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SXSW

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To commemorate the start of SXSW‘s music schedule tomorrow, I wanted to highlight a pretty cool feature Last.fm is offering its users for free. Even though I won’t be at the festival, I am a huge Last.fm fan. Plus one-third of Enliten will be in attendance… be on the lookout for SUG near the Collie Buddz camp. So in the words of Bobby Hundreds, “if you’re in the area, stop by and say ‘What’s up’ or ‘Howdy, Y’all’ or ‘I hate you guys, you ruined streetwear’ or whatever you crazy Texans do.”

Back to the topic, Last.fm created a tool called “SXSW Band Aid 2011” that allows users to instantly view a personalized list of artists to see at the festival based on their play history. If you have a Last.fm account, go here to check out which artists to see (or see what you’re missing and cry). Here’s my list:


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Which is Better?

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A:

B:

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Cyke!

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The star-packed cyphers at this year’s BET’s Hip-Hop Awards were definitely the most talked about events of the night. What I noticed most was Wiz Khalifa’s recycled verse from “The Check Point” that’s on his collab mixtape with Curren$y. Come on, Wiz – you’re better than that! Here’s the video of the cypher in question:

Part 1: Wiz Khalifa, Bones Brigante, Yelawolf & Raekwon The Chef

Here’s the original track:

Curren$y & Wiz Khalifa – The Check Point mp3

I know Wiz isn’t the best freestyle rapper as he discusses here:

But he could’ve at least come up with an original verse for this event.

The G.O.O.D. Music cypher was definitely the highlight for me. Big Sean’s verse was my personal fav:

Part 4: Kanye West, Pusha T, Big Sean, Cyhi The Prynce & Common

Here are the rest of the cyphers:

Part 2: Ice Cube, OMG, DoughBoy, Rev Run, Diggy Simmons & Jo-Jo

Part 3: Busta Rhymes, Reek Da Villian, Zawcain & Mickey Factz

Part 5: Royce Da 5’9″, Tyga, Kuniva & Diamond

 

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UPDATE

Kanye’s can now be added to the list:

Click here to listen to Kanye’s second cypher verse

Now listen to this section of his “Dark Fantasy” single:

Kanye West – Dark Fantasy

Here’s the full song in an excerpt from Kanye’s film, “Runaway”:

Kanye West – Dark Fantasy mp3

Kanye West, Pusha T, CyHi Da Prynce, Big Sean & Common – G.O.O.D. Music Cyper mp3

 

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Finally

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Big Sean – Finally Famous 3 (mixtape)

[Featured artists: Kanye West, Drake, Tyga, Chip Tha Ripper, Curren$y, Mike Posner, Bun B, Asher Roth & Chuck Inglish]

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Bonus tracks not on mixtape:

Royce Da 5’9″ feat. Big Sean – My Own Planet

Big Sean feat. Pat Piff – I Go Hard

Big Sean feat. Mr Hudson – Way Out

French Montana, Wiz Khalifa, Nipsey Hussle & Big Sean – I’m On It

Big Sean – What U Doin? (Official Video)

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The Best Mixtapes of 2009

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1. Drake – So Far Gone

When a comparatively bad retail-version of your CD sells 73,000 copies in the first week, while a very good mixtape-version is available online for free, your album is #1 in my book. Also, props for songs featuring Sweden’s Lykke Li and Peter Bjorn & John. Everyone better already have at least some version of this mixtape in their library, and get ready for ‘Thank Me Later‘ in 2010.

[Featured artists: Lil Wayne, Trey Songz, Bun B, Omarion, Lloyd, Lykke Li, Santogold & Peter Bjorn & John]

2. Wiz Khalifa – Flight School

I still listen to this CD pretty regularly. ‘Flight School’ showcases Wiz better than any of his other CD’s in 2009 by far.

[Featured artists: Kev Da Hustla & John Record]

3. Kid Cudi – Dat Kid From Cleveland

Kid Cudi had a big year, and this is his best mixtape effort for 2009.

[Featured artists: Kanye West, Common, Wale, Chip Tha Ripper, Consequence, Kevin Rudolf, Jackie Chain, 88-Keys & Sharam]

4. Big Sean – UKnowBigSean Vol. 2

I really wish Big Sean would release another mixtape, but this one will have to satisfy until that happens. This tape is solid throughout.

[Featured artists: Mike Posner, Santigold, Jay K, Earlly MacMillion, Dusty McFly, Keely & Pat Piff]

5. Lil Wayne – No Ceilings

Lil Wayne proves he is still ridiculously creative and has unlimited punch lines… gives me flashbacks to his mixtape haydays a few years ago.

[Featured artists: Birdman, Tyga, Jae Millz, Gudda Gudda, Nicki Minaj, Short Dawg, Shanell & Lucci Lou]

6. The Cool Kids – Gone Fishing

The Cool Kids drop another solid mixtape. I wish these guys came out with more music overall, but you can’t knock their consistent quality.

[Featured artists: Ryan Leslie, Shorty K, Jahda & Tennille]

7. Gucci Mane – Gucci Land

Gucci is the most popular rapper right now; I can see ‘The State vs. Radric Davis‘ selling between 250K & 500K this week… it’s a good CD. I had this mixtape, ‘Gucci Land’, on replay more than any of his others in the past year.

[Featured artists: OJ Da Juiceman, The Game, Timbaland, Fabolous, Nicki Minaj, Chip Tha Ripper, Dem Franchise Boyz, Yung L.A., Gorilla Zoe, Shawty Lo, Freeky Zekey & more]

8. B.o.B. – B.o.B. vs. Bobby Ray

B.o.B./Bobby Ray/This guy is definitely one of the most talented of the new artists with his versatility rapping and producing.

[Featured artists: Kanye West, T.I., Charles Hamilton, Asher Roth, OJ Da Juiceman, Bun B, Mickey Factz, Big Kuntry, Mac Boney, Playboy Tre & Killa Mike]

9. Mike Posner – One Foot Out The Door

My only non-rap mixtape for the year, and it is Mike Posner for a reason. The songs featuring Big Sean are the highlights for me.

[Featured artists: Kid Cudi, Big Sean, Saigon, Bun B, Clinton Sparks, Freddie Gibbs, GLC & XV]

10. Wale – Back to the Feature

Another rapper that had a big year; this is Wale’s best overall mixtape effort in 2009.

[Featured artists: Big Sean, Talib Kweli, Mike Posner, Bun B, Joell Ortiz, Lady Gaga, Currensy, Memphis Bleek, Peter Bjorn & John, Young Chris, J Cole, Royce Da 5’9, Joe Budden & more]

11. Tyga – The Free Album

Yeah, I couldn’t narrow my list to 10 selections, and I even had a hard time deciding between this mixtape and Tyga’s more recent, ‘The Potential‘.

[Featured artists: Lil Wayne, Gata & Short Dawg]

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Just Kidd Kidding

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Kidd Kidd has been dropping some quality songs for a while now, and I thought he might be a little more popular by now; I feel like he hasn’t been getting the credit he deserves. I mean, he was on one of the best tracks on Lil Wayne’s ‘Tha Carter 3’:

Lil Wayne feat. Bobby Valentino & Kidd Kidd – Mrs. Officer

And I know you’ve heard ‘Best I Ever Had’ by Drake. Well, there has been some controversy with Kia Shine claiming 25% publishing. I don’t know about that, but Drake does admit to taking a line from a Lil Wayne song that Kia Shine produced in that same article. That song? ‘Real Shit‘ by Kidd Kidd and Lil Wayne (Wayne says, “We can do it real big, bigger than you ever done it. Everything you every wanted… I can spend whatever on it,” at about 0:30):

Lil Wayne feat. Kidd Kidd – Real Shit

Finally, Kidd Kidd is also in the original (and better) version of ‘Forever’ with Drake, Lil Wayne, Kanye West & Eminem. The original version is only with Drake and Lil Wayne though:

Lil Wayne feat. Drake & Kidd Kidd – I Want Dis 4 Eva

So check out Kidd Kidd’s new mixtape, ‘New Kid On The Block’. I think he sounds kind of like BG and Juvenile combined?:

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Kidd Kidd – New Kid On The Block (mixtape)

***Bonus No DJ Top Tracks:

Drake feat. Lil Wayne & Kidd Kidd – Stunt Hard

Kidd Kidd feat. Lil Wayne – Mazant

Lil Wayne feat. Kidd Kidd – Bullshit

Lil Wayne feat. Kidd Kidd – Guerilla

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What if Kanye West is Retarded?

Kanye West’s recent incident…

… reminded me of an article I read a few months back titles ‘What if Kanye West is Retarded?‘. This article contains some pretty good arguments bringing up Kanye’s book, his opposition to college (lol), and the conflict with George Bush as support. Here are a couple excerpts:

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Lookin’ cool, Kanye.

“The thing is, I thought a lot of Kanye’s strange, quirky behavior was all a part of his act. His brat-sent-to-bed-without-dessert reactions to Grammy snubs, his bizarre videos, the fact that he blogs in ALL CAPS; I assumed it was all his “bit,” you know? He clearly wants to go down in history as some kind of unpredictable, eccentric genius and, hey, he probably could’ve gotten away with it. The history of pop music is littered with odd, eccentric lunatics that are now considered geniuses, and Kanye just wanted to be one of them. If he can convince people that he’s got Prince-levels of eccentricity, more power to him.

But now that I’m seeing this ridiculous book of what he perceives to be Confucius-esque witticisms, I’m not so sure. It’s not enough that he’s written a crappy book–he’s gone on record as saying that he’s a “proud non-reader” who doesn’t see the value in books. Now, I’m not an accomplished author or anything (until Holla Atta Bitch goes platinum or whatever it is that books do), but I think the first rule of book-selling is “Don’t tell your book-buying audience that reading books is stupid and worthless.”

Which leads me to my concern: What if Kanye isn’t an eccentric genius and, worse, isn’t even trying tofeign eccentricity? What if Kanye didn’t spout off a bunch of quirky, polarizing diatribes because he wanted to go down in history as a creative genius, but because he is, in fact, a complete fucking moron? The question we have to ask, then, is “What if Kanye West is retarded?” and everything Kanye’s ever said and done takes on an entirely different context when you view it through this new lens.”

I bet this is exactly how Charles Hamilton would act like if he was a little more popular.

Also, I should mention a quote from one of Drake’s twitter accounts referring to Beyonce’s recognition of Taylor Swift:

“and Bey was real classy for doin that for Taylor Swift / next time Kanye wanna shoot my vid eat a d*ck”

Looks like Drake wasn’t impressed with the ‘Best I Ever Had‘ video either…

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