Sunday, April 26, 2015

"Dammit Baby Girl"

Who is in the mood for some loud and quirky Trap music? Despite the fact that I've only heard a handful of tracks from TroyBoi, his heavy, chopped up sound is growing on me. This time he hooked up with DJ Craze who blended in some signature scratches to the bouncy percussion that manifests itself in many different forms throughout the track. There's a clear middle-eastern influence on the track, but you'll notice some video game style synths in there to keep things interesting. If you're looking to cop it, DJ Craze's Baby Gurl EP is due out in less than a week, which is great news for all you crazy Nicaraguan and English Trap fans out there...#BabyGurl

DJ Craze & TroyBoi - Baby Gurl

Saturday, April 25, 2015

"Sometime I Feel Like I Never Slow Down"

Hearing quality, break-neck speed rapping is so rare nowadays that I can't help to get nostalgic when I hear a heat rock like Speedom (WWC2). Maybe it was because I grew up on Midwest Hip Hop and, subsequently, put Twista on pedestal as a modern day legend. I can still remember hearing his Padded Room freestyle for the first time and wigging out because it was like nothing I had ever heard before. Check it below if you've never heard it...

Speed-rapping nostalgia aside, hearing Tech N9ne and Eminem kick it into fifth gear is more than worth the price of admission. The track is going to land on Tech's upcoming album Special Effects, which will be his fifteenth full-length studio album. That album number is absolute craziness and speaks to his longevity both as an artist and businessman, as he was one of the first artists to shun major record labels. If you're in the mood to drive fast, this one needs to be added to your weekend riding playlist...#Speedom

Tech N9ne feat Eminem & Krizz Kaliko - Speedom (WWC2)

Friday, April 24, 2015

Videos of the Week April 24th

Plenty of entertainment on tap this week with a focus on festivals. First and foremost, you must check out the HARD Summer trailer's hilarious. It features all of your favorite EDM acts straight up actin' a fool. If you're in LA in early August, it's definitely up there in terms of can't miss festivals.

In other news, Major Lazer released the first episode of their YouTube released animated series. If you're wondering what Major Lazer is like in real life, here's your chance to find out. The only actual music video of the week was contributed by Fall Out Boy who brought to life a text conversation in real life. For a taste of the late night scene, Big Sean and LL Cool J play Pictionary and hilarity ensues when LL starts drawing things. And last but not least, if there's anyone who experienced crappy weather this week, I'd invite you to watch the after movie for the Your Paradise festival in Fiji. It's a small music festival, but you can't beat the scenery. Word has it Alison Wonderland is performing, so color me intrigued in not just island concept, but also the music...#YourParadise
HARD Summer Trailer

Big Sean & LL Cool J Play Pictionary on Fallon

Major Lazer Season 1 Episode 1

Fall Out Boy - Uma Thurman (Video)

Your Paradise Fiji Aftermovie

Photo Credit: YouTube

Thursday, April 23, 2015

"The Sun is Shining and So Are You"

Despite losing the legendary branding that surrounded the name Swedish House Mafia, Axwell Λ Ingrosso continue to make great music as a duo. They lit it up at Coachella this weekend and as a bit of icing on the cake, released a new video for their new single Sun is Shining. Check out the video which incorporates a bit of their Ultra Music Festival performance below...

I wouldn't say I enjoy their new one as much as I did On My Way, but that track has been a mainstay on playlists of mine for the better part a of month. I'd be splitting hairs trying to critique the track because the lyrics are inspirational and the overall vibe of the track is uplifting. You know I get excited about that type of stuff, so that shouldn't be a surprise. You'll have to wait another week and a half to cop this new one digitally, but that shouldn't prevent you from putting it on repeat until then...#SunIsShining

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Jeremih & Flo Rida Bring Heat on "Tonight Belongs to U"

The trend of R&B artists dipping in the EDM pool is getting to be a real thing. Sure we've heard plenty of John Legend and Usher examples, but even the likes of Meajor and now Jeremih are utilizing synths as the lead blocker for their new singles. While I'd still call Jeremih's new one below with Flo Rida an R&B track, the electronic influences are hard to ignore...

As I was listening to Tonight Belongs to U! I found myself wondering when Flo Rida was going to hop on the mix and ignite the tempo. Sure as hell, around the 2:25 mark, Flo came through with his characteristically spitfire delivery. All in all it's a fun track and you can cop it when it hits iTunes in a few hours. Be on the look out for Jeremih's upcoming album Late Nights, which is scheduled to hit iTunes in about a week...#LateNights

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

"You Don't Wanna Be High Like Me"

Before I dive into the track, let me first remind that I've always been a fan of Mike Posner's music. His vocals are what he gets the most credit for, but not many artists can successfully go acoustic, electronic, Hip Hop or R&B depending on what mood they're in. But Mike can and he has a long list of singles to validate his versatility.

Not mentioned in his skill set above is his humility. Before I go into it, open this lyrics genius link in another tab, press play and follow along...

If you followed directions above, you're probably wondering if the story he tells in I Took a Pill in Ibiza was a true story. According to his Huffington Post article, the details of the track did actually happen. It's an incredibly honest, look-in-the-mirror type of track that shines a direct light on being famous. Yes, it gets you access to cool experiences that not everyone is privy to, but it can also be destructive. It seems like Mike is done with the "coolness" of being rich and famous and has been humbled enough times that he's at a point where he can share his story. In my eyes, the stand out quote in the article that directly gets at his evolution as a person was,
"It’s not the job of the art to accommodate me and make me more money, make me more famous and get me more girls... I think for a period of time I did think art was there to serve me, but it took me a minute to reset."
More power to you Mikey P, I love that you had the courage to vent on wax so that the song could serve as a cautionary tale for others. I wish other artists could look themselves in the mirror the way that you did. If your goal was to get people excited about your new album, then mission accomplished...#TookAPillInIbiza

Monday, April 20, 2015

"Spread it Like Peanut Butter Jelly"

Is it me or is disco making a comeback disguised as EDM? With the help of Galantis that statement is starting to grow legs. I waxed poetic about my groupie like affinity for their latest single Gold Dust and now I'm starting to realize that I really just enjoy their music.

If you're expecting a remix to Peanut Butter Jelly Time, you're going to be momentarily disappointed at first. But then you'll find yourself getting sucked into this really catchy disco vibe that leans heavily on a computerized voice to carry the melody. The post-drop beat is everything your parents liked about the 70s with plenty of strings and horns. By my count, this is their third straight awesome single off their upcoming album, Pharmacy, due out in early June. I guess the only thing left to do is get them to come to the Bay Area to perform...#Pharmacy

Galantis - Peanut Butter Jelly

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