The only word to describe Michael Kiwanuka is talented. He’s got a voice that is reminiscent of Bill Withers with a bit of Sam Cooke and has the rare ability to write songs that are personal while being relatable at the same time. He’s fresh off supporting the queen Adele on tour and being chosen as the winner of BBC Sound of 2012 (beating out acts such as Skrillex, Frank Ocean, and Azealiea Banks) joining the ranks of artists who have previously won the award such as Adele, Jessie J, and Ellie Goulding. The video doesn’t have many exciting twists and turns as to not take the focus away from this mans beautiful voice. Get familiar.
Barack Obama getting on Spotify recently and while his first playlist contained no Flocka or 2 Chainz he did still provide a nice selection of hits from various genres. Two of the most renowned DJs in the game took it upon themselves to turn that playlist into a mix that provides the continuity that Spotify lacks. Stream/Download below. Flocka for president.
Justin Vernon the mastermind behind the indie project Bon Iver (aka Bonny Bear) recently did this great live session for record label 4Ad. Watch as he partners with fellow Wisconsin musician S. Carey to perform some hits from Bon Iver’s catalog as well as Justin Vernon’s great Bonnie Raitt cover. This is worth checking out from start to finish. Tracklist below.
01 “Hinnom, TX”
03 “I Can’t Make You Love Me”
Tory Lanez is nice. That’s about all there is to it. I got to hear this track when my homie Sascha came through and kicked it for the Paper Diamond show. He’s got quite a bit of range and is only 19. He will be having a solid year, that’s something to bank on. This track shows the range I speak of with him exercising a few different flows accompanied with a hell of a hook that he sings and sings well. Check out the jam below.
The good folks over at 3 Little Digs put together the visual treatment for Oklahoma’s and G.O.O.D. Music’s own Tony Williams. This is the title track off of his most recent project. You will recognize some cameos such as Mickey Factz, GLC, Donnis, Sean Faylon, Kyle Lucas and more.
Kendrick Lamar caught up with Karen Civil at the video shoot for his track off of The Game’s album. He touches on who he’s been working with (6 tracks with Pharrell!), the death of TDE’s Alori Joh, the MTV’s Hottest MC List, and where he’s at musically. Hands down my favorite right now; I just don’t think it’s even close. Enjoy the vid.
My good friend and talented MC from OKC’s Puzzle People, Ronnie Harris, asked me to put this project up for him. It’s very special to him and really holds a lot of value and ties to someone that was near and dear to his heart and was a beautiful musician herself, Ashlee Madison. You’ll see his description below, then a link to get it. Support my man on such a well crafted and moving project of instrumentals. Ronnie had this to say:
Ashlee T Madison the Great Jr. She passed away Saturday morning, April 17, 2010 as the result of an automobile accident in Oklahoma City. Ashlee was reared in Norman, attended Norman Public Schools, graduated Norman North High School in 2004. She enrolled at the University of Oklahoma, obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in African American Studies in Fall 2009. At the time of her death she was enrolled in the Graduate Program at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond,
OK pursuing a Master’s Degree in Jazz Studies. Ashlee was a dynamic individual, who commanded an audience at an early age. From the time she was a child, she was always looking for an audience, often finding one and entertaining them for hours. Her kindred spirit continued throughout her life, allowing her to perform in front of large crowds. She appeared in a major motion picture, enjoyed modeling, song writing, painting, and photography. When she wasn’t performing, Ashlee enjoyed helping and giving to others. She was an environmentalist, often raising concern for the well being of planet earth. Ashlee was particularly fond of rivers, streams and enjoyed taking long walks experiencing mother nature.