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 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?
April 30, 2009
Last night, Georgia’s own Izza Kizza hit up NYC’s Red Bull Loft to celebrate the release of his newest mixtape The Wizard of Iz, the follow-up to his highly acclaimed debut tape Kizzaland. As guests put down free Asahi beer and Red Bull and vodkas, Izza posed for pics and mingled with the crowd, taking the stage at 11:30 to perform cuts both old and new. Throughout the set, Izza, backed by 88-Keys on the 1’s and 2’s, ran through cuts like “Red Wine” and “I’m the Izza Kizza,” entertaining the likes of Missy Elliott (she sipped Grey Goose and OJ at a nearby table) and DJ A-Trak. Hit the jump to see more pictures from the event (I couldn’t resist including one of me and Missy, who, by the way, told me that we should expect her album “soon” – whatever that means).
At first, I thought this guy was just trying to get put on by brandishing a rap name that Missy Elliott once spit out during an exorcism (I believe she called that “Work It”). But after I saw him rock the stage at Decon’s Showcase last year during CMJ, I knew this guy was more than just a name. I wore out his debut mixtape Kizza Land, a sonic chunk of futuristic hip-hop that could take clubgoers to outer space. Now, the Southern gentleman has taken a break from recording at Missy’s studio in Virginia (looks as though copping that name did something good for him) to release his free new mixtape The Wizard of Iz to the internet masses. Hit the jump to download this ridiculously excellent tape.