29 December 2010

DJ Earworm - United State of Pop 2010 (Don't Stop the Pop)

DJ Earworm is back at it again. As always, he brings us the United State of Pop: 2010 Edition. This is an amazing mashup. He blends all the hits from the year that was 2010-- Rihanna, Bruno Mars, Lady GaGa, Katy Perry, Ke$ha, Mike Posner, Taio Cruz, Usher, and B.o.B were all featured in a nice viral video. Surprised Drake, Nicki, and Williow Smith didn't any shine. Oh well.

So, who will make Earworm's United State of Pop: 2011 Edition? Place your bets now.

28 December 2010

It's The Dean's List : The Drive-in Trailer

My good friends Alex, Mik, and Sonny just put this up on YouTube. It's a trailer for their upcoming mixtape, The Drive-In. Bloggers and A&Rs, pay close attention to these guys. People sleep on The Dean's List, but after hearing a couple of the songs I guarantee this mixtape will turn heads.

25 December 2010

Merry Christmas to All!

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

VIDEO: Clinton Sparks - Favorite DJ

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

Oldermost - Lose Your Mind

Not quite sure how I came across Oldermost. They must have gotten lost in the hundreds of songs I downloaded last week. But I haven't stopped listening to them since last Tuesday. And now I have decided to share them with you guys.

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

Bruno Mars - Talking to the Moon (Luis Figueroa-Roig Cover)

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

Academy Wool Pea Coat by Ralph Lauren

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. 

CURT@!N$ - A Song For You

With so many "rappers" coming out the woodwork, I can't possibly check out everything the internet has to offer. In fact, I am hesitant to check out a lot of new cats because for every gem, there are 30-40 wannabes who put out garbage.

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

Lil' Wayne featuring Cory Gunz - 6'7"

I know I'm late with this, but as a blogger, purveyor of all things dope, and most importantly a true fan of hip hop, I must share this song with you. I wanted to post it when it first came out a few days ago, but I wanted to reserve judgement. A lot of people will post Lil' Wayne tracks simply because it's a Lil' Wayne track. I wanted to wait a few days in order to make a rational conclusion about this song. 

Well, I've decided that this song is a big big record, and yes, I used the word 'big' twice. That was not a typo. Bigger than "A Miili?" That remains to be seen. But I can tell you that all the "Black & Yellow" freestyles (see post below) will pale in comparison to the amount of people who will jump on this track. I'm not even talking XXL Freshmen either. I'm talking about cats that are synonymous with longevity and greatness. I want to hear Busta Rhymes, Jadakiss, Bun B, Big Boi, 3 Stacks, and Snoop on this track.

But don't get me wrong, I think Wale, Wiz Khalifa, Drizzy, and the rest of the new comers would go MC Hammer on this beat (produced by Bangladesh) as well, but this is a track that all dope emcees should go in on. 

As a side note, I think Cory Gunz should be excluded from this track. His verse is weak. No punchlines. No memorable lines. He hits us with some pace, but it doesn't bring any energy to the track. I'm trying to remain as objective as possible, but I'm just not a fan of Cory Gunz. Sorry for having an opinion. Call me a hater.

D-WHY - Devil Horns To All ("Black & Yellow" Remix)

A nice viral video to accompany one of the better Black & Yellow freestyles. D-Why is killing it right now. You'll hear the hype next year. Heartless Handshakes got you first. 

18 December 2010

Vans Off The Wall Pritchard Shoes Spring '11

These are interesting. Not something you'd expect from Vans. You could actually dress these up with some trousers or dress them down with some quality selvedge denim. You're gonna have to wait until March 2011 to cops these, however. I'd say they're worth the wait if you like the dressy look with the signature laid back comfort of Vans.

16 December 2010

This is Dom Kennedy (Life As I Know It)

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

Steve Connell's Compromise

This is an interesting creative short I came across on Vimeo. You might recognize the female character as adult film star Faye Reagan. The male character is played by Steve Connell.

NEW MUSIC: D-Why - King David

David Morris AKA D-Why is dope as hell IMO. He's got everything to succeed. Dope rhymes [check]. Ill producers [check]. Amazing viral videos [check]. Impeccable fashion sense [check]. He's been in LA working on his mixtape Don't Flatter Yourself, comes out sometime next year and when it drops it'll grab the attention of a lot of industry heads.

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

18 November 2010

5 & A DIme @ Lehigh University - Cops shut show down

My little homie 5 & A Dime ripped it at Lehigh University this past weekend. Halfway trough his set the cops had to shut it down. Well done sir!

30 October 2010

Grand Staff, "The Break" Mixtape

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

26 September 2010

21 September 2010

The White Panda at Carnegie Mellon University

So these are the types of shows you can expect to get when you book a NUE Agency client. Hit me up if you want The White Panda at your school-- Julian@NUEAgency.com

07 September 2010

01 September 2010

31 August 2010

NYC: Dat Piff Live Show at SOB's 9/8

Septh 8th Live at SOB'S in New York; The Dean's List, Mac Miller, LOS, XV, Corey Gunz, and Masspike Milez. GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!

27 August 2010

OnCue - Cuey Sings the Blues EPK

My man OnCue's mixtape CUEY SINGS THE BLUES drops September 7th. Kid is on the come up. Don't say you didn't hear it from me first.

26 August 2010

Buzzworthy: Alexandra Stewart

I stumbled upon this wonderfully talented singer by the name of Alexandra Stewart this afternoon and had to post it for everybody to hear. She has such a sweet and sultry voice. Her style is the perfect blend of rustic crooning and modern pitch-- almost like if Ella Fitzgerald, Norah Jones, Sade, and Feist were to link up and do an album with the Foreign Exchange. Crazy, huh? Alexandra Stewart currently lives in Miami, but spends much of her time in New York. If she can make it there, she can make it anywhere, and she definitely has the potential to do so. Check out a couple of her videos and you can even download one of her songs if you are so inclined.

Johnny Cupcakes - 2010 Martha's Vineyard Pop Up Shop

Radiohead - Videotape (Xaphoon Jones Dubstep Remix)

Here is a chill dubstep remix the Music Ninja sent to me last week. I'm not the biggest fan of dubstep because a lot of it is overdone in my opinion. But when it's done right, it sounds fantastic. This is a great example of a well-done dubstep track produced by one half of Chiddy Bang. Xaphoon you crazy! *Chiddy voice*

Colby College Alumn and Barclays Capitol CEO Bob Diamond Talks Big Money with CNBC

Bob Diamond graduated from Colby in 1973. Now he's worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Peep the Colby College snapback he's wearing.

P.S. I wonder who's got more money in the bank-- Bob Diamond or Birdman?

18 August 2010

Power Hour - Kanye West Parody

MUST WATCH!! This is the funniest viral video I've seen in a long time.

New: Sonny Shotz - American Woman

DJ Mendoza just sent this to me. New Dean's List material. Mendoza and Mik Beats sample Lenny Kravetz's "American Woman" while Sonny lays down a couple dope verses. Take notes and pay attention. This is how it's done, boys and girls. If you're gonna flip a beat, this is how you do it. If you want to take a classic song and make it your own, this is how you do it. The Dean's List and NUE Agency are up to something. Sonny Shotz's mixtape, December 31st, is coming out soon so be on the look out for that on Heartless Handshakes as well as other blogs (you'll see it here first I bet). Check it out.

13 August 2010

Mac Miller, "K.I.D.S." Mixtape

If you read this blog then you already know what it is. One of the best mixtapes to come out in 2010 in my opinion. Mac Miller is dope. Download this.

Young Jeezy, "1000 Grams" Mixtape

Hosted by DJ Scream. Jeezy is getting back to the old Jeezy of 2005, talking about cooking it and cutting it up. I was wondering when he would hit us up with a few track about buying bricks and moving weight. Well here it is. He jacks some of the hardest beats out and makes them his own. He says it best on the Kanye joint: "No one man should have all this powder."

12 August 2010

12 August 2010: A Thursday Afternoon

it's out there... somewhere.
Nikon D5000 camera, Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm lens.

Complex Magazine and SHARPS Teach You How to Shave

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.

Throwback: Koffee Brown - After Party

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

Mac Miller - Don't Mind If I Do

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.

Nooka ZUB ZENV WT 20

This watch is dope-- the storm trooper white is so cold. $130 at Nooka. Click here to purchase.

10 August 2010

09 August 2010

Album Review: Mike Posner - 31 Minutes to Takeoff

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.

Nike SB Paul Rodriguez IV

Simplistic. Minimalistic. Clean. Classic. Look for these to drop within the next month or so.

New: Kanye West x Royksopp - Remind Me to Touch the Sky (Akabaloo Remix)

I remember about a year ago when Akabaloo was fooling around mixing and matching tracks in his basement. I heard this particular mashup and I knew he was on to something-- the acapella and instrumental go together quite nicely. It took him a year to realize this, and he finally got around to sharing it with the general public. It's crisp. It's refreshing. It's like a cold Orangina on a hot summer day. Enjoy.

03 August 2010

Wale, "More About Nothing" Mixtape

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

New: The Dean's List - Charlie Brown

The Dean's List have been putting in work. As a result, their fan base has grown tremendously. DJ Mendoza of The Dean's List just sent me the track so obviously I had to post it. The name of the song is "Charlie Brown," which I believe will be on Sonny Shotz's solo mixtape titled December 31st.

**ALSO** The Dean's List will be shooting a music video for their song "I'll Be Okay" in Boston on August 7th. They are looking for extras and will be casting a few lucky ladies to be heavily featured. E-mail HeartlessHandshakes@gmail.com for more details.

26 July 2010

Mac Miller - Kool Aid & Frozen Pizza

I'm hungry as hell and was just about to fix myself a turkey sandwich with mayonnaise and muenster cheese when Mac Miller put this up on his YouTube channel. He's got a nice compilation of viral videos, building up a buzz for his next project titled KIDS (Kicking Incredibly Dope Shit).

24 July 2010

Gavin - Summer In Love

Here is a breezy summer song I came across last week. I don't know much about Gavin other than he is a 21-year-old aspiring artist from the suburbs of Chicago, who is now living in New York City to pursue his dreams. Hopefully we hear more music from him in the future.

21 July 2010

DJ Benzi, "Get Right Radio Summer 2010" Mixtape

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.

20 July 2010

How To Dress Like a Frat Star

With frat culture coming into the mainstream through BroBible, FratMusic, and Bros Icing Bros, it seems only fitting and proper that Heartless Handshakes joins in on the fun. Click the links to purchase your fratastic gear, bros.

3. Cotton Suiter Croakies-- 6.00 USD.
9. FRAT FRAT FRAT Tank Top-- 15.00 USD.

14. Rainbow Leather Sandals-- 45.00 USD.