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On Haitus March 17, 2008

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Hey everyone. I will be on haitus until mid-April as I’m traveling in Asia for a month. Will be back with plenty of good music from my travels soon.

The Roots – Rising Down March 10, 2008

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TheRootsThe Roots have always seemed to stay true to their name and release music that featured raw, uncut slices of rap’s most dark and thoughtful material. What I connect most with to their music is the machine-gun delivery of Black Thought’s always on-point rhymes and their use of live instrumentation in studio recordings. Their music tends to sound a lot more organic then the processed sounds of other hip-hop producers.

The Roots are planning to release their landmark tenth studio album titled “Rising Down” at the end of April and I’ve managed to grab a rip of their first single “Birthday Girl” which is the most commercially-sounding track I’ve heard from them, possibly ever. They’ve lent the hand of Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump to sing the hook and it’s resulted in a really light, laid back tune. The lyrics however, aren’t as much and band member ?uestlove describes the track as “‘the most beautiful statutory rape song ever!“. (Note that the quality isn’t the greatest on this recording but when I get my hands on a better one I’ll hopefully get round to uploading it).

The Roots – Birthday Girl (Feat. Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy)
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[ From the Album “Rising Down” | Buy CD: | Download: ]

The next track “Get Busy” is also taken from the new album and is a polar opposite of the one above. It’s a really raw, aggressive cut with a buzzing, heading-knocking beat (similar in feel to Nas’s “The Thief’s Theme” only rougher) and features guest MCs Dice Raw and Peedi Peedi with scratches provided by DJ Jazzy Jeff.

The Roots – Get Busy (Feat. Dice Raw, Peedi Peedi & DJ Jazzy Jeff)
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[ From the Album “Rising Down” | Buy CD: | Download: ]

Jason Mraz – I’m Yours March 5, 2008

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Jason Mraz is an artist that I discovered around the same time as John Mayer. )During that period, they were often compared with one another in terms of their somewhat similar musical styles, however while John Mayer went on to develop his sound with a more Blues feel to it and gained massive critical acclaim with his album “Continuum”, Jason Mraz instead adopted a similar sound to his first LP and, in turn, was quite brutally slaughtered by the critics for his album “Mr. A-Z”. Warranted, while that album was not half as fun as his first (“Waiting For My Rocket To Come”), it wasn’t the complete catastrophe that you may have led to believe. That said, I won’t be sharing any tracks from it, but instead a new track from his third soon-to-be-released studio album titled “We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things”. It’s penned to be out on 20th May and will be the first from Mraz to have proper collaborations on it from the likes of Colbie Caillat and British singer-songwriter James Morrison. This track “I’m Yours” will be the first single. It sounds a shade too similar to Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s (what a name eh?) cover of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” but that said, it does still hold it’s own as a great, breezy, chilled out song.

Jason Mraz – I’m Yours
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[ From the Album “We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things” |
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I thought I’d also share the first single ever released by Mraz which made me take notice of him initially. It’s a track which I instantly fell in love with the moment I heard it due to its positively gleaming outlook on life. It is the very definition of the perfect pop song, stupidly catchy and a track that leaves a smile on your face long after you’ve heard it. At least, that’s the effect it had on me. Other picks from this album include “I’ll Do Anything”, “Curbside Prophet” and “You and I Both” – all of which are worth checking out if you enjoyed what you’ve heard here.

Jason Mraz – The Remedy
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[ From the Album “Waiting For My Rocket To Come” | Buy CD: | Download: ]

Snoop Dogg – Ego Trippin’ March 2, 2008

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Snoop Dogg, for me, has been one of the most consistent hip-hop artists out there at the moment and always seems to deliver albums of quality with singles that end up having big impacts on the charts such as, in recent times, “Drop It Like It’s Hot” and “That’s That Shit”. Snoop again doesn’t disappoint with this, his ninth album of his career “Ego Trippin'”. After the initial success of the first single from this album “Sexual Eruption” (titled “Sensual Seduction” in the edited version) which featured the quite brilliant old skool video as seen below, it seemed possible that Snoop Dogg would go back to experimenting with different genres such as R’n’B and soul/funk as was the case with the album “R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece” as opposed to the straight out gangster-rap work of his previous LP “Tha Blue Carpet Treatment”.

For some part, this is true – the track “Cool” is a straight out nostalgic funk tune with a buzzing beat and “My Medicine” is a tribute to Johnny Cash which crosses into the Country genre with a classic folk guitar lining the entire track. Not with the best results it has to be said. Also, with no Dre productions in this release you’d be worried about whether this album would turn out to be another experiment in genre-crossing with mixed results. Luckily though this doesn’t turn out to be the case as a series of producers including Teddy Riley, Rick Ross and DJ Quik (who also reportedly mixed the entire album) helm the desks to keep Snoop close to his gangster-rap roots. The Neptunes also lend a hand to produce one of the tracks that I will share with you now which seems tailor-made to be another single released. It features the typical head-knocking beat as you’d expect from the Neptunes, and Pharrell’s rhythmic ad libs lining the hook.

Snoop Dogg – Set’s Up (Feat. Pharrell)
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This second track has a fun, juvenile sound to it which knocks well and also seems one like a track that is enjoyable enough to cross into different audiences if ever released as a single.

Snoop Dogg – Deez Hollywood Nights
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