Along with gracing the December issueof XXL, Charles Hamilton, Asher Roth & B.o.B decided to get together on a new track, “Change Gon’ Come”.
Whether you’re Democrat, Republican or Independent, you cannot deny the inspiration that is Barack Obama.
Moreso than just being a politician, he is living proof of an idea.
An idea that represents progression and the belief that ANYTHING is possible. An idea that “if you believe, then you can achieve”.
Many of us have faith in the idea of forward movement and progression, but for most, this is merely blind faith.
One thing I’ve always enjoyed as a music fan is the concept of microphone marriages.
What’s a mic marriage?
A mic marriage is a song with one male artist and one female artist. Not only does it offer 2 different voices, but it also offers 2 different perspectives of the same story. It doesn’t have to be a love song (although it almost always is), it could be any type of record.
From a business perspective, this can prove to be a great method of combining 2 separate fanbases with similar tastes and traits, that can easily crossover to each other, as well as create a new market for the collaboration of the 2 artists together (in other words; 1 massive pool of fans & 3 different streams of products to sell them).
On a personal, music fan tip though, I love the combination of 2 great artists offering 2 separate voices to the same story.
One example of a mic marriage is Kenny Lattimore & Chante Moore. They recorded an entire album together called, “Things That Lovers Do”. (This album is a must for your mood music collection). These two are actually married, but a mic marriage doesn’t have to be two people tied to each other in any other way other than on the song itself.
As a music fan, if you could pick one mic marriage pair-up to record an entire album together, which one would it be?
I asked this question on Twitter a few days ago and I was overwhelmed with how many people replied with the same answer – Method Man & Mary J. Blige.
That’s probably one of the best examples there is.
Others answers included Ginuwine & Aaliyah, Nas & Lauryn Hill, Jay-Z & Beyonce and Avant & Keke Wyatt.
I like all of those pair ups, but truth be told, if I could pick only one, there’s another pair-up that I could only pray to the music gods to have them record an album together. They’re both well known artists, but their collaboration together is not as well-known.
Before you click on the play button, in order to really enjoy this song, you need to be in your personal zone. If you’re at home; shut off the TV for a few minutes, close your eyes and listen. If you’re at work or school; just put on your headphones, zone out and just… listen.
Ladies and gentleman… This. Is. Music:
Lauryn Hill ft. D’Angelo – Nothing Even Matters
That’s my favourite mic marriage. What’s yours?
I wasn’t going to post anything today, but I’ve got to share this with you guys.
My bwoy Perry from Good Friday Ent just sent me the unreleased album MC Hammer did with Death Row, titled “2Tight”.
I never thought I’d hear this. The album has a bunch of features too; including Kurupt, Luniz, Spice 1 and… 2pac!
Check out the track with Pac and download the album below.
MC Hammer ft. Nuttso, 2pac & Danny Boy – Too Late Playa
I wonder what would’ve happened had this been released.
Okay, so it’s Monday now, which means it’s the beginning of the week for most people. I work throughout the weekends however, so the only difference to me is that there will be a few more phone calls and emails today.
Anyways, I’m finishing up a project for a major client of mine, so I’m going to be pretty tied up with that today; but I didn’t want to leave you high and dry without a fresh post, so I decided I’d share some music with you.
I’m not sure if many of you know this, but when it comes to music – I listen to many different genres. The “urban” genres are definitely my core preference, but I still listen to anything that sounds good – regardless of what radio format the song is serviced to. But even when it comes to urban, most people assume I’m a strict rap/hip-hop head.
Truth be told, I grew up listening to R&B, Dancehall and Soca just as much as I did listening to Rap. Actually, I’m just as much, if not more, of an R&B cat than I am a hip-hop head. Whenever I find the state of music to be a little stale, I can always find an R&B song to keep my ears and mind satisfied.
By the way, I really don’t like using genres to classify music. I could care less about what radio format a song is serviced to or what clothing brands or lifestyle is associated to it. To me, good music is good music.
I mention genres mainly for the simplicity of living a sane life. I’m not going to be that guy who stops you 5 times during a sentence and asks you to clarify what you mean when you say certain words. I hate that guy. That guy doesn’t live life; he argues with it.
Anyways, I really don’t know where I’m going with this. The whole purpose of this post was just to share 2 songs with you that have been on repeat on my player for the past week…… fine – 3 weeks; but you see what I’m saying? (I know they’re not necessarily “new” new, but I guarantee they’re new to most of you)
The first one’s a little more mid-tempo, while the second one is a little slower; but they’re both real serious joints in my opinion. Check them out and let me know what you think.
EDIT: I switched the order of the songs since it’s easier to go from slow-tempo up, as opposed to the opposite. Thanks to Rachel for pointing it out.
Taio Cruz – She’s Like A Star
Shoutout to Cipha Sounds
I first met Bu Thiam a few months back in Atlanta. After speaking to him for a bit and seeing the types of moves he was making, I immediately thought of featuring him when I first lauched the site.
As co-CEO of Konvict Muzik, Bu is definitely a mogul in the making.
During my discussion with Bu, we spoke about his entry into the game, career aspirations and the rumours of Akon‘s country album.
Oh yeah, if you’re thinking he looks familiar, that’s because he’s also Akon’s brother. But don’t think he got his position just because of that. Bu makes his own moves and is steadily rising as one of the music game’s biggest executives.