DJ Cruze Trichotomy:
A Review of June 18th releases Kanye West, J. Cole and Mac Miller

Last Updated June 18th, 2013

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A Tribute to the June 18th Artists; here’s to A Big Day in Hip Hop!  Check out DJ Cruze’s June 18th Mix from his podcast below.

 

YEEZUS ORIGINAL ALBUM WORK
YEEZUS ARTWORK #2
YEEZUS FINAL ARTWORK
YEEZUS

 

It seems like for months, DJ Cruze has awaited the release of Kanye’s latest and most criticized album to date, not only because it was highly anticipated, but it has been DJ Cruze’s top interest to critique whether the album was worth all of the stir it has since caused.  Immediately, when DJ Cruze received the copy, he went straight for the productions credits and style, saying “It looks like he [Kanye] is taking production in another way [than before].”

 

 

Not only was this the smallest tracklist that DJ Cruze has ever seen released from a rap artist, aside from the album’s name, he was also surprised that much of the production is from Daft Punk.  “Daft Punk is a French EDM producer in which Kanye previously worked with on the “Stronger” track on West’s third studio album, Graduation.”  Already, DJ Cruze is optimistic, as he hears a completely different perspective than ever before!

 

He states, “In this album, Kanye has a great deal of yelling and wailing.  He gives off a weird feeling; almost somewhat Gothic in a sense. Not only is this album is very explicit; it even goes a bit over board, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but I do believe that Kanye will lose many people’s interest simply because people are not used to this side of him. But this is what hip hop and rap are about, right?  Testing new ground?  Evolving?”

 

He continues, “Compared to his other releases, in Yeezus, Kanye takes a more lyrical approach. His flow is so natural that is almost sounds like his talking and melodizing which is something new. I enjoy the beats, which were very simple; however, still complex at the same time.  Any producer can see the talent it took this production to pinpoint the necessary instruments to contribute to the sound.”

 

In the end, there were still a few unenjoyable and distasteful aspects; Kanye’s vulgarity being one of them.  DJ Cruze says in support, “I see where he is coming from, but I still believe he had a way to go around what he was saying without being so ignorant about it.”  Maybe that’s what gave the album it’s edge, because DJ Cruze says “there was never a dull or boring point; it’s a good CD overall!”  It is quite evident; however, that Kim Kardashian is a common thread throughout the entire work.  DJ Cruze continues, “Thinking back to Van Gogh, I remember he had an infatuation so deep with a woman as to where he cut his own earlobe off and sent it to her in declaration of his love.  This CD almost makes me think, it is actually Kim Kardashian that is making Kanye feel like he’s GOD.”

 

On a scale of one-to-10, with 10 being the highest, DJ Cruze rates Yeezus an eight!

 

bORN sINNER ALBUM ARTWORK FROM AMAZON

BORN SINNER

 

It’s safe to say, J. Cole is still fairly new to the rap game; he’s an artist who is still developing and DJ Cruze gives him his props as he can hear his progression.  Born Sinner, to DJ Cruze, seems more of a versatile and even more enjoyable album than J. Cole’s last.  Unlike Kanye West, J. Cole is sticking to the simplicity of hip hop; even some of his instrumentals sound like Kanye West old productions.

 

 

DJ Cruze enjoys, “that he’s more liberal and you can hear he had fun doing this project.”  He adds, “Even though a lot of J. Cole’s songs are already getting radio play, he still has a lot of music which may not be as popular as the radio hits, and a great amount of that is on this CD.  For example, as a huge fan of Outkast, so when the two collaborated on “da art of Story Tellin Part 1,” the beat alone made me much more of a fan. You can hear that J. Cole is more lyrical, and took this project much more personal with what he had to say.  It just gives me an idea of how much his life changed now that he’s a big time artist.”

 

DJ Cruze did not enjoy, “the instrumentals.”  He says, “Most beats sound very similar to the previous ones. Even though you hear the difference in his flow, it’s not yet enough to deliver the “WOW Factor.”  It takes artists a few albums before they get into their comfort level and J Cole fits into this category.”  In addition, “the songs are way too long; since people have short attention spans, the same song on for four minutes is sure to bore the listener.”

 

Overall, DJ Cruze says, “the CD is A LOT better than Cole World.”  He explains, ” This album opens up a new perspective for J. Cole and shows he’s here to stay. I like the cameos he has and not one track sounded too out of his range. Even though there really aren’t any club bangers, there is a great deal of lounging music and it fits perfect for his style.”

 

DJ Cruze rates Born Sinner a seven-and-a-half out of 10, saying “J. Cole tried new things with this project, and has definitely proved himself to the general public.  I’m sure his fans are satisfied with his hard work! It’s Real, True Music.”

 

Mac Miller Albumwork

WMWTSO

 

Mac Miller’s “Watching Movies With The Sound Off” was also released today. Unfamiliar with his history, DJ Cruze had to do a fair amount of research on this artist.  Being his second album release, DJ Cruze feels that this release was “really good material,” compared to Mac Miller’s previous work.  DJ Cruze also stated that he’s surprised Miller has not received a bigger buzz!
DJ Cruze opened this project with an open mind and hoping not to feel disappointed after the listen.  After listening to the first few songs he was quite impressed.  DJ Cruze says, “this reminds me of the old Eminem… his flow, the subject matter and the ruthlessness of his words.”  He continues, “His music is much deeper than what we’re accustomed to but is good material. Later in the project, you can hear influences of Talib Kweli, and Common (in terms of beat selection).”

 

In this CD, Mac Miller collaborates with artists such Schoolboy and Jay Electronica, and it doesn’t end at those two.  However, although those collaborations are important for Miller, DJ Cruze says “those artists will not help to popularize him any more than his current state.”  Just as J. Cole above, Mac Miller also lacks the “WOW Factor” according to DJ Cruze.  He says, “Although I enjoy his flow and dynamic lyrics, his music is too slow for me to vibe with.  The beats are similar, the kicks and snare are tight, but it’s just not enough.”

 

DJ Cruze concludes, “I like this album; it’s a little too much on the underground side, but I see that’s his style.  This is a totally different type of hip hop from the two artists above, therefore I have to rate it on a totally different scale.  In terms of underground hip hop, this album would be just shy of a rating of seven out of 10.”  DJ Cruze feels that Mac Miller has much to prove in the music game, especially considering he’s going head-to-head [regarding release date] with two of the biggest artists in Hip Hop right now.  DJ Cruze ended, saying, “I would definitely keep a couple WMWTSO songs in my Ipod to hear from time to time.  Mac Miller is a threat; artists beware of what he has to bring on the table, he may hit the foreground faster than you think!”

 

DJ Cruze Review: “Better” by Chrisette Michele

Last Updated June 11th, 2013

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Available in stores worldwide today, Chrisette Michele releases her latest work, Better.

 

Chrisette Michele Better

 

For those whom may not be familiar with Chrisette Michele, she is what we may consider a “Hip-Hop, Soul Singer.”  She has collaborated with many big-time artists such as Jay Z, Nas and The Game and most known for her music award nomination, GRAMMY win in addition to several BET Award accolades.

As a DJ, It is my job to be knowledge of all acts across all genres.  I enjoy new and experimental sounds; especially those that are outside of the “norm.”  When I listen to Chrisette Michele, I expect “grown” and mature music.

This album is a bit a different from her older projects; “Better” really doesn’t stand out.  With no disrespect intended to her talent and her singing ability, I simply do not feel there is one song that catches a listener’s ear.  Usually there’s always that “one song” that makes people want to buy her CD just to hear what else she has to offer; unfortunately, this time, she fails to comply on delivering for her fans.

Even though she has a few collaborations on this project, I feel she used those collaborations to her advantage, to generate buzz and to convince people to listen to her.  The songs with Wale and 2 Chainz aren’t the highlights of this CD, as you would expect with featuring these two major and current artists on the project. But, maybe her intention this go round wasn’t to stimulate sales.  Yes, she has a beautiful voice; but I feel this CD is no where comparable to her other works released in the mid 2000s.  Artist’s of her caliber, or even that of Fantasia or Jennifer Hudson just don’t exist these days, and it seems that it’s hard for these artist to even top themselves!

 

Chrisette Michele courtesy of Amazon

 

We do; however, give Chrisette credit for sticking to what she knows and being good at it. I like the fact she stuck to percussion instruments and did not come across too futureristic. Many of the most recent releases from artists in the industry are sex related or about degrading men. I feel that with this project Chrisette intended to speak directly to her female audience.

Even though Chrisette stayed within her range and her the CD overall is a good compilation, it still isn’t provoking enough to convince the younger crowd to purchase this CD. I feel that many of her songs have an Estelle or Fantasia kind of feel or style. I’m not saying it’s a bad sound, it just doesn’t have that WOW factor that many critics listen for. Even though she has been in the music industry for over five years, I feel she still has room to improve and become an exceptional singer.

Listening to this CD is not a waste of time, you just have to be a real fan of music and the artist to support it.  This CD doesn’t not appeal to the younger crowd, and I personally would only recommend it to the rhythm-and-blues audience.

Considering this project, in my opinion, was dull and mediocre; I would actually keep a couple of the songs in my iPod. Chrisette is still roughly new to the industry and has a great deal of room and time to improve, especially given the fact that this is only her fourth album.  Signing to Motown Records was a good decision and I guarantee the company will help her progress and showcase her true talent.

DJ Cruze Diary: The Come UP Prince, Part Two

Last Updated June 10th, 2013

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The second behind-the-scenes with DJ Cruze is here. Take a step into his Life as a DJ and tell us what you think. Is it as easy as you may have imagined?

 

Diary of DJ Cruze “The Come UP Prince” Part Two releases tomorrow!

Last Updated June 9th, 2013

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If you enjoyed our Snippet or part one of The DJ Cruze Diary “The Come UP Prince,” parts two and three are underway.

DJ Cruze The Come UP Prince, part two

On the eve of its release, part two will debut tomorrow at noon EST.  It will continue to highlight the every day life of DJ Cruze, behind-the-scenes.  In Part two, watch DJ Cruze as he attends an open call for a nightclub, creating a mix live to even getting his car towed in New York City.  No one ever said the life of a DJ was easy; DJ Cruze shows how his love for the trade conquers all.

 

Stay Tuned for the release of Part Three on June 24th!

DJ Cruze Kanye West Birthday Mix

Last Updated June 5th, 2013

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Kanye West

With only three days remaining until his 36th Birthday, it’s safe to say that The World’s Most Controversial Artist is most likely counting the blessings of his very existence at this moment… Happy Birthday Yeezy!
Who would ever have known that on June 8, 1977 one of the Greatest Musical Artists of all time would be born in the Chi. As we wait on the edge of our seats for the Yeezus Album to debut this July, today we celebrate the lyrical genius that is Kanye West.

DJ Cruze says, “This mix includes the beginning works of Kanye West to the very most recent of his songs. Note that I’ve included past production for several artists such as Cam’ron Giles, The Game, and many more.

 

Listen to DJ Cruze’s Kanye Birthday Mix and tell us what you think!

 


Kanye West

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: