29 December 2010
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25 December 2010
The song is called "Santa Gimme" by J Randall. Don't know much abut him other than he was featured in Step up 3D and is signed to Poe Boy Music Group. I'm sure you'll hear him on the radio in 2011. He's got the cookie-cutter radio friendly sound and the right co-signers in Akon and Flo Rida. How could you not come up with a smash when you're working with those two?
21 December 2010
My favorite DJ, Clinton Sparks, just dropped the video for his debut single as a recording artist on Interscope. It was a pleasure to meet him a couple months ago at the Sony x Google launch party in NYC. He's a really cool dude and I wish nothing but success for the guy.
DJ Class and Jermaine Dupri also featured on the track. And, fellow Boston JoJo makes a guest appearance in the video.
Side Note: The song playing at the end of the video is gonna be a smash. If you aren't familiar, sucks to be you.
20 December 2010
Most of you are asking yourself who is Oldermost? Good question. I didn't really know, but after some digging here's the scoop. The three original members, Bradford, Dan and Peter, went to James Madison University in Virginia. After graduating they moved to Philadelphia, where they asked Dan's childhood friend, Stephen, to join their band. Stephen said yes. They decided to call themselves Oldermost, and they've been making music together ever since.
They recently released a self-titled, four-song EP. I'm hard pressed to describe their sound, but if I must, I'd describe their sound as an artful blend of Arcade Fire, Radiohead, and Jeff Buckley. I could be way off here, but that's what popped into my head and I'm too lazy to check if that actually makes sense. Feel free to correct me in the comments section if my hasty comparison if way off. But I digress.
The name of the song is "Lose Your Mind." I really like it. In fact, like all of their other songs, which can be found on Bandcamp. I highly suggest you check it out. It's good indie music.
Oldermost - Lose Your Mind
Luis Figueroa-Roig is a talented vocalist and friend of mine. He has enjoyed tremendous success as a full-time student at Berklee School of Music in Boston. Most recently he has been recording with the Dean's List on their upcoming mixtape The Drive-In, which is slated to be released in January.
"Talking to the Moon" is a powerful record-- amazing songwriting, top notch production, beautiful arrangement, and superb vocals. In true Bruno Mars fashion, Luis Figueroa-Roig showcases his vocal range and delivers an impressive rendition. The note he hits at 0:42 blew me away. Check it out.
19 December 2010
Winters in the Northeast can be quite unforgiving at times. Ditch the Patagonia fleece and Northface zip ups for something a little more stylish and substantial like this pea coat from Ralph Lauren. This is a timeless article of clothing, and you'll get a lot of milage out of it. A classic American look for an affordable price.
$299 USD. Available at Polo Ralph Lauren.
Nevertheless, based on the recommendation of one of my blogger friends, I just recently downloaded CURT@!N$ latest project, The Killer Tape. I'd seen CURT@!N$ kicking around the blogs and heard whispers of him making the XXL cover so I put the fact that his name is incredibly annoying to type, gave it a listen, and was pleasantly surprised.
It's indeed a "killer tape," but I wouldn't say it's a top 10, nor would I say that it has the shelf life other mixtapes have. Will CURT@!N$ be included in the 2011 XXL Freshmen class? Possibly. If he gets the XXL nod, will he be the most successful of the freshmen? Not by a long shot. But I can tell you that he will continue to put out good material for years to come.
Check out "A Song For You." I think it's one of the better songs on The Killer Tape. I'd post a couple more for you, but you can stream the album through the link I posted two paragraphs above.
CURT@!N$ - A Song For You
18 December 2010
16 December 2010
My dude Maurice (@GQJetSetter) tweeted this earlier today. If Dom Kennedy doesn't get the XXL cover... Check it out. Dope.
"For all the stuff they try to teach you in high school, I only graduated with half of it. But then agian, I only went half the time."
15 December 2010
I'm right when it comes to these things. Check my track record. I don't put music on my blog I don't believe in 100%. I have an ear for this and I've caught on to artists long before they hit the radio or hit with industry cats. Posner, Wiz Khalifa, Big Sean, Chiddy Bang, The Cataracs, Sam Adams, Mac Miller, ect. I'm not gonna put D-Why in that category just yet, but depending on what he comes with on this mixtape we might have the next big thing on our hands here.
This kid has all the potential in the world, and if this is supposedly a throw-away track I'm interested to see what he brings to the table in 2011. Check it out.
D-WHY - King David
28 November 2010
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30 October 2010
My brother Kaleb and his business partners over at Grand Staff finally released their mixtape The Break. They are coming with that realness-- an eclectic mix of beats and rhymes. Check out some of the tracks. Download the whole tape if you are so inclined.
Gypsy Flesh - Pretty Ugly
D-Bless - Stomp
Moruf - Lost in Translation
DOWNLOAD: Grand Staff - The Break
29 October 2010
27 October 2010
This is certainly in the top 10 mixtapes of the year. Pharrell, Diplo, Benzi, and Malice (The Clipse) all co-sign. Get Familiar.
Mansions on the Moon x Deadmau5 - Satellite
Mansions on the Moon - Space to Breathe (Big Gigantic Remix)
DOWNLOAD: Mansions on the Moon - Paradise Falls
19 October 2010
14 October 2010
Here is a dope compilation mixtape of all the NUE Agency artists. Check it out.
DOWNLOAD: NUE Agency Presents: #BrandNUE - The College Mixtape Experience
06 October 2010
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Hoodie Allen - Swimming with Sharks
DOWNLOAD: Hoodie Allen - Pep Rally (Mixtape)
21 September 2010
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12 August 2010
I feel like a lot of guys don't really know what they're doing when they pick up the razor. It's more of a process than one might think. Check it out.
I was scrolling through my iTunes and came across this gem. I can honestly say that this song could put me in a good mood no matter what the circumstance. I can't exactly put my finger on it, but there's just something about it that makes me want to get right and hit up an ill house party.
11 August 2010
If you haven't heard about Mac Miller yet, here is the perfect opportunity to get familiar. Mac Miller is an emcee from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, who recently graduated from high school. Yes, you read correctly: high school. In December 2009, he released his first major mixtape, The High Life, which gained him notoriety in the blogosphere, and even fellow Pittsburgh native, Wiz Khalifa has reached to collaborate with him on current and future projects.
But who wouldn't want to work with the kid? Mac Miller rhymes with wit and charm while his flow and delivery is smooth like your favorite summertime beverage. Last month Rostrum Records recognized Miller's untapped potential and offered the young Pittsburgh spitter to a record deal he couldn't refuse. Miller's first release under Rostrum will be his upcoming mixtape, K.I.D.S., which comes out Friday, August 13th. The concept of the mixtape is loosely based on the controversial film, "Kids," directed by Lenny Clark. Mac Miller has leaked a series of songs and viral videos leading up to the release of K.I.D.S. This particular video features features a brief introductory monologue taken from the movie "Kids" and two songs from the mixtape. The first song has a jazz-influenced, bob-your-head-tap-your-feet vibe, while the second song features an interesting sample from "Fireflies" by Owl City. Check it out.
10 August 2010
09 August 2010
After releasing two critically acclaimed mixtapes as an undergraduate student at Duke University, Mike Posner faced the daunting task of delivering a debut album of equal or better quality. He did exactly that on his debut album, 31 Minutes to Takeoff. Only this time he has developed a new style and sound you might have expected to hear from Mike Posner.
With the help of DJ Benzi and Don Cannon, Mike Posner released his first mixtape, A Matter of Time, in March 2009. Songs such as “Drug Dealer Girl,” “Cooler Than Me,” and “Halo,” quickly earned him a cult following, and before you could say “record deal,” his music was blaring in dorm rooms and frat houses across the country.
After a summer of touring, signing autographs, and inking a deal with J Records, Mike Posner entered his senior year of college with literally one foot out the door. A flourishing music career in one hand and a stack of textbooks and papers in the other might seem like a lot to balance for a 21-year-old, but not for Mike Posner. In October 2009 he teamed up with DJ Benzi and Clinton Sparks to release his highly anticipated sophomore mixtape, One Foot Out the Door. Featuring the likes of Bun B, Kid Cudi, and Big Sean, One Foot Out the Door catapulted Posner into the limelight with tens of thousands of iTunes downloads, Twitter followers, and Facebook fans.
With two critically well received mixtapes under his belt and graduation on the horizon, Posner shifted his focus to his debut album, 31 Minutes to Takeoff: 12 tracks. Just under 38 minutes. Just Mike Posner.
The album starts off slow, reminding us of where we left off over nine months ago with One Foot Out the Door and A Matter of Time: “Do you recall?/ I told you this was just a matter of time.” With the stage set for the rest of the album and our undivided attention, the Mike Posner we have grown to love greets us with a raspy, quasi-falsetto voice over catchy beats in songs such as “Please Don’t Go,” “Bow Chicka Wow Wow,” and “Cooler Than Me.”
Beyond his natural ability to woo with his charm and pop star persona, Posner also shows a more serious side. In two songs specifically, we catch a glimpse into his personal life. In “Cheated,” Posner reveals that a girl he was in love with was cheating on him the whole time they were together. And just in case you were wondering whom this song is about: “Caroline Stevens, this song is for you!” Ouch.
He even goes a bit deeper in the song “Delta 1406.” He admits that even though people constantly surround him, he often feels alone. He also reveals that his relationship with his mother is suffering and his father “only has a few years left.” A song of this depth and emotion is much unlike his past works, and it shows that his success hasn’t been easy and his newfound fame might not be worth the strain it has put on his family.
In addition to the party tunes and emotional croons, Mike Posner offers a batch of feel-good tracks in “Do You Wanna” and “Gone in September.” The playful guitar riffs, live drums, and brass and woodwind instruments make for an easy and enjoyable listen.
It is often the case that new artists feel pressure from their record label to sound a certain way in order to sell more records. 31 Minutes to Takeoff has one glaring omission—the lack of featured guests. In the past, Mike Posner has worked with hip hop artists and certainly had a hip hop influence in his music. So it seems somewhat peculiar that none of them would be featured on the debut album. Perhaps record label executives want to promote Mike Posner as more of a pop act, hence the exclusion of rappers and hip hop producers.
03 August 2010
Not going to write a whole lot. Wale raps with some of his friends over some incredibly dope beats. DJ Omego mixes all the songs together. You'd be crazy not to download this. Don't sleep on Wale Falorin.
02 August 2010
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DJ Benzi AKA Mr. Get Right has followed suit and recently dropped his summer mix (hosted by LMFAO). He break us off with tons of new music, new blends, and new edits and remixes: everything you need to power through the second half of summer twenty10. Overall, Its a good compilation of party music-- it doesn't bang as hard as DJ Homicide's mixtape, which I posted a couple months ago, but it will still get the party going just as well. Check out a few tracks from the tape. Full download links posted below also. Enjoy.