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BenniB – Start Me Up (prod. by The KickDrums) *Rolling Stones sample!

March 13th, 2012 by | Hip-Hop/Rap |

BenniB graces us with a new audio treat. Production by The KickDrums using the classic Rolling Stones song, “Start Me Up” for the Seattle rapper’s latest hit of the same name.

Listen and download “Start Me Up” below.

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Sampled Saturday *G-Eazy, Gabriel Stark, Gilbere Forte, Sucka Free CJ, Ethan Jaymes

October 1st, 2011 by | Alternative/Indie, Hip-Hop/Rap, Sampled Saturday |

All these artists have been featured on BtB before and all have immense talent that will take them places in the future.

G-Eazy put this track out a couple days ago which samples Janis Joplin. I like how he continues to sample classic music that has shaped the music that came after it. Eazy’s a throwback and “Mercedes Benz (The American Dream)” proves his talent and the production skills on this is fire.
Mercedes Benz (The American Dream) ft. Janis Joplin by g-eazy (DOWNLOAD)

Gabriel Stark recently dropped Thursday In Australia, a mixtape which is heavy on freestyle over others beats and some simple sampling. However “Lets Enjoy The Party”, which samples “Hello” by Dragonette & Martin Solveig is real cool. He speeds up the original, throws some sick beats on it, and really shows his rap skills on this banger of an instrumental.

Gabriel Stark – “Lets Enjoy The Party”

Gilbere Forte get’s The Kickdrums production on it and just kills it on the sample he pulls from them. I respect and enjoy both artists and this collaboration packs a punch of awesome music that can’t be ignored. This song is probably a small reason why Forte recently got invited to the 2011 BET Awards.
Gilbere Forte’ feat. The Kickdrums – Hello (DOWNLOAD)

Tons of artists have rapped over it, with Pusha T being the most recent example. However Sucka Free CJ adds simple hip-hop beat and spits fire. This is off Sucka Free’s latest mixtape, Trill Life.
Sucka Free CJ – Dreams (DOWNLOAD)

Lastly we go to Rhode Island rapper Ethan Jaymes with “Reebok Pumps”, which samples Foster The People. I know I know, too many people have sampled/remixed/mashed-up “Pumped Up Kicks”, but this has some added beats to it and Jaymes straight kills it on the beat. This comes off his Breakfast In Rhode Island mixtape, which we sponsored, so you know it’s dope!

Ethan Jaymes – Reebok Pumps

The Kickdrums – The Ghost Mixtape

June 11th, 2011 by | Alternative/Indie, Hip-Hop/Rap |

Talk about an interesting band that has a really diverse background giving them a diverse sound. Recently, The Kickdrums released The Ghost Mixtape (download), which has more of a hip-hop base than I expected on some songs, which makes it really cool. Overall a mixtape that has something for most music fans. Here’s my 2 favorites:
The Kickdrums – To the Beat of the Drum

The Kickdrums – Lay It Down ft. GLC & Trouble Andrew

Hidden Gem: The Kickdrums *mixtape, 2 remixes + an original

April 5th, 2011 by | Alternative/Indie, Daily Mix, Hip-Hop/Rap, Remix, Rock |

The Kickdrums are like utility men for a sports team, they play multiple roles and their efforts, while not too well-known, are pivotal in a team’s success. The Kickdrums is a team assembled of two versatile musicians in Alex Fittz and Matt Penttila, who have worked with artists like 50 Cent and Kid Cudi but have recently shifted focus on hip-hop production but with heavy drum breaks and fuzzy guitars.

Recently they released a mixtape for this April’s Coachella Festival. In their roles as utility men, they remixed 40 songs and put in a little of The Kickdrums flair, improving most of the songs through the varied talents they bring to these songs.

If you want a great 50+ minute mix I highly recommend to download and view the tracklist. Below are 3 more songs from The Kickdrums that I thoroughly enjoy as well.


Relax under the covers – The Kickdrums, Mike Posner, PJ Simas & Yeasayer

February 27th, 2011 by | Alternative/Indie, Hip-Hop/Rap, Pop, Rock |

Above is a mashup/cover by produced by PJ Simas and performed by him on the instrumentals and rapping and Jorden Corey with the vocals. In the song they specifically focus on Skylar Grey’s part from “Coming Home” by Diddy Dirty Money and her feature in “I Need A Doctor” by Dr. Dre and Eminem. Download “Coming Home x I Need A Doctor” (cover).

Below are three other really good songs that are covers.

First is The Kickdrum’s cover of Nirvana’s song “Love Buzz”, big fan of the instrumentals and the vocals go along really well.
The Kickdrums – Love Buzz (Nirvana Cover)
Recently Mike Posner did a cover of Adele’s “Rolling In The Deep”. Before you dismiss Posner for what turned out to be a flop of a debut album save for a few pop hits, Posner returns to his awesome production roots for a relaxed pop cover.
Mike Posner – Rolling In The Deep (Adele Cover)
Lastly Yeasayer covers Seal’s “Crazy”. Seal is a great artist and while I don’t think the Yeasayer cover is better than the original, it provides a alternative/folk perspective of one of the best Seal songs.
Yeasayer – Crazy (Seal Cover)

Mashup Monday: Love edition

February 14th, 2011 by | Mashup, Mashup Monday |

Here’s my favorite mashups that have the word love in the title, in honor of Valentines Day.

First is the most recent mashups by Party Ben. It’s a dope mashup with several artists and a variety of songs mixed together.
Party Ben – Let There Be Love/Beethoven Lockdown (Kanye vs. Justice vs. Soulwax vs. Walter Murphy)
Next is The Hood Internet who mixes Asher Roth vocals with The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart’s instrumentals. It’s The Hood Internet so you know it’s going to be a good mashup.
The Hood Internet – I Love Friction (Asher Roth vs The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart)
Next is a mashup between Kanye West and Fall Out Boy. It’s mixed really well and is quite catchy.
Kanye West x Fall Out Boy – I Don’t Care I Still Love Her
Lastly off one of my favorite mashup projects, Viva La Hova, comes a mashup produced by The Kickdrums called “No Love Coming Home” which mixes Coldplay with Jay-Z.
Coldplay x Jay-Z – No Love Coming Home (produced by The Kickdrums)

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