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Mac Miller – “Whateva” (Prod. M Will)

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

Another laid-back/chill hip-hop track from the one and only Mac Miller has recently surfaced. I absolutely love the beat as M Will puts together an awesome sound on the boards on this one and of course the rapping by Mac is well above par. The Pittsburgh native continues to grind super hard coming out with awesome track after awesome track on a weekly basis. This kid is a star. Enjoy!

Download: Mac Miller – “Whateva” (Prod. M Will)

Na Palm – “Cakeboss”

July 27th, 2011 by | Dubstep, Hip-Hop/Rap |

Another dubstep influenced track by Na Palm and personally, I am a little disappointed. I thought it was a great track until half way through it when the dubstep riff comes in. Nothing against dubstep but I feel it is a bit over used. besides that fact, the rapping is great and the slower, less dubstep influenced beat is solid. Enjoy!

Download: Na Palm – “Cakeboss”

Hidden Gem: VanGuard *House!

July 27th, 2011 by | Dance, Hidden Gem, House, Remix |

It’s Hump-Day House Wednesday so get your ass on the dance floor and do the hump n’ grind with some upbeat catchy House music from VanGuard. Here’s my three favorites by the house duo from Wales.
Strange Talk – Eskimo Boy (Vanguard Remix)

Download: Vanguard – Morning Light

Download: Vanguard – Loving Someone Else

Two more VanGuard remixes after the jump.

The Hood Internet and Wallpaper. live at Troubadour

July 27th, 2011 by | Before Bigs Exclusive, Concert/Festival Review, Mashup, Pop, R&B, Remix, Reviews |

I was surprised by how entertained I was after seeing this show for about 1 hour. Here’s my recap of last Friday’s show at the Troubadour featuring The Hood Internet and Wallpaper.:

Got to the Troubadour about 5 minutes into The Hood Internet‘s set and immediately I notice how almost everybody is dancing and has their hands in the air. Although only one-half of The Hood Internet was present for the show but he still got the party started with upbeat mashups that showed his good ear for mixing vocals of a hip-hop song with instrumentals from a song in a completely different genre. I was a bit surprised The Hood Internet wasn’t the headliner since they have more facebook fans than Wallpaper but with only one of two members performing, it was still highly entertaining and fun. Here’s some of my favorites which I enjoyed hearing live.
Foster the People – Pumped Up Kicks (The Hood Internet Remix feat. Hollywood Holt)
The Hood Internet – Ignition (Keep It Remixing Louder) (R. Kelly x Major Lazer)
The Hood Internet – Good Ol’ Fashion Rump Shaker (Beastie Boys x Matt & Kim)

The headliner was electronica/dance hip-pop group Wallpaper., who I saw perform three songs, most of which were real smooth and had some really catchy elements. He’s got great stage presence, with him and his 4-piece band in a real interesting combination that included two drummers and two vocalists. Ricky Reed, the lead singer, had a variety of vocal sounds from singing to rapping and the other vocalist as the back-up vocals and sidekick worked out well in “Shotgun”, which I have been listening to many times since hearing it live. Here’s my two favorites I heard live from Wallpaper.
Wallpaper. – “Shotgun”
Wallpaper. – “Gettin Drip”

Overall I understand why Wallpaper. was the headliner, his music was upbeat, a little more engaging and through three songs, I slowly became a bigger fan when I heard them open with “Shotgun”. Being a huge fan of mashups live with all the dancing and fun catchiness, this was a good show for great value at a legendary venue.

Hidden Gem: I.O.U. *everything music

July 27th, 2011 by | Alternative/Indie, Hidden Gem, Hip-Hop/Rap, R&B |

I.O.U.‘s genre is everything, meaning their music is a mixed bag, some you will really like, some not so much but overall you hear a new sound. Lots of potential from I.O.U. Here’s what their management had to say about the group on their debut album, B.O.M.Bs (Breaking Our Mind Barriers).


All the productions were done by I.O.U, meaning Inside Our Universe. With this album Jersey natives, Isaiah ‘Izee’, Andrew ‘Buck’ Buckner, and manager Charles ‘Chuck’ Ferrone set out to change mindsets in a world where genre is everything! I.O.U is soul music, it’s hip hop, it’s world music; to sum it up, it’s passion.

Download Breaking Our Mind Barriers (debut album)

Here’s my four favorites from the mixtape.

I.O.U. – Walls

I.O.U. – Mountains (mo-town sample!)

I.O.U. – Dominos

I.O.U. – Bottled Emotions ft. Evangelia

After the jump, watch the music videos for “Mountains” and “Bottled Emotions”. Follow I.O.U. on facebook, I only see their music improving.

J_Mal – Earthquake

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

When you think of big hip-hop cities, one of the last places you’ll think of is Boulder, CO. However, J_Mal, AKA Kendrick Celestine is trying to change that. A football player at the University of Colorado in Boulder, J_Mal is developing a huge presence out there being one of the only local hip-hop acts in Colorado.

Working with Nu Productions, J_Mal dropped “Earthquake,” a serious dance party club jam. The song is fun and super catchy, and I could definitely see this being played in clubs across the country. Good looks.

Follow J_Mal on Twitter and you can check out his newest 5 song EP/Mixtape here.

Hidden Gem: John Gold *heartcore

July 26th, 2011 by | Alternative/Indie, Hidden Gem, Pop |

Don’t ask me what “heartcore” is, ask John Gold since it’s on his facebook page. I would describe him with slowly catchy instrumentals similar to Mika but vocals less pop and more indie rock, especially during his fun hooks. Here’s two of my favorites from the singer/songwriter John Gold.

John Gold – Skyscraper

John Gold – Baby It’s Your Life
The LA singer/songwriter has potential for big things, so make sure to follow him on facebook.

Rusko – Shut Up ft. Mike Posner + Everyday (video)

July 26th, 2011 by | Dance, Drum & Bass, Dubstep, Music Video, Remix |

Rusko and Mike Posner combine forces to create “Shut Up”. It’s a silly track but the obvious intent is for this to get a dope remix that will land in the clubs and then mainstream radio. With the support both these artists have, I can easily see this happening so remember where you heard this first.

Either way here’s “Shut Up”, loving the instrumentals, loving how Mike Posner isn’t fucking with much importance on the vocals like he did on his debut album. So do you think this can be on mainstream radio or does it need a remix like “Cooler Than Me” experienced to get on the radio?

Rusko ft. Mike Posner – Shut Up
I feel guilty giving you one song, especially when it’s a mainstream song like this that’s been blogged about everywhere. So if you haven’t seen the music video to “Everyday” by Rusko, watch it after the jump and listen & download the song below. Just listened to the remix by Netsky, so listen and download that as well below.

Rusko – Everyday (MUST-DOWNLOAD)

Rusko – Everyday (Netsky remix)


PJ Simas – “Liar Liar” (Remix) [Music Video]

July 26th, 2011 by | Hip-Hop/Rap, Music Video |

While on a trip Disneyland and California Adventure in Anaheim, California, PJ Simas decides to make the most of the trip and shoot a whole new music video for the remix to “Liar Liar”. Though the video wasn’t the best quality, it was well organized and orchestrated for filming at a extremely crowded amusement park. Enjoy!

Download: PJ Simas – “Liar Liar” (Remix)


J. Cole – “Can’t Get Enough” (featuring Trey Songz)

July 26th, 2011 by | Hip-Hop/Rap |

J. Cole teams up with Trey Songz to create a chill new track. It’s called “Can’t Get Enough” and J. Cole’s rapping does not disappoint, having awesome rapping and lyricism and Trey Songz vocals are solid as well. All in all, a pretty legit hip-hop track. Enjoy!

Download: J. Cole – “Can’t Get Enough” (featuring Trey Songz)

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