Category Archives: Music

epic in every way

Initially, I wasn’t sure about Sade’s “Soldier of Love” track.  I gave it a quick listen through and didn’t see what all the hype was about (as it appeared on two of my frequented music blogs).  When I saw it on the mainstream blogs getting recognition and I somehow had amassed a few copies of it in my iTunes library, I gave it another listen.

The real gem to me is the snare drum.  I understand the connection between a snare drum and the military, but it just fits the song so well.  And if I’m not mistaken, people are continuing to take notice.  ABC is even using the track to promote the final season of Lost.

Sade’s album drops February 9th and if this track is any indication, we’ve got a strong contender already for album of the year in 2010.  I’m having a bit of trouble posting the video but you can check it out at The Smoking Section.

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artist spotlight/revival: mike jones

Before the reign of Soulja Boy Tell’em, the rapper that people either classified as “annoying” or “genius”, was Mike Jones.  Remember that (at the time) revolutionary marketing idea?  He dropped his real phone number in verses all the time – 281-330-8004.  Or the required “Who?” after anyone said his name?

In all seriousness though, I wish Mike Jones was still around and making music.  His music was repetitive and not very deep, but some of his songs were pretty catchy.  “Still Tippin” was the first hit that featured Slim Thug and Paul Wall.

That song had me hooked on the screwed & chopped style in high school.  But the song that still puts a smile on my face is “Back Then”.  I think the message is particularly enjoyable for anyone who has ever accomplished something that everyone else said they couldn’t do.  In Mike Jones’ world, this was making it with his music.  When he started out, he gave demos out to everyone and plenty of people (as depicted in the music video), threw them out.  And as most musicians experience, when they do make it big, all of a sudden everyone is your best friend (….now they all on me).

There were a few other good songs from his debut album (Turning Lane, Laws Patrolling, What Ya Know About) but sadly, he hasn’t had much out since then.  He had “Drop and Gimme 50” with Hurricane Chris and “Badd” with the Ying-Yang Twins, but in a world dominated lately by Wayne and Jay, I wouldn’t mind seeing a revival of Mike Jones.

If Rick Ross can do it with “Deeper Than Rap”, I’ve still got faith in Mike Jones.  Who?

the blue print

Blueprint 3 has finally got a tracklisting.

You’ve got the Run This Town and D.O.A. bangers already, but what else?

Some predictable collabos – Cudi, Kanye, Pharrell, but the Mr. Hudson, Luke Steele and Young Jeezy collabos are surprising.  Maybe that joint with Drake is going to be the next single?

Via BBC

victorys within the mile

Counting down until August 20th, when the “Run This Town” music video drops.

Very dark, but I like it.

From Kanye Live

it is a sick track but….

Despite hearing it more than a month ago, I still am hooked on the huge summer hit “Leave The World Behind”.  I replayed the video from my blog post and decided to see if any new videos have been uploaded to YouTube.  I found this one featuring Axwell, Sebastian Ingrosso and Steve Angello playing their hit.

This comment captures my thoughts on the video perfectly:

Picture 2Not sure what those guys were on but they can sure make a summer monster.  Anybody have the ZShare link for remixes or the original?

so-hot

Keri Hilson is gracing Complex’s new August/September 09 cover with artwork courtesy of So-Me.  I’m a huge fan of So-Me’s work but Keri is looking stunning in all her pictures.

Is short hair the “new” thing?

Rihanna:

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Solange:

Amber Rose:

Via Hypebeast

strap on your boots

Little Boot’s new music video for “Remedy” dropped.  She’s kinda cute.  I had no idea.

Sorry Boots, but I think my main squeeze is still Lykke Li.  Once LB does a version of “Hustlin”, then we’ll talk.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Seen on P&P