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Editor’s Pick #294: New Charles Hamilton by tjwell01
March 23, 2010, 5:59 pm
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Charles Hamilton slips back into the picture with hot new track, "Deuces."

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???!

–Jett Wells

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"Da Da Da" is a song off Lil Wayne's album Rebirth

PREVIEW: DOWNLOAD “Da Da Da” by Lil Wayne

If you’re worried about not getting enough Weezy before he heads to prison, the Internet is leaking enough of his music to hold you over. Just over a month ago, Lil Wayne’s No Ceilings mixtape was released days before it was intended to, and now, exactly two weeks before his latest CD Rebirth’s December 21st release date, a track off the album entitled “Da Da Da” was leaked.

While I’d like to know whether Weezy’s music is really being leaked or if it’s a sneaky marketing ploy, what I’d like to know even more is what he was thinking when he recorded this track. For those of you who don’t know, Rebirth is filled with tracks that are overly synthesized with guitar riffs that pale in comparison to Jay-Z’s99 Problems.” I hate bashing on Lil Wayne, but when he raps about doing the “funky monkey,” I have to wonder if he was tripping on codeine when he wrote these lyrics.

However, around the two-minute mark Weezy raps a verse that could potentially save the song, and the rapper’s reputation. This thirty-second blurb features the clever similes and catchy beats Lil Wayne is best known for and will probably hook people enough to make the song another hit. It will be interesting to see how people react to the song overall, however. I have a feeling if this was a single released by a new artist people wouldn’t give it the time of day, but since it’s Lil Wayne, I wouldn’t be surprised if rap fans cut him a lot of slack. The only way to decide for yourself is to preview “Da Da Da” and figure out if you’ll be happy listening to this song- and the rest of Rebirth– on repeat for a year until Weezy is no longer a jail-bird.

–Dana Mikaelian, Communications Director

New Drake mixtape, “The Drought Is Over: Friends With Money” by Trevor Kiv
May 15, 2009, 11:49 am
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Look what the cat dragged in. Actually it’s from our boys over at DEF FLY. This fresh Drake joint is so new, it’s still wet to the touch. I don’t even know what that means. But there’s one thing I do know: those fools from Def Fly are always keepin’ us white kids current in the world of hip-hop music + culture.

You might remember Drake more accurately as the child actor who used to play the clean-cut, wheel-chair slingin’ gun shot victim Jimmy Brooks on tween drama Degrassi (the Canadian version of The O.C.). Yeah that’s right, he’s Canadian. And he can still spit an ill verse from time to time. Go figure.

— Trevor Kiv, web editor

20W Free 4 All: Drake, Friends With Money

New Chester French Mixtape by Trevor Kiv

Anxiously awaiting Chester French’s new album Love The Future (April 21, Interscope)? Do you have no clue who Chester French is? Either way, you must peep their free new mixtape, Jacques Jams, Vol. 1: Endurance. This star-studded jump-off is replete with retro appeal, but don’t let that fool you. Heavy electro and hip-hop influences give this mixtape a smooth shine and fresh new-car smell.

Curated by Boston native Clinton Sparks, the mix’s guest list includes such established and emerging figures as Diddy, Pharrell, Common, Talib Kweli, Bun B., Kardinal Offishall, Lady GaGa, and Wale. The list goes on! Stay posted, these Harvard grads are the Massachusetts answer to Columbia’s Vampire Weekend. Hey Bandersnatch, try getting these dudes soon before they’re too hot to handle!

— Trevor Kiv, Web Editor