Lupe Fiasco – “Words I Never Said” ft Skylar Grey

Wow. Lupe had some things to get off his chest. He vents about the War on Terror, the US education system, the economy, the media, Obama – he’s not holding anything back. If more artists used the platform they’ve been given to try and change the world like Lupe then we’d all be better off. Production by Alex da Kid and another killer hook from Skylar Grey. Lasers – 8/3/11.

BONUS: Skylar Gray’s got some skills with a pen as well, writing “Love the Way You Lie” for Eminem and Rihanna. Here’s her version of “Love the Way You Lie II”, which ultimately ended up with Rihanna, courtesy of 2dopeboyz.

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Dr. Dre – “I Need A Doctor” ft Eminem & Skylar Grey

The second single from the mythical Detox. After this and “Kush” I’m adjusting my expectations for Detox. I don’t think it will be a bad album – far from it – but Dre’s sound just doesn’t have the same revolutionary impact it did in the past.

iTunes link HERE.

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Adele – “Rolling in the Deep” (Jamie xx Remix) ft Childish Gambino

I loved Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” as soon as I heard it. The xx’s Jamie stripped it down and furnished it with some steel drums and synths for a very different, yet still great, remix.

Donald Glover, aka Childish Gambino, added a verse to that remix. Glover is also a regular actor on Community and was the subject of an internet campaign to get him the lead role in the new Spiderman films. He can definitely rap as well.

(via Pigeons and Planes)

Make sure you check out Adele’s special Live Lounge session HERE.

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DJ Premier – “JJ Beat”

Before My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy came out I was desperately waiting for the collaboration between DJ Premier and Kanye. Ultimately it never made the cut after Kanye changed the direction of the album, the final product was so good I almost forgot that Premo was supposed to be involved. That is, until he released this – the beat he made specially for Ye.

It probably wouldn’t have fitted with the overall sound of the album but it’s a shame that it probably won’t get used anywhere else now. It’s too good to throw away. I’d love to hear Common, Black Thought or Nas destroy it. Thanks to DJ Premier Blog.

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Video: Portland Cello Project Cover Kanye’s “All of the Lights”

This video will make your day better. Genuinely amazing.

The Portland Cello Project’s orchestral, double-drummer, instrumental cover of Kanye West’s “All of the Lights” from a sold out show December 17, 2010 at Portland, Oregon’s Crystal Ballroom.

Thanks to Confusion.

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J. Cole – Beats and Bars

I saw J. Cole live for a second time about a week ago at London’s Koko. If he ever comes to your city then you really need to see him. His one single has had no chart success over here at all and he hasn’t released an album – yet he can pack a venue with dedicated fans who know every single word to mixtape songs.

I was gonna write a review but if you’ve ever read this blog before then you already know what I think about him. I think what impresses me most about J. Cole isn’t his illuminating lyrics, it’s not his sharp flow or his electric stage presence. It’s that he produces the vast majority of his own beats, so not only does he rap better than most of his peers – he’s doing it over beats he made himself. J. Cole wins.

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Drake – “Fireworks” (Deadboy Slo Mo House Edit)

Deadboy’s taken the piano chords from the original, turned the bass up and put the vocals through helium. My housemate and I have had this on pretty heavy rotation and it’s not got boring yet. Great remix. Got it from Drake’s own blog.

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