Saturday, December 31, 2011
Friday, December 30, 2011
Other than that, a whole lot of @tip and incognito @drake and @kanyewest videos to report on. Pretty pumped to hear that @rihanna song that Kanye was hinting at while DJ-ing in England. Can't wait for that new Slaughterhouse album too, lots to look forward to in 2012...#LastDayOfTheYear
Joe Budden and Joell Ortiz Talk New Slaughterhouse Album
Drake Sings Karaoke with a Fan at the Saddle Ranch on Sunset Blvd
Kanye DJs in London Debuts Rihanna G.O.O.D. Music Unreleased Track
T.I. Speaks on Working with Dr. Dre
Trailer for T.I.'s New Mixtape
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Sure we all heard Beibs is going to experiment with Dubstep on his new album, but nothing concrete has become of that rumor yet. Rumors aside, what you should takeaway from this post is that @SKRILLEX is one of the most well known Dubstep DJs and if you're wanting to become more familiar with the movement, it might be in your best interests to check out one of Skrillex's album Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites or his most recent album More Monsters and Sprites.
This past week he released a new EP album titled Bangarang, which doesn't feature his newest single below featuring @krewella on the vocals. Breathe is a nice combination of soothing electronic rhythms with radio quality vocals mixed with a little dubstep. It's about as pop as Dubstep will get until Bieber tackles it, but nonetheless, a good forecast of the storm that's coming.
Skrillex feat Krewella - Breathe (Vocal Edit)
Monday, December 26, 2011
As I'm listening to it, I feel like I've seen enough behind the scenes videos to appreciate all the quirky synth sounds that go int an R Les production. There's a lot going on when you take everything into account and for that reason, producers deserve just as much dap. Their work is the foundation of what you hear and there are only a few artists out that could sound good on any beat. Most need a good beat to sound hot and be relevant, so if you're a reader of my blog you probably feel the same way or at least have the same appreciation for what goes into the final product of a song. Chalk it up to another Young Money protege to watch out for in 2012...#TakinOver
Cory Gunz feat Ryan Leslie - Loco (prod by Ryan Leslie)
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Saturday, December 24, 2011
"In Hip Hop, it’s like stepping in the ring. Rap is a contact sport. So I talked about this cat that’s soft and sweet. Drake felt offended and felt it was directed towards him, so he said, “Man, say it to my face.” My thing is, I’ma keep it Hip Hop. Stay on that tip, but if he falls in that category, then so be it. I’m not going to hold my tongue.”
Friday, December 23, 2011
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Keeping it simple tonight since I like to add to the populace of men who are both 1) Not very adept at thinking about Christmas presents until the week of and 2) really into sports. We've got NFL, quality college basketball (Go Illini!) and a bowl game where Boise State is gonna beat the breaks off ASU. So much to watch all at once, probably going to need to go to a bar where all three can be viewed at once...#LadiesDontUnderstand + #ButWeStillLoveYall
Anyways, @rickyrozay did his part in furthering the hotness of Talk That Talk. Decent remix worth a listen and in case you missed the original @s_c_ sells out arenas...#CallsItGettinDome
Rihanna feat Jay-Z & Rick Ross - Talk That Talk (Remix)
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
It's funny how things come full circle sometimes. When I say full circle, maybe I mean, it's cool how things evolve to a point where you can look back and realize something was cooler than it appeared to be when you first saw it. For example, years before I started getting into @drh3, I witnessed him play guitar for John Mayer (no twitter handle since he left his 3.7 million followers behind). At the time, he wasn't more of a background singer and guitar player, but as the years went by and I found some of his great solo tracks, I found myself looking back and wishing he had been a bigger part of the John Mayer show.
I saw all this to lay the ground work for how I was first introduced to @sleighbells. It was at the Philly Cruise Terminal watching them open for the legendary LCD Soundsystem. As an quick sidebar, easily one of the three best concerts I've ever been to. Their live act is so off the chain, it's disgusting and I'm still upset they retired prematurely. Aaaannnyways, long story short I got to see Sleigh Bells up close and personal for the first time and not knowing what to expect, I thought their music was a little too noisy and raucous to be enjoyed in concert...#NerdVoice
Looking back a little now, I feel pretty stupid because I now understand and have somewhat harnessed their kickassedness as time has gone on. I really took a liking to Riot Rhythm and even better, their new single sounds like @ratatatmusic chipped in some of their crazy electro guitar riffs in the background of Born to Lose. I even went back and copped their whole debut album Treats and gave it a spin after hearing their new single. Evidently their sophomore album Reign of Terror is due out in Feb and will feature even more in your face, loud as (F word) block rocking beats. I can't wait, let's crank it up, Christmas is less than a week y'all...#LetsRage
Sleigh Bells - Born to Lose
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Regardless of timing or whether it was previously unreleased until now, I should get to the point of me re-posting the track. What you hear below is a new sounding version in that it's clearly been mastered with actual vocals from Chris Martin of Coldplay. If you're wondering what I mean, check out the original with Bobby Ray singing the hook. The authentic Coldplay vocals give it an added touch of freshness that the original didn't have. Sure the verses and beat provided by none other than JJJ JR! (@jonathanrotem) are the same great concoction, but a new hook can do wonders for a track.
Furthermore, you may be wondering what the intentions are for mastering this track. I wonder the same thing, but with the new T.I. and Bobby Ray collaboration album titled The Man & The Martian in the works, this might just end up being a single when it's all said and done. All I can say is it's about damn time this was made a single! I bet Coldplay was finally compen$ated on the sample and that's why they've got the green light to release it as a single...#MoneyTalk$
B.O.B. feat T.I. & Coldplay - Never Lost (prod by JR Rotem)
Monday, December 19, 2011
Sunday, December 18, 2011
Saturday, December 17, 2011
I say story because there are literally chapters within the track that tell a different story. The first chapter that leads up to the haunting demon voice's "I wanna do bad things with you!", is more of a build up introduction. The middle part is where the beat is at it's best and gets all upbeat house for a few minutes. Then, the beat slows down in a harmonic, end of fairytale way, only to pick the rhythm back up with increased ferocity. Listening to it right just led to looking up Avicii tour dates, it's that badass. As far as manipulating the ebb and flow of energy on a dance track, it doesn't get much better than what Tim Berg is able to provide...#EvidenceBelow
Avicii - Before This Night Is Through (Bad Things) (Original Mix)
As a bonus, I'm not sure if this is an Avicii created mash-up or something someone did on the side. Either way, it takes his widely acclaimed song Levels and mixes it with @JLo's track Until It Beats No More. Levels is one rare beat I will probably never get sick of or annoyed at other artists sampling.
Jennifer Lopez & Avicii - Until It Beats No More (Levels Mash-Up)
Friday, December 16, 2011
As a sidebar, it's pretty cool seeing all of the behind the scenes footage of Kanye and Jay's Watch the Throne tour. Other than the fact that they play N words in Paris a record 10 times in one concert (not joking), it seems to be the most highly sought after concert ticket. I'll be the first to admit, I was very lukewarm on their album initially, but lately I've found myself going back to it and liking it better the more I listen to it. Some things are just too intense and shoved down our throat and over-hyped that it borders on too cliche to even say nice things about. Now that the dust has settled, I'm more than happy to say should be in the conversation for album of the year...#NotTheBestThough
Thursday, December 15, 2011
If I were to classify @wyntermusic's new track Viva the Love, it'd probably fit somewhere in between modern disco and dance pop. Genre aside, it's an upbeat, dance floor ready single that is destined for contemporary radio consumption.
They may not be a household name per se, but don't sleep on @mystoandpizzi's influence on the the track. They've always been a duo that catches my eye and follows suit on the my believe that it's a better fandom investment to follow producers rather than artists because the quality is generally more consistent. I know, I know, there are exceptions, but I'll ride and die with the producers who shape the sound of the track rather than (cut and paste replaceable artist).
Wynter's got more than a little vocal ability and I was a buyer of her debut album With the Music I Die. I'd be willing to bet you'll start see her popping up on a lot more features like when she did the hook on Flo Rida's - Sugar...#StayTuned
Wynter Gordon - Viva the Love (prod by Mysto & Pizzi)
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Anybody else think the picture above is funny as hell too? With J Cole's "I'm with stupid gesture" and Wale looking completely rigid like he's a frozen block of ice. To be fair, we've all taken pictures where we just look like absolutely retards because of the timing, so I'm not gonna put him on blast too much.
On an unrelated, but related note, I'm still salty that Ryan Leslie's new album Les is More keeps getting pushed back. Now it's slated for a 2012 release, which is a little longer than the few weeks away he promised back in October. I'll be interested to see if that milli he's getting sued for over not ponying up on the ransom for his laptop comes to fruition. Not sure how that works, but if you are on camera offering rewards then I'm not sure how you can get out of that...#Settlement
Great collection of talent below, all remixes should be as good as the one below...#WishfulThinking
Red Cafe feat Ryan Leslie, J Cole, Trey Songz, Wale - Fly Together (Remix) (prod by R Les)
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Seeing that the Foster camp has decided that Call It What You Want will be the follow up single, I can't really complain because it was a good pick. Seems there are a few DJ's who agree because they have taken the time to remix the original. Tough call on which remix I like better better between BIGkids and @TREASUREFINGERS. What I do know is that I laughed out loud when I saw the tweet below because I'm familiar with the drunken santa bar crawls...
Foster the People - Call It What You Want - (BIGkids remix)
Foster The People - Call It What You Want (Treasure Fingers Pre-Party Remix Radio Edit)
Monday, December 12, 2011
When looking at the tracklist for the soundtrack, I immediately jumped on the track below because I noticed @IAMDRUMMA on the production credits. Now if you're expecting another Oh My type booty shaking club beat, I'd tap the breaks homie. This one won't measure up to those expectations, but @therealjuicyj's verse on the track is on point like a decimal #RapGeniusAssist. Wiz does his thing on the hook, but the pace of the track so perfectly fits Juicy's delivery.
If you're looking for exclusive content surrounding press of the upcoming movie, plug in the hash tag #macanddevin. Uncle Snoopy D O Double G has a few surprises in there for ya like this one and this one. Go cop it December 13th!
Wiz Khalifa & Snoop Dogg feat Juicy J - Smokin' On (prod by Drumma Boy)
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Since everyone is now becoming familiar with @theweekndxo via @drake's new album Take Care, it's time to get a familiar with some of his older stuff. I say that half out of opportunity (since a lot of unreleased tracks of his have been dropping lately) and half out of necessity because he's becoming more of a household name. Here's a little background on the track below. The Weeknd used to be a part of a group called The Noise that consisted of a producer and three vocalist: The Weeknd, Kid Klassic, Tyler Done and @nataliediluccio.
You'll be hard pressed to find much on The Noise because they didn't release and album or mixtape. Instead they focused on making demos that they could sell to other artists. Party (below), is one of those demo tracks that were created around 2008-2009. The track has a very unfinished sound to it, but the bouncy guitar riff and sing along hook give the track a fun, laid back feel. It's what a demo track should do, put it on a tee for a big name to knock it out the park. Even the verse at the end is well delivered, making me think an artist like @bobatl could flip it into a hit. I'm open to any other artist suggestions, but he's the first that came to mind as far as being able to both sing and rap on the track.
Who would have thought there would be a noteworthy Canadian duo called OVOXO taking Hip Hop by storm? Proves that it really doesn't matter much where you're from because if you can spit or sing, people will find you. How else could you explain so many artists coming out of Cleveland, Ohio? Who knows maybe someday a superstar will hatch out of Naptown and Hip Hop will become relevant back in my home state for the first time ever...#DreamBig
The Weeknd (The Noise)- Party
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Plus it's been a minute since I posted a slow jam, so in an effort to not lose touch of my softer side, tonight I'm giving some dap to two of the most talented (both vocally and writing) individuals in the game. If you're a fan of Anthony, you probably already know his new album Back to Love is due out in three days on Tuesday, December 13th. I'd venture a guess that it's chalked full of grown and sexy music that both you and your parents, who more than likely dig the old school sound of his voice, can share over the holidays...#ParentsLoveSlowJams
Anthony Hamilton feat Keri Hilson - Never Let Go (prod by Babyface)
Friday, December 09, 2011
Diggy Simmons feat Jeremih - Do it Like You (Video)
Pitbull feat Chris Brown - International Love (Video)
Snoop and Wiz Perform Young, Wild and Free on Jimmy Kimmel
Drake Addresses Rumors About Him Leaving Young Money
Bon Iver Works Out...Yes Really
Thursday, December 08, 2011
Don't Wanna Go Home and It Girl are catchy and further his rolodex of solid radio hits, but they didn't reach the ceiling that some of his previous albums single reached. Yet, here we have a new non-album single by JD produced by the man himself, Ryan Tedder. I can appreciate Jason trying to diversify his sound away from JR Rotem the way the Game wanted to branch out away from Dr. Dre to prove he wasn't a product of his production. Rest of My Life is a great mid-tempo ballad that allows Jason to show off a little vocal range and hit a couple American Idol notes throughout the track that is dripping with emotional intensity. Individually both Jason and Ryan are huge talents, so it's safe to say, combining the two will eminently end up in one bad ass collaboration...#ProofsInThePuddingBelow
Jason Derulo - Rest of My Life (prod by Ryan Tedder)
Wednesday, December 07, 2011
sidity (adj) - uppity, high class, bourgeois, conceited,We've all been around our fair share of sidity women, but similiarly, fellas if a chick is actin' high sidity, don't compound the fuckery by trickin'. We all know, it is trickin' if you ain't really go it.
"That girl at the bar so sidity she won't even holla at a playa."
Now that you're all caught up on a handful of modern urban dictionary terms that you probably never thought you'd see on this blog, I'll turn the focus back to @roscoedash's upcoming studio album, J.U.I.C.E.. It wouldn't surprise me to hear that this is the lead single, but to be completely honest, I'll be interested to see if Roscoe can shake the "only good for hooks on other artists' tracks" stigma that he's developed. We've seen artists like @TPAIN shake it and become success on a solo tip, but whether he can follow in those footsteps remains to be seen.
Big fan of @bigsean's presence on the track too and even though I don't have a name for the production credits on Sidity, it's got the potential as an upbeat bass heavy, radio friendly effort. On the real I'm never gonna get sick of Oh My, so I'll forever be a supporter in some capacity of Roscoe. Hopefully the freshman album holds serve and I start writing about how well rounded of an artist he's become...#TimeWillTell
**Update - Shouts out to @SUPERDAVEMUSIC and Drew da Beast on the beat. Assist to Twitter on the correction...
Roscoe Dash feat Big Sean - Sidity (prod by Super Dave & Drew da Beast)
Tuesday, December 06, 2011
For starters, there is a huge void in the genre of thuggish R&B and Mikey P appropriately fills that gap with his slightly edgy lyrics and well-known Hip Hop cameos. I think of TQ when I listen to Posner and that's a good thing because it's been damn near a decade since I've heard something comparable to some of TQ's older tracks. No shit, I just counted 10 tracks on this mixtape that I've been constantly circulating on my daily playlist and to put things in perspective, the shelf life for tracks on that playlist can usually be measured in hours. If I were to give a award for best cameo verse on the mixtape, it would be between @TWISTAgmg, @MACHINEGUNKELLY and @CyHiDaPrynce's verse below. Pure thuggish, unadulterated sexiness that is more that worthy of a spot on the latest BMM.
"What you mean tell?Shouts out to @COLIONEJL on the production of the adult film quality tempo and soundscapes. There's a good reason why Room 925 has a parenthetical suggestion after the song title that I'll let you review on the tracklist. If the sexiness of Mike's voice doesn't cause a woman to de-clothe in front of you, then you're just not meant to hook up dude...#Truth
I don't even watch television
I won't tell a soul
And I don't own a telescope
You feel me?
I got this girl I met in Kansas
Originally from Wichita
She say she's from the country so I pulled up bumpin' Tim McGraw
I got a few dollars in my budget
Huh, so I scooped her in the rental car
Yeah, I took her back to the W
Reached inside the mini bar
And poured us both a cup of Goose
Then I rolled up, like a rubber do
First I lay you on the bed
Then I cocoa butter you
Then we do what lovers do
On top of the covers, ooh
Damn, girl you're sexy
You gonna make me baby mother you
Then she said, what am I gonna tell my friends
And this is what I told her, before I put it in"
Monday, December 05, 2011
Sunday, December 04, 2011
Saturday, December 03, 2011
Friday, December 02, 2011
Avicii - Levels (Video)
Trey Songz feat Fabolous - What I Be On (Video)
Drake The Homecoming (Part 1)
Drake The Homecoming (Part 2)
Drake The Homecoming (Part 3)
The Shady 2.0 Boys (Yelawolf, Slaughterhouse & Eminem) Live
Kanye & Jay-Z Perform Niggas in Paris at Victoria Secret Show
Ludacris feat Wacka Flocka - Rich & Flexin (Video)
Thursday, December 01, 2011
It's become a necessity these days for every pro team or city to have a Hip Hop anthem. Houston...it's your turn, STAND UP! From the minute I caught wind of this track, I knew it would be on point. You can't bring together three of Houston's finest rappers, name the track Houston and have it fall through. When you're reppin' a whole city and shouting out all of the Texans on the track, you better be bringing the heat.
Thanks to the Fox Sports theme song sample put together by Houston's own GL Productions, the track has an instant element of familiarity. Everyone watches the NFL, so everyone will dig the sample. Most people may not know all the player shouts outs, but @slimthugga, @chamillionaire and @PAULWALLBABY go as far as to shout out @briancushing56, @jjwatt, @ArianFoster, @johnson80...even Mario Williams gets some love. It's loud, perfect for an NFL stadium and why not make a track the year that Peyton Manning gets hurt and gift wraps the division title to you? Too bad now have Jake Delhomme guiding the ship through the playoffs. You can only go so far without a good QB...#HoustonInTrouble
Slim Thug feat Paul Wall & Chamillionaire - Houston(prod by GL Productions)