Lloyd Banks “Sugar Hill” Freestyle

This is the 6th installment in a 10-part weekly freestyle series called “At Your Request,” in which the G-Unit rapper freestyles over popular instrumentals. This week, Banks jumps on AZ’s 1995 classic hit “Sugar Hill.”


Listen below and keep an eye out for another freestyle next week.

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Kendrick vs Lil Wayne

K.Dot’s third solo mixtape, C4, was released in 2009. The project features Kendrick freestyling over multiple instrumentals from Tha Carter III, which came out in 2008. This was Wayne’s best album by a long shot and put Weezy in the spotlight. Remixing a bunch of Lil Wayne’s most popular songs at the height of his popularity was a pretty ballsy thing for Kendrick to do. Because so many tracks from Tha Carter III are considered  classics, the question has to be asked… Who wore the beat best?

“3 Peat”

“A Milli”

“Phone Home”

“Dr. Carter”

“La La”

“Let the Beat Build”

“Mrs. Officer”

“Don’t Get It”

Added bonus with both artists on the same track:


Who do you think did a better job?

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10 Songs You Need to Hear: Raz Simone

An introduction to the talented up-and-comer

Raz Simone’s a Seattle-based songwriter and member of the hip-hop collective, Black Umbrella. In 2014, industry executives Lyor Cohen, Todd Moscowitz, and Kevin Liles signed Raz to their newly established 300 Entertainment. With his unique voice, unusually staccato delivery and the support of 300 Entertainment, Simone has unlimited potential.


“Still Mobbin’”

This is probably my favorite Raz Simone record. The catchy chorus, smooth vocals, and fantastic beat are all the ingredients needed for a masterpiece.


“They’ll Speak”

“They’ll Speak” is the first track I heard from the artist and I instantly knew he was special. The song is basically a five-minute freeform poem backed by Hans Zimmer’s score from The Dark Knight.



“Pulling” tells an incredibly vivid and dark story. Only a truly talented artist can convey such emotion.



“Hometown Glory” by Adele has to be one of the most heavily remixed ballads in hip-hop music. This is a very impressive remix though.


“Nothing’s Gonna Change”

Raz teams up with fellow Black Umbrella artist, Sam Lachow, to deliver “Nothing’s Gonna Change.”


“Same Problems”

Simone shows his tougher, more agressive side with this one. “Same Problems” also features verses from Fatal Lucciauno and Gifted Gab.


“Sometimes I Don’t”

Accompanied by Sam Lachow, “Sometimes I Don’t” is a smooth jam to ride to.


“Shoes On”

Although he doesn’t always talk about it in his music, Raz Simone does hustle hard.


“Don’t Shine”

“Don’t Shine” reminds me of “Heaven at Night” by Kid Cudi for some reason… Both good songs though.


“Respect For The Dope Fiends”

This track is from Simone’s project Trap Spirituals in which Raz experiments with a more trap sound.


What do you think of Raz Simone? Which was your favorite song?


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Best Mashup EVER


Two days ago, T-Pain appeared on “To The Beat With Kurt Hugo Schneider” and delivered a mind-blowing mashup performance.

T-pain’s by far one of my favorite musicians of all time. His NPR Tiny Music Desk performance took the Internet by storm and I hope this video receives the same well-deserved popularity.



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5 Crazy Collaborations

One of my favorite aspects of hip-hop music is frequent collaboration between artists. It’s a defining characteristic of the genre and often results in some amazing music.


Here are five examples of great rap collaborations:



This is possibly one of the best rap songs ever made and surprisingly few people are aware of its existence. Released in 2010, “Syllables” features verses from Eminem, Dr. Dre, Jay-Z, 50 Cent, Stat Quo, and Cashis. Aside from the ridiculously impressive line-up of rappers, the song is actually insightful. The message focuses on the hook-driven, catchy-beat state of modern hip-hop music. This topic’s purposefully juxtaposed with a very generic chorus.


“Walk This Way”

Aerosmith’s 1975 song “Walk This Way” was remade in 1986 with the help of Run-D.M.C. This was one of the first major collaborations between the rock and rap genres. It became an international hit and was the first hip-hop song to reach the top 5 on the Billboard Hot 100.


“I’m On 2.0”

I love this song… So many incredible artists teamed up to make it. The song is by Trae Tha Truth but features appearances from Big K.R.I.T., Jadakiss, J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, B.o.B., Tyga, Gudda Gudda, Bun B, & Mark Morrison. When “I’m On 2.0” was released I thought it was too good to be true… Kendrick and Cole alone is enough to have me in tears. I didn’t think Trae could possibly get all these artists together to make a music video… I’ve never been so happy to be proven wrong.


“So Appalled”

From Kanye West’s album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, “So Appalled” includes verses from Kanye West, Jay-Z, Cyhi the Prynce, Pusha T, Swizz Beatz, and RZA. In my opinion, Jay-Z and Cyhi the Prynce give the standout performances in the song.


“Abstract and the Dragon”

In 2013, rap legends Q-Tip and Busta Rhymes teamed up to create a mixtape called The Abstract & The Dragon. The 28-song mixtape features new collaborations, remixes, and old school hits. The only thing better than a collaborative album is a free collaborative album.


What are some of your favorite hip-hop collabs?


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10 Remixes That Were Better Than the Original

A remix can be a beautiful thing. It’s a fantastic way to express your artistry over a celebrated beat in the hip-hop, R&B, and pop genres.


Sometimes, however, a remix is so awesome that the original version of the song seems worse by comparison.


Here are ten great examples of this:

  1. Lorde’s 2014 hit “Royals” won the Grammy Award for Song of the Year. T-pain should have won the fictitious Remix of the Year Award for his take on the song.


  1. When Ace Hood got his hands on the instrumental for “Pretty Boy Swag” he did things that Soulja Boy isn’t capable of.


  1. My first introduction to Phil Ade’s music was his remix of “Happy” by Pharrell. Ade fits the beat perfectly with his laid-back vocals and smooth flow.


  1. “6’7” is one of Lil Wayne’s most popular singles from his 2010 album Tha Carter IV. When Kendrick Lamar remixed it, he did what he’s best at: outperforming other artists.


  1. Kid Cudi’s “Cudderisback” is such a classic that many Cudi fans don’t even know it’s a remix of “Ottoman” by Vampire Weekend. This was my jam when I was in high school.


  1. “Roman’s Revenge” by Nicki Minaj (featuring Eminem) isn’t a bad song. I really enjoy the part with Eminem. However, at least 66% of the song is Nicki Minaj and that’s not a good ratio. Chris Webby is a more talented lyricist than Minaj and he proves that in “Webster’s Revenge.”


  1. Jon Connor has released entire mixtapes composing of remixed hits from famous musicians like like Eminem, Kanye West, and even The Notorious B.I.G.. Connor’s versatility as an artist is proven time and time again. His remix of Rick Ross’s “The Devil is A Lie” is so incredible that it puts Rick Ross to shame.


  1. Drake’s version of Goapele’s “Closer to My Dreams” is one of my favorite Drake tracks to this day. In my opinion, this is when the young rapper was in his prime.


  1. “Love Yourself” by Keith James is so much better than Justin Bieber’s version that I felt the need to include it. I hope to hear a lot more covers from Keith James in the future.


  1. It isn’t often that an artist is raised from the dead to remix a song. Luckily, an anonymous genius decided to do just that to Miley Cyrus’s song “Party in The U.S.A.”


What are some of your favorite remixes?


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