Albums, Hip-Hop, Videos | The Dean’s List – Generation X [Album]

Posted by on April 3, 2012

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Just over a year ago, The Dean’s List took the blogosphere by storm with the release of their highly successful and career defining mixtape, The Drive-In.  Prior to that release, the Boston trio consisting of Sonny Shotz, DJ Mendoza, and Mik Beats had released a haphazard mixtape, Undeclared,  on iTunes with hopes of collecting some coin for their 100% in-house work.  If you ask them, they will likely all agree this wasn’t the right move, but luckily they recovered control of the wheel and drove-in to their self dubbed genre, “It’s The Dean’s List”.  With infusions of hip-hop, pop, electro, classic sampling, an offering of unconventional bar and song lengths, placed them in a lane of their own.

While The Drive-In instilled the mentality of “F it I’m young” into the ears of its listeners, Generation X takes you on a journey through the come up The Dean’s List have experienced thus far.  I have not listened to the project in full yet, but I did just contribute to its rise to the #1 spot on the iTunes charts.  From what I have heard of the project, I will say Mik and Mendoza have taken their production to the next level once again, offering up an organic blend of all different genre’s while Sonny continues to deliver first string lyrics that are far deeper than the rap.  For anyone who appreciates up and coming art, invest the $11.99 in this album and I can guarantee you will not be disappointed.  If you’re still skeptic, go ahead and download The Drive-In for free and listen from start to finish.

Above, is the video for “Youth” featuring Sid Sriram (ironically Mik’s roommate from freshman year), shot and directed by Elan Alexenberg of FTS Creative, one of the best at his craft.  This video depicts the message behind the song to a T, stuck in between being a kid and fame.

Special shout out to the whole Dean’s List roster along with Dani Ummel (the bodacious vocals behind “No Sleep” off The Drive-In), who makes 5 appearances on this album.

Purchase Album on iTunes: The Dean’s List – Generation X

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Hip-Hop, Videos | The Dean’s List – The Dream [Music Video]

Posted by on November 30, 2011

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The Dean’s List released this video for “The Dream” off their 2011 mixtape, The Drive-In, earlier this week.  Setting scene on the road and sharing some footage from their recent journey on tour, Sonny takes it into the vacant wilderness to recite these powerful lyrics.  FTS creative have been making some very impressive videos lately and are honestly giving Rex Arrow a run for his money.  The Dean’s List have been releasing visuals for new tracks as well as singles off The Drive-In for several months now, but expect an announcement for their next project, Generation X, coming very soon.

DOWNLOAD: The Dean’s List – The Dream 

Hip-Hop, Videos | The Dean’s List – All My Troubles [Music Video]

Posted by on November 4, 2011

A few months back, The Dean’s List teamed up with Red Bull to release an exclusive track.  Representing their brand well, Sonny, Mik, and Mendoza delivered a high octane electro/hip-hop track.  About a month ago, the two camps teamed up once again to shoot the visuals for the single.  They made their way up to the coast of New Hampshire to capture most of the caffeinated visuals with the help of FTS Creative (who has been killing the game with videos lately).  I’m not sure if this song will find its way to an official project, but for now you can grab the mp3 below if you don’t already have it.

DOWNLOAD: The Dean’s List – All My Troubles

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Hip-Hop | The Dean’s List, Mac Miller, Common

Posted by on October 6, 2011

The Dean’s List have been heavy on their grind recently.  Although we haven’t had much music to show, they’ve got a couple new videos and been busy jumping around on their nationwide Pledge To Rage tour.  FTS Creative, who has been making huge moves lately, recording videos with XV, The Dean’s List, Waka Flocka, & more, have been following Sonny, Mendoza, & Mik on the road.  Above is the first episode off their new #BreakfastTalk viral series that will focus primarily on tour life.

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Mac Miller’s unofficially official fan site, has been running a series this week, releasing a rare Mac track each day.  Today, they promised that if @pitpanther01 could reach 2,000 followers, he would deliver the newest installment.  Here’s what he had to say about the track.

“During the summer of 2010 Mac Miller hoped on the remix to Phresh Muney’s single “Regular Guy” to create the MostDope Mix. A pretty dope and chill song that Mac kills.”

DOWNLOAD: Mac Miller – Regular Guy (MostDope Mix)

The Windy City’s own, Common, dropped the first single off his 9th studio album (yes, 9th).  As always, the established vet delivers refreshingly crisp lyrics that always reel me back into his music.  It’s amazing after all these years, Common has never sold out or changed for the worse.  One of the realist and most consistent artists in the game.  Production from No I.D. gives this track a launchpad for success.  The Dreamer, The Believer, dropping November 22nd, so be sure to stay up with Common.

DOWNLOAD: Blue Sky (Prod. by No I.D.) (FIREEE)

Hip-Hop | The Dean’s List, Cam Meekins, SoLo

Posted by on September 15, 2011


Above are visuals to The Dean’s List’s All Systems Go featuring OnCue, which was off their latest mixtape, The Drive In. All in all the music video is pretty simple, but a treat nonetheless from the talented group.

PREVIOUSLY POSTED: The Dean’s List ft. OnCue – All Systems Go

Cam Meekins has been hard at work on his upcoming project, but decided to drop this hip-hop gem to keep his fans at bay for the time being.
DOWNLOAD: Cam Meekins – Keep It Thoro (Freestyle)

A new joint from the up-and-comer hip-pop artist, SoLo, off his upcoming project, Dear Future.

DOWNLOAD: SoLo ft. Young Mel & Swagga Bob – Can You Hear Me Now

Hip-Hop | XV, Wiz Khalifa, The Dean’s List Remix | HIP-HOP

Posted by on March 9, 2011

A few days ago, I received a Facebook message which contained the photo posted above. The caption read: “Imitating images of SweetE on a beach in Jamica.” This kid clearly has his mind right…thinking of SweetE while simultaneously repping Fresh New Tracks in paradise (#winning).

Lupe Fiasco has attracted plenty of attention lately with “Lasers.” He’s spoken out against his label, Atlantic Records, in many interviews. In an attempt to quell Lupe’s artistic creativity, Atlantic instructed him to, “Not rap too deep.” “I am a hostage,” Lupe noted in an interview with the Chicago-Sun Times. “I gave them [Atlantic Records] what they wanted. If I didn’t, at the end of the day the album wasn’t coming out.”

Lupe has received wide support for remaining vocal about such frustrations. XV has shown his own support for Lupe’s “Lasers” by releasing a freestyle track in which he goes hard over Lupe’s “Words I Never Said” instrumental. XV will open for Wiz Khalifa, Lupe Fiasco and Cee Lo Green at SXSW on March 17th.

DOWNLOAD: XV – Words I Never Said (Freestyle)

“Flesh” is a new track off Neako’s “Loudpack 2” mixtape. Wiz is featured on the chorus, as well as a verse.

DOWNLOAD: Neako ft. Wiz Khalifa – Flesh

Kid Ink has jumped on a remix of “Dear Professor,” a popular track off The Dean’s List recently released mixtape, “The Drive-In.” If you have yet to download it, head to our post here.

DOWNLOAD: The Dean’s List – Dear Professor (Kid Ink Remix)


Spring Break is just around the corner. If you’re headed to Panama, or need another cheesy track to go along with your daily dose of binge drinking, download the track below. With lyrics like: “If you’re gunna’ black out, drink what’s in your glass now, do it till’ you pass out–live it up in Panama,” you know it’s a Spring Break anthem.

DOWNLOAD: Goone – Panama (Spring Break Anthem)