Now this is something special. Vallejo, California-raised rapper and beatmaker Droop-E (the son of E-40) has announced a new project with Los Angeles electronic singer-songwriter Nite Jewel. Collectively writing and recording together as Amthst, they've just released 'Thug Passion', the first single from a forthcoming EP release.

Recalling both the Sade Diamond Life rap remakes Droop-E is known for, and the haunted low-fi trip-hop/download aesthetic Nite Jewel cultivated across her Good Evening EP, 'Thug Passion' feels like a perfect marriage between vividly blunted rap and sultry drum machine soul. We've known Droop-E and Nite Jewel had great musical chemistry ever since she contributed a chorus to his song 'N The Traffic', but seeing confirmation they've decided to properly explore making music together is exciting to say the least.