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WEEKENDS ARE FOR SINGLES! (A Biggie Small cover, Paul Simon cover, and more!)

The first in what I hope to make a regular feature: Single songs and covers I’ve heard lately, usually submitted to me, that you need to get your ears on.  Pronto!

First, a simple, sweet cover of a classic Paul Simon song….

Next, one of the best pop songs of 2015 so far. I can’t wait to hear the whole album!

And this isn’t a cover, really, so much as biting off an idea Biggie had.

For a true cover of the Notorious B.I.G. cover, go no further than to Joseph Arthur…
The 10 Crack Commandments-Joseph Arthur (direct link to mp3)
And, finally, here’s Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires doing an extraordinary cover of Warren Zevon’s Mutineer. Rest In Peace, Warren. You’ll always be in my top 10.

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SHY GIRLS-4WZ Mixtape

Let’s get one thing straight from the start: I don’t really like faux-soul hipsway hop. It’s a genre I made up, but it fits with the general sound you’d find this mixtape by Shy Girls in.

Only this is good.

Damn good.

Shy Girls is really just a dude from Portland, who is joined on this mix of R&B beats-and-vocals by the likes of Rome Fortune and someone named Junglepussy, among others.

Stream it below.

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MC EIHT & BRENK SINATRA-Compton 2 Vienna

Are you nostalgic for 1990s West Coast gangsta rap? You know, songs that shout out OE 800, Compton and Crips (and Bloods—no hate), and artists like MC Ren and The DOC? If so, this new mixtape by MC Eiht is for you. Don’t know who he is? Well, you might recognize him from his role in the second-best hood film of all time, Menace II Society (Boyz N Tha Hood was better), or as the main guy behind the rap group Compton’s Most Wanted. Still don’t know him? Well, you’re forgiven—his style dos feel a little dated. But for old fucks like myself, it’s a great blast from the past.

Check it out for free via Audiomac.

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T-MAX-Live Wire EP

A 2014 hip hop release that I somehow missed when it came out. It’s very good–y’all should check it out.

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