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Hidden Gem: Rachel Adams

August 31st, 2010 by | Hidden Gem, Pop |

Rachel Adams is still very early in her music career. However, I have a feeling she will continue to develop into quite a talent.

The 19 year-old from Boca Raton, Florida, a suburb of Palm Beach sounds very similar to Ke$ha. It is still very early in her career but she has the potential to turn into a star.

Check out a song she recorded with Sonny Shotz of the Dean’s List back in January called “Put Em’ in the Sky” and a track with Ray Reich known as “Dance (Gotta Be Free)” below and download it if you please. The Dean’s List ft Rachel Adams – Put Em’ In The Sky by Evanwish1 Dance (Gotta Be Free) ft Rachel Adams by Crazy Ray

If you want to hear more of her music, check out her Myspace and Facebook pages.

Big Sean – Finally Famous Vol. 3: BIG (mixtape)

August 31st, 2010 by | Album/Mixtape/EP Review, Hip-Hop/Rap |
After some leaks and videos, Big Sean’s latest mixtape, Finally Famous Vol. 3, is finally here! The 18-track mixtape features appearances from Chip Tha Ripper, Kanye West, Drake, Mike Posner and production from Don Cannon, Clinton Sparks and more. 

Below is the tracklist, listen to all the songs through soundcloud and download links to the mixtape. Enjoy!  Big Sean – Finally Famous Vol. 3: BIG by Slam x Hype 

Download: Big Sean-Finally Famous Vol. 3 / Mediafire

Previous:  Big Sean – “What I Do” & “I Go Hard”

BTB Exclusive: Prolific – “My Life”

August 31st, 2010 by | Before Bigs Exclusive |
Prolific sent me this late last week. Here is anotther leak off Prolific’s new Mixtape with Dj Rok “My Life”. Look out for the tape “Now Or Never” dropping September 1st.

XV – “We Zonin’”

August 31st, 2010 by | Hip-Hop/Rap |

The most recent leak off of XV’s upcoming mixtape Vizzy Zone which is coming really soon and check out other posts about this up-and-comer including “The Prospect of the Week” post here XV – We Zonin’ (produced by Seven) by ImFlashy

Mashup Monday: Wait What

August 30th, 2010 by | Mashup Monday, Miscellaneous |

Our Mashup Monday group of the week goes to “Wait What”. They are fairly new and mix a lot of popular Notorious B.I.G. songs with other popular artists such as Lupe Fiasco, Lil Wayne, and others. Check out a bunch of their mashups below and downloads some or all of them if you please. music by wait what

BTB Exclusive: Rocky Business

August 30th, 2010 by | Alternative/Indie, Before Bigs Exclusive, Hip-Hop/Rap, Miscellaneous, Rock |

Above is a video of SB, the MC of the new indie-rock/rap group Rocky Business talking about the new group and how “Rocky Business sounds like music that teenagers will play in 3010” and that “Rocky Business is so anti the establishment.”

Read more to see our Q&A; with Jonny on the Rocks from Rocky Business:
How did Rocky and MC Strictly Business meet and come up with the idea of joining forces to create Rocky Business?

Jonny on the Rocks: Working as an engineer in NYC, I recorded at least 200 rappers and SB randomly ended up working there. We communicated that we were both looking to do something new and it was obvious that the scene needed something that was more authentic and energized.

We combined our projects and now we’ve added Cudoz on bass and Rex on drums.

What are some musicians that has influenced the sound of Rocky Business?

Jonny: The best of the best, Biggie, Nirvana, Outkast, Pavement, etc… We listen to a lot of dance music at parties and it’s always an influence. Our tastes are indiscriminate beyond pop music as well African music or Contemporary Classical are influences by default.

Introducing new members and their influences has been a chance to expand our sound.

What style of music and/or genre is Rocky Business?

Jonny: Our music is independent by nature and we fit into those circles, but the whole nature of what we’re doing is fusing “different” genres together. Hip Hop and rock like you’ve never heard it.

Who are some artists who you have performed with? Collaborated with? Artists your collaborating with in the future?

Jonny: We’ve been active in the NYC scene and with our collective Radical Outing, have performed alongside the best in our scene like Hoodie Allen & Ninja Sonik. We played with Wiz Khalifa, Redman and more at SXSW this year.

Recently adding Cudoz and Rex in our band has been a fruitful experience so far and we’re looking forward to their collaboration going forward.

What can we expect from Rocky Business in the future?

Jonny: We will be releasing our Debut EP “A Rebel’s Roar” on Babygrande / Frank Radio this fall. With the EP, we will be releasing a collection of 4 videos in a short film format directed by Tone & Biz ( These videos have been a huge project for us and we’re anticipating a positive response from our fans and turning some new heads.

Since we are based in Los Angeles and Tuscon, AZ, any plans to perform in SoCal or Arizona?

Jonny: We’re planing to fully tour North America and Europe, so stay tuned because we’re gonna be coming to you soon. Connect us with like-minded artists in your area so we can make this network global.

Anything else you would like to mention that I didn’t ask?

Jonny: Stay tuned for our EP; it’s 7 songs that are the best from our vaults. Add us on Twitter @rockybusiness so you can keep updated on everything we’re doing cause it’s all happening now and it’s changing the world.

Previous: Hidden Gem: Rocky Business

Wes Nyle – “Hollywood”

August 30th, 2010 by | Hip-Hop/Rap |

Wes Nyle has a new song out called “Hollywood” which is definitely a song that will be overplayed on radio stations all over in the near future. It just has that type of sound to it. Listen for yourself and download it if you feel like it! Wes Nyle – Hollywood by Evanwish1

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August 30th, 2010 by | Hip-Hop/Rap |


Concert review: Weezer at Del Mar, Saturday 8/21

August 29th, 2010 by | Alternative/Indie, Concert/Festival Review, Reviews, Rock |

The San Diego Summer Concert Series at Del Mar is about half-way done and already there have been some great performances including The B-52s, Jimmy Cliff (concert review here), Matisyahu, and Weezer.

Last Saturday they featured Weezer, which not only performed their most recent hits, but just about all of their classic hits. The image above is their album cover to Hurley, Weezer’s latest album coming out September 14. They were inspired by the character “Hurley” from the classic American TV show LOST.

Below is a two minute highlights video of Weezer’s performance at Del Mar Saturday, August 21 and videos some other people made there.

Two-minute Weezer/Del Mar highlights:

Weezer mashing up MGMT’s “Kids” and Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face”
Weezer – “Island in the Sun”
If you’re in the SoCal area, I would check out ZZ Top on September 4, which concludes the 2010 Del Mar Summer Concert Series.

Weezer was so much fun as they made some funny jokes, did an awesome “Kids/Poker Face” mashup/cover in which Rivers Cuomo, lead singer of Weezer, put on a blond girl wig when Weezer performed parts of “Poker Face”. They rocked out playing all their greatest songs and performed close to two hours, more than I expected.

Hidden Gem: Young The Giant

August 29th, 2010 by | Alternative/Indie, Hidden Gem, Miscellaneous, Rock |
Formerly known as The Jakes, Young The Giant is a five-member indie rock band from Newport Beach, California, which has a unique sound that reminds me of Vampire Weekend but younger since all the members are all 21 years old or younger.
Young The Giant just finished their first full length album with Grammy Award winning producer Joe Chiccarelli (The White Stripes, The Shins, My Morning Jacket). The self-titled debut album hits stores October 26th featuring “My Body” and “I Got”, which I have featured below.  My Body by youngthegiant  I Got by youngthegiant
If you like Young The Giant, then check out their website, facebook or myspace.

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