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Pretty Lights – “We Must Go On” x “I Know The Truth” x Led Zepplin

January 31st, 2012 by | Electronic Dance Music |

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Derek Vincent Smith, aka Pretty Lights, has seen his popularity rise exponentially since he began dropping awesomely soulful hip-hop beats on the people of Colorado. The man with the awesome electric shows, and the bangin samples sprinkled throughout his music, truly represents everything that is right in the world of Electronic music. To say that Pretty Lights is a DJ would be an insult to this man; constantly mixing live and sampling all kinds of different genres, his concerts are more of an experience than anything else.

One of his newest tracks, I Know The Truth, was created with technology that dates back to the 1960’s; he even pressed his own vinyl in order to get the grungy feeling that he achieved on the track. His light shows bedazzle his fans and leave them asking for more once he plays his last track. Pretty Lights even created his own label signing artists of similar nature, and offering all the music to be downloaded for free, that is the spirit of EDM and Derek embraces it wholeheartedly.

Pretty Lights-We Must Go On

Download Pretty Lights Music Here

Pretty Lights- I Know The Truth

Epic Pretty Lights vs. Led Zeppelin

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Sampled Saturday *Jay Fresh, Jacob Es, Aziz, Alex Frecon, Theo Martins

November 19th, 2011 by | Hip-Hop/Rap, Sampled Saturday |

A couple new artists to BtB and a few that have been featured on the site multiple times and will get featured many more times with where it seems there music is heading.

First we got a newbie on the site, Jay Fresh, who collaborated with the Pretty Lights record label, specifically producer/DJ SuperVision, to create “Amazing”, which samples Pretty Lights. Its got a chill hip-hop vibe and shows the potential of skater turned rapper Jay Fresh, who has much more planned with Pretty Lights work. “Amazing” will be off Jay Fresh‘s upcoming, The Delta Project, which is Jay Fresh vs Pretty Lights. Watch the music video here.
Jay Fresh – Amazing – “The Delta Project” Jay Fresh Vs Pretty Lights by thejayfresco

Next comes Jacob Es with “In The City” off his upcoming project Piece of Mind, dropping real soon. If you are not familiar, this song samples the 1960s hit “Summer In The City” from Lovin’ Spoonful. Loving the sample, really digging his rap and overall looking forward to this upcoming project Jacob Es has been touting lately.

DOWNLOAD Jacob Es – In The City

Next comes Brandies University student-athlete Aziz with “Wind Blows” which samples the indie/alternative chill song from Yukon Blonde. D-Why first sampled this song back in mid-September and Aziz took a crack at it, releasing the song on September 19. Personally, I think the Aziz one has slightly improved production and better rapping. However you be the judge and comment below on your favorite use of the sample.

DOWNLOAD Aziz – Wind Blows

Next comes Alex Frecon who released his debut EP in late August, which included the Passion Pit sampled “I’ll Stay”. I can’t ignore a Passion Pit sample because they are amazing and although Alex Frecon can’t be described as amazing, I’m digging the production and the rapping is solid.
I’ll Stay by AlexFrecon

Lastly one of my favorite artists in this post, Theo Martins, who recently moved to LA to better focus on his budding music career. This dude is very talented, not only with the amazing sampled production he has shown in the past but his rapping is dope too! In this, he samples Foster the People (not Pumped Up Kicks!). The production is so catchy utilizing FTP and his rapping gives the original another direction not entirely touched on yet.
Theo Martins – For Helena

Hidden Gem – Gramatik *Electro Hip-hop Funk Soul DJ

June 19th, 2011 by | Dance, Hip-Hop/Rap, Remix |

Let me start off by saying that Gramatik is one of the most underrated electro DJs in the game. His music is a mix of electro, hip-hop, funk, jazz, soul, and basically anything to get your body rocking. In a nutshell, Gramatik’s style is hip-hop oriented electro, and let me tell you, he brings the party. This dude is a serious force. Read more after the jump:

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Pretty Lights – “Chicago Bulls Intro” (Remix)

February 11th, 2011 by | Dance, Dubstep, House |

Pretty Lights is at it again and with another new banger. This time he remixes the Chicago Bulls intro song and makes an already great track even better. I have been a big fan of Pretty Lights for a while now and he continues to impress with each new track he comes out with. When ya’ll go out tonight, play this at your pregames as it will surely get you on your feet. Enjoy!

Kanye West – “All of the Lights” (Pretty Lights Remix) *A Must Listen Dubstep Track

February 6th, 2011 by | Dance, Dubstep, Hip-Hop/Rap, House, Remix |

To all you Packer fans out there, play this new remix by Pretty Lights when going out to party tonight! He revamps the hell out of Kanye West’s “All of the Lights”, adding in an awesome dubstep sound. He is arguably one of the biggest DJ in electronic music right now and he is only getting better. Enjoy!

Download: Kanye West – “All of the Lights” (Pretty Lights Remix)

New! 5 & A Dime – “Pretty Lights Get Me High” *A Must Listen Mashup

January 17th, 2011 by | Mashup, Mashup Monday |

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Another mashup featuring Pretty Lights; “Finally Moving,” but this one is better than the rest. 5 & A Dime mixes up the instrumentals of both “Finally Moving” and the “Finally Moving (Remix)” with Wiz Khalifa’s “This Plane” as the back beat and the vocals of “C.R.E.A.M.” by the Wu-Tang Clan, “Song Cry” by Jay-Z, and “Get Em High” by Kanye West. This is one crammed mashup which mixes some of the best rappers in the game and the renowned Pretty Lights electronic sound. All in all a great and must listen new mashup.

Download: 5 & A Dime – “Pretty Lights Get Me High”

*Daily Mix* – Pour the World Out

November 21st, 2010 by | Mashup |

Mashup between Pretty Lights, T.I. and Def Leppard by Basic Physics. This mashup mixes the new with the old and makes for a relaxing beat with some good T.I. vocals.

Basic Physics is a electro DJ group based in Minneapolis.

On another note:

*If you haven’t noticed, we changed our Daily Mash category to Daily Mix. Here’s my reason why:

I like mashups. I like remixes. Daily Mix is about bringing you one mashup or remix a day because there are more remixes out there than mashups, which means there are probably as many awesome remixes as mashups.

Got a remix or mashup you want featured in our Daily Mix feature, email zach@beforebigs.com.

Mashup Monday

July 26th, 2010 by | Mashup, Mashup Monday, Miscellaneous |

So we haven’t posted a ton of mashups on this blog but I thought I would give you a few that I heard lately that I like a lot and really want you to enjoy!
Below are three mashups, two of them reminding me of why I love summer and the last by DJ Slink mashing up two of my favorite artists who are really going to blow up soon: Vampire Weekend and Kid Cudi.

http://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fsoundcloud.com%2Fstevenstennis%2Fbasic-physics-stuntin-with-a-milli-lil-wayne-phoenix-pretty-lights  Basic Physics -Stuntin with a Milli (Lil Wayne & Phoenix & Pretty Lights) by StevensTennis
http://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fsoundcloud.com%2Fgidiculture%2Fnotorious-b-i-g-back-to-cali-gurls-katy-perry-remix  Notorious B.I.G – Back To Cali Gurls (Katy Perry Remix) by GidiCulture
*Update: Katy Perry’s people removed above song from Soundcloud. Sorry 🙁

http://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fsoundcloud.com%2Fandreconcourd%2Fdj-slink-vampire-weekend-vs-cudi  DJ Slink – Vampire Weekend VS. Cudi by andreconcourd

Which song do you like the most?

The Best of the Burbs

July 14th, 2010 by | Hip-Hop/Rap, Miscellaneous |



Chris Webby is an underground rapper from a Connecticut suburb. This Shia LeBouf look alike is one tough white dude with sick rhymes. He currently attends Hofstra in New York and has released three mixtapes. They are Teenage Mutant Ninja Rapper, The White Noise LP, and just released today, The Underclassman.

He is currently unsigned but probably not for long as this kid has a bright future. Check out a couple of his songs from his new mixtape featuring artists such as Pretty Lights and Aloe Blacc.
http://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fsoundcloud.com%2Fbeforethebigs%2Fchris-webby-do-me-feat-rotimi  Chris Webby – Do Me (Feat. Rotimi) by BeforeTheBigs
http://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fsoundcloud.com%2Fbeforethebigs%2Fchris-webby-do-me-feat-rotimi  Chris Webby – Do Me (Feat. Rotimi) by BeforeTheBigs
http://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fsoundcloud.com%2Fbeforethebigs%2Fchris-webby-i-need-a-dollar-feat-mac-miller  Chris Webby – I Need A Dollar (Feat. Mac Miller) by BeforeTheBigs 

Listen to and download more songs from “The Underclassman,” “The White Noise LP,” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Rapper” at The Masked Gorilla, youtube, and his myspace page. I am positive you will enjoy his very unique sound!






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