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Karmin *youtube sensation (mp3s included!)

June 2nd, 2011 by | Music Video |

Talk about a artist that is quickly blowing up. Maybe not as fast as Kreayshawn shot up with 1 viral hit getting her a million dollar deal with Sony music or Rebecca Black. However, Karmin shows the most talent among those artists and is garnering positive reviews left and right; Karmin seems poised for stardom.

Recently the youtube music star dropped a cover to Nicki Minaj‘s “Super Bass”. She got The Roots ?uestlove on drums which only makes the video that much more fun! He also let them come on stage and perform at a show with him and The Roots in Boston.

I can’t wait to hear more original music from them, but until now, let’s enjoy some of the best cover’s to the hottest songs today.
Karmin ft ?uestlove – Super Bass (Nicki Minaj cover)
Karmin – Look at Me Now (Chris Brown Cover)
After the jump, watch videos to “Super Bass” and the song that set them off to stardom, “Look At Me Now”. Lastly a short original song Karmin made for the NBA finals! (more…)

Hidden Gem: iLLiE *hip-hop/rock band!

May 31st, 2011 by | Hidden Gem, Hip-Hop/Rap, Rock |

I call iLLiE a future hip-hop super group because as a hip-hop band featuring five Los Angeles natives. I think this is a hip-hop group that has potential for success within a couple years, with talent that can translate to success comparable to a hip-hop group like Slaughterhouse. However iLLiE has more of a hip-hop/rock band production behind their music.

Since I love everything iLLiE has put out in 2011, I will include my 2 favorite original tracks and my 3 favorite remix/covers. Shout out to SomeWhere Else for telling me about these guys, musicians really give the greatest recommendations for other artists to check out besides themselves.

Top 2 originals:
iLLiE – On
iLLiE – 2033
Great songs right! Well if you want something more familiar, here’s 4 remix/covers iLLiE did on their latest mixtape, Deja Vu (DOWNLOAD), which is a must-download project!
iLLiE – I’m Going In (Lil Wayne cover/remix)
iLLiE – Start It Up (Lloyd Banks cover/remix)
iLLiE – Hell Of A Life (Kanye West cover/remix)
iLLiE – Allure (Jay-Z cover/remix)

Are you a fan of this hip-hop collective yet? If so, follow iLLiE on: facebook / twitter (more…)

The Knocks – Same Old Songs (Free EP)

May 23rd, 2011 by | Album/Mixtape/EP Review, Remix |

Last week one of my favorite genre-blending duos, The Knocks released their latest project, a 6-track EP titled Same Old Songs (DOWNLOAD). The project is a collection of The Knocks covering/remixing their six favorite motown/oldies songs.

Overall I’m a fan of the project and enjoy most of the songs. My 3 favorites are “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg”, “Knock On Wood” and “Can’t Hurry Love”.

Can’t wait for what’s next from The Knocks.

Mayer Hawthorne – Impressions (The Covers EP)

May 20th, 2011 by | R&B |

Everything about Mayer Hawthorne is smooth. His vocals and the songs he puts a spin on in his latest project, Impressions (DOWNLOAD), just have such a smooth, soulful, relaxing soundtrack. We are not really ones to get to R&B up in here, but if your looking for something smooth, this is it!

Here’s my two favorites off the EP.
Mayer Hawthorne – Work To Do
Mayer Hawthorne – Mr Blue Sky (ELO cover)
Bonus: Here’s an older favorite Mayer Hawthorne song is features him with some “Gangsta Luv” from Snoop Dogg on the rhymes. It’s the Mayer Hawthorne G-Mix, once again, SMOOTH and you can’t hate on smooth.
Snoop Dogg – Gangsta Luv (Mayer Hawthorne G-Mix)
Follow Mayer Hawthorne on: facebook / twitter

Mike Posner – The Scientist (Coldplay cover/remix)

May 19th, 2011 by | Pop |

Mike Posner just dropped a new track to SITR which is a cover/remix of the Coldplay classic, “The Scientist. Basically Posner stripped the song of the slow instrumentals that played well with the amazing vocals of Chris Martin and turned “The Scientist” into something new, different and fresh for today’s music standards, synthesized vocals with electronic/dance type upbeat instrumentals.
Mike Posner – The Scientist (produced by Mike Posner)
I’m not sure which I like more the original or the cover, as they both have different flavors. However, knowing that Mike Posner produced this really is awesome as I think that’s one of his greatest assets.

I’m torn on my feelings with Mike Posner. I have seen him perform twice, met him briefly once, thought his mixtapes were incredible, must downloads! Then was let down by his debut album taking the safe route with a typical R&B release. Then Posner gets Lil Wayne to rap over a song and do a music video with him, furthering my disgust for Posner and the record label for possibly forcing him to do this. Then today he comes out with a cover/remix to one of my favorite Coldplay songs, “The Scientist”. Let me know your thoughts on Mike Posner in the comments or on twitter.

Here’s a video of Maestro Knows with Mike Posner, you can see Mike Posner making the song above around the 7 minute mark. (more…)

Hidden Gem: Silver Medallion *electronic pop hop

May 19th, 2011 by | Electropop, Hidden Gem, Hip-Hop/Rap, Pop |

It’s been too long since I finally started blogging about this group and it’s not because of their latest music video, “Blackmail” although that’s a quality sample/remix of another song I really like.

Silver Medallion is a electro/hip-pop artist with a variety of sounds to form a new sound. Some of his songs are solid while others are really good. So far I have enjoyed many of their latest songs and below have put my three favorites.

“Blackmail”, featuring LA Boys Noize collaborator and Dip Dive artist Dame Fifty5 samples/covers/remixes Phantogram‘s “When I’m Small”. The song debuts a new sound for Silver Medallion and will be featured on their upcoming upcoming indie rock mixtape.

Next are two older tracks that have caught my ear that I consider their best original tracks.
My Dream
Live Forever (Produced By Overwerk)
If you like Silver Medallion let us know and we will be sure to bring you more. Music video to “Blackmail” plus a little description on it after the jump. (more…)

Vonnegutt – “Find Your Love” ft. Will Pugh (of Cartel) & Outasight (Official Video)

April 20th, 2011 by | Hip-Hop/Rap, Pop, Rock |

“Find Your Love” is first leak off of Vonnegutt‘s $Free.99 mixtape (which drops on 5/23). On the record they are taking the typical mixtape approach of going over other beats, however doing it a bit differently. Remaking them with the live band and then inviting friends to sing/guest rap on each track. I have heard the mixtape is a mix of punk and hip-hop.

The first leak is a revamped version of Drake’s “Find Your Love”.  Vonnegutt killing it on the instrumentals with MC Kyle Lucas and Outasight rapping, and vocal standout Will from Cartel on the chorus. Bah dot bah bah bah… I’m Loving it.

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