The New Classics

October 25, 2009

New Music: Clipse, Popular Demand (Popeye’s) [ft. Cam’ron]

Filed under: Download, Hip Hop, Song — Tags: , , , — Greg @ 12:23 pm

10.25.09

Song: Popular Demand (Popeye’s) [ft. Cam’ron]
Artist: Clipse
Album: Till the Casket Drops
Producer: The Neptunes
Label: Columbia Records
Notes: none
Analysis: Cult followings in hip hop don’t get much bigger than that of both Clipse and Cam’ron. Neither act has had a mainstream hit in years, but both have fans hungry for new material constantly. In Clipse’s case, most of the material they put out is worthwhile, but with Cam’ron, for every ‘Dead or Alive‘ there is an absurd track like ‘IBS‘ (which  happens to be about his irritable bowel syndrome). Thankfully, on the drowsy piano-laced banger ‘Popular Demand (Popeye’s)’, Malice, Pusha T and Cam’ron stick with what they’re all best at – shit talking, bragging and drug raps: Continue Reading

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October 23, 2009

New Music / Music Video: Arctic Monkeys, Cornerstone

Filed under: Download, Indie Rock, Music Video, Song — Tags: , — Greg @ 6:00 pm

10.23.09


Song: Cornerstone
Artist: Arctic Monkeys
Album: Humbug
Label: Domino / Warner Bros.
Notes: 2nd single from LP
Analysis: ‘Cornerstone’ has a simple, slowly-strummed sweetness to it that Arctic Monkeys songs don’t usually go for, as far as I know. Here, Alex Turner sings a tune about (or at least what I interpret as) wanting to pretend that every woman he meets is a different woman in particular, and in the end settles for the woman’s sister. It’s the kind of song that I picture will get the crowd of a Monkeys show swaying back and forth and singing grinningly. Continue Reading

New Music / Music Video: Snoop Dogg, Gangsta Luv [ft. The-Dream]

Filed under: Download, Hip Hop, Music Video, Song — Tags: , , — Greg @ 6:48 am

10.23.09

Song: Gangsta Luv [ft. The-Dream]
Artist: Snoop Dogg
Album: Malice in Wonderland
Producer: The-Dream
Label: Priority Records
Notes: 1st single from LP
Analysis: Snoop decided to play it a little bit safer with his latest lead single. Unlike the stripped-out classic ‘Drop It Like It’s Hot’, or the auto-tuned disco-flaired weirdness of ‘Sexual Eruption’, ‘Gangsta Luv’ is a more straightforward pop rap dance track. Continue Reading

October 22, 2009

New Music / Music Video: Frightened Rabbit, Swim Until You Can’t See Land

Filed under: Download, Indie Rock, Music Video, Song — Tags: , — Greg @ 6:40 pm

10.22.09

Song: Swim Until You Can’t See Land
Artist: Frightened Rabbit
Album: The Winter of Mixed Drinks
Label: Fat Cat Records
Notes: 1st single from LP
Analysis: ‘Swim Until You Can’t See Land’ is a song about abandoning all hope and getting the hell out of dodge before the worst hits the horizon.

Dip a toe in the ocean. Oh how it hardens and it numbs.
And the rest of me is a burgeoned man
built to collapse into crumbs.
And if I hadn’t come down
to the coast to disappear,
I may have died in a land-slide
of the rocks, the hopes and fears.
Continue Reading

New Music: Big Boi, Shine Blockas [ft. Gucci Mane]

10.22.09

Song: Shine Blockas [ft. Gucci Mane]
Artist: Big Boi
Album: Sir Luscious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty
Producer: unknown
Label: Def Jam Records
Notes: none
Analysis: When you’re using a sample better than Jay-Z, you have to be doing something right, regardless of how many times your album is pushed back. ‘Shine Blockas’ rocks a soulful ‘I Miss You Baby’ sample by Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes once used in the Kanye West-produced ‘This Can’t Be Life’ on Jay-Z’s Dynasty album. Where Jay (along with guests Beanie Sigel & Scarface) spat about the problems of their worlds, Big Boi takes a different turn by going in about those darn haters that always sound like such jerks. Continue Reading

October 21, 2009

New Music / Music Video: Death Cab for Cutie, Meet Me On the Equinox

Filed under: Download, Indie Rock, Music Video, Song — Tags: , — Greg @ 8:17 pm

10.21.09


Song: Meet Me on the Equinox
Artist: Death Cab for Cutie
Album: New Moon (OST)
Label: Atlantic Records
Notes: 1st single from LP
Analysis: Death Cab has had a great 2009 thus far. Riding the success of their near-perfect 2008 LP Narrow Stairs, they released two of my favorites from the album: ‘Cath…‘ and ‘Grapevine Fires‘ as singles this year, followed by the equally-superb The Open Door EP followup that further cemented my admiration of this band. ‘Meet Me On the Equinox’ is a track written specifically for the soundtrack to a teen-fad film franchise of the last couple of years; New Moon. Continue Reading

New Music: Gucci Mane, Spotlight [ft. Usher]

Filed under: Download, Hip Hop, Song — Tags: , , , — Greg @ 5:56 pm

10.21.09

Song: Spotlight [ft. Usher]
Artist: Gucci Mane
Album: The State vs. Radric Davis
Label: So Icey / Warner Bros. Records
Producer: Polow da Don
Notes: 2nd single from LP
Analysis: Mark my words, you will be hearing this one everywhere for the rest of 2009. Convicted criminal and gutter-flowed mixtape rapper Gucci Mane is likely to hold a Top 40 spot next to Miley Cyrus with this song, and deservedly so. This track drips of the spilled Heineken Lights of women flocking to the dance floor to get busy to their new favorite song. Continue Reading

May 15, 2009

New Music: Mr Hudson, Supernova [ft. Kanye West]

Filed under: Download, Hip Hop, Indie Pop, Song — Tags: , , — Greg @ 10:09 am

05.15.09

Mr Hudson Supernova
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Song: Supernova [ft. Kanye West]
Artist: Mr Hudson
Album: Straight No Chaser
Label: GOOD Music
Producer: Mr Hudson
Notes: 2nd single from LP
Analysis: The industrial-sounding ‘Supernova’ is more like a Gary Numan song than something you would expect Kanye West to feature on. Continue ReadingMr Hudson actually sings less than Kanye does on this song, which means that there’s plenty of auto-tuning going on, bringing down my enjoyment of what could have been a better rap/sung duet. There’s better Hudson songs out there right now, and better Kanye guest-raps, so I would expect more from a collaboration between the two, but ‘Supernova’ is nothing to rave about.
Rating: 5.5
Source: Nah Right

May 10, 2009

New Music: Mos Def, Casa Bey

Filed under: Download, Hip Hop, Song — Tags: , — Greg @ 10:51 am

05.10.09

Song: Casa Bey
Artist: Mos Def
Album: The Ecstatic
Label: Downtown Records
Producer: unknown
Notes: 1st single from LP
Analysis: Mos Def I’ve always found to be a little overrated. I mean, I think he’s great, but there are lots who think he’s the greatest and I just don’t see that. I’ve been disappointed by at least half of every album he’s put out, Black on Both Sides included. But then he’s created some of my favorite hip hop songs ever like ‘Miss Fat Booty’, ‘Mathematics’, ‘Travelin Man’ and ‘Definition’.  So I always hesitantly anticipate his new material, expecting that there will be a handful of songs that I won’t dig. ‘Casa Bey’ is not one of those. Continue Reading

May 8, 2009

New Music: Beastie Boys, Lee Majors Come Again

Filed under: Download, Rock, Song — Tags: , — Greg @ 6:24 pm

05.08.09

Beastie Boys Check Your Head
Song: Lee Majors Come Again
Artist: Beastie Boys
Album: Check Your Head (2009 Re-Issue)
Label: Capital Records
Notes: none
Analysis: ‘Lee Majors Come Again’ is a hidden 7″ disc bonus track for some of those who purchased the re-issue of their classic Check Your Head. It isn’t what you would expect, though. Continue Reading

May 6, 2009

New Music: AZ, Get Money

Filed under: Download, Hip Hop, Song — Tags: , — Greg @ 6:58 pm

05.06.09

AZ - Legendary
Song: Get Money
Artist: AZ
Album: Legendary
Label: Koch Records
Producer: unknown
Notes: none
Analysis: AZ has been underrated since just about forever, but it’s never deterred him from creating quality music album after album since 1995. I can’t argue against him giving himself the Legendary title, but ‘Get Money’ isn’t his best effort. Continue Reading

New Music: Torae & Marco Polo, Party Crashers

Filed under: Download, Hip Hop, Song — Tags: , , — Greg @ 6:19 pm

05.05.09

double barrel

Song: Party Crashers
Artist: Torae & Marco Polo
Album: Double Barrel
Label: Duck Down Records
Producer: Marco Polo
Notes: 1st single from LP
Analysis: The second track we’re hearing from Double Barrel is just as aggressive as the first and just as likely to break some eardrums. Continue Reading

May 5, 2009

New Music: Cam’ron, Let’s Talk About [ft. Jadakiss]

Filed under: Download, Hip Hop, Song — Tags: , , — Greg @ 5:56 pm

05.05.09

camron-crime-pays-cover
Song: Let’s Talk About [ft. Jadakiss]
Artist: Cam’ron
Album: Crime Pays
Label: Asylum Records
Producer: unknown
Notes: none
Analysis: Cam’ron’s comeback has been unraveling pretty big this year, and ‘Let’s Talk About’ might be the biggest track we’ve heard so far off of Crime Pays. Cam makes good use of the same sample that Black Milk utilized (and absolutely destroyed) on ‘Losing Out’ with Royce da 5’9″ last year, and calls in a favor from fellow NY icon Jadakiss for some guest rhymes. Continue Reading

New Music: Eminem, Old Time’s Sake [ft. Dr. Dre]

Filed under: Download, Hip Hop, Song — Tags: , , — Greg @ 2:02 pm

05.05.09

Eminem Relapse
Song: Old Time’s Sake [ft. Dr. Dre]
Artist: Eminem
Album: Relapse
Label: Shady / Aftermath / Interscope
Producer: Dr. Dre
Notes: none
Analysis: Now that I’ve sort of accepted that we probably aren’t going to be getting any real new Eminem material off of Relapse, I have to just sit back and take in the music for what it is, which so far has sounded like lost tracks from the Marshall Mathers LP sessions. ‘Old Time’s Sake’ fits that same description, but more in the essence of what it was like to hear Dre & Em rap together for the first time. Continue Reading

May 4, 2009

New Music: Slum Village, Cloud 9 [ft. Marsha Ambrosius]

Filed under: Download, Hip Hop, Song — Tags: , , , , , , — Greg @ 5:28 pm

05.04.09

Slum Village-Cloud9

Song: Cloud 9 [ft. Marsha Ambrosius]
Artist: Slum Village
Album: unknown
Label: Barak Records
Producer: unknown
Notes: 1st single from LP
Analysis: While no official album has been announced yet, Slum Village is back to putting out material as a group after a brief hiatus. T3, Baatin, Elzhi & now late producer J Dilla’s younger brother Illa J are the names, but I’m sure there’s still enough Dilla instrumentals to rhyme over to still consider him a member. On ‘Cloud 9′, the sound is a bit less subtle than some of their earlier work (probably due to Marsha Ambrosius’ guest singing rather than a vocal sample use), but it’s still a nice representation of what made the group underground legends in the first place. Continue Reading

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