Freeloader Friday: Smoke DZA + Pete Rock, Palmas & More

dont-smoke-rockReunited and it feels so good! Long time no see Freeloaders, how have things been? I know, I missed you last week too. Luckily, there’s a silver lining to our time apart: a killer crop of tracks and videos from your new favorite bands. Let’s get into these sweet streams.

Smoke DZA + Pete Rock‘s new joint record Don’t Smoke Rock officially hit the streets this morning and it is something to behold. It’s been a hell of a year for hip-hop with young guns coming out of the woodwork and veterans making big moves to keep up. For Smoke DZA + Pete Rock, two of NYC’s finest, it is effortless. Although there is a polished old-school style at the core of Don’t Smoke Rock, DZA’s verses and Rock’s beats are kept completely fresh with perfect production and star-studded features. Mac Miller, BJ The Chicago Kid, Rick Ross and many more grace this record, a true testament to the influence these two still have on the genre. Check out a full stream here.


Classical Music: Not Just for Old People!

classical-musicClassical music. “But isn’t it just for old people?” they ask. And when I say “they,” I mean the random people I’ve met throughout my 27 years who can’t fathom that this woman who adamantly learned all the words to Eminem songs in her teens and who can’t sing without shamelessly imitating Britney Spears can also have a deep love and respect for the world of classical music.


Spotify Best Practices: 4 New Tips to Strengthen Your Profile

spotify-best-practicesSpotify is ever-evolving. As the service grows and users discover more and more content, the streaming giant is innovating ways in which artists can connect to fans and vice versa. As a result, Spotify has implemented a few new features for artists, managers and labels which called for an update to our Spotify Best Practices. Before diving in below, do check out our original post for the basics.


The Orchard Lovingly Remembers Sharon Jones

Last week, the world said goodbye to Sharon Jones, an artist and friend that impacted the lives of many here at The Orchard. In celebration of radiant life, here are a few warm words from those who worked with her and felt her soul from the stage.

On the eve of Thanksgiving in the United States, we are thankful to have experienced Sharon’s unstoppable talent and force. The Dap-Kings ask that you consider donating to a charity, find more information on the band’s website.

Label Spotlight: Shoot To Kill

kevin-wolff-shoot-to-kill-musicShoot To Kill Music was founded by Kevin Wolff in 2003. Working with such artists as The Glitch Mob, Travis Barker, Rancid, Loudpvck, The Interrupters, Blink 182, PANTyRAID and more, Shoot To Kill has proven to be a home for an eclectic mix of artists across various genres. Kevin Wolff & Shoot To Kill are also long time partners with the Deckstar management firm. Alongside Deckstar, Kevin and S.T.K. help develop, manage and market some of the worlds most renowned artists, DJ’s, remixers and producers.