February 21st, 2015
DOWNLOAD MP3 TheFugees-TheBeast.mp3
Summary: Rest In Power El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz
About Artist: The Fugees need no introduction. Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean and Pras Michel made two albums in the mid 90s. The second, The Score (1996), is an all time classic. The Beast is the fifth track on that album.
About Song: In a time of #blacklivesmatter and exactly 50 years after the murder of Malcolm X, this song is as powerful today as it was when it was released 19 years ago (lyrics).
Favorite Part: Lauryn Hill’s verse at 1:45 has got to be my favorite part….
“The subconscious psychology that you use against me
If I lose control will send me to the penetentiary
Such as Alcatraz, or shot up like al Hajj Malik Shabazz”
El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (aka Malcolm X) Wikipedia
The Fugees Wikipedia
The Score Wikipedia
The Beast Lyrics (via RapGenius)
January 28th, 2015
DOWNLOAD MP3 JazmineSullivan-LetItBurn.mp3
Summary: A little sumthin sumthin to get you over that humpday.
About Artist: Jazmine Sullivan is an R&B/Neo Soul singer from Philadelphia. Her most popular song is Bust Your Windows, but all the songs on her 2008 debut album “Fearless” are awesome.
About Song: Jazmine Sullivan just released her third album a couple weeks ago and I’m a big fan.
Favorite Part: I love Jazmine Sullivan’s voice, and this is just a great song. I like that that slow but moving tempo, all the harmonies. I like the parts like at 1:10-1:21.
Jazmine Sullivan Wikipedia
January 19th, 2015
DOWNLOAD MP3 YoungOneEra-LifeIsAGame.mp3
Summary: Good rap. Soulful hook
About Artist: Young One Era is a local Tucson artist! I don’t know anything about Versailles the Truth but I looked her up on soundcloud and she is actually more of a rapper than a hook singer.
About Song: I don’t know much about this song except that it came out in late 2014. Also that it was produced by J. Dominguez
Favorite Part: The production on this song is awesome. I love the video game sounds (Mario, the Donkey Kong drop at 1:55 etc). The rap is solid, and hook is the best part. So beautiful so soulful.
Young One Era Soundcloud
Versailles the Truth Soundcloud
J. Dominguez Soundcloud
August 13th, 2014
DOWNLOAD MP3 DojaCat-SoHighYMNORemix.mp3
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.
Doja Cat Soundcloud
June 28th, 2014
DOWNLOAD MP3 Xiomara-ElectricRelaxationftAmerigoGazaway.mp3
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 ;)
Xiomara Official Website
March 6th, 2014
DOWNLOAD MP3 Pharrell-KnowWhoYouAreftAliciaKeys.mp3
Summary: Pharrell’s new album G I R L was a bit of a let down but I like this track.
About Artist: Pharrell Williams is the hip hop producer, suave singer, style trendsetter, super talented musician extrodinaire. Alicia Keyes is a R&B queen (also a talented musician and piano player).
About Song: This song is off of Pharrell’s recently released album G I R L. The album was only 10 tracks and was a bit of a let down but how could it not be with such high expectations. Happy was of course the lead single from the album but along with that and this Alicia Keys track track I really liked the outro ‘It Girl’ .
Though it’s a little repetitive I really like the hook especially when Alicia Keys sings it. It’s easy listening and it makes me feel good.
Aicia Keys Wikipedia
January 2nd, 2014
Beyonce-DrunkInLoveftJayZ Audio Player
Summary: Happy New Year! Here’s to 2014 A Year of Love!
About Artist: Beyonce just keeps getting better. How does she do it? I have no idea.
About Song: This song is off of Beyonce ‘surprise’ album that she just dropped. Already this songs is dominating the radio. Jay-Z pretty much sucks on this song but the hook and the baseline are just sooo good.
I like the chorus, just Beyonce’s growly voice and the super sick base line on this track.
Reminds me of the raw fcking power of just being in love.