‘Simple’ by Mars Jackson ft. Benji.

What’s up Pittsburgh, the rest of the world? It’s been about 2 years, but I’m getting back to writing about A BEAT A DAY, so I’m going to keep this “Simple” and break down the vibes on this track by Mars Jackson ft. Benji.

The beat starts off catchy and transitions into a wavy, electric-sounding organ over top to start the chorus off just right.

In verse 1 Mars spits seemingly nonchalant, flowin’ rhymes from start to end about the girl he is trying to get to know and ultimately woo over.

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In the 2nd verse, Benji. begins by singing clever lyrics on wanting to get to know a girl on another level – “Do you really like the things you like or you just like it how they gave it to you? Lift the package and it’s the product, and shawty they ain’t really bangin’ with you. I just wanna see what you’re all about…”

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It’s like he’s talking about the layers that make up a person, a girl in this case, and appreciating her for those layers that get peeled back as you get to know someone more and more.

Lyrics are always up for interpretation and to me both Mars and Benji. are talking about getting to know a girl on a real, meaningful level and doing exactly that can be Simple.

This is a ‘True fuckin’ playa credential’ song right here.

-Zimmertime

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My Top 10 Songs of the Summer

For most of us, Summer 2k15 has sadly come to an end. What a summer I had working in Pittsburgh, but it’s great to be back in the school grind. I felt obliged to make a list of my top 10 songs of this summer that I’ve had on repeat since May. So without further ado, let’s get into my top 10 tracks of the summer.

10. Desire- Years & Years

I found out about Years & Years from my cousin when I went back home a few weeks ago. They released their debut album Communion back in July and it is really dope. Desire is my favorite track on the album – it gets me groovin’ and I know it will get you groovin’ too.

9. Lean On – Major Lazer & DJ Snake ft. Mø

This song would probably be higher on my list if I hadn’t played it out for myself. I’ve been a fan of Major Lazer and DJ Snake for years and I knew they were gonna hit the ball outta the park with this one, which they did. The vocals from Mø made this song a popular big stage festival song, with multiple artists making remixes of the track.

8. What Do You Mean? – Justin Bieber

I posted this song a few days ago and it’s been on loop ever since. Never thought I would say that about a Justin Bieber song but this summer has definitely changed my view on JB with this and Where R U Now. The flute in the drop is orgasmic and has the perfect summer vibes. Skrillex did an awesome job producing this track. Check this out if you haven’t already.

7. Be Right There – Diplo & Sleepy Tom

Chewb posted this yesterday and if you didn’t check it out then, you better check it out now. Diplo doesn’t disappoint with this end of the summer banger. The bass line is tooo tough, and is perfect to jam out to at any time of the day.

6. Beautiful Now – Zedd ft. Jon Bellion (Zonderling Remix)

I came across this remix the other day when I was listening to Oliver Heldens’ new Heldeep Radio mix and I had to find out what the remix was asap. I’m not really too familiar with Zonderling but this remix definitely caught my attention. This is a really fresh take on the remix that you need to bump this weekend. I will definitely be looking into more of their stuff in the near future.

5. Shades of Grey – Oliver Heldens & Shaun Frank ft. Delaney Jane

Speaking of Oliver Heldens… this is one of my favorite originals of his. Delaney Jane rocked the vocals and the drop is full of bass and was summer anthem in the deep/future house genre. Oliver Heldens wears a gecko costume in the music video and it’s hilarious (check it out here). Shades of Grey was one of the best tracks of the summer and I still keep it in my arsenal when I make a mix.

4. Omen – Disclosure ft. Sam Smith

Disclosure and Sam Smith just know how to make amazing music together. I posted about this song when it came out earlier this summer and I can’t get sick of it. Listen to it.

3. Back to Back – Drake

You can’t talk about the music scene of summer 2015 without bringing up the Drake/Meek beef. Drake absolutely murderrrred Meek on this and almost makes me embarrassed to be from Philly. Drizzy really didn’t hold back with this diss whatsoever and could go up there as one of the top diss tracks of all time. He clowned Meek at OVO Fest with those memes (which were hilarious). Aside from all that, the beat itself is too hard and the bass will blow up anyone’s subwoofers at full blast. If you’ve been under a rock for the past two months and still haven’t heard this, hit the jump.

2. Woodstock/All Time Low/Woke the F*ck Up – Jon Bellion

I figured I would group these three songs together since they all deserved to be on my top 10 and I ran out of spots. You all know how much praise and respect we have for Jon Bellion here at ABAD. The dude just makes music that is flawless. I get goosebumps thinking back to him doing the All Time Low beat on his beat pad back in June at the Altar Bar. He released each of these songs throughout the summer, and just recently posted a 20 minute long behind the scenes video of how he came up with each of those. If you have 20 minutes to kill, I highly recommend stopping what you’re doing and click the above video. If you don’t have 20 minutes to kill, stop whatever you think is more important than watching this video and do it. It is amazing how this guy translates what’s going on in his mind into absolutely brilliant music.

  1. Roses – The Chainsmokers ft. Rozes

Yup. You guessed it. Roses is no doubt my top song of the summer. The refreshing beat that starts off the song, mixed with the beautiful vocals from Rozes and the tooooo dope production from the Chainsmokers, and then that drop. That drop tho. If you don’t jump around when you hear this drop you gotta be deaf. This song is so uplifting and always puts me in a good mood. If only you guys knew how upset I am that I didn’t go to PSU this past Friday when they had a free show. There’s no song that I could put above Roses to captivate my summer and that is why Roses takes my number 1 spot for my top songs of the summer.

I hope y’all enjoyed my list and leave a comment below to let me know what I missed and what’s on your top 10.

10 Songs U Can Almost Frat 2

I am going to do something a little different this time. I kinda want the songs to speak for themselves and I want the listeners to decide whats good with these songs. I love each and every one of them but like 2 Chainz said “I’m Different”. I wanted to post songs that most of the readers have never heard before. Lets go:

  1. Something Good – Alt-j

2. Jim Bogart – The Front Bottoms

3. The Gardener – The Tallest Man on Earth

4. I Love The Rain The Most – Joe Purdy

5. Revival – Jamestown Revival

6. Ocean Drive – Duke Dumont

7. This Could Be Love – Borgeous

8. Forrest Whitaker – Bad Books

9. Interlude (Thats Love) – Chance The Rapper

10. This Year – The Mountain Goats

Shout out to everyone who has made this site what it is. Big thanks to all friends from Pitt who have checked out the site and shared with friends and all those outside of Pitt jammin with us everyday. Much love for that. Lets make this site something special together.

Mac Miller – 100 Grandkids

It’s been a minute since we heard some new Mac, and why not start off your Friday listening to his newest single “100 Grandkids”. The Pittsburgh native debuted this song live at Grassroots Festival this past weekend and released this song and video yesterday. He also announced that he’s dropping a new album September 18th, titled GO:OD AM, and after hearing this song, I’m really excited to hear what else Mac has in store.

This two parted song exemplifies Mac Miller’s wordplay skills and untouchable flow. The first part of the song is really upbeat, with a bass-line that is sure to make you bop your head, opposed to the second part which has more of a trap beat. In the first half, Mac raps about his come up and making his first hundred grand. In the second half, he raps about what life is like with all that money. A needy female voice kicks in towards the end portraying the gold diggers that Mac’s encountered since he’s made all that dough. Overall, I was really impressed with the track, and I’m really excited for his album, which you can preorder here.