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Lost in YouTube: An Experiment

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So here’s a weird idea I had last night while surfing YouTube’s high seas. I decided to listen to music by starting on a video of my choice and from then on only selecting subsequent tracks from the previous one’s related videos. I’d pick a song I liked, and failing that, one I found at least reasonably tolerable. The playlist ends when I get bored of putting together all these fucking YouTube embeds.

Pearl Jam - The Fixer

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aaron

10:28 AM on September 30th, 2009 | 

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It’s The Year Of The Underpaid Employee

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Aesop RockA selection from Aesop Rock’s “9-5ers Anthem”, a track on his third album, Labor Days. Something for that case of the Mondays.

We the American working population
Hate the fact that eight hours a day
Is wasted on chasing the dream of someone that isn’t us
And we may not hate our jobs,
But we hate jobs in general
That don’t have to do with fighting our own causes.
We the American working population
Hate the nine-to-five day-in/day-out
When we’d rather be supporting ourselves
By being paid to perfect the pastimes
That we have harbored based solely on the fact
That it makes us smile if it sounds dope.

Mr. Rock (no relation to The Rock) has matured and changed in a lot of ways since then, but nonetheless, it’s a volatile and perhaps even more innovative (although less accessible) collection of music than his newer material. This guy has been pushing the sheer art of rapping for years, regardless of what the mainstream hip hop community might be eating up at the time (these days… singing robots and Louis Vuitton apparently). Oh, and it certainly doesn’t hurt that his beats are hot fire.

Download “9-5ers Anthem” here if you want to see what mainstream hip hop could be if killing people over drugs wasn’t cool and T. Pain never discovered what the word “autotune” meant.

 
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2:30 PM on May 4th, 2009 | 

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The Harlem Renaissance

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biggieFirst thing’s first. Renaissance is a really weird looking word.

Anyway, onto more slightly more important things. In light of hit or miss Biggie biopic, Notorious, releasing in theaters in this week, I’ve been giving Ready To Die a spin for old times. “Juicy” is a well-known track, to say the least, and its popularity and legendary status at this point is due to the fact that it’s the fucking Huckleberry Finn of mid-nineties hip hop. It’s the coming of age tale of that entire new generation of rappers. As Biggie references his influences, naming Heavy D, Marley Marl, and Mr. Magic among others, he’s actually mentioning the time hip hop was now leaving behind.

Hip hop’s gone through a lot of changes since then as well. The Notorious B.I.G. died over beef with other players in the rap industry. Conversely, in recent years, when rappers are feuding they pose on the cover of Rolling Stone together and make YouTube videos about it. However, hip hop is changing yet again. Read More ›

 
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5:37 PM on January 11th, 2009 | 

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Hold Your Head Up, Keep Your Head Up

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Be Shareful highlights a band/musician/hip hop superstar number one in the game/whatever and offers free downloads of some of their music. The MP3s will be available for one week so get them before the RIAA gets me.

In case any of you haven’t heard the uninspired, trend-whoring, auto-tuned should-but-won’t-be-career-enders Kanye West has been putting out lately, I’ll let you in on a little secret: the state of pop music today is fucking tired. Tired like “I woke up at 5 AM to powerlift, have been drinking beer since noon, and it’s now 10 at night and I’ve got an entire McDonald’s Extra Value Meal in my stomach” tired.

Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart — Eurythmics

Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart — Eurythmics

Clearly, a power nap is not going to cut it here, so instead of actually doing something to progress past the monotony, let’s dig even deeper into the abyss of savagely beaten to death tunes and see just how much more blood we can wring out of the 80’s cornerstone that is Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams,” using the unnatural power of mashups. Read More ›

 
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11:00 AM on October 24th, 2008 | 

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Please Believe It Unless Your Game Is Tight

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Be Shareful highlights a band/musician/hip hop superstar number one in the game/whatever and offers free downloads of some of their music. The MP3s will be available for one week so get them before the RIAA gets me.

Despite the explosion of mashups available on the Internet and the insatiable consumption of tracks by mash monsters like Girl Talk, there was a hole in the genre that no amount of “Umbrella” samples could fill. R. Kelly may be a flirt, but when would he flirt with bearded indie rock supergroup Broken Social Scene? And how would Lil’ Wayne sound blazing over Modest Mouse? Would Dre ever consider collaborating with synthy sound technicians Fujiya and Miyagi? Well, probably not, but that’s why there’s The Hood Internet.

The Hood Internet

The Hood Internet

DJs STV SLV and ABX are a fearsome duo, and as unlikely as a couple of dorky white dudes having such a command over booty rocking beats may be, the rap-indie hybrids they produce are perhaps even more so. But considering the extreme oversaturation of popular samples as of late, unlikely is as disarming as a pregnancy scare but, like, way more enjoyable than that. Read More ›

 
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11:30 AM on October 17th, 2008 | 

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More Records Than The K.G.B.

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Be Shareful highlights a band/musician/hip hop superstar number one in the game/whatever and offers free downloads of some of their music. The MP3s will be available for one week so get them before the RIAA gets me.

M.I.A.

M.I.A.

Today’s Be Shareful tracks are a selection of sticks and stones and weed and bombs compliments of Sri Lankan hipster queen M.I.A. Specifically, I’ve chosen a number of “Paper Planes” remixes and mashups that are not only very good, but also distinct. Considering the song has permeated the inner membrane of America’s skull at this point, these tracks should provide a nice variety, not to mention show how much you really can do with just one song.

For those who gave up on popular music after Outkast’s viral “Hey Ya” infected the airways and subsequently, our every waking hour and even our fucking dreams, and don’t know who the hell I’m talking about — M.I.A. is a British songwriter, vocalist and producer whose music encompasses the most insane swath of genres since… I don’t know… ever? Combining traditional dance and folk styles such as soca and dappan koothu with modern hip hop, electropop, and alt-rock, M.I.A.’s music touches on themes of immigration, war, indie culture, pop culture, poverty, revolution, and personal relationships, amongst other things. To say the least, M.I.A. is a very diverse artist. Read More ›

 
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12:30 PM on October 10th, 2008 | 

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Low Budget Tunes… Literally

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This is the first “edition”, if you will, of a feature we’re going to be running regularly called Be Shareful. Be Shareful will highlight a band/musician/hip hop superstar number one in the game/whatever and offer free downloads of some of their music. The MP3s will be available for one week so get them before the RIAA gets me.

Low Budget

Low Budget

I’m a sucker for mashups and remixes, and have recently happened upon DJ Low B aka Low Budget, a Philadelphia based DJ who is known for putting out diverse mixtapes, and as half of the Hollertronix combo, the other half being Diplo of MIA’s heralded Piracy Funds Terrorism Volume 1 mixtape or the more recent Top Ranking, featuring rising star Santogold. Shit, talk about run on sentences. Anyway, Hollertronix produced 2003’s Never Scared, which the New York Times went on to name their top album of the year.

Low B’s mixtapes are frankly, hot fire, and full of surprising samples. He draws from a wide range of music, blending Baltimore club with dirty Southern rap and further peppering it with rock, pop and even disco. It may sound like a mess, and it is… but, and I never thought I’d say this, God bless this mess. Uh… I mean, the only thing that’s messy about Low Budget’s music is your face after you’ve heard it and are like, “Oh my god, that music is so crazy now my face is all messed up.” Read More ›

 
aaron

12:48 PM on October 3rd, 2008 | 

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