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Sampled Saturday *G-Eazy, Gabriel Stark, Gilbere Forte, Sucka Free CJ, Ethan Jaymes

October 1st, 2011 by | Alternative/Indie, Hip-Hop/Rap, Sampled Saturday |

All these artists have been featured on BtB before and all have immense talent that will take them places in the future.

G-Eazy put this track out a couple days ago which samples Janis Joplin. I like how he continues to sample classic music that has shaped the music that came after it. Eazy’s a throwback and “Mercedes Benz (The American Dream)” proves his talent and the production skills on this is fire.
Mercedes Benz (The American Dream) ft. Janis Joplin by g-eazy (DOWNLOAD)

Gabriel Stark recently dropped Thursday In Australia, a mixtape which is heavy on freestyle over others beats and some simple sampling. However “Lets Enjoy The Party”, which samples “Hello” by Dragonette & Martin Solveig is real cool. He speeds up the original, throws some sick beats on it, and really shows his rap skills on this banger of an instrumental.

Gabriel Stark – “Lets Enjoy The Party”

Gilbere Forte get’s The Kickdrums production on it and just kills it on the sample he pulls from them. I respect and enjoy both artists and this collaboration packs a punch of awesome music that can’t be ignored. This song is probably a small reason why Forte recently got invited to the 2011 BET Awards.
Gilbere Forte’ feat. The Kickdrums – Hello (DOWNLOAD)

Tons of artists have rapped over it, with Pusha T being the most recent example. However Sucka Free CJ adds simple hip-hop beat and spits fire. This is off Sucka Free’s latest mixtape, Trill Life.
Sucka Free CJ – Dreams (DOWNLOAD)

Lastly we go to Rhode Island rapper Ethan Jaymes with “Reebok Pumps”, which samples Foster The People. I know I know, too many people have sampled/remixed/mashed-up “Pumped Up Kicks”, but this has some added beats to it and Jaymes straight kills it on the beat. This comes off his Breakfast In Rhode Island mixtape, which we sponsored, so you know it’s dope!

Ethan Jaymes – Reebok Pumps

Gilbere Forte – I Be (On My Chill)

August 28th, 2011 by | Hip-Hop/Rap |

New Gilbere Forte dropped recently called “I Be (On My Chill)”. As is the title, the song is pretty chill, got a real interesting beat with dope flow from Forte. Overall a catchy song from the up-and-coming MC.
Gilbere Forte’ – I Be (On My Chill)
Previous: Sean Rose & Gilbere Forte – Smmertime Sunshine Nightfall mixtape

Sean Rose & Gilbere Forte – SMMERTIME SUNSHINE NGHTFALL (mixtape)

July 7th, 2011 by | Hip-Hop/Rap, R&B |

Hip-Hop/R&B project from Las Vegas’ Sean Rose and Chicago/Flint, Michigan MC Gilbere Forte called SMMERTME ∇ SUNSHNE ∇ NGHTFALL. Overall I think the collaboration is a good idea as they have crafted a well-made project with several real good tracks. I think both these up-and-coming musicians are real talented and I look forward to more.

If you like either of these artists or just enjoy smooth hip-hop with some sexy hooks and vocals, this is for you. Here’s my two favorites off SMMERTME ∇ SUNSHNE ∇ NGHTFALL (download).

Download “HERfection”

Download “Dreamin’ Out Loud”


Review: King Fantastic, Gilbere Forte, The ’87 Stick Up Kids at Little Temple

June 28th, 2011 by | Concert/Festival Review, Dance, Hip-Hop/Rap, Reviews |

Talk about an excellent underrated music lineup on a Monday night. Little Temple bar in Los Angeles gathered several artists to form a dope show last night that started with retro-futuristic electronic hip-hop duo King Fantastic, followed by electronic hip-hop group The ’87 Stick Up Kids, then east-coast rapper Gilbere Forte followed by electronic/hip-hop/pop-punk group, Ninjasonik, who I didn’t get to see because the show started a bit late but who I heard were awesome. Here’s my show review.

Got there a bit early around 10:30 because I figured when King Fantastic told me their set was starting at 11:30, maybe a couple other acts would be opening for them. In fact, King Fantastic was the opener and was a great one. They pumped the crowd up with their electronic hip-hop songs Finger Snaps and Gun Claps while also playing their “Bass Head” remix from Bassnectar. Overall I loved just about every minute of it and really appreciated the fact Killer Reece One brought out his partner from Bleu Collar to do a song they made back in the day.

If King Fantastic is coming to your town, I highly recommend you see them. They had the most fans there and were excellent openers to a fun-filled night. Here’s my favorite that we haven’t blogged about yet.
Bassnectar – Bass Head (King Fantastic Remix)
Next came The ’87 Stick Up Kids who I knew a few songs from but didn’t have a ton of expectations and knew nothing about the group except what they sounded like. Overall they were the most upbeat group but my least favorite music which doesn’t mean so much as I liked almost all the songs I heard at this show. Rather than talk about them too much, here’s my three favorites from this catchy electronic/hip-hop party crew The ’87 Stick Up Kids.
The ’87 Stick Up Kids – Jack Donaghy
Lastly I saw Gilbere Forte, who the crowd didn’t seem to know much of but who I kept telling my friends, “this guy is going to be an XXL 2012 Freshmen”. Seriously, he has loads of talent, some of his songs I really liked while others were just decent. Overall he did well, although most of the crowd had either gone outside while waiting for the headliner or had left. Still, Forte showed talent and I look forward to more from the rapper. My favorite song Forte performed was “Blacking Out” which isn’t actually his song, so here’s a favorite of mine that I wish he performed.
Stromae feat. Kanye West & Gilbere Forte’ – Alors On Danse (Remix)

Gilbere Forte update *hip-hop, R&B, remix, cover & more!

June 7th, 2011 by | Dance, Hip-Hop/Rap, R&B, Remix |

I hate doing these posts but there’s so much new Gilbere Forte music that has dropped within the last few months that we haven’t blogged about yet. I guarantee there’s at least 1-2 tracks you haven’t heard yet and hopefully a few you really enjoy.

First song is produced by Swizz Beatz and has Forte and Eve on the track. It’s called “Everyday (Coolin’)” and I mostly like it because of the weird beat. Can I listen to this song more than a few times? Probably not. However it’s a decent song worth a couple listens.

Here’s an R&B cover/remix with Mateo on vocals to Kanye West‘s “Runaway” and featuring Gilbere rapping. I’m a fan of how the song opens with the vocals and piano, then slowly builds into something special. Must-download!

Adele and Gilbere Forte collaboration! Another piano smooth beat, smooth rapping from Forte as usual, then the powerful vocal hook from Adele. This version of the song should be on the radio!

Ending the post with the same song from Gilbere Forte however it’s two different remixes. First is from DJ Benzi and has a nice dance feel. 2nd remix which is by Bob Sinclar, is a little more simple, yet doesn’t take away much of the song’s vocals, has a sick dance beat and features more rapping, which is dope.

Previous: Miguel – Hard Way ft. Gilbere Forte (remix)

Hip-Hop remixes *Zion I, Andre 3000, Gilbere Forte’, Intuition

February 27th, 2011 by | Alternative/Indie, Hip-Hop/Rap, Pop, R&B, Remix |

Above is a 4-minute beat-box of some of the best rap songs through music history. It’s pretty clever and overall really cool figuring out which songs he’s beat-boxing in the video.

Below are 4 hip-hop artists that rap on a track to improve the original, especially in the Ke$ha song in which I’m puking on the inside a little bit for posting.

First rapper & producer Intuition jumps on indie/electro duo Phantogram, who I’m very fond of. Wasn’t the biggest Intuition fan until I heard him add some hip-hop to “When I’m Small”, now I want to hear more.
Phantogram – When I’m Small (Remix feat. Intuition)
Outkast was amazing, but individually Andre 3000 and Big Boi are still great artists. Andre 3000 jumps on the Ke$ha track “Sleazy”. Perfect song title, the drum instrumental is hot and overall Andre 3000 kills it.
Ke$ha – Sleazy (Remix) (feat. Andre 3000)
For a more relaxed jam than the three above, Zion I jumps on Rebelution’s “Safe & Sound”. I think the original reggae/dub song is solid but then bay-area hip-hop group Zion I jumps on the verses and a little on remixing the production, which makes it so much better.
Rebelution – Safe & Sound (Zion I Remix)
Lastly for an even more relaxed jam, Gilbere Forte‘ jumps on Miguel’s R&B single, “Hard Way”. It’s a very chill track, didn’t like the original but with talented MC (and XXL Freshmen 2011 snub) Gilbere Forte’ I suddenly enjoy this song a lot more.
Miguel – Hard Way (Remix) ft. Gilbere Forte’

Gilbere Forte’ – Eyes of Veritas (mixtape)

February 12th, 2011 by | Album/Mixtape/EP Review, Hip-Hop/Rap, R&B |

This past week, Gilbere Forte‘ dropped his latest mixtape, Eyes of Veritas, which is hosted by and primarily produced by Don Cannon. Gilbere keeps showing improvement with his music and I look forward to seeing him perform while he’s in LA for the rest of this month.

Below are two of my favorites off Eyes of Veritas.
Gilbere Forte’ – VERITAS
Gilbere Forte’ – THE EXPORTS (ft. Emilio Rojas, Reek Da Villain, Murda Mook, Joell Ortiz)

Gilbere Forte’ – Please Don’t Worry x Born in ’87 x Train Lights

February 3rd, 2011 by | Hip-Hop/Rap |

If there’s a rapper that you should follow closely in 2011 because big things are going to happen for him, it’s Gilbere Forte. The Flint, Michigan MC jumped onto the scene in Kanye West’s remix to the electro house song by Stromae, which turned out to be a great club hit worldwide.

In 2011 he has released four new songs, two of which are featured on his upcoming project dropping February 8, EYES of VERITAS, which is hosted by Don Cannon. Below are three of my favorites from Gilbere in 2011 so far. *click the down arrow on the left side of soundcloud player to download that song*
Gilbere Forte’ – Train Lights
Gilbere Forte’ – Born In ’87
Gilbere Forte’ – Please Don’t Worry (must DL)

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Best You Never Heard II: Fall/Winter edition

December 30th, 2010 by | Alternative/Indie, Before Bigs Exclusive, Daily Mix, Dance, Hip-Hop/Rap, Mashup, Pop, R&B, Remix, Rock |

It’s that time of the year where we would like to give back. Sometimes I feel we don’t give back to our readers enough and we are working to fix that in 2011. Until then, here’s a mixtape we created.

It’s called Best You Never Heard II, which is a mixtape showcasing some of the best up-and-coming talent in music from the last several months. It’s a collection of 20 songs of mostly hip-hop with a little bit of rock, pop, R&B and mashups/remixes (much like our site’s content).

Listen to the mixtape below, and download through mediafire.

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Let us know of your favorite song(s) and if you like the songs on this mixtape, check out our Summer mix of the Best You Never Heard.

Hidden Gem: Gilbere Forte’

September 30th, 2010 by | Dance, Hidden Gem, Hip-Hop/Rap, Remix |

Gilbere Forte’ was born in Flint, Michigan, moved to Chicago, then moved to Philadelphia where he pursued a career in music by attending Temple University. Above is his single off his debut album which I will get to later. 

The rapper/producer did some freestyles and remixes and in February this year put out a mixtape sampler, entitled Gilbere Forte’ is BLVCK (download). This summer, Gilbere released his debut album through Anigma/RPM Grp Records, 87 Dreams with his popularity increasing further. 

After his remix to the song “Alors on Danse” by Belgian artist Stromae alongside Kanye West, I and many other blogs started to take notice. 

Today I bring you two songs Gilbere did remixes over. The first is a remix to the Freelance Whales song called “1st Floor” and the second is a remix to Yeasayer’s remix to the Florence & The Machine song called “Dog Days Are Over”. I like “1st Floor” more, it’s more catchy and it’s produced by a member of Passion Pit who I love.

Listen and download “1st Floor” and “Dog Days Are Over” below.  Gilbere Forte’ feat. Freelance Whales – 1st Floor by gilbereforte 
Download  Florence + The Machine feat. Gilbere Forte’ – Dog Days Are Over (Yeasayer Remix) by gilbereforte 

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