Fun in the Sun Mix by Dj Cruze

Last Updated May 29th, 2013

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Fresh off a three-day vacation and dreading the return to work? As the warm weather rests upon us, stay in the zone with “Fun in the Sun Mix” By Dj Cruze.

Available to stream and download for free on the DJ Cruze Podcast, this mix includes artists Jay Sean, Will.i.am ft Justin Bieber, Cassie and even a touch of classic rock by Linkin Park!



Enjoy & Don’t forget to comment below!

DJ Cruze Diary: The Come UP Prince (Part One)

Last Updated May 27th, 2013

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The first behind-the-scenes look into the Life of a DJ is here!

Self-Proclaimed “The Come UP Prince,” DJ Cruze aims to convey a general awareness for his rising brand, not only amongst the heavily-saturated music industry, but most specifically as a luxury brand, catering directly to celebrities and the private events sector.

Part Two to air on June 10th!

“Excuse My French”
DJ Cruze reviews
French Montana’s Debut Album

Last Updated May 22nd, 2013

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Excuse my French Coverart

French Montana’s highly anticipated debut album released May 21st after being rescheduled several times.

Considering DJ Cruze is a fan of the artist, he tried his best to provide an unbiased critique of the album Excuse my French. You’ll be very surprised at his comments, which are provided in detail below.

French Montana

DJ Cruze doesn’t hesitate, “Every song on this project is a feature…that’s my first impression! It gives me the impression that he cannot sell records on his own.”

Although DJ Cruze presented few reasons on why he in actuality “liked” the CD, the bad aspects seemed to outweigh the good. He says, “I like that French Montana failed to take this project to an artistic level as it shows that he is simply making music and sticking to what he knows; the music is synonymous with both the radio and the club atmospheres. Generally speaking, with the release of his previous projects referring to the “Coke Boys,” it’s pretty evident that his general audience is primarily that of a”thuggish/street” crowd; his music simply appeals to those who have struggled or being raised in tough environments, neighborhoods and situations. A good example in this current project is ‘F*ck What Happens Tonight’ featuring DJ Khaled, Mavado, Ace Hood, Snoop Dogg & Scarface. In addition, his collaborations with artists such as Ne-Yo and Raekwon brings a classic, Hip-Hop feel.”

He Continues, “Adversely, every song is about the same.” Although that may be his flow, DJ Cruze notes, “after a while,it gets very tedious. It’s like 50 Cent rapping to the same beat, but with different instruments… it gets very cliche.”

In terms of management, DJ Cruze is “disappointed that being associated with Diddy, he expected the album to show diversity.” Even worse, Cruze left us with this lasting statement,

The song he has with Rico Love is boring, and I wouldn’t play it even if my girlfriend wanted to hear it!

Overall, this CD is “average;” according to DJ Cruze, “there’s no motive for me to spend a couple dollars to have this in my CD changer. Please take into account that I am also taking iTunes overall ratings into consideration when rating this project, and most of his songs are rated below average by consumers!”

Album Coverart Excuse MY French

Excuse MY French Promo

Happy 41st Birthday Biggie Smalls! A Big Poppa Birthday Mix by DJ Cruze

Last Updated May 20th, 2013

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Biggie Pic courtesy of Brooklyn Vegan

 

May 21, 2013 or to many, what would have been New York Rapper Christopher Wallace, a.k.a. Biggie Smalls, a.k.a. The Nortorious B.I.G.’s 41st Birthday will be a sad day for many as they reminisce on the late, great’s legacy.

In celebration of the effect he has made on Rap and Music Culture to date, DJ Cruze has composed an exclusive mix in his honor. Listen & Download DJ Cruze’s Big Poppa Birthday Mix below or at djcruze.podbean.com!

 

Biggie Pic courtesy of kissesonthechic.com

DJ Cruze Diary
“The Come UP Prince”
(Snippet)

Last Updated May 15th, 2013

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DJ Cruze to release a three-part series on his transition from a breakout DJ and progression to claiming the name, ”The Come Up Prince.”

Set to air on May 27, June 10 and June 27, the three-part viral video will hit the virtual universe through internet sharing, social media and subscribed e-blasts and highlight the ins-and-outs of paving a way to the top of the leader board.

Delve into DJ life, with this intimate, documentary-style film, DJ Cruze opens up about “The Life of a DJ,” what it takes to become a notorious mix master, secure bookings and residencies and also build an empire.

Follow DJ Cruze as he transitions from becoming a breakout deejay to crossing industry lines to commercial and film work, acquiring advertising endorsements, in addition to daily business deals and collaborations.

Here’s a Sneak Peek of What’s to Come:

Sidenote…
DJ Cruze dropped his Weekly Wednesday Mix over on his podcast at DJCruze.Podbean.com and It’s All About The Dominicans!

He says, “This mix is more to showcase to my audience that there’s more music than just hip hop, house etc.” He continues, “I wanted to break away from the norm and bring something fresh. Even though many cities across the USA don’t play this kind of music due to explicit lyrics, I’ve created a Fresh, Radio-Ready Mix. Enjoy.”

This week’s mix is a Dembow Mix Click here to listen:

 

 

DJ Cruze EXCLUSIVE – Trina – Round of Applause – Official Music Video & ‘Back 2 Business’ Mixtape Release!

Last Updated May 10th, 2013

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BRAND NEW VIDEO!! TRINA "ROUND OF APPLAUSE" prod. by Audio Jones

 

The “Baddest Bitch” is Back with a New, Exclusive Release; Miami Dade’s finest and most notorious Female Rapper Trina debuts her latest music video, “Round of Applause.” DJ Cruze offers his critique.

“Being brought up in the 2000s, I always enjoyed Trina in cameos; for example, Silk the Shocker, Trick Daddy, and many more!! This industry is hard to get accustomed for the scene is always changing, and never being consistent.

Her single Round of Applause; is an ‘ok’ record; I personally didn’t like it.  I see this song more as a prelude of what’s to come.  Yes, it is a good record, but it’s too slow and there’s no relevancy to the hook.  Forgive me for what I’m about to lay down, but, I almost believe that Trina released this mixtape in order to generate buzz and have everyone talking about it.”

 

 

 

“Round Of Applause” is featured on Trina’s “Back 2 Business” Mixtape, which is executive produced by French Montana and directed by Montoya.

 

 

Want to listen to the entire “Back 2 Business” Mixtape? You know we’ve got you covered!

 

 

DJ Cruze continues…

“The entire mixtape, as a whole, is better than what i expected.  Compared to her older music, Trina did a good job of repositioning herself.   Considering she’s from Miami, the beats are definitely from the ’305′ area.  Overall, the music is pretty good on this project, using “Bitch Bad,” and “Hell Yeah” as examples.
What I liked about this mixtape, compared to others, is the dimension.
I like the fact she’s using a lot of effects and projecting her voice depending on the beats, unlike other “female” rappers that have a very monotone voice.  The mixtape has a lot of jumpy beats, so I’m sure ladies and fellas will both enjoy this mixtape.   Even though she raps about cliché and materialistic things, as many other female rappers do, it actually sounds good enough where it doesn’t sound very boring and overbearing. Even though she is a rendition of Li’l Kim, but from Miami, Trina has a few records for the ladies to relate to, such as the song, “I fucks with You.”  To me, relatability is key; it’s what rap music is all about.
In this mixtape, Trina features a few notable rappers; French Montana, Dj Khaled, Slim Thug, and also a few upcoming rappers as well. It comes to show that she never lost her diva image, and many people, especially new, breakout artists are still willing to collaborate with her.

 

 

My favorite songs from the mixtape are “I want” and “Show out.”  This cd is definitely a keeper!

 

 

What I didn’t like was that Trina didn’t have many collaborations and the mixtape cover looks real cheesy! I also don’t like the fact she keeps saying she’s a “Bad Bitch,” considering we all know who she is and what’s she about.  When you’ve got it, there’s no need to flaunt it.  One thing that stood out was that her flow still the same; even though she knows how to use her voice, the rhythm has already been heard in the industry. There are a couple songs where she sounds similar to Chicago rapstress Shawnna, a member from DTP.

 

 

Again, overall, the mixtape is a good composition; although it has a few cliché sounds, but that’s her demeanor.  The songs are short enough where you want to play them over and over again.  The best thing about this mixtape is that it’s not just another therapy session, instead, she talks to all kinds of crowds and types of people.  The mixtape title is definitely well put and demonstrated throughout the mixtape; Trina means business!  I rate ‘Back 2 Business’ a 7.5, only because there are a few songs that I would skip, they just don’t sound right to in my musicla opinion.  The mixtape is good enough for new listeners to check it out.”





Trina, Back 2 Business

We’d say this mixtape release was highly anticipated… what did you think of it; leave it in our comment section below!

Special Thanks to Trina’s Management for the Exclusive and also DatPiff.com for the Free Download and Stream.

DJ Cruze 90′s Dance Mix

Last Updated May 8th, 2013

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It’s Wednesday, and you know what that means… A new, live mix from DJ Cruze for your listening and download pleasure.

 

Before David Guetta, Afrojack, Skrillex and the many other producers/DJs came into play, there was old-school dance music from artists such as Cece Peniston, Robin S., Night Crawlers and many more!! In this mix, I wanted to mainly showcase my turntablism and give that old-school feel many people missed.  Most of the songs included within this mix are sampled in new-age music today, such as Nightcrawlers “Push the Feeling,” which you’ll find sampled in the “Hotel” single by Pitbull. I enjoyed this mix so much that you can expect a Part Two to follow very soon!

Stay Up-to-date with The ComeUp Prince, DJ Cruze and receive our updates via email; subscribe by emailing Camille@DJCruze.com!

Want more mixes?  We’re streaming free, listen and download at DJCruze.Podbean.com!

DJ Cruze Review: [The Great] Gatsby Soundtrack

Last Updated May 7th, 2013

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Gatsby Soundtrack Cover

 

The craze this week is all about the upcoming remake and motion picture depiction of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby coming to theaters this Friday, May 10th. The history alone is so imperious that viewers have begun to refer to the cinematography in just one word, “Gatsby.” This rendition stars A-List Actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Toby Maguire and is set to make box-office history given the build up of buzz over the past two months. Aside from the notable cast, the diversity of the movie’s soundtrack listing demonstrates the top-notch collaborations of Industry Greats involved with the entire production. Not to mention, Jay-Z is one of the movie’s executive producers… Kudos to Mr. Carter for continuing to take his brand and empire to new heights. In an interview, he stated he wanted to try something new. “Although the story is set in the 1920s, Jay-z took a shot at modernizing the music to accompany the film. He points out that his work is ‘not a typical soundtrack,’ but he made an effort to make the songs cohesive to their scenes in the film.” (1) In my opinion, he did an excellent job matching the sounds and techniques.


Gatsby Soundtrack Listing

The soundtrack contains 21 songs from various musical genres; from hip hop to music produced in the 1920s remade with a new-age twist.

Immediately, I was drawn towards the sounds within the soundtrack. The trumpet melodies… the uptempo-blues feel takes me back in time to envision the 1920s era. I also noticed, some snares and kicks are very modern to what we hear. Although the movie is soon to be released this weekend, based on the song titles, I already have a general idea of what’s going to happen. Many songs on this cd, you may find to be quite familiar. Whether released on the radio, via podcasts or during commercial breaks. A good example is a featured song by Jay-Z, with Kanye West and Frank Ocean, “Church in the Wild.” Also, “Crazy in Love,” by Beyonce was made into an older version, sampled by a completely new and unexpected symphony which in the end, makes the song that much more enjoyable.

What appeals to me is with the mixing and mastering, again, it seems the sound engineers tried to replicate the sound that was used during its time. I can hear a lot of tube amps; obviously, due to technology, the producers used PLUG-INs to replicate the sound, because many of the equipment used in those earlier times doesn’t exist today. Although it’s innovative, this aspect upsets me simply because it doesn’t give that old “school warmth.” I feel that if the engineers used amps, or even put a little hissing to it, it would make the sound more “authentic” to the era. The Song, “A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (All We Got)” – Fergie, Q Tip & GoonRock has a great intro and nice melody, but by making it into a dance song, it kills the whole vibe of the movie. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a nice song to dance to, but I can see why Jay-Z and the record labels went with that sound and left it on the soundtrack.

Overall, I liked the music that’s on the soundtrack. I feel the compilation is pretty accurate to the roaring twenties era with the new 2010s style. I like how they used the instruments, in addition to the rhythmic flows and melodies. What surprised me about this soundtrack was how there is a good amount of African-American people singing on this compilation, especially given that in that the time there was a great deal of injustice with blacks. It comes to show how far music has developed and that there’s no color to “good music.” From a scale to one-to-10, 10 being the highest, I would rate this music work a 7.5. There are many songs I would skip personally, because most of those songs are for theatrical purposes only and not for personal use.

1) http://therougecollection.net/therouge/jay-z-executive-producer-for-the-great-gatsby-soundtrack/

To Listen to the Soundtrack in its entirety, click here (thanks to NPR.org).

Thanks rdio for the Stream!

 

DJ Cruze: Cinco De Mayweather

Last Updated May 3rd, 2013

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Mayweather vs Guerrero   In Honor of The Money Team (TMT) and Upcoming Cinco De Mayo Holiday, DJ Cruze create a gear-up mix!  DJ Cruze selects the Best Songs for Mayweather to Gear Up before Getting in the Ring and all party people to gear up for the drinking weekend! Tracks on the mix include songs by 50 Cent, 2 Chainz, LMFAO, DJ Khaled, Rocko, Drake, Lil’ Wayne and More. Listen Here & Comment Below:



Mayweather vs Guerrero

Save the Date; DJ Cruze’s Diary (The Comeup Prince) Part One debuts on May 27th at noon; you’ll see behind-the-scenes clips of making this Cinco de Mayweather Mix!

Kanye West Releases Music from the Vaults:
A DJ Cruze Mixtape Critique

Last Updated April 29th, 2013

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Kanye West

Kanye West releases never-before-heard material, dating back to 2001 and The College Dropout Era.  The demo/mixtape is comprised of 15 unreleased tracks.

Listen & Download Here:

 

 


DJ Cruze’s Thoughts on the Demo:

 

Listening to this mixtape took me back to my high-school years, listening to Kanye West’s old-school flow.   The first thing I noticed was that Kanye’s voice sounds much deeper in tone than previous years.  This could be the result of using a lower end of microphone then compared to the equipment he utilizes in his recent/current releases.  Perhaps, he’s simply more comfortable on the mic now than he was in previous years.  Overall, I enjoyed the old flow and his storytelling; you can hear the sincerity in his voice/lyrics.

 

Kanye sources more hip-hop/soul beats for this release; simple kicks, snares with a piano melodies and a few samples. The overall composition was impeccable as Kanye utilized percussion instruments, which to me is “hip-hop at its finest.”   The beat construction was very simple, and few rappers today go this route in production or even master it on any level. The fact that Kanye does not use 808 drums in this release, compared to rappers today, added to the success of this release.  Many of the beats you’ve heard in the market once before; a good example is “Jesus Walks.”  However, the song “Gotta Pose Snippet” on the demo tape samples a previous Solomon Burke 1968 original production (“Get Out of My Life Woman”) and uses the wording “I Don’t Love You;” this was used on “I Changed My Mind,” a Keysha Cole song featuring Kanye West on her 2005 Album “The Way It Is.”  The recent new hip-hop version consists of that slow 128 or 66 bpm, while in this mixtape, you hear the beats start about 88 to about 101 bpm.

 

On the flipside, there aren’t any “club bangers” on this demo mixtape, but the lack of club songs doesn’t put the album to shame… it’s very enjoyable.

 

I can almost compare it to the G Unit Mixtape circuit.
His sound is an influence of Talib Kweli and Common; the latter, to me, is expected, especially given both Kanye and Common’s links to Chicago.

 

His storytelling is against the grain and will surprise many listeners.

 

His style is a true showcase of talent; he displays different paces of rap flow, demonstrates that he can Rap at a slow pace, while being melodic st the same time.

 

Maybe this is the demo presented to Jay-Z while Kanye was shopping labels for a deal; if so, I completely understand Jay-Z’s rationale on picking up this artist.  Kanye sounds completely different that what we’re accustomed to hearing from his releases.

 


RATING:


Take into consideration that aside from being a DJ, I am also a producer and trained to listen to every kind of genre of music on a daily basis.


I give this mixtape a score of 8.5 out of 10.


Rather than being quoted as a mixtape, this release is obviously a demo; although, Demo Tapes are usually three-to-five songs, with the best songs in the beginning of the sequence to capture the listeners attention. However, as an avid listener of music and moreover a fan of early 2000s music, its evident that this release was not duplicated and is in fact, the real thing.


One aspect that contributed to this being a great demo piece was that there weren’t enough songs!  Although he presented a complete track listing with 15 songs, it didn’t feel long enough. For any aspiring rappers, this is an important factor when making a CD or EP. Overall this demo was good, and i wouldn’t change anything because this is what people like to listen. PROPS!