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Blaqstarr (feat. Mos Def) · Kiss Me On My Lips

A new Mixtape and EP just in time for Spring

“Kiss Me on My Lips” is the first taste off Blaqstarr’s The Mixtape. The track features Mos Def whose voice is cut up and layered throughout. Besides that, Blaqstarr’s voice is autotunes at various parts, which I have mixed feelings about, but really it didn’t seem needed.

The mixtape is set to release next tuesday (April 12) on BlaqstarrMusic.com – expected to feature Talib Kweli, Diplo, Switch and a few others.

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Cory Chisel and The Wandering Sons · Fixing a Hole

from the Minnesota Beatle Project : Volume 2

A few months back I went to First Avenue’s annual John Lennon tribute in Minneapolis. It was a good night despite the shit acoustics at First Ave, but one thing I forgot to do was pick up their album, the Minnesota Beatle Project: Vol. 2. Well, I had completely forgotten about it until I saw the official video of Cory Chisel’s cover of “Fixing A Hole”, one of the sixteen tracks on the album.

Cory Chisel and The Wandering Sons covered this classic with class. Cory’s eerie, coolheaded echoes backed by some tripped out instrumentals set the stage for this dark & disturbing video. The original “Fixing a Hole” was one of my favorite from The Beatles and these guys really give it a refreshing […]

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Basic Physics ·· Nightlife in the Northwoods (Mixtape)

A rageworthy compilation for all us northern folk.. and everyone else too

I first caught Basic Physics with their Lil’ Wayne // Pretty Lights // Phoenix mashup. I posted it up against another Lil’ Wayne mashup – Lil’ Wayne vs. Bob Marley – in which initially I liked the Bob Marly mash better. However, since then, not only has Basic Physic’s mashup become my favorite, but I’ve come to love a few other singles they’ve recently released – all cumulating into their first mixtape, Nightlife in the Northwoods, which just released today.

Unfortunately, I’ve only had a few run throughs with Nightlife in the Northwoods, so I can’t give my full thoughts yet. I will, however […]

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Music that Got Me Blogging About Music (Part 3)

Overseas - from London to Japan

We’re half way through the “Music that Got Me Blogging About Music” and it’s only up hill.. down hill.. get’s better from here. So far we’ve covered Midwest hip-hop, West Coast hip-hop, and now we’re going International!

In this portion we will be covering groups from abroad and, not surprisingly, are all from genre’s other than hip-hop (unlike the other sections). This portion was only going to have four artists covered, the final list (my top five) took the best one from here, but I decided to add one because a few of his songs were very influential in my current music tastes (like every other artist on here).

So check ’em out and drop some feedback in the comments below. Also, prepare for The Bay Area next week!!

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Duck Sauce · I Like It (… is fake)

That's the way, uh huh.

So apparently someone very, very naughty leaked this new Duck Sauce song… I guess I’m apart of that crowd now. But how could I pass up on this electrofied classic It still seems like it may need a few tweaks and a little more Duck Sauce flare, but guess we’ll have to wait ’til the release.

Get it while it’s gettable!

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Kid Cudi Quit Weed?

Plus, a never before released single, Capcom

Kid Cudi posted on his Tumblr blog, Cud Life, that he was quitting weed for good (check it out after the jump). But I think it’s safe to assume this is some practical joke for April Fools. First off, the message is absolutely half baked (haha). If someone like Cudi was actually quitting weed, I doubt he would mouth off about it. And two, of all days he had to pick today. Give me a break, I’d almost say I could see Snoop Dogg quitting before Cudi. But what’d y’all think

In other Cudi news, he’s released a new track titled “Capcom”. A few reports say this may be the first off his upcoming mixtape, A Man Named Scott, but they aren’t that good of reports. Whatever the case may be, it’s Cudi and we all know y’all are gonna eat it up!
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Paper Diamond · All We Do Is

Throw It In The Bag (Remix) - with Drake & Lil' Wayne vocals

Pushed play on this and damn. did. it. roll. This is my Paper Diamond tipping point – I’m in, I’m gonna be all up on every release of his. And now I truly see why Pretty Lights signed Alex B.

What makes this so goddamn grand is that heavy buzzing bass threaded through those vocals, oh, so well. I was a little skeptical of Drake/Lil’ Wayne being sampled, but I’m starting to understand I’m not a fan of their music, but I LOVE when they’re RMX’d.

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Childish Gambino · Let Me Dope You (Knell Remix)

"Yes, I rap absurd. Got the game upset."

First thing I look for in a remix is if it’s better than the original. But I didn’t really even like Gambino’s original on this, so Knell didn’t have too much to overcome. Why I didn’t like the original wasn’t my usual reason, Gambino’s whiny rhymes (kinda adoring it right now), but more on the beat.

Well, Knell throws in some electro tripepd-out strums up against Gambino’s well played wordage for this remix. Also gotta mention the YoungBloodZ drop, nice touch Knell.

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DJ Soo – The Message (Grandmaster Flash Remix)

Another classic tune electrofied for the future

Some of you may dig this for the nostalgic bring back of Grandmaster Flash’s classic anthem. This, however, brought me to attention when I heard Latyrx‘s “Lady Don’t Tek No, cut right from the start.

“Lady Don’t Tek No” brings me back to my first years in college. I may have been a little late on The Bay’s hip-hop scene, but Latyrx was one of my main introductions and I’ve been a big supporter ever since – just saw they finished a new track (album)

As far as what Soo brings […]

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Builder · Everybody Fuck Now (Remix)

Let the fucking take control

Not only is this a fine dubstep remix of C&B Music Factory’s original, but Builder cut the hell out of Martha Wash’s vocals and made this a perfect track to fuck to or somethin’ like it on the dance floor.

I’m gonna try and find out how the hell he did this and what the lyrics actually come out to. Either way, this a refreshing remix over the overdone, overly coiled dubstep I see on SoundCloud every day.

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