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Hidden Gem: De-Lor

November 2nd, 2011 by | Hidden Gem, Music Video, Pop |

De-Lor is probably the next major pop star that not a ton of people know about. He’s got more potential than Frank Ocean, doesn’t have nearly as much support as The Weeknd, but his songs are catchy, fun and more enjoyable than the previous two artists I mentioned.

Swedish pop artist De-Lor put out his debut mixtape titled J’adore (DOWNLOAD) that he’s worked very hard on and features Kinetics & One Love and Sex Ray Vision. Below are my five favorites off the MUST-DOWNLOAD debut mixtape from De-Lor.

DOWNLOAD De-Lor – Cruel

DOWNLOAD De-Lor – Bedouin

DOWNLOAD De-Lor – Your Body

DOWNLOAD De-Lor – Out of My League (ft. Kinetics & One Love)

DOWNLOAD De-Lor – You Got It All (Ali Vera Remix Skiss)

Most recently De-Lor put out a music video of the smash hit, “That We Loved”, remixed by Sex Ray Vision to be a banger that everybody needs to hear. It’s a 5-star on my iTunes and for good reason. Watch the music video below.

Crossover Kidz – Picture Perfect (mixtape)

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

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

G-Riot – Last Semester (Mixtape)

December 16th, 2010 by | Album/Mixtape/EP Review, Hip-Hop/Rap |

Great debut mixtape from up and comer currently attending Northeastern. He’s a young talent with intelligent lyrics and a overall sick sound. My favorites are Moony, Family Tree and Street Smarts.


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Tayyib Ali – Eighteen (New Mixtape!)

November 1st, 2010 by | Album/Mixtape/EP Review, Hip-Hop/Rap |
Tayyib has quickly gained recognition all over the hip hop scene for his sick music with a variety of beats, his great flow, and sweet rhymes. This mixtape is a must listen!
My favorites are I Ain’t Scared, Penthouse Minutes, Sound Check, and many more sick tracks. Enjoy!

Tayyib Ali – Eighteen

Hidden Gem: Miami’s Finest

October 7th, 2010 by | Hidden Gem, Hip-Hop/Rap, R&B |

Above is the video for “Summertime” by Miami’s Finest (download). It samples Grizzly Bear’s “Two Weeks”.

This hip-hop/R&B; trio have been best friends since 1997 and decided to form Miami’s Finest in June 2010 after they graduated college. Much like how we started our blog as we were on our way out of college, I relate to Miami’s Finest and believe with enough time they can make a big impact in the music industry.

In September, Miami’s Finest released thier debut mixtape, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (download). Below listen and download “Jungle Fever”.  Mami’s Finest – Jungle Fever (Produced by RTillery) by BeforeBigsZach

Check out Miami’s Finest on facebook for more.

Introducing: Zak! Downtown

September 26th, 2010 by | Before Bigs Exclusive, Hip-Hop/Rap |

Got a new artist out of lower Manhattan who is supported by Joakim Noah and Reason Clothing. The video above is for a song off his upcoming mixtape, Stuck To The Sidewalk, coming out in a couple weeks.

If you want more of Zak! Downtown’s music, check out his homepage. Read more to see a brief Q&A; I did with Zak! Downtown.

How did you come up with the name ZAK! Downtown?

Well.. Firstly my name is Zak. My mother named me that and people always mess it up, spell it Zach or Zack. So I came up with ZAK! So it has more pop and resonates! And downtown.. Because I was born and raised in the best part of the best city in the whole world. Downtown Manhattan. The city is everything I represent.

Tell me about you and Joakim Noah? How did you two meet?

My older brother and Joakim were great friends growing up. When I started making music he always listened to it and loved it. When I got more serious about making music his people started pushing me a little more to help in whatever way. He’s like an older brother to me.

How did your partnership form with Reason Clothing?

I think growing up in New York City, everyone always wants to acheive something great. The Reason guys are a little older than me so when I was in highschool I kind of looked to them. I thought it was so cool that two high school kids could succesfully run a clothing company, and furthur more, a clothing company that represented New York so well. Similiary to Joakim, they heard my music, heard something in it so wanted to help me out.

Can you tell me about your “Buy None Get One Free” tracks?

Those two mixtapes were just some samplers that I put out so people could start listening. One is hip-hop oriented tape got a gritty sound to it. The other is a dance mixtape. I love rapping on any beat, I think my versatility is what makes me interesting. Ill rap on anything!

What should we expect off your upcoming mixtape?

I’ve been putting a lot .. I mean A LOT of work in to this. Its a debut mixtape, got to come hard. Got some good features on it. Its almost all original tracks. I’ve been working with some local, young producers who all have unique sounds. (Big shout out to my guy Dj Fresh Direct) This mixtape is going to be a full story, not just 14 random tracks. It represents everything that’s been going on and it sounds crazy! Can’t wait to release it, should be out in October 2010.

And after that I’ve got some really good collaborations coming but I’m not going to name drop. But its been a long time coming.

OnCue – Cuey Sings The Blues (mixtape)

September 8th, 2010 by | Album/Mixtape/EP Review, Hip-Hop/Rap |

I haven’t listened to the whole mixtape yet, but so far I have heard great things and after listening to a few songs I had to post this. This is OnCue’s first mixtape

Below is the tracklisting + download link. As a bonus download OnCue’s “She Likes My Music” a remix to Grizzly Bear’s “Two Weeks”.

Download: OnCue – Cuey Sings The Blues (Mixtape)  OnCue – She Likes My Music (prod. CJ Luzi) by BeforeTheBigsZach 

Moxie Black – How Did This Happen? (Mixtape)

August 19th, 2010 by | Album/Mixtape/EP Review, Alternative/Indie, Hip-Hop/Rap |

“Hip-Pop” group Moxie Black has released their debut mixtape, How Did This Happen? earlier this week. I really like musicians that can’t be defined by a single genre and Moxie Black fits that description. I have been a fan of this Portland, Oregon duo since Pigeons & Planes first posted their stuff back in July and am excited to hear more music by them in How Did This Happen?

Below is the mixtape to listen and download. My favorite tracks are “Sleepy Kids” and “So Much Better”. Comment on your favorite tracks by them. Enjoy!  How Did This Happen? by Moxie Black

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