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Common update – “Blue Sky” x “Ghetto Dreams” x “Follow Me”

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

Yeah, yeah, yeah. Common is far from an up & comer, but I could not disregard the incredible energy off this track. I don’t know how I did not see this a little earlier, but this goes hard. I’m a long time fan Common, and this track put a modern twist on the classic Chi-city hip hop he first demanded attention with. By the way, I’m loving the Electric Light Orchestra sample!

DOWNLOAD “Blues Sky” by Common

This came out in July but just in case you haven’t heard it yet, here’s “Ghetto Dreams” with Common and Nas on the track. Two of the best rappers in the game on one track, what a treat!

DOWNLOAD “Ghetto Dreams” by Common featuring Nas

Wait! There’s more! Here’s a song Common put out in April, “Follow Me”, which is produced by Kanye West. Loving the chill beat, it’s such a Chicago style hip-hop song.

DOWNLOAD “Follow Me” by Common (Prod. by Kanye West)

Big Z Remixes – Never Change (mixtape)

March 15th, 2011 by | Album/Mixtape/EP Review, Mashup, Remix |

Big Z Remixes likes to throw in some chill low-key vibe to dope hip-hop songs. Recently he released his remix/mashup mixtape, Never Change (download).

Below are three of his latest remixes that I enjoy the most.

Hasta La Vista [Ft. Fortune Family & OnCue]

Never Change (feat. Jay-Z)

Get ‘Em High [Ft. Kanye West & Common]

Follow Big Z on facebook for more dope mashup/remixes.

Lupe Fiasco – Show Goes On X We Can Do It Now ft. Common & Jennifer Hudson

October 26th, 2010 by | Hip-Hop/Rap |
I’ve been waiting for this all day. This is an absolutely sick song. Great sampling using Modest Mouse 2004 hit “Float On”  and classic Lupe verses as usual.

Lupe Fiasco – The Show Goes On

Lasers coming March 2011. Download or support Lupe Fiasco and Buy this really good single.

Also check out Lupe Fiasco, Common, and Jennifer Hudson coming together to create a song for Gatorade Replay. This is a pump up track produced by No I.D. All Chicago people on this track, “We Can Do It Now”. Download
We can do it now – Lupe Fiasco, Common, Jennifer Hudson

Kanye West – So Appalled ft. Jay-Z, Pusha T, Swizz Beatz, Cyhi the Prynce

September 24th, 2010 by | Hip-Hop/Rap |

Another good friday track from Kanye feat. Jay-Z, Pusha T, Swizz Beatz, Cyhi the Prynce. 
Download Kanye west – So appalled (feat. rza jay-z pusha t swizz beatz and cyhi da prynce by WWW.VIIMAG.COM
Last week he released Lord, Lord, Lord ft. Mos Def, Raekwon, Swizz Beatz, and Charlie Wilson. 
Download West – Lord Lord Lord (feat. Mos Def, Swizz Beatz, Raekwon & Charlie Wilson) by shavarross
Two weeks ago he released G.O.O.D. Friday ft. Kid Cudi, Common, Pusha T, Big Sean, and Charlie Wilson,my personal favorite of these.
Download West – Good Friday ft. Common, Pusha T, Kid Cudi, Big Sean & Charlie Wilson by Fresh Connection® Media

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SSMF review: It was Legen- (wait for it) -DARY

September 4th, 2010 by | Alternative/Indie, Concert/Festival Review, Hip-Hop/Rap, Reviews, Rock |

 The Sunset Strip Music Festival was so dope, not “Mojo So Dope” (thanks for not playing that song Kid Cudi), but just an awesome experience. I went on the best day of the Festival which was Saturday August 28 and saw Neon Trees, Travie McCoy, Semi Precious Weapons, Common, Kid Cudi, and Smashing Pumpkins on the outdoor stages and saw a couple more bands at The Key Club and The Roxy.

This was the 2nd annual festival in which on the final day of the three-day festival, about two blocks of the Sunset Strip were blocked off to host over 60 bands performing on two outdoor stages and four of the best music clubs on Sunset with The Cat Club, The Key Club, The Roxy Theatre and Whisky A Go-Go.

Below are reviews of the artists I saw from first to last including videos some other people and I made.

Neon Trees
Heard about 15 mintues of their set but saw only five minutes as I got to hear their music waiting to get inside the Festival. From what I saw, they really give it their all as the lead singer, Tyler Glenn, looked as if he was going to pass out by the time they were finished and was playing the piano from the floor for the last couple of songs.

Below is a recording of their hit song “Animal” which was my favorite among the songs I heard from them.


Travie McCoy
Travis McCoy is the lead singer of Gym Class Heroes and has embarked on a solo career known as Travie McCoy. McCoy and his band did really well, especially the drummer Matt McGinley, who built the melody and tempo of most of McCoy’s songs. Travie McCoy played mostly music from his debut solo ablum, Lazurus, which was very pop-oriented with some hip-hop and rock. Overall an enjoyable performance by Travie McCoy especially since they played “Cupid’s Chokehold”, the 2006 hit single by Gym Class Heroes.
Enjoy parts of “Dr. Feel Good” and “Superbad” which I recorded.


Semi Precious Weapons
Two words to describe the alternative rock band Semi Precious Weapons; weird and crazy. The bassist was wearing a piece of trash for a shirt and the guitarist was climbing on the side of the stage while the lead singer was screaming a lot and wearing spandex. I only caught five minutes of them while waiting for Common to come on after that. It was a wild experience seeing Semi Precious Weapons on stage with around 25-30 fans partying it up with them during the last few songs.

Below enjoy a couple of pictures posted of them at SSMF.


Even though Common started 25-30 minutes late because of sound check problems with the DJ turntables, he still was the best. He played his full set which ended about 20 minutes later than it should have because of the late start. Common freestyled over old songs by him and other artists, new songs and overall really got the crowd jumping.

Below enjoy video I made when Common finally came out and the reception he immediately got from fans, and enjoy Common performing his classic, “I Used to Love H.E.R. “


Kid Cudi
Despite his whiny singing, Kid Cudi was awesome. He started with a new song of his upcoming album, “Revoref” which is below and played mostly new songs that will be on his album while sticking with his singles from his debut album such as “Day N’ Nite” (Crookers remix) and “Pursuit of Happiness”, which was perfect for him to end with. Some of his new songs were a bit whiny like “Trapped in My Mind” (below), while others were as awesome as I expected like “Mr. Rager” and “Revoref”.

Enjoy the epic opening song of Kid Cudi’s set, “Revoref” and two new song’s: “Ghost” and “Trapped In My Mind”.


Smashing Pumpkins
Saw only about 25-30 minutes of Smashing Pumpkins as Kid Cudi ended a little late because of the late start by Common before him. Smashing Pumpkins played a mix of new (“A Song for a Son” and old songs, including the classics “1979” and “Tonight”. Overall it was a bit too psychedelic and dreamy but they still rocked out as headliners with lead singer, Billy Corgan stopping briefly in their set to name a long list of artists that influenced Smashing Pumpkins including The Doors, Love and the Electric Prunes, Guns N’ Roses, Ratt, Motley Crue, etc.

Below enjoy my favorite Smashing Pumpkins song, “Today”.


Some bands I didn’t get to see but heard great things about was Slash who had singer Fergie and lead vocalist Myles Kennedy singing to his incredible guitar riffs, New Kingdom, The Divine, Saint Motel, Big B, Oh No Not Stereo, and White Arrows but I did et to see emo-hard rockers Dommin and jam band Zen Robbi who were both solid.

All in all, for one of my first major music festival’s, I had an incredible time and loved most of the music I heard.

Rappers Going Hollywood

July 23rd, 2010 by | Hip-Hop/Rap, Miscellaneous |

It seems over the last 10 years or so that many successful rappers have begun acting. Common and Ludacris are the most notable ones who have appeared in films such as “Wanted” and “Just Wright” (Common) and “2 Fast 2 Furious” and “Crash” (Ludacris). However, recently many rappers are starting to do the same.

T.I. has appeared alongside Denzel Washington and Common in “American Gangster” (2007) and will star in “Takers” which hits theaters next month. He has also appeared in an episode of Entourage and we will likely seem him in many more feature films in the near future as he has taken his talents from the radio to the big screen.

Scott Mescudi known by many as “Kid Cudi” does not have much acting experience and has only released one album so far. He is currently working on another one which is set to hit stores in September of this year. However, he has experimented with acting a little bit. He has appeared in a handful of episodes as “Domingo Dean” in the popular HBO series “How to Make it in America.” Though his role was not a big one, he proved here that he too can be a successful actor while release platinum albums.

Many other rappers have also had some success in acting. Andre 3000 from Outkast and appear alongside Mark Whalberg in “Four Brothers” and Will Ferrell in “Semi-Pro”, among others. 50 Cent and Eminem have appeared in movies which are based off their rise to music prominence in “Get Rich or Die Tryin” and “8 Mile”.

Snoop Dogg and Ice Cube have also had his fair share of movie appearances and many more rappers in the near future could do the same. With the entertainment industry offering many opportunities to these young artists, there is no question that more will follow what their successors have done.

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