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Ellie Goulding – High For This (The Weeknd Cover)

July 5th, 2012 by | R&B |

I know it came out in late May but Ellie Goulding recorded a brilliant cover of The Weeknd‘s hit “High For This.” It’s a must-listen track produced by Xaphoon Jones.

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Juan Deuce & Falside – The Mechanics EP

January 12th, 2012 by | Album/Mixtape/EP Review, Hip-Hop/Rap, Music Video |

Juan Deuce and Falside are two Providence natives who officially joined forces a little over a year ago. The subsequent fusion of their emerging styles has been nothing short of synergistic. Couple Deuce and Fal’s dynamism with the electrifying video work of Ricky Shabazz (“Guts” premiered on Rik Cordero’s The Hub Series two weeks ago), and you have yourself a bonafide trifecta.

This winter, Juan Deuce and Falside will prepare a full-length joint album. If The Mechanics EP is any indication, we’re all in for a treat. Here’s a favorite of mine off The Mechanics EP (DOWNLOAD), “Go DJ”.
Juan Deuce + Falside – “Hey DJ”
Another favorite of mine is “Guts” which is featured on Best You Never Heard 5 and the music video can be seen below. (more…)

The Weeknd – Echoes of Silence (must-listen mixtape)

December 22nd, 2011 by | Album/Mixtape/EP Review, R&B |

The Weeknd released a new mixtape recently. The Weeknd is the R&B artist Drake is always shouting out when he says “OVOXO.” If you haven’t jumped on the bandwagon yet, it’s not too late. One of the hottest up and coming acts around.  Every track is filled with fantastic vocals and amazing production to back it.

You can download the new mixtape, Echoes In Silencehere!

Stream it below.
The Weeknd – Echoes of Silence

Studio-AZ is a contributing writer for Before The Bigs.

Lupe Fiasco – Friend of the People (mixtape)

November 29th, 2011 by | Album/Mixtape/EP Review, Hip-Hop/Rap |

Lupe Fiasco dropped a free mixtape on Thanksgiving Day. It includes samples from Justice, Bassnectar, and Sebastian.

Check out the single “Lightwork” here:
Lightwork by Lupe Fiasco

You can download the mixtape here.
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Busta Rhymes – Niggas in Paris Freestyle

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

Busta Rhymes droppin a verse to one of the hottest songs of the summer.

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Mac Miller – I Love Life, Thank You Album

October 26th, 2011 by | Album/Mixtape/EP Review, Hip-Hop/Rap |

A little late on this post, but still worthwhile. Mac Miller dropped this mixtape as a thank you to his fans for helping him hit 1 million followers on Twitter. You can download the album here.

Mac Miller: “People Under The Stairs” 

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Urban Noize – Jay-Z & Kanye West x Adele Mashup

October 25th, 2011 by | Hip-Hop/Rap, Mashup, Pop |

Urban Noize makes a nice mashup album of Adele songs with Jay-Z & Kanye West. You can check out the whole album here.

Here’s “Never Chasing Pavements“:

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DJ Reflex ft Kendrick Lamar – Pumped Up Kicks Remix

September 12th, 2011 by | Alternative/Indie, Hip-Hop/Rap, Remix |

Kendrick Lamar and DJ Reflex team up to make remix of the summer hit “Pumped Up Kicks.”

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August 23rd, 2011 by | Hip-Hop/Rap, Music Video |

Johnny Polygon is an up and coming rapper to know. He’s a mix of the Kid Cudi persona and style with Tyler, The Creator lyrics and harshness. In this one, he shows off his singing abilities. Check him out. Labels if you’re reading, he’s still unsigned. “Limo Sex Superstar” will be on Johnny’s upcoming album Pussy Gun dropping in 2012. Read more to see Polygon performing “Limo Sex Superstar” live. (more…)

Game ft Lil Wayne and Tyler The Creator – Martians vs Goblins

August 21st, 2011 by | Hip-Hop/Rap |

The Game’s album is in stores August 23rd.

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