Thursday, July 28, 2016

"You Only Live Once So We Never Take the Day Off"


Over the years, Hip Hop soundtracks have went by way of the dinosaur. As a teenager looking to soak up any kind of provocative music, I grew up listening to soundtracks like The Nutty Professor, Friday, or The Players Club. The albums always seemed like a treasure trove of singles, which generally resulted in me heading to Sam Goody to buy the entire album. How times have change for both music buying and music compilations.

Until today, I hadn't caught wind of the upcoming movie The Land. What makes said upcoming movie noteworthy is that Nas took the reins on producing the soundtrack. For a bit of context, check out the trailer for the movie that Erykah Badu and Machine Gun Kelly both play roles in...

Out of the songs I've listened to off the soundtrack, my favorite so far has been Pusha T and Jeremih's Paid. I'm not used to King Push rapping on an uplifting track, but the combination of Jeremih's vocals, an infectious piano led rhythm and a few hot 16s, it makes for a pretty easy-listening track. If I were to pick a second favorite, it would be Erykah and Nas's soulful and rugged This Bitter Land. I've only listened to a few tracks on the soundtrack, but ready throw Nas dap for temporarily bringing back the Hip Hop soundtrack into my world...#TheLand

Pusha T feat Jeremih - Paid

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

R&B House That Will Leave a Love Mark


As a fan of 90s R&B, I feel like I've been tapping my feet for the better part of a decade for the genre to evolve. Sure, there have been a few bright spots like Tory Lanez and TroyBoi who continue to serve up slow trap songs with a heavy dose of R&B influence, but generally speaking, it's been either non-existent or stuck in them mud. As I say that, here come the Bixel Boys with Jarell Perry with a new house/R&B jam. Off top Jarell will suck you in with some soft vocals over a steady tempo leading up to the hook. Then, post hook, you get a steady dose of swanktastic bass, reminding you that the track is still very much hitting at heart of easy-listening, house music. It's not a usual R&B flavor, which is why I found it to be notable enough to share with y'all. Hopefully songs like this serve as a much needed example of R&B artists who have the courage to re-imagine a stagnating genre...#LoveMarks

Bixel Boys feat. Jarell Perry - Love Marks

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Forget a Thunder Clap, How Bout That Viking Clap?


Where would the world be without underdog stories in sports? I ask that question because of what Iceland did in the Euro 2016 soccer tournament. Stop me if you've heard this, but they were the smallest nation to ever qualify for a major soccer tournament and then went out and beat the brakes off soccer perennial power England. For reference, Iceland would be the 23rd biggest city if it were to located in England.

Since everyone loves a good cinderella story, their team spirit captivated millions of people. The captivation didn't lead to a victory over France, but people did finally catch onto their loud Viking Clap cheer. Check it below if you need a frame of reference...

All in all, a pretty manly cheer. And it didn't go unnoticed by Tritonal and Cuebrick either. Together they used the cheer as a slow build up to their new Iceland jam. The cheer sample made for a unique intro to an electronic track. Around the two minute mark you'll understand why the track is fit for a festival. Tip of the cap for the Iceland soccer team for stealing our hearts and paving the way to unique EDM tracks like the one below...#VikingClap

Tritonal & Cuebrick – Iceland (Viking Clap)

Monday, July 25, 2016

"Hello, Would You Pick Up the Phone?"


With political views as omnipotent as air these days, you could imagine what a new single from Lupe Fiasco would sound like. Yet another emotionally charged, pointed lyrical assault airing out all the ills that are eroding away the fabric of America? Surprisingly...no, not even close. Instead, Lupe used his unique storytelling super powers to craft a tale of loneliness and longing. With the help of stellar vocals on the hook from Eric Turner, Lupe managed to capture that pleading feeling of really wanting someone you love to answer your call and getting no answer. The tone of the hook drifts from hopeful to downright angry, which is a feeling we've all experienced at some point. If you're looking for a sign that Lupe is still capable of making emotional, thought provoking music then you're going to enjoy Pick Up the Phone...#PickUpThePhone

Lupe Fiasco feat Eric Turner - Pick Up The Phone

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Wyclef Makes a Rare Deep House Cameo


I've always been a Wyclef fan. Ever since The Fugees, I've enjoyed his diverse collection of music. Even though he claims that his first record ever was a House track on Big Beat Records, I don't remember hearing it. My lack of recollection made his cameo on Gorgon City's Zoom Zoom all the more enjoyable.

Deep House is in full effect to the point of it sounding monotonous on the collabo below. Gorgon City knows how to make a classy club beat, but they haven't deviated too much from their go-to sound. I enjoyed the novelty of hearing Wycelf's unique vocals over a swanky club, but I wasn't blown away by the end result. Hopefully you find it to be more than a novelty like I did...#ZoomZoom

Gorgon City feat Wyclef - Zoom Zoom

Saturday, July 23, 2016

"I Will Jump Right Over Into Cold, Cold Water For You"


If you're looking for a hyped up single, it does get much more buzzy than a Major Lazer featuring Justin Bieber single. If you're a Belieber, then you might remember reading him hyping new material back in early July...
Well...that track finally came to life today in the form of Cold Water. It's about as slow of a tempo you'll find for a Major Lazer track, but it has enough Dancehall rhythm to eliminate questions. Along with some soothing Bieber vocals, you'll also get a nice verse from Diplo protege MØ near the end of the track. All that being said, it's tailor made for top 40 radio, so enjoy it quick before the masses get to it...#ColdWater

Major Lazer feat MØ & Justin Bieber - Cold Water

Friday, July 22, 2016

Videos of the Week July 22nd


It was a slow week for videos, word is bond. There was a whole lot of nothing when it came to new music videos, so here's this week's top five dollar store video bargains. Leading the way by a large margin was seeing rappers genuinely react to Rich Chigga's Dat $tick video. If you haven't seen it yet, go here to watch it because it's not something I could do justice describing. Lord knows we need more tough talking, buttoned up, fanny pack wearing, gun toting, mean mugging, sixteen year old Asian kids. Hate on it all you want, but you can't look away from a car crash, even if you know it's manufactured. Despite all that, gotta admit, his flow was lit.

Also dropping this week was a series of videos from Deadmau5 detailing some of the work he does with NVIDIA in crafting these incredibly advanced computers. It's a fun watch if you're a hardware nerd who doesn't mind when engineering crosses over with music. In the land of late night, Idris Alba and Fallon did their best to karaoke their way into our hears, while Missy and the First Lady did in-car rapping with James Corden. And last, but not least, I would have felt weird not finding a way to timestamp this week in history as Pokemon Go found a way to create a new category of gaming with the use of augmented reality. Evidently all your favorite DJs love Pokemon too and rappers are even riding the wave. I've only played it a bit, but hell, I'm more amazed with how impactful it is in getting people to move and explore their surroundings...#PokemonGo
Rappers Reacting to Rich Chigger's Dat $tick Video

Episode 2 of Deadmau5's "The Deadmau5 Project" with NVIDIA

Idris Alba and Jimmy Fallon Play Box of Microphones

Michelle Obama and Missy Elliot Rap During Car Karaoke With James Corden

Hardwell Trolls Ultra Europe With the Pokemon Theme Song

Photo Credi: YouTube

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