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.

Other:
Black Rage Lyrics (via RapGenius)
Lauryn Hill Wikipedia

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.

Other:
J Cole Wikipedia
Major Lazer
Get Free ColeWorld Lyrics (via RapGenius)

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.

Other:
Reggaesta Official Website
Adele Wikipedia

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.

Other:
Yasiin Gaye – The Departure (Side One) – Free Download
Amerigo Gazaway Official Website

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.

Other:
Usher Wikipedia

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.

Other:
Doja Cat Soundcloud

Xiomara – Electric Relaxation (ft. Amerigo Gazaway)

June 28th, 2014

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Summary:  Smooth and Jazzy
About Artist: Xiomara is Berkeley singer sonwriter who has yet to catch her break but I really like what she does. Amerigo Gazaway is one of my favorite producers right now. He specializes in remake, mashups, redits, reworks, he is one of my all time favorite remix artists.
About Song: This song is a cover of a Tribe Called Quest’s “Electric Relaxtion”, with some other lyrics from Tribe’s “Find A Way”, and a little musical bit from No Diggity (which I guess was originally Bill Withers).
Favorite Part: This song is almost a little tooo laid back for my tastes but like how smooth she is on it, and it’s a creative reimagination of the two original Tribe Calle Quest songs.
Also, not gonna lie, I like the don’t mess with bill part at the end ;)

Other
Xiomara Official Website