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It's been a while since we've done any sort of music review around here, and it's mostly because I can't remember what I've already reviewed, and it's also because there is nothing special about my opinions of music. I have--at best--okay taste in tunes. I'm not a music snob at all, although I will kick you in the balls if you try to play Britney Spears or that Cyrus girl crap in the vicinity. There's a huge difference in liking mediocre music and straight-up spreading ear poison.

My point is, I'm nothing special when it comes to music, so it's not like I know what I'm talking about. These are just some songs that I like and figured you might like them, too.

I'm gonna start with "New Low" by Middle Class Rut, mostly because nobody I know has heard of it. It gets a little air play on the alternative station here in Austin, but I really don't get to hear it much.

I dig the heavy drum throughout, as well as the swipe transition kind of noise right after the hook. It's got a gritty sound to me, which I'm a fan of. Even before I watched the video, I pictured a lot of grime when I heard this song. Something about it feels dirty to me.

The next one is almost the exact opposite of dirty. "Kush" by Dr. Dre, featuring Snoop and Akon. This song rolls, and I dare you not to bob your head just a little while you listen to it.

I was amazed to find that Dre himself hadn't really put it together, because it sounds like his stuff, if you're into paying attention to that kind of thing. The producer credit goes to DJ Khalil, but I'll eat my backwards hat if Dre didn't have some influence on laying it down.

I could listen to this song all day, literally (I have), and I could probably grind to it all night, if I had a willing participant. It's one of those rare songs that hasn't gotten old to me, no matter how much I listen to it. I'm not saying it'll be the same for you, but if you appreciate a fine beat, you should check it out. You also got Snoop Dogg, who--love him or hate him--has some pretty serious talent, and a smooth pimp voice.

I'll be honest: I don't know if it's nostalgia or legit awesomeness, but I love the reuniting of Snoop and Dre. I remember listening to both The Chronic and Doggystyle, and being blown away by the amount of serious talent. I get that same kind of rush with "Kush."

Speaking of Snoop, here's his song, "Wet."

It's not quite as smooth as "Kush," but I still dig the hell out of this song. I like it more now that I found out that Snoop wrote it specifically for the wedding of Prince William. The censored version of the song is called "Sweat," by the way.

Next up is "Sail," by AWOLNATION. Yes, in all caps. This one gets a lot more airplay, so you might have heard it and gotten sick of it. Or maybe you won't even like it, I don't know.

Again, you've got the heavy beats coming into play, but there's also a lot of lightweight piano going on, which I dig. I could see how people might not like this one, though, since the majority is some guy yelling "sail" at you.

Apparently I'm into that?

I'm trying not to make this whole thing about rap, but I feel it needs to be represented, especially considering how much is going on out there. And considering that I like it way more than most of the whiny shit I hear, most days.

So here's Six Foot, Seven Foot by Lil Wayne, featuring Cory Gunz. There's all kinds of way I could screw up punctuation with this one, so I'm not even gonna use it.

He's not as smooth as Dre or Snoop, but I like this guy. I didn't at first--found his voice a little annoying--but I've warmed up to him, and I really like the way his beats work. I think I reviewed one of his other songs at one point called "A Milli," which was produced by the same guy who did this one. I don't know who this Cory Gunz cat is, honestly, but I like his part, too.

So there you have it. Useful? Probably not, especially considering that the radio stations play some of these songs about a hundred times a day. But I think we all know that the music reviews I do are just so I can have a bunch of videos that I like all on one page.

Entered By Trey From Cowtown
2011-03-09 05:19:01

Big thumbs up for Kush. "Sail" is alright, but that video is all sorts of awful. I'm liking Lil Wayne, but Kush still takes the prize. Snoop and that boring white band in the first video both suck harder than a Dyson Animal.

Entered By Ray From Austin
2011-03-09 05:59:45

You need to watch out what you say about Snoop. How you gonna talk shit about a dude who wears a bedspread as a jacket?

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