December 29, 2011

KJ Hines - Up & Down [Video]

This young artist out of Austin, TX not only brings nice flow and rhymes over this track with a catchy hook, but the part that caught my attention the most was the message that he is trying to convey. It's important that new artists have a real meaning to the things that they're rapping about. Not only is it refreshing to hear, but you can also feel the emotion coming out of the artist because of how passionate they are about the subject.
"This track is pretty much a reaction to the everyday struggles we all face as human beings. I begin things off by talking about some of the down falls I was experiencing at the time and then I go into talking with a girl about her life and the struggles her life is presenting her with. I am very proud of this track and I hope you all feel it as much as I do." - KJ

Happy 38th Birthday Pimp C

It's The Real: The Check-In Best Moments of 2011 [Video]

Our favorite Jewish interviewers, the Rosenthal brothers, have had some great moments on camera this year. If you've missed any of their segments, check out this 2011 wrap-up of some of their best moments.

Previous: It's The Real: The Check-In w/ Diggy [Video]

50 Cent - Nah Nah Nah ft. Tony Yayo [Video]

Fif keeps the videos coming for his latest The Big 10 mixtape. Watch as he turns this track featuring Tony Yayo into a mini-movie. Glad to see he's finally back on his music grind.

Previous: 50 Cent - Put Your Hands Up [Video]

Deer Tick - Miss K

Don't be deterred by the name, this "Deer Tick" won't do you any harm. In fact, it will do exactly opposite that. This is a great new band with a simple sound that will make you wanna grab a six pack, post up on your front porch on warm summer nights, and scream along with the lyrics. Here's Deer Tick with a single off their new album, Divine Providence.

December 28, 2011

Mac Miller Speaks on His 2011 [Video]

The whole album coming out was probably the #1 highlight,” Mac told MTV News of his independently released Blue Slide Park. “I remember putting out the album and being really curious about what critics had to say about it because I felt like I made this album from the heart and it was by far my best work.”

Unfortunately for Mac, the album reviews did not satisfy his expectations. To him, it seemed that the critics just didn’t get it, and he began doubting whether or not he put out the right album. That was until his fans reassured him that he made the right move.

“All people of all different ages everywhere coming up to me and genuinely telling me how much they like the album,” Mac recalled. “That’s definitely the highlight, seeing this music that I’ve created and just seeing how much more powerful people are than publications. That’s who I make music for.
Previous: Mac Miller: The Forbes Interview [Video]

Jared Evan - Traffic Light (prod. !llmind)

This one comes from Jared's upcoming EP, The Fourth Chapter. No pressure, but I'm expecting a lot of solid music from this man in the next year. He's already on his way with this second dope cut in about two weeks

It's The Real: The Check-In w/ Diggy [Video]

Previous: It's The Real: The Check-In w/ Mac Miller [Video]

Reks & Statik Selektah - Autograph

When it comes to dope collaborative hip-hop projects, producer Statik Selektah certainly knows what the hell he is doing. Already under his belt are albums with Action Bronson, Saigon, Termanology, Freeway, and his own solo album with a number of respectable artists featured. Now he's gearing up for another collab with one of the most slept-on names in the game - Reks. This smooth cut is our first taste of Straight, No Chaser, which will be dropping in the early parts of 2012. What a great way to start the new year.

G.O.O.D. Music Album Almost Done [Video]

"We're gonna do the G.O.O.D. Music album first; we been working on that," Big Sean told MTV News a few weeks ago on the set of Wale's "Slight Work" video in California. "So, me, Kanye, Cudi, CyHi, John Legend, Common, Pusha T, everybody on G.O.O.D., Mr Hudson: We're all working on a new project; it's almost done. We're going to London to finish it up and do the last part of it and working on my album at the same time with 'Ye and everybody." -MTV News
Previous: Big Sean - I Keep It Gee ft. 2 Chainz

Cambatta - The Hunger

It's been too long since we've heard anything new from Cambatta. His last project, The Visionary, definitely goes in. This track is no different and will be featured on his upcoming mixtape, Smoke & Mirrors.

50 Cent - Put Your Hands Up [Video]

50 drops the third set of visuals off his most recent mixtape, The Big 10.

Previous: 50 Cent - I Just Wanna ft. Tony Yayo [Video]

Damian Marley Speaks On The Possibility Of Another "Distant Relatives" Album [Video]

Our Lady Peace - Heavyweight

Here's a blast from the past for ya'll. Our Lady Peace is back with a brand new single. And its pretty damn good. It seems that they haven't lost their touch as their new single packs a punch with an adrenaline pumping riff while still being musically elegant with Raine Maida's almost eerie vocals. Hopefully this means a new album is somewhere on the horizon. For now we will have to hold ourselves over with their new single "Heavyweight".

December 27, 2011

Frank Ocean - 4 Tears

Wondering if this is the full version because of how short it is, but it's always great to hear some new material from Frank Ocean. It should be interesting to see what kinda moves he makes in 2012 after having his breakout year in 2011.

Previous: BTH Presents: 12 Mixtapes of 2011

B.o.B - Play The Guitar ft. Andre 3000

A very short snippet dropped about a week ago that immediately got us fiending for the full version. Now, we can all enjoy the latest single from B.o.B's upcoming sophomore album, Strange Clouds, featuring none other then 3 Stacks. After hearing various features from Andre 3000 this past year (compared to 2010), we're hoping to get a full album in 2012 from the ATLien.

The Black Keys - Lonely Boy

Here's the dynamic duo known as The Black Keys with their latest single "Lonely Boy" off their new album El Camino. These guys will supply your music library with the good old fashioned, home grown, bluesy, southern rock kick that you have been looking for. Enjoy!

December 26, 2011

Luke Christopher - Pocket Full Of Dimes

Here's the third installment of the young west-coaster's "Marvelous Monday" series.

Previous: Luke Christopher - Poisonous Apple [Video]

David Guetta - Down Down Down ft. David Brown

Even after the release of his very successful album, Nothing But The Beat, David Guetta continues to create club hits like this one that includes vocals from David Brown.

Childish Gambino - I'ma Boss Freestyle [Video]

Glad to see that Donald didn't just disappear after the release of his debut album, Camp. Watch here as he kicks a few bars over Meek Mill's 'I'ma Boss' for SBTV.

Previous: Childish Gambino - Heartbeat [Live on Conan]

The Weeknd To Re-Release Trilogy

After the release of his third album this year, Echoes Of Silence, Toronto R&B artist known as The Weeknd announced that he would be re-releasing all three projects. The albums will be remastered and include bonus footage for all fans to enjoy. The big question is, which one of the three is your favorite: House Of Balloons, Thursday, or Echoes Of Silence? Go.

Previous: The Weeknd - The Knowing [Video]

Sincere - Priceless ft. Sir Michael Rocks

These two have worked together on some music a number of times in the past. Now, the word is that they will be putting out a complete collaborative project. No ideas yet on the release date or the platform.

Fabolous - There Is No Competition 3: Death Comes In 3s [Mixtape]

Fab drops off a little Christmas gift (this dropped on Christmas Day) for us to enjoy through the holidays. This mixtape includes features from Meek Mill, Jadakiss, Styles P, Lloyd Banks, and more. Hit the jump for full tracklist and download.

Previous: Fabolous - Riesling & Rolling Papers [Video]

Bei Maejor - Trouble (remix) ft. Wale, T-Pain, Trey Songz, & J. Cole

Maejor gets linked up with Wale, T-Pain, and Trey Songz for this remix to a track that originally featured J. Cole. I would love to see a substitution of T-Pain for Mike Posner. Anybody else?

Rick Ross - Rich Forever [Artwork]

With Ross' upcoming solo album, God Forgives, I Dont, getting the push back, he's decided to go the mixtape route. His upcoming DJ Scream and Shaheem Reid-hosted project will be called Rich Forever and does not yet have a release date.

Previous: Drake & Rick Ross Working On Y.O.L.O. Collaborative Mixtape

Boldy James - What's Da Goody Bag (prod. Exile) [Video]

This Exile-produced track is one of many standouts from the concreature's mixtape, Trapper's Alley: Pros & Cons.

Previous: Boldy James - Ground Beneath My Feet [Video]

Sean Kingston - Born To Be Wild ft. Nicki Minaj

Glad to see Sean Kingston is ok after the jet ski incident he had a few months ago. Now he's back where he left off making music that is prime for the radio. This Nicki Minaj-featured song contains samples from "The Lion Sleeps Tonight".

Previous: Nicki Minaj - Stupid Hoe

DJ Earworm - United States of Pop 2011 (World Go Boom) [Video]

On behalf of us here at BTH, we would like to wish every a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. We apologize for how incredibly slow we've been the last few days but that should all change shortly. I would like to start off by sharing DJ Earworm's 2011 wrap-up consisting of 25 of the year's most popular songs all mashed up.
"It doesn't match Billboard's U.S. year-end list, since I'm basing it off of the weekly lists this year in order to more accurately reflect what was actually popular during 2011. Because of the Billboard's early cut off date and their emphasis on chart longevity, songs that are released after August are either split between the two years or moved to the next year. I also don't want a track appearing two years in a row just because it happened to be peaking right at the arbitrary cutoff date. From my perspective, a song belongs in the year it peaked, not the year it ended its long run. For instance, "We Found Love", which has been #1 for the last 8 weeks of the year, is nowhere to be seen in Billboard's Top 25, and may not make it next year either. This year-end bias seems inaccurate to me, and I want to more truly reflect the pop music scene from the American perspective."
 Previous: Sex Ray Vision - Mind Explosion 2011 [Mashup]

December 23, 2011

XV - The Kick [Video]

There's very little music that XV drops that disproves that he will be the next big thing in hip-hop. Among the 50 candidates for XXL's 2012 Freshman Class honor, this Wichita, KS emcee is certainly one of the most deserving. Between all of the free projects that he's dropped in the past few years, getting signed to Warner, and a hit single with Pusha T, 2012 is bound to be Vizzy's year to take over.

Previous: XV - The 27 Club (prod. The Awesome Sound)

Sam Adams - Blow Up [Video]

After a preview with a behind the scenes video, Sammy Adams releases his first major-label music video for his new single 'Blow Up'. Let's see if he can do just that.

Download: Sam Adams - Blow Up

Rihanna - You Da One [Video]

Fashawn - Generation F [Video]

The audio dropped at the beginning of the month. Now, Fash lets loose of the video for this track that will be featured on his upcoming Champagne And Styrofoam Cups soundtrack due out in March.

Download: Fashawn - Generation F

December 22, 2011

Chuuwee - Smoke One For Doom ft. Abstract Ninja [Video]

Chuuwee has already dropped two very dope projects this year (Be Cool and Watching The Throne) and now he's getting ready to release another EP called Crown Me King. 'Smoke One For Doom' marks the first release from that project that will be released soon. This dude is putting Sacramento hip-hop on the map.

Previous: Chuuwee - Amalgram Back (prod. J57)

The Weeknd - Echoes Of Silence [Mixtape]

After being nominated for one of our best mixtapes of 2011, The Weeknd is back with a brand new project to let us all enjoy.

Previous: The Weeknd - The Knowing [Video]

December 21, 2011

Drake - The Motto ft. Lil Wayne & Tyga [Video]

To celebrate the holiday season, I'm off to a "Ugly Sweater" Xmas fiesta at P-Willi's. YOLO right?! Geez, I hate that saying. One of my friends has been saying it for four years and now it has finally become popular because Drake said it...

Previous: Drake's 2012 Club Paradise Tour Dates Released

Big Sean - I Keep It Gee ft. 2 Chainz

After a successful debut album and his nationwide I Am Finally Famous Tour, Big Sean is finally back to making new music. He'll be starting the new year off right with some more new music and videos for his upcoming mixtape, FFOE. This track right here featuring 2 Chainz, one of the hottest artists in the game right now, will be on that project.

Don Trip - The LIfe [Video]

I didn't know what a Don Trip was until recently when the candidates for XXL's 2012 Freshman Class was released. Since then, I've heard more and more hype behind this dude so I had to go and do some research. Let me say, he's got a solid shot of being on that cover when it's finally released.

Asher Roth - Common Knowledge [Video]

I've yet to give it a full spin, but Asher's pre-album mixtape, Pabst & Jazz, just dropped yesterday. Go download that now and prepare yourselves for his sophomore album, Is This Too Orange?, when it drops sometime next year.

Previous: Asher Roth - Choices ft. Action Bronson

Game - Martians & Goblins ft. Tyler, The Creator & Lil Wayne [Video]

Game and Tyler get together sans Wayne for this set of visuals of one of my favorite tracks of the year.

Previous: Jared Evan - Anywhere ft. Pharrell & Game

December 20, 2011

Maffew Ragazino - Blue Rubies [Video]

A happy birthday shout out to Sr. The kid continues to drop new music after releasing one of the dopest street albums of the year, Rhyme Pays. Maffew was also featured on The Source's unsigned hype. You can check out his interview with The Source here and a freestyle he dropped while at their offices here.

Previous: Maffew Ragazino - Million Dollar View [Video]

Apathy - A Wonderful Xmas Time (prod. Scoop Deville)

"All I want for Christmas is Tribe to re-unite, a brand new pair of Nikes, and Drake to take a hike."

I hear you Ap. Here's another Christmas-inspired track, loaded with Apathy's hip-hop wish list, to add to your holiday playlist. Scoop Deville on the boards.

Spree Wilson - King Sh*t (The Answer) ft. Novel [Video]

I've spoken about the growing trend of "lyric videos" before, but this one right here takes them to a whole new level. Spree's been in the studio hard at work trying to finish up his debut album, The Spark. For those of you that need a Spree Wilson catchup, check out his mixtape, The Never Ending Now, that made our list of 12 Mixtapes Of 2011.

Previous: Spree Wilson - Lay It Down

Promise - Against The Odds ft. Jhene Aiko [Video]

"Promise, from Toronto, Canada, is a new artist working with Duck Down Music. Promise has recently been featured in Duck Down collaboration tracks, such as "Run To Remember" with Buckshot & Smif N Wessun (proceeds from the sales of this song went to the Alzheimer's Research Foundation) and also "Better Than You," with Buckshot, Skyzoo & Sean Price, that was included in the soundtrack for NBA 2K11.

Promise's sound has a true inspirational message. On his latest album, 'Awakening,' Promise blends conceptual songwriting and potent lyrical content with a focus on life, love & the consciousness of mankind."

Chiddy Bang - Breakfast [Artwork & Tracklist]

Shouts to Complex for debuting the official artwork and tracklist of Chiddy and Xaphoon Jones' upcoming major label debut album. Breakfast will be available on February 28th, but can be pre-ordered now. With all of the free music Chiddy Bang has dropped in the past few years, it's time to do these dudes a favor and support this album when it drops. Hit the jump to check out the official tracklist.

Previous: Chiddy Bang - Peanut Butter & Swelly [Mixtape]

Elzhi - Memory Lane [Video]

Long after it's release, Elzhi releases this fresh new set of visuals off his ode to Nas' Illmatic. If you haven't checked it out already, Elmatic made our list of 12 Mixtapes Of 2011. Go see if some of your favorites from this past year made the cut.

Previous: Elzhi - It Ain't Hard To Tell [Video]

Chuuwee - Amalgram Back (prod. J57)

This track is off the upcoming Ruby Hornet & itstheBino Present: OTTN, which is set to be released in January and features Chuuwee, Sir Michael Rocks, Jon Connor, ASAAD, Nemo Achida, and more.

Flo-Rida - Wild Ones ft. Sia (Sex Ray Vision remix)

Shortly after the release of Flo-Rida's newest single from his upcoming Only One Rida (Part II), Sex Ray Vision created their own mix to the track to make it even more club-ready (as if it really needed that). Let us know if you think Sex Ray Vision improved the track or if you prefer the original.

Flo-Rida - Wild Ones ft. Sia
Flo-Rida - Wild Ones ft. Sia (Sex Ray Vision remix)

The Kid Daytona - The Interlude II [Mixtape]

The follow-up to The Kid Daytona's previous effort finally hit the interwebs yesterday. Features include 6th Sense, Action Bronson, Kardinal Offishall, Melanie Fiona, Tony Williams, and more. Hit the jump for the full tracklist and download link.

Previous: The Kid Daytona - God Is Good (prod. Statik Selektah)

Rediculus - Picture Perfect ft. Sha Stimuli, Sadat X, & Emilio Rojas

This track is featured on Rediculus' album, Punchlines & Parables, that's available now. The album contains features from Craig G, Sadat X, Koncept & Audible Doctor of Brown Bag AllStars, Ruste Juxx, Emilio Rojas, Sha Stimuli and more.

Justin Bieber - Who Shot Ya Freestyle [Video]

Justin Bieber stopped by Cosmic Kev's recently and decided to lay a few down over Biggie's classic hit. Could this kid actually be trying to take a rap career seriously? Because it certainly sounds like he's dumbed it down a bit from his previous sessions and is trying hard to go off the top. Christopher Wallace must be turning in his grave.

Previous: Action Bronson - Mistletoe (remix)

Nicki Minaj - Stupid Hoe

After claiming her last release, 'Roman In Moscow', was the "wackest sh*t on her album", Nicki goes ahead and drops the second single off Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded. As much as I don't want to believe in this song, I can certainly see it catching success soon with it's infectious hook. Look for the video to be dropping in the next few days as well.

Asher Roth - Pabst & Jazz [Mixtape]

After a few dope previews, we're hit with Asher's newest free project. This mixtape contains 16 tracks with features from Action Bronson, Chip Tha Ripper, Chuck Inglish, Blu, Pac Div, Casey Veggies, and more. Hit the jump to check out the full tracklist and to download.

Previous: Asher Roth - Choices ft. Action Bronson (prod. Blended Babies)

December 19, 2011

1982 (Termanology & Statik Selektah) - Play Your Role ft. Reks [Video]

This song and video were created in a total time of less than 45 minutes. These are true professionals in the world of hip-hop.

Previous: Statik Selektah - Never A Dull Moment ft. Action Bronson, Termanology, & Bun B [Video]

Common - Celebrate [Video]

A real reason to celebrate would be because Common's The Dreamer, The Believer finally hits stores tomorrow, December 20th. You can stream the whole album here before it drops.

Previous: Common - Sweet [Video]

Machine Gun Kelly - Invincible ft. Ester Dean

Nice move on the part of Diddy and Bad Boy Records by moving MGK into a position to become more recognized. This track will be featured on an upcoming HTC commercial that should be seen on TV shortly. We'll have to see if this one remains as a promotion track or if it finds its way onto MGK's debut album.

ASAP Rocky Interview w/ Angie Martinez [Video]

An interesting A$AP Rocky interview with Hot97's Angie Martinez. Check out the clip to find out some info on the A$AP crew that you wouldn't expect and what unconventional item Rocky got signed by the legendary Rakim.

Previous: BTH Presents: 12 Mixtapes Of 2011

Wiz Khalifa - California [Video]

Wiz reps one for the Left Coast. His new mixtape, Taylor Allderdice, is on its way!

Previous: Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa - Smokin' On ft. Juicy J

Mac Miller: The Forbes Interview [Video]

"As a featured person on the 2012 Forbes 30 Under 30 list, the 19-year-old rapper reveals the secrets behind his rapid rise, the inspiration for his music videos, and why he doesn't want to sign with a major record label any time soon." [Full Article]
 Previous: Mac Miller on Debuting #1 on Billboard [Video]

Far East Movement - Ride 4 U ft. Kid Cudi & Chip Tha Ripper

After their breakout year in 2011, Far East Movement is trying to double that success in 2012 with their upcoming album, titled Dirty Bass. For their newest single from that project, they reach out to two of Cleveland's best artists in Kid Cudi and Chip Tha Ripper. It may not have the same club-ready sound that we're used to hearing from the group, but we're sure that they have plenty of those in the works.

Also, this track is being released at a good time for Chip since he has been nominated for XXL's 2012 Freshman Class.

Sex Ray Vision - Mind Explosion 2011 [Mashup]

Similar to how DJ Earworm usually wraps up the year, Sex Ray Vision created this mashup of some of the most popular songs of 2011. Enjoy this one as the new year rolls in very quickly. Shouts to GMAD.

Action Bronson - Misteltoe (remix)

Ludacris aside, there hasn't been a single rap artist to try to touch a Justin Bieber song- until now. Bronson kicks some Christmas-inspired bars over JB's popular holiday single. As inappropriate as it is, this one is going right onto my holiday playlist. So, I hope you like it Mom!

Chill Moody - Suicide Barz II

First video off Chill Moody's The Gam3Plan: Stage Two that's available for download now.

Previous: Chill Moody - Music ft. TEFF [Video]

Katy Perry - The One That Got Away (remix) ft. B.o.B

If this record reaches No.1 on the Hot 100 chart, which is certainly has potential to do, Katy Perry will become the first artist to reach the No.1 spot six times with one album. That will break Michael Jackson's previous record of five No.1 singles from his 1987-88 album, Bad.

December 18, 2011

Third Eye Blind - If There Ever Was a Time

Yes, Third Eye Blind is still in existence. While these guys haven't had any big hits like "Semi-Charmed Life" and "Never Let You Go" for quite some time, they have been quietly creating great music since those chart topping albums. However, the guys have been creating a little more noise recently than their previous few albums have. Third Eye Blind tackles a controversial topic in their latest single "If There Ever Was a Time". On this tune lead vocalist Stephan Jenkins voices his opinion on Occupy Wall-Street. I'll let you listen for yourself and figure out what his stance is on the issue.

All-American Rejects - Someday's Gone

For almost ten years now the All-American Rejects have been creating and sharing their amazing musical talents. "Someday's Gone" is no exception. Over the years rock music has been somewhat ousted of the mainstream community, but somehow the "Rejects" crash through that wall and flood the radio waves with their tunes that somehow are able to be catchy yet make you wanna mosh where you stand. Be sure to be on the lookout for their new album titled Kids in the Street hittin' the shelves in the new year.

December 16, 2011

50 Candidates for XXL's 2012 Freshman Class

One of the most controversial and anticipated moments in hip-hop news every year is the release of XXL's "Freshman Class". Each year, the hip-hop powerhouse lets go of a list of artists that they believe are the next big thing in the game. However, this year they decided to do things a bit differently. XXL picked 50 artists that they believe are "Freshman Class" worthy. After a group of professionals choose their nine Freshmen, they are letting the fans decide the tenth and final spot. So, before the voting ends on January 1st, head on over to XXL to cast your vote for your favorite artists. Hit the jump for the full list.

Also, be on the lookout for our own "Freshman Class" list to be dropping before the voting ends.

Blu & Exile - give me my flowers while i can smell them [Album]

Not brand new material, but to me that's a good thing. The duo recorded this album in 2009, which is only two years after their underground smash Below The Heavens was released. Until now, it was previously unreleased. OKP had the go-ahead to unleash a preview and it can now be purchased here.

Soul Khan - Hold On (prod. Audible Doctor) [Video]

Soul Khan had a little "Hold on, hold on, hold on!" moment with this video yesterday, but after the short setback he hits us with the finished version. 'Hold On' is off his Pursuance EP that's available now.

Previous: Koncept - Aspirations ft. Soul Khan (prod. J57) [Video]

December 15, 2011

Young Jeezy - Nothin' [Video]

Previous: Young Jeezy - Talk To Me ft. Freddie Gibbs & Eminem

Bei Maejor Makes A Christmas Beat [Video]

If there happened to be an "Honorable Mention" part to our '12 Mixtapes Of 2011' list, Bei Maejor's maejorMAEJOR certainly would have been a good look. The kid remains so slept on despite his well rounded musical abilities. I mean, how many of your favorite artists could pull off something like this?

Previous: Bei Maejor - Trouble ft. J. Cole [Video]

Cris Cab - In My Dreams

Fresh off his spot on our '12 Mixtapes Of 2011' list, Miami singer/songwriter Cris Cab is back with some more great music. Similar to some tracks on his Foreword EP, he uses the smooth acoustic sound to make the perfect song to relax to. Look for Cris to make a lot of noise in 2012 with his upcoming mixtape, Echo Boom, expected to drop in January.

Asher Roth - Choices ft. Action Bronson (prod. Blended Babies)

I've had Action Bronson & Statik Selektah's collaborative Well Done album on repeat the past two days. Now he lends a verse to Asher for his upcoming Pabst & Jazz Sessions mixtape.

Wale - Chain Music [Video]

With the holidays coming up, do a friend a favor and buy them Wale's new album, Ambition.

Previous: Wale - Barry Sanders [Video]

Nardwuar vs. Ghostface Killah [Video]

The only word to describe Nardwuar interviews is random. He certainly does his homework and there's no telling what kind of tricks he's going to pull out his sleeves next. Check it out as he chops it up with the Wu-Tang Clan member.

Previous: Nardwuar vs. Kreayshawn [Video]

Steven Aoki - Cudi the Kid ft. Kid Cudi & Travis Barker

The big time Steve Aoki enlists the help of Blink-182 super-drummer Travis Barker and the kid named Cudi for this track. Cudi's always been a little out there, and he shows us once again on this trancy, duby track over the drums of Travis Barker. This is like a musical trifecta from all different genres. Enjoy people.

December 14, 2011

Skrillex - Breathe

Congrats to dubstep artist Skrillex for his multiple Grammy nominations, including 'Best New Artist'. That's a huge landmark not only for him, but for that entire genre of music. Here's a new Skrillex track that has an infectious sound to it.

XV - The 27 Club (prod. The Awesome Sound)

Something gives me the feeling that Vizzy may have a little side project in the works. After his last track was a tribute to Chaka Khan, he pays tribute to a few other great rockers on this new track, called 'The 27 Club'. We'll have to wait and see what his next move is.

Cher Lloyd - Dub On The Track ft. Mic Righteous, Dot Rotten & Ghetts [Video]

Previous: Cher Lloyd - With Ur Love ft. Mike Posner [Video]

Common - The Dreamer, The Believer [Album Stream]

It's a shame that so many of these music websites, blogs, and magazines have already finished with their 'Top Albums of 2011' list, because Common's The Dreamer, The Believer won't be dropping until five days before Christmas and you know it's going to be a monster. Don't wait, pre-order your copy on iTunes now.

Previous: Common vs. Nas [Video]

Joe Budden on ESPN: First Take [Video]

Joey makes an appearance on ESPN to make a plug about the new Slaughterhouse album dropping in April. I think Skip Bayless needs to learn to just keep quite sometimes.

Previous: Shady 2.0 BET Cypher [Video]

David Banner - Yao Ming ft. Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz

'Donald Trump', ' Larry Csonka', 'Bill Gates', 'Justin Bieber', and now 'Yao Ming'. This year we've seen quite a few tracks named after an assortment of celebrities. David Banner links up with Wayne and 2 Chainz for this track that will be found on his upcoming The Make Believe Album.

Outasight - Let's Go

Back in October, P-Willi and I got to enjoy Outasight open up for west coast band the Dirty Heads right near where we live on Long Island. Unfortunately, Dirty Heads fans weren't enjoying OU's music as much as we were, so he had to end his performance a tad bit short (that's the nice way of putting it). We got to meet up with OU after he was finished and he was real cool about the whole situation. I mean, if I were him I'd be pretty pissed about basically getting booed off stage. Seems like he's got the last laugh though, as his single 'Tonight Is The Night' has seen tons of success since and now he's got another monster record with the release of 'Let's Go'. Keep doing your thing man.

BTH Presents: 12 Mixtapes of 2011

As the year comes to a close and today marking only twelve days left until Christmas, we here at Below The Heavens decided to share with you some of our favorite mixtapes of the past year. Not only did each of these artists put out a quality project that stood out among many others, they released them for free. Even though some of them may vary in genre, they all share the label of being one of the best mixtapes of 2011. Hit the jump to see if some of your favorites made our final cut.

December 13, 2011

Asher Roth - Pabst & Jazz ft. Hassani Kwess & Kenny Keys (prod. Blended Babies)

Title track off Asher's upcoming mixtape that's dropping December 20th. Pabst & Jazz Sessions will serve as a preview to his sophomore album which should be out sometime next year. Also, some time this week Asher will be dropping a new video for his previously released track, 'Common Knowledge'.

Previous: Asher Roth - In The Kitchen (prod. Chuck Inglish) [Video]

Statik Selektah - Never A Dull Moment ft. Action Bronson, Termanology, & Bun B [Video]

Statik currently has two albums out in stores right now. His solo album, Population Control, which is distributed by Duck Down Records and features some of the biggest names in the game, as well as his collaborative project with Action Bronson, Well Done. Give both of those records a spin and then come and tell me that Statik Selektah isn't one of the greatest producers/DJs in the game right now.

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Koncept - Getting Home ft. Sene (prod. J57) [Video]

Koncept hits us with another set of visuals from his new album, awaken, that was finally released today on iTunes. Go cop that now to support some dope music from the Brown Bag Allstar.

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Drake's 2012 "Club Paradise Tour" Dates Released

October's Very Own will finally be taking his sophomore album around the country and across the pond when he begins his "Club Paradise Tour" this upcoming February. Starting on the 14th, Drake will play 17 shows across the U.S. and then follow that up with 18 more shows throughout Europe. Special guests Kendrick Lamar and A$AP Rocky will join him on the nearly two and a half month adventure.

My only complaint is that with this being one of the most anticipated tours around next year, why is there is not a single stop in the Northeast?

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50 Cent - I Just Wanna ft. Tony Yayo [Video]

Already two videos have been released for tracks off 50's new mixtape, The Big 10. Although, this one may have been released just a bit earlier then it was supposed to. It seems that 50 and Interscope Records aren't exactly on the same page right now about the release of his new single with Jeremih and he's letting them hear it via his Twitter machine. Well, while he continues on his rant, we get to enjoy this.

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Jared Evan - Anywhere ft. Pharrell & Game

Jared's last project, unCOVERED, consisted of ten classic tracks from various artists that he remade into his own. So, it's been quite a while since we've last heard any new, original material from the Interscope artist. Hopefully this track, which features Pharrell and Game, is a preview to what else is coming in the near future from Jared because he has been spending a bit of in the studio with these two.

J.Good - The Art Of Getting By ft. Ced Hughes (prod. Rufio)

The last time we gave you a look at Sacramento artist was his video for 'Rolling Stone' off his Look On The Bright Side mixtape. Now, he's back right where he left off with a new single that will be featured on his upcoming collaborative project with producer Rufio, called Searching for Alicia Silverstone. Keep your eye out for that to be dropping just before Christmas.

T.I. - Hear Ye, Hear Ye ft. Pharrell [Video]

Since his release from jail, not too many artists have been on their music grind as hard as TIP has. On this new single, he links up with Skateboard P. Expect big things from the King of the South in 2012, including a new mixtape.

Shouts to: VH1

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December 12, 2011

Jon Connor - Season 2 [Mixtape]

This may have dropped at noon today, but I was too busy listening to it on repeat to share it with everyone. Flint, Michigan's Jon Connor has been turning heads all over the internet since he dropped Season One over a year ago. Since then, he's released an album, The Salvation, and a number of other remixes and freestyles of popular tracks in which he pretty much embarrasses each of the original artists. Now, after the rumors of Season 2 being in the making for over 6 months, Jon Connor releases the follow-up to his successful mixtape just in time to enjoy as the year comes to a close. Go right ahead and hit the jump for the tracklist and download link and enjoy one of my most anticipated projects in quite some time. Nap time is over. It's time to stop sleeping on Jon Connor.

XV - Chaka Shao Khan (prod. DJ Tech-Neek)

"In the Christmas spirit, XV takes to his soundcloud to release some NEW music. With producer of XV’s “The Kick”, DJ Tech-Neek, flipping an ill Chaka Khan sample that feels soulful, powerful and flawless…XV creates, 'Chaka Shao Khan'."

Maffew Ragazino - Million Dollar View [Video]

Directed by Andre Ward and Sha Banga

Maffew lets go of another video for one of the many standout tracks off his street album, Rhyme Pays. If you haven't already, go download that right now for free

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Pac Div - Top Down ft. Skeme & Casey Veggies [Video]

Off The DiV that's available now.

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WZRD (KiD CuDi & Dot Da Genius) - WZRD [Artwork]

CuDi's upcoming project with Dot Da Genius seems to be getting pretty serious, as the official artwork has been revealed. The two together, who go be WZRD, will drop a self-titled album on January 30th. It has been said that CuDi's sound will be completely different than anything else he has done before. Although that idea hasn't really gotten such great responses from critics and fans, you have to remember that even Kanye's 808s & Heartbreaks didn't get such warm reviews either when the idea was first released. We'll have to wait until the album finally drops at the end of January to be able to get a real feel for "dat new new" KiD CuDi.

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Danny Brown - Monopoly [Video]

Not the first set of trippy visuals we have seen recently, but Danny Brown continues to drop new videos from his previously released XXX album. For anybody out there that is not familiar with the Detroit rapper's work, 'Monopoly' serves as a great example as to how Danny's unconventional flow works on a track. There really aren't too many artists out there that you can compare his style too, which is part of the reason that his music stands out to me. It's always great to hear some originality in hip hop music.

Shouts to: Rolling Stone

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Robin Thicke's Response To Daniel Merriweather's Diss

It's sad to see that Twitter has become the newest medium for sending "disses" between artists. Smh. At least this new episode of R&Beef took a comical turn when Robin Thicke proclaimed he had no idea who Daniel Merriweather even was. Genius, or just plain arrogant? You be the judge.

50 Cent - Queens, NY ft. Paris [Video]

Fif drops off these visuals for one of the standout tracks from his newest mixtape, The Big 10. Ladies and gentlemen, 50 Cent may finally be back to his old self.

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December 11, 2011

Lupe Fiasco – American Terrorist III

Luckily for everyone who reads this blog without a twitter, I follow Mr. Fiasco on twitter ( @backslashgio...shameless plug). He released this one on twitter over the weekend and recently Lupe's got debating making some "Vote for Lupe" t-shirts.

Meek Mill – House Party ft. Young Chris [Video]

Finally a video for this new age kid and play track. It's not quite the flow and fun that Kid, Play and Martin Lawrence brought to some parties; but Meek and Chris definitely do their thing on this one.

Busta Rhymes – Can You Keep Up? ft. Twista

MEEP MEEP! It's Tony Stewart vs. Jimmy Johnson in a race to see who's the faster MC. Busta and Twista are like a shake and bake combo like no other on this track. You can't help but feel like Busta has been on a mission to get faster since the whole youtube sensation of "Look At Me Now" covers started...try n' keep up.