Bonus MP3: Play-N-Skillz -- "Dallas State of Mind"

Nothing Play-N-Skillz does these days should really come off as too big a surprise--the two-time Grammy-winning, Dallas-based production duo of Juan and Oscar Salinas have been keeping fans on the edge of their seats for some time now, offering up big news (starting their own label), new tracks (still kinda shocked that "Checkin' My Fresh" never saw much radio play) or remixes on the regular.

And today, the duo's offering up yet another fine remix effort, this one called "Dallas State of Mind." A remix of Jay-Z and Alicia Keys' "Empire State of Mind," this version finds the Salinas brothers name-checking their favorite parts of the D, all, according to their Twitter feed, as further preparation for the 2010 NBA All-Star Game coming to town in February. For example, take this line: "Courtside, giving Josh Howard high-fives / I'm so Mark Cuban I cuss at a referee / Look at my Yums /Yeah, I'm definitely reppin' Dallas."

Take a listen--and download the track, too--after the jump...

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Bonus mp3:

Play-N-Skillz -- "Dallas State of Mind"

It helps that "Empire State of Mind" is such a good song to begin with, yeah. But I'll be honest, this song isn't half the butchering I thought it'd be when I first came across it. It's actually kind of a jam...

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