Music Recommendation – Single – DJ Drama ft. Trey Songz, 2 Chainz, and Big Sean, Oh My (Remix)

I said earlier I would post a bit about DJ Drama over the course of this blog’s life, and I will hold on to that promise for a while. Oh My, though not my favorite DJ Drama song, it is my second favorite and is an all-timer on my list. But why does this track hold a special place in my heart?

The Oh My remix is way better than the original, which is still decent. 2 Chainz has a very weak verse, but the hook is definitely fire. Trey Songz delivers the message that he wants to get in your pants pretty well, and Big Sean drops some good bars in a short time period. If you like any one of these artists you will most likely enjoy this song.

Really the only reason this song is in my all-timer list is because of the hook. I’ve listened to this thing so many times, Trey Songz kills it. But overall, I’m afraid I can’t give the song above a 8.5/10. Big Sean’s verse is good and Trey does well on his, but the hook is really the reason to listen to the song. Verses aren’t very memorable, but still solid. I still think it is worth a listen, after all it was my favorite song for well over a year:

-Austin Heath

Music Recommendation – Single – The Weeknd, Drunk In Love (Remix)

Beyonce’s Drunk In Love was a big hit but its remix by The Weeknd was even better! Despite having over a million listens, I feel like this one deserves a little spotlight. If you’ve already heard this one you might as well skip this, but I want to share this awesome song.

Though a bit more explicit, The Weeknd’s version of Beyonce’s song is pretty damn good throughout. The hook drops so perfectly without ruining the vocals, and the track doesn’t ever seem to get old or boring.

Overall, I would give the song a 9.5/10. This is an excellent remix, though I didn’t like the pauses in the song at times, and the second verse is a little disappointing at first (though the lines are decent). I still recommend a listen if you haven’t heard it already:

-Austin Heath

Artist Recommendation – iamjdub

I recently posted on my Twitter account that if you were an unsigned or upcoming artist, I wanted to give your music a listen and see if it was worth writing about. After a few messages I did stumble upon someone who I thought really deserved some extra recognition.

Meet iamjdub, a remixer/DJ who’s goal is to show his unique perspective of the world through music and provide a track that gives you chills. He definitely succeeded when I first listened, when I gave his song First Light a hear. His remixes often slow down the track and add some piano notes, as well as add some dubstep to popular tracks.

My favorites by him are First Light, his Wicked Games remix (which is incredibly original) and his I Need Your Love remix. The work iamjdub does is full of effort and passion and is truly impressive.

Overall, I would rate the artist’s work a 9.25/10. My biggest recommendation would be to remix a few tracks with more emphasis on vocals so as to not overpower the song and more songs by him personally, as First Light was a great first impression. Even some faster beats on originals would be interesting. There is a wide range of where this mixer can go with the talent already showcased. You can check out his SoundCloud channel below, at the very least listen to my favorites. They are definitely worth it:

-Austin Heath

Music Recommendation – Single – DJ Drama ft. Drake and Future, We In This (Remix)

DJ Drama is known for his remixes, which often times are even more popular than the original tracks. I would not go as far to say that this one is better than the original, which I just wrote about, but it is still damn good. Drake’s verse is some of the best rapping Drake has ever provided, and will earn some respect for him as an artist. Future, though hard to understand, sounds better than most of his songs and the catchy hook is still the same.

Not much else to say other than what I said before, the beat is easier to hear and appreciate in this one but the remix gets a bit boring by the end. Future’s part just does not have anything keeping you there. This was actually one of DJ Drama’s singles for Quality Street Music. Overall, I would give it a 9/10. You should give it a listen below:

-Austin Heath

Music Recommendation – Single – Motorcycle, As The Rush Comes (Gabriel & Dresden Chillout Remix)

You don’t usually see much EDM on here, but this slow melodic synths of this track are very nice. The vocals are superb and the song is chillingly relaxing for an Electronic song.

As The Rush Comes is lyrically excellent and production was not lazy on this one. Not much to say except that it deserves a listen, though the slowness of the song may not appeal to every EDM fan.

Overall, with everything mentioned above, I would give the track a 9/10. Check it out below:

-Austin Heath

Music Recommendation – Single – Maroon 5 ft. J. Cole, Animals (Remix)

I will admit that I don’t hate on Maroon 5 like most people do. I find quite a few of their songs very good. Animals is definitely one of them, but with J. Cole hopping on the remix yesterday (the first song with him in a long while) I had to give this one a listen.

The song itself is similar to most Maroon 5 songs, and Adam Levine sings as he normally does. However, J. Cole goes hard in the second half of his verse and really gives the song something to look forward to. Song is everything you’d expect from Maroon 5 but the J. Cole remix is absolutely the best version of it.

This remix gets a rating of 8.75/10. The song itself isn’t much different from the usual but it still is pretty catchy, and J. Cole sounds excellent. I can see a lot of people really liking this song, so go ahead and hear it below:

-Austin Heath

Music Recommendation – Single – Kelly Rowland ft. Mario, R. Kelly, Jeremih, The Dream, Busta Rhymes & Trey Songz

Motivation was one of my favorite songs for a while when it was popular in 2011, but the legendary remix featuring a handful or RnB greats found me over a year after I heard the original for the first time. I’m sure you can guess which version I prefer.

While I’m sure plenty of people have heard this one, I recently researched it to give it a final listen for a long time as I hadn’t cared much about the song for a while. It appealed to me so much yet again that I had to add it to my favorites playlist (my inspiration for many of these posts), and I felt it would be a good idea to write about it.

Each verse carries the same perspective of the guy in the original Motivation song. Kelly Rowland has little part in this remix, but her vocals help the other artists shine plenty. I almost feel bad for wanting to cut her out of her own song. More or less each RnB favorite brings their own version of sex with Kelly Rowland in the song, but Mario starts the song off so strong it almost puts your expectations for the rest too high. R. Kelly, Jeremih, and The Dream bring excellent vocals to their versions while Busta Rhymes’ verse is rapped in the usual Busta Rhymes manner.

At the end, Trey Songz caps the remixes edited together with a sound that comes close behind Mario’s entrance. He is the biggest reason to wait for the end of the song if you don’t like the start. His voice with Kelly’s makes this part sound more like a duet than the others.

My overall rating for this song is 9.5/10. Some of the vocals feel forced onto the original track and edited when they don’t need to be, but the sound is incredibly RnB and features one of the greatest collaboration in modern RnB. Give it a listen below and be prepared for a little bit of explicit content:

-Austin Heath