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Hidden Gem: b.FUNK *next generation of The Roots

May 3rd, 2012 by | Album/Mixtape/EP Review, Alternative/Indie, Before Bigs Exclusive, Hidden Gem, Hip-Hop/Rap, Music Video, Rock |

Why am I saying that b.FUNK can be the next generation’s version of the legendary Roots crew? Not only do I believe that and a couple other hip-hop/alternative band’s (like Zoo Legacy) having that potential, but according to b.FUNK, the B.B. King Club agrees!

But I always believe the music can speak for itself, so here’s b.FUNK‘s (FREE) Check Yo Mind EP.

Wanting more from the hip-hop/alternative rock band? Here’s the music video for EP and upcoming mixtape title track, “Check Yo Mind” below. (more…)

Video: ILLIE – Drop *hip-hop band swag

April 15th, 2012 by | Hip-Hop/Rap, Music Video |

Los Angeles 6-piece hip-hop band ILLIE is back with a new song and video called “Drop”.

Watch the video to “Drop” below. (more…)

Hidden Gem: Dangerflow *Miami’s hottest hip-hop band!

April 6th, 2012 by | Hidden Gem, Hip-Hop/Rap, Music Video, R&B |

Dangerflow is a 5-piece hip-hop band who I consider one of the best hip-hop bands in Miami! Granted if you asked me to name more than 3 hip-hop bands from Miami, I probably couldn’t answer that yet this group has not only caught the attention of the South Florida community but the Miami Heat has even used some of their music, specifically on Heat Live TV.

I saw Dangerflow live a couple weeks ago and instantly became a fan of the hip-hop fusion band which has influences in hip-hop, rhythm and soul to form a truly unique soothing style. If they improve their live shows with some female dancers or something to kind of distract from seven talented male musicians on stage, then they just might become mainstream acts.

Here’s Dangerflow‘s latest project, Win Lose or Die. My favorites on this album are “She Got It In For Me”, the single “Win Lose Or Die”, and “The Crown”.

Click more to watch the video to one of my favorite Dangerflow songs, “Live Life”. (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…)

SomeWhere Else – Skeptic

March 24th, 2011 by | Alternative/Indie, Hip-Hop/Rap, Rock |

SomeWhere Else is a hip-hop band with three MC’s and a guitarist. Each of the MC’s have a fairly distinct sound over some awesome rock instrumentals. “Skeptic” is one of my top 5 favorite tracks from them. As SomeWhere Else keeps working on tracks, I see them better developing their sound and more clearly defining this hip-hop/rock sound they bring.
SomeWhere Else – Skeptic

Shout out to Jono the guitarist for sending me this.

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