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[STREAM] Beyonce – Drunk In Love ft. Jay Z & Kanye West (Remix)

[STREAM] Beyonce - Drunk In Love ft. Jay Z & Kanye West (Remix)

WOOOOO I LOVE THIS. Out of nowhere Kanye jumped onto Big Brother‘s and Big Brother’s Wife‘s track and actually had a better verse than Jay, to be honest. So I guess we should prepare to be hearing college girls/girls in their 20s singing this for a while. Don’t totally hate it. That said, never forget Kanye’s “Ego (Remix)” verse.

[h/t Angie Martinez]

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[Music Video] Dylan Owen – Ghosts Revisited ft. Kiah Victoria

[Music Video] Dylan Owen - Ghosts Revisited ft. Kiah Victoria

If we’re being honest, two weeks ago I wasn’t a fan of Dylan Owen. I know plenty of people that enjoy his music, I’ve seen his name around everywhere, but I never really stopped to give it the time of day. But after going to a live show of his recently, that’s all decisively different.

Today, Dylan dropped the video for his track “Ghosts” from his Keep Your Friends Close EP, which made some waves back when it dropped. But for the video, Dylan decided to add the beautiful vocals of Kiah Victoria, and for me that’s what made the track. Kiah’s voice complements Dylan’s catchy hook extremely well, and it’s a joy to watch.

Fun Fact of the Day: Kiah also appeared in Jay Z’s “Picasso Baby” video. Do with that what you will.

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The Five Best Dance Songs of the Week [Halloween Edition]

5 Best Dance

I know, I know. Halloween was yesterday. Does that really mean you’re not gonna continue the celebration this weekend? No, didn’t think so.

Another week, another reason to get freaky with a playlist making up some of the best from the world of EDM this week. Be sure to check out the two sandwiching tracks, which I’ve made especially Halloween-friendly.

Nothing like some reworkings of Ghostbusters and Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” to get your juke juke on, amirite?

Happy Halloween from the #SunsetFam.


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[Music Video] Brey – SomeWhereInAmerica

[Music Video] Brey - SomeWhereInAmerica

I’ll be honest, I don’t usually go in for freestyles or whatever these are called nowadays, but this kid Brey has impressed me for a bit now. In this video here, the kid goes over Jay Z’s hit “Somewhereinamerica” and spits in verses in the woods which is pretty cool but not really for me, I always prefer indoors because of bugs and shit. And I’m convinced a bear’s gonna eat me one day, which is weird because our mascot’s a bear… what was I talking about? Oh. Keep checking back for more from Brey, and be sure to follow on Twitter.

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[Music Video] Jay Z – Holy Grail ft. Justin Timberlake

[Music Video] Jay Z - Holy Grail ft. Justin Timberlake

After successfully taking over the airwaves with the single from his latest Magna Carta Holy Grail, newly hyphen-less Jay Z decided to drop the visuals for “Holy Grail,” and they’re… different. Just like with the last video, “Picasso Baby,” Hov takes a more artistic approach to the video, slowing down the track and layering vocals in ways that you didn’t hear on the album itself. Pretty intriguing stuff. Also, am I the only one who wants a Justin Timberlake-only version of this song after hearing his part in the video? I hope not.

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[Download Mixtape] Tape Tuesday: Beach Is Better

New Tape Tuesday!

This summer was a miracle. I started off with almost no plans and ended up going to London with my dad, spending the Fourth of July at the beach with my best friends, and interning with my aunt in Washington (D.C.). I think the biggest lesson I learned from these travels is that it is not about where you go, it is about who you’re with. “Beach Is Better” is not saying that weekend at the beach with my friends was my best trip. It is saying that you can make a “beach” wherever you go. And that’s always better.

  1. How Sad – Indian Summer
  2. Run the Jewels – Sea Legs
  3. Netherfriends – Uptown Boys
  4. Step Rockets – Kisser
  5. Jay Z – Beach Is Better
  6. Astronomyy – Things I’d Do for U
  7. Left Boy – Laying in the Snow
  8. Dewy Sinatra – I Need Love
  9. PARTYNEXTDOOR – Right Now
  10. Boy/friend – SOTL
  11. Shadow Shadow – Riviera
  12. Tor Miller – Headlights
  13. Sam Smith – Safe with Me
  14. Austin Paul – V V
  15. Dylan Owen – The Window Seat
  16. Noah Slee – Can’t Stop
  17. Bartoven – Domestics
  18. KYLE – Sex & Super Smash Bros
  19. denitia and sene. – stupid world.

Damn, I think this shit’s gonna hit the fan.

DOWNLOAD ‘BEACH IS BETTER’ HERE

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Watch Jay Z’s Hour-Long Interview with BBC Radio 1′s Zane Lowe

New Jay Z!

Jay Z‘s Magna Carta… Holy Grail came out to mixed reviews, and while there is definitely some denying it as a great “project,” there is no denying how influential its creator is and how influential individual songs from the project already are. To the casual observer parts of this album find Jay Z desperately trying to adapt to the meme-driven, Internet culture with popular (seemingly silly) lyrics like “I don’t pop molly, I rock Tom Ford” and “Cause somewhere in America, Miley Cyrus is still twerkin’.” Truthfully, however, it shows a 43-year-old smartly poking fun at our lovable generation of misfits. The album as a whole is a generally enjoyable listen with beats that both successfully and unsuccessfully borrow from past hip-hop sounds.

So you didn’t like MCHG? Fine. You preferred hyphenated Jay Z? Okay. Still, watch this interview–if anything just to get a peak into the mind of a very creative person. BBC Radio 1′s Zane Lowe does a truly remarkable job of moving the interview along and maintaining a casual environment of open conversation.


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Jay-Z – Holy Grail (ft. Justin Timberlake)

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I’ve been pretty checked out of the new music scene for a couple weeks now, but unless I had completely put myself under a rock, I couldn’t avoid all the talk of Jay-Z‘s new album, Magna Carta. I’ll be honest with yall: I hadn’t listened to any songs from the album until I pressed play in my SoundCloud stream on this track with Justin Timberlake called “Holy Grail.” I actually like it a lot more than I thought I would, mainly because I’ve been over Jay-Z’s rapping abilities for the past couple years. But it’s not Jay-Z who makes this song for me. It’s Justin Timberlake. And let’s be real, he makes the crux of this song. God, every time I hear his voice I fall in love a bit more. I’d be fine if Jay-Z kept his vocals to simply the “uh” ad-lib parts on this song. But even with his verses, I can play this song on repeat just because of the way JT’s vocals sound above the instrumentals. If it’s really him writing his sections, he has a terrific ear for music. It’s mainly the way it sounds when he sings “It’s amazing I’m in this space with you” — it gives me the chills every time I hear it.

Not going to lie, I’m pretty pumped to be going to the Jay-Z and JT show this summer! JT Fangirl time!

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On Jay-Z’s New Album and the Unique Marketing Strategies of 2013

New Jay-Z!

You know how Jay-Z is cooler than everyone in the world combined? Well, he proved this once again by premiering a commercial for his new album during halftime of last night’s NBA Finals game. Not only was the commercial filled with appearances from the world’s biggest producers, including recent Kanye collaborator Rick Rubin, Swizz Beatz, JT champion Timbaland, and Pharrell a.k.a. the busiest man in the industry, in classic black and white film, it also introduces the newest wild album marketing strategy of 2013. So first, let’s discuss the logistics of Hov’s new album.

As Pigeons & Planes pointed out, The Wall Street Journal did a simple summary of the deal between Jay-Z and Samsung:

Samsung has purchased 1 million copies of Jay-Z’s coming album, entitled “Magna Carta Holy Grail,” slated for release July 4, and plans to give them to Samsung Galaxy smartphone users for free – 72 hours ahead of the release. The users are to receive the music through an app they’ll receive later this month.

Samsung paid $5 apiece for the albums, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Oh word? So Jay’s album has already sold a million copies putting it in the top 20 highest first-week sales of all-time… all before its release.

This strategy adds to a growing movement away from traditional album rollouts, which I love by the way. As it is now the system is so flawed. When icons like Justin Timberlake, Daft Punk, Kanye West, and Jay-Z all decide against it, change can finally occur. I hope Jay-Z does what Kanye did and avoids releasing a single. Because “no single” essentially means boycotting the radio, and as we all know, the radio currently is a terrible, terrible cesspool of human Barbie dolls singing songs that they didn’t write.

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My First-Ever Vine Video

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I just wanted to commemorate this moment: I just created my first-ever Vine video. …I work in the social media marketing industry and it took me this damn long to figure the thing out. I’m clearly getting old. Anyhow, enjoy my mashup. Jay-Marley. Or maybe Bob-Z is better. “If you havin’ girl problems / no woman no cry.” Shout out to myself.

 

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Icona Pop – Girlfriend

New Icona Pop!

Icona Pop has been on the brink of a global takeover for a minute now. I most recently revisted them when they soundtracked one of my favorite TV moments of the past year (“I Love It” in that club while Lena Dunham’s half-naked Girls character danced after snorting cocaine). Now the duo is back with a sort of cover of Tupac’s “Me and My Girlfriend”/Jay-Z & Beyonce “”03 Bonnie & Clyde.” I think it’s absolute flames.

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Lana Del Rey – Young and Beautiful (from The Great Gatsby Soundtrack)

New Lana Del Rey!

This is my second post today about music from movies, but that makes sense. I love movies, and I love music. The two play together so well, titillating your senses and triggering your emotions. Gosh, I also LOVE the word “titillating”; it makes me giggle. Anyway, a few days ago we posted about the preview of the Jay-Z-helmed The Great Gatsby soundtrack. Upon first listen, Lana’s contribution seemed to be a far-and-away highlight, so much so that I used an inequality symbol in a tweet, which I kind of hate.

The confusing thing about this song is that while Lana Del Rey may not always be young, she will always be beautiful. Gosh, she’s my spider angel (not sure what that means–but it feels right). This song is gorgeous. 

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