This.Is.The Remix: The Hood Internet (Wale vs Kavinsky), Ted Smooth (Drake ft. The Weeknd) & Trae Tha Truth ft. Big K.R.I.T., Jadakiss, J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, B.o.B., + more
…or I guess it should read, “THESE. ARE. The remixES.” If you didn’t know, I am quite fond of “the remix.” Even when it’s not quite as good as the original, it’s still refreshing to hear a good song in a different light, or from a new perspective.
First up we got a quality mashup from one of the best. The Hood Internet takes Wale’s Chain Music and throws it over some dark, whiteboy electronic instrumental courtesy of Kavinsky. Never heard of dude(?), but….diggin it.
Next we got this simple Ted Smooth remix utilizing some slowed down percussion from Biggie’s “I Got A Story to Tell” mixed in with Drake’s “Crew Love.” Pretty subtle addition, but new life nonetheless.
Lastly, we have a classic example of the hip hop remix. Whenever someone is lucky enough to snag a beat/hook like this, it’s inevitable that they’ll be at least 10-15 rappers trying to jump on that shit. The original was star studded enough with the likes of Wale, Wiz, Lupe, and Big Boi, but it just got another lift with some even NEWER schoolers (K.R.I.T., J. Cole, Kendrick) and more importantly, the REAL Mark Morrison! WHOOOOOAAAAAAAAAOOOOHHHH!
Weekend Rap Up: New Music from Big Boi, Wiz Khalifa, Guy Harrison, Dave Raps, Consequence, and Drake
As you can see from my last post, I am a big fan of this Brother’s of Chico Dusty project with The Black Keys. After taking a closer listen, maybe second time through the mixtape, this quickly became my favorite track by far. Always take at least a second listen if it intrigues you in the least. Think about it this way, if the songs on the radio have the least replay value but catch your ear the quickest, then the songs that take a little bit longer to hook you are gonna be the ones that will have the most replay value. Trust me.
Big Boi vs The Black Keys – The Only Fat Sax (right click, save as to download)
“Right here I got all these hoes look, I got these dopes shook
Cuz what I wrote took intelligence and elegance, its all makin hella sense
its obvious, like sittin in the room with an elephant”
I’ve said it before, coming out hard is important in rap. Dude’s flow is nice right of the bat and really stands out in this song. Not to mention the beat; perfect percussion. I can’t really figure out how to describe it otherwise, but I think that’s a good thing. Never heard of this guy…Guy Harrison until I saw this mixtape “The Deadline” over at TheHipHopUpdate.com. Good shit over there, it’s where I get most of my music. I really like this song.
Guy Harrison – 3 am Visions (right click, save as to download)
Another mixtape I took a listen to since dudes over at HHU shared it. Definitely a different sound. Haven’t gotten into a second listen yet, but this one stood out right away. Cool guitar, lots of bass, smooth flow..hook is lil weak. This song is off the mixtape H.Y.P.E. Really liking this one too.
Dave Raps – Alive (right click, save as to download)
Wiz just shared some more quality music for his fans with his latest mixtape release called Cabin Fever. Again, only took a quick listen but this song right here is fire. I love the “We are the champions” sample from Queen. Never heard it chopped up like this before though. Great beat, great hook, decent verses from Wiz, Trae and Big Sean. Cool variety of voices though.
Wiz Khalifa ft Trae tha Truth & Big Sean – Phone Numbers (right click, save as to download)
I’ve been finding a lot of work from Consequence as of late, and I like it. Just took a listen to his latest mixtape release called Movies on Demand 2. Solid work. “Alphabet Boys” off this tape is nasty too, cons got skills. But this one felt pretty funky, so I wanted to share it.
Drake – 9 am in Dallas (right click, save as to download)