Trap | Dani Deahl and Jason Edward Give “The Next Episode” a Festival Trap Makeover

Posted by on April 28, 2015

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Any time a track from my childhood gets the remix treatment, my very first listen through the remix is typically skeptical, as the expectations are sky high. When Chicago-native, Dani Deahl, and LA-based producer, Jason Edward, released their remix of Dre and Snoop’s 1999 classic from The Chronic on 4/20, you can bet that my expectations for the remix were through the roof, and I’m happy to say that Deahl and Edward delivered. On the remix, Deahl and Edward leave the iconic introduction to “The Next Episode” untouched, before infusing the rest of the track with a hard-hitting festival trap feel. Deahl and Edward slowly build the track before unleashing a flurry of fat, blaring horns and ripe vocal samples layered over a pounding bass line. Deahl and Edward are giving out this remix as a little 4/20 gift, so be sure to download to track here.

Trap | HEDEGAARD – Still Animals (Mashup/Remix)

Posted by on November 13, 2013

She’s baaaaaack…. another guest post from our Scandinavian sweetheart, Rebecca.

Just as we all started to feel that ”Animals” should be deleted (or at least reduced to one play per night) from the playlists in mainstream night clubs, Martin Garrix dropped his latest track, ”Wizard”. Yes, we all loved ”Animals;” I personally discovered it with great ecstacy, but creating a drop that sounds like the ”Animals” drop played backwards and adding a slightly different melody to it, doesn’t make a new world hit.

Sticking to a personal sound is a good thing, don’t get me wrong. Garrix did more than well with the ”Project T” remix. He sealed it with the big G without spelling out the whole name. But Wizard just feels like the easiest way out, using already proven tricks. If it wasn’t for him to be such a damn cute Dutch prodigy (Is it possible for a 20 year old to adopt a 17 year old? Anyone?) I would be much more disappointed. He has already shown that he has what it takes, so I’ll just look past this little ”Wizard” mishap.

If you for some reason still can’t get enough of ”Animals”, but feel like you need to move on (I mean it’s been 4 months since the official release. It’s been ”Animals” everyday. Everywhere. For 4 months), I suggest the Rasmus Hedegaard remix/mashup ”Still Animals”. This trap producing Dane knows his mixes (Had to make a little room for my Scandinavian neighbors in my post, it’s just a tiny bridge between my home town and Denmark – fun facts). Daring enough to take on the world’s most loved tracks, he played matchmaker between Garrix and Dr. Dre, and I believe they make a beautiful couple. Listen below and see what I mean.



Hip-Hop, Rap | Adrian Lau – X Generation (Prod. By Harry Fraud)

Posted by on August 5, 2013


With shark week in full effect, Brooklyn producer Harry Fraud’s protege Adrian Lau just dropped an ill track “X Generation.” Lau murks it over Fraud’s grungy industrial beat.  If you’re not up to date with what Fraud and his movement have been up to, they recently signed a label deal with the re birthed legendary hip hop label Priority Records, home of NWA, Dr Dre,  and Snoop Dogg. The name of the label is Surf School Records and there is talk that Adrian will be the first artist to sign. Look out for more music from this tandem very soon! Must listen and must download!

Free Download: Adrian Lau – X Generation (Prod. By Harry Fraud)

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Hip-Hop, Rap | Kendrick Lamar – Compton ft. Dr. Dre + Album Tracklist

Posted by on October 2, 2012

October 22nd can’t come soon enough.  Although Kendrick has now released four of the deluxe 17 tracks, no fan is satisfied.  When you have an aura like Kendrick Lamar, too much is never enough.  After hearing one banger from Dot and Doc in “The Recipe”, the Cali kings return with an organic track produced by Just Bliggity Blaze chanting for the one and only city of “Compton”.  I’ve included the recently released track listing for the album after the break.  Strap up, this is the future.


Hip-Hop | Saturday Standouts: New Rick Ross/Andre 3000, 50 Cent/Dr. Dre/Alicia Keys, Wiz Khalifa/Game

Posted by on July 28, 2012

It’s been a big week for hip-hop, with Nas’ authentic and lyrical Life is Good taking the top spot on the charts, and a number of big-name collaborations dropping (a majority of which happen to be leaks from God Forgives, I Don’t). We’ve already taken a look at his underwhelming trade-off with Dr. Dre and Jay-Z (“3 Kings”), and now with a handful of rapper-assisted tracks leaking (featuring the likes of Andre 3000, Drake and Wale) I’m becoming more skeptical of his upcoming effort. I think that too many times artists rely upon features to provide sales and generate interest, when much of the time all it does is disguise the fact that a rapper can’t keep a listener’s interest over the course of a full LP. Other times, the featured artists’ contributions can become the highlights—which is certainly true in regards to Andre 3000’s work on “Sixteen.” Here’s a look at some of the week’s most compelling collabs:

Rick Ross — Sixteen (feat. Andre 3000)

This track is definitely the best thing I’ve heard from God Forgives, I Don’t thus far, and it’s not because of Rozay. Over some extremely soulful, saxophone-induced J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League production, Rawse bellows about how “sixteen [bars] ain’t enough” before dropping an elongated verse that certainly could’ve been shortened. Then Andre steps into the light with a plethora of flows and multisyllabic lines, and that crisp form of storytelling that is so illustrated and idiosyncratic that it’s just mesmerizing. Here’s one standout for Ross’ project.

50 Cent — New Day (feat. Dr. Dre & Alicia Keys)

For so much star-power, it’s a shame that this track never really manages to grab me. The whole track just bleeds a genericness that it never steps beyond, from Dre and 50’s stagnant verses to the Alicia-crooned chorus that really isn’t saying anything (“Party people say, party people say ‘ayyyy’/It’s a new day.” It’s the kind of pop songwriting that makes me cringe—that which strives to make people think they’re listening to something meaningful, keeping the shallowness of the message directly equivalent to that of the listener. This one’s a big flop from my end, as is everything I’ve seen from 50 and Dre lately.

Wiz Khalifa — Far From Coach (feat. Game & Stat Quo)

I used to be a huge Game fan back in his G-Unit/Aftermath days, and though I’ve stayed in touch with his music I haven’t found anything as gripping or interesting in his recent work. But for his verse on the new single from Wiz’s upcoming work O.N.I.F.C., Game is back to his energetic, rhyme-heavy flow that always leaves a great West Coast tint on the track. He steals the show here, especially compared with an average chorus and Wiz verse, and a poor assist from Stat Quo (the former Shady signee) that struggles to keep the vibe up. Overall, though, this is a feel-good track that I’ll be bumping as proof that Game is back on his game.




Hip-Hop, Mixtapes | T.I. ft. Dr. Dre – Popped Off

Posted by on January 17, 2012

This new track from T.I. featuring Dr. Beats surfaced back on the first of the month when T.I. dropped his new mixtape, F*ck Da City Up.  Paying no mind to the tape, I didn’t realize the jailbird had been released from prison for long enough to put together a decent project.  Apparently I was wrong.  I haven’t had a chance to listen to the full project yet, but this cut featuring a dope verse and production by Dre is a breath of fresh air.  Still can’t say I’m convinced Detox will ever come.

DOWNLOAD: T.I. ft. Dr. Dre – Popped Off (Prod. by Dr. Dre)

DOWNLOAD: Dr. Dre – F*ck Da City Up [Mixtape]