fan. At the beginning of the year he left social media on a cryptic note that left fans hanging as to whether he would continue to release music or not. Then he shared a couple videos of him performing spoken word poems before just recently making his epic return with two new singles “It Gets Better” & “Can’t Get Enough.” Now he’s prepping for his annual GRiZMAS event and has just shared the details on his 12 days of GRiZMAS events

Every year the highly anticipated shows at Detroit Masonic Temple come along with a charity campaign full of events to engage with fans. The efforts aim to raise funds to increase access to music education for Detroit’s youth. This year’s series of events includes caroling, community service, yoga, local mic night, a special “night before GRiZMAS: Mad Liberation” and more leading up to his back to back shows to close out the 12 day celebration. Check out the full schedule below and enjoy!

12 days of grizmas

Photo: Jason Siegel 

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PREMIERE | Fakear Delivers Lush Indie Electronic Vibes On Impressive New Track “Mana”

French producer Fakear is a TSIS staple thanks to his ability to deliver inspiring electronic soundscapes with every track. Earlier this year we had the pleasure of premiering “Something Wonderful”, a vibrant original off of his enchanting sophomore album All Glows, which resonated with us for its warm instrumentals, catchy vocals, and dreamy synth work. Now Fakear returns with the lush indie electronic vibes on his new original track “Mana”.

“Mana” begins on a toned down, atmospheric note that is punctuated by a soothing wood block beat and layered with a catchy vocal chop melody. Warm, rumbling bass enters the picture alongside soaring, high-pitched synths to create an immersive listen across the entire audio spectrum. The track effortlessly ebbs and flows between energy levels ensuring a smooth ride for the listener.

This is the second track that Fakear has released off the upcoming Nowadays V compilation after “5th Season” with La Fine Equipe. Keep an eye out for the full compilation November 30th, which you can preorder  here. Enjoy!

Fakear – Mana

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Rising Artist Verzache Expertly Blends Acoustic Elements With Electronic Production On ‘Thought Pool’ Album

Today we’re excited to shed light on an impressive album from a talented rising artist, Verzache. We’ve had our eye on the talented newcomer and just got a chance to listen to his new album Thought Pool he recently put out and were blown away. 

Real name Zach Farache, Verzache has a unique sound we just can’t get enough of. He expertly blends acoustic elements with electronic production in a way that just works so well. On top of the production and instrumentation being incredible, he has a great voice and pairs his catchy songwriting and heartfelt lyrics in a ways that are immediately recognizable. He somehow blends hard-hitting trap percussion with gentle acoustic guitar and falsetto vocals in the best way possible. A couple of the standout tracks are “Some Things” and “Kick It” but you should definitely check out the full project. Enjoy!

Verzache – Thought Pool

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Amtrac Dazzles With Melodic House Single “Madness To Mayhem”

Raised in Kentucky and now stationed in LA, Amtrac has undeniably earned a spot in the Melodic House Music Hall of Fame. With features on the site dating back to 2014, he creates naturally timeless music. In fact, Amtrac has produced two of my all-time favorite remixes; One of Alesso’s “Heroes” and the other of Shakka’s “When Will I See You Again”. Now, Amtrac has released an overwhelmingly catchy single titled “Madness To Mayhem”, and straight-up, I think I’ve listened to it at least 25 times today already.

With warm piano, an irresistible 4×4 kick pattern and comforting vocals, it is the perfect winter soundscape. “Madness To Mayhem” is the second original piece coming from Amtrac this year, following “Old Times”. And while he is not releasing music himself, he continues to build his record label OPENERS with tastefully curated house tunes. Enjoy!

Amtrac – Madness to Mayhem

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Rising Artist Alex Lustig Shines On Dreamy New EP ‘Wave003: A Glowing Mind’

Alex Lustig is back for more! We recently had the pleasure of premiering his Wave002 EP, and he’s just delivered the latest installment titled Wave003: A Glowing Mind.  

“The wave series is a form of relaxation for me and my mind. After suffering from anxiety, panic attacks and depersonalisation for years, the ambient sounds always calmed me down and helped me get through it all. A glowing mind represents my mind when it was 17 before my first panic attack and the start of it all. It represents this young beautiful, creative, overthinking mind that got corrupted, and now is slowly coming back with time and experience of the side effects of anxiety. Wave003 is the intro to my upcoming project (2019) which will go deeper into the psychosis.” – Alex Lustig

The classically trained artist from Belguim is someone we’ve been keeping our eye on and he continues to impress us with each release. He expertly crafts lush, downtempo soundscapes with dreamy sound design and irresistible melodies. Keep an eye on Alex Lustig and enjoy!

Alex Lustig – Wave003: A Glowing Mind

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Taska Black Shares Gentle, Melancholic New Debut ‘MINDS’ EP

Having grown by leaps and bounds over the past few years, we’ve loved watching Taska Black slowly evolve his unique, ethereal sound. Well today its reached yet another new stage, as the quickly-rising artist shares his debut EP – MINDS.

We’ve kept a close eye on TB for years now. Having become nearly synonymous with San Holo’s bitbird brand, it’s no wonder they both occupy a similar niche, beautiful sonic space, which is perfectly exemplified via this latest offering. Although included on TB’s debut project are his previously released singles “Losing Our Minds” & “Get Out Of My Head” TB unfolds a melancholic story through the rise and fall of soft, ethereal melodies, slow rolling synth pads, powerful guitar riffs and incredible vocals from Nevve, Midoca and Aviella. Stream MINDS below and enjoy!

Taska Black – MINDS

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Rising Artist ford. Shines On Sublime Debut Album ‘(The) Evening’ via Foreign Family

Rising producer ford. has made his mark on the electronic music scene in record time. Appearing on our radar earlier this year, ford.’s warm production style has already landed him on the site a couple of times now: first for his irresistible remix of Bearson’s single “Get Lost” featuring Ashe, and then for his chilled out take on OTR’s “Dawn”. On both remixes ford. completely re-imagined the instrumentals and built the track from the ground up, imprinting his uniquely chilled-out production style into our memory. Now he’s channeled that production prowess into an impressive debut album (The) Evening out now on Foreign Family Collective.

The 10-track LP sounds like a summer sunset. Each track is heavily layered with melodic production and the moods range from hazy & melancholic to clear & upbeat. Like a true friend, ford. brings his buddies along for the ride on this defining project. He taps Knapsack for the bouncy “Slack”, re-links with Hanz on the wistful “Lazy Sad”, and teams up with Sonn for the beautiful title track. Enjoy!

ford. – (The) Evening

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Win Tickets + Meet & Greet With Destructo And DJ Diesel (Shaquille O’Neal) At Avalon Hollywood

Today we have an EPIC contest for you. Destructo and none other than DJ Diesel, who you might know better as Lakers legend and hall of fame NBA player Shaquille O’Neal, are teaming up for a must see show in L.A. at Avalon Hollywood on Dec. 1. This is a 21+ event.

Destructo, AMFAMFAMF and Shaq have decided to team up with us for an epic giveaway for the show that will not only include tickets to the show, but will also include a meet & greet where you will be able to meet both people. This is your chance to meet both Gary Richards and Shaquille O’Neal so you’ll want to hop on this one asap. This marks Shaq’s first show in LA as DJ Diesel, and he even tweeted saying he’s bringing his 3 Lakers championship rings. Earlier this year Shaq made epic appearances at Lost Lands as well as Miami Music Week and seemed to be the highlight for anyone who attended.

Shaq is not your typical celebrity DJ. He’s been doing this for years and if you’re curious what his DJ sets are like, from the videos we saw and people we heard from he throws down the most insane heavy sets ever. He’s even a platinum selling rapper from the 90s if you weren’t familiar.

Destructo, aka Gary Richards, has had quite the year himself. We had the pleasure of sitting down with him earlier this year where he shared more information about his new role with AMF, their new All My Friends music festival, their new Friendship music cruise and more. He’s been rolling out some great releases this year including “Y.O.D.O.” with Chris Lake. 

Enter to win via the widget below with each step increasing your odds. Grab your tickets here to ensure you don’t miss out as this will surely be a legendary show. Good luck and enjoy!

Destructo and DJ Diesel aka Shaq Meet & Greet At Avalon Hollywood

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Ultra Miami To Change Locations In 2019

As Ultra Music Festival approaches its 20-year anniversary, the long-running fest has had much more to worry about than attendance. With pressure from the Miami City Commission, Ultra has just announced a change of location for 2019.

What seems like recent distaste with the larger-than-life Florida festival is nothing new. For years citizens and stakeholders alike have flip-flopped on support for the event, weighing its economical benefit against the disturbance caused by its massive sound systems. With Ultra having been recently evicted from their usual venue of Bayfront Park, tensions have been increasing daily but seem to almost fizzle out yesterday (Nov. 15), as the Miami City Commission meeting voted 4-1 in a decision that Ultra take place about 5 miles southeast on Virginia Key in 2019.

While this has seemingly solved Ultra’s predicament for the moment (which they seem pleased about), Key Biscayne Mayor-Elect Mike Davey, who is outwardly opposed to Ultra, has started what seems to be a smear campaign against the fest. Citing “environmental destruction, noise, and increase in alcohol- and drug-related violence,” Davey took to social media to share the video below.

Haven spoken out against the Virginia Key move yesterday prior to the City Commissions vote, saying, “we have one way on and one way off the island, and that’s the Rickenbacher Causeway. What this item proposes is putting at least 160,000 people out there. This is going to impact our safety.” While these fears may be justified, in light of his smear campaign they fall on deaf ears, as Ultra recently issued a statement addressing the above video (the full statement can be read below). While the trouble for Ultra Miami may be far from over, we’re happy that the fest will continue on as planned next year at Virginia Key, March 29 – 31 – more info and to purchase tickets to the festival here. Enjoy!

Ultra’s Official Statement

It is deeply regrettable that Mayor-Elect, Mike Davey and the Village of Key Biscayne have elected to publish statements that are knowingly false and misleading rather than to first seek to collaborate with either Ultra representatives or its City of Miami partners (if for no other purpose but to gather accurate facts and to gain an understanding of Ultra’s commitment and obligations respecting, traffic mitigation and environmental and historical preservation planning). By opting to instead circulate what appears to be primarily stock photos (unrelated to Ultra) featuring used needles, polluted shorelines, traffic gridlock, by falsely and intentionally reporting that potentially hundreds of thousands of attendees will be converging on the Rickenbacker Causeway and by falsely stating that City of Miami had purportedly evicted Ultra for environmental destruction, increased alcohol and drug-related violence, safety risks and by reporting other untruths is blatantly disreputable. The offending publication(s) by Mayor-Elect, Mike Davey and the Village of Key Biscayne is patently false and inaccurate, and was made with reckless disregard of the truth. “It unfairly disparages our brand and potentially criminalizes our patrons” says Ray Martinez, Ultra’s spokesperson. The publications made by the Mayor-Elect are believed to be defamatory, as are the horrendous images that were published in an effort to purportedly inflame and scare residents and stakeholders. Ultra condemns this conduct and cautions that such leadership is irresponsible and wrongful on multiple factual and legal grounds including that the disturbing images were not associated with the Ultra Music Festival brand. Event organizers of Ultra Music Festival are experienced and responsible promoters, which intends to fulfill its commitment to produce a safe and enjoyable event.

Because of the cultural and historic significance of Historic Virginia Key Beach Park and given the unique environmental considerations associated with the park, event organizers, from the inception, always intended to take extraordinarily great care in its production and remediation approaches. Event organizers always agreed that staging an event at Virginia Key meant becoming the entrusted stewards of the environmental and historic elements of Historic Virginia Key Beach Park and Ultra takes that potential responsibility very seriously. Event organizers have expended substantial resources in sourcing and consulting with leading experts, engineers, scientists and other professionals in areas of traffic mitigation, logistics, safety and security, land remediation, wildlife and marine conservation and others from environmental communities.

During this process, Ultra voluntarily undertook environmental commitments long before the City of Miami and Historic Virginia Key Beach Park Trust partners formally proposed similar initiatives. Ultra has also worked in good faith to earn the support and trust of the City Manager’s office and of local environmental stakeholders with whom event organizers share a common vision—, namely,to protect the City of Miami’s coastline, oceans, beaches, mangroves, endangered and threatened species and to ultimately reduce the overall environmental footprint. Some specific initiatives include the reduction of single-use plastics (with the goal of eventual elimination), restricted beach access to event patrons, eliminating styrofoam products and plastics straws, eliminating the use of balloons, utilizing meaningful recycling options, solid waste sorting, avoiding turtle nesting season, adopting awareness programs, among others. Ultra is pleased to have earned the trust and support of its City partners, including the support of Virginia Key Beach Park Trust stakeholders who stated that while “[t]he Ultra Music Festival carries some controversies … [it] represents a potential opportunity to advance the Trust’s master plan and mission … .” —Guy Forchion, Executive Director, Historic Virginia Key Beach Park Trust. Ultra looks forward to keeping the trust of the City of Miami and Virginia Key Beach Park Trust partners and invites an open-minded and good-faith dialogue with Mayor-Elect, Mike Davey and / or with other representatives of the Village of Key Biscayne administration to address their concerns.

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PREMIERE | Russ Liquid Delivers Wonky, Hard-Hitting New ‘Eclectric’ EP

Russ Liquid has been killing it for quite some time now. Having kept busy over the last year with his trio The Russ Liquid Test, today the New Orleans-based producer has unveiled his brand new Eclectric EP.

With the steady evolution of his unique, bass heavy sound since the release of his last solo project in 2014, today we’re faced with a whole new monster. Packed with eerie synth melodies, wonky pulsing bass and skittering non-traditional instrumentation throughout, it’s apparent Russ tapped into influence from all over the bass-music spectrum on the entirety of this very appropriately named sonic journey. Check out Eclectric below and enjoy!

Russ Liquid – Eclectric

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Lido Pours His Heart Out On Bright, Beautiful New ‘I O U 2′ EP

Lido seems to always have something incredible up his sleeve. Having just come off his recent I O U 1 EP, today the Norwegian phenom has already completed the series with I O U 2.

This latest offering shares a side of Lido we’ve never seen before. While we had thought the multi-talented artist laid it all on the line in his 2016 album Everything, it seems that something was missing – and that something was Nothing.

And we mean this quite literally, as with Lido’s recently completed visual album viewings, we learned not only the meaning behind I O U (“Inspiration Over Utility”) and that Lido is already working on his next album; but that while I O U came in the form of two EP’s, the project was originally slated to be released as Nothing, the follow up to Everything. But while Lido has been vocal that Everything was “not about her, this [album] is because of her” (“her” being his ex-girlfriend Halsey) it seems that I O U 2 is more reflective not of Lido’s heartbreak, but a much more external view of the situations that arose and his relationships with the people around him after the extent his emotional turmoil.

Weighing in at 5-tracks, I O U 2 continues upon the lush, distinctive sound carved out in its predecessor. From the angry, fast-paced release on “Ex” to the soft, melancholic fatigue on “Vultures”, Lido continues to pour his heart out over vibrant synths, skittering, non-traditional percussion and powerful choral harmonies. Stream I O U 2 below and enjoy!

Lido – I O U 2

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PREMIERE | Kill Paris Delivers Lush New Remix Of Alison Wonderland’s “Easy”

Alison Wonderland and Kill Paris are two artists that we highly admire here at TSIS. So, when we were offered the opportunity to premiere a Kill Paris remix of Alison Wonderland’s album cut “Easy”, we enthusiastically accepted.

Sydney-born Alison Wonderland was featured on the site just last week after her anticipated collab with Dillon Francis was heard for the first time at EDC Orlando. On the other hand, Indiana native Kill Paris made a recent appearance with his single “Two Minds”, which was created using various samples from… plants? Yup, definitely worth checking out. Now today, we are blessed with the sounds of both artists as Alison Wonderland recruits Kill Paris for an installment of the ‘Awake’ album remixes. 

Revolving around Alison Wonderland’s vocals, Kill Paris nicely maintains the integrity of the original sound while giving the track a high-energy, future-bass, facelift that we can’t get enough of. Kill Paris always seems to impress with his knack for lush production and perfectly highlights Alison’s original while making it his own. Enjoy!

Alison Wonderland – Easy (Kill Paris Remix)

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deadmau5 Shares Anticipated New 9-Track Compilation Project ‘mau5ville: Level 2′

A few months back deadmau5 launched a new chapter for his mau5ville label by launching a new compilation EP mau5ville: level 1 and it did not disappoint. Now they’re already back for more on a 9-track project mau5ville: Level 2 with appearances from artists like Monstergetdown, ATTLAS, Chris Lorenzo, Latroit, Rinzen, Lights and Gallya. We’ve been waiting patiently for the full release since the tracklist surfaced a couple weeks ago and are hoping there’s more of these compilations coming. Enjoy!

deadmau5 – mau5ville: Level 2

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Hear Anderson .Paak’s Highly Anticipated New Album ‘Oxnard’ Ft. Kendrick Lamar, Dr. Dre, J. Cole, Q-Tip & More

Yes Lawd! Anderson .Paak’s highly anticipated new album Oxnard is here! This has been one of our most anticipated albums for the past couple years and was worth the wait. The 14-track album was executive produced by Dr. Dre and includes features from artists like Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, Pusha T, Snoop Dogg, Q-Tip, BJ The Chicago Kid & more.

We previously heard singles like “Tints” alongside Kendrick Lamar and “Who R U?” and the full album showcases Anderson .Paak’s diverse sound in the best way. Some songs are soulful, others are hard hitting as .Paak remains smooth whether he’s singing, rapping or doing a bit of both. Enjoy!

Anderson .Paak – Oxnard

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Skrillex & Boys Noize Possibly Working On The Return Of Dog Blood

Skrillex & Boys Noize have been teasing a Dog Blood comeback for quite some time, but today it’s starting to look more and more likely that new music from the duo is on the horizon – as the two were just in the studio together.

Having reunited last year for Webster Hall’s closing performance & HARD Summer and having recently revived their Instagram account, we’re in high hopes that this latest news is just the beginning. Although so far all we have to go off is some cryptic Instagram stories from the two showing that they were both in the studio together last night (Nov. 14), with Skrillex having recently started his return via a new collab with JOYRYDE and Boys Noize coming off the startup of his new ELAX alias, we’re thinking the time might be right to expect some new Dog Blood on the way. Check out the posts below and enjoy!

boys noize facetime skrillex

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Oliver Heldens Delivers Bass-Heavy House Remix Of CHIC’s Classic “Le Freak”

We’re celebrating the 40th anniversary of disco legends CHIC’s chart-topping single “Le Freak” with a bass-heavy house remix from Oliver Heldens. Heldens infuses his groovy house style with the funky, upbeat songwriting and production of Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards to reinvigorate this late 70’s classic. With the future house artist having rinsed the track in recent shows, Oliver Heldens’ remix is now officially out courtesy of Big Beat Records.

“I have always been a fan of disco music, and CHIC’s ‘Le Freak’ is one of my favourite disco songs. Growing up I heard it a lot because my parents loved CHIC. I really admire Nile Rodgers and he was always high on my list to work with, so it was a big honour that he asked me to remix Le Freak. I tried to keep it true to the original and had a lot of fun remixing it. I’m very happy with the result and super proud to release this remix.” – Oliver Heldens

Effortlessly blending house with its old-school disco counterpart, Heldens uses the original vocal hooks and iconic string and guitar melodies from “Le Freak” and underlays a bouncy synth bassline and punchy house drums. The accompanying video features an introduction courtesy of Nile Rodgers in which he recounts his and Edwards formulation of the original tune. It continues with trippy animations of Heldens and CHIC band members being brought to life as the remix pounds through the speakers. Check it out now below and enjoy!

CHIC – Le Freak (Oliver Heldens Remix)

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Manila Killa Enlists Mansionair For Catchy New Indie Electronic Single “Wake Up Call”

Manila Killa is back with some more heat today. Hot off the release of his lead single “Run Away” off his debut EP, he’s already back for more. This time around Manila Killa has linked up with Mansionair for an irresistible new song “Wake Up Call” as we await the full EP. 

Manila Killa recently parted ways with his collaborative project Hotel Garuda so each artist could focus on their solo careers and he does not waste any time taking the next step with the first EP under the Manila Killa project underway. He never fails to keep us on our toes with each song as they seem to evolve throughout. Here Manila Killa paints the perfect foundation with soft soundscapes, dreamy melodies and a drumbeat that brings the best out of Mansionair’s airy vocals. Stay tuned for the full project and enjoy!

 Manila Killa – Wake Up Call (Ft. Mansionair)

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Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell, & Mike WiLL Made-It Join Forces On Epic New Collab “The Mantra”

There’s some collaborations that take us by surprise, and there’s ones like these that leave our jaw hanging on the floor. In one of the most star-studded tracks of the year, Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell, and Mike WiLL Made-It come together to drop a bomb on us. The tune is called “The Mantra,” and it’s going to be part of the Creed II soundtrack, which drops November 21 with the film.

If you didn’t already know, Mike WiLL Made-It was enlisted to put together the soundtrack for the boxing movie sequel, and he’s already come through with an amazing tracklist. Along with Kendrick and Pharrell, Mike Will managed to bring together Nicki Minaj, Rae Sremmurd, Gucci Mane, Young Thug, 2 Chainz, YG, A$AP Rocky, Vince Staples, and many more on the soundtrack.

Mike WiLL has big shoes to fill in regards to movie soundtracks, considering Black Panther dropped theirs earlier this year, which was spearheaded by Kendrick Lamar. Based on the tracklist alone, it could definitely give Black Panther’s soundtrack a run for its money. We’ll find out for sure how fire it is a week from today.

For now, have a listen to Kendrick and Pharrell’s single from the album below and enjoy!

Mike WiLL Made-It, Pharrell, Kendrick Lamar – The Mantra

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