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Introducing: Kid Ikarus

October 12th, 2010 by | Hip-Hop/Rap |

Kid Ikarus from Worcestor, Massachusetts is quite unknown to many people. I first heard of him from a buddy of mine who sent over some of his music. His songs are quite catchy and his flow is good. Check out his songs “Skyline Dreamin'”and “The Stage” and let us know what you think of this newcomer.
Kid Ikarus – The Stage
Kid Ikarus – Skyline Dreamin’
For more information on Kid Ikarus check out his Facebook page.

E-Dubble: Get On Board (Freestyle Friday #37)

October 8th, 2010 by | Hip-Hop/Rap |

Freestyle Friday #37 from E-Dubble. Maybe his best Freestyle Friday yet. Is it just me or does this dude just keep getting better and better.  E-dubble – Get on Board 

Prospect of the Week: Far East Movement

October 8th, 2010 by | Dance, Hip-Hop/Rap, Pop, Prospect of the Week |

We all have heard of the Far East Movement with their hit single “Like a G6” sweeping the globe in recent months. However, their upcoming debut album “Free Wired”, which is set to release this Tuesday will prove even more that they guys are here to stay.

Their debut album will feature popular acts such as Keri Hilson, Lil’ Jon, Snoop Dogg, Bruno Mars, among others. We are all very excited for “Free Wired” to be release. In the mean time, here is a preview of what is to come off the album!

1. Girls On The Dance Floor (feat. The Stereotypes)
2. Like a G6 (feat. The Cataracs & Dev)
3. Rocketeer (Feat. Ryan Tedder of One Republic)
4. If I Was You (OMG) (feat. Snoop Dogg)
6. So What?
7. Don’t Look Now (feat. Keri Hilson)

9. White Flag (feat. Kayla Kai)
10. 2gether – Far East Movement + Roger Sanchez
Itunes Bonus Track: Go Ape (feat. Lil Jon & Colette Carr)

Hidden Gem: MC Longshot

October 7th, 2010 by | Hidden Gem, Hip-Hop/Rap |
MC Longshot is from Chicago, but moved to Minneapolis following his signing with Rhymesayers Entertainment, a label which includes Atmosphere, Brother Ali and MF Doom. 

Longshot sent me a track yesterday, “Fly”, and now I’m a fan. I looked up a couple of his other songs to make sure this dude is legit, and I want to see what you guys think.

Listen and download “Fly”, “Top My High” ft. Vicious and produced by Benny Blanco, and “Ghetto Freak”, produced by Del The Funky Homosapien.  LongShot ‘Fly’ prod. Panthrow by mc longshot  Longshot ‘Top My High’ ft. Vicious prod. Benny Blanco by mc longshot  LongShot Original Ghetto Freak prod Del The Funky Homosapien by mc longshot 
Check out his facebook for more on MC Longshot.

The Incomparable Shakespeare – 4.0 (Four Point Oh)

October 6th, 2010 by | Hip-Hop/Rap |

New track from The Incomparable Shakespeare. It’s a change from last week’s track by him, “Shades of Honeydew”.

Listen and download “4.0 (Four Point Oh)”.  4.0 (Four Point Oh) by shakeink 
Here’s the write-up from The Incomparable Shakespeare:

This week’s leak is a special one because it’s actually my lead off/buzz single. It’s part anti-stereotype manifesto, part “eff the establishment”, all the while celebrating academic excellence. 

The story behind it is an interesting one. A couple years ago, I was being courted by a bunch of major labels which culminated with a deal on Universal. Before landing the deal, I’d have meetings with A&R;’s who would be like, “you’re dope, but we don’t know what to do with you”. All the while I’d be balancing schoolwork and hustling music. Although things didn’t pan out as I wished, I learned that the industry’s business model is built on competition, not innovation. So instead of chasing the status quo, I began to really embrace the things that made me different. Although I’m 2 years removed from it, graduating Summa Cum Laude is one such thing. So while we often hear about drug dealers, grandiose living or rappers dropping out, I’m the proud graduate! (For the record, although I maintained a 4.0 for several consecutive semesters, my final GPA was a 3.85).


Introducing Frankie Wainwright

October 6th, 2010 by | Hip-Hop/Rap, Music Video |
Got this in our inbox today. I really like the beat on the song above (samples “Stuntin’ Like My Daddy” by Birdman & Lil Wayne), the rhymes are good too. Here’s the write-up on Boston rapper Frankie Wainwright:

Frank is no stranger to the stage. His current relationship with renowned Boston independent label Team 220 Records was born after label head Big C.E.O. Red witnessed homeboy bust down more than two-dozen rappers three weeks in a row to claim the crown at Mattapan Square’s Bourbon St. Battle.

Since his days of rhyming with the Pinnakul crew in his namesake Wainwright Park outside Dorchester’s Codman Square section, heads around Beantown have been hip to Frankie’s superior rhyme abilities. His appearances on compilations such as Roy Barboza and Funkmaster Flex’s Running with a Kingpin, DJ Geespin’s Launchpad to the Streets and the Wildboy Twoface and DJ Clinton Sparks-mixed Boston’s Elite Pt. 1 further helped cement his reputation.

Now, with a 32-track mixtape debut on the street, cats now know that Frank can successfully translate his ruthless blacktop style onto record. Man on Fire is stacked with hopeful tales from a city in despair. Over riveting Golden Age and contemporary backdrops courtesy of Nelly ProTools, Mass Pike Miles and other top notch Boston beatmakers, Frankie delivers emotional cinder blocks that hardly romanticize his native streets.

If you liked the song above, download Frankie Wainwright’s mixtape, Man on Fire, and checkout his Myspace. Do you think this guy has what it takes?

Carlos St. John – “Blow Them Away” (Featuring Azeem)

October 5th, 2010 by | Hip-Hop/Rap, R&B |

Carlos St. John has been very busy recently. As part of his continued weekly “In Association” releases, “Brooklyn James Bond” dropped his newest single “Blow Them Away” featuring Azeem. Here he takes the instrumental to Rick Ross’ “Free Mason” and turns it into something special. Listen to “Blow Them Away” and let us know what you think! Carlos St. John – “Blow Them Away” (featuring Azeem) by Evanwish1

Download: “Blow them Away” featuring Azeem

Chiddy Bang – “Don’t Worry Be Happy” (video) x “Here We Go”

October 4th, 2010 by | Hip-Hop/Rap, Mashup Monday, Pop |

Above is Billboard’s Mash-Up Monday where an artist cover’s another song but puts their own taste on it. So knowing Chiddy Bang, they freestyle a bunch of random words over Bobby McFerrin’s “Don’t Worry Be Happy”.

Here’s a new song off Chiddy Bang’s mini-album, The Preview. Today listen to “Here We Go” ft. Q-Tip; it’s an upbeat track I really enjoy.  Chiddy Bang ft. Q Tip – Here We Go 

All Chiddy Bang posts, click here!

Introducing: 810 + Exclusive Interview

October 3rd, 2010 by | Before Bigs Exclusive, Hip-Hop/Rap |


Matthew Sutton, AKA 810 is a 21 year old musician/college student from Baltimore. Recently he released his Glass Half Full mixtape (download), which caught my ear with a couple songs. Here’s my favorite track Too Young.

810 – Too Young by BeforeBigsZach

810 – Issues by BeforeBigsZach

Here’s a brief Q&A; I did with 810, who talks about his latest mixtape, Glass Half Full, and what to expect from him in the future.

What has been the difference on this latest project than the last projects you have released?

The difference between this project and my last projects are the concepts are more developed, the lyrics are more honest, and the beats are upgraded. I feel more comfortable; I feel as though I took a step forward as an artist.

Can you tell me a little bit about your latest mixtape, some songs your really proud of?

The mixtape was made for underdogs, people who feel as though they always are fighting against the grain. The music about is what I was going through at the time, money problems, women problems, career problems etc.

My favorite songs from the mixtape are “Tite Rope”, “Pressure is On”, “Issues”, & “U Wont Like This”.

What are your plans for the future?

I Know I am on the road to becoming a great entertainer, I’m not cocky, but very confident in my abilities, I wont let people tell me what I can and cannot do.

If you like 810, check out his homepage for more music. Enjoy!

Hidden Gem: The Smiles

October 1st, 2010 by | Alternative/Indie, Hidden Gem, Pop, Rock |

Recently discovered the next big indie pop/rock band: The Smiles. A so-called “beach rock” quartet consisting of four talented USC students, in which none of them actually grew up by the beach.

They met at University of Southern California in 2009 and in May 2010 came out with their debut EP, Hermosa (download here). The title of this 6-song EP originates from the city where it was recorded, Hermosa Beach, CA.

They sound like a west-coast Vampire Weekend with indie pop hooks and overall just a delightful relaxing sound.

Listen and download their EP single, “Cala Cola” and another one of my favorites, “California Girls”.  Cala Cola by TheSmiles
Download  California Girls by TheSmiles 

If you dig The Smiles, check them out on facebook. Enjoy!

Read more to see The Smiles lead singer, Will Sturgeon, do a cover of Grizzly Bear’s “Two Weeks”.

If you liked the video above and you like The Smiles, check out Will Sturgeon’s youtube, which has gotten over 150,000 views. Enjoy!

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