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Pharrell – “Happy”
May 2013 25

On this Happy Saturday we got this new happy single of the OST Despicable Me appropriately named “Happy”. I hope you enjoy your weekend and this upbeat new jam from latest Daft Punk collaborator Pharrell. As someone else said. Who needs Daft Punk when you can craft jams like this right?! In the hands of almost any other artist a song like this would probably be a horrible fail, but Pharrell knows his way around a throwback feel jam, and those handclaps and choral backing just make this one too good to miss.

Black Hippy – “U.O.E.N.O (Remix)”
May 2013 24

The remix of “U.O.E.N.O” is very basic. From basic production to the basic beat, I think it’s the basics that make this track stand out. Some of my fav tracks are so basic and this remix wins because of that. What isn’t basic is the furious flow of these rappers. Yes we’ve heard a few too many remixes but Kendrick, Schoolboy, Ab-Soul, and Jay Rock turn the summer’s most unlikely anthem “U.O.E.N.O.” into this great sounding classic.

Angel Haze & Iggy Azalea – “Otis” Remix
May 2013 23

One of my fav upcoming female rappers Iggy Azalea, just love her fashion sense and style, and Angel Haze got together in London this month to premier their remix of Jay-Z and Kanye’s 2011 Watch the Throne hit single “Otis”. The story goes that during a rehearsal Iggy and Angel exchanged verses like Kanye and Jay with the Otis Redding sample intact yet flipped the lyrics with a more feminine approach with their own original verses. To that point there’s a jab at “bitches strugglin’ to be relevant.” In all it’s pretty sweet remix. Gotta love that Otis redding sampling.

May 2013 22

Execution in Autumn – Wu-Tang Clan
It seems like the year of the comeback for music groups that have been taking long hiatus. And here’s the latest that brings a huge smile to my face: Wu-Tang Clan is back with some serious hard hitting old-school beats and in full swing with the full line-up minus, RIP Old Dirty. Nonetheless this song is smoking and if it’s preview of what’s in store for us….then be excited, very excited. Unless they pull a Daft.

May 2013 21

Action Bronson’s personality goes a long way and when you see visuals like the ones for “Strictly 4 My Jeeps” you sorta understand his branding as a whole, and I’m guessing by his wide spread success that everyones else thinks so too. I’d normally be thrown off by this video but it’s seem the mainstream media has done a good job of completely desensitized me to cartwheels, fat dancing women, a stunning rack of lamb. Pretty status quo for Bam Bam with a little cameo by Riff Raff

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