Archive for December, 2010
Marky goes in over Dr. Dre’s “Kush” and this beat goes hard.
Looks like 2011 is the year of Marky so stay tuned for any further updates.
Download: Marky – “Push”
This is a pleasant surprise to have in your inbox when you wake up in the morning. I knew this joint was coming out but I have been all over the place the past several days and I completely forgot about it. No Genre is the mixtape that features “BeastMode” and a bunch of other jams with producers JR Rotem, Jim Jonsin, Quincy Jones and several others all contributing to the project. Check out the tracklist and download link below the break.
Here’s something to ease you into the morning. Dallas Green, aka City and Colour, aka the singer of hard-punk band Alexisonfire, teams up with Shad for a song entitled “Live Forever”. City and Colour has a very, very mellow sound to his music, relying alot on light, falsetto vocals and stripped down arrangements. Unfortunately, he doesn’t do too much crooning on “Life Forever” outside of the intro and the hook, but Shad fills in the gaps with his standard style. Even at such a laid-back tempo, Shad keeps a moving flow and even pulls out a bit of doubletime in the middle. I get that this video is a live recording, but damn that phone near the end. “Live Forever” is released as a 12″ vinyl, so it will require some hunting if you want it.
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I guess it is better late than never to release a video but this album has been out forever. The Clipse must be trying to bank on Pusha’s new found popularity due to his features with Kanye and his signing to the G.O.O.D. Music label and I can’t be mad at that. In the video the duo recount some life changing experiences in their rhymes and mostly has to do with growing up in your actions and relationships which is something we can all relate to from some point in our life. ‘Til the Casket Drops is in stores now and you can get off of iTunes here.
Jagged Edge, once one of the industry’s hottest r&b groups, is coming back after signing to Slip-n-Slide last year and releasing “My Baby.” The track features a good mix between old school jam, from JE’s flow on the track and the backing beat of Kool G Rap’s ’95 hit “Fast Life” featuring Nas (which sampled “Happy” by Surface), and new school drum patterns. The group gives the classic KG Rap beat (originally produced by Buckwild) a nice r&b mix and perspective, and is the best comeback track the group has released yet. Hopefully this is a sign of the groups return to mainstream success.
Download: Jagged Edge – “My Baby”
Add Vizzy to the list of artists who have remixed something from Kanye’s new album and this time it is over the “Dark Fantasy” beat. I fully expect every beat on that album to get the remix treatment from tons of artists and I wouldn’t be shocked to hear the Gil Scott-Heron joint at the end remixed either. XV does do the beat justice, he is one of the few new artists who probably will and he also makes it into a full song instead of one of those 1:30-2:30 quick ones. We still are The Kid with the Green Backpack-less and I expect this to be a one off remix.
Download: XV – “The Dark Horse”
Since Corey has got a little “B&B-approved” theme going on with the posts today, I’m going to stay in that vein and dig up something that dropped earlier this week featuring Tona. Tona might not be officially affiliated with the site, but both Corey and I have shown much love for the guy’s music in the past. Vancouver’s SonReal lets loose this song off of his upcoming Where’s Waldo project, and you can grab it as a dirty, clean, a cappella, or instrumental track after the jump. “Dr. Dumb It Down” is about rappers who rap about nothing, which is a much-needed concept for the blog age. Don’t get me wrong, I love “mixtape rap” as much as the next guy, but sometimes it comes across as talking without saying anything. Both SonReal and Tona come correct, and SonReal brings a West coast vibe to the Superville beat, even if his West coast is more mountains and forests than sunny beaches.
I hope I’m not boring y’all rapping ’bout rap / But the only thing I love more than rapping is napping / And I know nobody wanna hear me rappin’ ’bout that / You want the underdog spitting on the track.
We posted a lot from the Friday Night Lights mixtape; however, we overlooked “Too Deep for the Into”, which I feel is one of the better tracks on the tape. J. Cole showcases his production and rhyming skills on the track as he incorporates what seems to be an Erykah Badu sample and a very mellow, laid-back beat. Cole’s rhymes flow smoothly with the beat of the track and hits hard with rhymes that are legit “deep”, from growing up around signs of violence and poverty and then various other experiences throughout his come up. This tape was a great prelude to Cole World and really showed why he’s one of the best up-and-comers in the game.
Download: J. Cole – “Too Deep for the Intro”
We are going to keep it with the B&B approved artists today and throw a Jon Hope joint your way. All of the artists today, Yonas, S-Preme and Darren Hanible are all most of the artists who have gotten the full B&B stamp of approval and that probably explains why they were all on our mixtape released over a year ago. Jon goes in over the Kanye “Gorgeous” beat on this one for a quick track and keeps it real with the lyrics as he always does. Here is hoping that Jon hits us with a new project sometime in the near future but in the meantime we can all keep listening to Waterfire: Collection of Emotions until he hits us with it. Shouts to the dope house for the link.
Download: Jon Hope – “In The Loop”
Man…I have been slacking the past few months and have missed on several releases by my man Darren so it is time to make up for it. This single is called “Comin’ Back” and is from his upcoming Doghouse project which drops on February 1st of next year and it is produced by his frequent collaborator of late, Jonny Juliano. The beat has a little bit of a West Coast vibe to it with the reverb heavy synths and the bouncing melodies that defined the sound in the 90s. As a bonus I am adding the “Veterans Day” and “Start It Up” freestyles also below the break. Listen to the whole trifecta to gear up for Doghouse and to catch yourselves up with his latest offerings.