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A Very Spidey Christmas Everyone =)


 

In addition to the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack and Daniel Pemberton’s Original Score, Sony Classical and Sony Pictures Animation are releasing a very special Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Christmas album, appropriately titled A Very Spidey Christmas.

The album, which is now available everywhere, features original tracks from a few of your favorite Spiders from the critically-acclaimed animated feature, including Shameik Moore (Miles Morales/Spider-Man), Jake Johnson (Peter B. Parker/Spider-Man), Chris Pine (Peter Parker/Spider-Man), and Jorma Taccone (Spider-Man 1967).  Listen to all five tracks below:

1. Joy to the World – Shameik Moore (1:40)
2. Spidey-Bells (A Hero’s Lament) – Chris Pine (2:41)
3. Deck the Halls – Jake Johnson (2:05)
4.
Up on the House Top – Chris Pine (1:45)
5. The Night Before Christmas 1967 (Spoken Word) – Jorma Taccone (2:45)

 

The DJ Earworm Addresses The United States Of Pop…. 2018.


For more than a decade, DJ Earworm has been blending the year’s top songs into a massive “United States of Pop” mashup at the end of each year. He began the series in 2007, kicking off with a combo of songs from Soulja Boy, Akon, Avril Lavigne, Rihanna, Fergie, and more. It’s been 11 years since that inaugural mashup, and Earworm hasn’t slowed down in the slightest.  His 2018 edition just made its YouTube debut on December 4, highlighted by tracks from Ariana Grande, Post Malone, Zedd, Childish Gambino, Marshmello, and more.

The four-minute mashup kicks off with songs from Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line, and Maroon 5 and Cardi B, before cycling through Drake‘s iconic “In My Feelings,” Bruno Mars and Cardi B’s “Finesse,” Travis Scott and Drake’s “Sicko Mode,” and dozens others.  Regardless of your personal taste in music, any TRUE DJ has to admit that this is an impressive feat to accomplish.  Take a listen.

The Wonderfully Creative Caity Costa.


Caity Costa and yours truly… (the world famous DJ Storm) had the pleasure of working with one another the other day, and believe me when I tell you that once you that after working in music studios for over a decade, I know talent when I hear it.  Aside from being a pleasureful and peaceful woman, Caity has a deluge of music that neither myself, nor the folks at my shop looking forward to hearing, and working with her on.  Take a gander at some of her photos below, and if you’d love to hear what she has to perform, you can check out all of her work by clicking right here.

IllaDaProducer Explains The Origins Of The “Killshot”.


As I was buying a whole new bunch of Christmas presents for my team, I finally came to the “music gear”, and in the process of doing research, I stumbled across an extremely interesting video.  Eminem’s record-breaking diss track, “KILLSHOT,” was the final salvo in his late-summer feud with Machine Gun Kelly. The scorching song was a direct response to MGK’s own diss track, “Rap Devil,” which was in turn prompted by the shots Eminem took at the Cleveland rapper on “Not Alike.” Production on “KILLSHOT” is handled by IllaDaProducer, who also placed several tracks on Eminem’s most recent album, ‘Kamikaze.’ The Florida-based beatmaker spoke with Genius about creating the track on the latest episode of ‘Deconstructed.’  Check the method.

The XDJ-RR In ALL It’s Glory. DJ’s Check It Out.


If you want to make the transition from playing at home to performing at parties, bars and eventually clubs, our new XDJ-RR 2-channel all-in-one DJ system for rekordbox is the ideal piece of kit for you. The system inherits all the basic features from our club-standard NXS2 set-up and packs them into a lightweight, portable body that’s easy to take to parties and gigs as you progress through the DJ ranks.  The XDJ-RR offers you flexibility, so you can practise and perform however you prefer. It’s compatible with our professional performance application rekordbox dj (licence included) but if you don’t want to use a PC/Mac, you can export your rekordbox-analysed music to USB storage devices, plug them into the controller and play tracks directly from them.

Keep an eye on all the information you need thanks to the XDJ-RR’s 7-inch full-colour screen and use performance features and FX inherited from the NXS2 set-up – such as Hot Cues, Slip Loop and Beat FX – to craft unique mixes on the fly.  Unleash your creativity with the XDJ-RR and follow your dreams from your bedroom to the club.  A licence key for rekordbox dj is included with the XDJ-RR so you can plug it into your PC or Mac straight out of the box and start mixing. If you already own rekordbox dj, upgrade to the latest version to use the XDJ-RR.

MGK Comes At Eminem?


Everyone is hearing about Eminem’s latest album ‘Kamikaze’ via social media, but it’s about to get a bit more live when they talk about people’s responses to it.  Machine Gun Kelly definitely has me as a fan, his wit and lyricism has to be recognized… BUT after him getting dissed by Em, he was a bit upset, and put out quite the diss to the aging rapper.  Em has gone up against the likes is Ja Rule, Brittney Spears, Christina Agulara, Will Smith, and a whole host of others.  It will be interesting to see what happens next. MGK’s “get the wedgie out your Dungarees” line was quite good, however, the rest is inflammatory.  Take a listen below, and sound off about what you think.

 

Eminem Is Back… Again (AGAIN).


It seems as if Em has taken the Beyonce route, and randomly released a brand new album titled “Kamikaze” out of the wild blue yonder.  The surprise album is getting a cascading effect of social media reviews a bit late, because no one really knew he was going to put it out.  That being said, there are some surprising tracks on the album including one from the ‘Venom’ movie sound track, but this is definitely one to check out.  Leave any comments you may have about this new release below.  And if you’d like to download it, just click here.

Tyga – Swish (Official Video).


Booty booty booty.  The “Swish” video came out quite a while ago, but it still makes me quite happy.  Check the method.

T-Pain Sings Without AutoTune Once Again.


To mark the one-year anniversary of the most popular “Tiny Desk Concert” ever and the 10th anniversary of his debut album, Rappa Ternt Sanga, they hosted T-Pain at their Washington, D.C. headquarters. The inimitable Floridian performed a short set of classics, both his own and others’, and a brand new, never before heard song from his forthcoming album, Stoicville: The Phoenix.  Check out ‘Change Gon Come’ live, without any Autotune.

The ‘Generational Gap’.


Seeing as how my birthday was recently, I’ve been hearing many a story from my childhood today.  But listening to this has brought back memories that only people in my age range would associate with.  Once again, the amazing photographer Mike Campau has captured these images perfectly.

Generation gap.

Images of my childhood, when we…
had to get up to change the channel, collected enough stickers to fill a photo album
(oh, and we had photo albums), video games were for rainy days, used film to capture images, cranked up our boom boxes with homemade mixed tapes, ran around with toy guns that looked like the real thing, and had to “dial” a number.

Virtual Nostalgia (100% CGI)

 

Mean Tweets: Hip Hop Edition.


Music fans can be very vocal with their opinions on Twitter, which is why from time to time we like to give those who are the targets of the haters a chance to respond. Tonight, we’ve done it again in an all-new, all hip-hop edition of #MeanTweets featuring 50 Cent, A$AP Rocky, Eve, Pusha-T, Big Sean, Remy Ma, Rae Sremmurd, Anderson .Paak, DJ Khaled, Trippie Redd, Tyler The Creator, Awkwafina, Logic, Lil Yachty, Wale, Ty Dolla $ign, Yo Gotti, Lil Wayne & T-Pain.

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Want Some Waterproof Headphones? Talk To xFyro!


It may seem like quite a closely contended match between different earbuds and the companies making them.  Some are compatible with all mobile platforms, others boast of incredible battery lives, and some work as fitness trackers that sit within your ears. Now, the Aria by xFyro, claims to be one of the world’s only truly wireless earphones with an IPx67 waterproof rating.

Let’s understand first what the IPx67 rating actually is. The IP Code, or the Ingress Protection Code determines the ability of a product (usually electronics) to protect itself from intrusion by elements from the outside, especially dust or water. The first digit in the rating determines protection against dust. A rating of 6 usually means the product is completely impervious to dust of all sizes. The second number in the rating determines liquid ingress. The 7 rating in the 67 means the Aria can withstand immersion in water up to 1 meter tested for a period of 30 minutes. The IPx67 rating on the Aria therefore allows it to be used while in the gym (it being impervious to sweat), in the shower, or even while swimming in a pool.

 

Aside from its water and dust resistance, the Aria leverages battery-related advancements over the past few years to provide a stunning 32 hours of playback time. The earbuds themselves work for 8 hours continuously (that’s the equivalent of about 5 movies or more than 160 songs), and the slick, hockey-puck case gives you an additional 24 hours of charging time. The Aria also comes with Bluetooth 5.0, the latest standard that allows for instant pairing by simply bringing the earphones near your smartphone. With crystal quality sound that’s unfettered, the Aria also has a capacitive touch surface that lets you control music playback as well as activate the voice assistant on your phone.

Designed to work across multiple mobile platforms, the Aria is, to frame things accurately, a slight upgrade in all departments. With a significantly better battery, better audio courtesy a 16mm driver (more than thrice as large as the Airpods), better waterproofing, and a universal approach, it may just be the wireless earphones to beat.  Pick some up here.

 

Don’t Be Afraid To Fall. Duckwrth Is Back.


“Fall Back” may be one of Duckwrth’s finest productions yet.  Before I expand, take a listen to the song below.

Duckwrth as successfully don’t a feature with HIMSELF.  Over an aggressive beat produced by ‘Two Fresh Beats”, the song seems as if features multiple artists based on the pitch and tone of his bars.  But his aggressive nature, and smooth tones in the same song are quite unique, It engages the listener in a way that Childish Gambino’s “This Is America” and Kendrick Lamar’s “Mad City” do as well.  Take a listen to it above.

What Is Pizzaoki?


Pastry hurling international dance icon Steve Aoki has decided to temporarily halt the on-stage cake throwing gimmick and pick up the dough roller. The 40-year superstar DJ/producer has just announced the opening of Pizzaoki in his hometown of Los Angeles. As the son of Benihana’s founder, who once told Yahoo Finance he has never received a penny from his father, the inventively named new restaurant seems like a fitting next move for the entrepreneurial mogul.

A themed restaurant in it’s conception, much like the theatrical Japanese chain started by his late father, Aoki says that customers will be able to enjoy quality pizza recipes named after his hit songs — for instance, a classic cheese dubbed “Just Hold On” or the “Mayhem,” a supreme with all the toppings. The new concept also relies heavily on technology for delivery, as Pizzaoki currently lacks a brick and mortar location. Customers can currently place orders through Postmates and Uber Eats.

This Is… (Insert Your Country Here).


Childish Gambino (Donald Glover) flabbergasted the country when he randomly released his incredible video for “This Is America”.  The symbolism, reflections of the current state of the U.S., and the over all tone of the music video is undeniably well thought out, original, and has resonated to not just Americans.  Several artists from all around the world have stepped up to represent the problems in the places that they live.  NOW, not to downplay the plights of other nations, but the similar styles, which are directly bitten from Gambino seem a bit unoriginal, and although the messages are clear, insightful, and informative, after a bit, one would hope that these artists would have found their own way to convey their thoughts. That being said, these “remixes” of ‘This Is America’ are extremely worth taking a listen to.  Between I-NZ bringing light to the state of Iraq post Americas 2003 invasion, or Falz discussing the conditions of current day Nigera, you can search for almost any country you want, you’ll find one of these videos.  Check the method below, listen to the messages.

The 2018 MTV Movie Award Winners.


 

Wakanda Forever! We’re still a long way from next year’s Academy Awards but comic book fans are already hoping that Black Panther will be recognised at the ceremony (making it the first superhero movie to receive a Best Picture nod since The Dark Knight). Regardless, the Marvel Studios movie dominated at the 2018 MTV Movie and TV Awards picking up a number of huge wins at the show.

Stranger Things, meanwhile, took charge of the television field. That’s no great surprise giving its popularity but an argument could definitely be made that the second season wasn’t quite up there with the first! Going back to Black Panther, it’s great to see the movie receive so many awards and it just goes to show that it resonated with moviegoers in a big way. Did you catch the ceremony?

BEST MOVIE
“Avengers: Infinity War”
“Black Panther” (WINNER)
“Girls Trip”
“It”
“Wonder Woman”
BEST SHOW
“13 Reasons Why”
“Game of Thrones”
“Grown-ish”
“Riverdale”
“Stranger Things” (WINNER)
BEST PERFORMANCE IN A MOVIE
Chadwick Boseman, “Black Panther” (WINNER)
Timothée Chalamet, “Call Me by Your Name”
Ansel Elgort, “Baby Driver”
Daisy Ridley, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”
Saoirse Ronan, “Lady Bird”
BEST PERFORMANCE IN A SHOW
Millie Bobby Brown, “Stranger Things” (WINNER)
Darren Criss, “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”
Katherine Langford, “13 Reasons Why”
Issa Rae, “Insecure”
Maisie Williams, “Game of Thrones”
BEST HERO
Chadwick Boseman (T’Challa/Black Panther), “Black Panther” (WINNER)
Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen), “Game of Thrones”
Gal Gadot (Diana Prince/Wonder Woman), “Wonder Woman”
Grant Gustin (Barry Allen/The Flash), “The Flash”
Daisy Ridley (Rey), “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”
BEST VILLAIN
Josh Brolin (Thanos), “Avengers: Infinity War”
Adam Driver (Kylo Ren), “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”
Michael B. Jordan (N’Jadaka/Erik Killmonger), “Black Panther” (WINNER)
Aubrey Plaza (Lenny Busker), “Legion”
Bill Skarsgard (Pennywise), “It”
BEST KISS
Gina Rodriguez (Jane) and Justin Baldoni (Rafael), “Jane the Virgin”
Nick Robinson (Simon) and Keiynan Lonsdale (Bram), “Love, Simon” (WINNER)
Olivia Cooke (Sam) and Tye Sheridan (Wade), “Ready Player One”
KJ Apa (Archie) and Camila Mendes (Veronica), “Riverdale”
Finn Wolfhard (Mike) and Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven), “Stranger Things”
MOST FRIGHTENED PERFORMANCE
Talitha Bateman (Janice), “Annabelle: Creation”
Emily Blunt (Evelyn Abbott), “A Quiet Place”
Sophia Lillis (Beverly Marsh), “It”
Cristin Milioti (Nanette Cole), “Black Mirror”
Noah Schnapp (Will Byers), “Stranger Things” (WINNER)
BEST ON-SCREEN TEAM
“Black Panther” – Chadwick Boseman (T’Challa/ Black Panther), Lupita Nyong’o (Nakia), Danai Gurira (Okoye), Letitia Wright (Shuri)
“It” – Finn Wolfhard (Richie), Sophia Lillis (Beverly), Jaeden Lieberher (Bill), Jack Dylan Grazer (Eddie), Wyatt Oleff (Stanley), Jeremy Ray Taylor (Ben), Chosen Jacobs (Mike) (WINNER)
“Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” – Dwayne Johnson (Smolder), Kevin Hart (Mouse), Jack Black (Shelly), Karen Gillan (Ruby), Nick Jonas (Seaplane)
“Ready Player One” – Tye Sheridan (Wade), Olivia Cooke (Samantha), Philip Zhao (Sho), Win Morisaki (Daito), Lena Waithe (Aech)
“Stranger Things” – Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin), Finn Wolfhard (Mike), Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas), Noah Schnapp (Will), Sadie Sink (Max)
BEST COMEDIC PERFORMANCE
Jack Black, “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle”
Tiffany Haddish, “Girls Trip” (WINNER)
Dan Levy, “Schitt’s Creek”
Kate McKinnon, “Saturday Night Live”
Amy Schumer, “I Feel Pretty”
SCENE STEALER
Tiffany Haddish (Dina), “Girls Trip”
Dacre Montgomery (Billy Hargrove), “Stranger Things”
Madelaine Petsch (Cheryl Blossom), “Riverdale” (WINNER)
Taika Waititi (Korg), “Thor: Ragnarok”
Letitia Wright (Shuri), “Black Panther”
BEST FIGHT
“Atomic Blonde” – Charlize Theron (Lorraine) vs. Daniel Hargrave (Sniper), Greg Rementer (Spotter)
“Avengers: Infinity War” – Scarlett Johansson (Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow), Danai Gurira (Okoye), Elizabeth Olsen (Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch) vs. Carrie Coon (Proxima Midnight)
“Black Panther” – Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther) vs. Winston Duke (M’Baku)
“Thor: Ragnarok” – Mark Ruffalo (Hulk) vs. Chris Hemsworth (Thor)
“Wonder Woman” – Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman) vs. German Soldiers (WINNER)
BEST MUSIC DOCUMENTARY
“Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: A Bad Boy Story”
“Demi Lovato: Simply Complicated”
“Gaga: Five Foot Two” (WINNER)
Jay-Z’s “Footnotes for 4:44”
“The Defiant Ones”
BEST REALITY SERIES/FRANCHISE
“The Kardashians” (WINNER)
“Love & Hip Hop”
“Real Housewives”
“RuPaul’s Drag Race”
“Vanderpump Rules”

Ayo… Wendy’s Got Beef?


Beef has long been almost essential an element of hip-hop as the it is to the fast food business but now, the two meanings have merged thanks to an inexplicable, yet ridiculously entertaining mixtape from none other than Wendy’s. That’s right, Wendy’s, the burger joint, the one that’s near-constantly bucking shots at their fry-slinging rivals on Twitter; they’ve taken all that Twitter beef, mashed down into a patty, and served up a hot, fresh helping of surprisingly deft lyrical goodness with We Beefin’?, and it’s honestly, pretty darn good.

Rich Homie Quan Shows How He Makes His Music.


Rich Homie Quan reveals his new LP was made with ‘Hennessy, Weed, Fruit Snacks’. Watch the full interview above.

Lil Dicky And Chris Brown Switch Bodies?!


In this HILARIOUS new video with Chris Brown and Lil Dicky, they retell the story of ‘Freaky Friday’ after voicing their disappointment with their lives.  As in any body switch movie, whoever the protagonist is, complains, becomes someone else, and realizes that things were better to begin with, but this unusual pairing take it to a whole new level.  And although the video is a bit lengthy, watch until the end, there are a few surprise cameos.  Check the method.

Allendale Chizle – Allendale (Official Video).


Since the total reinvention of his image, and a change in name, the streets of Oakland have been clambering for some new music from Allendale Chizle.  The video, produced by ‘Albanza Films’ for his new single Allendale, should give the people exactly what they’re been looking for.  Check the video below.

Janelle Monáe – D’Jango Jane (Official Video).


It’s been over a week, and some people still can’t talk about Jangle Monae’s newest music video “D’Jango Jane”.  Filled with incredible choreography, amazing videos, and spectacular camera angles, this on is not to be missed.  Oh, and I forgot to mention that the song, the delivery, and the lyrics are top notch as well.  Check the method.

Justin Timberlake Is Back.


Justin Timberlake has shared a video for his new song “Filthy.” Watch it below. In the Mark Romanek-directed clip, Timberlake plays a Steve Jobs-type character who introduces the world to a provocative dancing robot. “Filthy” appears on his new album Man of the Woods, which arrives February 2. It features contributions from Timbaland, the Neptunes, Alicia Keys, and Chris Stapleton. His last record The 20/20 Experience arrived in 2013, along with its companion LP. Timberlake is set to perform at the 2018 Super Bowl Halftime Show on February in Minneapolis, 14 years after his performance with Janet Jackson.

Black Panther: The Album.


After a few teases, Marvel have announced the release of Black Panther: The Album, which will feature music from and inspired by the Ryan Coogler-directed Marvel Studios film of the same name. The compilation album will be curated and produced by Kendrick Lamar and Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith.
“Marvel Studios’ Black Panther is amazing, from its cast to its director,” Lamar said via a press release.

“The magnitude of this film showcases a great marriage of art and culture. I’m truly honored to contribute my knowledge of producing sound and writing music alongside [director Ryan Coogler] and Marvel’s vision.”  Along with the announcement, the first single from the album has also debuted. Check out “All The Stars” by Kendrick Lamar and SZA below, and let us know what you think.

Fans can stream the song and pre-order the album here. No release date has been given, but it’s likely to coincide with Black Panther’s theatrical release on February 16, 2018.

via CMB

What Is Hologrampy?


Meet, Hologrampy… One part decorative novelty item, one part speaker… it gives your listening experience a boost with a stunning visual accompaniment. It uses the latest in holographic tech to create enchanting patterns and shapes in vibrant colors that move and change depending on the music type or song you’re listening to. It’s equally perfect for setting the mood at parties as it is for soothing your mind at home.

via Yanko