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BYNH Summer update: Moxie Black

March 31st, 2011 by | Hip-Hop/Rap, Pop |

Spring officially started last week so it’s time we start putting together Best You Never Heard 3: Spring Edition. On our way to releasing that, we want to update you with each of the artists from Best You Never Heard: Summer Mix on what they are doing since being featured back in early September.
If there’s an artist from our mix that I have been dying to hear a new song from for over 5 months, it’s Moxie Black. According to their facebook, they have been working on their next album to release in the first quarter of 2011, so they are running a bit behind schedule.

I discovered Portland hip-pop duo Moxie Black around late July and immediately became a fan with the release of “So Much Better”, which we featured on our BYNH Summer mix. Then Moxie Black released their debut project, How Did This Happen?, which included “So Much Better” and many other songs that displayed their futursitic hip-hop/pop sound.

I would further specify retro-futuristic for Moxie Black as the synths remind me of 80’s material mixed with contemporary and almost futuristic sounds with a genre that’s a mix of hip-hop and pop.

I have no idea what to expect from this group when their album drops, but I assume it will be something that sounds new to us all. Below are the five best Moxie Black songs.
So Much Better
iLLababy Tokyo
When I Think of You
Sleepy Kids feat. Passion Pit (remix)
2901 feat. Phoenix (remix)
If you like these songs I suggest you check out their soundcloud for all their songs, and follow: facebook / twitter

Top 10 mixtapes of ’10 plus favorite song of the year

December 31st, 2010 by | Alternative/Indie, Before Bigs Exclusive, Hip-Hop/Rap, Pop, R&B, Rock |

Just got into Florida and 1st thing I had to do was figure out the top 10 mixtapes of 2010. I feel mixtapes are good because the artist isn’t putting it out for immediate profit but to build exposure and sometimes just to give back to fans (thank you B.o.B).

I ranked the mixtapes below by looking at the least amount of songs I deleted from the mixtape (none for most of them). Also I took into account the originality from the artist, looking for artists who can’t be defined by a specific genre and whose music stands out. Without furter ado, enjoy BeforeBigs.com top 10 mixtapes of 2010.

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10. ¡MAYDAY! – Lords of the Fly
If you haven’t heard of ¡MAYDAY! then I hope this mixtape convinces you to pay attention to this hip-hop/rock band based in Florida. “Lords of the Fly” features over 20 tracks and features from Cee Lo, David Banner and Lil Wayne (¡MAYDAY! was Weezy’s backing band on Rebirth. Favorite songs: Groundhog Day, Miles to Go, Robot Rock.


9. Rocky Business – Rocky Business Mixtape
Another alternative hip-hop band, Rocky Business brings a new urban rock style to the game. Though some of the songs are a bit raw, MC Strictly Business and Rocky Business have potential to make some hits. Favorite songs: Find Away, Army of Love, Amongst Stars.

8. Tayyib Ali – Eighteen
Tayyib Ali is young and has huge potential because he released several dope original tracks on “Eighteen”. Also being only 18-years old and from Philadelphia, he has lots of time to build his fan base and become a star. Tayyib Ali will get a record deal and be on the radio within a few years, mark my words on it. Favorite songs: I Ain’t Scared, Kid Again, Soundcheck.

7. The Dean’s List – Undeclared
My favorite new band of 2010, The Dean’s List are young 20 something’s with loads of potential. “Undeclared” features an eclectic mix of songs from hip-hop, pop, and R&B with some dope production as well that reminds me of a more pop/R&B Chiddy Bang with less sampling. Be on the lookout for their next mixtape, The Drive-In, dropping January ’11. Favorite songs: Impossible, Valley Girl (The Script sample), Last Semester.

6. OnCue – Leftovers
A 21-year old from Hartford, Connecticut, OnCue reminds me of Atmosphere with Hoodie Allen-type sampling/production. He’s got loads of potential as he is quickly carving his own niche to find mainstream success among alternative hip-hop artists. If you like “Leftovers”, download “Cuey Sings The Blues“, another dope mixtape OnCue dropped in 2010. Favorite songs: She Likes My Music (Grizzly Bear sample), You Must Be High, Story of a Lifetime.

5. Chiddy Bang – Air Swell
Finding and providing music that has similarities to Chiddy Bang is one of the small reasons why we started BeforeBigs.com. Only reason this mixtape is not in the top 3 is “Air Swell” only features 7 songs and isn’t as good as the Philadelphia duo’s The Preview EP. However, Chiddy Bang will become huge stars once their debut album, The Swelly Life, drops around Spring 2011. Favorite songs: Pass Out, Hey London, Breakfast.

4. Hoodie Allen – Pep Rally
Hoodie Allen has loads of potential and I only see him getting better as he continues to finish up his next project. There’s something about Hoodie’s music that attracts tons of bloggers (including myself) to continue to anticipate his next release and his popularity is only growing. After seeing him perform almost all the songs from “Pep Rally” live, trust me that you won’t want to ignore what Hoodie does next. Favorite songs: Tighten Up, Look At What We Started, Words of Wisdom.

3. Outasight – Never Say Never
This free album/mixtape is probably the most underrated free release of 2010. Outasight is like Fitz & The Tantrums but hip-hop; Outasight is basically dope production hip-hop mixed with R&B/Soul influences. Plus dope tracks featuring XV and Freddie Gibbs behind the white rapper from Yonkers, NY, only adds to the quality of “Never Say Never”. Favorite songs: She’s Leaving Home (Beatles sample), Ahh Yea, Near The End.

2. XV – Vizzy Zone
With the power of the internet, we have seen more and more dope musicians pop up in many atypical areas of the world. Add Kansas-native XV to that list of dope musicians from unusual upbringings as I can’t think of any other rappers from Kansas making the dope music that XV is putting out. “Vizzy Zone” has so many great songs, not only the several tracks where XV raps over other beats like Kid Cudi but the original material features dope lyrics, excellent production and overall catchy songs you can listen to again and again. Favorite songs: Nevermind, Gettin’ Bizzy, She Go I Go.

1. B.o.B – No Genre
B.o.B set out to prove all the haters wrong and turn the doubters of his talent into believers. He succeeded and went above and beyond in “No Genre” first putting out Beast Mode, showing his superb flow and lyricism, then putting out a mixtape which he could have easily turned into an album and made some dough off of. However Bobby Ray was nice enough to release the dopest mixtape of 2010 for free, providing music that you can’t put into a specific genre, hence “No Genre”. Favorite songs: Batman Flow, Beast Mode, Cold As Ice.

Honorable mentions:
J. Cole – Friday Night Lights
Wale – More About Nothing
k-os – The Anchorman Mixtape
Shane Eli – The Push
Moxie Black – How Did This Happen?

Any mixtapes you think we missed? Sound off on our chat box (right side of blog) or hit us up on facebook or twitter.

You thought it fucking stopped! Here’s my favorite song of 2010 that sort of epitomizes the beginning of a new year. Maybe these lyrics can help explain what I’m talking about:

Alright, already the show goes on
Alright, till the morning we dream so long
Anybody ever wonder, when they would see the sun up
Just remember when you come up
The show goes on!

Lupe Fiasco – The Show Goes On

2011 here we come.

Before The Bigs Summer ’10 Mix: Best You Never Heard

September 3rd, 2010 by | Alternative/Indie, Before Bigs Exclusive, Daily Mix, Dance, Hip-Hop/Rap, Mashup, Pop, R&B, Remix, Rock |

The mix is 25 songs released this summer (May-August), by artists who haven’t released a debut album yet. The only exception is “All Summer” by Kid Cudi, Best Coast and Vampire Weekend because that’s one of the best songs released this summer.

Without further ado, enjoy Before The Bigs Summer ’10 Mix: Best You Never Heard (download links below):

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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!

http://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fsoundcloud.com%2Fmoxieblack%2Fsets%2Fhow-did-this-happen&secret_url=false  How Did This Happen? by Moxie Black

Previous: Introducing Moxie Black

Hidden Gem: Moxie Black

August 1st, 2010 by | Hidden Gem, Hip-Hop/Rap, Miscellaneous, New Wave, Remix |

I got to give it up to my favorite blog Pigeons & Planes for discovering this Hip-Hop/New Wave band, Moxie Black. This Portland, Oregon based duo featuring producer Dekk and rapper/singer Illa. I posted three songs below, the best is “So Much Better” and the remix to Passion Pit’s “Sleepyhead”, entitled “Sleepy Kids”.

I have high aspirations for this group and am looking forward to their upcoming FREE EP, How Did This Happen which is being released August 18th.

http://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fsoundcloud.com%2Fmoxieblack%2Fso-much-better&secret_url=false So Much Better by Moxie Black
http://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fsoundcloud.com%2Fbeforethebigszach%2Fmoxie-black-sleepy-kids-feat-passion-pit-remix&secret_url=false Moxie Black – Sleepy Kids (Feat. Passion Pit) (Remix) by BeforeTheBigsZach
http://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fsoundcloud.com%2Fmoxieblack%2Frisky-bizness&secret_url=false Risky Bizness by Moxie Black
Enjoy!


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