Cam'ron's "I Hate My Job" brings the anti-bling

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camron_i_hate_my_job.jpgPretty much all I know about Cam’ron can be summed up by “Hey Ma” and “Oh Boy”, both of which were fun but pretty empty party hits a few years back.
As a result it means very little when I say “I Hate My Job” is the best thing I’ve heard Cam’ron do. But all the same I’d encourage you to give it a listen, as it’s a highly listenable state-of-the-world-today credit crunch lament.
With a different hook it would be the most depressing record ever, but it has a bizarrely upbeat piano line and “yeah yeah yeah”s sampled from somewhere that just make me want to listen to it over and over.

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N.A.S.A's "Hip-Hop" is more fun than its title suggests

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I don’t know how many tracks there must have been over the years with the simplistic title “Hip-Hop”, but I’d wager this must be the best in a while.
From the eagerly-anticipated N.A.S.A project I mentioned a couple of weeks back, this track features KRS-One, Fatlip and Slim Kid Tre, and is a vibrant ode to simpler times when entering hip-hop was more than just a way to get your own branded sneaker.
Fortunately it does it in a way that actually illustrates how life-affirming hip-hop can be, and doesn’t degenerate into “when this were all fields”-style grumbling. It’s a party record, and no mistake.
Oh, and the video is brilliant as well. Witness the combination after the jump.

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Kid Cudi discusses "Day 'N' Night"'s success with DJ Semtex on 1Xtra

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Kid Cudi didn’t quite hit the number one spot yesterday – Lady GaGa held on for another week – but he did go in at number two with the Crookers remix of “Day ‘N’ Nite”, which is no mean feat.
He spoke to DJ Semtex about his pretty swift rise to success, and although he’s enjoying the exposure and the fact he’s about to sign a huge record deal, you can tell he’s a little ambivalent about the fact that it’s a dance remix that has taken him overground…

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M.I.A, Santogold, Spank Rock join N.A.S.A to ask "Whatchadoin?"

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Thumbnail image for santogold.jpgThis is a hipster collaboration so cool it’s a wonder it didn’t end in a fight to the death over whose shades were colourfulest.
Fortunately, as well as being very of the moment, M.I.A, Santogold and Spank Rock are all very amazing, as this – sorry, there’s simply no other term for it – BOOMING BIZNESS illustrates.
If you’re wondering who N.A.S.A are, they’re Spike Jonze’s brother and a pro skateboarder. Of course. It couldn’t just be a couple of bedroom geeks, could it? They have an album due for release next month with a whole host of stellar buddies helping them out, including Tom Waits, Method Man, David Byrne and Karen O. See a full tracklist here.
With a cast list like that and beats like these… Click over to stream “Whatchadoin’?”

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Every Kanye West sample in one handy video

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This is pretty interesting, although I suspect the people who really care about finding out the samples/interpolations Kanye uses – i.e. trainspotter types – will have done so already. Also, ten minutes is quite a long time to spend watching minute clips of lots and lots of songs, even if there are informative annotations.
Maybe bookmark it and give it a look before the next pub quiz…

[video: lupEND88]
[via Urlesque]

Kid Cudi's "Day 'N' Nite" gets a Crookers remix

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day_n_nite.jpgThis year Kid Cudi‘s “Day ‘N’ Nite”, alongside his mixtape A Kid Named Cudi, has gone some way towards pushing the Cleveland rap chap into the mainstream. If you feature on a Kanye West album (Cudi appears on “Welcome To Heartbreak” from West’s 808s & Heartbreak), you’re pretty much set for success.
This rejigging of “Day ‘N’ Nite” by industrious remixers Crookers is being released in the new year and since it’s a bit doof-doof it could see even more exposure for Mr Cudi. Apparently he has an album comi- Holy poop, did that policelady just disrobe in the middle of the supermarket?

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Spank Rock air new material (and silk pyjamas)

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This new number from Spank Rock got an airing on Mark Ronson’s Authentic Shit show the other day apparently. Don’t know what it’s called, but it’s a bit more relaxed than the frenetic fare of the partylicious YoYoYoYoYo - there’s a bit of an LCD Soundsystem element there alongside some nods to the modish electrofunk sound that even your mum is using nowdays.
And as for Mr Rock’s silk jim-jams… Well, he doesn’t work them quite as well Hugh Hefner, but there’s still time.

[video: Somesinger]
[Thanks to DJ Fil One for the heads-up - check his latest mix here]

New Eminem track, "I'm Having A Relapse": it's not about puppy dogs and ice-cream

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eminem.gifWould you like to know my favourite rhyming passage from the new Eminem track, “I’m Having A Relapse”? It’s this one:
I get these panic attacks
Pop a xanax, relax
Try and stick my fucking dick in a mannequin’s ass

I wonder if Eminem ever won any poetry competitions at school.
It’s rather good, if a bit short – probably just a taster of his forthcoming material. I shall tentatively place this forthcoming material in my head’s “Promising” file.
Listen to “I’m Having A Relapse” at OnSmash
[via The FADER]

Q-Tip's "Move" video underwhelms somewhat

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The new video from Q-Tip promises much but doesn’t really deliver, in my not-so-humble opinion. It takes its lead from, at a guess, that Aaron LaCrate/Young MC vid, but lacks that work’s whizzy editing and is actually rather dull despite the “Rock With You” allusions. The track itself is a funky club track though, and Mr Tip does have a nice hat. Which is certainly something.

[video: OnSmash]

Common and Pharrell go all 21st century for "Universal Mind Control"

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common_pharrell_universal_mind_control.jpgThis collabo from highly-repsected baldy rapper Common and the increasingly tiresome Pharrell Williams is an odd one. It’s got a pleasing “futuristic” vibe, and Common is as adept on the mic as ever… But I think it may be a case of diminishing returns – after two or three listens I didn’t really mind if I never got to hear it again.
That state of affairs is not helped by the video, which is kind of cool in a Tron/“Scream” kind of way, but will look dated by lunchtime today. And Pharrell was clearly “otherwise engaged”, because he’s represented by a robot with a severe case of jaw-jut :(

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