January 12, 2011
You thought I’d stop at Bangladesh? No sir. Below is the complete J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League production discography. Call it an homage. Rook Beats, Colione and Kenny have crafted a lush, orchestral sound that’s completely their own. This Grammy-winning platinum trio helped re-architect Rick Ross’ credibility when it seemed like it was past the point of no return. They’ve supplied some of the best in the game with some of their best instrumentals. And they’ve carved themselves a niche that some might consider unfukwitable. If these guys don’t got next, all is lost.
Instead of going song for song like with Bangladesh, I’ve grouped these into different categories based on genre, artist, status, etc. 160 songs of superhero music. All tracks are tagged properly and iTunes ready. No DJ unless noted. First CD is Megaupload, rest are Mediafire. Download below.
January 10, 2011
OK. I know it’s impossible to organize any producer’s entire body of work. There’s always going to be something missing. But this is the closest – as far as I’ve found – of any complete discography that’s been assembled for Shondrae “Bangladesh” Crawford.
You know his work. Lil Wayne’s “A Milli.” Beyonce’s “Diva.” Ludacris’ “What’s Your Fantasy.” The list goes on. This Iowa-raised, Atlanta-based producer is a beast. He most recently put his foot in the ass of every open ear by producing Weezy’s “6’7” featuring Cory Gunz. He’s sharp. And he’s got a bright future. Beats for Biebs? One step away from pop royalty.
Bangladesh has come a long way since he put in heavy work on Ludacris’ Back for the First Time, his first big look, over a decade ago. From R&B (Nivea, RL, Kelly Rowland, Sean Garrett) and unheard rap (Hydrolik, Aspektz, DC) to his own group (Charlie Mackenroe), dude has built a solid discog.
There is only a handful of joints that I couldn’t track down (I’ve included them at the bottom – kind souls, please post in the comment section if you have them), but I got a hefty 123 songs with Bang at the helm. Thing here is, I hate when internet folk assemble discogs and some of the songs aren’t actually legit. I researched and listened to each and every one of these and will vouch for authenticity. Split into eight Mediafire .zip files, with the bonus addition of his Passport Music mixtape. All are no DJ versions unless noted. Tracklist below.
January 8, 2011
You’ve heard his music, whether you wanted to or not. And you secretly liked it. Again, whether you wanted to or not. Dr. Luke, the pop surgeon whose tracks implant viral melodies in your brain, has produced some of the biggest post-millennial hits including Katy Perry’s “California Gurls,” Miley Cyrus’ “Party in the U.S.A.” and Kelly Clarkson’s “Since You’ve Been Gone.”
But little known fact: the 37-year-old, whose real name is Lukasz Gottwald, has a not-so-secret past in hip-hop production. A skilled musician in his own right, the NYC native (by way of Rhode Island) held it down as a lead guitarist in the Saturday Night Live band (you read right) from 1997 to 2007, most likely ditching the gig to devote all his time to becoming the pop overlord.
Now that he’s cornered the pop market, let us not forget the past. Below, I’ve compiled his complete hip-hop production, writing and instrumental discography, with Hulkshare links to individual files and a .zip file of all of them at the end. Joints from Mos Def, Black Star, KRS-One, Nappy Roots and more. I omitted more recent songs by Flo Rida, B.o.B and Lil’ Jon because they don’t really qualify as “classic” Dr. Luke rap production. It gets questionable near the end, but fuck it. Enjoy.
May 20, 2009
On the day after the release of Eminem’s sixth album Relapse, I can’t help but feel like I’ve been cheated. When Mr. Mathers first entered mainstream consciousness with The Slim Shady LP, he was on some next level shit. Using people from his personal life as point persons for lyrical fodder and creating horrifying fictitious scenarios involving them (“’97 Bonnie & Clyde” still gives me the heebs), Em took rap to its darkest corners, making his offensive tales lighter by comically framing them. And that’s exactly what America came to love about him: his ability to shape deeply disturbing songs out of not-so-disturbing material, all while joking about it as if it were the national behavioral standard. But on Relapse, which sees Em at a point in his life following the death of his best friend and overcoming an addiction to painkillers, Em turns his back on reality and foolishly assumes the role of a character (stupid voice included).
May 11, 2009
Joining the ranks of A-Trak, LCD Soundsystem and Aesop Rock to create Nike-commissioned running mixes, De La Soul has just unleashed their 45-minute epic “Are You In?” to iTunes this past week. Being that I’m a runner who’s about to start training for his second marathon (goodbye again, social life), I figured it was only right that I purchase (italicized for a reason) the MP3 and give it a spin during a 6 miler yesterday. So for all you critics and writers out there that are too damn lazy to step away from your computer and listen to a mix intended for play during exercise, here’s a runner’s take on how the mix really fares on a legitimate workout.
May 4, 2009
“Psychologists, gynecologists, here’s a papsmear / Is that clear?”
Another new one off the upcoming (comeback) album Crime Pays, in stores next Tuesday. Hit the jump for the ShareBee.
Novelino puts his own spin in Sir West’s knocking original. Not gonna lie, I enjoy this much more than the original (not having to hear Jeezy’s awful “die high blood pressure” declaration is a win in my book). Is it just me, or does Novel’s take sound something like a cross between Stevie Wonder and John Legend? So soulful, don’t you agree?