SOME STUFFS: Jay Z starts in new short film by Just Blaze & Baauer

Just Blaze and DJ Baauer have a new track called “Higher”, and it features none other than Jay-Z. Directed by Nabil, it is being promoted as a short film but in truth is a music video shot in the Kerala region of India. This is how the press release reads, this is how they want me to promote it, and thus you want to see the madness, because Jay Z is in it, right? RIGHT?!?

“Higher” has its own website, you may now go to for more fun with the song.

SOME STUFFS: A-Trak heads on a spring tour, offers some “Short Cuts”

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Let’s just cut to the chase, shall we? A-Trak, you know him, maybe love him, a select few lust for him. He will be going on tour, or more specifically, two different tours: one here in North America, and one across the pond. Dates? Yes, I have them. First set are club dates for the April Fools tour, because it takes place in a few days:

April 2… Los Angeles, CA (Echoplex) *
April 3… Vancouver, BC (Celebrities) *
April 4… San Diego, CA (Voyeur) *
April 5… Los Angeles, CA (Red Bull Thre3Style)
April 13… Indio, CA (Coachella Party) TBA
April 17… Boston, MA (Prime)
April 18… Toronto, ON (Hoxton)
April 19… Providence, RI (Brown University)
April 20… New York, NY (Webster Hall) ^

* with GTA
^ with Oliver

Second tour will be “A-Trak vs. The World”, as he heads overseas:

April 24… Munich, DE (8 Seasons) (vs. Jackmaster)
April 26… Poznan, PL (Electronic Beats Festival) (Solo)
April 27… Bourges, FR (Printemps de Bourges) (Solo)
April 30… Paris, FR (34 Marbeuf) (vs. Mark Ronson)
May 2… Amsterdam, NL (Paradiso) (vs. Mark Ronson)
May 3… London, UK (FabricLive) (vs. Just Blaze)
May 4… Zurich, CH (Kaufleuten) (vs. Tiga)
May 5… Belfast, UK (The Limelight) (vs. Tiga)

The A-Trak vs. The World is called as such because as you can see, he will be teamed up with some well known DJ’s along the way. What will he be doing? He may be doing a bit of what he presents in the below video, a new installment of his Short Cuts YouTube video series.

REVIEW: Skyzoo’s “The Salvation”

Image and video hosting by TinyPic There has been an incredible buzz for this MC known as Skyzoo and if you are a hip-hop head, then you’ll know the use of the term “MC” isn’t something I throw out like free bus passes. This means that his new album, The Salvation (Jamla/Duck Down) is an album that is performed by a gifted individual who knows how to turn his wicked flows into masterpieces to be.

Upon hearing tracks like “Popularity”, “The Necessary Evils”, and “Dear Whoever”, you’ll know why Duck Down decided to sign this. The voice, flow, swagger, the attitide, and just the essence of what is within these songs: this is someone of quality and substance, someone who understands what rap music actually is. It’s nice to hear someone who can present himself as an MC, go out on stage and deliver decent hip-hop, and better. He’d probably be welcome on a Dilated Peoples or Blue Scholars track. With productions from Just Blaze, Black Milk, Illmind, Nottz, Needlz, and 9th Wonder among others, Skyzoo has put faith in these guys to enhance his already powerful style, and they succeed. This represents Brooklyn to the fullest, and it sounds like home.