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Big K.R.I.T. – Moon & Stars (Clams Casino Remix)

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Clams takes it all the way back on this mix for K.R.I.T.’s Moon & Stars. 80’s babies, let us see them hands.

Big K.R.I.T. – Moon & Stars (Clams Casino Remix)

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Rating: 8.3

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12-20-11

Trae Tha Truth – Nothin’

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Our homey Trae goin’ in on a new Stereo Symphony-produced instrumental. Bang that shit out your trunk.

Trae Tha Truth – Nothin’

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Rating: 8.3

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12-20-11

French Montana – Shot Caller (Remix) (Feat. Diddy & Rick Ross)

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Heard Cleveland (Cleveland hip hop radio all day) DJ Steph Floss drop this bomb on Z 107.9 tonight and have had it on repeat ever since. Nice horn-tipped beat. Ciroc Boys.

French Montana – Shot Caller (Remix) (Feat. Diddy & Rick Ross)

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Rating 8.3

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12-15-11

Common – Raw (How You Like It)

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So we haven’t given much love to Common’s upcoming Dreamer/Believer joint yet, cause if we’re being real, fam, we haven’t been that nuts about what’s leaked so far. “Raw” is a definite step up “Blue Sky” or “Believer” or whatever Lily Allen shit Com is on. Here, Lonnie does his best Yasiin Bey with pretty good results. We’re spinning it.

Common – Raw (How You Like It)

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Rating 8.2

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12-13-11

DJ Khaled – I’m On One (Shlohmo Remix)

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Our dude Shlohmo dropped this lights down 4 AM screw of “I’m On One” over the weekend and we’ve had it on repeat ever since. Double M-G til we get the chair.

DJ Khaled – I’m On One (Shlohmo Remix)

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Rating 8.1

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12-12-11

SHOW REVIEW: Grieves and Budo @ The Middle East, Boston 12/05/11

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Grieves and Budo hit the subterranean confines of Cambridge’s Middle East downstairs on Monday. The duo performed their big energy, multi-genre influenced hip hop at a high level leaving the mostly full venue (not bad for a Monday night) no doubt satisfied. Opening the set were frat rap duo Boom Box, the guys seemed to have difficulty connecting with the kids as they, in ever-increasingly futile attempts to rouse the disinterested crowd, doused water out from the stage. “You guys like dubstep?” asked one of the MCs to a mostly negative response. The rappers still went on with the song which was OK, but came off sloppy in performance (incl an entirely (poorly) lip synced chorus hook). So that set sort of sucked.

Up next was SF MC K Flay, who definitely brought a confidence and quality of performance that was lacking in the opening set. Thank God. K Flay’s style is sort of feverish, kinetic, almost stream-of-consciousness, as one sharply tipped line gives way to the next and so forth. The crowd seemed to get more involved as the set went, as her Boston fanbase seemed to expand which each song. Girl used a live drummer, which added a nice underlying strength/lower-end to the performance. About two-thirds into the set K Flay dropped an on-the-spot-created beat (which you’d never be able to tell) that she proceeded to verbally slay which each freestyled set of rhymes. It was that sort of “the moment” in the set where she was over with the Middle East crowd, the house sort of it all nodding heads approvingly in unison.

Grieves and Budo blew through a set that covered all eras of their partnership. And it was apparent that no matter how old or new each song was at least 80% the house knew no less than 100% of the words to every single song. And Grieves (the MC half of the duo) did a great job of keeping the kids psyched up and involved (as if they needed it), telling stories, cracking jokes (Budo hadn’t changed his pants for a week), waxing about Boston, etc. Budo, too, did his part switching from horns, to keys, to guitar, back to horns, on to keys, etc, all the while acting as Grieves’ hype man and back up. We love Grieves and Budo and we loved the set. We definitely left happy.

Grieves and Budo – Lost in the Sun (Feat. K Flay)

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12-08-11

Fiend – Take a Pull (Feat. Smoke DZA)

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Fiend (yes, that same Fiend that was on No Limit Records about 10 years ago) steps up to something smooth and buttery. Rappers get old too. And on a Friday night at age 35 a couple Hank Mobley 45s sound a bit more real than Silkk Tha Shocker. (word up to Silkk.)

Fiend – Take a Pull (Feat. Smoke DZA)

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Rating 8.0

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12-06-11

Ace Hood – Shit Done Got Real (Feat. Busta Rhymes & Yelawolf)

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Hood goes in, Busta raps the same flow for the 5000x time, and Yelawolf takes the track. “Shit Done Get Real” is off Ace Hood’s The Statement 2 mixtape which drops in full on Friday.

Ace Hood – Shit Done Got Real (Feat. Busta Rhymes & Yelawolf)

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Rating 8.1

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12-05-11

Tinie Tempah – Lucky C_nt (Feat. Big Sean)

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X-Factor wooden host dude’s (seriously Simon, we love you but you need to can this guy.) favourite rapper Tinie Tempah is readying a new mixtape entitled “Happy Birthday”. Wretch 32 and Jermaine Cole appeared on mixtape release one, the neat “Like It Or Love It”. This time its Big Sean’s turn on feature with the WizzyWow produced “Lucky C_nt”. Get into it.

Tinie Tempah – Lucky C_nt (Feat. Big Sean)

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Rating 8.0

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12-03-11

Phil Ade – P.O.P. Music (Feat. Casey Veggies)

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Yesssssss. Young Veggies and DMV Phil go in. The track tips up nice with a soulful drop and a dope as fuck ?flute sample. Put this one on repeat.

Phil Ade – P.O.P. Music (Feat. Casey Veggies)

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Rating 8.4

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12-03-11

araabMUZIK – They Won’t See U

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“They Won’t See U”, an unreleased track from AraabMUZIK, comes nicely equipped with a sharp 1-2 and a killer use of choral samples in the instrumentation. The result is akin almost to a futuristic gospel choir. We can dig that. Jams.

araabMUZIK – They Won’t See U

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Rating 8.5

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12-01-11

Drake – The Motto (The L.A. Remix) (Feat. Nipsey Hussle, YG & Snoop Dogg)

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Shout out to The Bay but we’re about to do it for LA. Nipsey, YG & Snoop team up on this West Coast remix of the T-Minus produced tune from Take Care. Outta space jam.

Drake – The Motto (Remix) (Feat. Nipsey Hussle, YG & Snoop Dogg)

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Rating 8.3

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11-29-11