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

Last Updated May 10th, 2013

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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.



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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 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!

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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.


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

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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.



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!

DJ Cruze Mashup: Rihanna “Stay”

Last Updated April 29th, 2013

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This week, DJ Cruze lended a previously mixed mashup from his DJ Archives to Rihanna’s “Stay,” featuring Mykki Ekko.


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DJ Cruze Critiques WorldstarHipHop’s Worst DJ Ever

Last Updated April 28th, 2013

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WorldstarHipHop Recently Posted a User-Submitted Video “Worst DJ Ever!? How Not to DJ.”  Not only does this title fit the video perfectly, our own DJ Cruze would like to let you know exactly why.



Other than this video being thoroughly entertaining to watch, especially for those who take Music Entertainment seriously, our own DJ Cruze has several personal pet peeves to share.

“The first thing I noticed was that he didn’t use any headphones.  The second, that he used a Numark S7 midi controller!”

At first, DJ Cruze joked about how amateur the DJ seen in the video appears, saying, “His mixing really sucks!”  However, DJ Cruze could lend some positive criticism to the video.  He says, ” I know  he’s making an ass out of himself, but he knows what hes doing!”

When DJ Cruze said this, he means in terms of the crowd connection.  He states that the video, overall is entertaining, but he cannot help but to give the video DJ “props” for not being shy.  As a Nightlife Entertainer, DJ Cruze takes pride in his relationship with the crowd; not only to hype them up, but to show that he’s having a great time as well.  DJ Cruze lends his support to this amateur video DJ simply because he is exhibiting a skill that most DJ’s do not utilize; saying, “many of the DJ’s I’ve come across are scared of even touching the microphone!”

To learn a few DJ skills from the Mix Master himself, Watch DJ Cruze – Live Mashup Video.

Dj Cruze – Live Mashup Video

Last Updated April 26th, 2013

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Watch DJ Cruze’s new video on Youtube, as he mixes it up with multiple beats. Using the “In the Club” Acapella by 50 Cent; for example, you’ll notice his music talent and diversity. DJ Cruze says, “Mixing two different songs is the easy part; making a new production on the fly, is the hard part.”

DJ Cruze is no stranger to the music industry. Check out the video and tell DJ Cruze what you think!

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Enter the Smoker’s Room: DJ Cruze 420 Mix

Last Updated April 19th, 2013

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420 is the Code for What?

Bad Girl Ri

This week, DJ Cruze releases a Special Mix, highlighting industry potheads and known weed smokers.

Remember, “I Got Five On It?” or “Because I Got High?”

DJ Cruze has put together some of the greatest hits, some subliminal and some direct blunt blowing in your face!  You decide, can DJ Cruze get you Faded?

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New Music Review: Lore’l – Billboard Bytch

Last Updated April 18th, 2013

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Many of you may know Lore’l from her recent appearance and cast as member of VH1’s Love & Hip Hop’s Season 3; however, record shows as well as she claims, she’s been in the Rap Game for quite a while now. Given all the hype Lore’l’s career received both throughout the season and especially during the Season 3 Reunion Episodes, many music lovers anticipated the release of her upcoming project given that she teamed up with Yandy Smith, who has managed acts from Cam’Ron and Jim Jones to Missy Elliott and 50 Cent.  Lore’l stunned the audience by highlighting not only a mixtape release, but also a bigger venture – opening her own record label.




Courtesy of, Listen to “Billboard Bytch” in its entirety here:

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However, in DJ Cruze’s opinion, the work comes off being very amateur and didn’t delivery as expected.  Although Billboard Bytch is the “follow up piece” to Lore’l’s last project “Leading Lady,” this new mixtape did little to advance her as an artist.  In the words of DJ Cruze, “I don’t see any growth from the last mixtape.  It’s not any better.”  Prior to listening to the mixtape, DJ Cruze read the mixed reviews amongst the Hip-Hop blogs; for the most part, they comments were fairly positive, so DJ Cruze went into this project with an open mind.


Here’s his in-depth critique:


On her Flow…

DJ Cruze says, “she reminds me of a combination of Remy Martin and Foxy Brown.”  He continues, “Yes, these women were a major influence on the Hip-Hop Culture, but like the both of them, Lore’l brings a “ganster” style to her flow…that was relevant back in the early 2000s.  In my opinion, the music she produced on this release is not sellable to a large market.”

On her Beat Selection…

DJ Cruze says, “it’s very uptempo and street tough, but the release lacks  radio-friendly records and what we like to call ‘club bangers.’  What stood out, instead, was her foul language (cursing), but also various styles of rapping.”

DJ Cruze recommends that listeners “play this demo in their Beats by Dre headphones, and not in a home theater.


Like vs Dislike

I immediately enjoyed the beats…you can see that she had a lot of fun doing this mixtape.  I also like the fact that she spoke very freely about how she felt about certain things and didn’t sugar coat her lyrics. Many of her choruses were very catchy and it’s evident that she wrote all of the music herself.  I can respect a creative artist, simply since many musicians lack an overall imagination these days.”  He continues, “my favorite song is “‘Tear the Club Up” and I would qualify this mixtape as a “cruzing cd”.  With the volume on high, you’re sure to get an adrenaline rush.”

On the flipside, DJ Cruze didn’t like “the poor song structure.”  Saying, “the mixtape had no sense of relevancy to the title of “Billboard Bytch,” that should have been reconsidered.”  In addition, he adds, based on the songs in the mixtape, it seems as though she was heavily influenced by Lil’ Kim as many of the lyrics either sounded like Lil’ Kim or similar to the lyrics she would use.”


The Critique

“As a music critic and having a production background, I did not see the symmetry between the artist and the project.  Every song on the mixtape wasn’t necessarily for her/didn’t match her flow, and most importantly, her voice was not up to key to many instrumentals she rapped on.  She failed to tell her specific story and relationship with Rap, but instead, highlighted “Niggas, Bottle Popping, and Money Blowing.  She delighted in telling a story of guys fiending over her crotch and blowing weed.  Comparing her to other Hip-Hop artists I’ve studied, Lore’l failed to show her true artistic side.”

Although the mixtape featured artist cameos, DJ Cruze was disappointed yet again, saying “it just contains up-and-coming rappers.”  Rather than working with Local Artists or some in which she’s been known to be associated with, she opted for a different route; however, manymusic heads anticipated an appearance by Fabolous or even Red Cafe.  “Overall,” he continues, “This mixtape; unfortunately, is one of those CD’s that are only good for one song, and then you throw it away.”


On a scale of One-to-10, with 10 being the highest, DJ Cruze rates “Billboard Bytch” at a six!

He says, “Many aspects of the mixtape kept it from receiving a 9.5 or even a 10;  starting with the song structure, CD graphic design, and creativity on songs.

Ironically enough, he concludes, “I look forward for future productions from her.”




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A Special Friday Mix will be released by DJ Cruze on Friday, April 19th and available for download.  Check back at Noon, EST.