Music Recommendation – Single – Kid Ink ft. Trey Songz, Juicy J, 2 Chainz, and Chris Brown, “Show Me” (Remix)

show-me-remixIn case the original “Show Me” did not have enough Trey Songz, Juicy J, or 2 Chainz for you, the remix should definitely do its job. I really admire this remix in that it overs a solid rap verse from Juicy J (in fact one of his best), sensual RnB from Trey Songz, and an alternate piece from Kid Ink. Add that with Chris Brown’s already dope role, and subtract a couple of points for 2 Chainz, and you have a remix that gives you everything you may have wanted from the original.

Combining Chris Brown and Trey Songz vocals has proven to be a great thing, but the way that these two overlap on this song turns out incredible. The lyrics feel a bit too raw (and slightly cringeworthy) at times, but these artists are not exactly known for keeping it subtle.

Overall, I would rate the remix at:

8.75/10

You can hear the remix below:

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Hear It First – M.I.A., “CanSeeCanDo”

miaI’ve never been a huge fan of M.I.A., but I do remember Aziz Ansari talk about her once (also some song in 2012 with Nicki Minaj and Madonna?). She sent a tweet out announcing this was the first song of an album and told her hardcore fans (M.I.A. has hardcore fans apparently, news to me as well) that the LP would drop this summer. Anyways, I covered L.A. Love a while back before it exploded, so I’ll do what I did then by swallowing my pride and sharing the track.

You can hear the song first below:

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Favorites Friday – OneRepublic, “Secrets”

onerepublicOneRepublic has placed a couple of their hits into my favorites, but none of their songs compare in both quality and nostalgia to “Secrets”. It differs greatly from most Pop music while still finding a catchy rhythm and entrancing tune. The strings are glorious and Ryan Tedder’s vocals stand out from most band’s lead singers in its unique pitch.

The song is slightly repetitive, but the chorus is the best part. While I can shake that part off, I have to admit that the instrumental does tend to dominate the vocals, especially in the first stanza. If those strings weren’t so damn awesome, that could be a bit of a problem.

Overall, I would rate the song at:

9.25/10

Hoping you like this song, because I have plenty other OneRepublic songs to cover later. Consider them the T-Pain of Pop for AMP’s Favorites Friday; You will probably see them way more than you like. In the meantime, you can check out one of my all-time favorites (seriously, this just barely missed the list) below:

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Throwback Thursday – The Get Up Kids, “Holiday”

the-get-up-kidsThe Get Up Kids are Indie-rock music back when it was good. The Kansas City-based band have released a number of albums and singles over the years since their formation in 1995, but “Holiday” might be one of their best songs. Their second album, Something To Write Home About, has always received mixed reviews since its release in 2000. However, it was ultimately the band’s biggest push as an Indie-rock band into mainstream.

“Holiday” is melodic and a great introduction into the album. The instrumental is compelling and the lyrics are signature early 2000’s punk, so hop aboard the teenage nostalgia train. The lyrics’ awesomeness makes the fact that the band wrote all of their music on this album even cooler.

Overall, I would rate the song at:

8.25/10

You can check out the throwback below:

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Music Recommendation – Single – T.I., B.o.B and Kendrick Lamar ft. Kris Stephens, “Memories Back Then”

memories-back-thenWhile the song did have a brief run on the Billboard Hot 100, “Memories Back Then” is one of those mainstream Hip-Hop songs that you can toss in the category of “Good Rap Music” Or “Rap Music That Isn’t Rae Sremmurd Or Bobby Smurda”. I hate playing the “Popular music is awful” card, but when it comes to Rap, that has become the case with acts such as Sremmurd, Smurda, and Young Thug. But I’m sure I have gone on that tangent before.

The song features three expert lyricists, who set the bar for real verses and use their flow to their advantage. While I had yet to hear a great story by any of the three, this one did not disappoint from any of the camps. One by one, they go into a story from their younger lives, and open up the vault of memories based on other women and their last encounters with them. Each verse is superb as it is fascinating and focused; In fact, the chorus takes away from the song’s credibility more than anything else.

Overall, I would rate the song at:

9.25/10

This is definitely a song with excellent lyricism and some of the best work by each of the three rappers. You can check out the song below:

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Hear It First – Carly Rae Jepsen, “I Really Like You”

Carly-Rae-Jepsen-I-Really-Like-YouRelive your 2012 summer with the return of the reason you always heard “Call Me Maybe” wherever you went. Carly Rae Jepsen returns with a new song, titled “I Really Like You”. When coming up with a new tween anthem song, why not something as simple as that.

I hate how catchy this song is. You can pick it up easy and just spit it back out after a single listen. As Stereogum writes, “Resistance is futile”. Still, you can hear the song first below:

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Music Recommendation – Single – Curbi, “Discharge”

curbiIt has been a hefty sum of time since I wrote about anything remotely pure EDM, but let’s end that streak with Curbi’s vocal-less “Discharge”. The house song has a foot-tapping but unique rhythm that instantly attracted my attention upon playing it. The best part? Curbi is only 16 years old, so we can look forward to plenty more by the Spinnin’ Records signee.

The synth usage almost resembles a video game soundtrack. It has a retro-electro feel to it, while striking similarities to Martin Garrix. My biggest complaint would be how fast the beat drops, it just comes out of nowhere and feels like a bit of a let-down. Still, it is an impressive debut for the UK teen.

Overall, I would rate the song at:

8.25/10

You can check out the song below:

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Music Recommendation – Single – Logic ft. Big K.R.I.T., “Top Ten”

top-ten-logic-big-kritTwo mastered lyricists come together with production done by 6ix to rap on “Top 10”. Despite both of their high voices, the song goes hard and the simplistic hook makes the verses look even harder. Logic could have carried this song without K.R.I.T. most likely, but the guest role makes it even more worth listening to out of interest.

The lyrics are one of the strongest points of this song, and even Logic’s singing voice at the end of the song is a great addition. The song is solid and embodies what I believe modern Hip-Hop should sound like (save for some slurred speech, I just cannot make out some of the words).

Overall, I would rate this song at:

9.25/10

You can check “Top Ten” out below:

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Favorites Friday – Rihanna, “Disturbia”

rihanna-good-girl-gone-badEarlier this week I spoiled that I would be writing about Rihanna this Frid – Saturday. Of course, I had to start with a personal favorite of hers, “Disturbia”. What made this song a favorite of mine, you may ask? Either hours of playing Just Dance 4, how unique the concept of the song was, or how catchy that “bum-bum-be-dum-be-dum-dum” part is.

The lyrics are way off from the low standard of most Pop music, and even better than most of Rihanna’s lyrics from other songs. In the end, nothing she ever releases will top “Good Girl Gone Bad”, but I’ll save that rant for another time.

Really, the chilling sound yet easy listening of the track makes it the most interesting. Vocally, there is quite a bit of autotune and work done, though I can’t say I still don’t love singing along to it.

Overall, I would rate the song at:

8.5/10

You can go check out one of my favorites below (Hopefully you’re not claustrophobic like me):

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Throwback Thursday – Styx, “The Best Of Times”; “Too Much Time On My Hands”

I could not decide on which Styx song from their 1981 album Paradise Theatre I should write about, and then it hit me:

why-not-both

styx-paradise-theatreSo here I am, writing about two throwback songs, on a Friday no less! Guys, being a homeschooled high school student does not give you much breathing room for writing about music. Regardless, let’s talk about each of these songs:

“The Best Of Times” – My favorite of the two, and also one of my favorite Styx songs in general, is “The Best Of Times”. It was always like Elton John singing after getting kicked in the balls. The vocals were high but not irrationally so, and the pacing leads perfectly into the instrumental at the bridge. The whole song is a great listen and one of the best songs by Styx.

9.75/10

“Too Much Time On My Hands” – While “The Best Of Times” may be the better (and more popular) of the two, something about “Too Much Time On Your Hands” just does not get old when listening to it. The intro is intriguing, the lyrics are relateable and interesting, and the tune is so easy to enjoy. Of the two, this seems to get more play time, mostly because of how good the chorus. However, it does have a bit of repetition to it that should get old to others after a while, but somehow does not for me.

9.25/10

Hope you enjoyed, Styx have some great songs but Paradise Theatre definitely includes some of their finest works. Afterall, who didn’t love them in the ’80’s?

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