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Star Slinger – Rogue Cho Pa (EP)

May 29th, 2011 by | Dance, Hip-Hop/Rap, Remix |

Star Slinger, a producer/DJ out of the UK, makes a new breed of hip-hop/electronic/dance jams. His music is super funky, full of tons of layers and nuances, and uses samples in ways no one else is. His music will get you dancing, his music will get your head nodding, and his music is definitely a must listen.

He recently dropped the Rogue Cho Pa EP, which is apparently full of stuff Star Slinger had “left lying around.” If the stuff that he has lying around is this awesome, I can’t wait to hear what else he has. The 6 song EP takes you on a journey through chilled out, down-tempo stuff, to more upbeat dance-party jams. The tracks are instrumental for the post part, with samples thrown in, but the songs are so interesting that they don’t feel like instrumentals.

Follow Star Slinger on Twitter and Facebook, and head over to his soundcloud where he has tons of other instrumentals and sick remixes available for free download.

Because we love Childish Gambino so much on this blog, check out Star Slinger’s remix to “Freaks and Geeks”

Anamanaguchi *Electronic rock!

May 28th, 2011 by | Chiptune, Dance, Electro, Electronic Rock, Rock |

With their upbeat electronic rock Anamanaguchi have this perfect video game music sound. Well that’s selling it short, as its much better than that! A brief bio:

We are Anamanaguchi. We make hyper-active, hyper-positive 8-bit jams that epicly wail with guitars and drums.

Anamanaguchi considers their music a mix of 8bit, punk and fast power pop: overall it makes for a cool retro video game style Below are two of their recent songs, “My Skateboard Will Go On” is a must-download if you like upbeat electronic/rock music that sounds too good for somebody to lay vocals on.

“My Skateboard Will Go On”


“Helix Nebula”

Read more to see the upcoming shows for Anamanaguchi. (more…)

Chris Brown – Look At Me Now (AC Slater Remix)

May 28th, 2011 by | Dance, Remix |

I recently stumbled upon a sick remix to Chris Breezy’s “Look at Me Now” by AC Slater. He keeps the original sound of the Diplo produced beat, maintains the flow of the lyrics, but transforms the track into an awesome dance party. Throughout the song, there are valleys, slow-buildups, and epic drops, the most of epic of which is the build-up through Busta’s rapid-fire verse, then the massive drop. All I know is I get to AC Slater in a few weeks, and I’m very excited.

Sample Saturday *Mac Miller, Kid QC, Boro, Pmac, Bei Maejor

May 28th, 2011 by | Hip-Hop/Rap, Pop, Sampled Saturday |

Another edition of Sampled Saturday and today I’m hitting you with five hip-hop songs with various samples which I will list with each song you are familiar how they have given the song a different direction.

First I will give you the song from one of the most popular white rappers out there, Mac Miller. He has released several tracks since Best Day Ever, some of them have been weak but his sample of The Temper Trap‘s “Love Lost” is pretty cool. They didn’t really change up the original much except with Mac jumping on the vocals instead.
Mac Miller – Love Lost (prod. Black Diamond)
What I like about Kid QC is that he uses samples a lot but doesn’t take away what we like from the original while adding something fresh with his rapping. Here QC samples my favorite disco music from the Bee Gees.
Kid QC – Staying Alive (Prod. by Young Surf)
Next comes a chill hip-hop songs that samples my favorite crooner, Michael Buble. Boro is an emerging  talent, I’m not sure I’m a fan yet but all I know is I got big respect for him for sampling Buble.
Boro ft. Michael Buble – Home (Prod. Urban Noize)
I have heard this Three Dog Night song sampled many times, yet always slightly different in how its used. Here Pmac uses “One” to create a chill hip-hop track with a sick hook using the original.
Pmac – One
Last song is more of an Pop freestyle over one of the best Third Eye Blind songs ever! Although Bei Maejor uses “Semi-Charmed Life” to showcase his vocals, I love the instrumentals so much. I mean, come on, it’s Third Eye Blind, if you don’t like Third Eye Blind, you need to check your ears.
Bei Maejor – Something Else
Hope everybody is having a great 3 day weekend!

Asher Roth – Last Man Standing ft. Akon

May 28th, 2011 by | Hip-Hop/Rap |

Radio hit! I never believed “I Love College” was going to be Asher Roth‘s last mainstream hit; never thought he was a one-hit wonder. “Last Man Standing” featuring Akon is Roth’s next single that should put him back on the map and show people that he’s not just another white rapper with a 1-hit wonder.

I heard rumors that Asher Roth was working with Pharrell Williams, not sure what happened with that but I’m glad Akon agreed to jump on this track, it’s like the cherry on top of an ice cream sundae.

Loving the beat, rapping is superb, Akon brings the catchy hooks and the mainstream appeal, overall a well-made track. Listen and download “Last Man Standing” below.
Asher Roth – Last Man Standing [Ft. Akon]

Bonus: Speaking of Pharell, here’s a rap he did over a song in one of my favorite film soundtracks, Tron Legacy. I loved the film’s sound because Daft Punk‘s sound actually made everything in the movie better! Does Pharell’s rap make the track better?
Pharrell – The Game Has Changed

Clinton Sparks – My Awesome Mixtape

May 27th, 2011 by | Daily Mix, Dance, Pop, Remix |

I’m not going to upload any of the songs because it’s all dependent whether you are in the mood to party or not. If your in the mood to party, then I highly recommend downloading this Clinton Sparks mixtape, My Awesome Mixtape and get ready to party!

Here’s the full mix to stream below but download the project so you could get individual tracks.

Tracklisting below which lets you know all the artists Clinton Sparks get’s on this star-studded mixtape. (more…)

Justice – Civilization (video + mp3)

May 27th, 2011 by | Electronic Rock, Music Video |

French electronic duo Justice are so talented. We heard “Civilization” a while back as part of an Adidas commercial then the full song was released building even more buzz on the latest from Justice. Justice has created an immense amount of excitement based on a single track, building the anticipation over a course of months, not weeks.

Today they dropped the official music video and I was surprised by how stunning the visuals are as the backdrop for such an epic dance/electronic tune.
Justice – Civilization
Official music video after the jump.

Hidden Gem: Azad Right

May 27th, 2011 by | Hidden Gem, Hip-Hop/Rap |

For a rapper with an interesting background, look no further than talented Los Angeles-based MC, Azad Right. This is a dude I should have jumped on when he hit us up on 4/20 and now over a month later we finally are getting him on the site. Here’s a brief bio on him:

Every once in awhile, someone enters the game with a new perspective which offers an interesting slant on the culture with an opportunity to influence the masses in a positive way. That claim has been made by many before in the past by many a rapper, but tell me if you’ve heard of this before: a Venice, California, son of a divorced-blind poet, classically trained pianist and violinist with a Bachelor’s degree of Iranian descent. Enter Azad Right.

Recently he dropped A Piece of Mine (DOWNLOAD), a free EP with many dope tracks that show true promise from Azad Right. However what caught many other bloggers and my ears was his music video “Spiderwebs”. Below I have included my favorites off the tape, which has exceptional production, top-notch lyricism and overall a must-download for the hip-hop/R&B peeps out there.
Azad Right – A.Z.A.D (Prod. by Jonathan Marquez)
Azad Right – Player’s Club (Prod. by Jonathan Marquez)
Azad Right – I Want It All (Prod. by Professor O)
Watch “Spiderwebs” after the jump, which opens with a unique smooth catchy Coldplay sample before the beat and dope lyricism enter into the picture for a great song. (more…)

Chiddy Bang – Peanut Butter And Swelly (mixtape)

May 27th, 2011 by | Hip-Hop/Rap |

It’s finally here! Earlier today around 12pm EST, illRoots released Chiddy Bang‘s latest mixtape, Peanut Butter And Swelly (DOWNLOAD). Honestly I can’t give you my favorites because I love all the tracks that Chiddy Bang makes. This is MUST-DOWNLOAD mixtape, I mean it’s Chiddy Bang, you know they are going to throw it down with quality music. There’s a few familiar songs that they have already released but mostly it’s brand new tracks.

They got some strong features with some new artists (eLDee The Don) and some fairly well-known artists (Mac Miller) as well. I like the fact they are working with new artists mostly than they have worked with in the past, as it just shows everybody wants to get on a Xaphoon Jones production.

Download Peanut Butter And Swelly

Tracklist (back cover) after the jump!


Hi-Rez – Early Release (Mixtape)

May 27th, 2011 by | Hip-Hop/Rap |

I may be partial to Hi-Rez because he’s one of very few rappers coming out of South Florida, where I’m originally from. However, his latest mixtape, Early Release is definitely a must listen. Hi-Rez is a 17 year old white kid from Ft. Lauderdale, FL, but he can spit for sure.

He’s still young, but his style is reminiscent of an early Mac Miller, which is definitely a good sign. The songs throughout Early Release are mainly more chilled out, but he goes hard on a few songs. Hi-Rez doesn’t make any false claims of tons of money, hoes, and stuff like that. He lets his rapping do the talking. Check out some favorites below:

The City Ft. Triple J (Prod Ante)

Headed To The Top (Prod. By Alex Kresovich)

This kid is definitely a major up-and-comer, and will surely be doing big things in the near future. Follow him on Twitter and download Early Release here.

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