Mike Schpitz – Love Potion Number 9th

3 03 2010

Last week or so, I found out about this dude from the midwest. His name’s Mike Schpitz, and he also goes by LoveJones. He’s a sick artist, and he’s definitely worth listening to. Free mixtape download at the bottom.

I first heard a few tracks from Mike Schpitz on the Flawless Hustle mixtape Stay Flawless. I thought he was pretty good, but I wasn’t completely sold. About a month later, I found out that he released a mixtape where he went over 9th Wonder beats, so I had to have that. It’s called Love Potion Number 9th, and it’s been one of my most played mixtapes over the past month.

“Hatin’ Again” is one of my favorite tracks off the mixtape. Stik Figa and Adullessence are featured on it, and they add a whole new dimension to the track. The beat is incredible, and that goes for every beat on this mixtape. As a matter of fact, that goes for pretty much 9th’s whole catalog.

Either way, it’s definitely worth downloading, especially since it’s free. And while you’re at it, follow Mike Schpitz on Twitter. Kudos to Refined Hype for the download.

Download it.

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The New Pornographers

29 12 2009

I’ve considered writing about this band every week since I started this blog. The only thing that’s kept me from doing it is the fact that I don’t think I can do them justice. This is one of my favorite bands of all time… of all time! Definitely top five. It’s the New Pornographers.

So, I was going to provide a link to a free download of a live show of theirs, but all the files were .m4a’s, and it would’ve been a bitch to deal with. Instead, I found a link to a download of an album of theirs, and while I do feel bad providing it to you, I feel like if you like the group, you’ll go out to buy their music. Karma will get you if you don’t.

I celebrate this group’s entire catalogue. I’m being completely literal when I say this. When I feel like listening to the New Pornographers, I go to my iPod, I start with the song I’m in the mood for, and then I just let it play through all of their albums.

Currently, “Jackie” is probably my favorite song by the New Pornographers. It’s off of their first album, titled Mass Romantic, which was released in 2000. That’s crazy. It’s been almost ten years since their first album. They’ve released four albums, all of which have been great.

In 2003, they released Electric Version. When I first started listening to the New Pornographers, this was definitely my favorite album. Out of the 13 tracks, something like seven of them have held the title of favorite New Pornographers song for at least a little bit. “Chump Change” is my favorite from that album right now.

Pitchfork’s favorite New Pornographers album was released in 2005. They gave it 9/10. It’s called Twin Cinema, and the title track was the first song I ever heard from this group. Every track is dope, and “Streets of Fire” is a track I’m considering sampling.

2007 brought Challengers, which was yet another fantastic album. “Entering White Cecilia” was my favorite song off that album for the longest time, but I think that “Unguided” is my current favorite. I’m considering sampling that one, too.

Either way, all their stuff is dope. Listen to as much of their music as you possibly can. It’ll impact you in a positive way. I guarantee it. The download’s of Mass Romantic, by the way. Their first album. The only way to start your New Pornographers adventure. Enjoy.

Download it.





Macklemore and Ryan Lewis – VS. EP

16 12 2009

I’m really shitty at updating this on time. Luckily, it’s another free mixtape download, so hopefully that keeps you satisfied. It’s the long-awaited download of the VS. EP from Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. Hell yeah. Props to 2db for providing the linkage.

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis let us hear “Otherside” a bit before the album dropped, and that’s what really got me excited about the release. As you may have assumed, the track involves a sample from the Red Hot Chili Peppers track of the same name. You can hear a version of them doing “Otherside” live on KEXP 90.3 right here. Seattle Show Gal did a little interview with them that can tell you a whole hell of a lot more about the EP than I can. Check it out.

“Irish Celebration” and “Vipassana” are two tracks I really liked off of the EP. That’s just a knee-jerk reaction, though. My favorites may very well change in the next few weeks. Either way, get the VS. EP. Support Macklemore. Support Ryan Lewis. It’s free.

Download it.





Hip Hop Collective – Get it, Got it, Good

7 12 2009

I’ve got two exams to study for, so this is gonna be quick. The upside is you get a free mixtape. Gainesville’s own Hip Hop Collective has released their Fall 2009 Mixtape. It’s called Get it, Got it, Good, and you should get it. Get it?

The mixtape is 23 tracks long, and you can get it for free by visiting the Hip Hop Collective’s bandcamp site. The album flows pretty well, and it displays many different artistic styles (spoken word, hip hop, scratching, instrumentals, etc). This album truly is “hip hop” in every sense.

hiphop” is the opening track on the album, and it was a good choice to start the album out. It’s a spoken word piece from Poets, INC. President Dianna Ferguson. “Instrumental B” was another track that caught my ear. It’s a laid-back beat put together by Santa Fe student Daniel Linton. Reminds me a lot of DJ Alibi type stuff. “Painting of a He” by DJ Robzilla is another track worth hearing on the album. Robzilla melts the wax on this track, as he seems to do on a regular basis. You can see him every Thursday night at The Laboratory. It’s called Funky Dope Thursdays. Check it out.

As far as the conventional “hip hop” tracks on this album are concerned, there were three tracks that really impressed me. “Street Poetics” by Eval “Big Eezay” Smith is a great track, with a calm, piano-driven beat, and some great samples. This track immediately got me bobbin my head. Dope stuff. “Honey” is another great track, especially because of the balance. The beat, the vocals, the verses are all equally impressive and none is particularly dominant. The track is by Dillon and it features Stacy Epps on the vocals and Paten Locke on the beat. Dillon’s album Studies in Hunger drops on Dec. 8. You can find more info on his site.

Can I Kick It? (2009)” is the final track that I’d like to talk about. I saved it for last because it’s by Shay-J, whose latest album Lost in a Vast Abyss of Hip Hop dropped this past Friday. I’ve listened to it once, and after I hear it a couple more times, I’ll be putting up a track-by-track review. If you went to the Common and Kid Cudi show this past Friday, you got to see Shay-J open for them. He’s moving toward big things, and his latest album is a sign of that. Watch for the review later in the week.

I’ve written twice as much as I thought I would about this album, so clearly it’s worth downloading. You get an entire, 23-track album for free. What’s not to love?

Download it.





Blitz the Ambassador

28 10 2009

Originally, I planned to talk about a group called Hockey today, but my friend suggested hip-hopper Blitz the Ambassador. I decided to follow his advice.

So, what I’ve gathered about Blitz is that he was born in Ghana and ended up moving to Brooklyn. He currently has an album out, and apparently it’s gotten pretty positive reviews. It’s called Stereotype, and it has a dope cover, but I haven’t gotten to listen to it. Instead, I downloaded a mixtape from him. The mixtape is called On My Mixtape Sh*t, and you can download it for free right here.

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Hands of Time” was the first song to really catch my ear. I immediately was reminded of Macklemore’s joint, “At The Party”. See, both songs briefly go through a history of hip-hop, mentioning various artists, trends, and tunes. He talks about Jay-Z, Outkast, Missy Elliott, and T.I. in the last verse, using samples from each artist. As a matter of fact, he does that throughout the song. Pretty dope.

All the beats are awesome, and I especially like the use of horns throughout. Blitz really seems to draw a lot of influence from Mos Def, as far as his lyrical content is concerned. There’re multiple places in the mixtape where you can see Mos’s influence, such as the “Live at Lyricist Lounge” track.

Black Market” is my favorite track on the mixtape, but sadly, that’s only a small snippet. The link, however, is a link to the full version of the song. I not only love the sampling, but the lyrics are incredibly meaningful. Every line means something, and the message is consistently positive. I love that.

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And I guess that can be expanded to the album as a whole. It’s all about change and helping recreate not only hip hop, but humanity. Blitz the Ambassador is definitely a vital piece of an on-going movement. He’s here to stay.

“Aluta Continua. It means the struggle goes on and on.”

Download it.





TiRon

16 10 2009

The other day I found this LA cat named TiRon on Last.fm. He makes hip-hop music, and it’s pretty dope. He’s got Ketchup out, and it’s definitely worth a download… which you can find for free at the end of this entry.

TiRon

First things first. You can find TiRon on MySpace, and you can listen to some songs off Ketchup. I’m gonna tell you pretty confidently that you’ll like it. And that’ll make you want to download the whole album. TiRon’s on that technological tip. You can find him on Twitter and on Facebook. He also has Tumblr blog thing, called go ronnie. View it.

Def 82′” is definitely my favorite song off the album. The beat is fucking incredible. Lovin’ the horns. The lyricism is intricate, and not negative in the least, which is always the best. “The High” is the token tokin’ track, which most releases seem to have now. I’m not complaining, though. Sometimes he sounds so Kanye-esque but before all the auto-tune bullshit (see “Go Ronnie“), which is a plus. “Shine On” is also an incredibly dope track. Sick beat and consistent flow, but those are things you’ll come to expect from TiRon.

Go download the album for free. It’s called Ketchup, and it’s got great production value, with the lyrical content to boot. I’m serious.

Can’t beat free. Download it.





Harlem Shakes

22 09 2009

So, I originally planned to review Wale’s new album Attention: Deficit, today, but the release has been pushed back to 3 November 2009. He decided to tour with Jay and Lupe before he released it. Good business choice. Instead I’m talking about the Harlem Shakes. They’re pretty sweet.

The Harlem Shakes are a group I first heard through Last.fm Radio, which is a common source for my musical discoveries. They’ve got some electronic elements every now and then, kind of following the kick I’ve been on recently, but I’d say they’re more alternative/indie than anything. They actually toured with Passion Pit earlier this year. Good fit.

Harlem Shakes 1

On their MySpace, they have five songs you can listen to, which provides a nice preview of the group, but if you’re interested in hearing their entire catalog, you should visit their Last.fm profile. There you can find all 15 tracks the group has released on their two albums available to please your ears for free.

Strictly Game” is their most popular track, and it’s definitely a solid one. They finished up the music video for this track over this past summer. It’s a pretty great video, making a play on all those YouTube videos for songs that are created by random people and have various still shots of the band. Just give it a few seconds. You’ll like it.

They released Technicolor Health in March of this year, and it’s a pretty sweet album, judging by the songs I’ve heard so far. You can download your favorite Harlem Shakes songs off of SadSteve, for frizzee. I also found a link to a free download of the album, so you should give it a try. Probably worth it.