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EV2BK Banging Beach and BBQ Playlist 2010 – #6-10

#6) Crystal Fighters – In The Summer:

Crystal Fighters came from Spain and blew the lid right off of that shit! Their newest track, “In The Summer,” which is available for free download on the band’s myspace page along with a “preview” of the video, is set to be released on July 5. Think Hudson Mohawk with a chorus. Looks like Spain could win the World Cup and the title for “hottest jam of the summer.”

#7) R. Kelly featuring Jay Z – Fiesta:

Who wouldn’t want to be at this party that Kells and Hov are hosting? Ah, the good old days when Cristal was the beverage of choice: “See V.I.P./Me, Kelly, Gotti and Hov/Drinkin Cris like it’s H2O!” If you don’t like this song, you are probably on the wrong website.

#8) Biz Markie – Just a Friend:

In case you’ve been wondering what Biz Markie has been up to recently, don’t miss your chance to go see his DJ Set at Brooklwn Bowl tonight. It’s amazing how Biz managed to make the most off-key vocals of nearly all recent recorded music into a classic. OH BABY YOOUUUU!

#9) Usher ft. will.i.am – OMG:

Usher used to be cool, obviously, but after this whole Justin Beiber thing, we’re starting to question U’s taste. Given the title here, maybe he’s been hanging out with too many pre-teens. But check out that breakdown! The jury’s still out on this one.

#10) Julian Casablancas – Left & Right In the Dark:

We’ve already written a bunch about Julian Casablancas because we loved his solo record, so we were a little hesitant about putting him on the list. But this song is just too good to not include here on the summer jams playlist. Enjoy it if you’re so inclined.



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Jam of the Day – Jay-Z’s Not Blue About Blueprint 3 Leak

Not to sweat Jay-Z too hard after yesterday’s post, but ever since the entirety of The Blueprint 3 (the much-hyped and anticipated eleventh studio album from Jiggaman) leaked online yesterday, it’s pretty much the only thing that music bloggers and Twitter users want to write about.

But in characteristic fashion for the de facto King of the Rap Game, Jay-Z kept his cool and has now offerred up a free stream of the record for all to enjoy through MTV’s The Leak. This seems like a pretty smart business plan to me, since he’s diverting attention away from the fact that it’s available for free download, and turning everyone’s attention to the MTV stream instead.

So in a show of support, today’s “jam” is a link to the streaming version of the whole record. I’m only one spin deep so I’m not trying to talk high points or low points, but I think I heard a line in there about “Obama on the text”… haha, Jay-Z is running this rap shit.

Jay-Z – The Blueprint 3 (Whole Record, Stream):

Jay-Z - The Blueprint 3


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Jam of the Day – Looking at Beef Through a Power Theory Matrix

***JOTD Update – This is in response to my post on June 30, 2009 regarding Jay-Z – D.O.A. (Death of Autotune)***

Our good friend Joshua Hersh recently brought to my attention an article from Foreign Policy magazine that has been generating a lot of varied reactions online and has been making its way around international policy circles. The article in question, “Jay-Z vs the Game: Lessons for the American Primacy Debate” by Marc Lynch, has spurned so many reactions that they set up a second post just for the “reaction highlights.”

The article quite cleverly explores the recent beef between The Game and Jay-Z within the framework of international relations and various theories on power. In this context, Jay-Z is imagined as a hegemonic, world-dominating power on par with the United States, with The Game a mid-level actor attacking the dominant king for his perceived abuse of power in dissing so many top rappers in his most recent single, “D.O.A. (Death of Auto-tune).” In this “‘power transition narrative” (which, Lynch is quick to point out, seems like an oddly-timed power grab, given that Jay-Z “hardly looks like a declining power” right now), The Game is hoping to exploit Jay-Z’s position as an establishment figure, painting him as a tyrant wrongly using the influence of his “alliance structure” to further his aims at the cost of more mid-level powers (e.g. Jay-Z’s rumored hand in preventing Chris Brown from performing at the BET Video Awards). In this narrative, The Game hopes that his public outcries against Jay will become the rallying cry that galvanizes similar mid-level powers to back his coup attempt.

Most of the comments that I have seen have either been expressions of outrage that such a topic could be written about in serious journalism outlets, or thoughtful and funny responses such as this post by Jonathan Wallace in The Washington Note with a picture of Obama, well, brushing his shoulder off, Jay-Z style.

Rather than enter into the debate in any analytical fashion, and as a sign of our commitment to exploring both sides of every issue, today as the Jam of the Day I give you “I’m So Wavy” from The Game. This track is The Game’s latest diss on Jay-Z, and is a nice counterpoint to our post on Jay-Z’s “D.O.A.” I think at this point we’re pretty much living in a world free of West Coast v. East Coast nonsense. But obviously, if it came down to it, we’d have to stand with Brooklyn’s Finest. That being said, check that line in here about T-Pain that sounds suspiciously like my earlier comments on “D.O.A.” Maybe The Game has been reading ev2bk…

The Game – I’m So Wavy:

How hot is that beat? I can imagine a couple remixes already, what with Wavy sounding like Weezy, Jeezy, and baby, the possibilities are nearly endless.



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Jam of the Day – VIBE Magazine, D.O.A.

Well, it seems like reporting on Michael Jackson’s death and legacy has started to slow somewhat on the national/global news front, but death continues to dominate music industry news today. Apart from MJ’s passing and continued tributes and covers from various artists relating to same, today also brought news that VIBE magazine will be closing “immediately” (Daily Finance reported this earlier having hear from multiple sources, and the New York Times later confirmed the news). So it looks like for anyone who receives this final issue with The-Dream and Christina Milian on the cover, the mag is D.O.A. Seems like there have been too many R.I.P.s to throw around recently. Having been a VIBE subscriber, all I can say is too bad. Looks like ev2bk will have to step up its coverage of the rap game.

In other death related news from today, and getting back to this D.O.A. theme, today Rap Radar posted up a link to the new video from Jay-Z for his much anticipated/buzzworthy “D.O.A. (Death of Auto-tune)” single. In it, Jay spits a lot of pretty fierce rhymes and quotable lyrics and after I watched it, I was left thinking about how cool Jay-Z is, not really about the state of the “rap game” or anything like that. I mean, dude is playing high stakes poker in some Italian-mob-backroom game with Harvey Keitel? Rocking skinny ties? Nice. Plus, No I.D. (Kanye West mentor and longtime Jermaine Dupri collaborator/ghost producer) put together something special for this one; the live band sound is bananas.

I agree that the use of Autotune is too all-pervasive right now, and so I feel the sentiment, but at the same time, I love me some T-Pain, and also think R. Kelly is tight with it. So as a liberal Northeast player, I don’t like to see some big honcho trying to tell everyone what to do (…and thus Hova proclaimed: “Quit using Auto-tune”). Of course, I’m not too worried that this will be the ultimate death-knell for Auto-tune. As T-Pain recently put it on his Twitter page:

“Ladies and gents t-pain is officially the 2009 POP WRITER OF THE YEAR. I think I’m just gonna stop writing for a while iv provd my point

I’m just kiddin bout me not writing. The haters gotta have some to hate cuz if not they just gone stay on jay zs nuts.”

Anyway, check out the video and tell us what you think.

Jay-Z – D.O.A. (Death of Auto-tune):


P.S. On a “good news” side note, it looks like Al Franken will finally be seated as the newest Senator from Minnesota, following the state’s Supreme Court ruling this afternoon.

Editor’s Note: Former XXL editor Elliott Wilson started Rap Radar back in March and he is the husband of Danyel Smith, the editor and chief of Vibe.


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