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Sampled Saturday: KJ Hines, G-Eazy, Crossover Kidz, iSH, YYou

January 21st, 2012 by | Hip-Hop/Rap, Sampled Saturday |

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First comes KJ Hines who samples Zed’s Dead smanger “Coffee Break”. I love how “Coffee Break” opens with the old school sample, then breaks into the electronic sound of Zed. The rapping is fairly on-point, with a solid flow from KJ, an up-and-comer to keep an eye out for.
KJ Hines – Coffee Break Remix (Prod By. Street Educated Productions) by KJHinesOfficial

Next comes rapper G-Eazy who has been gaining lots of steam for his sampling of songs that NO OTHER RAPPERS touch. In “Lost In Translation”, he samples the Japanese Pop song, “PonPonPon”, once again providing solid flow over killer production with excellent use of sampling. However I want to see G-Eazy make more original music which could potentially elevate him to a status similar to Hoodie Allen. DOWNLOAD “Lost In Translation”
Lost In Translation by g-eazy

Next comes Crossover Kidz, a duo that I want to see touring opening for The Dean’s List as they both come from Berklee College and have top-notch underrated production. In “Thrill of It”, they sampled, you guessed it, Empire of The Sun‘s “Walking On A Dream”. I love the original so it’s hard to ignore the Crossover Kidz sample of it. “Thrill of It” is off their latest project Grow Up, Kidz, which you can stream here. Download “Thrill of It”.

I’m a huge fan of iSH, having put his song “Tomorrow They Will” on BYNH 2 back in December 2010. He’s progressed much since then and I always look forward to more from the Toronto MC. In “So Long” he samples Carousel‘s “Here Now” and it really is a must-download, the original the the iSH version as well. This is off iSH‘s upcoming Long Days, Short Nights project.

Lastly is a newcomer to BtB, YYou. In “Take Me Home Tonight” he samples the Eddie Money classic of the same name. I love the original so it’s hard to ignore this as well, although I love the original a lot more as I think YYou can improve upon his rapping. This song is off YYou‘s OTF album, which you can stream and download here.
YYou – Take Me Home Tonight (prod. by Jonathan Lee) by Yyoulives

Crossover Kidz – Picture Perfect (mixtape)

April 29th, 2011 by | Album/Mixtape/EP Review, Hip-Hop/Rap, Pop, R&B |

pictureperfect Crossover Kidz   Picture Perfect (mixtape)A young new group to watch out for is Crossover Kidz who have this hip-hop/pop style with superb production, and a catchy upbeat sound. Recently they release their debut mixtape, Picture Perfect (Download) and I was surprised by how many songs I ended up really liking on the tape.

Here’s my 3 favorites from Picture Perfect.
Crossover Kidz – My Story
Crossover Kidz – Distant ft. Sonny Shotz
Crossover Kidz – Dark Hearted ft. Jordan Brown
Follow Crossover Kids on: facebook / twitter

Crossover Kidz – “On the Beach” (Official Music Video)

March 31st, 2011 by | Hip-Hop/Rap, Music Video |

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The Crossover Kidz released the official music video to “On the Beach” which was filmed in Miami, most likely during their spring break. Either way, the song is quite catchy with legit rapping over some head nodding beats. Enjoy!

Download: Crossover Kidz – “On the Beach”

Crossover Kidz – “Never Take It Off” (Official Music Video)

February 25th, 2011 by | Hip-Hop/Rap, Music Video |

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Check out this awesome new music video of “Never Take It Off” by Berklee School hip-hop duo Crossover Kidz. The visuals are a great and the nice is very laid back. Shouts out to Arthur Johnson for sending this video my way. Enjoy!

HIdden Gem: Crossover Kidz *catchy Hip-Pop duo

February 4th, 2011 by | Hidden Gem, Hip-Hop/Rap, Pop |

911209558 1.jpg 300x300 HIdden Gem: Crossover Kidz *catchy Hip Pop duoCrossover Kidz is a musical duo based out of Boston and currently attend the Berklee College of Music. Music producer Droobee was in search of a rapper he could make music with and eventually was referred to MuZ. Within of meeting, they were producing and recording tracks right out of their dorm room closet.

Shout out to Arthur Johnson for telling me about Crossover Kidz months ago. At first I wasn’t that much a fan but then Crossover Kidz started a “MuZic Mondays!” series in late December and I have noticed steady improvement on the quality of their music.

Below are a couple of the best Crossover Kidz tracks.
Crossover Kidz – World Tour ft. Tai Taylor
Crossover Kidz – I’m Alright ft. Luca B
Find more Crossover Kidz music here and check out the duo on facebook and twitter.


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