Thursday, February 28, 2013

"Ghost Love Story Like Patrick Swayze"

No lie, on first reaction to the track below I did like a quadruple x 2 take. I'm talmbout like a Bruce Willy-style stop the car type of disbelief. Wait a min, Three Six's own @therealjuicyj and @passionpit...on a track together? Anybody else think this is beyond left field? Hmm...@wizkhalifa will co-sign on it, that much I do know.

Do the "ninja" references throughout Juicy's verse stand out? Yea, a little bit, but I applaud the effort because there was a concerted effort to not alienate Passion Pit's audience, which I can appreciate. In fact, the only word they might have to edit out for radio is in the last bar where he says "and her p****y hit hard like Ron Artest." In my eyes, even though on first glance it would seem like mixing ketchup with peanut butter, Juicy did very best to merge together strip club Hip Hop and Indie pop. Never thought the ambassador of "ratchet p****y" would end up being an olive brand to Indie music, but thanks his new friendship with Passion's lead singer @mangelakos, it all came together remarkably well...#ConstantConversations

Passion Pit feat Juicy J - Constant Conversation (Remix)

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

"Ain't Nobody Trippin' Cause the Money Already Made"

Might as well start calling them New G.K. the way @BIGKRIT and @BunBTrillOG are cranking out tracks these days. Last week I posted their new Air Jordan XX3 promo track Check the Sign and this week it's another new one off K.R.I.T.'s upcoming King Remembered in Time mixtape.

The track takes on a similar opening to International Players Anthem with the old school sample. The more I listen, the more I gain an appreciation for just how much UGK's style influenced the way K.R.I.T. makes music. The smooth, funk filled Shine On is a perfect example of why he has just as much of a right as @tip to the throne as King of the South...#ShineOn

Big K.R.I.T. feat Bun-B - Shine On

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

"I Know My Limit & I Ain't Had Enough"

The last Hip Hop beat I heard that was this bangin' was Clique. Interestingly enough, that beat was also produced by @G_O_O_D_Music member @Hit_Boy, who is responsible for the soon to be hit below. For those folks who couldn't tell what T.U. means based on lyrical context or the cover art above, it stands for "Turnt Up" or as Urban Dictionary puts it below:
thee act of getting drunk and high to thee highest degree
Yea you get the picture, it's a new word for getting buckwild that the kids are using these days. As if we needed another acronym to use during chat. Anyways, the track features verses from @ItsaPROBLEM, @AudioPush, @therealjuicyj, and is scheduled to surface on Hit Boy's new Hits Since '87 compilation album All I Ever Dreamed Of. You can bet that album is going to have a lot of good features and be just as G.O.O.D. as it sounds...#AllIveEverDreamed

Hit Boy - T.U. (feat. Audio Push, Problem, & Juicy J)

Monday, February 25, 2013

Matt & Kim Synchronized Swimming Bed

I tell you what, people like @mattandkim and Jennifer Lawrence make me feel like there's hope for humanity. They both deserve to be compared to one another because they're incredibly human and sincere in a world full fakeness and hidden agendas. They aren't afraid to be themselves and aren't above acting like kids. That fact couldn't be more evident than in Matt & Kim's new video for It's Alright...
Leave it to the free-spirited Brooklyn duo to turn an ordinary bed into a pool for synchronized swimming. It's impressive the way they choreographed it and performed it with their eyes closed. Anyone else would have found a way to make two attractive people in their underwear into a sex scene, but other than the quick suggestive montage in the middle of the video, it's like watching two kids playing in the sandbox. The best part about it, the video probably cost them like $100 to shoot. Take note music industry, creativity saves money, especially when it's done in such an innovative, playful manor...#Lightning

Matt & Kim - It's Alright

Sunday, February 24, 2013

"Love Has a Way of Breaking Your Fall"

I've admitted on more than one occasion that until I get a firm grasp on the pulse of EDM, I'm going to continue to post tracks I come across and like that may seem out of date to some. This round goes to 17 year old Spanish prodigy @DJDannyAvila, who weaved together quite the progressive house track on Breaking Your Fall. The electronic riff throughout is catchy as hell and just based on the beat below, I can see how he's getting the name title the "Justin Bieber of electronic music"...#Prodigy

Danny Avila - Breaking Your Fall (Radio Edit)

Saturday, February 23, 2013

"I Close My Eyes, But I Still Miss You"

Maybe it's because EDM is slowly spreading like a plague that is invading my iTunes library, but I'm starting to gain an appreciation for the subtleties of the genre. Take for example, the mellow progressive house ballad by heavyweights @dirtysouth and @Alesso. With the help of @rubenhaze on the vocals, the two DJs manage to craft and beautifully melodic electronic masterpiece that's every bit calming as it is exciting.

City of Dreams has just about everything you'd want in a radio friendly hit from the build ups leading to the exaggerated epic drops. Rarely are EDM artists ever able to pull off a somber tone on an electronic song, but Dirty South and Alesso did, proving why they're two of the best at what they do...#EDM

Dirty South & Alesso feat Ruben Haze- City of Dreams (Original Mix)

Friday, February 22, 2013

Videos of the Week February 22nd

Without a doubt, the most creative video of the week goes to Pitchfork TV's animated Frames series who put together an interesting story about @WakaFlockaBSM's upbringing. Evidently he had a certain grandparent that was more than a little strict. The screen shot above hints at one of the funnier point of the animated short...#SnoopyGettinAfterIt

Also on the menu is the beginning of EDM through the eyes of Potato, as well as a whole slew of new Hip Hop & R&B. Evidently more people are starting appreciate @MiguelUnlimited, which is long overdue. Now if we could only just get more people to buy into what @HoodieAllen is preaching...#FIFA
Pitchfork TV: Waka Flocka Reminisces On Strict Childhood

BANG! Episode #1 ft. Skrillex & Boys Noize from POTATO (Video)

Hoodie Allen feat Chiddy Bang - FIFA (Fame is for A$$holes) (Video)

Miguel - Candles in the Sun (Video)

50 Cent feat Kendrick Lamar & Kidd Kidd - We Up (Video)

Thursday, February 21, 2013

"Just Cause They Try, Doesn't Mean They Can Be Us"

Lavish lifestyles have surrounded the core of Hip Hop since it's inception. Although the genre has evolved leaps and bounds from the beginning in the 1980s, money, cars, women and expensive champagne continues to dominate the alpha lyrical content of most Hip Hop artists. I bring this up because One of Those Nights touches on just about all the mainstream material, but does so in a way that would make @TQtheTrojan proud. For those of you who don't get the reference, TQ was one of the first artists that I remember back in the early 2000s who could actually pull off the vocalization of raw Hip Hop lyrics.

The logical comparison to TQ in the song below is @TheWeekndxo. His dramatic and emotional delivery bleed out deeper meaning behind what he's saying, which draws you into his music. While I'm on the compliment train, I'd be remiss if I didn't dish out some dap to @therealjuicyj for continuing to evolve and adapt the way he makes music, while still keeping it trill. Dude couldn't resist the temptation to throw in his trademark "Yeeeaa Ho!"s throughout the track, but I'd argue that with a little bit of editing and it has the potential to land on the radio. It's all about marketability because that leads to the mighty dollar and if I had this track in my lap, I'd feel pretty confident I could push some weight on iTunes with it. Matter of fact, while we're on the subject, Juicy's new album Stay Trippy is supposed to land on iTunes sometime in the next month, so keep an eye out for that...#StayTrippy

Juicy J feat The Weeknd - One of Those Nights

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

"You're Many Moons Away, But Still You're Right Here"

Just when I thought I was behind on @emelisande's hit single Next to Me when I wrote about it in September, here comes @kendricklamar with a couple high energy verses on the remix. I mean, the original version was great, but some raw bars from Kendrick elevated it to another level. Needless to say, Emeli is officially my favorite artist from Scotland...#SorryAnnieLennox

Emeli Sande feat Kendrick Lamar - Next To Me (Remix)

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Skrillex x G-Star Demin The Art of Raw

Plenty has been going on in the world of @skrillex this week. Not only is he starting a YouTube based music service with @diplo and @atrak called Potato, he also teamed up with G-Star Raw Denim to create a pretty awesome promo video with a new track of his...

First off, A+ grade to the interaction designer who managed to glorify the process of making jeans in a really cool way that emphasized the core value of what they're presumably going for over at @GstarRaw. I really did appreciate the timing of the music and how it fit into the interactive adventure from the cotton all the way to the galloping dog skeleton. Below is the most full version of the track I could find, who knows if it will ever be released for commercial use. My guess would be a resounding hell yes because it's a great track in its own right...#denim

Skrillex - The Art of Raw

Credit: TSIS

Monday, February 18, 2013

What Time is it?

Seems like the world of R&B got my memo about the lack of exciting new music from the genre as a whole. It's been more than a while since I've posted some baby makin' music and even though I'm a few days late on the Valentines Day delivery of @kevincossom's new one, it's never too late for Sexy Time. Visuals below for you non-listeners...
Best part of the track is the second verse when KC steps outside of his usual vocalist shoes and drops a few bars to mix it up a bit. I'll be adding his new EP to the short list of albums I'm looking forward to in 2013. Shout out to @TheLotteryPick on the beat chalked full of lust...#SexyTime

Kevin Cossom - Sexy Time (prod by The Lottery)

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Born Sinner on a Power Trip

Seems like Hip Hop artists are in the giving mood these days with free singles and free EPs. The latest of which @JColeNC let loose with a nice five track Yours Truly EP. The EP will serve as more of a hype generator for Cole's upcoming sophomore album Born Sinner, due out later this year.

I say it'll be a hype generator because the lead single off Born Sinner, Power Trip, just hit iTunes on Thursday. The sheer fact that Cole already letting loose extras from his upcoming album is downright exciting. Album cuts implies finality, which combined with a lead single release leads this blogger to believe Born Sinner is coming more sooner than later. If anybody watched the Grammys they are now very familiar with @MiguelUnlimited, which makes the hook on the track below that much more noteworthy. All I gotta ask is "Would you believe me if I said I was in love?"...#YoursTruly

J Cole feat Miguel - Power Trip

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Air Jordan XX8 Days of Flight

In celebration of the newest installment of Air Jordans, @BIGKRIT and @BunBTrillOG decided to get together a new track called Check the Sign. If you aren't a sneakerhead, you may have missed the newest version, the Air Jordan XX3s, which just came out this week. Check the promo below for visuals...

As far as the track is concerned, there isn't a much more dynamic Hip Hop duo than Bun and K.R.I.T. You might as well call them the new version of UGK the way K.R.I.T. channels the late great Pimp C..."You can't, you can't walk a mile, you can't, you can't walk a mile in mine"...#XX8DaysOfFlight

Big K.R.I.T. feat Bub-B - Check the Sign (prod by Big K.R.I.T.)

Friday, February 15, 2013

Videos of the Week February 15th

It's been a while since there has been a week where I had to make cuts because there were so many entertaining choices. I did my best to mix in some booty drums, @skullcandy and eye candy (@KateUpton) with some new well put together music videos. Not saying one bit that booty drums isn't music, but if you ask the lady second from the night whether or not it was music, I'm betting she'd give you a frosty gaze.

I wish there were more in studio collaborations like what @MikePosner, @chuckisdope, @asherroth, @ilovetmills, and @Chip216 did on the @drake inspired Started From the Bottom (Remix). Maybe I'm a nerd, but it's cool seeing artists behind closed doors when they're actually making music. It provides an added element of reality that most music can't convey through sound. In other news, the early indications are that @jtimberlake and @s_c_ might take over the world this summer...#2020Experience
Kate Upton in Take a Supermodel to Work With Big Boi & Stevie Johnson)
Mike Posner feat Asher Roth, T.Mills, Chuck Inglish & King Chip – Started From The Bottom (Remix)(Video)

Justin Timberlake feat Jay-Z - Suit & Tie (Video)

Spanish Band Patax's Music Is Everywhere Campaign

Drake - Started From the Bottom (Video)

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Purity Ring - Grammy (Soulja Boy Cover)

The post below is via Mikey-Mike who sent this in from an undisclosed underground location near the epicenter of Indie music.
It's not often that indie bands cover rap songs, but when they do, I definitely take note. When you hear the @EsterDean chorus from the original, you notice that the hook wasn't much of a stretch for the Canadian electronic duo; but what surprised me was that Megan James absolutely nailed the @souljaboy verses, as well. Check out the original version below for comparison...

I would have never thought that the original would lend itself to an electronic cover, but @PURITY_RING took the song and made it all their own.

Purity Ring - Grammy (Soulja Boy Cover)

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

James Blake is a Retrograde Weapon

Ever since my good buddy Mikey Mike put me on to @jamesblake, I've been keeping an eye out for his music. I still haven't been able to put my finger on why I have an appreciation for his music because the at times painstakingly slow tempo of his should I say a complete 180 from the stuff I usually post. Still, there's no doubting how talented his is as a vocalist. Between the humming and the every so melodic way he goes about laying down his stories, it's hard not to admire. Check the video for his new single Retrograde...

The track is the first of many to come off his new album Overgrown, due out on April 8th. If mellow is the glass of wine you feel like sippin' tonight, the play button on this guy will be your friend below...#Retrograde

James Blake - Retrograde

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

"It's One For All, I'll Be Your Army"

With EDM having officially taken over American pop music, there seem to be more and more R&B mainstays jumping on the bandwagon of late. First it was @CMilianOfficial on Hello and now @1Omarion recently jumped on the runaway locomotive with Canadian duo @sultanshepard and @nervomusic. The fusion of R&B vocals and synth-laden Euro-pop rhythms make for an easy-listening radio friendly vibe on the track.

If you haven't listened to much of Sultan & Shepard, they're trendsetters in the Montreal house music scene. They did a pretty sick remix of Bruno's Locked Out of Heaven recently if you're looking for related music. Feel free and support their movement by joining the #Army.

Sultan & Ned Shepard & NERVO feat Omarion - Army

Monday, February 11, 2013

"It's Like You're My Mirror"

Ever since @jtimberlake released Suit and Tie a couple weeks back, he's been all over the place. Whether it's a pre-Super Bowl performance of new track or during and after the Grammys, he's been puttin' in work of late. In case you missed it, below is his performance during the Grammys with @s_c_...

As far as the track below, it's vintage JT & Timbo. Mirrors is on a Cry Me a River tip, in fact the beat has so many similar features, you might as well call it part 2. The duo are perfect at making each other look good with JT delivering the emotional vocals while Timbo does he absolute best to match that sentiment through instrumentation. Tracks like this are why both should be regarded as two of the most influential artists of this generation. Matter fact, last night my pops was all like, "JT is the new Prince." I simply can't argue with that assertion and in the end they might be revered in the same way...#2020experience

Justin Timberlake - Mirrors (prod by Timbaland)

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Mike Posner Joins The A-Team

If you were to ask for one artist that could appropriately cover @edsheeran's #1 single The A-Team, I'm not sure I could have suggested anyone better than @MikePosner. Not only does he have the vocal ability to match Ed's feathery vocals, but the subtle Hip Hop he was able to inject into the track that's nominated for a Grammy as Song of the Year.

Granted, my opinion is skewed because I like Mikey P and it's easy to say there isn't anyone who could have covered it better now that I've heard his version. Still, be one of the 53 million plus who have watched Ed Sheeran's version on YouTube...

Will A-Team win a Grammy tonight? It's a tough to predict that he'll beat Call Me Maybe and We Are Young, but either way, it'll be pretty cool to see him perform with Elton John on stage tonight, which is a pretty awesome accomplishment in and of itself...#Grammys
Mike Posner - The A-Team (Remix)

Saturday, February 09, 2013

Harlem Shake Gets a Makeover

Well folks, we've got ourselves a new viral video. Like anything viral, there was a unique chain of events triggering the uncontrollable reaction. The story starts when @baauer uneventfully posted his own video for Harlem Shake on YouTube on August 23rd, 2012. Sure, the track got some love from other @maddecent folks like @flosstradamus and @diplo, but nothing to write home about. Fast forward to January 29th, when @FilthyFrank posted his own silly Harlem Shake video with people dressed up in latex costumes. Then came the impersonators on February 2nd PHL_On_NAN (2 million views) and TheSunnyCoastSkate (826,000 views) that put the song on full blast.

So what's my take on this new viral sensation? My honest to god knee jerk reaction was "what in the world have white people done to a great Hip Hop dance??" In case you missed it, the Hip Hop Harlem Shake first started in 1981, but became popularized after G Dep's Let's Get It video. According to the Urban Dictionary, there are two very different definitions for the Old Harlem Shake and the New Harlem Shake (deservedly so). In fact, it should speak volumes that the Hip Hop inspired dictionary defined the new dance as:
"A new stupid dance crass on YouTube, and people just making idiots of themselves. Usely only about 30-45 seconds long, where it starts out as one person dancing and everyone not noticing. Til about half way and then everyone in the room dances and shakes usely masked to hide their shame."
Minus the ignorant spelling of usually, I tend to agree with their definition because the dance looks more like Weekend at Bernies on Molly when white folks do it. But on the bright side, pop culture needs a formal introduction to Trap music, so who better to dish that out than @Baauer? Do the man a solid and support him at either iTunes or Beatport. Oh and for a sample of the madness below, check out the Top 10 recent Harlem Shake videos or feel free and sample below...#HarlemShake

Baauer - Harlem Shake

Friday, February 08, 2013

Videos of the Week February 8th

Seems like the thing to do these days is document the wild wild west of the internet a decade ago. First Pirate Bay go the documentary treatment, now Napster is up with Downloaded, which will premiere at SXSW. It'll be interesting in about ten to twenty years when the internet generation grows up and looks back in admiration at the way they were able to make the rules by being more forward thinking when it comes to technology.

In other news, @tip loves gardening, @BrunoMars loves the 80s, @thecataracs still love to party and @Snoop_Lion continues to do his reggae thing...#TGIF
Napster Documentary Trailer

Snoop Lion feat Major Lazer - Here Comes the King (Video)

Bruno Mars - When I Was Your Man (Video)

Gardening with Rapper T.I.

Cataracs feat Blu - Alcohol (Video)

Thursday, February 07, 2013

What is it With Hip Hop and Lollipops?

For some, new years come with resolutions like working out or drinking less. For others, it's a chance to start anew with, for example a name change. For Brandon Green, formerly Bei Maejor, @MAEJORALI was the new beginning 2013 brought.

And so Maejor Ali is now born to a new single featuring the interesting duo or @justinbieber and Three Six Mafia's own @therealjuicyj. First it was @liltunchi rappin' about Lollipops, now we've got another innuendo laden, radio friendly single about Hip Hop's favorite candy. Best guess I've got is that by talking about candy that children like, they get the Top 40 radio blessing, while still remaining Hip Hop by mentioning enough Hip Hop keywords like bands, molly, purple and trains to maintain Hip Hop legitimacy. All I know is anytime you've got the Biebs dropping lines like "I'm all fancy, yeah I'm popping Pellegrino" and "got your girlfriend at my crib watching Netflix" with Juicy J coming strong with "bands a make her dance, molly make her lose them underwear", you can count me in for that mixed rated mess...#Lolly

Maejor Ali feat Justin Bieber & Juicy J - Lolly (prod by Maejor Ali)

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

"I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing, Your Love is so Amazing"

Like any smart, self-respecting DJ who appreciates his fans, @avicii found a way to give back to his supporters. If you your mind is like a steel trap and you can remember back to the end of last May when he hit 2 million fans, he let loose a track called 2 Million. I bet you can't guess what he did when he hit 3 million fans??

Yep you guessed it captain obvious, he teamed up with @NeginSongs and threw us all a free bone with Three Million (Your Love is So Amazing). The release also semi-coincides with Avicii's new Avicii X You collaboration event that involves regular people like you and me submitting music samples that will be voted on by the "crowd." The collaboration will end "On the 26th of February,(where) Avicii will release a single created entirely in collaboration with you." It's an interesting crowd sourcing concept that I hope will turn into something amazing by the end of the month. Either way, you can bet you'll find the end result posted here #aviciixyou

Avicii feat Negin - Three Million (Your Love Is So Amazing)

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Fall Out Boy is Back!

Literally out of nowhere, @falloutboy reformed, released a lead single to go with a list of tour dates. Their new album is evidently out May 6th and will be titled Save Rock and Roll, which @petewentz explained by saying,
"Rock and Roll is an intangible- its an attitude- something that you feel. Fun, Danger, whatever you want to call it. When we started this band- it wasn’t for anything but ourselves- we wanted adventure, play loud music, and do it with our best friends. fast forward to 2013. we wrote some songs we felt we needed to. we feel like were back there at the beginning with only adventure and loud music again. We just want to feel real again. Save Rock and Roll is a personal statement for the band as much as anything else- because at the end of the day rock and roll saved us." -Pete Wentz
Pete was nice enough to put together a list of FAQs have come his way the past 30 hours via twitter. I can only imagine the volume of tweets and mentions they've gotten strictly on the announcement.

As far as the track is concerned, it's a attention grabbing, crowd inspiring anthem that will invite you to get up out your seat. Truthfully, the threshold for awesomness is greatly lowered when you've got @PatrickStump behind the mic. He has one of the best rock and roll voices of my generation and it really has made my day that I can look forward to another full album of material with him leading the way. Although I'll say that I really hope their new album is more Take This to Your Grave and Cork Tree than Infinity on High or Folie a Deux. In other words get back to your roots of awesomness and make more uptempo, passionate tracks like Sending Postcards or Spacecamp...#saverockandroll

Fall Out Boy - My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up)

Monday, February 04, 2013

"The Lights Will Lead You There"

After taking a full lap around @rockiefresh's new Electric Highway mixtape, I'll admit, I'm thoroughly impressed with this dude. He initially got my attention with the @ClareMaguire Ain't Nobody (Breakage Remix) sample on Nobody, but then he went ahead and sprinkled some more awesomeness throughout the tape like his @lunice featured Superman OG and the track below, The Lights.

A couple weeks back I was critical of @asvpxrocky for falling short on his recent vocalization attempts and Rockie showed him how to do right on The Lights. Sure, there's an autotune crutch, but it sounds good as a result, so it's works. Strangely enough, the @MaybachMusicGrp signee found a way to pull off a beautifully melodic track. For the life of me I can't find out who the woman on the vocal sample is, but that still won't stop me from shouting out the producer of the track @Lifted_NewFOs. If there's one takeaway from this post, I hope that it's to give Rockie's new mixtape a full listen because dude is on a come up...#ElectricHighway

Rockie Fresh - The Lights (prod by Lifted)

Sunday, February 03, 2013

Tiesto Got a Little Carried Away

From my experience, anytime a big time electronic DJ decides to take a shot at remixing an Indie track, nothing but good things can happen. Supporting my hypothesis below is @tiesto's new remix of @passionpit's new single Carried Away. Passion Pit must have thought it was pretty cool too because they created a video for Tiesto's version of the track rather than their original...

Carried Away is the fourth single off Passion Pit's Gossamer album they released last summer. Don't look now, but there's a good chance they are coming to a city near you...#CarriedAway

Passion Pit - Carried Away (Tiesto Remix) (Beatport)

Saturday, February 02, 2013

"Boys Tell Stories About the Man"

It's been a full year and the lead single to @Drake's upcoming third album finally dropped two weeks in advance of it's scheduled release on Grammy night. Not only did he release Started From the Bottom via Octobers Very Own, he provided free clean and dirty Hulkshare download links and Soundcloud player. To sum up it's buzzworthiness, the track has over 100,0000 streams and over 90,000 downloads in one day.

In addition, he released the statement below via OVO giving a little background on the genesis of the track...
My good friends,

It has truly been too long. I assume you're all keeping well and making the most of this year that has been given to us. Today is the day to begin sharing my newest work with you. This is the first single off of my upcoming album. I feel sometimes that people don't have enough information about my beginnings and therefore they make up a life story for me that isn't consistent with actual events. My family and my second family (consisting of the best friends anybody could ever have) all struggled and worked extremely hard to make all this happen. I did not buy my way into this spot and it was the furthest thing from easy to achieve. I am proud of every part of my past and I'm excited for this song to find a place in your life as well. I didn't feel I needed any interviews or radio or press to launch this song. It felt right to come back to the site that I started on and release it to the people that started here with me. Judging by this post, the tour that we've been planning, the conversations about new songs and album artwork...I think it's safe to say we're back together again. Looking forward to seeing you all soon.

"You don't have to ask me how I'm doing...just listen to the music" - K.Samir
So on first listen, I'll admit I was really let down. And not let down in the way I was when I first heard Headlines and thought to myself, "This is going to get old quick because radio is going to play this every other song for the next six months." The frustration he lets loose on the track makes it clear that he wants to make sure everyone knows his whole story, rather than drawing their own conclusions based on the limited facts they know. I understand why he created the track and I'm not going to fault him for the message he wanted to push across beecause I would be frustrated too if people thought I was born with a silver spoon. That being said, I really disliked the track from the annoyingly repetitive hook to the over the top thuggish tone. The beat by @MikeZombie is alright, but the song made me fearful that Drake may be choosing a different lane for his third album.

If this is just a one time thing to vent, I can live with it as long as the rest of his album doesn't lose the storytelling and substance that his first two albums had. Whatever you do Drake, don't get too hung up on your image, keep doing your unique thing by singing, rapping, and making music that inspires people like me...#StartedFromTheBottom

Drake - Started From the Bottom (prod by Mike Zombie)

Friday, February 01, 2013

Videos of the Weeks February 1st

It's that time folks, the one week of the year where the world opens up their mind to television commericals. Knowing that, it's no surprise a lot of companies are trying to beat people to the punch by doing teasers or trailers to their Super Bowl ads. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't looking forward to the @SamsungMobileUS El Plato Supreme commercial. Long story short, they're "doing a commercial for the Big Plate featuring the San Francisco 50-1ers and the Baltimore Black Birds."

Along the same lines I appreciated @JerryRice's hint of comedy with the @VanHeusen Style in Training commercial with @funnyordie. I decided to go pop on the music videos this week, but @CalvinHarris's live set at the X-games was definitely worth skimming through. On a more serious note, my thoughts and prayers go out to Caleb Moore's family for his tragic death following the snowmobile accident during an X-Games event...#RIP

Paul Rudd & Seth Rogen Samsung Super Bowl Commercial (Teaser)

Steve Young, Jerry Rice & Matthew Stafford Funny or Die Commercial

One Republic - If I Lose Myself (Video)

Ellie Goulding - Explosions (Video)

Calvin Harris Live Set at the X-Games

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