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Mix Fix: The Drake “Over” Remix Sweepstakes (POLL) by tjwell01
March 25, 2010, 12:37 pm
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Drake's new single "Over" is hot remix material, but which one is the best?

In further honor of the Drake Block Party concert coming up in a matter of weeks, let’s keep the love-fest flowing. In this Mix Fix, I’m going to try something different. I want readers to jump in and tell me which remix they like out of my top three candidates for best remix of Drake’s “Over.” I like all of them, and they all have different great qualities. I found it funny searching through all the remixes that most DJs couldn’t find a beat that matched up well with Drake’s awkward chorus in “Over.” It’s completely out of rhythm, so the good remix DJs are forced to slow or speed up his words. So keep in mind when voting that good remixes retain the soul of the song being remixed. So, who’s the winner?

LISTEN TO THE TOP REMIXES:

(Dekk Remix)

(New Money Remix)

(Astronote Remix)

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News of note: N*E*R*D* will perform at Block Party by 20watts

N*E*R*D* bring their Virginia Beech style to Syracuse

PREVIEW: VISIT N*E*R*D*’s MySpace

After being very secretive about their “special mystery act” University Union announced today that Shay Haley, Chad Hugo, and music superstar Pharrell WilliamsN*E*R*D*— will perform at Block Party 2010. N*E*R*D* will join headliner Drake and opening acts Francis and the Lights, and K-OS for the concert which is scheduled for Friday, April 30th at The Carrier Dome. N*E*R*D* will bring an interesting element to this year’s Block Party. Their energetic rock/ hip-hop style will definitely get the crowd warmed up for Drake.

Online pre-sale tickets will go on sale tomorrow through suathletics.com at 10 a.m. for SU and SUNY-ESF students only. With a valid SU or SUNY-ESF I.D. these tickets will be $18. Tickets for the general public will go on sale starting Tuesday, March 16 at 10 a.m. These tickets will be available at the Carrier Dome Box office or through Ticketmaster.com; they will cost $25.

-Eric Hoffman

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Mix Fix: “The Reward is More Money to Blow” by Hi-Tag by tjwell01

Hi-Tag is a new SU student DJ to look out for.

LISTEN: “The Reward is More Money to Blow” by Hi-Tag

It’s been well-known now for months that SU’s campus is becoming a hot-spot for student DJs/mash-up artists with prominent local names such as Big Mouth, Brandon Linn (of Mouth’s Cradle) and Devon James, and now it looks like the list is expanding with the emergence of Hi-Tag, a.k.a. Drew Taggart. The Bandier program sophomore hasn’t publicized his music until now, and honestly, it’s pretty damn good. “The Reward is More Money to Blow” is a great build-up jam with smart and creative hip-hop samples featuring Lil Wayne and Drake, but I feel a little ripped off in the end. Look out for this kid once he hones his skills and becomes a valiant competitor to the veterans I mentioned above.

–Jett Wells

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Editor’s Pick#286: Breaking down Block Party’s “Surprise Act” by tjwell01

No, Passion Pit is not going to be the big "surprise" act for Block Party this year.

The Drake announcement for Block Party was expected, but what wasn’t expected was the hush-hush mystery of a “surprise middle act.” The act will be named later, but there’s enough information available to break down the mystery. The Newshouse’s Otto-Tune blogger, Nathan Mattise, does a solid job of analyzing the possible candidates that might be the surprise act. It’s more than speculation, because Mattise refers to the student survey posted online, highlighting UU’s thought process to fill out the lineup.

Drake was on the list for UU’s headlining act, along with Common, Kid Cudi, Ludacris, MGMT, Modest Mouse, Mos Def, Phoenix, Vampire Weekend and Weezer. We know how this played out.

However, the list for the possible supporting acts goes as follows: 3OH!3, Cobra Starship, Passion Pit, Keri Hilson, LMFAO, Lykke Li, Miike Snow, Pitbull and The-Dream. Now, it’s easy to eliminate candidates by process of elimination based on their tours already scheduled, and who is available for April 30th. It also makes sense for the band to be near by Syracuse, NY at a nearby date.

Let’s break it down:

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UU confirms Drake will headline Syracuse University’s Block Party 2010 by caitlindewey

Drake is coming to Syracuse!

PREVIEW: VISIT Drake’s MySpace

20 Watts called it a week ago and University Union just confirmed: in a press release distributed to campus media outlets early this morning (with the exception of the Daily Orange, of course, which inexplicably gets special treatment), UU public relations director Brittany Frederickson revealed that Drake will in fact be headlining Block Party 2010.

Openers include Francis & The Lights, K-OS and a “special guest” to be announced later in the semester. The concert will be on Friday April 30 at 8 p.m. in the Carrier Dome; tickets are $15 for students and $25 for the general public.

20 Watts broke the news on February 18 after Drake announced a stop in Syracuse via his Myspace. At the time, SU grad student and producer Nick Cicero, who is signed to the same label as Drake’s producer, said that the rapper was “supposed to be coming” but that it wasn’t “uber-official” yet.

Drake’s last release was the mixtape The Drought is Over: Friends with Money, which 20 Watts’ reviews editor John Cassillo gave a 13 out of 20 watts.

20 Watts will continue reporting on the spring semester concert schedule as information becomes available.

— Caitlin Dewey



News of Note: Drake Coming to Syracuse? by tjwell01
February 18, 2010, 9:22 pm
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According to his MySpace, Drake will play in Syracuse, NY on April 30th at a "private location."

PREVIEW: Drake’s MySpace

The Spring 2010 concert season keeps getting better—maybe. According to his MySpace, personal website and Billboard, Drake will be playing at “private location” in Syracuse, NY on April 30. He’s on a college tour, “Away from Home,” so it’s not completely crazy to think he’ll be coming to Syracuse University at that date. Nick Cicero, an SU grad student and producer signed to the same company as Drake’s producer, Neenyo, said Drake is “supposed to be coming,” but it isn’t “uber-official” yet.

Of course, this all could change as we get closer to the date. Don’t give your hopes up, but the hottest indie rapper could be coming soon.

Stay tuned for updates later.

–Jett Wells and Nathan Mattise



Editor’s Pick #271: Green Day’s Grammy Performance by 20watts

Punk-Rock idols Green Day will perform at the 52nd Grammy Awards

PREVIEW: LISTEN to Green Day performing “21 Guns” with the cast “American Idiot” on YouTube.

Hey did you know that The Grammy Awards are on TV this Sunday! Yeah, neither did I. It’s true that The Grammy Awards are getting further from relevance every year, but there’s at least one thing to look forward to this year. Green Day will perform with the cast of “American Idiot” the musical. Having a broadway show based on your incredibly popular, mainstream CD might not be “punk-rock,” but the musical has been getting rave reviews. Recently, the musical wrapped up a record breaking three month stint at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre in California, and on April 20th the show will make it’s Broadway debut at the the St. James Theater. So, be sure to check out Green Day and a performance by Eminem, Lil Wayne, Drake and Travis Barker. On second thought, The Grammy’s might not be too bad this year.

–Eric Hoffman, Managing Editor

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