Articles Tagged: new music

#NewMusic Frank Ocean “Memrise”

November 29th, 2014 | By

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Frank Ocean released new music this Thanksgiving; check out “Memrise” via soundcloud:

M.I.A. Remixes “Flawless,” without Beyonce!

May 14th, 2014 | By

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M.I.A. announced via Twitter that after several failed attempts to collaborate on a "Flawless" remix with Beyonce, she's simply uploaded it to Soundcloud for us all to enjoy!



Take a listen to "Baddygirl 2" and tweet @DJ_Cruze your thoughts!


DJ Cruze Reviews Iggy Azalea’s The New Classic

April 22nd, 2014 | By

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iggy Azalea The New Classic Album Cover

Released April 14th, Iggy Azalea tops record charts from the States to the United Kingdom.  With trending news in both the music and fashion industry; we’d say this has been a great week for Iggy Azalea.  DJ Cruze highlights a few stand out points regarding her latest album release.  
Do you agree?

He says,
Iggy Azalea is similar to Shawnna; from her rapping style to her swag
Iggy Azalea can rap better than some rappers in the industry currently
“The New Classic” is pretty much a Dope Ass Party
You’ll hear a little Dubstep, Rock & Roll and Hip Hop on this Album
Iggy Azalea can sing, rap and look good
The industry needed a release like this
Iggy Azalea is a Triple Threat that many record labels can’t fulfill
Iggy Azalea is the new Nicki Minaj; the new female Eminem
Iggy Azalea didn’t need the features that she has on “The New Classic”
T.I. signing Iggy Azalea makes us wonder what else is to come

Not only does DJ Cruze love the project, he loves the way Iggy Azalea carries herself.  As a new artist in the industry, she is surely gaining respect in a positive light and producing banging hits that DJ Cruze plan to spin in the clubs.  Cop That!

Listen to Track #1, Walk the Line below:

DJ Cruze Reviews: Mobb Deep “The Infamous Mobb Deep”

April 9th, 2014 | By

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The INfamous Mobb Deep

One week after it’s release, Mobb Deep’s eighth studio album “The Infamous Mobb Deep” only received a little over 7,000 units sold and a ton of criticism.  Said to be “just business; no fun and games here,” by HipHopDX, the first thing DJ Cruze noticed is that the album was quite lengthy.  DJ Cruze investigates whether Mobb Deep got right to the point with their latest releases or simply produced a ton of fluff in their eight-year hiatus.

First and foremost, granted it’s been almost 20 years since their last album release, DJ Cruze suggests this is the album to cop, especially if you’re big on New York Hip Hop!  Given Prodigy’s arrest may have led to the stall in music production, Mobb Deep seems to have certainly returned with a vengeance.  DJ Cruze says, “Mobb Deep is giving their fans ‘The Best of Mobb Deep’ on this album.  The 46 tracks feature collaborations with legendary industry artists such as Snoop Lion, Bun B and Juicy J.

What DJ Cruze enjoyed:

“These guys still have it,” says DJ Cruze!  From their rhymes, to their beats, to their story telling, DJ Cruze believes this album is “on point.”  He continues, “listening to The Infamous Mobb Deep makes me feel as if Mobb Deep never left the music scene.  Prodigy and Havoc rap as if they are young artists in the game; obviously being older now with more experience, they simply give us a fresh perspective towards their artistry.”  Their maturity and perfected style blends with the modern beats to give a current feel to the seasoned artist’s.

What DJ Cruze didn’t enjoy:

Not only are there a ton of tracks on this release, many are songs that you may have already heard.  To DJ Cruze, some of these tracks didn’t belong on the album and some simply sounded similar to earlier recordings.  “We see why some of the tracks were unreleased prior,” says DJ Cruze after learning some of the songs on the new album were developed years before.  This begs us to question why Mobb Deep decided to release the tracks as of late rather than in their earlier years… were they not good enough to make the cut or were they just plain old horrible representations of the artist’s range.


DJ Cruze believes that this was a great opportunity for Mobb Deep to take a step back into the music industry and remind us all of the lyricists they once were and still continue to be.  Perhaps, there is another project looming and this release was to fund it.

Cop it because the album is going to give you a mix of “everything;” from new songs with current artists to classic songs that we all enjoy (Shook Ones, Part 2).

Gear up for the tour; Mobb Deep began performing these songs across the U.S. back in January, and will continue through May 2014.  Prepare yourself for an overtake; this rap duo is on the course to remain relevant and competing with older, notorious groups releasing new material such as The Wu Tang Clan; however, the difference is (according to DJ Cruze) as a small group, Mobb Deep will experience less politics surrounding this album compared to Wu Tang.  Mobb Deep will, guaranteed, get radio play, and although this CD isn’t the best, DJ Cruze says “it does have a few tunes that will stay around for a while.”

Check out this past week’s interviews with the artists:

Source: HipHopDX


Source:  COMPLEX Music

20 Years Later – #IllmaticXX

March 25th, 2014 | By

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It’s been twenty years since the release of Rapper Nas’ debut album Illmatic and in commemoration of his contributions to the industry and affect of Illmatic on his lengthy career, Nas is set to release Illmatic XX on April 15.

Nas Illmatic XX cover - itunes

Although, the original Illmatic was birthed on April 19th, this release hits the shelves just days before Nas’ anniversary and official introduction to the music scene.  Planning to expand on this triumph, Nas has announced that he will also release a full-length documentary to accompany the album, titled “Time is Illmatic.”

On April 15th, we’ll have the full review by DJ Cruze, but until then enjoy “I’m a Villian,” released by Nas this morning from the upcoming Illmatic XX.

The two-disk release will feature remastered projects from Illmatic in addition to Demos, remixes, freestyles and more from the artist.

Preorders of Illmatic XX are now live on iTunes!

Tweet @dj_cruze on tell him what you think of Nas’ return!

DJ Cruze Reviews Rick Ross’ “Nobody”

February 20th, 2014 | By

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Special release from Interscope Records A&R, DJ Cruze received the first peek at the remake from Rozay, featuring Diddy and French Montana.  Featured on Ross’ upcoming album “Mastermind,” “Nobody” is said to be a remake of the late Notorious B.I.G.’s “You’re Nobody (Til Somebody Kills You).”

If you thought “No Game,” featuring Future was a beast track, you’ll think it as just “okay” after hearing Ross’ latest.

As a genuine hip-hop enthusiast, DJ Cruze noticed the New York flavor with the beat selection.  Diddy is pretty much known for remaking beats from other artists and rapping over them; however, DJ Cruze was surprised how Ross took Biggie’s concept (one conceived nearly 15 years ago) and made it his own.

Cruze comments, “Not only does Ross use the same instruments and chorus from the classic, you also hear the same rhythm, but with a modern twist. I got a feel like Biggie was rapping.”   DJ Cruze suggests it may have been Diddy or Rick Ross’ intention, but none-the-less, listeners are going to be wowed.  He continues, “His flow pattern…his story telling was almost similar to Biggie.”

DJ Cruze says he’s “definitely interested in ‘Mastermind’ coming out this March.”  Cop that!

DJ Cruze Newest Bootlegs!!

October 11th, 2013 | By

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Here’s the newest the bootlegs from yours truly!! Britney Spears – Work Bitch and Redfoo- Let’s Get Ridicolous!! Fans and DJ Fellows make sure to add this to your playlist when you work out or when you ready to “Turn Up” in the club. And as always free download!

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

April 29th, 2013 | By

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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.



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!

Classic Party Starter + Sick House Drop = I’m the Ish!

April 17th, 2013 | By

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This week’s Weekly Wednesday Mix is a Bootleg by DJ Cruze. DJ Cruze takes DJ Class featuring Kanye West’s “I’m the Ish” and fuses with a new House Drop. This is the perfect way to transform your “classic party starter” into an up-to-date club banger. All DJ’s are advised: This is one to add to your Serato! Listen here:

Meanwhile… stay connected with DJ Cruze on Social Media and follow on Twitter @DJ_Cruze & Instagram @DJCRUZE! We’re concocting a 4/20 Mix that’ll give you wings; check us out Friday for your Free Download for the weekend!