For our American readers, no, that's not a typo. 'The Nixtape' is a regular feature on BBC Radio 1's popular 'Breakfast Show'; a weekly segment every Friday morning where an hour of music, usually consisting of classics and barely-dated hits from the 90s and earlier 00s, are played. 'BBC Radio 1's the Nixtape' is split into two discs, each with a different style. The first is a rap/hip-hop compilation, with the second being more of a club/techno/house mix. While it's all the same 'Nixtape', the styles are divergent enough to demand a separate look at each.
The first half of the 'Nixtape' kicks off with some vintage swag in TLC's 'Creep' and Ashanti's 'Only U', starting the first CD squarely into classic 90s hip hop, before quickly launching into more conventional rap beats like A$AP Mob's 'Trillmatic' and the enjoyably hilarious 'Shake Ya Ass' by Mystikal, all of which ooze with vintage. The second portion of the album lands the big hits of the last two decades, featuring Sean Paul's 'Get Busy', Snoop Dogg's 'Beautiful', Busta Rhymes' 'Thank You' and Notorious B.I.G's 'Mo' Money, Mo' Problems', encompassing some of the most profound hip-hop in music history. It wouldn't have been a hip-hop album without Nelly's 'Hot in Here' or 'The Way You Move' by Outkast, but the latter half of the album had fewer memorable beats. 'Welcome to Jamrock' by Damian Marley and 'Nobody to Love' by Sigma stand out amidst a number of old school rap tracks, but few of the rest stood out as being particularly memorable after the repeated punches of the big hitters made their way.
The 'Nixtape''s electronic second half isn't bad, though it's something that's going to appeal more to die-hard fans than casual listeners. There aren't quite the same identifiable groups of music within disc 2, though there are equally a few stand-out acts scattered throughout. The soothing 'Rather Be' by Clean Bandit, the ivory-tingling 'I Wanna Feel' by second SecondCity, and an infusion of pop in 'Take Care' by Rihanna and Drake prompt all but the most lethargic listener to get on their feet and move. Where the first half of the 'Nixtape' had variety, the second half runs together completely. Perhaps this is an appealing factor for fans of club music, and maybe this would make the second half of the 'Nixtape' perfect for your next dance party, but it can be difficult to stay interested in an album when the songs begin to run together so cleanly.
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Wisin of Wisin & Yandel is out with 'Baby Danger', ahead of the release of his new solo album 'El Sobreviviente 2'.
Music fans have named Ozzy Osbourne the hardest artist to understand, a poll reveals.
Music fans have named Lady GaGa, Miley Cyrus and Rihanna in their top ten hardest artists to understand lyrically. 2000 people took part in the poll, which was created by Blinkbox music, a music streaming service. The poll aimed to find out which artist's lyrics fans find the hardest to decipher.
Music fans have named Ozzy Osbourne the hardest artist to understand
Ozzy Osbourne bagged first place as the artist whose music is hardest to make out. Fans are often left confused about what the Black Sabbath frontman is saying in his songs. It’s unclear whether they are able to understand him when he isn’t singing, as demonstrated by his bizarre Grammys intro speech.
"Ever Blazin" 28th November release date for new single from multi platinum selling Jamaican dancehall star
Sean Paul releases 'Ever Blazin', his utterly infectious second single on November 28th through Atlantic/VP Recordings. It follows the blaze lit by smash hit single 'We Be Burnin', which zoomed straight into the Top 10 landing at number 2 when it was released in September. The single has since sold more than 100, 000 copies and has certified Gold. Both tracks feature on THE TRINITY, Sean Paul's amazing third album. "As the world turns and time burns, girl you know I'm gonna be there" Sean pledges over the track which re-unites him with Steven 'Lenky' Marsden, producer of his 2002 smash hit/dancehall anthem 'Gimme The Light'. Lenky's dreamy 'Masterpiece' riddim provides the backdrop as Sean testifies about a "love that's never ending". The track is already on the A-list at Choice FM and 1Xtra, B-listed at Kiss FM and C-listed at Radio 1 and Capital Radio.
The Trinity â Vp / Atlantic
Sean Paul can only be described as pure genius, the man that took full on raga to the masses and he has delivered another album that will no doubt deliver another roster of hits. Opening with the jump up, "Head In The Zone" a future monster single. Next outta the speakers roll's "We Be Burnin'", again shows his contempt for the norm in world-wide pop charts by chatting about smoking canibus and producing another huge hit. "Give It Up To Me" is sexual raga that Mr Paul has a certain knack for. "Yardie Bone" features the UK's Wayne Marshall. "Never Gonna Be" flips the script with more of a traditional reggae feel. "Connection' feature Nina Sky and looks like a sure fire future single, as does the strong "All On Me" featuring Tami Chynn on vocals. "Change The Game" will more than keep the raga faithful happy. Another strong set if ragga is your bag.
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