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I feel like a lot of guys don't really know what they're doing when they pick up the razor. It's more of a process than one might think. Check it out.
I was scrolling through my iTunes and came across this gem. I can honestly say that this song could put me in a good mood no matter what the circumstance. I can't exactly put my finger on it, but there's just something about it that makes me want to get right and hit up an ill house party.
11 August 2010
If you haven't heard about Mac Miller yet, here is the perfect opportunity to get familiar. Mac Miller is an emcee from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, who recently graduated from high school. Yes, you read correctly: high school. In December 2009, he released his first major mixtape, The High Life, which gained him notoriety in the blogosphere, and even fellow Pittsburgh native, Wiz Khalifa has reached to collaborate with him on current and future projects.
But who wouldn't want to work with the kid? Mac Miller rhymes with wit and charm while his flow and delivery is smooth like your favorite summertime beverage. Last month Rostrum Records recognized Miller's untapped potential and offered the young Pittsburgh spitter to a record deal he couldn't refuse. Miller's first release under Rostrum will be his upcoming mixtape, K.I.D.S., which comes out Friday, August 13th. The concept of the mixtape is loosely based on the controversial film, "Kids," directed by Lenny Clark. Mac Miller has leaked a series of songs and viral videos leading up to the release of K.I.D.S. This particular video features features a brief introductory monologue taken from the movie "Kids" and two songs from the mixtape. The first song has a jazz-influenced, bob-your-head-tap-your-feet vibe, while the second song features an interesting sample from "Fireflies" by Owl City. Check it out.
10 August 2010
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After releasing two critically acclaimed mixtapes as an undergraduate student at Duke University, Mike Posner faced the daunting task of delivering a debut album of equal or better quality. He did exactly that on his debut album, 31 Minutes to Takeoff. Only this time he has developed a new style and sound you might have expected to hear from Mike Posner.
With the help of DJ Benzi and Don Cannon, Mike Posner released his first mixtape, A Matter of Time, in March 2009. Songs such as “Drug Dealer Girl,” “Cooler Than Me,” and “Halo,” quickly earned him a cult following, and before you could say “record deal,” his music was blaring in dorm rooms and frat houses across the country.
After a summer of touring, signing autographs, and inking a deal with J Records, Mike Posner entered his senior year of college with literally one foot out the door. A flourishing music career in one hand and a stack of textbooks and papers in the other might seem like a lot to balance for a 21-year-old, but not for Mike Posner. In October 2009 he teamed up with DJ Benzi and Clinton Sparks to release his highly anticipated sophomore mixtape, One Foot Out the Door. Featuring the likes of Bun B, Kid Cudi, and Big Sean, One Foot Out the Door catapulted Posner into the limelight with tens of thousands of iTunes downloads, Twitter followers, and Facebook fans.
With two critically well received mixtapes under his belt and graduation on the horizon, Posner shifted his focus to his debut album, 31 Minutes to Takeoff: 12 tracks. Just under 38 minutes. Just Mike Posner.
The album starts off slow, reminding us of where we left off over nine months ago with One Foot Out the Door and A Matter of Time: “Do you recall?/ I told you this was just a matter of time.” With the stage set for the rest of the album and our undivided attention, the Mike Posner we have grown to love greets us with a raspy, quasi-falsetto voice over catchy beats in songs such as “Please Don’t Go,” “Bow Chicka Wow Wow,” and “Cooler Than Me.”
Beyond his natural ability to woo with his charm and pop star persona, Posner also shows a more serious side. In two songs specifically, we catch a glimpse into his personal life. In “Cheated,” Posner reveals that a girl he was in love with was cheating on him the whole time they were together. And just in case you were wondering whom this song is about: “Caroline Stevens, this song is for you!” Ouch.
He even goes a bit deeper in the song “Delta 1406.” He admits that even though people constantly surround him, he often feels alone. He also reveals that his relationship with his mother is suffering and his father “only has a few years left.” A song of this depth and emotion is much unlike his past works, and it shows that his success hasn’t been easy and his newfound fame might not be worth the strain it has put on his family.
In addition to the party tunes and emotional croons, Mike Posner offers a batch of feel-good tracks in “Do You Wanna” and “Gone in September.” The playful guitar riffs, live drums, and brass and woodwind instruments make for an easy and enjoyable listen.
It is often the case that new artists feel pressure from their record label to sound a certain way in order to sell more records. 31 Minutes to Takeoff has one glaring omission—the lack of featured guests. In the past, Mike Posner has worked with hip hop artists and certainly had a hip hop influence in his music. So it seems somewhat peculiar that none of them would be featured on the debut album. Perhaps record label executives want to promote Mike Posner as more of a pop act, hence the exclusion of rappers and hip hop producers.
03 August 2010
Not going to write a whole lot. Wale raps with some of his friends over some incredibly dope beats. DJ Omego mixes all the songs together. You'd be crazy not to download this. Don't sleep on Wale Falorin.