If you haven’t heard, producer Randall Poster has put together an indie Fleetwood Mac tribute album called Just Tell Me That You Want Me set to be released August 14th. Myself being a huge Fleetwood Mac fan and indie fan, am super excited for this. Here is a little taste of what we can expect on the album. Lykke Li does the track wonders. I love the emotion she put into this. You can view the full list of artists featured on the album after the jump.
Meet Jessica Jordan better known as My Name Is Moses. Jordan is a choir member for the Polyphonic Spree. This is Jordan’s take on DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince classic. She makes this track her own. I am digging this slowed down cover.
Theophilus London decides to drop a free slow jam for your listening pleasure. Mr. London covers Pharrell’s track, “Take It Off (Dim The Lights)” and does it some major justice with a little assistance from Blood Orange. Definitely a must listen.
The gorgeous British songstress decides to mix things up a bit with her latest release. Rita Ora covers Drake’s track, “I’m Ready For Ya”. She recruits a little help from Tinie Tempah and they do the darn thing. You can decide for yourself which version you like better.
Juicy J finally releases his Blue Dream and Lean mixtape minus the DJ. If you never downloaded this and slept on it, then make sure to grab it this time. Check out tracks “Juicy J Can’t,” “Got a New One,” “Zip and a Double Cup,” “Stoner’s Night pt. 2” and “Deez B*tches Rollin.” The project has features from 2 Chainz, SpaceGhostPurrp, A$AP Rocky, Wiz Khalifa, Kreayshawn and Casey Veggies just to name a few.
Download: Juicy J – Blue Dream and Lean [No DJ]
Like every year, XXL Magazine has released its cover and issue dedicated to the 2012 “Freshman Class” of hip-hop up-and-comers and buzzed about artists. What was different about this year was that the fans were able to vote for one of the ten artists that would make the cover. On the webpage featuring this year’s “class”, the magazine wrote,
in the past five years that XXL has been picking Freshman classes, never once has making the list been easy. This year included. Similar to 2011, the hype around the Freshmen Class has continued to grow by leaps and bounds, surprising even us with its popularity. For this class the buzz began earlier than ever, four months before the cover was even shot. And it seemed like everyone had a list. From subdued music fans to diehard rap junkies, from Twitter stalkers to industry heavies and featherweights, folks wanted their list to be the XXL list. We listened, asked opinions, took notes.
Well, what’s also different about this year is the vast amount of negative criticism about the list. Of course every year there are people who believe someone got left off, etc. But this year seems to really stand out. The 10 to make this years cover include Future, Kid Ink, Danny Brown, French Montana, Macklemore, Don Trip, Machine Gun Kelly, Hopsin, Iggy Azalea, and Roscoe Dash.
Not to take anything away from anyone, but many agree that the list lacks true credibility in the underground. Not to mention we have been hearing number one songs on the radio from Roscoe Dash since “All the Way Turnt Up,” which was years ago. To put into retrospect, the list last year included Meek Mill, Big K.R.I.T., CyHi Da Prynce, Mac Miller, Yelawolf, Kendrick Lamar, Diggy Simmons, Fred the Godson, Lil Twist, and YG. In 2010 the list included J. Cole, Pill, Wiz Khalifa, Freddie Gibbs, Big Sean, Donnis, Fashawn, OJ Da Juiceman, Nipsey Hussle, and Jay Rock.
XXL has announced that exclusive content from the “Freshmen Class” will be released beginning on Monday, March 5.
This probably isn’t something those not obsessed with Outkast will find relevant, so you’ve been warned. Listen as this Chicago collective does the Aquemini classic “SpottieOttieDopaliscious” much deserved justice. Please come back to us Outkast.
The Oklahoma Gazette wrote a pretty dope feature on us. Word to Matt Carney for the pic above and to Ryan Querbach for an awesome article. It touches on the movement and where we’ve come since starting the site. You can read the full thing here.
Thanks to everyone for their continued support. New music under here for today.
Was really excited to hear Phish play this cover of what has, over the years, become my favorite Jimi Hendrix tune: “Bold As Love” from the album Axis: Bold As Love. You really can’t write better lyrics than this and still manage to make no sense whatsoever.. anyways, while I have to admit I kind of like the John Mayer version better, I really think they did this one justice, as this is undoubtedly one of the toughest guitar tracks known to man.
BONUS! Here’s their cover of the Led Zeppelin jam “No Quarter”Download: Phish – No Quarter (PNC, NJ 6-1-2011)