I've been waiting to write about LMFAO for a while now. I caught on to them about a year and a half ago when I was perusing myspace for indie club electro music. I thought they were a fresh and talented duo that could make a lot of noise beyond the South Florida club scene. So, here they are a year and a half later with a debut album scheduled to drop in a few weeks and a large cult following. They recently jumped on an electro remix for "Paranoid" off of Kanye's 808's & Heartbreak. i think it's pretty fresh. Check the link to cop that new new.
29 June 2009
This is my favorite track off of 808's & Heartbreak. The animation in this video is well done and it matches the vibe of the song 100%. I always thought that Kanye West had the best, most creative videos out (e.g. Through the Wire, Stronger, Diamonds (From Sierra Leone), Heard 'Em Say, Touch the Sky, etc). He really puts a lot of thought and innovation into his music videos, which cannot be said for other artists. I'm tired of seeing music videos with rappers in front of rented cars and parading their entourage and busted groupies in front of the camera. Where is the artistry in that?
This song is the business. I mean if you're looking for unique rhyme style and complex metaphores then this isn't your type of music. While I enjoy great hip hop and respect superb lyricism, I also enjoy songs like this. "I'm gettin' moneyyyy ohhhhhh" -- how can you not vibe to this on some egotistical next level ish. Right now, at this moment, if I had a theme song that played every time I entered a room, it would be a toss up between this song, "Touch the Sky" by Kanye West, and "Get Money" by Junior M.A.F.I.A. Straight up. Check out Yeezy and his girlfriend Amber, Keri Hilson, Carmello Anthony (and LaLa), LeBron James, and Ray J all vibin' out to this track.
28 June 2009
A lot of people knock men who sport a nice bag in their everyday dress. Why? I don't know maybe they are jealous and wish they had a smidgen of swag. There's nothing like stepping into the office with something crazy on your arm. Instantly boost your civilian status with one of these. Class class class.
I don't know much about the LA music scene, but I came across a couple tracks from some a couple indie bands. I don't really listen to this genre of music very often but I've decided to give it a listen. Check the links below to hear the left coast.
27 June 2009
Well, well... the LA mashup duo has just released their second album, All About the Scrillions. With a sophomore album comes a lot of pressure to deliver. After quick first listen I don't think their new stuff is as good as their debut mashup, Fuck Bitches. Get Euros. However, it doesn't get much better than their first album, which I think is one of the best pound for pound mashup albums out. So, take it with a grain of salt when I say their second album isn't as good as their first. It is still a really good mashup that will fuel the madness at any college rager. Check the link to cop the album.
50 goes in a little bit on artists and creativity. He's saying that each artist is different and has their own concept of creativity. I agree with much of what he says in the interview, especially what he says at the end where he says that switching genres of music isn't necessarily being creative. Shots at Wayne and Kanye perhaps?
26 June 2009
I have to give it to the big homie Asher for doing this. How many artists do this? How many artists put down the blackberry with the side scroll (Drake) and spit it off the top like this? He's not rhyming like Nas on Illmatic, but he still busts it off. Every time an emcee jumps on a beat live on the radio and kicks a "freestyle," it's all prewritten material. It's all crazy wordplay and complex rhyme schemes... come on. I respect Ash for stepping up and delivering, especially on such a large platform with all of New York listening... you gotta give it up for the kid even if you don't like his music. Which of your favorite rappers would willingly spit a free off the top of the head on the radio, on Funkmaster Flex in NY? Props to Mr. I Love College.
25 June 2009
Earlier this evening, Michael Jackson, one of the greatest entertainers to ever live, was pronounced dead in Los Angeles at the age of 50. It is indeed a sad day, as his music reached across racial lines and bridged the gap between generations. No modern R&B artist will see or enjoy the success MJ had. His second solo album, Thriller, has sold 28 million units to date according to the RIAA, the second highest selling album of all-time.
While I wholeheartedly respect his accomplishments in the music industry, I do not support nor do I condone what Michael Jackson chose to do in his private life-- the child molestation, dozens of plastic surgeries, skin lightening, etc.
Nonetheless, he was a household name for good reasons (and bad) and consistently produced quality music, one hit after the next, throughout his career. Here is my favorite Michael Jackson song of all time. Check the link below to listen to a classic.
24 June 2009
Amerie recently interviewed with thelifefiles.com to talk fashion, travel, record labels, and her new album, In Love & War. For those of you who are not familiar with the beautiful R&B diva, Amerie was the lovely voice behind top 40 hits such as"One Thing" and "Why Don't We Fall In Love." Learn a little bit more about Amerie here. Also, you can follow her on twitter @itsmeAmerie.
23 June 2009
Today I wanted to switch it up and listen to something other than ultra-hyper mashups, super synthy hip hop, and auto-tune. I guess I could have dug way back and listened to Illmatic or Reasonable Doubt for the thousandth time, or taken it back to Earth Wind & Fire, or even busted out Babylon By Bus, but no. I decided to listen to good ol' blue eyes, Mr. Frank Sinatra. I almost forgot how classic his music is. Sure, there were many musicians in the same genre during his time, but none of them could match his swagger. If he could see the state of rhythm and blues today, I bet my bottom dollar he'd be turing in his grave. Anyways, here are some of my favorite Sinatra tracks. Check the links below to cop the swagg.
B.o.B. aka Bobby Ray is an interesting new artist from ATL with tons of talent. XXL Magazine included him in the 2009 freshman class with Wale, Kid Cudi, Asher Roth, Mickey Factz, and a few other young artists with potential to blow up the hip hop scene. He composes, writes, raps, and produces, which is rarely seen these days. Usually there is the artist singing/ rapping lyrics written by a ghostwriter over a beat produced by a producer/composer. So, I guess B.o.B. is everything rolled into one. His music has a smooth vibe and reminds me of a cross between Gnarls Barkley, Slum Village, the Nappy Roots, and some other intangible artistic factor. Hopefully he will get some shine based on the strength of this mixtape.
Here is the link to download the whole mixtape. Appearances from Kanye West, T.I., Asher Roth, OJ Da Juice Man, and a few others.
22 June 2009
Tim Burton is very forward and creative in the way he creates film. The way in which he translates his thoughts and imagination onto the screen is unparalleled. No one is really on his level right now. Other directors play with colors a bit (e.g. Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez for Sin City, Henry Selick for Nightmare Before Christmas, and Zack Snyder for 300), but in my opinion Tim Burton has everyone beat when it comes to visual presentation and aesthetics. It's quite amazing how today's technology can merge real live actors and CG animation to produce something so wild. It boggles my mind. The screen shots above can legitimately pass for fine art. Tim Burton's Alice In Wonderland is slated for a March 2010 release.
"One day it started raining, and it didn't quit for four months. We been through every kind of rain there is. Little bitty stingin' rain... and big ol' fat rain. Rain that flew in sideways. And sometimes rain even seemed to come straight up from underneath." -- Forrest Gump
Ughhh this weather is really starting to get to me. For the past week and a half its been nothing but grey skies and precipitation. When will the sun come out and bring us summer? I guess we at the mercy of mother nature. They say that it's gonna clear up on Thursday... I'll believe it when I see it.
21 June 2009
This is a really creative and funny video for Lily Allen's first European single off her sophomore album, It's Not Me, It's You. I wonder if this is going to be her official single over here in the United States because it would be a little difficult to comprehensively and successfully edit out the chorus.
20 June 2009
Well, here it is. E-603 dropped his sophomore mashup album. I'm not gonna lie, it's pretty dope. You can download it from his website. It's the pay what you want type deal, similar to Girl Talk's Feed the Animals. Check the link to cop the album.
Download: E-603 - Torn Up
The great folks at Lifted Research Group, bka LRG, have teamed up with Wale and fabled producer, 9th Wonder, to present the highly anticipated mixtape, Back to the Feature. Wale as been working on this for a while now and it is feature heavy. Tons of quality music jampacked into one solid body of work. Check the link to download the realness.
19 June 2009
Three of the hottest young up and coming artists jump on this track produced by none other than 9th Wonder. Big Sean and Mike Posner are not as well known as Mr. D.C. Maryland Virginia, but they definitely have the potential to breakout in the coming months. Big Sean is signed to Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music label, while Mike Posner, a junior attending Duke University, is unsigned but has offers from a handful of major labels on the table. Check the link to listen and download.
Complex Magazine has put together a list of 10 style essentials for the year ranging from denim to watches to cardigans. There is a list for both those who are ballin' and those who are ballin' on a budget. Click here to peep the goods.
18 June 2009
These two (and Wale) are on the heavy grind. They are doing one or two shows a day, interviews, photo shoots, and pretty much anything that will get them the exposure to get them to the next level. This exactly what hip hop needs right now: hungry artists who will stop at nothing until their music is heard.
Travis McCoy, lead singer/ rhyme spitter of the Gym Class Heroes, is taking part in an initiative to promote HIV awareness and prevention in Africa and Asia. If only everyone else cared this much... And to see T-Pain spend 410k on a gaudy chain when there stuff like this is going on in the rest of the world. It's time for major artists to step up and start a movement to help remedy the the unfortunate circumstances of others. Check the link to find out more.
If you are trying to get your Hamptons/ Nantucket/ [insert insanely overpriced vacation spot] uniform, please start with these boat shoes and work your wardrobe around them (sorry L.L. Bean, Sebago, and Sperry). Quoddy for South Willard is a collaboration exclusively for South Willard. Man these shoes go hard. Retail $225.00 USD.
17 June 2009
Ladies and Gentlemen, Clinton Sparks has just released volume 6 of his Smashtime Radio series. In case you don't know who Clinton Sparks is get familiar. He is one of the illest mixtape DJ's out, he can shut the club down, he hosts an internationally syndicated radio show on Shade 45 on Sirius Radio, he is an accomplished producer, and he is a regular on E! Entertainment's Daily 10. There is a lot of heat on this mixtape with appearances from Jermaine Dupri, LMFAO, Snoop Dogg, Diddy, Chester French, Swizz Beatz, Drake, Lady GaGa, Pharrell, Rick Ross, The-Dream, Pitbull, Dane Cook, and many many more. Play this at a party and let it ride out. Check the link below to down load the mixtape.
E-603 is a mashup artist from Nashua, New Hampshire. His sound is more like Girl Talk than Super Mash Bros or Milkman in that he incorporates more of a glitch-pop vibe than the ultra-hype dance blends. "Lights Out" is a track from his forthcoming album, Torn Up. This song has it all: pace switches, rock, electro, rap, obscure samples, etc. The mix is really clean and all the components to the song are exactly where they need to be. Torn Up will be available to download for free in the very near future at his website. Check the link below for the freshness.
Download: E-603 - Lights Out
Concepts and Nike SB have teamed up to construct the Blue Lobster Dunk Low Premium, which is a sequel to last summer's original Lobster Dunk. Each pair comes with an official Nike SB t-shirt and will be priced at $250.00 USD. These sneakers are certifiably dope.
Download: 50 Cent - War Angel LP
50's back at it with his self described "street album." Finally, he get grimey with it. Personally, I'm still waiting for him to get back to the days when he wasn't singing on every hook and rapping about Vitamin Water. Hopefully 50 gets back to the days of "Many Men" and "How To Rob." I don't foresee it happening because 50 is about his bread and if that means use auto-tune on every hook to make his official studio album, Before I Self Destruct, then he will do it without fail. Anyways, check the link above to cop that new street LP.
15 June 2009
It looks as if Curtis will be making a cameo on HBO's hit series, Entourage. Other A-list celebrities slated to make guest appearances include, Lil' Wayne, Bow Wow, Tom Brady, LeBron James, and Steve Nash. Season 6 premieres Sunday, July 12 at 10:30 pm EST.
14 June 2009
First off, Mos Def is one of the realest emcees out. Yeah the music industry in all about making money, but what ever happened to artistic aspect of music? What ever happened to the battle? What ever happened to the friendly competitive environment? Nowadays everyone is claiming to be the greatest rapper alive, everyone is claiming to be better than the next man, little emcees are taking shots at the alpha males. It's complete chaos. So if every rapper is poppin off at the mouth saying that they are the best at their craft, then why not prove it. If you are indeed the best rapper out, then battling should not be an issue. Mos Def and Joe Budden are the only rappers out right now who wanna bring it back to the battle. They are the only emcees who believe in their skills and lyricism to actually want to battle other rappers in a public forum. I don't know about you but I would pay to see Mos and Jay battle it out.
Will.iam is definitely one of the more interesting people in the music business. He has his hand in a lot of different things, from performing to producing to DJing to political activism to philanthropy. There should be more people like him in music industry because he is down to earth (sometimes), creative, and he puts a lot of thought into his craft. Some might knock him because BEP are a pop act now, but I look at it this way: music is always changing. If you are originally a a hip hop group and you venture out into different genres, then more power to you. There shouldn't be any limits on creativity and like Will.i.am said, there shouldn't be any rules. Of course there are exceptions like some people simply cannot and should use auto-tune. In my opinion, I don't think Wayne should come out with a rock album. Yes, Wayne wants to push the boundaries and test the waters in the rock genre, but it doesn't necessarily mean that it's quality music. And if it's not quality, then why potentially tarnish your reputation as a quality artist? Anyways, so basically what I'm saying is that creativity should not result in music that is of lesser quality.
13 June 2009
Remember those Nikes Marty McFly was wearing in Back to the Future? Well Nike is set to release the Hypermax NFW in limited quantities at select Nike Basketball retailers next month. The shoe features a grey base, speckled midsole, light blue highlights and generous pink accents. Dope.