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I Don't F**k With You - Big Sean ft. E-40

Speed: 98 bpm The DJ's Take:  The west coast vibes are strong with this one. I like the little breakdown/switchup in the beat at the beginning and end - kind of reminds of the beginning of Otis or Slow Jamz (i.e. Kanye-style sped up vocal samples). If you're staying key-compatible and cutting out the beginning and ending parts, try blending with tracks like  Loyal - Chris Brown , Team - Lorde , and  U Know What's Up - Donell Jones . If you're leaving those slow-downs in, the underrated Know Bout Me could be a nice little mix-mashup companion (or just double time with Don't Tell Em - Jeremih ). Download the song: Amazon: I Don't F**k With You [feat. E-40] [Clean]

GDFR - Flo Rida ft. Sage the Gemini & Lookas

Speed: 73 bpm The DJ's Take:  Beat reminds me of something you'd hear in a smoky 1920's speakeasy . And when that bass drops, that's like waving the green flag at a NASCAR race. Definitely something tipsy twenty-something females can get down to, so I'm giving it a thumbs up. If you're staying key-compatible, try mixing with tracks like Rap God - Eminem , Cupid Shuffle - Cupid , Applause - Lady Gaga ,  I Need A Doctor or Forgot About Dre . Download the song: Amazon: Gdfr (Feat. Sage The Gemini And Lookas)

Outside - Calvin Harris ft. Ellie Goulding

Speed: 128 bpm The DJ's Take:  Let's just think of this as I Need Your Love 2.0 and call it a day. Not a huge fan of the fake violins, but I think there's some pop potential here, assuming 128 bpm EDM can still generate enough buzz on the charts. If you're staying key-compatible, try blending with tracks like Born To Get Wild - Steve Aoki ft. will.i.am ,  Hideaway - Kiesza ,  Break Free - Ariana Grande ft. Zedd ,  Kanye - The Chainsmokers ,  Red Lights - Tiesto ,  Helicopter - Martin Garrix & Firebeatz ,  Samurai (Go Hard) - R3hab ,  Love Me Again - John Newman ,  Wizard - Martin Garrix & Jay Hardway ,  Revolution - R3hab & Nervo & Ummet Ozcan ,  Scream & Shout - will.i.am and Britney Spears ,  Sexy and I Know It - LMFAO ,  Count On Me - Chase & Status ,  Scream - Usher , and  Hey Brother - Avicii . Download the song: Amazon: Outside

Baby Don't Lie - Gwen Stefani

Speed: 100 bpm The DJ's Take:  All this song is missing is some full-on yodeling. Kind of bland, but there's a clean, fresh energy to it, plus we haven't heard from her for awhile, so that should give this single a little juice. If you're staying key-compatible and pop-oriented, try mixing with tracks like It Was Always You - Maroon 5 ,  Classic - MKTO ,  Lose Yourself To Dance - Daft Punk  and  F**kin' Problems - A$AP Rocky . Download the song: Amazon: Baby Don't Lie

Drankin' Patna - T-Pain

Speed: 87 bpm The DJ's Take:  Sometimes it's fun to spell things phonetically, but I thought 'Patna' was some exotic Indian liquor until I actually listened to the song. In any case, a chill track for the home stretch when people are pairing up and you're slowly defusing the energy in the room. This would fit nicely in a mashup or mix with  How Many Drinks - Miguel ,  Part II (On The Run) - Jay-Z ft. BeyoncĂ© , Me and My Broken Heart - Rixton , and Obsessed - Mariah Carey . Download the song: Amazon: Drankin' Patna