There's always a bit of a thrill when you discover a new track from one of your favourite artists, one you didn't previously know existed. Whether it was hidden at the end of a CD release, posted on social media, or at the end of a music video for a different track, sometimes these songs gain a bit of a cult following in that artist's fanbase.
We've put together a few of our favourite hidden/unreleased tracks, so you can discover music from artists that you might not have known existed. Sit back and enjoy the music!
Childish Gambino - 3005 Part 2
First hidden in the script that accompanied his album Because The Internet, it took until the release of Childish Gambino's STN MTN/KAUAI mixtape for the track that fans refer to as 3005 Part 2 to come out. Hidden in the coding for the BTI script was an a capella track on Gambino's website, which referenced 3005.
Fans then discovered that if you synched the vocals from that a capella with the closing track from STN MTN, 3005 (Beach Picnic Version), you got a whole new track. You can read more about the discovery here - we can't believe they solved it!
Cardi B's Track About Kulture
To celebrate her daughter Kulture's 1st birthday, Cardi B dropped a previously unreleased and untitled track on Instagram about her relationship with the media, and how she's had to open up about her daughter.
The track features a sample of Eve's 1999 track Love Is Blind, and the Instagram post has a slideshow of photos featuring Kulture, Cardi and Offset. It's a poignant track about how the impact of the public, and in the caption for the post Cardi mentions the track was initially meant for her album Invasion Of Privacy. Cardi posted, "Thank you everybody for wishing my sweet baby a Happy Birthday. I made this song one day before I turned in my album and Eve gave me the green light for the beat I was so grateful! She a real one!
"It didn’t make it on time tho cause as you can hear I was maaa stuffy with a terrible cold. I couldn’t get it right no matter how many times I spit it ?Even when we try to mix it u still sound stuffy. I love my baby she changed my life."
Kanye West - Late
Hidden at the end of Kanye West's second album, Late Registration, is the track Late. It has the lush production that LR became known for, and it's often regarded as Kanye's best hidden track (something his early albums had a fair bit of). Dedicated fans have kept track of all Kanye's different bonus tracks for different regions, and more often than not, Late comes out on top.
It's also Tyler, The Creator's favourite Kanye song of all time - and they performed it together during Tyler's set at the 2013 edition of the Odd Future Carnival, and it was the first time in six years Kanye had performed the track live. It's a bit of a slow burner of a track, but it's Kanye at his best and most braggadocious, and it's a great trip down memory lane for both old and new Kanye fans.
Chance The Rapper - Paranoia
After a 30 second silence at the end of Pusha Man, off his huge mixtape Acid Rap, Chance The Rapper dropped one of the hottest tracks of his career - and some fans might have missed it if they weren't paying attention.
Paranoia is a discussion of the problems facing Chance's hometown Chicago, and it's a collaboration with Los Angeles producer Nosaj Thing. Chance sounds frantic on the track, re-creating the experience of Paranoia for the listener, and it's a track that'll have you immersed in Chance's world.
Gorillaz - Clint Eastwood (Ed Case/Sweetie Irie Remix)
At the end of their 2001 self-titled debut album, Gorillaz hid a remix of one of their biggest singles, Clint Eastwood. Remixed by London producer/DJ Ed Case and British reggae singer/DJ Sweetie Irie, the pair turn the track into a bit of a reggaeton jam.
Sweetie Irie's vocals on the track are hypnotic, and it's a true remix of Clint Eastwood. If you're looking to get into the groove, chuck on this remix, and let your worries float away.
Dua Lipa - For Julian
Written as a tribute to a close friend who was going through a hard period in their life, Dua Lipa's For Julian only appeared on the Japanese edition of her self-titled debut album, as well as an exclusive vinyl release of The Only (EP).
It's a slower, jazz-inspired track from Dua, and you'll find yourself getting lost in her voice. While it's a little bit of a departure from the disco-pop of her second album, it's a great insight into Dua's friendships with those around her, and how much she cares for the people in her support network.