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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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I wish Ladyhawke would wipe her make-up on my shirt.

Posted in Good Shit, Indie, Indie Music with tags , , , , , , , , on December 8, 2008 by Ben Badio

***I went broke for a short time and had to cancel my Mediafire Pro account, but now that I’ve got it back ALL SONGS (should) PLAY.***

Has Orlando heard of Ladyhawke? I’m honestly not sure. So…

Meet Ladyhawke

I Ladyhawke to thrash her hair in my direction

I want Ladyhawke to thrash her hair in my direction

If Pat Benatar and Madonna adopted a child in 1988, then spent the next 20 years fucking each other right in front of her face, they’d have raised one fucked up,extremely traumatized kid. But that kid would listen to Ladyhawke, and you should too. Fuck CSS, Fuck the Ting Tings, Ladyhawke’s self-title LP is the best female vocalist-involved album of 2008. Here’s some free shit:

Dusk Til Dawn

Dusk Til Dawn is my favorite track on the album, and it will probably become Ladyhawke’s biggest hit to date. Expect this song to be loved and cherished by 60 to 70 percent of Orlando’s fixie-bike riding population. Expect that percentage to hike for a short period, then drop after some random franchise restaurant decides to use the song in their advertising.

Love Don’t Live Here Anymore

This song represents that Pat Benetar/Stevie Nicks side of Ladyhawke, but don’t expect a Chromeo-esque retro revival. She has a style that smells like ’88 but sounds like ’08.

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.


Listening to this album breaks my heart 😦

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

Pseudo-Indie #2: Shwayze

Posted in Bad Shit, Pseudo-Indie with tags , , , , , , , , on October 20, 2008 by Ben Badio


This is NOT a scene from a Michel Gondry video.

This is NOT a scene from a Michel Gondry video.

*Play this as you read for the full Pseudo-Indie Experience. Download if you wish*

Shwayze – Polaroid

It took me longer than usual to write start this post because I really don’t know what I want to say about Shwayze. There’s just too much to hate. This is a man who lives the pseudo-indie life. He inhales air and exhales pseudo-indie. Look at his disastrously overdone pseudo-minimal fashion sense. Notice his pseudo-intelligent, pseudo-clever lyricism. Let this be known: If you have your own show on MTV, YOU ARE NOT INDIE. This kind of false indie appeal should be criminalized. His style of pseudo-indie-ism deserves a whole new category name: PSEUDO-HIPSTER HOP.

I don’t need to explain this. I’ll just post a few pictures and tracks of REAL hipster hop artists.

Who needs hideous colorful backgrounds?

Kid Cudi - He means biz-naz

Kid Cudi+Crookers – Embrace the Martian (Round Table Knights RMX)

Wale - His Hat is cooler than Shwayzes entire persona.

Wale - His hat is cooler than Shwayze's entire persona.

Wale – Good Girls

*NOTE: Yes I know that it is stupid to categorize people as being “indie” and “hipster.” I’m sorry if people use these words against you, but people see something negative about indie music in fashion because of CRAPPY artists like Katy Perry and Shwayze.