Okay, I know that I'm not a huge fan of Kanye but I felt the need to post this because I know Andrew has an obsession with Ye. I won't be purchasing the album, however this artwork is different and unique.
12+ minutes of Dream? Sounds good. Instead of making three individual videos, Dream made one mega-video for "Yamaha," Nikki Pt. 2," and "Abyss," all of his latest album Love King, which is out now. I still don't thinkDream has ever had a bad song in his life.
Supposed second single off Cudder's Man on the Moon 2: The Legend of Mr. Rager that premiered this morning on a Cleveland radio station. Very upbeat tempo to this song, with nice guitars, and it's actually more a song than a rap. And that Mr. West character doesn't hurt either...
You guys know I love the British music, so I couldn't resist putting up the latest visual from Marina and the Diamonds, off her fantastic debut album The Family Jewels. The video is pretty colorful and creative, and the music is excellent.
One half of the Clipse duo takes his turn over the oft-used "Angels" beat. The topic: Christopher "Dudus" Coke, the Jamaican drug king-pin who was recently extradited to the United States to stand trial. You can read about him more here. As for the song, wish it was longer. Pusha and Malice always come with it.
Jade Williams is a twentysomething Londoner, who goes by the moniker of Sunday Girl. Not because she's into Blondie but because she used to work in a pet shop on a Sunday. I imagine pretty much every review ever will mention this. Anyways, she's moved from pets to major labels, having signed to Geffen, and has worked with "shit hot" producers Diplo and Jim Eliot. Not withstanding that she's a fittie too. The future's looking good.
The same guy who brought us the incredible, unreal "United States of Pop 2009" mash-up, is back, and ready for summer. This time DJ Earworm takes all the hottest songs from both the US and UK, and puts them together, seamlessly; once again creating a guaranteed party starter. The video is super dope as well. All his stuff if ridiculously good, especially his "USoP 2008," which I'll leave you guys to check out on your own HERE.
So after speaking with Andrew about this album and checking out the tracklist, I felt the need to post this. There looks to be some absolute bangers and the features on this album are incredible. I'm looking forward to this album.
1.) I'm Not A Star
2.) Free Mason Feat. Jay-Z
3.) Tears of Joy Feat. Cee-Lo
4.) Maybach Music III Feat. T.I., Jadakiss, and Erykah Badu
5.) Live Fast, Die Young Feat. Kanye West
6.) Super High Feat. Ne-Yo
7.) No. 1 Feat. Trey Songz and Diddy
8.) MC Hammer Feat. Gucci Mane
9.) B.M.F. (Blowin' Money Fast) Feat. Styles P
10.) Aston Martin Music Feat. Drake and Chrisette Michele
11.) All The Money in the World Feat. Raphael Saadiq
Before I finish watching There Will Be Blood (if you haven't seen it, highly recommended), here's a little Chromeo for ya'll. If you like smooth electronic keyboards, Miami Vice, Burt Reynolds, and talk-boxes, then Chromeo is certainly for you. This is off their upcoming album Business Casual, hitting stores September 14th. Props to Stereogum.
So it's ridiculously hot out, and I already know I'm going to have trouble sleeping. So I figured I'd let you guys in on one of my all time favorite groups, Air France, and give you an (appropriately named) sample of their music. Hailing from Sweden, Air France is part of the ever-expanding Balearic pop genre. Their No Way Down EP is probably one of my favorite works of music/art ever. A lot of people say a certain artist or group's music is "unclassifiable," but this truly is. If you like this, be sure to check out their EP, as every song on it is amazing. Anyways, check it out, and see what you think. Hopefully my ambiguously worded description didn't scare you off.
If you didn't happen to catch the Drake documentary Better Than Good Enough, which aired on MTV last night, you can watch it here, and I highly recommend it. Basically, it document's Aubrey's life leading up to the release of his debut album. I love documentaries like this because I like seeing the work and production which goes into the album. For me, the producers are just as, if not more, important than the artist who is singing or rapping, and many times you don't get to see all the work they put in. That being said, here's an un-aired outtake from the show, which focuses on the creation of "Fireworks," and talks about the recording of "The Calm" off of SFG.
This is a little late, but I wasn't even going to post it. Let's be honest, Gucci isn't exactly the most talented lyricist. But if you take him for what he is, he makes pretty entertaining music. And I will be the first to say that "Mr. Zone 6" is truly ignant. That is, if you just wanna put in something that just puts the speakers in a stranglehold, without being concerned about lyrical content, look no further than Gucci. Burr.
If today on your way home you heard Katy Perry's "California Gurls" for the eightieth time this week, and you want to change it up a little, Passion Pit have just the thing for you. The group from Boston try their hand at remixing Ms. Perry (and Snoop)'s summer hit, and I must say, they do a pretty good job. Spotted at P&P. Oh, don't forget to check out Ms. Perry's video, and The White Panda's mash-up.
Song and video been out for a while now, but felt it deserved a post for those who have not yet experienced the Hot Spitta. Pilot Talk out July 13th. Oh, and check out Complex Magazine's track by track preview of the album.
The day is here. Been waiting on this for a while now.
Update: After a few listens, it's safe to say you're going to want to get on this one. Everything about it is good; the beats, the rhymes, the production, hell even the artwork. Like I said, download the tape.
Awesome cover of the Cranberries' "Dreams." It's works so well, because PP is able to curtail the song to their own style, while still staying true to the original. Also, I've come to the conclusion that lead singer Michael Angelakos could sing the obituaries, and it would still be great. Good looks at PfoP.
Kids these days. When their eyes aren't transfixed to a television or computer screen, they're running around like orangoutangs hopped up on a potent mixture of Fruity Pebbles and Moutain Dew laced with Kool-Aid. Alright, that last part is a little much. The point is, mash-ups are perfect for this ADD generation. They take the "boring" songs which we've all heard a million times on Top-40 radio, and make them something completely new. That being said, we've got some real "bangers" for you on this Father's Day.
(This one is just out of control. TWP is quickly establishing themselves as one of, if not the, best mash-up groups out there right now. Watch out for their sophmore mixtape Rematch out July 2nd. Cannot wait for this one.)
This video is supposedly from Kanye's session in Hawaii, where he recorded most, if not all, of the tentatively titled Good Ass Job. Whether or not this beat shows up on the album, I hope it sees the light of day in some form or another, because it sounds amazing. I saw someone on a forum write that it sounds like "College Dropouts' older brother, who just came home from college for the summer." I like that.
And for those of you who couldn't get the sample, here is the original:
Everyone who reads us knows that we are out of Boston or if you didn't then you know now. Congratulations to the Lakers for winning the NBA Championship. I thought that game was terrible not just because I'm a Boston fan but also I thought the refs weren't that good and neither team could make some shots that I'm pretty sure anyone could make. Whatever. Congrats LA. But seriously Gasol, why don't you just kiss Odom?
Probably my favorite song on Drake's Thank Me Later is "Karaoke." What makes this track different from any other on the album is the production. No it's not Kanye, Timbaland, or Boi-1da. The song was actually produced by an electronic band formed at Wesleyan University; Francis and the Lights. Upon finding this out, I did a little research, and now it's obvious why Drake picked them to produce a song on quite possibly the most hyped debut since Kanye's College Dropout. Hailing from New York City, by way of Middletown, Francis and the Lights is led by lead singer Francis Farewell Starlite. I honestly have no real way of describing the band, other than that they are truly unique, and I guess you'll have to see for yourself. Their debut album It'll Be Better hits stores July 20th, but I guess I can let you guys in on a few of my favorites...
Here is the first single off Cudder's sophomore effort Man on the Moon : The Legend of Mr. Rager, which hits stores September 14th. MotM: TEoD was one of my favorite albums of 2009, so hopefully this is just as good. This track is less rap and more Cudi flowing lazily over a sick beat by Plain Pat. I'm not 100% sold on this song yet, but I'm going to give it a few more listens. See what you think.
As everyone knows, today, June 15th, Thank Me Later hit store shelves. But what a lot of people probably don't know, is that the talented individuals over at Cookin Soul have remixed the entire album for your listening pleasure. So for those of you who feel like Thank Me Later isn't quite what you hoped it to be, or for others who simply want to add to their enjoyment of the album, I highly recommend downloading this tape. So far what I've heard has been good.
Bonus: This is a video of the owners of clothing company Crooks and Castles buying out the entire stock of Thank Me Later at their local Best Buy. Say what you want about the album, but the hype around it has been bonkers. Should be interesting to see what the sales look like.
A year ago today, J. Cole dropped his classic (yup I'm calling it a classic) tape The Warm Up. So in honor of this occasion, Cole released this "freestyle" over Dirty Money's "Angels," which is a sick beat to begin with. Like clockwork, Cole unloads on this beat. This dude's debut is going to be HUGE. Oh, and if you just emerged from a bomb-shelter, and do not have The Warm Up in your iTunes/Window's Media Player/whatever, get that pronto.
In honor of the release of Thank Me Later today, OVO unleased this version of "Light Up," on which Wayne spit a few bars over the phone from Riker's Island Prison. Too be honest I could not have been happier by the way Thank Me Later turned out, and it definitely served to enhance SFG, which I loved/love so much. In case you havn't gotten that yet, HERE it is.
So as all of you must know by now, Big Boi is coming out with a new album next month. A few songs off the album were released but they are tagged. I'm not sure why they are tagged or whatever. Here is Follow Us and Backup Plan off Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty.
Since there wasn't much new music posted this week, I figured I'd use this half-time of the England vs USA game to get everyone up to date. There's a little bit for everyone here, so check it out:
Yesterday some new XV surfaced, as as usual with this dude, it is really sick. With production from Seven, the man behind XV's excellent mixtape Everybody's Nobody, the track has a synthy spacey vibe to it, which suits XV perfectly. And of course, XV unleashes his usual verbal onslaught. This is said to be off his delayed Kid With the Green Backpack album, but we'll see. Highly recommended.
This song has been sitting on my iTunes for a while now, but I keep coming back to it, and I figured I'd let everyone else in on it. The group is Hoodie Allen, and the song is fire. It samples the British Band Marina and the Diamonds "I Am Not a Robot." Very Chiddy Bang feel to this song/band. And according to P&P, they are coming out with a mixtape which samples exclusively off Marina and the Diamonds' debut The Family Jewels, which sounds like it will be really good.
I don't know if anyone is into Twilight, but the soundtrack just came out, and it is excellent. It's got Florence and the Machine, Muse, The Bravery, and Band of Horses to name a few. My favorite however is Vampire Weekend's "Jonathan Low." Not even being biased (as you know I love VW), the song is just remarkable. In typical Vampire Weekend it is similar to their other work, yet completely new and original at the same time. Familiar without being boring.
Since I know everyone loves the mash-ups, here is one from the project October's Very Cold, which mashes Drake and Coldplay. Done by Chi-Duly, the tape is pretty good as a whole. But this track is by far the best. It's hard to explain, so all I can say is give it a listen.
Without a doubt, the most exciting player in the world to watch. Ronaldo's premiere combination of speed, agility, and technical ability make him a threat to score every time he touches the ball. It's no secret that Ronaldo has thrived for both Manchester United and now Real Madrid, but he has not carried this form over to the national time. With Portugal playing in a group with Brazil, North Korea, and Ivory Coast, Ronaldo will need to come to play every game. He seems to have matured since Portugal's run to the semi-finals in 06, and the team is decidedly his to run. However Portugal plays, millions of people will be holding their breath every time number 17 touches the ball.
There may not be a single player more important to his team's success at the WC than Rooney. While England has a talented squad, they have failed to live up to expectations since winning the WC on their home turf in 1966. Rooney could singlehandly change this. Playing up front, Rooney will serve as both a creator and finisher for Fabio Capello's side. Rooney possesses imagination and creativity that make him fun to watch, and he also brings an unprecidented concentration and intensity to every match he plays in. Be sure to watch the USA and England today at 1:30. Should be a good one.
AHHH real quick. Messi possesses the foot skills and lightning speed to make your jaw drop, while still somehow working within the framework of his team. Make no mistake though, Messi is the focal point of Argentina's offense. Double videos for the short write up:
On a supremely talented Spanish team, you would be hard pressed to find a stand-out player. But Andres Iniesta has emerged as Spain's leader and arguably best player. While Iniesta's stats won't raise any eyebrows, (only one goal for Barcelona this past year) it's the intangibles and game sense that make Iniesta so good. Wayne Rooney called Iniesta the best player in the world following the 2009 Champions League final. Iniesta does everything on the pitch, defense, offense, and he is perfectly content being two passes away from a goal. It's this kind of unselfish play which will benefit talented Spanish strikers Fernando Torres and David Villa. If Iniesta plays the way he is capable, Spain look to be the overwhelming favorites to take home the Cup.
At only 23, this French midfielder has already drawn comparisons to great Zinedine Zidane. Playing his club ball at French Ligue 1 Bordeaux, Gourcuff posesses the technical skills and intelligence to command the French team from the midfield. He'll look to team up with Franck Ribery and Nicolas Anelka to provide the offense. However, the French team needed a little hands on attention from Theirry Henry to avoid missing the WC all-together, and have looked dreadful in recent friendlies. Gourcuff's managment of the pace and flow of the game, and his ability to step up when needed will be extremely important in order reap the benefits of this talent laden French team. (Akon and David Guetta in the highlights video? I guess I was wrong about this Top 5 thing not involving music...)
First off, I know this is a music blog. But anyone who knows me, knows I love football (soccer). And the excitement for the impending World Cup has spilled over to this. Even if you hate soccer, or sports, the WC is something to pay attention to. So although it has nothing to do with music, I have decided to name my top 5 players to watch. I will do one a day leading up to Friday, when I will do two. The games start Friday morning with host South Africa playing Mexico at 10am. So without further ado, I present my #5 player to watch at the WC.
Here's a track off of Donnis' upcoming mixtape The Intitation, which drops tomorrow. Pretty dope. I'm excited to see what he brings to the table this time, since I've been rocking Diary of an Atlanta Brave a lot recently. Also the artwork is the finished artwork for the tape.
Here's another song from Em's upcoming album The Recovery and I think so far this is the best track yet. He samples Haddaway's What is Love? I love the sample, but the only downfall is Weezy doesn't kill it like he used to. Whatever, this track is still dope!
A little something off of BS's hopefully upcoming Finally Famous 3 mixtape. Really digging this, about time Sean offered up another song which actually showcases his skills. Don Cannon on the production.
i took a lot of time away from working on my mixtape to finish this album. The label wanted me to go back in heavy on it. everything is coming along smoothly...i'm gonna add a few more adjustments to the mixtape, it's very close to being done so u can look out for it in the very near future. here's a freestyle produced by Don Cannon (who's hosting the tape as well)! I'll be releasing the artwork and a couple more leaks from the Tape as well very soon... thank u for holding me down too, luv!
Here's another song off of Big Boi's upcoming album Sir Luscious Left Foot. This song's called General Patton. It seems pretty intense and epic. Let's hope this album doesn't let down because so far there have been bangers.
You remember That Kid C-G from a couple months ago. An affiliate of Chiddy Bang, C-G has a new mixtape dropping this month titled Lifestyles of the Rich and Swelligent. This song will be featured on the album, and if I didn't know any better I'd say this one was produced by Xaphoon Jones. Anyways, song is dope, and definitely looking forward to this project, whenever it drops.
And in case you missed it the first time around, here's our original look at TKC-G.
Wow, I know we talk all music here on Youngan's, but if you saw the safe call in last nights Tigers and Indians game then you know this was huge. The Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga had a perfect game through 8 and 2/3. The Indians Jason Donald hit a grounder to first base and Galarraga was covering. Miguel Cabrera threw to first and Galarraga was there in time for the out, however umpire Jim Joyce called Donald safe. After the game, Joyce was so upset with the wrong call that he went and apologized to Galarraga for his blown call.
I agree that this was a blown call and Jim Joyce is to blame, however, his post game gesture was something that I thought I would never see. He went and apologized to Galarraga for his blown call. This was a stand up gesture and it shouldn't go unnoticed. What are your thoughts?
This song was posted a few days ago and I've been meaning to listen to it and I finally got a chance to listen. This song is certified banger. I love almost anything Colin Munroe does and this song does not disappoint.
A track which didn't make TML, though after just one listen, it certainly should have. Unfortunately, it's tagged off a mixtape, but it's just too damn good to not post. Hopefully a tagless version gets liberated at some point, or Drizzy decides to put it as an extra on TML, which is out June 15th. Produced by Kanye West.
We posted the original leak last Friday, but it just didn't sound finished. Luckily, Kanye hooked us all up with the finished/mastered/mixed version via his blog. Love the added strings at the end. Welcome back Ye. (Official artwork as well.)
Screams from the haters, gotta nice ring to it. I guess every superhero need his theme music.
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