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On the Download: E Major, “Since You Been Gone”

February 2, 2011
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Like the spacey, electronic stuff that snuck onto The Major Major Mixtape and the recent “For The Win,” this “lost” track continues the straight rapping over kinda-crazy beats style E Major’s been all about as of late.

“Since You Been Gone” came about when E Major handed over an unreleased track to Under Sound producer Eddie Pearson–who put out a pretty great, mostly instrumental album Sound Wandering in 2009–and had the Virginia Beach producer remix it. For listeners, there’s no un-remixed version for comparison, but what we have here is a quietly epic break-up song. E Major’s doing some off-the-rails rapping without a hook–shades of Kanye’s “Blame Game” though this was recorded before that–and Eddie’s beat is a fusion of clunky drums, chipmunk vocals, and pretty,elegant piano.

Unlike Mr. West, who was wailing at an ex no-holds-barred on “Blame Game,” “Since You Been Gone” has more to do with another Chicago emcee’s break-up song: Common’s “I Used To Love H.E.R.” Yes, this is E Major’s quasi-kiss-off to modern day hip-hop, along with some yearning for the kind of stuff he grew up on, but it mostly avoids that classic song’s smarmy conceit for a pained, “why’s it gotta be like that?” confessional. And that message goes down much easier with a beat that’s looking forward and not stuck in, say, 1992.

You can download E Major’s “Since You Been Gone” over at Under Sound Music’s blog.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Luis-Alvarez/1446974631 Luis Alvarez

    Pretty cool!