Archive for hip hop

Local Talent: Stellar Dexterz

Posted in Good Shit, hip hop, Local Talent, new shit(?) with tags , , , , , on July 15, 2009 by Ben Badio

I’m happy to see that even in Orlando, HIP HOP LIVES.

Meet Stellar Dexterz.

Residing right here in Orlando, JERZY-ROCZ and HBK are changing the face of fly. I’ll let their tracks speak for themselves. Check out what rhymes they have to offer on their myspace page. If you like what you hear you can check them out on July 17 at Will’s Pub or on July 25th at AKA Lounge. Make sure you thank them for keeping Hip Hop ALIVE here in Orlando.

Stellar Dexterz – Beat Rock

Stellar Dexterz – Revenge of the Freak

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HIP HOP LIVES! #2

Posted in Good Shit, hip hop, new shit(?) with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 3, 2009 by Ben Badio

In case you haven’t heard, the Hands Up Blog is Orlando’s self-proclaimed psychic crystal-ball blog for Hip-Hop. In other words, whatever you read/see/listen to on this blog is THE FUTURE OF HIP HOP.

Jamaica Avenue!

Jamaica Avenue!

Das Racist – Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell

Finally, rappers are beginning to focus on topics America cares about! Let’s hope for a Bistro Gourmet McDonald’s Remix!

New Boyz – You’re a Jerk

New Boyz are what I consider “Hip Hop Gumbo.” Take one part “The Pack,” two parts “Lil’ Wayne,” and seven parts “The Cool Kids.” Place in a large pot, add water. Serve cold.

Clipse feat. Kanye West – Kinda Like a Big Deal

Clipse and Kanye come together for a special occasion in which they rap about how awesome they think they are. Not out of the ordinary, but a decent track nonetheless.

This...Is...Serious.

This...Is...Serious.

Busta Rhymes – G-Stro

Busta’s back…for real this time…I swear. He’s rapping fast, shouting non-sensical phrases and repeating himself again, just like back in the mid-90s. Hell yes! NOTE: This track is produced by Pharell, so expect to hear some random adlibing from Hip-Hop’s other Diddy.

T-Wayne – He Raps, He Sings, It’s T-Wayne

A short and oh-so-sweet introductory trackĀ  for one of the most-anticipated, least interesting upcoming albums.

Rye Rye feat. M.I.A – Bang (DJ Booman Remix)

Rye Rye is the next Kid Sis, who was the next MC Lyte. Listen UP!

Mapei – Leader of the Pack

Mapei is the next Rye Rye, who was the next Kid Sis, who was the next MC Lyte…Listen UP!

Amanda Blank

Amanda Blank – I would Like You Better If We Slept Together

Words of Wisdom from the infamous Amanda Blank, the sexiest hip-hopstress in the game.

Dead Prez

Dead Prez

DEAD PREZ – STIMULUS PLAN

If you download any track in this post, or even on the entire page, let it be this one. Dead Prez are back and just as socialist as ever. This is a MUST-LISTEN.

BONUS! Dead Prez – Hip Hop (Adam S. Edit)

Our local fave teases us with another other-worldly mash-up. Please forgive him for toying with this Dead Prez classic, an act which even he considered “Sacrilege.”

HIP HOP LIVES! DO THA STANKY LEGG!

Posted in Bad Shit, Good Shit with tags , , , , , , , on March 3, 2009 by Ben Badio

THIS IS THE FUTURE OF MUSIC

GS Boys – Stank Legg

Cool Shit: Ishkur’s Guide to Electronic Music

Posted in cool shit, Good Shit with tags , , , , , , , , on November 28, 2008 by Ben Badio

Sometimes I think to myself: The world of electronic music is so vast and so interesting, how can I get to know more about it?

MOST of the time I think to myself: How can I get my uncultured friends to stop calling it “techno” all the time?

Crunk is a derivative of Breakbeat? Who knew?!

Hip Hop is a derivative of Breakbeat? Who knew?!

Luckily, thanks to Stumble Upon and some guy named Ishkur, I can finally convince my friends (and myself) that the electronic shit I listen to ISN’T all the same! Ishkur’s Guide to Electronic Music is the Genome Project of electronica. It is an in depth flow-chart style family tree that splits the realm of electronic music into 7 different genres, then explodes those into seemingly hundreds of genres. Lucky for you there’s a description and a few example sound-bytes for every style.

Click link or the picture to check it out.

Pseudo Indie #3: 808s and Heartbreak

Posted in Auto-Tune, Bad Shit, kanye west, Pseudo-Indie with tags , , , , , , , , on November 24, 2008 by Ben Badio

Today marks the release of Kanye West’s fourth full length album, entitled 808s and Heartbreak, and I have enough of an indie music spidey-sense to recognize that lame alt kids across the world will fully embrace Kanye’s most recent effort, regardless of how terrible it is.

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Listening to this album breaks my heart šŸ˜¦

Did I mention it’s terrible?

The album was produced entirely by West himself, with a bit of help from No I.D, in only 2 weeks. Nearly the entire album is sample free, which is a new direction of Kanye, a man once considered a sampling guru. All of the songs are love-related, and all of them include Kanye’s vocals, which are mediocre even when smothered in auto-tune effects. In the first half of the album it seems that Mr. West can’t decide whether he wants his tracks to be minimal or epic, leading to clashing tones and awkward choir synths, and songs that sound like the theme from Terminator.

Let me be blunt: There is nothing indie/alternative/counter-mainstream about listening to Kanye West. Every Kanye full-length has gone platinum many times over, meaning EVERYONE likes Kanye, not just you eclectic indie/underground hip-hop enthusiasts. I honestly love Kanye’s previous work, but if you’re going to choose any album NOT to purchase this holiday season, let 808s and Heartbreak be the one. These two tracks are some of the finer parts of the album, which isn’t saying much at all. The first features the up-and-coming Kid Cudi

Kanye West feat. Kid Cudi – Welcome to Heartbreak

This next track is the best the album has to offer, but it sounds like it was once a Chromeo B-side.

Kanye West feat. Mr. Hudson – Paranoid