Hip-Hop Rap

Jay-Z – Open Letter (produced by Timbaland & Swizz Beatz)

Well, this was unexpected. New Hova in the form of “Open Letter” produced by two of his past/present collaborators Timbaland and Swizz Beatz. The brief cut (under 3 min) shows symptoms of both producers with the bassy undercurrent and slick synth (Timbaland) and ridiculous ad libs (Swizz), while Mr. Carter references recent news topics like […]

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Album of the Week: Justin Timberlake – The 20/20 Experience

Could there really be any other choice for “album of the week”? The first of two albums to be released in 2013, The 20/20 Experience showcases a more mature sound and growth reflecting his Justin Timberlake’s life right now. There isn’t a track as sonically groundbreaking as “Sexy Back”, but that wassn’t what Timberlake was […]


STREAM: JT & Jay-Z “Suit & Tie”

…..and one week later, we have the first single from Justin Timberlake’s recently announced album. The Timbaland produced cut starts with a slow intro before transforming into a bouncy, horn-filled piece of pop-fun. Timberlake’s airy, blue-eyed soul is in full force while Hova chimes in with a dose of bravado. Stream “Suit & Tie” at […]

Indie Links Mash-ups Music Video

Thursday Linkage: Broken Bells, Timbaland, The Hood Internet, Adam Bradway

A shortened week didn’t give me a lot of time for links, but here are a few to keep you busy before the weekend. Tallulah Gorge camping, here I come. A) The new Broken Bells video has Christina Hendricks (aka Joan from Mad Men) as far away from a ’60s ad agency as possible: outer […]

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Favorite Albums of the Decade: Bubba Sparxxx – Deliverance

Bubba Sparxxx – Deliverance (2003) Hip-hop/rap mixtapes were always my thing. After a push from my good friend Gutter (the creator of Nark Vol.1), it was my goal to pass on the newest rap to my friends every few months. During the previous year, I took a break from the Nark series (Vol. 18 to […]

JayeL Audio Mixtape

New Mixtape: JayeL Audio 11-24-09 – Part 2 of 2

JayeL Audio 11-24-09 Disc Two Beyonce’s lil’ sis Solange gets some indie cred by eloquently covering Dirty Projectors hit, “Stillness Is The Move”. She definitely get bonus points for reworking one of my favorite beats of all time. Sea Wolf showcases the only upbeat song on the New Moon soundtrack. Yeasayer is clearly on […]

Hip-Hop Mixtape Nark Rap


Its kinda nice when Logan makes the artwork, then I don’t have to think about what the title will be. This round has a more reflective feel than past editions, for the most part (see “In The Ghetto” and “Fear”). I feel like when the cold weather comes, rappers get more lyrical for some reason. […]