2.27.2015

Madonna.

I know we are all still bumping that new Drake project and have our favorites off of it. But take a break from originals and check out this edit from producer & WeAreDope alum, Henry Stuart of Drake's Madonna. Stuart chops and smooths the song out on some zoned out production and brings new life to the track. Henry Stuart flips songs in such interesting and dope ways and this edit is no different.

The Philly based producer has been putting in work this year so far and has a lot on the way. So catch up with him by checking out his 2015 playlist!

Love this guy, he's just so awesome.

For more Henry Stuart, check out:
henryjstuart.com  
twitter.com/HenryJStuart
soundcloud.com/henryjstuart
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2.19.2015

Style.

...Don't judge me. Yes, I am posting the latest video from Taylor Swift because this shit is fye! It's for her song, Style, which is off her album, 1989, which you all loved- so don't flex. Ever since this chick went pop, I've been really into her music and I feel weird about it because I made such an effort not to mess with her bubblegum, girl-next-door, American sweetheart persona. But hey, she's making dopeshit, and I can't be mad at it.

This video is really cool. Simple as hell but still holds your attention. I fucks with it. See what happens when I have an email inbox full of mediocre music, I resort to the land of Mainstream. This is y'all fault. Lol

For more Taylor Swift, check out:
http://taylorswift.com/
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2.11.2015

Quickie: Two-9's B4FRVR.

And I'm back with another Quickie! And this one will truly be quick. It'll lowkey feel like a shout out rather than some in depth analysis of a mixtape. We can take it there, but we will not.

Come across the latest mixtape from Atlanta collective Two-9 titled B4FRVR (Before Forever, for you slow pokes). Two-9 is wildly popular here in the city and their presence is becoming more and more solid around the country thanks to some awesome touring.

I am fan of Two-9's music for the most part but for some reason, I usually am not moved by their collective mixtapes. I would have skipped over listening to this but then I watched the video for World Go Crazy (see below) and was like, "...Alright, alright! I'll listen to the project!"

My main response to this mixtape is that all members of Two-9 have stepped it the fuck up! ALL of them! Apparently being with Ear Drummers and having Mike Will as boss has brought something out of these guys. Hooks, verses, energy-sooooo much better than before. The evolution as individual artists and as a group is amazing.

And production from Mike Will, Metro Boomin, Backpack and of course frequent Two-9 collaborator, Snubnose Frankenstein, enhanced the artistic improvement of Two-9 on this project. Only song they kind of lost me at was Never See Me Again?, possibly a little too much in a direction I couldn't really follow.

Overall, if you need some bomb ass music to rock with right now, let Two-9 provide that for you.

Rating:
8/10

Two-9's World Go Crazy Video

*this video has such a simple concept but was so creatively executed-love it!

Listen: Two-9's B4FRVR on LiveMixtapes.com
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2.05.2015

As Seen On the Web: 10 Ways to Fund Your Music Career.

I know there are many music artists who read my blog not only to see if I write about them but simply because they like to discover new dopeness too. So I decided that when I see a post that may help you awesome artists at being successful in life, I'll put you on game.

Marissa G. Muller of The Fader asked some successful artists how they fund their careers and I think they gave some pretty darn good tips. Word to the Fader.

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2.03.2015

So Emotional.

Ever been down and out and someone suggested to you to just play your favorite music and dance it off? Well try doing it to ForteBowie's latest single, So Emotional, off his forthcoming EP, Passion & Confusion! As Forte goes through his thoughts and feelings about his girl, he somehow manages to turn up and dance through it all. Isn't that how it should be anyways?

The Freeze Frame Media directed visuals are simple yet intriguing and make old and new fans fall in love with Forte for the first or 100th time.

In addition to this new visual, the Atlanta bred artist has declared this month, #FebruaryForte. So much for Black History Month-I kid, I kid. Every week this month,  Forte will be dropping new music for us to collect like Pokemon cards. Check out Week 1 below!

For more ForteBowie, check out:
fortebowie.com
twitter.com/fortebowie
soundcloud.com/fortebowie
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1.30.2015

Tha Kool Kids.

Just when you thought some of your favorite dance crazes couldn't get any better, Toronto based 2D animator, Shaz Lym recreates them with his animated series, Tha Kool Kids. This has to be the cutest and dopest animation I've seen in a while. Lym has more on his tumblr, including a kid doing the Shmoney dance, hat throw and all. I love this and can't wait to see more!

For more Shaz Lym, check out:
shaz-enrico.tumblr.com/
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1.29.2015

0 to 9000.

Producer duo, Two Fresh linked up a while back with ForteBowie and made some gems together. Their collaborative production, 0 to 9000, is our first taste of their work. This track is literally the perfect blend of their styles and it will get you as hype as a strong ass cup of coffee. Love this!

Look out for more music coming Two Fresh and ForteBowie, separately and collective!

For more Two Fresh, check out:
twofreshbeats.com
soundcloud.com/twofreshbeats
twitter.com/TwoFreshbeats
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1.28.2015

Review: The Interview.

Okay, I didn't get to caught up in the chaos of what was going with this movie as far as the release and being banned in theaters and all that jazz. This movie caused a big stir prior to its release. Sony was wildin' out, North Korea and the US were tossing the blame for the mess at Sony at each other-you can google this and read all about it. All I know is that my BFF aka Netflix is streaming it.

Yup, I'm talking about The Interview starring Seth Rogen and James Franco. Pineapple Express dudes? Pineapple Express dudes. Besides the controversial plot of the movie, this movie is really not that serious.

1.27.2015

Ads are on SoundCloud and you shouldn't be mad.

Now, I don't know if you all use SoundCloud as much as I do but if you do, a recent listening session of yours may have been interrupted by one of the worst things ever-an advertisment!!!!

Yup, I know. It feels like our safe haven for free, continuous music streaming has been tainted. When I first got hit with an ad, I was pissed! But when you actually read why the ads are there, you really can't be too mad.

It's for the artists. Yeah, the people who create, upload, and let their music be played for free in the first place-them. This is how SoundCloud will be paying artists whose music is streaming. Similar to Spotify. Now I don't know if there will be a paid subscriber option for listeners who want ad-free streaming but all of this is new, so we'll see. And I've only encountered the ads when I am streaming music on an artists' profile page.

So far the ads are only 10 seconds long, so lets hope they don't start acting like YouTube with 20 minute episodes of shows as an ad. Whether we like it or not, artists do deserve something for creating the music we live our lives too. So let's not turn up on SoundCloud and their ads-yet.
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1.26.2015

King.

Aye man, I am determined to make y'all dance with some of the music I've been posting lately. With that said, here's the latest visual from English trio, Years & Years for their song King. This song is BOMB and guaranteed to get you jammin-yes, I said the word jammin'.

Olly Alexander's voice and over all smooth and mysterious vibe is so dope and the production is just so moving. I think I literally just found a new favorite band of mine. This is GOOD music, y'all. Get into this talent, get into this vibe. You are all so freakin' welcome! Hot damn, I love this.

And oh, this video fye too. Love it.

King will be available on iTunes 3.1.15!!!

For more Years & Years, check out:
www.facebook.com/YearsAndYears
twitter.com/yearsandyears
soundcloud.com/yearsandyears
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1.25.2015

Spotless Mind.

Shame on me for changing... Shame on you for staying the same. 

If Jhene Aiko doesn't make the realest relationship music out right now, I don't know who does. She gives us the visuals for her song, Spotless Mind off her latest album, Souled Out. I feel this song and video represent such a common occurrence in relationships. The moment when you just outgrown and evolve at a faster pace than that of your significant other. It sucks but it's life.

The video is super cute and super real. Well directed too. By the way, Souled Out is the most solid project I have heard from Miss Aiko in like-I mean ever. Her best work ever. So definitely check it out if you haven't already.

For more Jhene Aiko, check out:
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1.24.2015

How About Now.

Ever listen to some Drake and think,"Damn, I like Drake but he really is so emotional. Like I want to listen to him but I really want to dance too!" No worries, Philly's own Swizzymack got you with his Philly Club remix of Drake's How About Now

This remix made me like the song even more. Actually, I don't even bother listening to the original anymore. Swizzymack has some real heat on his Soundcloud page, so definitely check that out and try not to work up a sweat!

Drake, dance a little.

For more Swizzymack, check out:
twitter.com/Swizzymack
soundcloud.com/djswizzymack
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Gone.

Ever needed the perfect song to start of your weekend activities? Well try out this new song by SNAKEHIPS featuring Syd (of The Internet) titled Gone. This song is the perfect vibe to get dressed, get in the car, and drive off to a good time. I don't go out much but when I do, I want the atmosphere to feel like this. And y'all know I just love Syd and her voice-which is literally gets better over time like wine! She's everything.

So get your girls, call up your boys, and enjoy the weekend!

For more SNAKEHIPS, check out:
twitter.com/snakehipsuk
soundcloud.com/snakehips-1
youtube.com/user/https://youtube.com/snakehipsuk
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It G Ma.

Have y'all heard about this South Korean rapper named Keith Ape? If so, why didn't you put me on game? And if not, well time to get familiar. Apparently Keith Ape is a part of a group called The Cohorts and they are like rising underground rap stars in the East. Like the Asian A$AP Mob.

Well Keith Ape does what many up and coming rappers do, hop on industry beats and aim to make it their own-except Keith Ape actually does make it his own. Yes, he has heavily borrowed the styles of Yung Lean and OG Maco, but damn, if imitation is a form of flattery, he is paying them so much homage right now.  By the way, they are speaking Korean like 90% of the time and I can still tell they are going in! And I don't speak a lick of Korean!


This just shows you the power of music and if it speaks to your body and you're vibing, it's magical. Now his remix to Bobby Shmurda's Hot Nigga (which he titled Hot Ninja) was cool but this take on OG Maco's U Guessed It is fuckin' amazing. DJs in the US need to play this. I want to go to the club and these hip hop shows and hear DJs play this. If I had the power to make it mandatory-I would. This is so hard, bruh.

For more Keith Ape, check out:
twitter.com/CHRT_KEITHAPE15
soundcloud.com/keithape14
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1.22.2015

My Garden.

Kat Dahlia delivers the visuals for her song, My Garden off his debut album of the same name. She is literally in her own version of a garden in the video and is accompanied by a snake who she seems to be extremely comfortable with-go Kat!

I feel like I heard of Kat Dahlia before but she was mad pop-like and I was not intrigued but something tells me I may be confusing her with some other singer from Miami. Unless Kat went through a complete transformation and became amazingly 1000x doper.

Either way, I like this chick. Her voice and vibe is like a cross between Nelly Furtado and Alanis Morissette. It's melodic and rough. And I think I really like her because it doesn't feel forced or manufactured. I love how she borrows melodies from other songs and makes it her own. For example in My Garden, she borrows the melody of Barrington Levy's adlibs on Shyne's Bad Boyz. I bet you young ones didn't catch that. Lol And in her other single, Gangsta, she borrows from 50 Cent's Wanksta.

She's dope, I can't even front. Listened to some of her album and I mess with it. So check her out and enjoy!

For more Kat Dahlia, check out:
katdahlia.com
twitter.com/KatDahlia
facebook.com/KatDahliaMusic
instagram.com/therealkatdahlia
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