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Monday, January 31, 2011

Atmosphere 'Minnesota Nice' feat. Prof, Felipe Cuauhtli & Gene Poole

This song has punchlines for days, on top of a beat that's reminiscent of a Dr. Dre (maybe?) song, I got it, it kind of sounds like Tupac's 'California Love' song (doesn't it?). Well besides that, the song is ill, and another one of those cruising songs that you turn all the way up, nod your head and just let the music take you there. Atmosphere teams up with Prof, Felipe Cuauhtli and Gene Poole to create such an amazing track with 'Minnesota Nice.' The song is kind of a homage to their hometown (maybe? lol), but whether or not it is the song has lines in it that will stick with you for days, and have you repeating them to your friends. Some of the stuff in here is a little innapropriate, but hey what hip hop/rap song isn't nowadays? "You may be bad but I'm worse (I'm so worse)/They call me Minnesota Nice"

Jay Sentine feat. Rob Locke 'House Party (After Party)'

New music from Jay Sentine, lyricist, producer and composer of music, Mr. Jay Sentine. I've personally never heard of him before, but I stumbled upon this track the other day and after a few more plays it slowly, but surely grew on me and I had to share it with my followers/readers/lovers of my blog. The song, 'House Party (After Party)' features Rob Locke, and has this sort of chopped up instrumental which loops the hook in the background while Sentine and Locke do their thing over the track. It kind of reminds me of the late great J Dilla and his amazing production skills, this has that old school, laid back kind of vibe to the track which you can just cruise to with the top down (when all this snow goes away that is). It's a feel good kind of track and I can't wait to hear more from him. He already has a bandcamp which features some of his stuff so I'll link you to that if you crave more Jay Sentine.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Theo Martins 'Lo-Fi Love (Produced by $port)'

Theo Martins, a musician hailing out of the Rhode Island area and owner of The R.e.d. Ballon (Really Extraordinary Dreams), is continuing to build up steam and gain more lovers of his music as he releases more and more new songs. He's been getting his name around the music scene atleast since 2008, and has been dropping mixtapes that showcase his works as well. This song, 'Lo-Fi Love' was created after his recent trip to Zambia in South Africa and the feelings and sights he witnessed while on that trip. The song has one of those classic beats (kinda sounds sampled? maybe, maybe not), and you can tell by his voice that the feelings he felt were real and really impacted his life. The song isn't one of those high energy rap songs, but almost like a poem with a musical backdrop that helps you to understand what Theo Martins experienced during that trip to Zambia.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Emilio Rojas 'H.A.M. (Freestyle)'

Emilio Rojas a rapper hailing out of the New York area releases a hot freestyle to the song 'H.A.M.' by Kanye West and Jay-Z that is to appear on their upcoming album. The song in general is good, but I think Emilio put in work on the song and killed it. I've never heard any of his songs before hand, but I have heard of him and I like what he did on this song. I can definitely see Emilio really cracking in the mainstream light, and tracks like this prove that he has what it takes. I'm definitely looking forward to hearing some of his original stuff to see if he brings the same intensity to those tracks like he did here. He has a mixtape recently dropped called, "Life Without Shame" for those interested in hearing more Emilio Rojas tracks.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Pac Div 'Anti Freeze (Clean)'

So the fellas over at Pac Div have dropped another dope track for their fans in anticipation for their new mixtape "Maniac!" The song is called, 'Anti Freeze' and it's almost an attack on mainstream rappers that have no substance in their lyrics. Pac Div pretty much criticizes some of those who pretend to be something their not, and put out bad music which we (the consumers) buy up. Pac Div continues to bring the heat, and keep it real in their music which is why I love these guys. "Tired of all you posers, tired of all you weirdos," just a little something of what the guys bring to the track. It differs from their other recently dropped track, 'Your F****** Song,' but it does NOT lack in the rap or beat department. I can't wait to hear the rest of the tracks off of their "Maniac!" mixtape when it drops, and their upcoming album which I hear they are/have been working on to release soon.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Carlos St. John "12 Flights Up, A Short Story (Video #1)"

Ahhh yes, Carlos St. John Day is back! The new installment to the series is not just music, but a combination of music, and a personal look into the life of the man behind the "In Association" mixtape. The first video in the series features the song 'Lights in the Air' by Mr. St. John and Brook Yung. It's a little teaser for you Stockholders of what can be expected, and after watching this I can't wait to see where Carlos and his people go with it. By the looks of this first video it looks like it will be about a love in Carlos' life that possibly has left him just by looking at the setting of the video and the roses and drinks around the table. It seems like it will be touching, maybe show a different side of Carlos St. John through this series? We'll have to wait and see until next Tuesday. Get prepared for the next episode by listening and downloading the "In Association" Mixtape, brushing up on your facts/info of Carlos by checking out his website.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Tracy Chapman 'Fast Car (Live)'

I've heard this song countless times before, but I've never looked up who sang it and what not, but today this acapella group came and sung for us at school today, and one of the songs they did was 'Fast Car.' I was amazed by how well they did it, and the song was stuck in my head afterwards. It's just an amazing song just content wise with the story it tells about love and a relationship that can't really take off because of problems in the relationship that keep it from blossoming. Just listening to her sing it live gives it even more emotion, and the more I listen to it I feel as though I can understand her pain even though I've never gone through anything similar. This is one of those songs that have so much meaning and can be related to by so many different people. This song will live forever.

"I know things will get better
You'll find work and I'll get promoted
We'll move out of the shelter

J. Vill 'Ride With Me (Rusko/Tom Stephen/J.Vill)'

Some new J. Vill a Chillin Villains Premier Artist. Seriously he's blowing up in the underground college music scene, so let's see J. Vill blow up in that mainstream light. He's repping New York to the fullest, and definitely puts in a lot in his music. His style is a little pop, hip hop, electronica (kinda not really, well I think), and it's just something for everybody to rock with. If you're a fan of the college rappers, or just need more music to bump then definitely download 'Ride With Me' and be sure to tell all your friends where you heard it first. The song is the first leak off of his new mixtape "40's & High Class Shorties" dropping soon (I'll update when I have a date). The beat for 'Ride With Me' is one of those like techno-y kind of beats complimented by the singing of Rusko (?), and then just brought home by J. Vill over the mic. I'm actually not sure where to download the song for now, but still listen/drop a comment for now, and I'll update you all with the link.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

ShiGGa Shay feat. Valentina Chua 'Coming Home (Remix)'

ShiGGa Shay a up and coming teen rapper out of Singapore has been doing his thing musically for quite some time now, and I heard/watched a video of him for one of his songs on another site, and I just caught this one he did over Diddy-Dirty Money's 'Coming Home' song. I've heard a few remixes to the song, but none really stand out to me like this one. Valentina Chua does a great job doing a cover over the chorus of the song, and ShiGGa Shay brings it home with his verses. My only complaint would be the sound of his voice, it has this "I need to clear my throat" kind of sound to it, but still a good go at remixing the song. ShiGGa has a mixtape out called "ShiGGa Shay's in the Building (The Mixtape)" so I recommend you all go out and download that if you like what he did on 'Coming Home' and would like to hear some original stuff that he has. Just listening to some of his stuff, he sounds like he has some great promise, and I wish the best of luck to him and his music career.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Passion Pit/Lupe Fiasco/Kanye West/Wale/Eminem 'Sleepyhead (Mashup)'

I know this is old, but I just found it today because I've just fallen in love with Passion Pit like two days ago. They're like a Pop/Electronica/AWESOMENESS band/group hailing out of Mass and I think I heard of them, but never went out of my way to check them out, but I had to recently and that was one of the best decisions I've made in a few days lol. The first song I checked out by them was 'Sleepyhead' and it's a dope song, and the mixes for it are incredible. This one mix (the one I'm posting now) is a mashup of 'Sleepyhead' along with the lyrical stylings of Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco, Wale and Eminem. The blend of 'Sleepyhead' along with the Wale, Em, Lupe, and Kanye fit so perfectly especially Lupe's verse. *Note: These are all verses from their other songs not specifically for this one*

Lykke Li 'Untitled (Video)'

Call it magic, call it the silent film of the year, but I call it art. It's Lykke Li raw, and digging, with some background music too it. I like it, I really do like it. It gives a hint to her more artsy side other than just her music genius, (Listen to 'Get Some'), people try to compare her to Lady Gaga. I can understand why they would say that, just video content wise because both artists use more "extreme" (not sure if that's the word I'm looking for), but this very different style to their videos that tell more than just the song, but a story for you to figure out with many different meanings to it. Lykke Li, another Swedish artist, looking to spread her creativity, and thoughts to the world will be seen all over in the US as well in her native country of Sweden. Take some time to watch 'Untitled' and try and ponder its meaning.

Adam Tensta 'Like A Punk (Official Video)'

Adam Tensta a hip hop/electronica artist out of Sweden has been blowing up the charts overseas, and this is my first time experiencing some Adam Tensta and I'm still undecided. The song, 'Like A Punk' looks to tell you not to follow the crowd and to be your own person and express whatever style you think is you not what everyone else is doing. After reading his biography a bit, this song takes on a more biographical feeling because of where he grew up and the path he chose not to take as a young child. The song has a combination of hip hop/rock kind of feel to it, so if you are new and open to different genres of music I say definitely watch 'Like A Punk.' If you've never seen Adam Tensta before you can tell with just one glance that his style is different and unique, if you're still unsure about him give it a few more listens, maybe check out his other stuff. Who knows he might just become your new favorite artist.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Carlos St. John "In Association - A Short Story"

I feel so empty not being able to post a new Carlos St. John track every Tuesday ever since his "In Association" mixtape dropped on Christmas (read review here). However, have no fear because the man behind the amazing music is still here on his grind and has new stuff for his Stock Holders. With all the spotlight Carlos has been receiving for his mixtape, he will put out a multi-part series that will follow him around, and the first episode will drop tomorrow, January 20th. This series is entitled, "In Association - 12 Flights Up, A Short Story." I am definitely looking forward to this miniseries, to be able to understand the creative mind of Mr. St. John and a little bit more into his personality. I hope you all will be able to tune in and get to know the guy just a tad bit more, maybe even become a Stock Holder, who knows.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Hoodie Allen 'Dreams Up'

I've never posted a Hoodie Allen song before, I've only heard of him through my guy over at The Chillin Villians (who by the way has gotten back to posting again) and this song in particular is one that I heard on there and felt I needed to post with you guys. It's a new song by Hoodie, who hails from the New York Area, is called 'Dreams Up' which is a kind of pop-y rap or "Hoodie-Hop" as he's dubbed his genre on his facebook. It's a must listen to kind of song which will have you playing over and over and over again (I've been listening to this song like 5 or 6 times within like 10 minutes). His rhymes on this song are ridiculous and you can tell he's definitely having fun with it, "I'm team Jacob, I'm never into biting." Get it?

Willie the Kid feat. Alchemist 'F***ing Toxic (Produced by Lee Bannon)'

Willie the Kid and the Alchemist have teamed up to create this dope track titled 'F***ing Toxic' which will appear on Willie's mixtape, "The Fly 2" set to drop sometime next month. Willie the Kid a rapper out of Michigan has a pretty strong fanbase not just in his home state but around the world, and he's one of those rappers looking to get his music across, not just something to get radio play, but something that is true to what he stands for. He even dropped a diss track against Lil Wayne called 'Fully Loaded Clip' and the Alchemist is a rapper I've heard of/listened to his music for quite some time now is someone that you SHOULD know. If you haven't heard that 'Therapy' song by him, CuDi, Blu and Evidence then I suggest you listen to it NOW. The Alchemist is another one of those underground artists who should be receiving more shine than most of these played out mainstream artsits on the radio nowadays. The track 'F***ing Toxic' has a more laid back instrumental to it, with a nice guitar playing along. The verses are not all that flashy, and it transcends from being "Rap" to being "Hip Hop."

Lupe Fiasco '10 Crack Commandments (Freestyle)'

Lupe has not been getting that shine that he so deserves with all this record label drama, and the lack of creativity and intellect in the music industry, but Lupe always stays true to himself and what he stands for. His album "Lasers" is set to drop later this year, not totally sure on the exact date, but I will definitely let you all know so you can go out and support Lupe and buy that album. This is a freestyle he did just a few days ago on Connecticut's own HOT 93.7 radio show just going off the top of the head and having fun with it. You can hear the hosts laughing in the background as he goes. Just something fun while we wait until "Lasers" drops March 8th SO MARK YOUR CALENDARS.

Monday, January 17, 2011

The Coup 'Ride the Fence (Music Video)'

This is one song that I just love because of the content of the song which is something that you don't hear nowadays on the radio. Lyrics like, "I'm anti-republican and democratic
if they self-destruct
that's anti-climactic
tired of bein' hunted like an antelope
take the system by the throat
that's the antidote
so I pose a proposition
take a look, be in support or opposition
then be proactive proceed with confidence
'cause you know that you can't change shit by ridin' the fence
" this song is just something you can't compare to with the mainstream nonsense on the radio. I wanted to post this not only because of the message to not ride the fence, but be strong and chose a side and not follow others, but make decisions on your own, but because of some tragic news I just read about.

The bassist for The Coup, Dewey Tucker, was shot and killed last year, and police now have four suspects for the crime. I hope Mr. Tucker may rest in peace and may he get the justice he deserves. Rest in Peace.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

A little different in the posting, but I hope you all had a meaningful celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and all that he hoped to see accomplished for the equality of all people.

I'm Sorry, But...

I'm sorry but, I don't understand why rappers feel the need to whisper on the track? Speak up that's why you have a microphone. So annoying. Sorry I just needed to get that one out.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Rah Digga 'Straight Spittin 4.5' Produced by Marco Polo

Oh yes, Digga Dig is back with a crazy hot track for her fans. She just goin off and "straight spittin'" for a cool minute and 50 seconds just dropping line after line. If you missed that real lyricism in the game, no need to wait because Rah Digga is back to fill your appetite. I've been a fan of Rah Digga since she came out with that 'Party and Bull****' song she dropped a while back and the remix to that with Missy Elliot and Eve and Busta Rhymes. That was a time when rap wasn't just about sex, drugs and money but just fun rap (I guess thats what I mean), and people actually cared about their bars and not just making a quick buck off of their music. Apparently this track is number 4.5 out of a 5 track series she's droppin/has dropped. I'll deff look out for previous entries and when I hear track 5 I'll deffinitely put it out for ya'll to bump. This is a track that you will HAVE to nod your head to while you listen to it. If you've never been a fan of Rah Digga, well listen to this and let's see if you have a change of opinion afterwards.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Nina Simone 'Four Women'

I've never heard the song before until hearing it at the end of the movie "For Colored Girls" when I saw it with my mom in theaters, and she told me what the name of the song was and who sung it. 'Four Women' is such a deep song about four different Black women all with different skin colors, hair types, etc. Within each verse, Ms. Simone sings about a different woman and tells a different story about each one. This one song displays the different struggles faced by Black woman not just then when the song came out, but it can be related to even today. As a Black woman (young woman) I can hear and feel the story Nina Simone wanted to get across in this song and the pain that comes with being Black. If you haven't seen the movie "For Colored Girls" I highly recommend it to all, white, black, hispanic, what have you because it tells the many different struggles of different Black women with varying social and economic positions and their similarities. I hope that you all can enjoy this classic song by Nina Simone, and can try to understand what it is she is trying to get across to those that truly listen to 'Four Women.'

Chet Haze 'White and Purple (Northwestern Remix)'

So this is some BREAKING news, apparently Tom Hanks' son who goes to Northwestern is a rapper, he raps or what have you and he remixed Wiz Khalifa's 'Black and Yellow' to create a tribute to his school Northwestern called 'White and Purple.' Me personally, I think it's alright, I'm tired of all the remixes to the song because nothing can top the original or Carlos St. John's monster of a track called 'Perfect' over the the 'Black and Yellow' instrumental. If only people would realize that some songs are fine the way they are and there is no need to remix it. Take a listen to Chet Haze's 'White and Purple' and let me know what you think of it. If you are interested in hearing more from Mr. Haze, he just dropped an original track entitled 'West Side LA' so take a listen and download if you like it here.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Mike Jaggerr "The Eleventh Hour (Mixtape)" Hosted By DJ Wonder

On this lucky(?) day January 11th, 2011 or 1/11/11, up and comer Mike Jaggerr has dropped his highly anticipated mixtape, "The Eleventh Hour" hosted by DJ Wonder. After listening to his song 'Away' (Track 4) I have high hopes for Mr. Jaggerr and I can't wait to hear some more of his music to finally get a more well rounded view of what he can do musically. I've heard the song 'Cruise Control' featuring Big KRIT a few days ago, and I like it, but it hasn't won me completely over yet. I'm getting ready to download the mixtape and I hope you all do, and let me know what you all think of it! Here's a sample of one of the songs on the mixtape called 'Shades.'

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Pac Div 'Your F****** Song'

Another ill song by the guys at Pac Div. The beat is just incredible and the guys go to work to make another hot track for the fans. I have no idea why people don't listen to these guys more and hear this stuff on the radio and what not. On the other hand atleast you can still be able to bump Pac Div and be the first one to say you were on it first before they really hit mainstream all over the place. The song 'Your F****** Song' is a dedication to the girls that take too long, that need to stay out your life, that perpetrate (taken from the lyrics). Some stuff in the song I'm not really about (calling women the "B" word, I sound like I'm 10 but I try not to swear), but the instrumental has me playing it over, and over and over again. If you've never heard of Pac Div and what to hear something else, check out their song 'Fa Real' on my partner site the ChillinVilllains.com.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Mike Jaggerr 'Away (Clean Version)'

I just found this song, and it is incredible. It's another one of those calmer, deep rap songs that tell a story in it. The guy behind it goes by the name of Mike Jaggerr (sounds faintly similar to Mick Jagger now doesn't it? lol) and he has been seeing some more shine and buzz as of late because of his upcoming mixtape "The 11th Hour" coming out January 11th. In the song he describes his want to get away from all of this sadness that he's faced in his life, and how he will be able to get away from it all in the end. I enjoy the beat, and the rapping over it blends so well and the story he paints will surely get you nodding your head and really listening to what he has to say. Just listening to this song is a great indication of what he has to offer, and apparently the music video is in the works for this song and I am looking forward to seeing it. Be on the look out for Mike Jagger in 2011.


I haven't been up to date with my posting stuff like I used to but, no worries I'm just looking out for something I feel needs to be on here and get out to ya'll. I told ya'll a couple posts down that I bought both of KiD CuDi's albums and let me tell you, they are AMAZING. I haven't been able to really listen through the first one, but "The Legend of Mr. Rager" is an incredible CD, and I will MOST DEFINITELY have that review for you guys in a second (well I mean at a later date), and I just wanted to thank everyone for coming along this journey with me for these past couple of months. I can see people are coming back on to read posts, download music (just need more comments lol), but I've been receiving more comments as of late so thats a plus. Also, I've gained more followers, so thank you to those that made that decision to follow this journey we call a blog. Hope to hear from you all soon.


Sunday, January 2, 2011

Buena Vista Social Club 'Chan Chan'

So in Spanish class we watched this documentary by Ry Cooder on the Buena Vista Social Club and their musical impact on Cuba. The documentary looked at the artists and musicians that made up the Buena Vista Social Club and Ry Cooder's want to get them together again and perform at the legendary Carnegie Hall in New York City. The documentary is in Spanish with English subtitles (well the version we saw), and it gives a great outlook on the style of music that dominated Cuba during the 40s and later emerged with the help of Ry Cooder in the 90s. The Buena Vista Social Club used to be a members only club in Cuba where different musicians would come and play during the 1940s, however after the club closed down some of the musicians were forgotten, or stopped playing amongst other things. Once reunited the members including Ibrahim Ferrer, Compay Segundo, Rubén González, Onara Portuondo, and Hugo Garzón amongst many other singers and musicians, were able to sing and play the songs they used to like they were back at the club. Their live performances at Carnegie Hall were wonderful, and their trip to New York City was the first time many of the members had been outside of Cuba. This was my first time experiencing Cuban music, and after watching the documentary, I now have this want to listen to more musicians from Cuba and learn more about how their music has shaped the country.
One of their most well known songs is 'Chan Chan' which is a beautiful love story between two people. I suggest reading the translated lyrics if you don't know Spanish that well and to listen and watch as the Buena Vista Social Club performs the song. I hope you all enjoy.

KiD CuDi 'Marijuana (Remix/Cover)'

HAPPY NEW YEARS EVERYONE! I hope that everyone had a great New Years. Let me know what ya'll did in the comment section if you'd like to share. To celebrate the new year I thought I'd drop a song off of KiD CuDi's latest album, "Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager," which might I add is a must have for all CuDi fans. The song and mind you I don't do the drug he's singing about, but it still is an amazing, really mellow song. Boldly titled 'Marijuana' CuDi uses his creativity to not boast about his "mary jane" habbits, but to highlight his use to keep the good times coming. The album has many great songs for all different moods you might be in, but this song keeps coming back to me. The fact that it is four minutes and 20 seconds also adds to the amazingness of the song. However, instead of giving you guys the track thats been put out everywhere I decided to put up this sweet cover by a YouTuber by the name of "jaron21." I like his voice on the track and it's not as slow as the original but it still has the emotion the original track gives off.

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