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Posted in Daily Dose of L with tags , , , , , on May 3, 2010 by letterlbeats

Hip Hop what’s good?

I just wanted to drop back in with a few words and a dope video I found.

First off, I wanted to acknowledge a milestone. As of two weeks ago, http://www.letterLbeats.com is one year old. Big shouts out to my manager Jason Garcia for making the site way more than we could have ever imagined. Marking first year are the Top 3 Songs for May that officially start the second year of Top 3 Beats of the Month.

Below is a video I found. It’s a song by Red Cafe produced by Pete Rock. Both the song and video are based on New York City street ball. With the playoffs in full swing and Summer ’10 around the corner, I thought it was appropriate to post that.

Red Cafe – Heart and Soul of New York City by K1X from K1X on Vimeo.

P.S. While we’re thinking about the playoffs, Jason bless the people with a preview of Young General’s new single called Game Time. Listen below:


GAME TIME

Keywords:

1. lynn redgrave
2. george huguely
3. yeardley love
4. uva lacrosse
5. vanessa redgrave
6. virginia lacrosse
7. chely wright
8. georgy girl
9. opryland hotel flood
10. university of virginia
11. daisy
12. cinco de mayo history
13. kent state massacre
14. clare grant
15. clarksville tn flooding
16. doug collins
17. bp oil spill 2010
18. tylenol recall 2010
19. leaf chronicle
20. nashville flooding

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Posted in Daily Dose of L with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on September 25, 2009 by letterlbeats

This is the fourth entry in a series that will review each track on Jay-Z’s new Blueprint 3 album.

“I can make Yankee hat more famous than a Yankee can”‘

Blueprint 3

Next up on the record is Empire State of Mind featuring Alicia Keys. I feel bad reviewing the tracks so soon after the release of the album because as I am hearing the songs in different settings and as I hear them more and more, some of them are starting to grow on me. I didn’t watch the original airing of the MTV Music Video Awards when they ended the show with Jay-Z and Alicia Keys doing this song (and that strange incident with Lil Mama). I finally saw it earlier this week and that made me listen to the song with a new set of ears. Lyrically he really captured the essence of NYC. The unique thing about it is that he captured it from all angles and as multicultured as the city is, all New Yorkers should be able to relate to this song in some way.

Sonically the record is very big. It has a big band sound and Alicia Keys has that classic Broadway style voice that puts it over the top. I just found out that there is a sample in it from The Moments’ Love On a Two Way Street. It wasn’t listed in the credits of the album or at least I didn’t see it when I read them. This is definitely top 3 on the album and Jay did his thing as usual.

Lil Mama

I don’t Think Lil Mama was supposed to be up there…wtf?

Keywords: soulja boy fiance mitrice richardson 19 lb baby indonesia iphone mms update soldier boy iliza shlesinger fountain place skyscraper zezozose zadfrack eliza schlesinger fountain place office tower soulja boy girlfriend pic sl vs eng fallingwater photos kyla weber kyla weber randy quaid arrest rovers morning glory frank lloyd wright s house fallingwater justin beaver singer katy tur peter billingsley lisa marie varon lisa marie varon


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Posted in Daily Dose of L with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 23, 2009 by letterlbeats

This is the third installment of a series that will review each track from Jay-Z’s new Blueprint 3 album.

DOA

Run This Town

We have all heard Death of Autotune and Run This Town. I thought D.O.A. was down right prolific. Aside from the commentary on the state of hip hop, the instrumental (I’ll call it that instead of a beat because these were truly instruments) was insane. Especially that drum break. I actually sampled that already into a song I did called Tenth. Jason is posting it as a Top 3 for October I believe (he cracks me up because he tries to save all the “good” songs–like I’m not gonna make more!).

Run This Town is a good solid track. My gut instinct is that he was trying to use it as a platform to launch the Rihanna/Kanye/Jay-Z supergroup that I keep hearing about. The problem with Rihanna’s voice is that it has a lot of nasal tones. If you feature her wailing too much (a la Umbrella) it can get annoying. Especially when the song is on the radio 89 times a day. Instrumentally, I love the overdrive guitar sound and the drums. Like I mentioned in the first part of the series, the heavy live sounding drums are a signature of the album.

In other Letter L related business: Young General is performing on Thursday night (9/24) at Debonair Social Club in Chicago at 9pm sharp. He is opening for E-Train/Atari Ferrari. The word is that there will be a lot of press so hopefully we can use that as an opportunity to further our cause.

Jason is working hard these days. He hooked up with an artist called Cause in NYC. The man is a lyrical beast. I’d be honored to work with him.

In the mean time we are grinding. Booking shows for Young G, getting new artists in the studio and always making beats.

One.

P.S. Throw It In The Bag remix…remix of the year!

Keywords: foxy brown superhead bianca de la garza mackenzie phillips one day at a time john phillips mamas and papas pak vs wi humana letter taylor schillin michelle phillips mckinsey phillips seydi burciaga see you at the pole 2009 mckinsey phillips kelly osbourne dancing with the stars chynna phillips jeff sessler watch house premiere montgomery animal shelter closing callow jamie alexander rescue ink


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