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Since SeptemBRRR 28 is almost upon us, a slew of leaks from The Appeal: Georgia’s Most Wanted have hit the interwebs. An initial blog post and personal favorite is “Haterade.” In it Gucci says to his haters, “I’m not listening. I’m not interested. My attention only focused on what I get.” Pharrell’s spaceman footprint is all over this record and Nicki Minaj is surprising effective, displaying a serious, toned down persona.

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“This is something special. This is something new.” Those are high expectations for any artist to live up to, but Kanye West and Co.’s “Lord Lord Lord” is definitely tiptoeing near those affirmations. “Lord Lord Lord” is another installment of Mr. West’s G.O.O.D. Friday series, where he promised via Twitter that he’d be releasing a new song each Friday until Christmas. To quote the man himself, “I’m calling it good Fridays. Y’all know every Friday y’all gone have a new joint from our family. We look at the game completely different now.”

Word.

The instrumental, which heavily sample Nas’ “Find Your Wealth”, is layered with silky synths and a heavy jazz beat. Mos Def’s opening verse stream of consciousness about the wonders of life suits the dreamy track. Kanye’s take is more of an appreciation for the female form, “Her heels set the mood/ where did you acquire those are liars/ when I met you I heard Jesus bells, strings and a choir.”Charlie Wilson’s contribution doesn’t sound as out of place as his previous G.O.O.D. Friday features.

The song is close to perfect until Swizz Beatz walks in with his lackluster verse. His interpretation of a Jay-Z verse fails miserably around the heavyweights around him. Luckily, the two-minute outro reverts from the previous speed bump and coasts smoothly until the end.

Grade:A-

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There are two discussion pieces that you’re bound to hear in any new Kanye West song: his “I am an asshole” mantra and some reference to Satan. With “Devil in a New Dress” you get both served on a rusted copper dish, varnished with sin. It’s a love song, for the illuminati kind, but a love song nonetheless. Kanye croons, “The way you look should be a sin, you my sensation/ I know I’m preaching to the congregation/ We love Jesus but you done learned a lot from Satan.”

As far as production goes, this is one of the standout tracks from Kanye’s weekly “G.O.O.D. Fridays” installment. The groovy baseline dances in time with the steady percussion, before a crash of symbols break up the waltz, only for it to start all over again.

Kanye West\’s \”Devil in a New Dress\”

Music Source: Kanye Universecity

Remixes have lost their flair. Back in the Bad Boy era, a remix would be a whole different take on the song. New instrumental, different plot line, and of course, new collaborators. Nowadays, remixes are the same exact track with a couple of new features from “in right now” rappers. That is why when Kanye revealed that he would be releasing a remix to his first single Power, I was a bit worrisome, but luckily, Kanye never let’s me down (College Dropout Reference).

Synths open up the track before Jay comes in with a lackluster verse comparing Kanye to Axl Rose and giving a little bit of a self motivational speech. Afterwards is when things really heat up. Kanye begins by continuing where Jay left off. Giving the listeners the knowledge to discover that the “power” is in our own hands and we can do whatever we want with it. From there the beat abruptly cuts off and Swizz Beatz begs Kanye rip the listener’s a new one.

And that he does.

The already tweaked “Power” instrumental turns into a whole other new song with Snap’s “I’ve Got the Power” laying down the groundwork. And of course, Kanye’s cockiness goes into overdrive and all you cans say is “Did he just say that?”

\”Power\” Feat. Jay-Z and Swizz Beatz

If Drake stands for “Do Right And Kill Everything”, I wonder what Nico stands for. I’ll figure that out later. Anyway, October’s Very Own has returned with his third single off of his chart breaking debut album, Thank Me Later. The “Miss Me” video features the now incarcerated Lil Wayne. For all you Wayneheads, he has not been released; they shot this video before he went into the slammer. Once again, Anthony Mandler is behind the video, which is why it has a similar dark undertone like: “Over” and “Find Your Love”.  Anhony’s idea of having Lil Wayne being portrayed as Drake’s guardian angel is brilliant. Bravo.

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Nowadays people say that Twitter is the new Facebook. Not long before that Facebook was the new Myspace. This evolution of social networking hierarchy took place in less than 5 years. Those who grew up in the myspace age remembers how your page was a window into what made you click. You would create lists debating whether or not you enjoyed McDonalds or Burger King, you posted pictures that you took in your bathroom and showcased it for the world to see and you had the option to personalize your myspace with backgrounds of your favorite musical artist or maybe just glitter. Those were the days when social networking was young and naive. The glory days.

Artists, like M.I.A., would used myspace as a launching board to start their careers. In her single “XXXO”, Maya, is paying homage to the initial social networking sight with cheesy glitter effects, prancing unicorns, and all. Although the video has many effects going on, M.I.A. is distant just like social networking was supposedly supposed to do with humans.

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A single techno beat thumps. It continue bumping until it changes pitches. Minimalism at its best. Interesting only because nothing that Wale does is truly minimalist. His day and night job, as a wordsmith, has set him apart from his fellow upcoming rappers because he’s able to create in depth meaning from simple words tied together in a phrase.

On “Black and Gold”, Wale’s first single off of his mixtape More About Nothing, he explodes into the track stating “Back like I never ever left from the first”. Accompanied by an instrumental, that seems ripped from the Daft Punk vault. The song is definitely a return to form for Wale, who initially caught listeners’ ears by sampling “non-traditional” songs, but making them cool enough to thump in the car.

Wale\’s \”Black and Gold\”

High Anticipation for More About Nothing, which drops tomorrow August 3rd.

It was about two years ago when Converse brought together Julian Casablancas, Pharrell Williams, and Santogold for the summer jam “My Drive Thru”. It was meant to commemorate Converse’ centennial celebration, as well as showcase how closely the brand has been tied in with music. This year, Converse is at it again, but this time teaming up with Kid Cudi, Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmangli, and Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino. Rostam’s production is spacey and open for interpretation, but Kid Cudi’s usual flow is a smoke filled bore. The real highlight of the song comes from Bethany Cosentino’s vocals jumping playfully around the chorus.

\”All Summer\”

It’s rare when you find a rapper as consistent as Rick Ross. Not only in the consistency of his rap flow, but also in the consistency of his releases. His past three albums have been released yearly, which has been great news for Ricky Ross fans. Personally, I’ve been a tad bit late to jump on the bandwagon; the reason why is that I initially viewed Rick Ross as an impostor.

Rick was just a rapper who wanted to take Biggie’s throne because he just happened to have physical traits that were similar to the Notorious. With his new partnership with Diddy, the comparisons are obviously growing between the two, but musically Rick Ross is from a different vine. With the few leaks from Teflon Don, it is apparent that Rick is taking full control of his career and is loving every moment of it.

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Aubrey Drake Graham is an unheard of force of nature, in a matter of two years he has gone from being a part of the cast of Degrassi to being arguably the most popular hip-hop artist in 2010. How did he do it? Critics say that it has a lot to do with him being co-signed by Lil Wayne. Possibly. Other’s say that his outside appearance is more acceptable to the main stream and that’s why he’s become so big. And there may be some truth to that, but it’s important to give credit when it’s due and Drake does not only have an ear for music, but is a hard worker and you can tell that by listening to Thank Me Later.

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