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KJ Hines – Gonna Be Alright *Must Listen

April 12th, 2012 by | Hip-Hop/Rap |

Before Bigs has covered KJ Hines before, but his new track “Gonna Be Alright” blew me away. He wrote this song during the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas. All he wants to do is spread his knowledge to the world. This track will be on my playlist for a while, be on the look out, this kid has potential.

-EllisD / @EllisDxX

Sampled Saturday: KJ Hines, G-Eazy, Crossover Kidz, iSH, YYou

January 21st, 2012 by | Hip-Hop/Rap, Sampled Saturday |

New edition of Sampled Saturday features some BtB regulars and a couple of newcomers to the site. All these were released in December 2011 as we catch up to the awesome music that 2012 will bring us.

First comes KJ Hines who samples Zed’s Dead smanger “Coffee Break”. I love how “Coffee Break” opens with the old school sample, then breaks into the electronic sound of Zed. The rapping is fairly on-point, with a solid flow from KJ, an up-and-comer to keep an eye out for.
KJ Hines – Coffee Break Remix (Prod By. Street Educated Productions) by KJHinesOfficial

Next comes rapper G-Eazy who has been gaining lots of steam for his sampling of songs that NO OTHER RAPPERS touch. In “Lost In Translation”, he samples the Japanese Pop song, “PonPonPon”, once again providing solid flow over killer production with excellent use of sampling. However I want to see G-Eazy make more original music which could potentially elevate him to a status similar to Hoodie Allen. DOWNLOAD “Lost In Translation”
Lost In Translation by g-eazy

Next comes Crossover Kidz, a duo that I want to see touring opening for The Dean’s List as they both come from Berklee College and have top-notch underrated production. In “Thrill of It”, they sampled, you guessed it, Empire of The Sun‘s “Walking On A Dream”. I love the original so it’s hard to ignore the Crossover Kidz sample of it. “Thrill of It” is off their latest project Grow Up, Kidz, which you can stream here. Download “Thrill of It”.

I’m a huge fan of iSH, having put his song “Tomorrow They Will” on BYNH 2 back in December 2010. He’s progressed much since then and I always look forward to more from the Toronto MC. In “So Long” he samples Carousel‘s “Here Now” and it really is a must-download, the original the the iSH version as well. This is off iSH‘s upcoming Long Days, Short Nights project.

Lastly is a newcomer to BtB, YYou. In “Take Me Home Tonight” he samples the Eddie Money classic of the same name. I love the original so it’s hard to ignore this as well, although I love the original a lot more as I think YYou can improve upon his rapping. This song is off YYou‘s OTF album, which you can stream and download here.
YYou – Take Me Home Tonight (prod. by Jonathan Lee) by Yyoulives

KJ Hines – “Up & Down” (Prod. By Dwight “Skrapp” Reynolds) + Music Video

December 30th, 2011 by | Hip-Hop/Rap, Music Video |

I don’t know much about KJ Hines. However I got this track sent to me with the visuals the other day and was very impressed. “Up & Down” explains the positives and negatives in life. KJ has great flow and his producer Dwight “Skrapp” Reynolds does an amazing job on the boards, creating an awesome beat. This kid has potential, it will be interesting to see how he matures and progresses as an artist. Enjoy!

Download: KJ Hines – “Up & Down” (Prod. Dwight “Skrapp” Reynolds) 


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