Filed under: Issue 22 | Tags: 2Pac, an introduction to ellie goulding, bird and whale, brazilian indie folk, Brian Oblivion, crushin' feelings, Cults, Dr. Dre, Ellie Goulding, Freddie Gibbs, gay singles, go outside, good kisser, hip-hop, Hunx and his punx, Interscope Records, karin dreijer andersson, Lights, Madeline Follin, Matador Records, midwestgangstaboxframecadillacmuzik, Old Folks (New Year), Outkast, Rosie and Me, Str8 Killa No Filla, teardrops on my telephone, The Knife, The Ramones, tupac
Part of our Issue 22 coverage!
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If you thought the best genres Brazil produced were metal (Sepultura), Bossa nova (Stan Getz, Joao Gilberto) and tropicalia (Os Mutantes), we’ve got two words for you: indie folk.
Mostly bypassing the obvious Brazilian influences, Rosie and Me sound more like an American Continue reading
Filed under: Editor Picks | Tags: Charles Hamilton, Deuces, Editor's Picks, hip-hop, indie, mixtape
PREVIEW: Charles Hamilton’s MySpace
DOWNLOAD: Free Download of Binge Vol. 3
LISTEN: “Deuces” by Charles Hamilton
Charles Hamilton is a workaholic hip-hop phenom that never quite breaks into a groove, but he loves making mixtapes. His latest featuring “Deuces” is a keeper. I first took notice of this MC when he first released “Brooklyn Girls” a year ago. Since then, I just waited for Hamilton to take the throne that was rightfully his. He’s a talented geek who loves rapping about video games and girls in New York, and I relate to him because he doesn’t pretend to be anyone else other than himself–and that’s pretty hard to accomplish in hip-hop when there’s pressure to come like a gangster all the time. I love the beat of “Deuces,” and it just makes me wonder when he will, if ever, release an album. When, Hamilton, WHEN???!
Filed under: Editor Picks | Tags: Binghamton, Editor's Picks, Emerging Artists, hip-hop, Myles P
PREVIEW: Myles P’s MySpace
DOWNLOAD: LMP Mixtape
LISTEN: “Hip-Hop’s Last Hope” by Myles P (Produced by Nick Cicero)
SU grad and professional music producer Nick Cicero has worked with big names labels and artists like Drake, so Myles P must have been licking his chops once Cicero agreed to work with him on his latest free for download mixtape. Myles P is a Binghamton, NY native and brings some unforeseen attitude and grit to an largely undefined music scene. He sounds more refined than SU’s very own Delirium, but that same kind of nerd-rap style people love about Kanye West and Kid Cudi.
Filed under: Releases of the Week | Tags: Dirty South, DJ Khaled, hip-hop, John Legend, Nas, rap, Rick Ross, The Runners, Young Jeezy
PREVIEW: VISIT DJ Khaled’s MySpace
WE GIVE IT: 11/20 Watts
Who exactly is DJ Khaled? It’s a question that perceptive music fans have wrestled with since his mainstream debut back in 2006. Khaled is not a DJ in the traditional sense of the word, he is not a producer and he is definitely not a rapper. His role on his fourth effort, Victory, is essentially the same as it has been for his previous albums. He simply screams and shouts over the various tracks. For the casual listener not familiar with hip-hop, Victory will surely not rest nicely on the ears– with music made for car subwoofers, rather than cocktail parties.
Khaled sticks to the same formula he has since 2006, compiling a diverse group of rappers over a multitude of instrumentals. The Runners, who have been working with Khaled for quite some time, handle most of the tracks, including lead single “Fed Up.” Their production technique defines the sound of Victory with stuttering southern drums and sharp synthesizers. “Fed Up” features relatively weak verses from Young Jeezy and Rick Ross, and some lines from Drake that fail to really fit the style of the song. Usher’s street-preaching chorus is also a bit laughable considering the relative comfort level of his career. Continue reading
Filed under: News of Note, On-Campus Artists | Tags: Drake, Francis & The Lights, hip-hop, K-OS, The Drought Is Over: Friends with Money
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
Filed under: Genre Columns, Throwbacks, Uncategorized, Urban | Tags: Bahama Bay Club, DJ Kool, hip-hop, Let Me Clear My Throat
I remember sitting in the car, driving home from some sports’ practice in 1996 hearing it, and thinking, “Hmm I like this.” I was 7 and it struck a chord in me.
To this day, “Let Me Clear My Throat” is a throwback that knocks ‘em dead at parties and is guaranteed to be sung along to anywhere it’s played. Maybe it’s those brassy horns, or the ridiculous rapping of a guy named DJ Kool, but it made its mark in ’96 in Philadelphia and it still stands as one of the best hip-hop songs of all time.
One guy I met said he was the there the night DJ Kool performed “Let Me Clear My Throat” for the first time at the Bahama Bay Club in Philly. Now, everytime he hears it, he’s reminded of celebrating his birthday surrounded by friends hearing that crazy rap performed for the first time, making its mark on hip-hop history.
So why does this song make listeners flashback to the first time they heard it? First off, almost everyone knows it. And if you don’t, get acquainted. Then there’s the call back where the audience gets to join in to the “clear my throat” rap. But best of all, it’s the shout out “now all the ladies in the place, if you got real hair, real fingernails, if you got a job, you going to school and ya’ll need nobody to help you handle your business make some noise.”
It’s strong, it’s real, it’s simple, it’s funky, and it gets in your head. It’s original. You remember it. You want to sing along, you want to make some noise and you want to keep hearing it. It’s a basic hip-hop song that has everything right going on. And 13 years later, that’s what makes it a welcomed throwback.
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