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G-Eazy – Endless Summer Freestyle (Audio) ft. YG

G-Eazy has just dropped a new track called “Endless Summer Freestyle” featuring Compton great, YG.

To start, G-Eazy jumps on the track with his signature flashy raps about his clothes, cars, jewelry, and beautiful women. Then, YG comes in with his signature edgy raps about his lifestyle. “I got a lot on my platter, this shit so scattered/Bitches gettin’ fucked, Black lives matter/Fuck the chitter chatter, I put my dick behind what I say/Every check I get, it’s a real nigga holiday, he spits.

Check out the “Endless Summer Freestyle” below. What do you think of the track?

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony – Coming Home (Cleveland Cavs tribute) Audio

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It’s been a big week for the city of Cleveland. On Sunday (June 19), their Cavaliers won the franchise’s first NBA championship, ending a 52-year drought for the city, in all major sports. The fact that the victory was led by hometown hero LeBron James made it that much sweeter. In Hip-Hop, few names mean more to the Ohio city than Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, and the group has released a beautiful song aptly-titled “Coming Home.”

This Oral History of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony Shows Why Their Music Is Eternal.

Rather than an ode to the Cavs, or even Cleveland, the song is a wistful celebration of what “home” means to us all–a place full of memories, family and, often, foundation. It features lines like “Trying to find my way back to my roots, where the truth does lay at. And, I say that, when I think of home, I think of a place where my mind mode is on free and my timezone is on free. Everything stops. I’mma need a little bit of time to get myself together. In the meantime, I turn best to better. And, in between time, try to stay blessed forever.” The chorus reinforces the message, with a refrain of “I’m going back home. They say that’s where the heart is, where I started, and I need to see a piece of my own.

As with many Bone songs, however, the sugary sweet harmonies are contrasted with words of hardship. In verse 2, they look back to harder times when home meant something different, rapping about having to sleep on train tracks, questioning whether they would ever make it, and not having anywhere to go. It is a fitting homecoming for the group that has represented Cleveland for more than 20 years.

DJ Advice – How to create a hi-tech live performance setup

Things to think about when you’re going from studio to stage

There’s lots to consider when taking your tunes out live, and it can initially seem daunting. There are so many different ways to approach translating DAW-produced music into a live hardware-based scenario – with or without a computer.

If you are considering changing/tweaking your setup and are going to be taking your music out live, consider both how your gear might work for you in the studio and also in a live capacity, either on its own or with a band. For example, if you can have one set of equipment that works for both studio productions and gigs, you could end up saving yourself a lot of cash; but, on the other hand, you might not want to take your studio kit out live in case it gets damaged.

When choosing a hardware setup that you want to work in the studio but with live gigs also in mind, always choose gear that’s sturdily built, as flimsy kit doesn’t hold up well to the rigours of touring (though on the flipside, it’s usually cheaper to replace). Similarly, don’t skimp on sound quality, and always invest in sturdy flight casing to protect your setup.

Also, think hard about what you need the equipment to do – will you need one central piece/brain such as a drum machine or sequencer flanked by effects, or several pieces of gear MIDI sync’d and dedicated to specific tasks such as basslines, drums, chords, leads etc? Will you be setting your own monitor levels using a desk, or relying on in-house engineers for setting monitor levels?

Make lists of gear you want to use live, draw diagrams of live setup scenarios and routings, and make a budget to stick within (including wiring/looms, stands etc). This all helps you to visualise your setup.

Keep it simple

 

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Try to keep things as streamlined as possible, as the more complex your setup, the more cabling and stands needed, plus the more time you’ll need to set up the gear. In particular, with festival gigs, soundchecks are usually very short (or non existent!) and you might just get a ‘line check’ to test your gear is working and that the monitor/front of house sound engineers are getting signals from your equipment.

Another important consideration is the weight and portability of your gear. Hardware setups are inherently more weighty than just a laptop and interface, and once your gear is flightcased it can become quite unwieldy. Also, the heavier the gear, the more you’ll get charged if you’re flying about all over the place, so keep this in mind, too.

As much as we all want to stand out on stage with unique and sometimes flashy set-ups, also try to buy gear that most hire places are likely to carry. This way, if your hardware setup is looking too costly to travel with, you can hire the gear abroad (if budget allows) then put your sounds on a USB key or laptop and load them into the hired gear when you get there – then you can travel light.

Finally, once you have established the gear you’ll be taking with you and/or the gear you want to hire, send on a stage plan with a clear list of what you need to the gig promoter so that any specific gear can be sourced if it isn’t readily available. Specify everything in as much detail as possible down to what stands you’ll need, onstage positioning, how many outputs you’ll be needing, and what effects you’ll be using. Also, make sure you specify high-quality monitoring (mono, or preferably stereo) plus high-quality DI boxes.

If you’re planning on playing live, choose your gear carefully.

DJ Neil Armstrong x adidas “From Marcy to Barclays” Mixtape

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1. “From Marcy to Barclays Introduction…”
2. “No Sleep ‘Til Brooklyn” Beastie Boys x JAY Z
3. “We Fly High (Brooklyn Remix)” – JAY Z
4. “Crooklyn Dodgers” – The Crooklyn Dodgers (Special Ed, Masta Ace, Buckshot)
5. “Return of the Crooklyn Dodgers” – Chubb Rock, O.C., JeruThe Damaja
6. “Brooklyn In My Mind (Crooklyn Dodgers 3)” – Mos Def, Jean Grae, Memphis Bleek
7. “Coming Of Age” – JAY Z, Memphis Bleek
8. “Now You’re Mine” – Gangstarr
9. “Super Brooklyn” – Cocoa Brovas (aka Smif-n-Wessun)
10. “Super Brooklyn Routine” by DJ Daddy Dog of The 5th Platoon DJs
11. “Brooklyn Kids” – Jemini The Gifted One
12. “Brooklyn Took It” – Jeru The Damaja
13. “Just Rhymin with the BIZ” – Biz Markie, Big Daddy Kane
14. “Get By (Remix)” – Mos Def, JAY Z, Kanye West, Talib Kweli
15. “Gotta Have It” – JAY Z, Kanye West
16. “Shove It” – Santigold
17. “Put On (Remix)” – Young Jeezy, JAY Z)
18. “Jigga What, Jigga Who (Originator 99)” – JAY Z
19. “Brooklyn State of Mind” – JAY Z
20. “Change the Game” – JAY Z
21. “You, Me, Him, and Her” – JAY Z
22. “Brooklyn’s Finest (2012 Remix)” – JAY Z, The Notorious B.I.G.
23. “Spread love it’s the Brooklyn way…”
24. “Juicy” – The Notorious B.I.G.

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