Alright, here I go. First post for LTD, and I am starting off strong by posting late! Sorry everyone. I hope the song choices cheer you right back up. We’ve got ourselves a hip hop battle, kids. I’ll give you more time on getting your votes in, since I am late getting this out to you guys. Votes are due in the comments section below by Thursday, October 6 by 10pm EST. Now, on to the music!
UPDATED: Here is the actual link for Grooveshark. Sorry! That’s just me struggling.
First up we have Hugo, full name: Hugo Chakrabongse Levy, a Thailand-born and British raised musician, covering Brooklyn born and raised Jay-Z in the song 99 Problems. Hugo is up against another acoustic take: Boyz in the Hood, as done by Dynamite Hack, a band whose name is based on a line from Caddyshack. Apparently that is the kind of marijuana that Bill Murray’s character smoked. Thanks Wikipedia! Good to know.
Next up we’ve got The Gourds taking on Gin and Juice, originally done by good old Snoop Dogg. Will they be able to take on Anya Marina as she tells us we can have Whatever You Like?
Continuing on our festive way, Karmin does Party Rock Anthem, originally by LMFAO with a sweeeet sample from Rick Ross. Sidenote: I have re-interpreted those Hustlin’ lyrics for my own lifestyle to say “every day I’m struggling.” Not quite as glamorous, huh? Still catchy though. Anyways. Karmin is up against Run DMC doing Walk This Way. This cover does feature Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, putting it into the gray area of covers, but it made the list, so let’s see how people vote!
Our final match up of the evening brings together Kid Cudi and Kanye West. The Fray covers Kanye’s Heartless, and Kanye is apparently a big fan. They face Lissie, in her second nominated song, covering Kid Cudi’s Pursuit of Happiness.
Phew. We made it. Happy voting! Here’s the list for cutting and pasting:
“99 Problems” by Hugo vs. “Boyz in the Hood” by Dynamite Hack
“Gin and Juice” by The Gourds vs. “Whatever You Like” by Anya Marina
“Party Rock Anthem” by Karmin vs. “Walk This Way” by Run DMC
“Heartless” by The Fray vs. “Pursuit of Happiness” by Lissie.