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Biggie Remembered

On March 9th in 1997, Biggie Smalls was murdered at the age of 24. It’s been almost twenty years since his passing. New music was released after his death, and his music still gets any party started, Juicy has become the anthem to get everyone at your latest get together mouthing along to the words. The song told the story of where the rapper came from, while celebrating his success. With his cleverly poignant lyrics, Biggie became a star, which sustains his legacy, as seen with the tributes paid on Twitter by fans on Biggie day. Lil’ Kim released a song called “I Did It For Brooklyn” to honor Biggie’s legacy. Notorious B.I.G was one of the rappers who pushed the rap genre through the mid-90s, catapulting it into mainstream and advancing the art form as the ones before him did. Biggie’s music is timeless, and his reputation as a lyricist is what lives on in his legacy. His songs weren’t just party anthems, but Biggie set the standard for storytelling in rap that continues in the genre today, his music were poetry of the streets. His versatility from rapping about the emotional struggle of living below the poverty line to adapting to the rapid flow of  Bone Thugs N Harmony on  ”Notorious Thugs”, even lending his skills to some of Bad Boy’s R&B acts like Total and Mary J Blige, which helped in garnering her title as the Queen of Hip Hop Soul. The Song Sky’s The Limit becomes a motivational anthem as the rapper tells fans to go for their dreams, rapping to them “stay far from timid, only make moves when your heart’s in and live the phrase the sky’s the limit.” There is no telling how bright Biggie’s star would’ve shined if he were alive today. His short life, and even shorter career, was a disservice to his fans, a feeling of being robbed of his talent. So lets remember him with one of his party starters.

Who Are Majid Jordan?

Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home” was a success and played practically everywhere by practically everyone, the song was co-produced by an obscure duo at the time called Majid Jordan. The name is a combination of the duo’s first names. Majid Al Maskati and Jordan Ullman met at the University of Toronto, and went from recording in dorm rooms, to releasing EPs under another name, Good People, to eventually releasing a full length album. They’re signed to the label Drake co-founded, Ove Sound. Their three year rise was a fast one. With early success with writing and co-producing Drake’s “Hold on. We’re Going Home” under their belt, they have given everything they’ve produced for their self titled album the same love and detailed attention they would’ve for their boss, Drake himself. For the album the duo experiment with a darker and deeper sound. They have a knack for mixing pop effects with moody vibes. Pulsating base and uptempo drums opens up the album with “Learn from Each Other.” There’s a track produced by The Weeknd, “Something About You”, which also samples distorted vocals from the duo’s producer Majid Al Maskati. With simple honest lyrics like “half of me is ready, half of me needs time” the album is an over flow of contemplative thoughts of sadness, loss and love that will have you bopping your head along to every song. Although the ’80s synth inspiration and ’90s R&B vibes are evident throughout the album, it sounds modern and fresh. Majid’s timid, almost lonely-beaten-down vocals adds a rawness to the songs, that leaves you wanting more after the last song. The sound from Toronto seems to be one of rhythm and melancholy, shown by other Toronto’s booming stars on the music scene, but Majid Jordan seem to have mastered it.

Vanity Life’s Kiss and Tell Earbuds.

Vanity Life’s Kiss and Tell earbuds boosts a black and red color scheme. The plug is in the shape of a lipstick and the buds themselves are a nice red pout. Every girl loves a sexy red lip. These earbuds are for the girl who likes to incorporate her personality into anything she wears. As Vanity Life’s motto suggests; Embrace Your Vanity. 

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No Flex Zone Remix ft Nicki Minaj

Jay Electronica ft. Jay Z – We Made It

Sorry Drake but PR 101: Never talk smack off the record!

New Music: Iggy Azalea – Fancy ft, Charli XCX

 

Inspired by the cult classic of every single 90′s  fan girl (myself included), rapper Iggy Azalea brings super sexy to Clueless. Anytime the movie is reenacted I throw my plaid miniskirt and bask in my childhood memories. Now that I think about it, my obsession with tartan is definitely due to Cher and Dionne’s  iconic  first day of school look. I mean its obvious why girls of the universe will forever love this movie and if you don’t you’re buggin’!

 

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James Blake – Life Round Here ft. Chance The Rapper

 

Kanye Can Have fun Too

 

Mr. West enjoys a night out at the club in Paris jamming to my song of the moment Young Thug- Danny Glover. Listen to the track below.

 

ScHoolboy Q talks Early Beginnings

With the release of Schoolboy Q’s Oxymoron approaching, Q catches up with hip hop analyst and hot 97 radio show host Peter Rosenberg to discuss his earlier works and how he got into the game.

 

Listen below another single released off Oxymoron, releasing February 25th.

 

New Music: Vampire Weekend feat Danny Brown, Heems and Despot – Step “Wintertime” Remix

After delivering the well-received Modern Vampires of the City via XL Recordings back in May, Vampire Weekend presents the “Wintertime remix” to “Step.” The rework kick-starts with Detroit rhymesayer Danny Brown on a pensive tip, before New York natives Heems and Def Jux’s Despot follow up with their own charismatic verses. Strung together by a dreamy chorus lent from the original, the “Wintertime Remix” extends itself into rap circles as a compelling number for the start of 2014. – Hypebeast

 

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