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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Hear It First – Nicki Minaj ft. Beyonce, Feelin’ Myself

nicki-minaj-beyonceIt is rare for Beyonce to be featured on the hook of a song, though not as rare, it seems, as me writing a “hear it first” on Nicki Minaj. I don’t necessarily hate her music, but I turned 15 years old a long time ago. Regardless, I feel this song would be worth sharing for its popularity value alone. Also, Hit-Boy (who has been virtually unnoticed this year) produced the Pinkprint track.

Expect the beat to sound UFO-y (if you can figure out what that means) and while Nicki Minaj’s verses are solid, they are hardly focused. Beyonce’s hook is repetitive, until she breaks into her own verse. The sung bridge is chaotic, yet probably the best part of the track. There are a couple of simply annoying pieces towards the end of the song, but people still liked Anaconda. The song is easy to remember after hearing the chorus a couple of times, so I can see a potential for massive appeal.

You can go ahead and hear the song first below:

-Austin Heath

Hear It First – Rae Sremmurd ft. Nicki Minaj and Young Thug, Throw Sum Mo

throw-somI will not comment on how wrong the song’s title is (Oh Hip-Hop), but regardless three of our favorite rappers (well, technically four) have brought us another song. In all honesty, I do not find it terrible, and in fact might feature one of the better verses of Young Thug’s career. The sound can come off a bit rough, but at least the vocals of Rae Sremmurd aren’t cracking like a sidewalk built in the 1950’s.

I heard rumors that this song’s beat, which comes to us from Soundz, Sway Lee & Slim Jimmy, was a bit of a rip-off (though I have yet to figure out what song). I find it original and intriguing, so props on that. The heavy bass carries the hook well and is subtle while keeping up with the general “strip-club” tone.

Don’t forget to purchase the upcoming albums for Rae Sremmurd and Nicki Minaj! Okay, all jokes aside, I posted this as I see the potential for appeal in this new hit. So you can follow the link and hear the song first below if you please:


-Austin Heath

57th Grammy Awards Predictions And Thoughts

grammyI will be going through every Grammy category and post my predictions for the winners. This will be a bit long, so I am adding a “Read More” tag below this paragraph. Keep in mind, just because I post the predictions, does not mean I agree with them. So without further ado, let’s get started:

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Hear It First – Nicki Minaj ft. Skylar Grey, Bed Of Lies

bed-of-liesNicki Minaj has released her collaboration with Skylar Grey, a song she had teased a collaboration with before. The full song has just been released after fans got a snippet a few days ago. It features a long and catchy hook. Nicki’s verses are more open and genuine than her previous songs for The Pink Print.

You can go ahead and hear the song first below:

-Austin Heath

Hear It First – Nicki Minaj ft. Lil Wayne, Drake and Chris Brown, Only

HotNewHipHop.com has been the first site to inform me of the much-anticipated sequel to Anaconda. Nicki Minaj brings on Lil Wayne, Drake and Chris Brown to make this song a hit. Everyone sounds decent (though Lil Wayne makes me feel like I need to cough something out of my throat), but it has more of the YMCMB sound that I tend to not enjoy anymore. I still felt like this should be posted though, especially for a rather unique beat. Production was the first star in this game.

“I like my girls BBW.” Drake, your raps make all people in the room uncomfortable. I am still surprised that Chris Brown and Drake could be on an official song together, especially with their constant girl-fights. Drake’s entire verse just made me uncomfortable in a weird way, hard to explain it unless I quote lines from it, which no part of me wants to do.

Minaj’s new album, The Pink Print, is due for pink release on pinktember pink two thousand and pink. But in seriousness her album will drop December 14. Anyways, go ahead and click the link to hear it first:


-Austin Heath