Friday, February 17, 2006

Straight from the Ghetto - News on HipHop, pt. 10

March 31st sees the release of the new Pussycat Dolls' 12" named "Beep" on AM Records. While the LP Version is a proper Pop meets R'n'B-track which will be airplayed by commercial radio stations for sure all jocks should check the instrumental featured on the flipside as the beats are quite fast and the string breaks are top notch. Will move dancefloors for sure.

Busta Rhymes is about to be back with a remix-12" of his massive tune "Touch It" to be released on Interscope soon. Three new versions to be found here with the likes of Mary J. Blige, Rah Diggah & Missy Elliott flexing on the first cut, Lloyd Bank & Tapoose on the second while DMX rocks the mic solo on version number three. All of them spitting on the same riddim used on the first 12" which seems to be disappointing for some at first, but as Swizz Beats delivered a next level piece of beat-art here it's ok not to change them. Check this one.

"Babygirl" is the first single taken from Raggabund's album "Erste Welt" on Artist First. Apart from Radio Edit and Instrumental there's three other remixes featured here, one of them provided by Hamburg's infamous Silly Walks Soundsystem.

LL Cool J teams up with Jennifer "Jenny From The Block" Lopez for his new single on DefJam named "Control Myself". Imitating the Rap flow of the classic "Funky Cold Medina" over a booming 808-driven beat which features some quite familiar filtered Electro-/Breakdance-hook samplewise this will be appreciated by many, but the real b-boys will prefer the instrumental on the flip for sure as this is the one to pop your body or do the robot to. Oldskool flava!

Another great 12" on DefJam Recordings is Rihanna 's upcoming "S.O.S" which is to be released on March 24th but put on promo circuit this week. DigiSoul-influences meet pumping 4/4-flavored beats meet bassline & hookline of Soft Cell's uber-hit "Tainted Love". Love it or leave it, but this is to be a sureshot and no-one is to doubt that.


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