Her name is Amanda Diva and we have been playing her song Supa Woman here on 88Nine RadioMilwaukee for sometime now. This poet, mc, singer, dj, writer and model has been on the scene for a while. She is also an avid blogger and vlogger. She has been on Def Poetry(see video below). She writes for the hip hop publication XXL and popular site AllHipHop.com She is even been called the face of hip hop on Mtv2 (I didn’t think they played music videos anymore). This is one artist you should not sleep on. Did I mention she is also a painter.
Here is another artist in my series, “Don’t Sleep On”. His name is Wale and he is a rapper from my old stomping grounds of Washington D.C. I been playing his music on the Rhythm Lab for a while now. I think he is one of the freshest sounding MCs to come out in a long time. He also incorporates the sound of Go-Go into his music.
Go-go is a subgenre of funk which originated in the Washington, D.C. area during the mid- to late-1970s. A handful of bands contributed to the early evolution of the genre, but singer/guitarist Chuck Brown is credited with having developed most of the hallmarks of the style.
He has just appeared on the cover of the latest issue of Urb Magazine along side the French Duo Justice. He is currently working with super producer Mark Ronson (producer behind Amy Winehouse, and Lily Allen). He even opened up this past year’s MTV Video Music Awards. He also has mixtape called 100 Miles and Running available as a free download. I see big things for Wale in 2008. Also check out this article in the Washington Post on Wale.
P.S.: Also check out Tabi Bonney. He is another great DC rapper with a style all of his own.
Wale featuring Tawiah – All I Need (produced by Mark Ronson) Tawiah will be another Don’t Sleep On artist in the mean check this out.
I decided to start a new blog feature in addition to the ‘Site of the Day’ post. It will be called ‘Don’t Sleep On’. The feature will showcase a new artist that you need to know about and that can also be heard on 88Nine RadioMilwaukee. We kind of started this with our previous post on Rahj and Taylor McFerrin.
So in this Don’t Sleep On we will showcased an artist originally from Philadelphia. Her name is Santogold. We mention her a few months back in my post on “What is Black Music: Part Deux”. I have know about her for a little over a year. She is now getting a lot of press as of late. She was even hand-picked by Bjork to open for her in Madison Square in NYC. We are currently have Santogold’s ‘Les Artistes’ in rotation.