Friday, December 31, 2010


Hey guys, Sorry for my lack of updates and the my top 10 not being put up yet. I will have my top 10 mixtapes and albums of the year up real soon. I've just been busy getting ready to move to NH. I'll leave you with the video for Moon and Stars by Big K.R.I.T. featuring Curren$y and Killa Kyleon.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Curren$y feat. Young Roddy and Trademark da Skydiver "Hold On (Video)"

Visuals for my favorite cut off PT2.

jj "Let Them (Video)"

From their Kills mixtape.

1. Kanye West "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy"

What can I say? Massive, intense, emotional, triumphant, grandiose, and epic. Mr. West completely reinvented not only hip-hop, but pop music as well.

2. Vampire Weekend "Contra"

It's very hard for an album to have staying power. Contra came out last January, and remained one of my favorites for the entire year. (And the videos for "Giving Up the Gun" and "Holiday" are two of my all-time favorites.)

3. The Dream "Love King"

This album is everything that is right with pop music. And the transitions...

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to Everyone

Merry Christmas Everyone! Enjoy your holidays! And with that I will leave you with favorite Christmas song!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Mumford and Sons- "Winter Winds"

Kanye West "Christmas in Harlem"

Official version just dropped from the big man himself. G.O.O.D. + Dipset= Merry Christmas.

5. Big Boi "Sir Lucious Left-foot: The Son of Chico Dusty"

Outkast is one of those rare groups that consistently puts out great stuff. However, when thinking of the group it's hard not to think of Andre 3000 first, and Big Boi second. It's not that Andre is better, it's just he's better known. Well, that might be changing, as Big Boi's SLL-F:TSoCD, is the year's best rap album. Period. It has everything you could want from an album: triumphant trunk rattlers like "General Patton," "Tangerine," and "Daddy Fat Sax," intimate slower jams ("Be Still" and "Hustle Blood") as well as pure, unadulterated hip-hop ("Shutterbugg," "Shine Blockas," and "Fo Your Sorrows"). An no matter what the environment, Big Boi destroys it with his signature rapid fire delivery. A more enjoyable and diverse hip-hop album I could not ask for.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Adele vs. Jay-Z and Notorious BIG "Rolling in the Deep (Voodoo Farm Remix)"

Adele's incredible "Rolling in the Deep" mashed with Jigga and BIG. What could be better?

6. Sufjan Stevens "The Age of Adz"

Based on, and inspired by the paintings of schizophrenic artist Royal Robertson, The Age of Adz finds Stevens blending elements of both baroque pop and electronic music, to create a truly unique album. Many Sufjan fans are familiar with his acoustic, emotional folk songs. This album is decidedly different, with Sufjan using more electronic elements, as well as the usual guitar and string accompaniments. Songs such as "Too Much" and "Bad Communication" are examples of the "new Sufjan," while other songs such as "Futile Devices" and "Vesuvius" contain the vocal harmonies and orchestration similar to the Sufjan we all know and love. The twenty-five minute finale "Impossible Soul" acts the perfect fusion of old and new, containing elements of both Chicago- Sufjan, and the new Mr. Roboto- Sufjan. All in all, Adz represents new territory for Stevens, a territory which he will no doubt thrive in.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Best Mixtapes 2010

Just in case you missed any of these, here are my favorite mixtapes that dropped this past year:
Mixtape Fab always brings his A-game. This is no exception.

Das Racist takes a more serious approach, and it pays off. There is no denying these guys skills.

Gotta loves Hoodie's use of samples. Everything from Marina and the Diamonds, to Beach House, to Two Door Cinema Club.

Everyone could use a little more Jeezy in their lives. "Lose My Mind" just goes too hard.

XV's going to blow up this coming year. Grab this quick.

The wait was over a year. As much as I hate to admit it, Sean delivered.

Not a traditional rap/hip-hop mixtape, but Major Lazer and La Roux combined for one of the more unique and inventive tapes this year.

The follow-up to his amazing Mixtape About Nothing, and unlike most sequels, this one might be better than the original.

Any mixtape that simultaneously shuts twitter down, as well as the artists own website has got to be good. Wrong. This is great.

This tape singlehandedly brought Wiz out from the underground to having Drake ask him to go on tour. Just incredible from start to finish.

7. Janelle Monae "The ArchAndroid"

The continuation of the android/human love story she started with her debut EP Metropolis: Suite I: The Chase, Janelle Monae's The ArchAndroid explores an amazing breadth of features and genres, creating a truly remarkable album. Monae's incredible voice, combined with the variety of musical accompaniment make this album a true album. The whole thing blends together so seamlessly and incorporates so many elements that it would be hard to simply listen to one song. While the album is classified as R&B, there are elements of soul, rock, rap, hip-hop, jazz, classical, funk, and punk just to name a few. Monae possesses the vocal range and talent to tackle faster tempo songs (Faster, Tightrope feat. Big Boi, Wondaland), as well as slower more poignant songs (Neon Valley Street, Cold War), and literally everything in between. The eclectic blend of songs is held together because of Monae, as the album avoids the pitfalls which often plague concept-albums.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Vampire Weekend "Fight for this Love" and "I'm Going Down" (Covers)

Two amazing covers by VW, the first of Cheryl Cole's "Fight for this Love" and the second of Bruce Springsteen's "Going Down." I saw VW in Boston this past September and they performed the Bruce cover, and I've been looking for the Mp3 ever since. Well now you have it.

8. Curren$y "Pilot Talk 2"

Putting Pilot Talk 2 on my list, and leaving Pilot Talk off is by no means really saying that one is better than the other. Both are phenomenal, and both served to place Curren$y amongst the upper-echelon of rappers today. I just liked PT2 more. Once again using the production of the infallible Ski Beatz, Curren$ enlists his gang of cronies ( Trademark Da Skydiver, Young Roddy) to help him weave effortlessly over Ski's impeccable production. The thing about Curren$y is it sounds almost like he's not trying, while at the same time possessing the ability to rap circles around most other rappers today. His Southern drawl is so fluid, that it might lull the listener to sleep, that is if his rhymes weren't delivered with such razor sharp precision that the listener has no choice but to listen. "Airbourne Aquarium" is arguably the years best opening track, and the jazzy sax of "Famous" is just too smooth. And who could forget Spitta's homage to everyone's favorite 80's tv show featuring a talking car, and David Hasselhoff. The piano laced "Silence" and the bass guitar influenced "Hold On" are two other highlights, though to be honest, there's not a single skippable song on the entire thing. We don't catch feelings, we catch flights.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Kanye West feat. Teyana Taylor, CyHi Da Prynce, Pusha-T, Big Sean, and Dipset "Christmas in Harlem"

OHHHHHHHH NOOOO. G.O.O.D. Friday track? Who knows. Final version will purportedly have Big Sean and Pusha-T on it as well.

Jamie Woon x Deadboy "Night Air (Deadboy Remix)"

Another Deadboy remix, another masterpiece. This time he takes Jamie Woon and Burials "Night Air" and gives it a haunting yet tender feel. Really good stuff once again.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Lil Wayne feat. Corey Gunz "6'7''"

New single off The Carter IV. Production by Bangladesh. I haven't been impressed with Wayne since the last Carter, but no lie, this goes.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

I Know - Diddy Featuring Wiz Khalifa and Chris Brown

This song has been on repeat for me in the last 24 hours. I'm not totally sure when it leaked but all I can say it is straight up fire. I was reluctant to download it at first because it is a Diddy track and I'm not a huge Diddy fan. However, this song is unreal. Chris Brown with his smooth vocals and Wiz with a pretty ill verse as well.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Drake x Deadboy "Fireworks feat. Alicia Keys (Slo Mo Edit)"

South London producer Deadboy reworks the title track from Drake's debut, slowing it down and just using the piano and high pitched Alicia Keys vocals. Really really good stuff.

Monday, December 6, 2010

9. Crystal Castles "Crystal Castles (II)"

This duo from Toronto is no stranger to accolades. Their debut album (also self-titled), was voted one of NME's top albums of the decade, amongst other honors. If possible, their sophomore effort is even better. Alice Krauss' voice is more haunting and beautiful than ever, and the album just seems more finished and complete. To start off, "Celestica" might be my favorite song of the year. Krauss' voice is effortless, which serves in contrast to the dense synth instrumentation of the song. This is were Crystal Castles shine. The contrast between the music and the vocals seems so wrong, yet sounds so right. In the end, Crystal Castles succeeds by creating the ultimate blend of hard and soft, heavy and light.

Potomac Boys Club "Lights (Ellie Goulding vs. Waka Flaka and Wale)"

Another ridiculous mash-up from Potomac Boys Club. Check out Ellie's original song here, and another mash-up from these guys here. Saw it at P&P.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

B.o.B. "Beast Mode"

New Bobby Ray off his upcoming mixtape No Genre dropping December 7th.

jj "Right Side of Your Brain (The Dream Cover)(Video)"

Swedish pop artists jj take on The Dream's "Right Side of Your Brain," which is set to be on their mixtape Kills which is out Christmas Eve.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Heat vs. Cavs is must watch tv tonight. 8pm on TNT.

10. Rick Ross "Teflon Don"

It's that time of year again...So here begins my top ten albums of 2010. It's been a great year for music, so this was a pretty hard list to make, but I finally got it narrowed down. So without further ado, here's Number Ten: Rick Ross Teflon Don. While it's pretty well-known that "Officer Ricky" has more or less fabricated his neo-gangster/drug trafficker image, he certainly does a good job playing the part. The thing that sets Teflon Don apart from other rap albums is two fold: Rick Rozay has a GREAT ear for beats, and the guest spots are top notch. Take for example "Maybach Music III." Produced by the J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, the song's beat incorporates strings, chimes, and choruses, providing the listener with a truly immersing sound. To top it off, Ross comes correct on the song, with a little help from T.I. and Jadakiss, and a chorus from the always amazing Erykah Badu. Other standouts are "Free Mason" featuring John Legend and Jay-Z and the trunk-rattler of the year "Blowin Money Fast." Possibly my favorite song off the album is "Aston Martin Music" feat. Drake and Chrissette Michelle. The song, also produced by the J.U.S.T.C.E. League, finds the usually gruff Rozay combining with the more "sensitive" stylings of Drake and Michelle, creating an almost cinematic music experience. Finally, the Kanye produced "Live Fast, Die Young" could possibly be my "Song of the Year." Using classic Kanye sampling, "LFDY" presents a triumphant Ross and West proclaiming the greatness of their lavish lifestyles. Overall, Teflon Don represents an older, wiser Ross, who with a little help from his friends, has created an unforgettable musical experience.

Coldplay "Christmas Lights (Video)"

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Ellie Goulding "Lights"

Here's a new song off Miss Goulding's re-release of her debut album, Lights, titled Bright Lights. I would marry this girl immediately, no questions asked. Also check out her cover of Elton John's "Your Song."

Chris Brown "In My Zone 2" (Mixtape)

So sorry for the lack of posts. Thanksgiving combined with me being sick, combined with a ton of work for the end of the semester has been killer. Nonetheless, here's the new mixtape from Chris Breezy. Really good stuff. I promise to have more stuff up in the coming days.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Swedish House Mafia vs. Tinie Tempah "Miami 2 Ibiza"

Celebrate Thanksgiving with a little house music courtesy of Swedish House Mafia and British rapper Tinie Tempah.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Cut Copy "Take Me Over"

Some new stuff from Cut Copy off their upcoming album Zonoscope due out in February. Lots of synths, and just plain awesome.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Gorillaz "Crystalized (XX Cover)"

Super good cover of the XX's single "Crystalized" by the Gorillaz.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Dr. Dre feat. Snoop Dogg and Akon "Kush"


"Neil Young" feat. Bruce Springsteen "Whip My Hair"

Jimmy Fallon aka Neil Young joins Bruce Springsteen for this hilarious, and surprisingly well done cover of Willow Smith's "Whip My Hair." Pure genius.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Kanye west - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy Review

So as you may know Kanye West's upcoming album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy comes out November 22nd. However, about a week ago this album was leaked on the internet. It was the clean version of the album. Many of you may know that I am not a big backer of Mr. West. Through everything he has done, I just have not been impressed. However, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is an AMAZING album. The other feature artists (Rihanna, Kid Cudi, Raekwon, Jay-Z, Pusha-T, etc.) on this album are incredible. The beats to most of these songs are incredible as well. The thing that impresses me most though, is the difference in sound of almost every song. Blame Game sounds like an R&B song and Gorgeous has an alternative rock type of feel. This album was well produced and I believe that it will be a top seller for a while. The only downfall I see right now, is that some of the songs were songs that he released on G.O.O.D. Fridays. Overall, this album gets a 9/10.

Favorite Tracks Thus Far - Dark Fantasy, All of the Lights, Runaway, Blame Game, Lost in the World

Monday, November 15, 2010

Curren$y - Pilot Talk II Michael Knight Remix Video

Curren$y X Raekwon - Michael Knight Remix from Creative Control on Vimeo.

Here's a sample of the Michael Knight remix set to be on Pilot Talk II, which drops November 22nd. Raekwon + Curren$y = great track.

Girl Talk "All Day"

And just like that, Monday became a whole lot better. This morning Pittsburgh artist Gregg Gillis (more commonly known as Girl Talk), unleashed his newest album All Day, for free download from his label Illegal Art. If you've heard anything from Girl Talk before, you know what to expect. If you haven't, just click the link below.

Jay Electronica feat. Jay-Z and The Dream "Shiny Suit Theory"

Roc Nation's newest signee joins up with Mr. Carter and Mr. Nash on this track. Hopefully Jay Elect's recent record deal means we'll get more stuff from him in a timely manner.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Ellie Goulding "Your Song (Video)"

Welsh songstress Ellie Goulding lends her soft, delicate voice to the Sir Elton John classic. Ellie really made the song her own, while still retaining the overall atmosphere of the original. This song will be available on the re-release of her excellent debut Lights, titled Bright Lights. Out November 23rd.

Kanye West feat. Talib Kweli and Consequence "Chain Heavy"

Ohhhh man. Been waiting on this one since those Kanye West at the Facebook headquarters surfaced a few months ago. Happy G.O.O.D. Fraturdays.

Friday, November 12, 2010

J. Cole "Friday Night Lights (Mixtape)"

It's what ya'll been waitin' for, ain't it?

jj "Let Them"

The Swedish baleric-pop duo is back with another Akon sampling gem. This time 'Kon's "Right Now (Na, Na, Na)" gets the dream-pop reworking, and as per usual with jj, it's near perfect.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

J. Cole "Before I'm Gone"

Cole let loose this little preview from his Friday Night Lights mixtape, out this Friday the 12th. Absolutely cannot wait for that to drop.

Wiz Khalifa and Curren$y "Huey Newton"

New stuff from Taylor Gang x Jets. Loving the sample...

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Brenton Duvall "Mean Planes and Taylor Gangs"

Never heard of this guy before, but this mash-up is pretty ridiculous. It takes Taylor Swift's "Mean" and mashes it with Wiz Khalifa's "This Plane." Good stuff.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Bon Iver "The Wolves Act I and II (Video)"

Like it or not, winter is on its way. With the recent departure from daylight savings time, the sun is going to be setting a lot earlier. In my opinion, this song and video epitomize winter, so enjoy.

Chiddy Bang x The Knocks "Dancing with the DJ"

Chiddy Bang has made a career out of taking popular (and not so popular), indie rock tunes, totally reworking them, and then rapping over them. This time they take The Knocks' "Dancing with the DJ," and add a little something extra. Another ridiculous remix.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Curren$y - Michael Knight (Video)

Here's the video for Curren$y's newest song Michael Knight. Check out Pilot talk 2, which drops November 22nd.

Looking For Trouble - Kanye West/Pusha T/Cyhi the Prynce/Big Sean/J. Cole

Here's the newest installment of G.O.O.D. Friday...well G.O.O.D. Saturday. This song's got a reggaeish type feel.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Drake "Fall for Your Type (Same Mistakes)"

We've heard the Jamie Foxx version, now we've got the original (and highly anticipated) reference from Aubrey himself.