Travis Barker & The Cool Kids: Jump Down

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“Jump Down” is the first single off of Travis Barker’s upcoming album, Give The Drummer Some, which is set for an October release on Interscope. The album will feature production from DJ Khalil, The Neptunes, Swizz Beatz, RZADJ Premier, and Pete Rock, with verses from hip hop heavyweights such as Weezy, Eminem, Pharrell, RZA, Lupe Fiasco, Rick Ross, The Clipse, Ghostface, among other big names. Barker, who is known for his hard, punchy hip hop remixes, played drums on all the tracks and served as the executive producer of the album. The track was produced by Barker and Chuck Inglish, and has a simplistically fresh synthy breakbeat under some gritty rhymes from Mikey Rocks and Chuck Inglish of The Cool Kids.

MP3: Travis Barker: Jump Down (feat. The Cool Kids)

Hit the jump for a video of Barker remixing Slaughterhouse’sThe One

Big Sean: Finally Famous Vol. 3 (mixtape)

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G.O.O.D. Music artist Big Sean releases his third mixtape, Finally Famous Vol. 3, hosted by Don Cannon, the prelude to his long awaited debut album, Finally Famous, on G.O.O.D Music / Island Def Jam, dropping on September 14th. Big Sean’s major label debut is set to feature production from The Olympicks, Kanye West, and The Neptunes, and features Wale, Eminem, Kid Cudi, and Rick Ross among others. The Detroit rapper has showed restraint, releasing just three mixtapes over the course of the last three years, but nonetheless has crafted his image as an integral part of the G.O.O.D. music roster.  Big Sean belongs to this new class of hip hop that doesn’t feel the overwhelming compulsion to project the gangster rap image, and is willing to push the sonic boundaries of hip hop, a product of the same sort of musical thinking of label mates Kid Cudi and Kanye West.  Sean’s strength lies in his ability to blend a bouncy flow of witty punch lines in his melodic verses, making his skills as an MC immediately recognizable for hip hop heads, but allowing him greater potential for a broader audience. It’ll be interesting to see how his album does in a couple weeks, but in the mean time check out the mixtape and this track, which samples the Luniz classic, I Got Five On It, featuring personal favorites, Chuck Inglish of The Cool Kids and Curren$y.

MP3: Big Sean: Five Bucks (5 On It) (feat. Chip tha Ripper & Curren$y)

Mixtape download after the jump.

Wale: More About Nothing (mixtape)

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Mr. Folarin recently released his follow up to Mixtape About Nothing, the 2008 mixtape inspired by Wale’s love of Seinfeld.  More about Nothing has a personal, controlled rawness to it that just keeps you wanting more of Wale’s obscure sports references, hysterical Seinfeld samples, his repping the DMV (DC, Maryland, Virginia for all you herbs), and illustrates why he is one of the best new artists in hip hop.  This mixtape is what Wale-fans have been waiting for, a long-coming release that sheds his major-label debut’s guest appearances and big name production, and strips Wale down as an artist, a conscious and intelligent rapper, with ridiculous flow and rhymes.  The production was handled largely by duo DJ Omega and Kosmik, who use soulful samples and track after track of that tight and focused Go-Go sound that Wale is so fond of, and admittedly, we’ve grown to love.

Despite memorable guest verses from Wiz Khalifa, Fat Trel, and Roscoe Dash, More About Nothing is largely a solo effort with low budget production, in true mixtape fashion.  This is a stark contrast from Wale’s 2009 major-label debut Attention Deficit (Allido/Interscope), which featured major production from of Cool & Dre, The Neptunes, Mark Ronson, and Dave Sitek, with guest appearances from K’naan, J. Cole, Bun B, and Gucci Mane among other big names.  More About Nothing is the release that I think a lot of his fans have been waiting for, as it shows a more raw and personal side of Wale.  It’s nice to see that while Wale has certainly progressed musically and commercially as an artist, thankfully he was the Interscope rapper that avoided the Charles Hamilton path and hasn’t forget his underground roots.  On “The Soup “ Wale displays his vigorously dynamic flow:

I got no time to be a hater / Just trying to be your favorite / They trying to be the greatest / Their whole signing was a favor /It’s not about the paper / It’s not about the fame / And I don’t know no Triple H / But this is all about the game / The competition I ain’t winning / But admit it, I’m still in it though / Should of been an All Star / I’m Crawford for Interscope

With this rap shit you know I do the fucking most / I’m all over the beat like a motherfucking stethoscope

Check out these two tracks from More About Nothing.

MP3: Wale: The MC

MP3: Wale: The Posse Cut (Who Don’t) feat. Fat Trel and Black Cobain

(Mixtape Download and track list after the jump)