Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
PLEASE, Kanye. Put down the vocoder. You are not T-Pain.
John Legend feat. Kanye West - It's Over [click to download]
BONUS: Legend covers U2, below...
John Legend - Pride (In the Name of Love) [click to download]
If this song could talk it would ask, "hey kids, remember me?"...
Lupe Fiasco feat. Pharrell, Q-Tip and Sarah Green - Paris, Tokyo (Remix) [click to download]
Lupe Fiasco - Paris, Tokyo (Free Jazz Remix) [click to download]
Thursday, September 18, 2008
That's right, Xscape. Remember them? Me, either. Maybe this will refresh you.
Anywho, the song samples this one. Whoever digs up these old R&B hooks, props to you sons. Fresh update from Wale below:
Wale feat. Xscape - I Will [click to download]
This is a radio rip from a foreign country, but pretty interesting. The track will be featured on the soundtrack to the new James Bond film, titled Quantum of Solace.
Nothing is ever out of the question for these two.
Alicia Keys & Jack White - Another Way to Die [click to download]
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
...probably because nobody knows the name of that guy on the left.
There will be a big 2-hour finale on a Saturday in November. MTV plans to have all the classic TRL mainstays -- NSYNC, BSB, Britney, Eminem, etc. -- in attendance. Read more here from Billboard and here from CNN.
Monday, September 15, 2008
Johnathan Davis (of Korn) got together with Slipknot to make this hard-hitting Lil Wayne cover.
Hearing the Korn dude use a T-Pain machine is straight-up laughable.
Johnathan Davis & Slipknot - Got Money [click to download]
Best Buy says it will keep all of Napster's LA-based staff, including CEO Gorog, on board. (Gorog has a 6.24% stake in his company, which includes options for 1.7 million shares and about 1 million unvested restricted stock units; all of those shares should vest when the deal closes.) In theory, this means that the landscape for digital music subscription services doesn't actually change that much: There's Napster, RealNetworks/MTV's Rhapsody, and Microsoft's Zune pass offering, and none of them have made much impact despite years of effort and millions of dollars burned.
Read the rest here.
If this isn't a Dirty South triple-threat, I don't know what is.
This will be blasting outta T-Lo's trunk, coming to an ATX 'hood near you.
Scarface feat. Lil Wayne and Bun B - Forgot About Me [click to download]
Thursday, September 11, 2008
"Skin tone same color as a tater tot"
...if that line doesn't save Paul Wall's career, I don't know what will.
Akon sounds especially nasal on this one. Enjoy.
Paul Wall feat. Akon - Girl On Fire [click to download]
Here's a vid of Yeezy smashing some cameras at the terminal. Not cool, Yeezy.
Nice specs, Luda.
I'm more excited about "Wish You Would," but this will do.
BONUS: Ludacris feat. Floyd Mayweather - Undisputed [click to download]
Performing "Superstar" and "Day 'n Nite," respectively. DJ AM and Travis Barker as the house band, too.
Just wanted to remind everybody that Wale performed with Mark Ronson at last year's VMAs and now dude's got a big ol' record deal with Interscope. Y'all know how I feel about both these guys, and now I'm seeing history repeat itself. Somebody get me an A&R job, these ears are too smart.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
X & Hell - Don't Stop Movin' [click to download]
BONUS: Two remixes!
X & Hell - Don't Stop Movin' (Dublin Aunts Remix) [click to download]
X& Hell - Don't Stop Movin' (Bassline Mix) [click to download]
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Seeing that M.I.A. just blew the fuck up, this seems like an appropriate post. This unreleased track uses a similar chorus to that on "Paper Planes."
Produced by Bangladesh, the man behind "A Milli." You might have heard of it.
M.I.A. - Hit That (Produced by Bangladesh) [click to download]
Warner wised up and put Estelle's album back on iTunes today. Let's celebrate:
Sean Paul has been showing up on remix after remix...no word on a new album, though. Stay tuned.
Estelle feat. Sean Paul - Come Over (Remix) [click to download]
Monday, September 8, 2008
Friday, September 5, 2008
...this Sunday. He will be performing the new single "Love LockDown." Apparently it's gonna be one big-ass finale with more details coming during/after the performance.
And yes, the rumors are true: "Love LockDown" will be available EXCLUSIVELY on iTunes for two weeks following the VMAs. Say sumthin'.
Thursday, September 4, 2008
From The Urban Daily:
Estelle’s album sales have pretty much dropped to non-existent status after Warner’s greedy little hands yanked the R&B singer’s latest album, Shine, off iTunes in the U.S.
NME.com reports that the record label chose to pull the album off iTunes to force fans to buy the album in stores because it makes the company more money. Apparently Warner didn’t get the memo that no one buys CDs anymore. Since, the album has dropped from number 38 to number 159 in the US Billboard albums chart and her hit single ‘American Boy’ dropped from number 11 to number 37 in the singles chart.
The record labels still don’t get it: Being greedy selfish bastards is just not working anymore.
Couldn't have said it better myself.
Ooh, boy. The mailbag people at Blender are gonna be extra busy once this hits the newsstands:
He had insane rock-star charisma. He admirably conceived of a gangsta rapper as a principled rebel. His booming baritone gave basslines competition for the most-trunk-rattling part of a hip-hop song. Hell, even Juice hasn’t aged nearly as badly as you’d expect. But while Tupac’s musical highs were epic—the pro-feminist “Keep Ya Head Up,” the terrifying “Hail Mary,” the boisterous “California Love”—that still leaves 15,837 other songs. He was a good rapper, not a great one: The guy larded records with self-mythologizing, mediocre filler that wouldn’t have made Biggie’s “give to Lil’ Cease” file. Maybe someone in his retinue could’ve stepped in during one of those legendary 96-hour recording binges and said, “Pac, instead of laying down this 14-minute rant about how Sun Tzu taught you how to take down the East Coast, how about some Yahtzee?” The man: awesome. The music: somewhat less than awesome.
See the entire list here.