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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 – An Open Letter to R. Kelly

First, I’d like to welcome you to 2010 (I know it’s not our first post this year, but still)! We hope that everyone had a great New Year’s celebration and is settling back into work without too much dread and anxiety. And get ready for some big things from EV2BK.com.

To start the year off on the right foot, today I would like to post an open letter to R. Kelly, the king of the remix, regarding a song that I heard on Hot 93.7 while riding around near the Heartbeat a.k.a. Hot-ford a.k.a. Hartford, CT, over the holidays.

Dear R. Kelly,

Happy New Year, my nizzle. Big ups to Chi-town. Throw your “C”s in the air and whatnot.

As you may or may not know, yesterday Trey Songz released the offical video for “Say Aah,” the latest single from his third record, Ready, which was released last August. Have you heard it by any chance? At first, I thought that this was a new R. Kelly track that I just hadn’t even heard about. Not that such an oversight would be very likely on my part, since I listen to all of your records, but it could happen. And yet there was Fabolous, and there was the DJ saying that in fact this was a Trey Songz joint.

Here’s the video, check it out for yourself.

Trey Songz – Say Aah (ft. Fabolous):

Trey Songz recently told MTV that “with records like ‘Say Aah,’ conceptually I wanna think outside the box. You think about a record like ‘LOL :-),’ it’s something real simple, but when you look at the title or listen to the record, you’re like, ‘Wow.’ That’s something great from a songwriter’s perspective. I’m just trying to make hits and classic records that people can vibe to and live their life.” Now, I’m not trying to hate especially hard on Trey and Fab (I made their record the Jam of the Day, didn’t I?), but let’s look at that statement for a second. Most importantly: HOW IS THIS THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX? You INVENTED that particular box that he’s talking about, Kells! Rip it back from his grimy little hands! The kid essentially stole your entire steez right thurr. Like, he read the instructions on how to build an R. Kelly slow-jam box. And then built it with no changes. And then tried to sell it as his own!

And now we arrive at the point. R. Kelly, I am writing this letter to humbly request that you, the King of R&B, take back what its rightfully yours. To quote someone very dear to your heart (that would be you): “You can’t do the remix without putting some R up in it.” Lay down a verse and show these youngins how it’s done. That is all. I thank you for your time and your oeuvre, which is so dear to my heart.



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Jam of the Day – R. Kelly’s Triumphant Mixtape

R_Kelly_The_Demo_Tape-front-large Earlier this month, DatPiff posted up a new mixtape from DJ Skee & DJ Drama titled The “Demo” Tape from none other than the King of R&B himself, R. Kelly. Not sure how I missed this, given that I am a huge R. Kelly fan, but after a few listens I have to give it a verdict of “hot.” If you click the first link, you can download it free and judge for yourself.

XXL seems to agree with me though, noting that “for all the sex scandals and idiotic quotes (“I hate anything illegal”), no one can dispute that this man is a musical genius.” Now, I’m not trying to be on Kells’ nuts like that, but there are some great tracks on this mixtape, like “Disrespect My Shorty” and this remix of Drake’s current chart-burner “Best I Ever Had.”

Play it for someone special this weekend.

Drake- Best I Ever Had (remix ft. R.Kelly):

And since it seems like everyone and their mom is dropping a remix to this Drake record, here’s a link to a “mega-remix” version that combines verses from Tank, R. Kelly, Juice, Nicki Minaj, & Busta Rhymes.

Happy grinding/weekend from your friends at ev2bk!


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Jam of the Day – Nothing Wrong With a Little Hug

There are all KINDS of things that strike me as silly about this article about “how rapidly the ritual [of hugging] is spreading” among teenagers as the new basic form of greeting, among friends, acquantances, or even (gasp!) “people you don’t even know.” Seriously?

Well, yes, the article does take itself very seriously, thank you. This new prevelance of hugging-as-greeting is described variously as “a grass-roots phenomenon,” “the ‘hello’ of their generation,” and “a rapidly spreading “ritual.” Some elders, like Dona Eichner, provide a sense of perspective: “I hug people I’m close to. But now you’re hugging people you don’t even know. Hugging used to mean something.” And some others, such as junior high Principal Noreen Hajinlian, think it has gone so far as to necessitate a school-wide ban: “It was needless hugging — they are in the hallways before they go to class. It wasn’t a greeting. It was happening all day.” NEEDLESS HUGGING – The Crack of the Aughts.

Apparently, the writer Sarah Kershaw – along with some of these other hug-haters – has never heard of R. Kelly and his timeless masterpiece from 1994, “Bump N Grind,” which provides a strong counter-argument to the idea that there can be something wrong with a little bumping and grinding, let alone hugging your homegirl in the hallway. As far as I’m concerned, I don’t see nothing wrong with it either Kells. Nothing wrong at all.

R. Kelly – Bump N Grind:


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