NEW OBSESSION: “Look At Me Now (Cover)” – Karmin
April 17, 2011, 3:42 pm
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Look At Me Now (Chris Brown ft. Lil Wayne, Busta Rhymes Cover)” (Right click + “Save link as” to DL)

Oh MY God. This is…. no words. My friends and I are literally obsessed with this girl and her amazing covers (especially this one!!) She’s gorgeous, unique and the talent is indescribable. We definitely have a major girl crush on her. She is so cool and this is maybe one of my favorite covers I’ve ever heard. She raps as fast as Busta Rhymes, and she’s this skinny little hipster white girl…her voice, style, humor, everything… absolutely epic. Obsessed with this.

Also, check out her “Price Tag” (B.o.B & Jessie J) cover. It uses trombone! She’s so creative and talented it’s unbearable.


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Concert Review: B.o.B
April 11, 2011, 8:48 am
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“Voltage” – (Right click + “Save link as” to DL)

Awesome. Concert. Although I was mildly (greatly) distracted by taking pictures the whole time so I could make cool media for you, I got to enjoy SOME of the show, and I have to say it was really good. Sometimes rap concerts can be boring since it’s once guy yelling into a mic. However, B.o.B proved himself quite the performer. He was wild! Jumpin’ around on the amps, screaming, crowd surfing, dancing…you name it. He really put on an awesome, fun show. Personal favorite moment of the concert was when he rapped “Batman Flow” off his most recent mixtape, No Genre. It was CRAZY! He went absolutely nuts and I could barely act professional in the pit because I was so amped up. Also, “Beast Mode” was totally self-explanatory – just BEASTLY.  He did some insane covers, like “Kids” by MGMT, which was fast-paced, poppy version that rocked. Actually wait, my favorite moment might be “Voltage”, which he performed with Playboy Tre (the opening act). It was EPIC. Playboy Tre was great too, and I really respected his inspirational speech. However, nothing was as epic as what happened AFTER the show.

Not only did Bobby Ray take amazing promo shots for Jillboard as well as hang with press in the sky room for some interviews, but me and my girls chilled at his hotel after party til’ the wee hours of the morning. That is all I will release about that – but just know it was more epic than imaginable.

You MUST check out photos from the concert on Jillboard Top 100’s Facebook by clicking HERE! There’s some crowd shots too, so if I snagged a pic of you, you’re in there.


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“Price Tag” – Jessie J Feat. B.o.B
February 4, 2011, 5:53 pm
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Here’s the latest single from Jessie J. You know Jessie from her “Do It Like A Dude” music video that blew up. And if you don’t know her from there, you definitely do know here as the songwriter behind pop smash “Party In The USA” (best. song. ever.) Jessie’s got a really cool, edgy, original style mixed with a super catchy pop vibe. The melody of this song sounds so familiar to me, but I can’t pinpoint it. It’s really fun and happy, with a hint of reggae influence & a great feature from Mr. Bobby Ray. Cool video too. I love rising popstars.


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“Walk Away” – The Script Feat. B.o.B
January 7, 2011, 7:42 pm
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This is a new song from the boys who brought you “Breakeven”. It’s off their new album and I really like it. B.o.B remixed it and threw some rhymes into it, which really completes the song if you ask me. Which, technically, you are asking me, because you’re reading my blog. Right? Good. Great. Awesome..


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Mixtape: “No Genre” – B.o.B
December 9, 2010, 12:26 am
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B.o.B dropped a new mixtape – yay! Unfortunately, it’s not as epic as his first album. To describe it in one word, I would say “consistent”.  Each song is about a 3.5 stars consistently, in my opinion.  The lyricism is great as is the rhythm, which is obvious, because it’s B.o.B. However, I’m not thrilled by the production and overall feel of the mixtape. These days, artists treat their mixtapes like albums, so the standards have been raised as to the quality of mixtapes.  I don’t thin this mixtape is a good showcase of B.o.B’s overrall potential, like his debut album was.

No Genre features T.I., Young Dro, and J.R. Rotem (Producer), to name a few. There’s some deep songs, such as “Cold As Ice”, which is a good/sad story that you can’t help but get pulled into the lyrics with the outpoor of emotion from B.o.B. There’s a couple duds, and a couple that were pretty good. My favorites are “American Dreamin'”, “Attraction”, “Grand Hustle Kings”, and “Beast Mode”. The first three I mentioned are catchy, and “Beast Mode” is just, well, absolute beast rapping. I would post my top 3 favorites but they are .m4a’s and WordPress hates me doesn’t take .m4a’s, so check it out for yourself and see what you think: Download B.o.B’s new mixtape, No Genre, here.


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“Stop Pretending” – The Friendly Giant
December 7, 2010, 12:50 pm
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“Stop Pretending” (Click to DL)

AMAZING mashup! Wowza. This mashup artist, The Friendly Giant, emailed me this track. I get a lot of mashup submissions, some good, some not so good. This one really surprised me, cause it is pretty fawesome. It’s almost strange how well the four songs fit together so coherently.  The Friendly Giant uses Chiddy Bang’s “Opposite of Adults”, B.o.B & Hayley Williams’ “Airplanes”, Oasis’ “Wonderwall”, and “Fireflies” by Owl City. You may not believe that these four songs mesh so well, but you really must listen. Must. You must.


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“Airplanes (Premix Feat. Kinetics & One Love, Hayley Williams)” – B.o.B
November 6, 2010, 3:11 pm
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“Airplanes  (Premix Feat. Kinetics & One Love, Hayley Williams)” (Click to DL)

This is Kinetics & One Love’s third installment to their new-music-Friday project, where they release a new mashup of a pop song & a song from their “Fading Back To Normal” album every Friday. I was wondering if they were going to do an “Airplanes” mashup, being that they wrote it. On this mashup they get to have B.o.B and Hayley Williams singing with them. Must be so cool for them to hear. TEAM K&1L!

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INTERVIEW: Kinetics & One Love – “Airplanes” Songwriters/10,000th View Spectacular
September 23, 2010, 8:09 pm
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Take Kinetics & One Love’s new single, “Halley’s Comet” home.

Happy 10,000th!!! Thanks to everyone who has been reading – mom, grandma, you’re the best. Next stop, 100,000! Just kidding. Hopefully within my lifetime I’ll see that number. In true Jillboard tradition, of course I have to make a special post for a special number. Sooooo….here’s my interview with Kinetics & One Love. If that name doesn’t sound familiar to you, it will soon. You know that song “Airplanes” by B.o.B and Hayley Williams? Yea, they wrote that. For all those people who have been wishing on airplanes instead of shooting stars, Jillboard brings you the guys behind your song of Summer 2010.

Jeremy Dussolliet, a songwriter and rapper, self-titled as “Kinetics” (K:Kinetic energy is the energy of motion…I’m just trying to make moving music”), and Tim Sommers, songwriter and producer, self-titled as “One Love” (O:Music is the one love of my life”), are a force to be reckoned with nowadays. With platinum hit “Airplanes” in their recent past, this songwriting duo has a lot planned. Their future holds a new mixtape, their Morning After Tour (of east coast colleges/universities), and most excitingly, “write two or three more platinum singles, sign a record deal, release an album, start a clothing line, write an album that goes down in history as a classic. Then just lamp in Egypt for awhile.”

The humorous, talented duo claim to be -3000 human years, come from a colony on the mothership, and “came preprogrammed with a software package that lets us play all instruments”. Promoting their new single “Halley’s Comet”, these aliens also can perform time travel. Personally, I find this fact unimpressive compared to their songwriting deal with Warner Music Group. I can time travel too guys, it’s not that special…

So how did these boys come together? From what I’ve heard, their colony on the mothership wasn’t that small.
K:We met as freshmen at Cornell University, at our first dorm meeting of the year. You know those ice breakers when you go around the room and everyone has to say one interesting thing about themselves? Well I decided to say that I rap, and asked if any other musicians wanted to collaborate with me – to which the entire room just stared back at me blankly. Except for this one kid sitting across the room slumped in his chair, who spoke up to say that he played drums and was down to collaborate.”

O:Well, that’s only half true…we actually met for the first time when we started training for this mission. But then we had our memories erased so we could play a more convincing human and not accidentally blow our own cover. So I guess when we crossed paths at Cornell you can say that’s when we met again for the first time…

Gotcha. Getting used to this whole robotic alien idea, I asked when they knew they wanted to pursue a music career. Realizing my idiocy, they replied “It wasn’t really up to us…it was just one of the mission objectives.” My bad, guys. My bad.

Though entertaining, they are audibly very serious about their music. Kinetics is strongly influenced by emcees like Nas & Common, and more recently Lupe Fiasco. “I just have a lot of respect for writers that are really passionate about a certain issue and determined to get their point across… I’ve been bumpin’ [to] B.o.B and Kid Cudi…they can make you dance but they also a have a nerdy side to them, so you know there’s going to be substance in the music.” A huge Eminem fan as well, Kinetics says that Em’s flow “levels above everything else…I promise you I’m not just saying this because I’m another white rapper.” One Love looks up to songwriters and producers like Dr. Luke (Kelly Clarkson, Britney Spears, every pop song you know, “Party In The USA”, “California Gurls”) and J.R. Rotem (Rihanna’s “S.O.S.” Sean Kingston, Jason DeRulo, every other pop song you know), “who have been serious musicians their entire lives…they have so much other knowledge and experience under their belt. I hope to use my years of musical experience and training to, one day, be as successful as people like this.”

Now for some “Airplanes” talk.

O:We wrote and recorded “Airplanes” in our frat house at Cornell. At the time, we had absolutely no intention of selling it, nor did we think it had any commercial appeal…One of our boys handed it off to his friend who was interning at Atlantic Records, and she handed it off to some of the senior A&Rs, and they all really liked ‘Airplanes’, and the next thing you know we’re sitting in Atlantic’s NYC office discussing a songwriting deal”.

One year later, B.o.B & Hayley Williams released the song that changed their lives – It went platinum, was placed on the Charlie St. Cloud trailer, was on the VMAs… The list goes on.

K:For me, the defining moment came about 2 weeks after the song was released, when all you had to do was Google the words, “can we pretend,” and you could see that every few seconds people from across the world were Tweeting the chorus or using it as their Facebook status. That’s when it really hit us. That’s when you just stop and say to yourself, “Wow, we wrote lyrics that the entire planet is reciting right now.

To Kinetics, the chorus behind “Airplanes” is one of “hope and optimism” and “making due with what you have until your situation improves”. Their original version was a love song – “B.o.B and Em took it into a completely different direction with their verses. But I think that makes it that much cooler – it just shows how one idea can be interpreted in drastically different ways by different artists.Check out the synthy, amazing original here.

After recently working with Wynter Gordon multiple times, K & O rave about their fellow breakout artist – “That girl can sing anything you give her, at any time, no warm-up needed, and just absolutely kill it. She’s also an amazing writer, so we can go into the studio with nothing planned and play tennis with a stupid idea until an entire song materializes.

What a crazy ride these guys have been on this past year! As for Kinetics’ favorite moment of being in the music industry thus far – “Getting a phone call from our contact at Atlantic and hearing her play Eminem’s “Airplanes” verse through the phone. To collaborate with one of your favorite musicians, even if that collaboration is only behind the scenes, is one of the trippiest and most rewarding things to happen to someone trying to break into the scene.” Chilling. Dream come true.

Though hoping for their next #1 to be as artists rather than just songwriters, they seem truly grateful for the success they have seen thus far. Make sure you catch these guys on their Morning After Tour, I know I will!

As for my favorite part of the interview…

K: “The best place for news, concert dates, and new releases is our fan page, www.facebook.com/kineticsmusic, followed only by Jillboard Top 100! Check back here over the next couple of weeks as we release a new track with Wynter Gordon called ‘Sign Language'”.

“Kinetics in ya headphones!”


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“Magic” – B.o.B Feat. Rivers Cuomo
July 22, 2010, 8:41 pm
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Yea, yea, I know – this song isn’t new & everyone knows it. I KNOW. Does that make it any less vigorously awesome? Umm no, it does not. So if you don’t know this song get a computer check it out for sure. Great collab. Great chorus. As usual, great lyrics from B.o.B.

P.S. Rivers Cuomo is the lead singer from Weezer…goofy dude.

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MUSIC VIDEO – “Airplanes” – B.o.B Feat. Hayley Williams
June 21, 2010, 12:54 pm
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Finallyyyy. I’ve been waiting to see this video for awhile. And the consensus is… Underexciting. I mean, there’s not even one airplane in it. Whatevs, B.o.B, WHATEVS.

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