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Wale – “The Break Up Song” (Music Video)

February 8th, 2011 by | Hip-Hop/Rap, Music Video |

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Above is the full version of the music video for Wale’s “The Break Up Song”. It is narrated by Morgan Freeman and the plot of the music video is based of the film, 500 Days of Summer. Wale has really made some great music lately and it helps to have great visuals with it which he does. Enjoy!

Kap Slap – Better Than A Stereo Dream *party mashup

February 3rd, 2011 by | Mashup |

Kap Slap creates a good end of 2010 mashup that features 6 different songs. Overall it’s a good party starter and a good song to start off thirsty Thursday.

Here’s the song’s Kap Slap mashes into “Better Than A Stereo Dream”:
1) Stereo Love (Mollela Remix) – Edward Maya
2) Just A Dream (Joey B Electro Mix) – Nelly
3) Better Than Her – Matisse ft. Akon
4) Wolfpack Party 2010 – The Pack
5) No Hands – Waka Flocka Flame ft. Roscoe Dash and Wale
6) Pon De Floor – Major Lazer

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Kap Slap – Better Than A Stereo Dream

Wale – Let’s Chill x I Don’t Know

January 23rd, 2011 by | Hip-Hop/Rap, R&B, Rock |

Above is a video of J. Cole and Wale freestyling at a Denny’s in Illinois. I think Wale won.

Below is two dope songs from Wale came out within the last few weeks that I had to post. “Let’s Chill” ft. Lloyd is a more R&B type song with a very good beat, dope rapping from Wale and good vocals from Lloyd.

Wale – Let’s Chill (Ft. Lloyd)

“I Don’t Know” has a dope rock instrumental, superb rapping from Wale and Apollo The Great. I like this track a little more than “Let’s Chill” but I prefer those rap/rock combo’s.

Wale – I Don’t Know ft. Apollo The Great

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.

*click links to download


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.

Brenton Duvall update + interview

December 8th, 2010 by | Mashup |

The Pomatic Boys Club AKA Brenton Duvall & Patrick McKelvy put out a remix/mashup featuring Ellie Goulding, Wale and Waka Flocka. I like the electro/hip-hop feel of the track plus Ellie Goulding’s voice is a nice addition.

Lights! (Potomac Boys Club Remix) [Ellie Goulding, Waka Flocka Flame, Wale]

After the jump, check out an interview our friend Chris Taylor of MicControl did with Brenton Duvall. (more…)

J. Cole – Friday Night Lights (mixtape)

November 12th, 2010 by | Album/Mixtape/EP Review, Hip-Hop/Rap, R&B |

This might be one of the best mixtapes of the year as Cole said this will be almost all original material. Not a ton of artists offer a lot of original material on a mixtape so I respect J. Cole even more by offering all this for free.

J. Cole’s mixtape, Friday Night Lights, is still not out yet, however, here’s a song he did with Drake, “In The Morning”, which is going to be on it.

In The Morning feat. Drake (Prod. by L&X Music)

Here’s two other tracks that have leaked off the mixtape.

You Got It ft. Wale

Before I’m Gone

So far it’s 1:30am PST, I think I’m going to sleep now. But I can’t wait to wake up to J. Cole’s newest mixtape, Friday Night Lights.

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The White Panda – Good For Girls

November 10th, 2010 by | Mashup |

Mashup between Wale and Matt & Kim. LOVE IT!

The White Panda possibly produce the best two song mashes around.

Mashup of the Day: “Pickin You Up”

September 30th, 2010 by | Mashup |

This is a very unique mashup as it doesn’t really sound much like a mashup. M&D; decided to sample the theme song from Nickelodeon’s Drake & Josh which is sung by Drake Bell. Then Wale and Drake are in it and their part’s are older material but still really good.


I really like Wale, the Drake Bell song is a dirty pleasure of mine (the song is catchy!), and Drake is really good when he’s not singing.

Download here



Enjoy!

Yo Gotti ft. Wale, J. Cole and Wiz Khalifa – “Look In The Mirror”

September 30th, 2010 by | Hip-Hop/Rap, Remix |
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Above is the teaser for the song and below is the CD quality to listen and download. Not a fan of Yo Gotti, but a real big fan of Wale, J. Cole and Wiz Khalifa, who are featured on this track. It’s got a great beat and everybody just kills it with their flow (except Yo Gotti).

http://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F5682019%3Fsecret_token%3Ds-Tfzr3&secret_url=false  Yo Gotti – Look In The Mirror (Remix) feat. Wale, J. Cole, & Wiz Khalifa 
Enjoy!

Kid Cudi – “Dangerous”: Beef with Kid Cudi and Wale?

September 19th, 2010 by | Hip-Hop/Rap |

I hate when there’s beef between artist, it’s just a bad reason to put out terrible diss tracks. Suddenly there’s beef between two of my favorite artists up-and-coming artists in Kid Cudi and Wale. I really don’t want to go into detail because I hate beef, so read prefix mag‘s take on it.

But I wont leave you empty handed with this post. So enjoy a new song from Kid Cudi, “Dangerous” featuring Rich Hil on the hook.

http://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F5404780%3Fsecret_token%3Ds-0tuXv&secret_url=false  KiD CuDi – Dangerous by Hypetrak
Bonus: http://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F5404979%3Fsecret_token%3Ds-qwBuO&secret_url=false  Rich Hil – Purple Roads n Shit [Ft. Florence and the Machine] by Tea N Muffin

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