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free music friday: jean grae
June 5, 2009, 9:02 am
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fmf_jeangraeJean Grae
‘Hypnotize’ [Notorious B.I.G. cover]

Taking time out from working on her upcoming fourth album Cake Or Death, South African rapper Jean Grae contributed a cover of The Notorious B.I.G.’s ‘Hypnotize’ to a free tribute mixtape produced by Spanish trio Cookin’ Soul whose previous works include last year’s Ojayzis mix which mashed together various Jay-Z and Oasis songs. Released on March 9th to mark the 12th anniversary of the rapper’s death, it somehow passed us by completely, but thanks to a post that went up yesterday on music blog Sheena Beaston we’re making amends.

To call the song a cover is a bit of a cheat really. The original sample used by B.I.G. has been jazzed up somewhat and most of the rhymes are Grae’s own – irritating Facebook requests weren’t around in 1997, for example – but this is a brilliantly flowing, typically charismatic turn from one of the best MCs currently out there. The self-styled Jeanius has done it again. MP3 after the jump. Download the whole mixtape for free here.


FREE MP3: Jean Grae, ‘Hypnotize’ [via Sheena Beaston]

visit Jean on Myspace


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