28 October 2009
On his much anticipated sophomore mixtape, “One Foot Out The Door,” singer/songwriter/producer Mike Posner has developed his signature sound into a movement that has gotten him signed to J Records, on stages opening for the likes of Akon and on the pages of The New York Times, The New York Post and XXL Magazine. And he’s still a senior at Duke University! On his latest effort Mike deftly crafts a rich soundscape of hard hitting instrumentals coupled with clever songwriting indicative of someone twice his age. While his first mixtape posited it was only “A Matter of Time” until his buzz took off, on this offering, he makes it clear he has “One Foot Out The Door” into the stratosphere. Featuring guest appearances from Kid Cudi, Bun B, Big Sean, GLC, 3Oh!3, Freddie Gibbs and XV, “One Foot Out The Door” is sure to top best of 2010 lists.
1. One Foot Out the Door (Produced by Mike Posner and XX)
2. I Don’t Trust Myself (Produced by Mike Posner, Piano by Eric Holljes)
3. Traveling Man (Snippet) (Produced by Mike Posner and Raw Talent)
4. You Don’t Have to Leave (Produced by Miami Horror)
5. Cooler Than Me (Gigamesh Remix) (Produced by Gigamesh, Additional Production by Mike Posner)
6. Don’t Trust Me (Benny Blanco/DJ Benzi Remix) ft. 3OH!3 and Kid CuDi (Produced by Benny Blanco and 3OH!3)
7. Kiss Me Thru the Phone ft. Saigon (Produced by Mike Posner)
8. Red Button (Produced by Mike Posner)
9. Bring Me Down ft. Big Sean & Freddie Gibbs (Produced by Block Beattaz)
10. Mirror’s Edge Benzi Remix ft. Bun B, GLC, and XV (Produced by Seven)
11. Speed of Sound ft. Big Sean (Produced by Block Beattaz)
12. Close the Door ft. Clinton Sparks (Produced by Clinton Sparks)
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15 October 2009
Stop the presses! Stop the presses! Please, stop the presses! I had to put this up here on Heartless Handshakes. Kaleb "K-Quick" Rollins is a good friend of mine, who is currently enrolled in the Tisch music program at NYU, and I want to take this opportunity to give him some long overdue shine.
This young man is one of the music industry's best kept secrets. He is a producer/ singer/ songwriter/ DJ/ emcee/ MUSICIAN. Like my man said in the video clip, all of his slashes are well earned. I mean, shit, Kaleb has been making industry quality beats for at least last 3-4 years now-- fast forward the video to 4:25 and listen to that beat. Bananas. Heat. Crack. Fire. Piff. Whatever you wanna call it. My man K-Quick is PROBLEM and all you little producers, emcees, songwriters, starving artisits, industry lightweights, and industry heavyweights who read my blog, PAY CLOSE ATTENTION!! Here is a man who is constantly improving his craft. Here is a man who refuses to sleep because making beats and writing songs is his life. Why waste time dreaming about making music when you can just do it?
Can he get better? Absolutely, yes. I know he can.I remember his first beat. When I heard it, I was thinking that there was no possible way he could make a better song. Well, the next week, Kaleb comes out with another beat that was even better than his first beat. 7 years later, Kaleb never ceases to amaze me. Every time he sends me a beat, I say to myself that there is no way he can come up with something better than this. And every time, Kaleb delivers and sets the bar even higher, not only for himself, but for others around him.
So, to all you bloggers, readers, browsers, hip hop heads, music lovers, students, teachers, parents, consumers, etc here is your first look at my friend, the talented Kaleb " K-Quick" Rollins. Enjoy.
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08 October 2009
This past weekend I was at Jokas (the go to liquor spot in Waterville, ME) perusing the aisles in search of tequila. I didn't have money for Patron, but had enough money where I didn't have to buy Jose Cuervo. So, I came across 1800 Tequila. Surprisingly, it goes down more easily than other brands of tequila (I am not a tequila drinker by any stretch of the imagination).
06 October 2009
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Two reasons why I take particular interest in Mike Posner: 1. he is a college student not unlike myself, who attends classes at one of the most academically rigorous universities in the country and 2. he is an extremely talented songwriter, vocalist, and producer.I think it's fascinating that he is a college student taking 300-level courses during the week, then on Friday afternoon he flies all over the country to perform for kids his age at some other college venue. Then, its back to school on Sunday evening to finish a paper due on Monday. Crazy, huh?