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.