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Danny Brown, Childish Gambino, Schoolboy Q in Prospect Park Freestyle

“Ain’t nobody sober” – Childish Gambino. Nothing better than a late night, intoxicated impromptu freestyle from these three. Schoolboy Q. Childish Gambino, and Danny Brown invaded Brooklyn’s Prospect Park about 3 months ago, giving us an informal cypher freestyle. Now we finally get to see it for ourselves. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

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Featured Artist Of The Week: EXQWIZITE

Miami born, Palm Beach County raised, Exqwizite is a 16-year-old rapper/singer-songwriter who is looking to get an early start on her career. She possesses all creative control over her music and with being so young , the lyrical content is pretty dope compared to the mainstream female rap artist now.

She gets her inspiration from mature rap artist such as Lauren Hill; rapping the verse and singing her own chorus, in a delivery that displays her own youthful spin. The track called “I’m Fly” is a prime example of that :

Right now she under the management with Orci Sonus of Sir Dutchie who says the biggest challenge with working with such a new and young artist would be the age limit in certain venues! However, that does not stop the show – Exqwizite will perform July 6th in downtown Orlando among other musicians trying to get a buzz started.

Young people have always been a great source of inspiration. They are imperative to any change process because they become the future. Exqwizite sends a message to her fellow peers, saying ” My advice would be to actually find out who YOU are as a person, not would society says you are, but who you say you are and be original…”

If you’re ready to see what Exqwizite brings to the table, you can listen to selected tracks, get free downloads, view videos and tell her what you think by clicking the link below!

http://www.reverbnation.com/exqwizite

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Scarlett Johansson, Defines The Meaning Of A Triple Threat

What you just heard was the voice of American actress and model, Scarlett Johansson. We can all see she has the lovely face of an angel, but who knew she had the voice to match? We often find actors/actresses making way from the movie screen to behind someone’s Hollywood studio mic, and the results are sometimes pretty good, but more often something you would not consider buying the album to. This case is a surprising exception to that. She teamed up singer-songwritter and guitarist, Pete Yorn and created 9 “break -up” songs and music videos to match. This next song is one of them entitled, “Relator” :

In addition to these break up songs, Scarlett also did 10 cover versions of the singer – songwriter Tom Waits who was also an actor. Theres no doubt she could have her own album and run with the music pros! Here are a couple more favorites:

“Innocent When You Dream” (Live)
 
 
“Falling Down” (Tom Waits cover)
 
 

Scarlett Johansson can be found on Pandora radio as well as iTunes.

http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/break-up/id326638724

If you’re not too familiar with her work as an actress, a few good movies to catch up on are:

1.) “A Good Woman” Scarlett Johansson played Lady Windermere in “A Good Woman.” The movie is a faithful adaptation of the famous play by Oscar Wilde. Helen Hunt starred as Mrs. Erlynne. Overall, the movie manages to maintain the undefined, offbeat comedy that lies within all of Wilde’s plays.

2.) “Manny and Lo” Scarlett Johansson showed her star power in “Manny and Lo.” She played the role of Amanda, one of two young sisters who run away and kidnap a woman to help the oldest sister with her accidental pregnancy. You can see the talent and potential in the very young Scarlett in her strong portrayal of Amanda. It’s a quirky, offbeat film and the acting carries the strange story along.

3.) “Ghost World” With a tagline of “Accentuate the negative,” don’t expect too much with “Ghost World.” Scarlett Johansson played Rebecca and Thora Birch played Enid. Rebecca and Enid are two teenage outcasts who target a middle-aged outcast for their ill-spirited prank.

4.) “The Nanny Diaries” “The Nanny Diaries” is both a stark and comedic look at what life is truly like for nannies on the Upper West Side of New York City. Scarlett Johansson carried this movie with ease. The movie was based on the best-selling book of the same name and it’s based on, yes, a true story.

5.) “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” Woody Allen’s “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” captured a lot of attention upon its 2008 release. Scarlett Johansson played Cristina in this movie, which followed the story of a love triangle gone awry. It’s not the typical story on the topic and there are no “bad guys” at fault. This movie is about finding your way.

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The Weeknd “Song bird of his Generation”

R&B lovers, are going to love this one. The Weeknd – no “e”-  is a 22 year old Canadian musician who is barely scratching the music scene,but already deemed the “Songbird of his Generation” by MTV, BET, Rolling Stone, XXL, and The Source. All I can say about that is, for good reason! He’s already been nominated and even won a few awards so, like always, I went through and found the best tracks from the trilogy of mixtapes he released last year; House of Balloons (released March 2011), Thursday (released August 2011), and Echoes of Silence (released December 2011). I steer clear of jibber-jabber so , yes, he will have you lyrically inclined. Here are the top 8 choices of mine:

“What You Need”- House of Balloons. The intro has a faint, kind of distorted sample from Aaliyah’s “Rock the Boat” when she says “Baby now we can coast”.

“Wicked Games” – House of Balloons

“The Morning” – House of Balloons

“Gone” – Thursday

“Rolling Stone” – Thursday

“High For This” – House Of Balloons

“Initiation” – Echoes of Silence

“Next” – Echoes of Silence

You can listen download all three mixtapes from his website from the link below.

http://the-weeknd.com/

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Big K.R.I.T – “I Got This”

You know the west is the last to hear of good country/east coast rappers, so I have to keep Arizona up to speed. This is one of the newest releases from K.R.I.T. titled “I Got This” on his mixtape 4Eva N A Day. You can hear the G-funk organ-whines and cluster-bomb drums working in the background, and K.R.I.T showing us his capability to connect from the streets all the way to the boardroom, as usual. You’ll like it.

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Good Music Last Forever (Sampling At It’s Finest)

Sampling is an art; a tribute; an artistic and creative way to take a great song and make it your own. Yay or nay?  Some agree, but others disagree saying that sampling is just permission to copy-cat and is unoriginal. One thing that is fact, various artist use sampling and if they’ve sampled once, they’ve probably sampled a few other times as well! As an end result, they create some of the best hits known to our generation. I personally do not see a problem with it as long as the artist has permission, and most importantly, the song is justified!

I’ve researched and gathered  (in no particular order) 10 very well- known music artist who’s most memorable songs were sampled from a previous artist. The interesting part is that the average joe probably had no idea it wasn’t 100% original when they first heard the song. Let’s see how many of the ten you already knew where sampled pieces:

We’ll start with one of my favorites.

1). Hey look, it’s Kanye! The sample-song-king! Kanye has sampled over 600 songs in his career! This is “Drunk & Hot Girls” from his 2007 album, Graduation, originally made by a German rock band named Can with the song entitled “Sing Swan Song”. Skip to the :30 mark on Can’s original version.

   

2). That man named LUDACRIS! He, amongst many greats, he dipped in the sampling pool with his classic “Diamond In The Back” from the late great Curtis Mayfield “Diamond In The Back”. Listen to the original version up to the 2min mark, then listen through the first 1:04 of Ludacris’s song.

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3). This next song almost had me in tears. Rest in Peace, Aaliyah. “I Care 4U” sampled from The Newcomers “Too Little In Common To Be Lovers”

    

4). M.I.A received recognition after releasing “Paper Planes” which was sampled from The Clash ” Straight To Hell”.

  

5). Eminem’s most famous song was “My Name Is”, but he had help with the creative process. This was sampled from blues- funk singer of Labi Siffre ” I Got The … Blues”. On Labi’s original version skip to the 2:08 mark.

   

6). Music artist Major Lazer must be raking in major revenue from his song “Pon de floor”. Just click the video, you’ll immediately know who sampled it and on which song.

7). We all could probably tell “Int’l Players Anthem” from UGK ft Outkast was a sampled song, but did you know who it was from? Well now you do. Willie Hutch with “I Choose You”

          

8). Trick Daddy and Lil Jon went way out of there audience range and sampled “Let’s Go” from goth rock king Ozzy Osbourne and his song,”Crazy Train”. I’m actually glad they turned it into something a hip hop fan like myself could enjoy. Just listen to the first 20 sec of both songs

     

9). One of Outkast’s earlier hits “So Fresh So Clean” was sampled from Joe Simon -Before The Night Is Over. In Joe’s version he swoons to his lady saying how they will be in love before the night is over. The smooth sound and vocals is probably what inspired Outkast in their version, explaining why they’re the “coolest motha-funkas on the planet”.

    

10).  Finally! The last one. More than a decade ago, 2pac passed away, but left us with a grip of long lasting music and poetry. He sampled plenty of songs himself; one of them being Bruce Hornsby – “The Way It Is” on his own version of “The Way it Is”. On the original, listen through the 1:30 mark.

   

Good Music Last Forever.

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Stalley: Lincoln Way Nights (Intelligent Trunk Music)

Clean. Intelligent. Smooth. Those are three words I’d use to describe the music of the Ohio native rapper named Stalley. If you haven’t heard yet, you’re truly missing out, especially if you are attentive to lyricism. Take a couple of minutes to hear one of my favorites from him; “Pound” :

 

It’s almost completely unnoticeable how he avoids curse words in his music. You may have a preferable style, but who doesn’t appreciate lyricism? There’s no dumbing down his choice of words by using “hoe, bitch, nigga” (etc, etc); he takes you to a higher level of thinking, which is what an artist is suppose to do.

I appreciate the creativity of today’s young mainstream artist who make their hits from catchy hooks and metaphors,but some of us need something deeper than that. Allow me to introduce another favorite named “Hard” :

 

You get a quality deal with this cat. Fresh, head nodding beats, clear and creative choice of words, a distinct style and image; there’s something for everybody! I may find favoritism with him because I automatically cling to the use of instruments like the bass trumpet in “Slapp” and even other sounds and instruments I haven’t heard before. Bottom line is it’s different and it works.

Signed to MMG, he’s rubbing elbows with other valued rappers such as Rick Ross, Wale, and Curren$y.  His mixtape “Lincoln Way Nights (Intelligent Trunk Music) was already released last November, but it’s never too late to catch up on great music. It all speaks for itself.

“Brain waves of intelligence is what I send out” -Stalley. That you are, son.

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