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Dame 55 – Free Thinking I$ Expen$ive (MUST-DOWNLOAD mixtape/EP)

December 9th, 2011 by | Dance, Dubstep, Electro, Hip-Hop/Rap |

Recently our new friend Dame 55 dropped his latest project, Free Thinking I$ Expen$ive, presented by DJ Benzi. No up-comer has seen a range of up and downs like the 24 year old Los Angeles rapper/songwriter Dame 55. From working with such artist as Boyz NoizeWill.i.am to touring around Europe, Dame has come full circle with his music and his vision.

Between 2010 -2011 his talent has lead him to performing at such venues as SXSW, CMJ, and the ACL Festival.  He has graced the stage with the likes of Lil Jon, WaleBoyz Noize, Chiddy Bang,and much more. With this being his second official project to date, this Dj Benzi presented project includes a electrifying four original tracks and one remix that will guarantee to keep you #free-thinking.

You may not like all the songs, but you can’t deny his sound isn’t different and brings something new to the game. DJ Benzi wouldn’t be sponsoring this mixtape if he didn’t believe Dame 55 is legit and has a bright future in the music industry.

Listen and download to my two favorite tracks from Free Thinking I$ Expen$ive, “DAMETRO” and “TIMESTRETCH” (produced by Bassnectar). DOWNLOAD Free Thinking I$ Expen$ive.
 Dame 55 – DAMETRO

Dame 55 – TIMESTRETCH

Exclusive: Dame 55 – “DAMETRO” plus Free Thinking I$ Expen$ive CONTEST

November 22nd, 2011 by | Before Bigs Exclusive |

We have been in talks with Dame  55 in the last week and he was nice enough to offer an exclusive song for all the Free Thinkers. His upcoming mixtape Free Thinking I$ Expen$ive drops Friday December 9 and we have the intro track that starts it all off. This upcoming mixtape is being sponsored by DJ Benzi who has put his hands on some of the best mixtapes from of my personal favorites including Mike Posner, Outasight and much more! “DAMETRO” is a electrifying, raw hip-hop electronically-produced banger. Dame is an artist that really grows on you so give this song a couple listens before fully judging it. Listen and download the Dame 55 exclusive song off the upcoming mixtape Free Thinking I$ Expen$ive (hosted by DJ Benzi)! Dame 55 – DAMETRO (off Free Thinking I$ Expen$ive) by BeforeBigsZach We are also collaborating with Dame 55 on the Free Thinking I$ Expen$ive Contest series.  Read more about that below. (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…)

BeforeBigs.com presents: Best You Never Heard 3

April 27th, 2011 by | Before Bigs Exclusive, Daily Mix |

Once again it’s time for another edition of Best You Never Heard. This time were nearing the end of Spring and into one of my favorite seasons of the year, Summer. Shouts to Jann at SPR with the cover art. As a guideline, we made sure none of the artists chosen had more than 10,000 followers on facebook or twitter.

Listen and download 20 tracks from some of the best up-and-coming artists from a variety of our favorite genres as we present to you Best You Never Heard 3: end of Spring edition.

Download Best You Never Heard 3


Tracklisting:

Stereo Crowd – I Got It ft Sciryl, Patty Cakes, and Ava
Smokey Robotic – Outside the Lines (Uptown)
Biters – Melody for Lovers
The American Secrets – Mr. Cloud
SoLo – We Are The Radio ft. Danika Lee
The Friendly Giant – Don’t Stop This Plane (Wiz Khalifa vs Journey)
Last Dinosaurs – Time & Place
Sucka Free CJ – Boogy Down Kids
Dean And Ravo – Walkin’ Around
Young Prince – Strange Times (prod. Brenton Duvall)
STS – The People
Ethan Jaymes – Every Kid
Eddy B & Tim Gunter – Long Night
Olu – Heartbeat
Dame Fifty5 – Savor The Moment
Acmatic – Silver Nimbus
The Knocks remix (Foster The People – Pumped Up Kicks)
Theo Martins – Turn It Up ft. Plan B
Amtrac – Feel Good
MTHDS – Positive Movement
If you liked this mix, please check out Best You Never Heard: Summer ’10 and Best You Never Heard: Fall/Winter.

Guide to SXSW 2011 (C-E)

March 8th, 2011 by | Alternative/Indie, Dance, Hip-Hop/Rap, Pop, R&B, Rock |

SXSW torrent 2011 best of artists C through E. Yesterday I posted best artists from A to B and got some good responses. Unlike yesterday’s post, I think I will save you from another long intro.

The Chevelles are an Australian pop/rock band that has been around since 1989 and have toured all over the world. Below is a catchy song and trust me if this band has been around for over 20 years, probably good to keep an eye on.
The Chevelles – Stacey Loves Cocaine
Collie Buddz is reggae/R&B and “Playback” is a relaxing song with a fairly catchy chorus, pause playback rewind.
Collie Buddz – Playback
This is one of several artists who I knew about in the torrent but hadn’t heard the song before. Once I heard Dame Fifty5‘s “Savor The Moment”, I knew this artist was for real. 5-star!
Dame Fifty5 – Savor The Moment
DZ is a hard rock band whose song “Gebbie Street” takes a bit of time to pick up (about 1:40 when things start rocking out), but overall a good song. The instrumentals are good upbeat fun.
DZ – Gebbie Street
El Da Sensei reminds me of Jurassic 5 with interesting beats, clever rapping. May never be mainstream but always should be respected even if he’s from New Jersey.
El Da Sensei – Crowd Pleasa
Googled Electra and found out they are a Greek-American rock/pop group, but I would consider them more alternative with a side of punk in “Coming To Get You”.
Electra – Coming To Get You!
Electric Touch is one of the many local Texas bands taking the stage at SXSW. They could be one of the best local rock bands coming to SXSW this year especially with “Dominos”, I can see this getting rock radio attention.
Electric Touch – Dominos
Elephant Stone is an interesting Canadian indie rock band that incorporates a sitar! If you don’t know what that is, I suggest you listen to this Beatles song. “Strangers” is fairly catchy, sounds a little retro rock & roll.
Elephant Stone – Strangers
Eli “Paperboy” Reed and The True Loves are funk, rock, soul awesome-ness. I love artists that can sound retro while incorporating their own contemporary originality. 5-star!
Eli “Paperboy” Reed and The True Loves – Come and Get It
Empress Hotel is alternative with this odd, interesting song. At first I wasn’t sure if I liked it, but it picks up pretty well and those interesting instrumentals throughout are dope.
Empress Hotel – Here Comes the New Challenger
If Estados Alterados (Spanish for “altered states”) was in English, this song would most likely be a 5-star. Even though I don’t understand the lyrics, this Colombian electronic rock/pop band has great instrumentals and if I knew Spanish I would probably be singing along.
Estados Alterados – Contenme

Tomorrow I will bring you SXSW 2011 torrent best of artists from F-K.

Dame Fifty5 – Who Is The Pop Killer? Pt. 1 New B.L.A.C.K.(New mixtape)

November 7th, 2010 by | Album/Mixtape/EP Review, Hip-Hop/Rap |

This mixtape from the up and coming Dame 55 is really solid with electronic beats and sick verses. He’s been doing big things and we hope to hear more  like this in the future. Enjoy!

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Hidden Gem: Dame Fifty5

October 18th, 2010 by | Hidden Gem |

Dame Fifty5 is a rapper who grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio but is now based in Los Angeles. He is still very small but will get big VERY soon. It wouldn’t surprise me to hear his music on the radio within the first quarter of 2011, he is that catchy and talented. 


Check out his songs “Make A Mill” and “Download My Brain” off his most recent mixtape, Road to Ruins, and let us know what you think!

http://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F6194705%3Fsecret_token%3Ds-FyAWk&secret_url=false  
Dame Fifty5 – “Make A Mill” by Before the Bigs (Wish)
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Dame Fifty5 – “Download My Brain” by Before the Bigs (Wish)

Credit Ryan Roy of Alyve Entertainment for telling me about his future superstar. For more songs and information on Dame Fifty5, check out his facebook, twitter, and myspace pages

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