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ISSUE 22 | The Five: Rosie and Me, Ellie Goulding, Cults, Hunx and His Punx and Freddie Gibbs by 20watts

Brazilian folk artists are just one act in the latest edition of 20 Watts' FIVE, the FIVE acts you need to hear now! Read more here!

Part of our Issue 22 coverage!
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Rosie and Me (pictured above)

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

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Editor’s Pick #298: “Shutterbug” by Big Boi by tjwell01
April 8, 2010, 12:28 pm
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Big Boi's "Shutterbug" brings the beat back from the Outkast days.

PREVIEW: Big Boi’s MySpace

LISTEN: “Shutterbug” by Big Boi

Usually I completely ignore Pitchfork’s hot new tracks, because usually they’re really obscure, pseudo-trendy crap. That said, you can find a gem anywhere, and Big Boi’s “Shutterbug” has a great beat. Outkast was a great hip-hop tandem that added quirkiness to hip-hop, and Big Boi was the brass to Ande 3000‘s quirk. I love this track because the rhymes are grizzly, but it’s also got some nice auto-tune harmonies. I forgot about Big Boi for a while, but I’ll take notice the next time around.

–Jett Wells

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Editor’s Pick #281: Freddie Gibbs by JohnCassillo
February 11, 2010, 8:29 pm
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Freddie Gibbs: One of the best young rappers around

PREVIEW: DOWNLOAD Freddie Gibbs’ “Crushin’ Feelins” MP3

At one point in time, getting dropped from your label spelled the end to your music career. With no outlet and no method of getting your songs to people, it was time to search for a new career. However, in today’s world, artists like Freddie Gibbs are adjusting that line of thinking.

Released from his contract with Interscope before ever putting out a record, Gibbs has since released two highly-successful mixtapes. The first, 2009’s The Miseducation of Freddie Gibbs, was a compilation of all of his work up to that point. Featuring mildly popular tracks like “Summa Dis” and “Goodies,” it was a step in the right direction, and got people talking about the young rapper from Gary, Indiana.

Later in 2009 came Gibbs’ watershed moment amongst Internet blogs–the main source of his hype. His second mixtape midwestgangstaboxframecadillacmuzik showed an enormous amount of growth, even from the collection he released just months earlier. Critics have compared aspects of his rapping to the likes of 2Pac, UGK and OutKast, amongst others.

Now in 2010, Gibbs is working hard on mixtape number three–Str8 Killa No Filla–as well as his debut studio effort. Based on what we’ve heard thus far, we should be seeing a lot more press on Gibbs in the near future.

–John Cassillo, Reviews Editor

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City Sounds 11/30: Atlanta by krkuchta

Usher and T.I.

Coming off of Thanksgiving weekend, City Sounds and WERW travel to Hotlanta for some southern hospitality.

Atlanta, GA was and still is a hot spot in rap and hip hop music, stealing the spotlight in the late 90’s from other cities like New York City and Los Angeles.  Artists like OutKast and Goodie Mob were key players in the Dirty South movement, and they pretty much ignited the fire that would turn into a cultural phenomenon.  T.I. and Ludacris followed the path laid before them, while some artists even paved their own routes.  Hip Hop genres such as Snap and Crunk got their starts in Atlanta with rappers like Lil’ Jon and Pastor Troy.

As always, City Sounds will check out some of the other artists who call Atlanta home as well.  From Gladys Knight & the Pips to Black Lips, there is all kinds of music in the city too busy to hate.  Tune in Monday night from 11pm-1am on WERW.

–Kyle Kuchta

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Editor’s Pick #86: Illinoize! by tjwell01
March 17, 2009, 11:00 am
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album-cover-illi12An unlikely mixing master, Tor from Montreal, has mixed a masterpiece that combines the Sufjan Stevens’ album “Illinoise” with hip-hop artists like Outkast and Aesop Rock to make…”Illinoize.”

It’s only a seven-track mix tape, but it spins beautifully with Stevens harmonic voice along with soulful urban poets, like Brother Ali.

My favorite mix has to be “John Wayne Gacy Jr/ Specialize (f. Pete Rock and CL Smooth).” Play this track on a warm day when you’re just chilling in the quad waiting for your next class to start. It puts you in a calm place.

The best part is that you can download the whole album for free on Tor’s site.

The raps are smooth and passionate, much like the hip-hop from my favorite time in the early 1990s. Check it out. It won’t disappoint.

—–Jett Wells, Co-Reviews Editor

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