Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

The Dean’s List.
June 1, 2010

The Dean’s List – Kardashian. Download HERE.

The Dean’s List – I’ll Be Okay. Download HERE.

The fact that the new class of hip hop is coming from increasingly educated backgrounds is undeniable. Whether you love it or hate it, blame the internet.

The discovery of hip hop is no longer restricted to hand-to-hand exchanges of mixtapes or serendipitously walking by a boombox on full blast.

College campuses have become incredible meeting grounds for talented artists, producers and other musicphiles alike to link up and create the very songs that you find yourself bobbing your head to.

Enter The Dean’s List.

The Boston-based group is on its grind and we’re more than happy to tip our hats to them.

Made up of DJ Mendoza, Sonny Shotz, Mik Beats and Jordan Brown, TDL boasts a rather impressive repertoire that we have trouble finding any problems with.

Whether you’re a fan of their production, cunning wordplay or diversity that probably has many members of the United Nations smiling, let’s all agree on one thing …

We like them.

Introduced by KnowThisByNow.com and now, approved by you.

This process couldn’t get any easier.

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DJ Homicide – The Hangover.
May 5, 2010

DJ Homicide – The Hangover. Download HERE.

Damn it. We really wanted to wait till Friday night to post this track.

Unfortunately for us, beers completely trump willpower. Fortunately for you, you get to listen to this golden little nugget Thursday night AND Friday night AND Saturday night as you pregame/party.

Some of you may try turning this on while you all are at work.

Just don’t be surprised when everyone’s dancing around the office naked and no work’s getting done.

We wouldn’t advise you to do anything that we haven’t already tried ourselves. That’s why Senor Reyes and Z-Silly have come up with a three-step process for optimal enjoyment of the track above.

1) Press play.

2) Watch this video on mute and dance accordingly.

3) Please don’t dance like that.

Thank us later.

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Diggy Simmons – Diggy What.
April 28, 2010

Diggy Simmons – Diggy What. Download HERE.

Has Diggy started drinking the family Kool Aid or does this swag just come with puberty?

(If it’s the former, his older brother JoJo needs to start chugging immediately. His group Team Blackout was the epitome of FAIL.)

The 15-year-old son of Rap’s Family deserves a tip of the hat. Since the release of the video for his “Made You Look Freestyle,” everyone’s been eagerly waiting to see what he does next.

With this quick retouch of Jay-Z’s “N**** What,” Dig shows us that he’s headed in the right direction.

The track above is just one of many that will be featured on young Simmons’ next mixtape. Now, do yourself a favor and watch the video below (after the jump).

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Game – Ain’t No Doubt About It (Ft. Timberlake & Pharrell).
April 27, 2010


Game – Ain’t No Doubt About It (Ft. Timberlake & Pharrell). Download HERE.

This song’s like GQ mingling with XXL Magazine.

It’s like SoHo hanging out with the Bronx.

The equivalent of ordering foie grois with your country fried steak.

Alright, alright. You get it. This track is the first single off of Game’s The R.E.D. Album.

You should know this by now.

Eminem – Despicable Freestyle.
April 27, 2010

Eminem – Despicable Freestyle. Download HERE.

To be completely honest with you, we’ve kind of missed Em.

Not because he’s been gone … but because he just didn’t have that fire we grew up respecting. Even though his last album, Relapse, debuted at number one, ended up selling almost 2 million domestic copies and ultimately got him two Grammys, we thought there was something missing.

Then he came along by making an appearance on Drake’s “FOREVER” track to shut us the hell up.

The freestyle above has got us excited again. While he may not have anything to prove to any of us, it’s good to see that he’s keeping the ball rolling.

Note: in case you didn’t notice, Marshall lays down some fire over the beats to Drake’s “Over” and Lloyd Banks’ “Beamer, Benz or Bentley.”

You should know this by now.

Tyga – G-Shit (Ft. Chris Brown).
April 27, 2010

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Tyga – G-Shit (Ft. Chris Brown). Download HERE.

These two 20-year-olds must have the freshest fake IDs in the business. Put those solo cups down, kids. Especially you, CB.

Kidding.

It simply warms our hearts when the East and West come together like this. Virginia-born Chris Brown links up with Compton-bred Tyga for the track/video above.

This is most definitely a summer jam, ladies and gentlemen. We’ll be sure to bump it while we’re at Yacht Week.

Note: Taz Arnold’s fashion label Ti$a Vi$ion is getting a lot of noticeable exposure as of late. You’ll notice Chris Brown rocking the white vintage Adidas jacket in the video above.

Ever wonder why all of these musicians were getting THIS embroidered on their clothes? (i.e. Big Sean, Diggy Simmons)

Blame Taz.

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Badio – Kiss the Sky.
April 26, 2010


Badio – Kiss the Sky (Prod. by TrakGirl). Download HERE.

We’re going to be 100% with you and admit the fact that we have NO IDEA who Badio (pronounced “bad-e-oh”) is.

Hold on, hold on. We’re not done.

Allow us to be 1,000% with you and promise the fact that when we find out more … we’re all about to have a new favorite rapper. It’s incredible how you can point out a future star within 20 seconds of first hearing a song.

Hailing from Woodbridge, VA, it looks like Badio is currently running the books over at the University of Arizona. The young artist’s MySpace reads:

I’m addicted to success, I drink 40s. I like jockey boxer-briefs and V-necks and I’d die if I wasn’t making music.

Sounds like we’re going to get along just fine.

Get excited, Badio. We’re about to make you famous.

Then again …

You should know this by now.

Lupe Fiasco – Love Letter to the Beat & Horn Synth.
April 26, 2010

Lupe Fiasco – Love Letter to the Beat (Ft. Alicia Keys). Download HERE.

Lupe Fiasco – Horn Synth (Ft. Pharrell) SNIPPET. Download HERE.

Sounds like the first of these two was actually set to release with Keys’ album As I Am back in 2007. Produced by Chad Hugo of N.E.R.D., the track was swept under the rug and finally released over the weekend.

Both of these songs are rumored to make the final cut for Lupe’s upcoming album, LASERS.

Here’s to the hardest working man on tour right now.

Moreover, here’s to the hardest working blog on the internets right now!

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N.E.R.D. – Hot ‘N Fun (Ft. Nelly Furtado).
April 26, 2010

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N.E.R.D. – Hot ‘N Fun (Ft. Nelly Furtado). Download HERE.

So tired. Can’t write long sentences.

Download. Listen. Dance.

You should know this by now.

KiD CuDi- Daps & Pounds.
April 20, 2009

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KiD CuDi- Daps & Pounds. Download HERE.

Wow. A rapper delivering on a promise in a timely manner.  CuDi really is of a new generation.

As noted in the post below, this is CuDi’s contribution for 4/20.  Pretty dope.

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KiD CuDi- Higher Up.
April 20, 2009

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KiD CuDi- Higher Up. Download HERE.

Cudders slows it down a bit, reminiscent of “The Prayer” as he rhymes over the Dre and Snoop track “Imagine.”  Be on the lookout for another CuDi jam later today as he promised one to celebrate the day he loves most.

Also, I got a new joint, Ima put out on 4/20 for y’all. Its called “Daps and Pound,” might change the title but i think its sound pretty illy. It’ll only be available on my site.

So look out for that, and the final copy of “The Sky Might Fall” is finished and will be released soon.  CuDi claims it’s nothing like we heard when it first leaked.  He also spoke about his debut album, Man on the Moon: The Guardians, saying:

The last couple days I’ve been workin wit Will.i.am, APL, and Jean Baptiste out here in LA and all I can say is, please, please get ready. My album will be nothing short of friggin awesomely wicked. I’m enhancing my sound one track at a time, sooo don’t try and figure out how the albums gonna sound cuz you wont be able to imagine.

Well there’s not much else to be said about that. The album will be dope and thankfully not his only release.

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Big Sean- UKNOWBIGSEAN (Mixtape).
April 20, 2009

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Don’t know about you, but we have been waiting for Big Sean to drop this mixtape for a while now.  And in the slight oversight, missed the fact that it actually did drop when we leaked two tracks the other day. Download HERE.

Might as well go right to the source for the download, http://www.uknowbigsean.com, not to mention we’re all a little lazy at times.

The Dirty D native is really starting to make a name for himself.  He’s got the talent.  Oh and its not such a bad thing to have Kanye and Mike Posner in your corner either.

Sean hits you with some full versions of snippets that were on his Finally Famous mixtape, as well as some Matter of Time stuff, but no worries, the tape is 30 tracks long.

If he has that much lying around the studio, we can’t wait for the debut album to hit stores, sooner rather than later.

Big Sean feat. Dusty McFly- Iraq

Big  Sean feat. Jay-K- Paper Chaser.

Tracklist after the jump. Yip.

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Wiz Khalifa- Flight School (Mixtape).
April 20, 2009

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We’ve been talking about this mixtape and dropping leaks for weeks now, but the real thing has finally dropped.  Wiz goes in real hard on this 22 track mixtape.

He displays some definite versatilty with techno-charged songs like “Get Sum,” and he also throws some curveballs at you with some despised autotune, and even a little H-Town slowed down flow on some tracks.  But as always you can expect to hear some fire music.

Don’t sleep on the Wiz or the mixtape.  Download HERE or buy it through his MySpace page if you feel so compelled. Tracklist after the jump as always kids.

Wiz Khalifa- Name on a Cloud.

Wiz Khalifa- Never Ever.

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Wiz Khalifa- Get Sum.
April 14, 2009

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Wiz Khalifa- Get Sum. Download HERE.

We bring you the third leak off Wiz’s upcoming mixtape Flight School. We all know Younh Khalifa is a dope freestyler, but he is also quite adept at incorporating techno/trance beats into his music. Everyone remembers “Say Yeah.”

This track is anthem about “getting some”, in this case that means money.  And in these times, who isn’t trying to get some dollars.

Flight School is dropping later this month..hopefully.  Below peep a live performance of the new song.

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Lykke Li – Dance Dance Dance (Grandtheft RMX).
April 14, 2009

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Lykke Li – Dance Dance Dance (Grandtheft RMX). Download HERE (Right click and press “save as”).

Lykke Li (pronounced “Licky Lee”) kind of sounds like your modern-day Alanis Morissette. Only, she’s actually cool and relevant.

And attractive. Sorry, Alanis.

The Swedish indie pop artist is thankfully a successful product of the blogosphere. Much like many of today’s artists, she made a name for herself by posting songs on her MySpace page.

Her quirky singing voice is often backed by a bass that’s heavy enough to make it tingle in all of the right places. Catchy hooks and labido-enticing beats. What more can you really ask for.

After a well celebrated debut album (entitled Little Bit) in 2007, Ms.  Li now finds herself signed to an independent label by the name of LL Recordings and making rather regular appearances on the Swedish MTV.

Don’t sleep on this one, ladies and gentlemen. As much as we love saying “we told you so,” we’re more partial to uttering …

You should know this by now.