[Hip-Hop] Slaughterhouse – Welcome to Our House (Album Review)

In 2008, four well known and talented emcees banded together and decided to deliver some dope music that the rap game has been missing since the days of The Black Sheep or Leaders of the New School. Members Joell Ortiz, Joe Budden, Crooked I, and Royce da 5’9″ formed the group Slaughterhouse and recently have been dropping a mixture of singles and mixtapes that have kept their buzz heavy in the industry. With their newly-inked Shady/Interscope record’s deal, the rap supergroup step out into mainstream success on their debut album Welcome to: OUR HOUSE.

From the beginning, the album starts on that dark, crazy tone that is signature of Royce da 5’9″ and Em’s recent style with added hooks from the macabre Skylar Grey and the high-energy Busta Rhymes featured track “Coffin”. Quickly shifting from chainsaw and horror-movie themed tracks to the stripper-party inspired single “Throw That” ft. Eminem, OUR HOUSE  fluctuates from raw underground vibe, real rap, and some commercial tracks but still manages to give each member their shine. While delivering well timed puns, in-verse rhymes, and metaphors, the lyrical content throughout the OUR HOUSE is top-notch.

Coupling dope lyrics with A-list production, it is clear that Slaughter House wanted to do the fans justice but rise away from just underground success. With a darker, drum heavy AraabMuzik produced beat on the street single “Hammerdance,” snare drum rhythms on the No I.D. “Get Up,” radio friendly Street Runner single “My Life” ft Cee-Lo, to the intimate Boi-1da produced single “Goodbye,” OUR HOUSE has a variety of content that doesn’t sacrifice the group’s personal style of delivering real rap without sacrificing lyrical prowess for a more pop-frienfly sound. Although collectively this album isn’t the rap game’s “savior” LP, it is a strong return to the days of focusing on clever lyrics-regardless of content-with top production for an ever growing stagnant music industry.

Slaughterhouse ft. Busta Rhymes
Coffin

Slaughterhouse
Hammer Dance

Slaughterhouse
My Life (ft. Cee

Stream the entire album here.

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[Anthem] Bob Marley – Jammin (Benny Benassi Remix)

A couple weeks ago we were blessed with a two minute preview of this incredible remix from the master, Benny Benassi. The full version was released on September 2nd and now we the get the full Benny treatment. The intro is a little longer then I expected but anything with Bob’s vocals over I could listen to for days. Progression is one of Benny’s biggest strengths and it is nearly flawless in this mix, even bringing a little Dubstep section. The harmonic melody that he fuses with the normally soothing vocals, get your foot moving whether you like it or not. This is one of biggest remixes Benny Benassi has released in a long time and I look forward to hearing more massive tracks like this. Cheers.

Bob Marley
Jammin (Benny Benassi Remix)
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Dada Life – Feed The Dada (Vinnie Maniscalco Remix)

Let’s face it. Dada Life is known for the most astonishing drops in the entire scene. To make Dada Life sound harder than it already is may quite be close to impossible. But Vinnie Maniscalco, the up and coming Denver producer is no stranger for flipping things upside their head with infusing tracks with heavy trap and moombahton influences to create completely new experiences. The electro banger is chilled onto a refreshing pile of icy beats with intricate and satisfying vocal play that soon melts away to provide one of the warmest basslines to surface on a ‘Feed The Dada’ remix. Follow Vinnie Maniscalco on Soundcloud today.

Dada Life
Feed The Dada (Vinnie Maniscalco Remix) FREE DL IN DESCRIPTION
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[Free Album] GRiZ – Mad Liberation

Well my week has been made, thank you GRiZ. This releases is a mix of everything both new and some of his instant classics. Some of the older work consists of “Better Then I’ve Ever Been”, “Where Is The Love?”, “Rock N Roll”, “Live On Arrival”, “The Future Is Now”, and his most recent “Smash The Funk”.

The intro song “Too Young For Tradegy” sets the tone for the funk infused dub ride, starting off slow with a mellow beginning only to transform into a hard hitting Dubstep masterpiece. “Blastaa” is another high energy funky thrill ride with more squealing wobbles and synths mixed with his impecable sampling. “Mr. B” features a collab with Dominic Lalli from Big Gigantic, using his sexy sax to make this one a very unique track. “Fall In Love Too Fast” brings an old school soul vibe featuring MuzzY AKA Dan Hacker on the guitar. “Wonder Why” starts off with a low key soul/funk intro then continues with some glitchy wobbles sprinkled at all the right times. Last we got “See You Again” which is probably the most diverse track on here featuring some sexy breaks and crunchy wobbles, with the added guitar from MuzzY. Enjoy this entire album for free by clicking HERE. Cheers.

To see what GRiZ had to say about this incredible album and the love he put into it click here, and read the description.

GRiZ
Too Young For Tragedy
GRiZ
Smash The Funk
GRiZ
Rock N Roll
GRiZ
Blastaa
GRiZ
Live On Arrival
GRiZ
Where Is The Love?
GRiZ
Mr. B (feat. Dominic Lalli)
GRiZ
Fall In Love Too Fast
GRiZ
Better Than Ive Ever Been
GRiZ
Wonder Why
GRiZ
See You Again
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[Electro House] Nicky Romero & Zedd – Human (Rawrberry Remix)

There are so many unknown producers in EDM and while many are not that good, there are some that are rare jewels that should be very well known. One of those jewels is Rawrberry who is bringing this glitchy and funky feel to Nicky Romero & Zedd‘s song, “Human”. We don’t know that much about Rawrberry except that he lives somewhere in the world and his music is fantastic. Other than those two facts, he is a mystery to us. His sound consists of reclined breakdowns followed by colossal growls and jagged synths. He is a producer too look out for in the future!

Give Rawrberry some love on his Facebook and Twitter or find more bangers on his Soundcloud.

Nicky Romero & Zedd
Human (Rawrberry Remix)
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[Electronic] Fareoh & Archie – Feathers

If you’ve never heard of Fareoh, now is the time to stop and listen. The talented 20-year-old producer from Manhattan, New York has been kind enough to let us premiere his highly anticipated track Feathers  that he did alongside Archie. After seeing the young producer at Red Rocks on the Freaks of Nature tour with Kaskade, it was obvious that he would become a force to be reckoned with and this track is a perfect example as to why. I’m the type of person that when I find a track that I love, I listen to it over and over again (this doesn’t happen often) and this track was put on repeat the moment I first heard it. Keep an eye out for Fareoh, this won’t be the last time we feature one of his tracks!

Fareoh & Archie
Feathers (Original Mix)
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[Folk] Sky, Jason and Laurie – Island of Mine

SKY, JASON & LAURIE – Island of Mine from Southern Souls on Vimeo.

Just last week, a veritable pantheon of folk and indie rock heavy hitters made way into the wilderness of Canada for a songwriters retreat better known as the Casablanca Sessions.

This video was one of the by-products of this gathering, and is comprised of Sky from one of our favorites, Noosa, Jason of The Paint Movement, and Laurie of Folly and the Hunter. This live performance was captured by Mitch Fillian of Southern Souls, and we might add, quite well. Not only does he capture the beautiful warm essence of the music itself, but he also encapsulates the end-of-summer feel the artists were aiming for in this track.

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