Martini: A gift guide for the Hip-Hop lovers in your lifeWritten by Martini Rox | | firstname.lastname@example.org
The holidays are a time for happiness and stress, as you decide what to get the Hip-Hop lover in your life. While you worry about the traffic in and out of your favorite stores, I have listed a few picks to help you once you make it to your destination safely. There are gifts and stocking stuffers that will already be on your list like gift cards, MP3 players, smart phones and video games. I’ll start you off with something familiar.
O Def Jam Rapstar. I feel a party coming on! If you dream of being an emcee this is the game for you! Rapstar gets top billing on my list because it is the first time rap and karaoke coexist together. This game is available on the Wii ($59.99), Xbox 360 and PS3 ($69.99). Rapstar concentrates on taking the player through the process of becoming a Rapstar. Starting in practice mode gives every artist what they want to hear, feedback. Career, Duet, Rapping and Freestyle modes lead up to completing the dream with the player recording a music video with visual effects that can be posted online. The game comes with 43 songs from Old School to present day with additional tracks available weekly through Def Jam Rapstar’s online store, www.
O UO DJ Mixer. A gift to satisfy your inner DJ, UO DJ Mixer uses music libraries from two iPods, iPhones, MP3 players or mix and match. It complements a house party and can double as a beginner’s portable studio that is tiny in size with a spin option, microphone input, cross fade slider and recording option.
O Shure SM58 Microphone. Aspiring artists need to record and for the low cost of $99 you can get classic quality. Shure is an industry standard that never disappoints and a great starter for the home studio.
O Beats By Dr. Dre. The DJ in me believes you should be able to splurge for the best in sound when experiencing music. If you are already purchasing a laptop, perhaps the HP Envy featuring Beats by Dr. Dre (starting at $949) could make this a Christmas to remember! Beats promises to deliver outstanding digital music playback and “the original sonic integrity of digital tracks,” allowing you to hear in quality what the artist and producer hear when they make the track.
Excellent for the artist recording at home or in various locations and studios, Beats is Universal for all music enthusiasts. MP3 headphones start at $120, Studio/Pro headphones $199-$449 and home stereo speakers $449. www.beatsbydre.com.
O “Decoded” by Jay-Z. List price is $35 but look online for a better deal. This is not an autobiography, but a book of poetic lyrics that tell stories about his life. A great coffee-table book that will prove to be an inspiring read for any Hip-Hop head. www.amazon.com.
O DJ Hero 2. I received the first DJ Hero last year and it was good enough to make me want to step up my DJ game in the real world! If you already own the original DJ Hero you can purchase the game alone ($59.99) or you can purchase the bundle which includes the game and turntable controller ($99). Hero 2 is all about new music mash-ups like Nas’ “Hero” and Talib Kweli’s “Get By,” Eminem’s “Not Afraid” and Lil Wayne’s “Lollipop.”
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