Are you there, Rihanna? It’s me, Blockhead.
So, every now and then, I get a little restless and feel like putting something out. Anything. A great way to quench this thirst is to remix a random song. For me, it’s kinda fun to take popular songs that people either love or hate and put an entirely new spin on them. I did it with “Hot Nigga”, I did it with “CLassic Man”, and now I’m doing it with Rihanna’s “Bitch better have my money”. In the cases of all these songs, I actually like the originals. I’m sure that thought is appalling to some of you anti-pop music avengers but ,hey, a song is a song and just cause it’s made by millionaires doesn’t mean it’s bad. So, here is my version of “Bitch Better have my money”. Hopefully, Rihanna will hear it, fall in love with me and this will all be worth it.
Oh and it’s a free download on my soundcloud page so go nuts.
Side note, I do love doing these remixes. If you got any ideas of a current song that you’d like to hear me remix (one that has an existing acapella) , give me some ideas. I’m always open to try new stuff like this. Leave any ideas (and links to the acapellas if possible) in the comment section. I might make these remixes a regular thing.
Shout out to Sam Woolley for the artwork.
I’m not gonna lie to you guys. I’ve been on the road a lot the last year or two and this had led to me being less prolific than I’d like to be. More than once, I’ve gone a month without even making a beat. So, every now and then, you gotta create to stay sharp. One way I like to do that is take a song I’m currently listening to a lot and try and remix it. This isn’t always possible as acapellas can be tricky to come by. I was lucky enough to be sent this DIY acapella (Shout out to Ryan for that) and the rest is history. In the case of this remix, we find a song that I’ve been strangely obsessed with. Funny thing is, it’s some random R&B song…which isn’t typically my flavor but, hey, music works in mysterious ways. If you’re not familiar with Jidenna or this song. He’s a new artist Janelle Monae is putting out. I could ramble on about him but I think it’s best you watch the video of the original version of “Classic man” to really get where he’s coming from. Me simply saying “Yo, his clothes are nutty!” wouldn’t really do it justice. Part of the fun with remixing tracks is taking the originals away from their intent. If you’re familiar with other remixes like this I’ve done (Regina Spektor, Fiona Apple or Bobby Shmurda) , I generally take upbeat or hi energy songs and make them somewhat melancholy. That’s my thing….and this one is no different. I should also point out, this was done for fun on my part and with no consent from the artist. I’m not selling it. I’m simply putting it up on soundcloud. So, I hope Jidenna doesn’t mind. My guess is, he’ll never even know it exists. Oh well. So, here it is. Enjoy! Side note, saying “I can pull the wool” is an amazing way to describe getting girls. Not sure if it’s something a classic man would say but I enjoy it.
Here’s a download link cause the soundcloud downloads expired. Enjoy!
So, I’m hungover and have just been loafing around today. Definitely been in sweat pants since I woke up (Like a boss). Anyway, I was perusing the interwebs and came across an accapella for Bobby Shmurda’s mega hit “Hott N#gga”. You’ve all heard it. In fact, you must be pretty fucking sick of it by now. Well, I feel your pain. So here’s a version I whipped up for fun. It’s a more emo look into the eyes of Mr. Shmurda.
Whatever the case, it’s just for shits a giggles so take it for what it is.
Here’s a download link , if you actually want to own this track:
For the last couple years , during live shows, i’ve been doing a variation of this Nina simone mash up. Basically, I took a bunch of different samples from her catalogue and made one song out of them. I’m bout ready to retire it from my live set so I figure I might as well release it into the world.
I made downloading possible but there’s a limit at 100 so, just in case, here’s an alternate link to download it.
Oh this, pic^ No Big deal. Just Little people and myself posing with a 7 foot tall man cat. Shout out to that guy.
Anyway, He and I met on tour and had a great time. From there a friendship was born and from that friendship (and mutual respect for each others work) , this remix was birthed.
It’s the premier songs from his upcoming Remix album called “We are but hunks of wood remixes”. Peep “Wonderland” Featuring the talented January Thompson.
If you’ve been following this blog for a while the name “The Skins” might be a familiar name to you. They’re a brooklyn based band that’s very likely going to be all over the place in the near future that I’ve been big upping for a whine now. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting, hanging and working with them. For more info (and a free mix I made of random hip hop) read this:
As for this Remix, I did it a while back and honestly just want people to hear it already. I’m not the most patient guy on earth. It’s a definite departure from the original but, hey, that tends to happen when a hip hop beat maker remixes a rock song. Anyway, Enjoy.
Here’s a download link if you’d like to own this song as your very own (for FREE!)
If you’re feeling the skins, like them on Facebook:
Wildlight is a project by San francisco based electronic artist The Polish Ambassador. I had the pleasure of touring with him a while back and , when he asked me to do a remix for his “Wildlight” , It was a no brainer. Here’s the remix I did:
If you want to hear the rest of the album and download it (it’s a “name your price” deal) then go here:
I don’t know what it is about this new year that’s got me in the giving mood. Yesterday was an old Aesop demo and today, I give you this…a 20 track compilation of remixes I’ve done over the years. Some are rappers, some are singers and some are old soul songs I felt like putting a new spin on. As a thank you to all my readers and supporters , I give you this. Hopefully , there will be songs you’ve never heard or have been looking for. Enjoy!
Blockhead Remixes galore!
1)Bring it on: Organized Konfusion
2)A dream: Donny Hathaway
3)Footdown: Del the funkee Homosapian
4)Nobody’s fault: Nina Simone
5)Paper Float: Cassettes Won’t Listen
6)69 Guns: Rival Schools
7)Baking Soda:Hangar 18
8)Benjiman segal: Nacho Picasso
9)DMCA: Billy Woods
10)Black Arc: Armand Hammer
11)Go there: Chin Chin
12)Hot Knife: Fiona Apple
13)Limelighters: Aesop Feat. Camp Lo
14)Look Alive: Despot
15)Lord knows: Double AB Feat Roc Marciano
16)Meter Feeder: Hail Mary Mallon
17)New folk songs for new buildings:Freshkills
18)Omega 3: Cult favorite Feat Billy Woods
19)Radio dial: PRemRock & Willie green
20)Tinsletown: Billy Woods Feat Marq Spekt and LoDeck
By now, I hope you’ve peeped the album I did with Billy Woods called “Dour Candy”. If not, get on that shit. I’m Biased but, fuck that, it’s really good.
Anyway, I did a remix of the song “Tinsletown” which features Woods, Lo Deck and Marq Spekt. As a tip of the hat to the good old days when people would put out remixes that were, in fact, totally new songs, the beat has been re-imagined and all the verses are original. Peep it!
Also, peep the “Crocodile Tears” remix after it. Another banger.
Let me explain how this happened…
Touring isn’t all parties and cocaine. In fact, it’s never either of those things for me. In most cases, it’s hanging in a hotel room , trolling people on the internet. In the case of my recent european tour, it was me, jet lagged out of my skull , awake at stupid hours with nothing to do and nowhere to go. When this happens, I’ve often found myself just playing around on Ableton , working on beats for the hell of it. During this recent tour, I found myself in the midst of a deep obsession with Fiona Apple’s newest album “The idler wheel…”. I mean, it’s literally all I listened to the entire week. I don’t wanna harp on it too much but , you know, it’s a great album. But what piqued my interest , from a remix perspective, is that many of the songs are made up of nothing but vocals, piano and some light percussion. It’s very open. I immediately wanted to remix one of the songs but her song writing style is so unpredictable it was hard to find one that stay in the same time signature and key. It took me a little time to pick but I landed on “Hot Knife” as it stayed in one key and had an almost hip hoppish quality to it in the sense of how her vocals flowed.
Now, I just wanna clarify a few things:
1)This is not a sanctioned remix. I did it 100% for fun.I have no intent of selling it ever and I’ll pretty much just be giving it away in this very post.
2)I’m not exactly trying to re-invent the wheel with this remix. It’s just me fucking around on my computer with whatever I had on my computer at that time. The drums and samples are both just things I had sitting around on my hard drive.
Okay, so , here it is…
On a side note, I kinda went to high school with Fiona Apple. I say “kinda” cause she went to the night school version of my high school. I think part of the night school deal was to work in the office during the day. She was “the hot girl in the office” that me (and many other 17 year old boys) would walk extra slowly by the office with hopes of catching a glimpse. I never spoke to her or anything but two years later I saw her on MTV and was like “Holy shit! That’s the hot girl from the office!”. So, yeah, that’s my Fiona Apple story. Cool story, me.