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Bingo Players also produced the track that came to be known as Flo Rida’s “I Cry.” Perhaps realizing that adding mainstream artists with verses to their dope tracks helps the bank status, the DJs enlisted Far East Movement to remix “Rattle.”

I think this could quite possibly be the first hit single from Far East Movement’s 2012 release Dirty Bass. “Like a G6” and “Rocketeer” were off of the previous album, Free Wired. Also a big fan of Cover Drive, a pop-quartet from the same country that brought us Rihanna – Barbados.

The California-based group was inspired by President Barack Obama to write and record this track – a nice change of pace for sure.

FM still bringing the dirty bass, but very interesting to hear how Bieber’s voice has matured.

Here it is: the first single from FM’s forthcoming sophomore LP.

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With season 4 of the hit MTV show premiering next Thursday, it was timely that ADAM FROM KIDD KRADDICK IN THE MORNING and I pay homage to the cast of “Jersey Shore” with this reeeeeeemix!

When one of your biggest hit records talks about “taking a bottle to the head” – it’s natural to assume that your band is accustomed to partaking in alcoholic beverages before, after… heck, even during performances. But Lil Wayne’s “I Am Still Music” tour isn’t your typical hip hop show. Due to Wayne’s probation, no alcohol is allowed backstage.

The fellas from Far East Movement are finding ways to get by.

“We just drive far away, make sure we’re far away from the tour, and do what we gotta do,” said emcee and group spokesman-by-committee Kev Nish. “The atmosphere (on tour) has been real positive. All the artists bring it like crazy… I mean, you can’t even tell the difference.”

Kev, real name Kevin Nishimura, initially didn’t understand where I was going with my inquiry on the group’s drinking habits while on tour. Once he realized, he backtracked a little from the “before, after, during” talk.

“I was just kidding,” Nish joked. “Water is… the natural life choice drink.”

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Speaking of choices, FM also chatted about a decision the group made before releasing the album Free Wired. Bruno Mars helped write and produce the hit single, “Rocketeer,” but at the time was not a known artist. When the demo version of the song leaked after Mars became a superstar, some questioned the need to grab OneRepublic front man Ryan Tedder for the hook in the first place. But Kev Nish revealed that it was a joint-decision between Far East Movement and Mars to enlist Tedder’s services.

“We envisioned an alternative rock hook,” said Kev of the song. “We were listening to OneRepublic ‘Apologize,’ and thinking, ‘Let’s go with Ryan.’”

“Rocketeer” flew up the charts across the globe, cracking the Top 10 in a number of countries, including the U.S.


– You know it’s hot when: even people from the south and west are complaining of the heat. It was a scorcher up on Montage Mountain Tuesday. If I had a dollar for every time I was asked, “Is it always this hot in Pennsylvania?” I could’ve bought a couple rounds of drinks at the beer stand.

– The mood backstage was very mellow and low key in the afternoon and early evening. Despite requests from Lil Wayne’s management that all backstage interviews complete by 6 pm, I found myself leaving Keri Hilson’s dressing room almost at 6:30. Hilson is not just a perfectionist with her music, but with her look as well – working with her makeup artist and manager to ensure that she looked pristine and that the lighting and scenery in her small dressing room was perfect. She did and it was, and you’ll be able to see it all soon on my blog.

– Staff backstage at Montage Mountain commented that security was just as tight as Wayne’s last visit in 2009. If you recall, some workers told me back then that in their 10 plus years at the venue, they had never seen such a strong security detail.

– The Far East Movement was a little late to my interview backstage, and I suppose I could excuse them: I can’t tell you how many times I misjudged the length of that drive from Wilkes-Barre to Moosic. FEM stayed at The Woodlands Monday and Tuesday evening, and took full advantages of some of the various amenities, including the Club Havana Deck Bar and the pool. Post-show on Tuesday, two of the “Like a G6” rappers could even be spotted jogging around the resort.

– FEM wasn’t the only group of artists there… yes, Lil Wayne and the rest of Young Money spent their time in Northeastern PA inside The Woodlands. Wayne checked in Monday evening, and was spotted Tuesday in The Woods large parking lot working on his skateboarding skills. After the show, Weezy retreated to his room where he allegedly worked on music until the wee hours of the morning. If you’ve seen “The Carter” documentary then you know that in addition to mobile recording equipment on his tour bus, Weezy can literally set-up a studio in the middle of his hotel room and spit lines. I guess if we hear any reference to Northeastern PA or he name-checks the Kornfeld’s on Tha Carter IV, we’ll have our confirmation.

– Special thanks to Live Nation for once again bringing Lil Wayne to Northeastern PA. Even I was a bit taken aback that the company was going to take another chance on Weezy in this market, primarily due to the negative, mostly unfair, and almost completely biased coverage his show received from “news outlets” and “know-it-alls” in 2009. However thanks to the area’s support and the help of a few, select media outlets (Who else offered $9.71 lawn seats?!), it seems as if this was once again another successful hip hop concert in NEPA, with hopefully more to come.

Off FM’s Free Wired. I just find this song pretty fun, especially now that it’s summer… right?

According to Niles “Cyrano” Hollowell-Dhar, one half of the production duo The Cataracts, the State of the Union for dance music is a positive address.

“You go back 10 years ago and Eminem said, ‘Nobody listens to techno,’” recalled Niles during a chat on “The Ralphie Radio Show.” “So yeah, it’s definitely a better day and age for dance music.”

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The Cataracs have certainly helped push the latest wave of the genre in to mainstream. The California-natives produced Far East Movement’s “Like a G6,” and have since gone on to work with the New Boyz, The Ready Set, and Dev – who was featured on the hook of FEM’s smash hit.

“When people put you in the studio, sometimes they want to hear ‘G6,’” admitted Hollowell-Dhar. “Really, when we made ‘G6,’ we were just sort of uninhibited and we were making whatever sounded good to us at the time.”

Clearly the thought process worked – because now in addition to the aforementioned artists, a one 50 Cent has tabbed the production team to create multiple tracks for his forthcoming album.

“All throughout my high school, that’s all we listened to was Get Rich or Die Tryin’ and even before that, like The Power of the Dollar. I was a 50 Cent fan for the longest time,” Niles revealed. “(The songs we did for him) sound great. It’s natural but it’s still sounds like some future, 2012… it’s just really crazy.”

The security that 50 Cent implements so that his tracks don’t leak sounds just as crazy.

“I had to take the vocals to work with them and (50 Cent’s people) had to put this effect, like everything was distorted, but I needed the stuff to work with so I could create the beat around it,” the producer said. “They put this really weird filter over (the vocals) so that I wouldn’t leak it.”

50’s people also didn’t tell The Cataracs when the songs would be officially released.

“They’re still taking submissions for the last two or three songs, and then I don’t know when singles are going to come out,” said Niles. “I would think you’d probably hear it over the next two months.”

Hollowell-Dhar explained that due to the rapper’s schedule, most of the work was done without him in-studio, but they all did work in person for the first time about five months ago.