Kanye West – Throw Some Ds (Cousin Cole Remix)

September 3rd, 2014

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Summary: Back to school swag!
About Artist: Kanye needs no introduction but I’ll just say… He’s one of my favorite artists of all time, a lot of people hate, but go back through his catelogue and tell me Kanye hasn’t cranked out some of the best music of the last decade. Plain Pat help Kanye launch his career and managed him early on. DJ Benzi is a kinda famous DJ and Cousin Cole is someone I’ve never heard of.
About Song: This song is from a project of Kanye West remixes that was hosted by Plain Pat and DJ Benzi called “Sky High”.

The song Throw Some D’s was originally by Rich Boy in 2007.The song was about putting Dayton rims on a car. The song was super popular and spurred remixes with verses from Lil Wayne, Andre 3000, Rick Ross, The Game and others. Kanye’s verse was on a mixtape remix that didn’t get much exposure was creative in that he re-interpreted the Throw Some D’s line to refer to breast implants instead of rims. Then in 2008 DJ Benzi and Plain Pat came out with project of different Kanye West remixes and this remix (with completely new instrumentation under Kanye’s original verse) was one of the tracks.

Favorite Part:
I love the chorus “Kanye got stacks, y’all already know that…” with the new instruments.
I really like how completely different this song sounds than the original.
This song makes me wanna bounce down down the strip with the top down.

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Lauryn Hill – Black Rage

August 25th, 2014

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Summary: Raw and real.
About Artist:
Tthe one and only Ms. Lauryn Hill needs no introduction. While her musical career has completely fallen apart her immortal works on Miseducation of Lauryn Hill and with the Fugees have earned her a solid place in the pantheon of hip hop / R&B.
About Song: This song was recorded in her living room and is dedicated to the community of Ferguson MO where Mike Brown was killed. Elements of the lyrics and melody are borrowed from The Sound Of Music’s “My Favorite Things”

Favorite Part:
Though it’s a rought cut, I love how raw it is. That simple driving rhythm over her haunting melody is really powerful.

Black Rage Lyrics (via RapGenius)
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J. Cole – Get Free ColeWorld (ft. Major Lazer)

August 18th, 2014

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Summary: Too real. I just want to get free.
About Artist:
J Cole is a younger-ish rapper who has a diehard following and has been very well established ever since he signed with Jay-Z and released his blockbuster debut album Cole World: The Sideline Story in 2011. He is known for his lyrical ability and the way he weaves stories and scenes with his words. Major Lazer is a DJ goup anchored by the one and only Diplo

About Song: This song is just single that dropped in 2012. I recently saw a friend post it online and gave it another listen. It feels as real as it ever felt. Too much truth in this track : (

Favorite Part:
Major Lazer does an awesome job on the track, I really love the hook. The track is really really great… but the best part is J. Cole’s lyrics. The truth in his words are so powerful.

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Raggaesta – Set Fire to the Rain (ft. Adele)

August 17th, 2014

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Summary: Not Hip Hop

About Artist: Reggaesta is another remix artist that I’m really into right now who does Reggae music. He’s from Italy but his Adele reggae CD is super popular in Brazil and it really got me back into reggae.

About Song: This song is part of a full CD of Adele reggae remakes by Reggaesta. Of course the original Set Fire to the Rain is from Adele’s 2011 album 21.

Favorite Part: Just sit back and enjoy it.

Reggaesta Official Website
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Amerigo Gazaway – Two Words (ft. Mos Def, Marvin Gaye, Kanye West)

August 17th, 2014

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Summary: Taking mash-ups to a whole new level.
About Artist: Amerigo Gazaway is my number 1 favorite artist right now. He is a remix artist who blends classic tracks into entirely new creations. He is my favorite example of how remixes can be so transformative, and not just a “rip off” of the original material.
About Song: This song is off of a project called Yasiin Gaye: The Departure (Side One), which has launched Amerigo Gazaway’s career to a whole new level. This free project is part of a series called Soul Mates where Amerigo takes two artist and blends their songs together into a whole new album. In this case Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def) collides with soul legend Marvin Gaye.

The vocals on this song are from Kanye West’s first album College Dropout (2004), on a track called Two Words (ft. Mos Def).

Favorite Part:
Having listened to the original Two Words version so many times, so many years ago, I love you this song breaths new life into the lyrics.

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Usher – Good Kisser

August 16th, 2014

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Summary: Unofficial anthem of my trip to Brazil.

About Artist: Usher is… Usher. From My Way to Yeah, from U Don’t Have to Call to Burn, from U Got it Bad to OMG.

About Song: This song is the lead single off of Usher’s upcoming eight studio album “Everything You Can Imagine”. The song was released in May and I haven’t gotten it out of my head since. I become one of the anthem of my recent trip to Brazil so… here it is.

Favorite Part:
Let be real, the strength of this song is Not the lyrics. I like the du du du dum do parts, and of course… Usher’s voice. The harmonies are awesome. The song is just so smooth and trips sexiness.

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Doja Cat – So High (YMNO Remix)

August 13th, 2014

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Summary: Blunts Up!
About Artist: Doja Cat is an LA artist who recently came out with her first EP title Purrr! Which is a suuuuper chill kind of smoke out album. This track is an official remix by New York based French producer YMNO. 
About Song: I don’t know how I came across this song on Sound Cloud but it caught me with the intro and then it just kind of rolled. Though I don’t smoke anymore it did bring me back to those days in a good way : ) This track is a little more upbeat than the original which is even more chill.
Favorite Part: I like that the track is both laid back but also has sharp little rythem. And I do like the sound of her voice singing on the chorus.

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