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Saint Motel – Benny Goodman *alternative pop

July 7th, 2012 by | Alternative/Indie, Pop |

So Saint Motel‘s debut album, Voyuer, comes out July 10th. To hold us over, the alternative pop band released “Benny Goodman”, an interesting song that is a musical first for Saint Motel in some ways as it’s kind of a genre-bending homage to the man himself.

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J. Cole update *5 new songs!

June 17th, 2011 by | Hip-Hop/Rap |

It’s been too long since we blogged about J. Cole, especially considering all this music of his has been dropping left and right. He seriously is going to blow up as he has this raw swagger in his flow and you can feel the lyrics. Once his untitled debut album drops, still TBA, I see his popularity soaring.  So here’s five of J. Cole’s latest songs that I especially enjoy.
Work Out (confirmed single off debut album, MUST-DOWNLOAD)
Lost Ones
Return of Simba
Disgusting (prod. by J. Cole) (dope beat, silly lyrics, Kanye West?)
See It To Believe It

Previous: J. Cole remixes ESPN’s Baseball Tonight theme song

Saigon – Bring Me Down

December 2nd, 2010 by | Hip-Hop/Rap |

Remember Saigon? The rapper that Turtle from Entourage managed briefly. Saigon got some decent hype from the songs played on the show, however most people haven’t heard much of him since. Most of the reason to that is his debut album has taken forever to come out.

Well after several years of recording songs for his label debut album, Greatest Story Never Told, it’s finally expected to drop February 22, 2011.

Below is the first leak off the album. I really like the guitar elements and the lyrics from Saigon.

Bring Me Down

Introducing Blackout 101

November 8th, 2010 by | Alternative/Indie, Rock |

Blackout 101 is a young alternative Rock/Punk band hailing from the suburbs of Los Angeles, CA. Drawing influence from bands such as The Arctic Monkeys, Green Day, and The Bravery amongst others, the band’s sound is constantly progressing and the best way to experience the band in its true form is in a live setting. The self released EP “A Work In Progress” from late 2008 has earned the band many fans via myspace streaming, live concerts, interviews, word of mouth, etc. Expect their debut album to be released early 2011.

Here are a couple songs that will be on the upcoming album (sorry tracks aren’t mastered yet for downloading).
Blackout 101 – Defeated by BeforeBigsZach
Around The Edge by Blackout101
If you like what you hear, check out their facebook and myspace for more. After the jump, learn more about two upcoming (and FREE) shows from Blackout 101 in Southern California.


Prospect of the Week: Far East Movement

October 8th, 2010 by | Dance, Hip-Hop/Rap, Pop, Prospect of the Week |

We all have heard of the Far East Movement with their hit single “Like a G6” sweeping the globe in recent months. However, their upcoming debut album “Free Wired”, which is set to release this Tuesday will prove even more that they guys are here to stay.

Their debut album will feature popular acts such as Keri Hilson, Lil’ Jon, Snoop Dogg, Bruno Mars, among others. We are all very excited for “Free Wired” to be release. In the mean time, here is a preview of what is to come off the album!

1. Girls On The Dance Floor (feat. The Stereotypes)
2. Like a G6 (feat. The Cataracs & Dev)
3. Rocketeer (Feat. Ryan Tedder of One Republic)
4. If I Was You (OMG) (feat. Snoop Dogg)
6. So What?
7. Don’t Look Now (feat. Keri Hilson)

9. White Flag (feat. Kayla Kai)
10. 2gether – Far East Movement + Roger Sanchez
Itunes Bonus Track: Go Ape (feat. Lil Jon & Colette Carr)

Tinie Tempah – Wonderman ft. Ellie Goulding

September 29th, 2010 by | Hip-Hop/Rap, Pop |
Here’s a really good electro/hip-hop song by UK’s Tinie Tempah featuring fellow UK musician Ellie Goulding. The track is set to appear on Tinie’s upcoming debut album Disc-Overy which drops in the UK on October 4th. This song is also rumored to be his next single which makes sense since this track is awesome.

So Evan forgot to play this new Tinie Tempah on Before the Bigs Radio today. No worries, listen and download below.
Tinie Tempah – Wonderman

Click to download and if that doesn’t work, then for Mac: control-click and Windows: right click. Enjoy!
Previous: Prospect of the Week: Tinie Tempah

Bruno Mars – Doo-Wops & Hooligans

September 28th, 2010 by | Pop, R&B |

Here is the tracklist for Bruno Mars debut album, Doo-Wops & Hooligans, which hits stores October 5. Download links on the songs that have leaked. Definately a few radio hits.

Bruno Mars — Doo-Wops & Hooligans
1. “Grenade
2. “
Just the Way You Are
3. “Our First Time”
4. “
Runaway Baby
5. “
The Lazy Song
6. “
Marry You
7. “
Talking to the Moon
8. “
Liquor Store Blues” feat. Damian Marley
9. “Count on Me”
10. “The Other Side” feat. Cee Lo & B.o.B

For all previous posts on Bruno Mars, click here.

MIckey Factz – I’m Better Than You (free mixtape)

September 28th, 2010 by | Album/Mixtape/EP Review, Hip-Hop/Rap |

XXL Magazine presents Mickey Factz long awaited mixtape I’m Better Than You. This is Factz 7th mixtape and has just several features including B.o.B, Bun B, and Fat Joe among others on the 18-track mix.

Download I’m Better Than You

The Bronx, NY MC is only getting better and it shows in his latest mixtape. Look for Mickey Factz’ debut album The Achievement to drop on Battery/JIVE Reocrds at the top of next year.

For all posts on Mickey Factz, click here.

Click read more below for the mixtapes tracklisting:

1. Diamond Dust [Prod. By Mickey Factz]
2. I’m Better Than You Feat. Steve-O [Prod. By Don Cannon]
3. Legend [Prod. By Precize]
4. Paradise Remix feat. Fat Joe & Bun B [Prod. By Precize]
5. We Young feat. Nakim [Prod. By Precize]
6. Showing Love feat. Count Jus [Prod. By precise]
7. Light Up Freestyle
8. Empty Bottle [Prod. By Sean C. & LV]
9. Interlove [Prod. By Mickey Factz]
10. Friend Zone feat. Redd Stylez & Lundon [Prod. By Count Jus]
11. Again [Prod. By Steven Linde]
12. Mona Lis feat. Chester French & Kara Rose [Prod. By Precize]
12.5 Da as Mickey Factz
13. Trinity [Prod. By Ritchie for Soundsmith & Neenyo]
14. Get By feat. Big K.R.I.T. [Prod. By Big K.R.I.T.]
15. Skyscrapper [Prod. By Precize]
16. Melodic Nightmares [Prod. By M83
Bonus Track – Mind Got Blow feat. B.o.B [Prod. By 6th Sense]
Bonus Track- Amnesia [The Return]

Ski Beatz, producer to 24 Hour Karate School (debut album)

September 20th, 2010 by | Hip-Hop/Rap |

Ski Beatz has been in the hip-hop industry since 1989 and has worked with artists such as Jay-Z in his early work, rap duo Camp Lo, Fat Joe, Foxy Brown, Lil’ Kim, Joell Ortiz and up-and-coming rapper Curren$y.

**Update: I realized Ski Beatz isn’t an artist but produced all the songs and got a bunch of incredible artists to perform the songs. Ski Beatz is pretty much like DJ Khaled, an awesome producer with incredible artists performing over his songs.**

In 2010, he decided to release his debut album as an artist, entitled 24 Hour Karate School, which drops tomorrow. I have heard three tracks from it and they are all really good songs with features from Jim Jones and Curren$y, Mos Def, and Jay Electronica among others.

Here are two of my favorites off the upcoming album; “Go” and “I Got Mines”.  Ski Beatz feat. Jim Jones & Curren$y: Go  Ski Beatz – I Got Mines (Feat. Tabi Bonney, Nikki Wray, Ras Kass, Stalley) by BeforeBigsZach

Click read more to see the tracklisting for Ski Beatz upcoming debut album.

24 Hour Karate School tracklisting:

Make sure to get Ski Beatz debut album, 24 Hour Karate School, I expect it to be really dope with all the incredible features and the songs I have already heard.

Hoodie Allen – “Swimming With Sharks” feat. VV Brown

September 20th, 2010 by | Alternative/Indie, Hip-Hop/Rap |

Hoodie Allen dropped one more song today for his fans before the release of his debut album, Pep Rally, dropping tomorrow (Sept. 21).

The song has a nice chill melody, great vocals from VV Brown on the chorus (Hoodie samples VV Brown’s “Shark In The Water” for the song. As usual some great rapping from Hoodie Allen to make for a great track. This guy is quickly becoming one of my favorite up-and-coming artists and I look forward to seeing him live October 1 at The Roxy in Los Angeles.

Download “Swimming With Sharks”

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