Mike Dreams's TOP HIP HOP SINGLES


Novacane Promo Photo Frank Ocean - “Novacane”

“I was wondering the other day why I could find no Frank Ocean on DJBOOTH.NET. I'm glad he's finally made up here! Anyways, it's not an understatement when I say that I've spun "Nostalgia, Ultra" at least 100+ times since it's been out. On some days, it was the only thing I would listen to on a continuous loop. The music and aesthetics that are created from it our just incredible. His sound, and The Weeknd, are going to further define modern R&B, even more than artists likes Drake attempted to do with "So Far Gone" in 2009. It's okay to refer to him as an R&B artist. Frank Ocean is R&B. But it's also important to realize that in 2011, and in his case, that genre and packaging is completely redefined. Genre lines are blurring more and more each day. But mark my words, this is what "R&B" will start to sound more like. The cult-following Frank has acquired has been unbelievable. He's "beefing" with Def Jam, because he's always been talented, but they kept him on the back burner while on their label, and he went out and did things on his own, and connected with Odd Future, coming up grassroots. Now that he's garnered a buzz, they want to capitalize on that for a re-release. It's a bittersweet idea, because you'd think they would have gave him a chance from jump street, but then again, labels are BUSINESSES and they need to know you can make them money, and be marketable. Either way, I hope Frank embraces the newfound support now, even in a weird Lupe Fiasco/Atlantic Records type way, and uses the label funding, marketing and promotion to his advantage. It's not selling out when you've came and made all this beautiful audio art on your own, and your label comes to YOU, not wanting to change it, but simply get behind it and let it continue naturally. "Novacane" isn't your traditional radio single nowadays, but note that it's receiving top 40 radio play everywhere. This could be a great shift for the music industry and how artists looks at labels, in correlation with creating grassroots movements, etc. As for the song, it's a 5-star classic that will hopefully be around for a long time. This is Frank Ocean's "Best I Ever Had", in the sense of it being from a mixtape, and gaining radio play and massive buzz. I hope it allows him to take off this year.”

Mike Dreams's Rating:                     Posted on May 24, 2011
Andreena Andreena - “Like Me”

“I've loved Andreena ever since her days with Drake back in the day. This joint is ot. I hope she gets her due recognition soon...”

Mike Dreams's Rating:                     Posted on May 16, 2011
I Am Woman Promo Photo Jordin Sparks - “I Am Woman”

“Shoutout to fantasy wifey, Jordin Sparks. She got all sexy, and now she's back with a smash! It sounds like she's taking a more urban lane with this project. I say, IT'S ABOUT TIME. In my opinion, this is a way better "Women's Anthem" than Beyonce's "Run The World". The intro and production had a slight Janet Jackson "Control"/"Rhythm Nation feel, with a new-school mainstream pop twist... She needs more recognition, with the Beyonces and Rihannas, 'cuz she's just as talented, if not more. It won't hurt that she's a super hot bombshell now as well. HEADS WILL TURN! I respect all of you guys' opinion, but this is the best non-ballad single Jordin has ever put out, and I can see it being big. @DJ E-Na, I don't know where you gathered that she was talking about being a whole. You just sound like a woman-hating type of character. Judgment? Yes. Prove me otherwise though. It's a women's empowerment song; aimed at the things so many women do to be as sexy as they are. I hope this brings her due recognition. She's always been dope, but the shallowness of America's music industry caused people to overlook her, maybe because they didn't see her as a sex symbol like the others. Well, now she has both packages, the talent and the visual appearance. It should be a great year...”

Mike Dreams's Rating:                     Posted on May 09, 2011
GhostWridah GhostWridah - “Victory”

“I've done nothing but play this on repeat non-stop since I got the album. The homey Ghostwridah needs to be on the top right now! This is definitely the best song on "American Alien" in my opinion. I can't dent that I thought "The Strangerz" on the hook was Frank Ocean, and I actually just pretend it's him on there anyways. It definitely sounds like a Frank Ocean-esque hook, and that's perfectly fine at a time where his style is what is the hot, new thing at the moment. There needs to be a video for this and it should have airplay. Keep doing your thing Ghost!”

Mike Dreams's Rating:                     Posted on May 07, 2011
Mike Dreams Mike Dreams - “They Spun the Web”

Mike Dreams's Rating:                     Posted on May 05, 2011
QuESt QuESt - “They Spun the Web”

Mike Dreams's Rating:                     Posted on May 05, 2011
Beautiful Promo Photo Noel Gourdin - “Beautiful”

“Noel Gourdin is one of the most underrated artists, so to say "The River" was overrated is beyond me. ANYWAYS, I'm glad to hear something brand new from Noel and glad to hear he has another album coming out. This has a completely different vibe from his sound 3 years ago, but it's still in the same vein, content-wise. Why? Because you can hear the sincerity. It reminds me of something Musiq Soulchild would have put out. R&B like this is what's getting me excited for the genre again. Ryan Toby, the City High/Sister Act 2 Alumni behind the boards too? You can't go wrong with that. Support the guy, 'cuz I want to hear more of this type of stuff on the radio...”

Mike Dreams's Rating:                     Posted on Feb 21, 2011
Rihanna Rihanna - “Love the Way You Lie (Pt. 2)”

“On paper, a lot of these "Part 2" ideas may sound like not such a great thing to do. Sometimes people find it corny, or desperate that an artist tries to ride the buzz of an existing song they were initially featured on, by remaking it as a solo endeavor to help promote them. In all of the cases where this has happened in the past year (With Alicia's "Empire State of Mind", Chrisette Michele's "Aston Martin Music" and now this), it's been INCREDIBLE. The execution of the actual idea turned out to work just fine. This raised the stock of the song in my opinion. I love how it comes in and builds up acoustically, and then fleshes out. Eminem did his thing lyrically and energy-wise, as always. The ONLY thing I would even have to say that would be quasi-negative about this is the fact that I was hoping Em would have delivered a calmer verse. It seemed like he was at first, but then reverted back. It's not like I don't like angry Eminem verses. Those are the best kind. But it wasn't until he did it again on this remake that I realized he did it on all 3 verses of the original, which was fine, but it would have been nice for a variation. But yeah, this is a go. I wouldn't mind hearing this version receive heavy radio rotation as well; even though some people might be tired of the song as a whole and this chorus. But hey, good is good... LOUD is sounding like it's going to be a great album...”

Mike Dreams's Rating:                     Posted on Nov 04, 2010
Eminem Eminem - “Love the Way You Lie (Pt. 2)”

“On paper, a lot of these "Part 2" ideas may sound like not such a great thing to do. Sometimes people find it corny, or desperate that an artist tries to ride the buzz of an existing song they were initially featured on, by remaking it as a solo endeavor to help promote them. In all of the cases where this has happened in the past year (With Alicia's "Empire State of Mind", Chrisette Michele's "Aston Martin Music" and now this), it's been INCREDIBLE. The execution of the actual idea turned out to work just fine. This raised the stock of the song in my opinion. I love how it comes in and builds up acoustically, and then fleshes out. Eminem did his thing lyrically and energy-wise, as always. The ONLY thing I would even have to say that would be quasi-negative about this is the fact that I was hoping Em would have delivered a calmer verse. It seemed like he was at first, but then reverted back. It's not like I don't like angry Eminem verses. Those are the best kind. But it wasn't until he did it again on this remake that I realized he did it on all 3 verses of the original, which was fine, but it would have been nice for a variation. But yeah, this is a go. I wouldn't mind hearing this version receive heavy radio rotation as well; even though some people might be tired of the song as a whole and this chorus. But hey, good is good... LOUD is sounding like it's going to be a great album...”

Mike Dreams's Rating:                     Posted on Nov 04, 2010
Fall for Your Type Promo Photo Jamie Foxx - “Fall for Your Type”

“Hey Z, you know this was originally sung fully by Drake right? The consensus from most people is that his "reference" version is much better than this... I think this version is just fine, though I did like the original Drake version better. I would have selected that to replace either of the R&B songs on "Thank Me Later".”

Mike Dreams's Rating:                     Posted on Oct 28, 2010
Fall for Your Type Promo Photo Drake - “Fall for Your Type”

“Hey Z, you know this was originally sung fully by Drake right? The consensus from most people is that his "reference" version is much better than this... I think this version is just fine, though I did like the original Drake version better. I would have selected that to replace either of the R&B songs on "Thank Me Later".”

Mike Dreams's Rating:                     Posted on Oct 28, 2010
The Show Goes On Promo Photo Lupe Fiasco - “The Show Goes On”

“This is exactly what Atlantic wanted Lu. Sometimes you gotta play the game; but still stay true. You've done it before (Superstar), and I'm glad you were able to do it again this time around. I hope radio shows this love and Lu can rise back to the top like he deserves to be. It's all about the formula: http://bit.ly/883aSB”

Mike Dreams's Rating:                     Posted on Oct 28, 2010
Far East Movement Far East Movement - “Rocketeer”

“Wow. This joint is incredible. I must say that I've been sleeping on "Far East Movement". Their obviously introduction to me was "Like a G6", which I initially thought was Ke$ha, and some cookie-cutter, throwaway dance/pop song. Just like most of the radio songs nowadays, the method of the machine drove me to like the song; and then I came to find out it was in fact this group "Far East Movement", that I still know little about, but will definitely be looking more into them. This record shows that they just might be here for a little while; and not just for a season like I initially thought. Bruno Mars is simply a beast right now. He's my favorite new singer/songwriter this year. Then on top of all that, Ryan Tedder on the hook? Yeah, this is a hit all the way. I expect it to top the Billboard 100 Charts in no time...”

Mike Dreams's Rating:                     Posted on Oct 27, 2010
Kanye West Kanye West - “G.O.O.D. Music Cypher”

“I'm type baffled by anyone who says Common didn't deliver here. I think it's the fact that sometimes we already feel like we gotta point out who was the least best, but I don't think that exists here. G.O.O.D Music is just exactly what the name implies. Everyone killed it. Big Sean sounds like FF1 and FF2 Sean again, CyHi Da Prynce has rose up on my radar in the past two weeks faster than any other new rapper in my recent memory. He's just been on a roll and hasn't disappointed yet. But let's not give Common that shaft like that. I'm not saying give him a pass because he's a veteran; I'm saying he doesn't need a pass at all, because he genuinely smashed this. Fam, fam, fam, he's a monster too... "I recognize game like the Espys, cold to myself, I say God Bless me..." "The name is Common, but the frame is special..." "The body of the black party from Farley to Bob Marley, go home or go hard, and home is like hardly..."”

Mike Dreams's Rating:                     Posted on Oct 27, 2010
Pusha T Pusha T - “G.O.O.D. Music Cypher”

“I'm type baffled by anyone who says Common didn't deliver here. I think it's the fact that sometimes we already feel like we gotta point out who was the least best, but I don't think that exists here. G.O.O.D Music is just exactly what the name implies. Everyone killed it. Big Sean sounds like FF1 and FF2 Sean again, CyHi Da Prynce has rose up on my radar in the past two weeks faster than any other new rapper in my recent memory. He's just been on a roll and hasn't disappointed yet. But let's not give Common that shaft like that. I'm not saying give him a pass because he's a veteran; I'm saying he doesn't need a pass at all, because he genuinely smashed this. Fam, fam, fam, he's a monster too... "I recognize game like the Espys, cold to myself, I say God Bless me..." "The name is Common, but the frame is special..." "The body of the black party from Farley to Bob Marley, go home or go hard, and home is like hardly..."”

Mike Dreams's Rating:                     Posted on Oct 27, 2010

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