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Martians vs. Goblins, Game ft. Tyler, The Creator and Lil Wayne

 

This week has been a rather prosperous one for music. On the heels of releases from Asher Roth and Common we also have a video release from the other side of the spectrum. Just last night The Game featuring Tyler, the Creator and Lil Wayne released the video for Martians vs. Goblins.

The track has been out for a minute now and is off Games Red Album.

Although the video was just released and I got to admit, I’m kind of digging it.

Now, I am not really a fan of “shock rap” and I have had mixed feelings about both Tyler and Wayne for quite some time, but when seeing this video you can’t help but better grasp the psyche of these three artists.

The video features Game and Tyler battling it out in a haunted asylum, while Weezy remains absent. The videography is rather impressive and also refreshing since the music video has certainly become a lost art.

Also, be sure to take note how well Game and Tyler flow together. Both artists incorporate that slow laid back style that still delivers hard punches.

Keepin’ this one short and sweet. Check out the video!

 

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Wale, Bad Girls Club ft. J. Cole

 

It’s been a minute since we heard from Wale. The last we heard from him he was free styling over a Kriss Kross track, but he hasn’t put out any new Summer singles or releases. Wale’s silence has left fans anticipating new material more than ever–especially after his recent success with hits like Chillin’, 90210, Pretty Girls and his notable guest spot on No Hands. 

Just two days ago, Wale released the new track, Bad Girls Club featuring J. Cole.

The song is not likely to be related to the TV show with the same name, but it touches on similar topics–strong women and an excessive partying lifestyle.

The track opens up with J. Cole singing–something seldom heard from Cole but I’m not mad at it. J. Cole showing off his vocal ability could be beneficial to his career and his guest spot only adds hype to Cole’s upcoming new material.

I also appreciate a vocal chorus in a hip-hop song. It seems to be a lost addition these days and Cole’s hook seems to be reminiscent of the late Nate Dogg, who was notorious for his vocals on rap tracks. It’s is also just plain catchy and effective:

She’s a star if I ever seen one / A perfect 10, and Lord knows that I need one / So now I’m under pressure, I want it bad / She got something I never had / I see her lookin’ at me.” Throughout the song, he commands, “Bad bitches, get low right now.”

The hook then leads us into a drum and keys filled beat where Wale flows with his signature style. Wale raps, “I’m just tryin’ to get you comfortable / And it’s amazing what some liquor and a blunt will do.”

Cole and Wale show great chemistry and have impressive one liners throughout the track,

“I blow trees like a hurricane.”  and “If looks kill, then you’re murdering,” “I get paper like a mailbox, but girl you got me open,” just to name a few.

Sure the track might not touch on social and gender issues like Wale did with 90210, or discuss the struggles of overcoming poverty like Cole did in I Get Up. Instead, it’s a fun song that’s intended for radio and club play, a song that’s supposed to get your foot tapping and head noddin’.

Most of all, the track speaks loads to the diversity encompassed in both Wale and Cole’s work. Both encompass the ability to rap about the heavy stuff but they can also release the upbeat stuff, and pull it off just as nicely.

Check out the track, and keep your ears open for more Wale and Cole material coming at you this summer!

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Stream: Bon Iver, Bon Iver

 

During a time in the indie music world where electronic based movements such as dub step are beginning to reign supreme–it’s rather refreshing to hear a more minimalist approach. To hear music that is based upon lyricism and musicality rather than electronic beats that are seemingly more so designed for a club setting.

One of the groups that we all know and love that truly exemplifies vocal ability, as well as stellar song writing and performing is Bon Iver.

Personally, I have always been a fan of the group–not just for the lyrics but the whole atmosphere.

The group really capitalizes on Justin Vernons vocal ability by producing and mixing their songs in a way that genuinely showcases Vernons voice and the groups lyrics–which is rather refreshing in a time where over production is quite common.

I discussed my admiration for the group (and for well executed cover songs) in a post a few weeks ago for their cover of a Bonnie Raitt tune– and not only did I enjoy their rendition of I Can’t Make You Love Me, but I also spoke of my anticipation for their new album– Bon Iver. 

The entire album is now available for stream on their website as well as NPR! So before I write a riveting review on the piece–I figured I’d share it with the world first.

Enjoy.

Click here to stream the album at NPR. 

Also be sure to check out NPR’s awesome collection of album streams.

Stream Courtesy of NPR

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The track is very minimalistic with a picked guitar melody and a mellow back beat that beautifully accentuates Beyonce’s powerful voice.

The song seems to be an update on Sam Cookes 1960’s hit, Wonderful World. The track retains the line “I don’t know much about algebra” but the song seems to have a more up to date feel that doesn’t necessarily send the same message of liberation and playfulness that was so much felt in the 1960’s.

Cooke was telling his girl, “I know if you love me too/ what a wonderful world it could be.”

However, Beyonce’s message is a bit different.

She is saying she doesn’t know much about fighting but she will fight for her loved one, she doesn’t know much about guns but she has been shot by him also.

Throughout the song she references war, death, and apocalypse and is more so left hoping that love can still do the same things that Cooke promised it could.

The words “make love to me” echo throughout the track mixing a hint of vulnerability  and confidence with such a bold remark.

The electric guitar solo towards the end has also been compared to the likes of a Prince ballad, since the songs melodramatic piano and whimpering vocals closely resemble something only Prince could turn out.

The song is written and produced wonderfully–Beyonce’s vocals being the main focus of the song and the lyrics, whether deliberately or not, mimic the Cooke classic and serve as a beautiful update to the piece.

Great song that will surely be an instant classic.

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