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An Incredible Weekend at Coachella (Snoop Dogg & Dr. Dre Performance)

April 19th, 2012 by | Concert/Festival Review, Hip-Hop/Rap |

We’ve saved the best for last! As many of you already know, Snoop Dogg & Dr. Dre closed off an incredible weekend at Coachella. It was such a big deal that I had to make a separate post for just this set. So many great rappers made guest appearances with the hip-hop legends. The names include, Eminem, Wiz Khalifa, Kendrick Lamar, 50 Cent, Tony Yayo, Warren G and most notably the famous Tupac hologram.

This was by far the best live performance I have ever seen. Not only am I a huge fan of hip-hop and grew up listening to many of these great artists, but seeing them all live on stage was something I will never forget.

The Tupac hologram which the whole world knows about by now looked so realistic live. It appeared that he was actually there performing “America’s Most Wanted” with Snoop Dogg. Apparently, the movements, look, and overall Tupac hologram performance was copied from a show he did at the House of Blues in Hollywood back in 1995. The only thing different was that instead of saying “What’s Up LA?!”, the people behind the creation of the hologram changed it to “What’s Up Coachella?!” with his voice sounding exactly the same. It was truly and incredible process and something I feel is going to catch on at other festivals and shows with other dead artists very soon.

Below are my favorite tracks from the entire performance. For those of you going for Weekend 2, you are in for quite a treat. Please go to this performance on Sunday night instead of Avicii. Nothing against Avicii, he is great; however, he is always traveling the United States and it is extremely rare to see all these great rappers on one stage at the same time, especially with that Tupac hologram. I am sure that the people who went to the Avicii performance regret it. Don’t be one of those people. Enjoy!

Tupac – “America’s Most Wanted” (featuring Snoop Dogg):

Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa – “Young, Wild, & Free”:

50 Cent – “In Da Club”:

Dr. Dre & Eminem – “Forgot About Dre”:

Hip-Pop *Terrace Martin, Mr.Robotic, Tru Fam, Lil Playy, V.V. Brown

October 26th, 2011 by | Hip-Hop/Rap, Pop |

Here’s five fairly new songs that can fall under a category not completely in hip-hop but can’t be put into pop either, we call it Hip-Pop a music category we have defined with many songs blogged about on here.

First we got Terrace Martin with “Do It Again”, a song made for radio with features from Kendrick Lamar & Wiz Khalifa on it. I’m loving the instrumentals, lyrics don’t really catch me too much. Overall a solid cruising song. DOWNLOAD
 Terrace Martin Ft. Kendrick Lamar & Wiz Khalifa – Do It Again

Next we got Mr.Robotic with “Material Girl”. No this isn’t a cover of the Madonna song nor is it as catchy as her song. But this “Material Girl” is a solid song worth a listen. Plus my new favorite female singer, Jesse Palter is featured on the track. DOWNLOAD
Mr.Robotic feat. Jesse Palter- Material Girl

Next we got Tru Fam with “Rebound Master” which at first sounds like an ordinary song but then picks up into something real fun and catchy when they get to the hook,
Catch me now because I’m fallin’ I’m fallin’
That’s the part that will get singing along. Enjoy “Rebound Master”. DOWNLOAD
 Tru fam – Rebound master

Next we got a feature from Chiddy of Chiddy Bang! Pop up-and-comer V.V. Brown has a catchy pop/hip-hop song called “Children (Keep On Singing)”. This song will be on hip-hop/pop radio soon hopefully. I’m loving that catchy ice-cream truck sample to open it with such a feel good pumping beat and the british accent is a little sexy. Stars in the making! DOWNLOAD

Lastly a song I came across through one of those youtube suggestions when I was watching another song. I actually clicked the youtube suggestion being bored and really dug the song from Lil Playy and Matthew Koma. It’s a song that would get on the radio if these artists had a major label to help get them on there. DOWNLOAD

DJ Reflex ft Kendrick Lamar – Pumped Up Kicks Remix

September 12th, 2011 by | Alternative/Indie, Hip-Hop/Rap, Remix |

Kendrick Lamar and DJ Reflex team up to make remix of the summer hit “Pumped Up Kicks.”

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Kendrick Lamar – Section.80 (album)

July 10th, 2011 by | Album/Mixtape/EP Review, Hip-Hop/Rap |

Much like Dom Kennedy‘s debut album, I thoroughly enjoy many things about Section.80, Kendrick Lamar‘s debut album.

I’m a bigger fan of the lyrics and the beats are solid but nothing sounds real catchy or commercial appeal. However I enjoy many of the songs although not many of them standout to me. Here’s my three favorites we haven’t blogged about yet. Purchase Section.80 on iTunes.
Kendrick Lamar – No Make-Up (Her Vice) (Feat. Colin Munroe)
Kendrick Lamar – Ronald Reagan Era Feat. RZA
Kendrick Lamar – Rigamortus

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Kendrick Lamar – HiiiPower (video)

May 26th, 2011 by | Hip-Hop/Rap, Music Video |

This dropped a couple days back, it’s the latest music video for Kendrick Lamar for a song off his first studio album, Section80. The song is produced by J. Cole and really is a chill track with some interesting visuals and top notch lyricism.

Listen and download “HiiPower”. Music video after the jump.
Kendrick Lamar – Hiii Power

Kendrick Lamar – “Thanksgiving” (featuring Big Pooh)

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

Ever since I first hear Kendrick Lamar a few months back, I started becoming a fan of his rapping. He does a great job of blending in new school hip-hop with old school hip-hop in a way that is tough to explain. He’s got great flow and style. He recently dropped his newest track “Thanksgiving” which features Big Pooh and this one does not disappoint.

Also check out this awesome XV track called “Textbook Stuff” in which Kendrick is featured on it. It is one of my favorite off Vizzy’s Zero Heroes and this track further solidified my new and growing interest in Kendrick Lamar’s music.

2011’s Freshman Class Mixtape + my faves not on mix

March 25th, 2011 by | Hip-Hop/Rap |

I wish somebody told me which tracks on the XXL Magazine 2011 Freshman mixtape were good because most of them had gun shots, DJ shout outs and sub-par rapping (thanks YG, Lil Twist, Fred the Godson and Lil B). However here’s the few good songs off the mixtape:
Mac Miller – Futuristic Funk (Prod by Teddy Roxpin)
Kendrick Lamar – Outrageous
Meek Mill – I’m Not A Star
Meek Mill – Professional Money Getta
Besides these tracks the best part of the mixtape might be the three cyphers featuring all the rappers so I do suggest to Download the mixtape. Here’s the tracklist to see all the nonsense on this mixtape.

Read more to hear several of my favorite songs from the members of XXL’s Freshman 2011 list. (more…)

XXL Freshman 2011 (cover) + website news

February 21st, 2011 by | Hip-Hop/Rap |

A month before it’s official release, the XXL Magazine Freshman 2011 cover art leaked with the list of 11 up-and-coming hip-hop artists featured on the cover. The artists on the cover are Meek Mill, Big K.R.I.T., Cyhi The Prynce, Lil Twist, Yelawolf, Fred The Godson, Mac Miller, YG, Lil B, Kendrick Lamar, and Diggy Simmons.

My 3 favorite choices are Big K.R.I.T., Diggy Simmons and Mac Miller. What are your thoughts? Any major snubs (I got a few)? Let us know in the comments, chat box, facebook or twitter.

We would love to hear your feedback since we are putting out our own 11 hip-hop artists to break out in 2011 in early March with a mixtape of all the artists best songs. Don’t want to give you any hints but at least 1-2 artists on XXL Magazine’s list will be on our list.

In other news, you may noticed a related posts widget we added on individual posts. We’re still working on it and hoping that our complete redesign will be done by March.

Hip-Hop from late 2010 that you might have missed

January 26th, 2011 by | Alternative/Indie, Hip-Hop/Rap |

If you didn’t know about Gucci Mane getting the face tattoo and if didn’t know about the girl who followed in his footsteps and got a face tattoo as well, I’m glad to present this to you. If you already knew about it, I hope you at least enjoy this funny picture courtesty of

Taking another gamble here and going to bet that you haven’t listened to more than one of these hip-hop songs that came out in late 2010. The instrumentals caught my eye ear and then the rapping came in and impressed me further.

Guy Harrison – 3am Visions (Prod. By MiGGZ)
MOD SUN – Where Were You (prod by MOD SUN) (Oasis sample)
CurT@!n$ – Maniac ft. Kendrick Lamar & Chace Infinite
Gabriel Stark – Mr. 2011 (Winner’s Spirit)
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