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Hip Hop

Grieves – Lightspeed

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Seattle based rapper, Grieves offers up a piano-driven melody with highly relatable lyrics and an impressive chorus hook. The song reminds me of childhood, and specifically, how our differences as kids were countervailed by the bonds we shared through riding in the last seat of the bus and going to the local deli to pickup packs of baseball cards. Grieves’ lines about these ideas make the song all the more authentic and set the mood for an interval of reflection. The song crosses many disciplines and I believe, has something for everyone. Contributed by Trevor Meyer

Grieves – Lightspeed

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Rating 8.2

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10-15-11

Drake – Make Me Proud (Feat. Nicki Minaj)

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Eyebrows dropped this new Take Care bomb with Funkmaster Flex earlier tonight. It’s that Pink Friday and OVO.

Drake – Make Me Proud (Feat. Nicki Minaj)

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Rating 8.5

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10-13-11

Slim The Mobster – What Goes Up (Feat. Snoop Dogg)

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Here goes some cool new West Coast shit. “What Goes Up” features Snoop and is signed off on by Dr. Dre (he executive produced). (Some serious West Coast royalty co-signing). “What Goes Up” has that sort of classic CA sound, that piano-driven cadillac bounce shit. How long before Jayceon starts beefing with this dude too.

Slim The Mobster – What Goes Up (Feat. Snoop Dogg)

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Rating 8.0

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10-13-11

Mac Miller – Blue Slide Park

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Yeah, we didn’t expect this to be good either. Let alone this good. Young Mac surprises the b3sci crew with a sharp flow on top a hotly tipped jazz-inflected beat. Surprise! BSP due Nov. 8.

Mac Miller – Blue Slide Park

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Rating 8.2

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10-13-11

Shaolin Jazz – Gil’s Pinky Ring (Wu-Tang Clan x Gil Scott-Heron)

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We don’t usually fuck with mashups, etc, etc. But THIS(!) Shaolin Jazz mash of Wu-Tang and the late great Gil Scott-Heron’s “The Bottle”, it’s sound like Ghost, Rae et al were in the studio cutting this shit live with Gil. “The Bottle” has such a great groove to begin with but damn what a nice match. Good on Shaolin Jazz. Get familiar below.

Shaolin Jazz – Gil’s Pinky Ring (Wu-Tang Clan x Gil Scott-Heron)

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Rating 8.5

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10-12-11

XV – Boss Level (Prod. Skrillex)

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XV – Boss Level (Prod. Skrillex)

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Rating 8.0

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10-11-11

Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa – Young, Wild & Free (Feat. Bruno Mars)

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For Snoop, 1 out of 3 ain’t bad.

Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa – Young, Wild & Free (Feat. Bruno Mars)

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Rating 8.0

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10-10-11

The Knocks – Brightside

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“Brightside” is NYC’s The Knocks first proper single release for A&M records. It’s an uptempo feel good dance track that’s got enough soul built in its guts to make for great repeat listening. Heavy roc.

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Rating 8.3

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10-10-11

Example – Midnight Run (Flux Pavilion Remix)

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It’s new Flux! The dude FP does his spin on Example’s latest. A little less “filth” and a bit more “bounce” in this mix. Could this be foreshadowing a new stylistic turn for Mr. Pavilion? (DoML)

Example – Midnight Run (Flux Pavilion Remix)

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Rating 8.7

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10-10-11

The Weeknd – Initiation

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Everyone’s favorite elevator r&b revivalist drops “Initiation”. Track is hot.

The Weeknd – Initiation

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Rating 8.5

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10-08-11

k-Os – Faith Pt. 2 (Feat. Drake)

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Two of T.O.’s nost requested reconnect on this rework of “Faith” from k-Os’ Anchorman mixtape of last year. AMERICA: k-os rips. Get familiar.

k-Os – Faith Pt. 2 (Feat. Drake)

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Rating 8.1

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reviewed by
10-05-11