Again I want to thank The Couch Sessions for this video. Jay-Z should get a huge bump from this one.
What is your opinion of this video? What would Hilary like? You know that could be a good premise for a blog. How about Stuff that Democrats Like… or Stuff that Republicans Like (note: I have already trademarked them both).
Wale, a Don’t Sleep on Artist and in current rotation here at RadioMilwaukee. A rapper from DC that infuses the sound of DC Go-Go into his music. The rapper has been heavily sought out by various labels, but no deals until now. He has inked a joint deal with Interscope and Mark Ronson’s (Amy Winehouse prodcucer) label Allido Records. The new album will be produced by Ronson.
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. – It has just been announced on 93.9 WKYS that DC-area hip hop artist, Wale, has signed with Interscope Records in a joint venture deal with three-time Grammy award winning producer Mark Ronson’s Allido Records. Here is the press release (thanks Couch Sessions)
Wale, 23, has seen a tremendous amount of success for an unsigned hip hop artist over the past year, gracing the covers of URB and DNR magazines, doing remixes for Justice, Chris Brown and MIA, performing at the MTV Video Music Awards, song licenses with Nike, ENTOURAGE and MTV and a growing internet buzz surrounding his most recent mixtape 100 MILES AND RUNNING and his upcoming Seinfeld-inspired project, THE MIXTAPE ABOUT NOTHING. Entertainment Weekly recently reported that the mixtape features a skit from Seinfeld star Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
Wale signed a production deal with DJ-turned-producer Mark Ronson (Amy Winehouse, Lily Allen, Christina Aguilera) in June of 2007 after impressing him on Ronson’s European tour. Following an intense, six-month bidding war, Wale signed to a joint venture between Allido Records and Interscope, saying Jimmy Iovine, Luke Wood and the whole Interscope staff understood his vision better than anyone else.
“Look at their track record,” said Wale via phone on his way to perform at a Justice concert in DC. “Dre, Eminem, 50, Pharrell, Timbaland, Black Eyed Peas, Soulja Boy…the list goes on.”
“This is the best possible situation we could ask for,” says Daniel Weisman, Wale’s manager. “We waited and kept grinding until someone came with something we felt reflected the work we’ve put in; Interscope got it.”
Mark Ronson will executive produce Wale’s untitled debut album and contribute production to the project due out in fall. Other tentative contributors include past Wale-collaborators Osinachi (“Nike Boots”) and Best Kept Secret (“Back In The Go Go”), along with Just Blaze, Pharrell, Kanye West, 9th Wonder, Justice and DJ Toomp.
Allido Records is a New York City-based label founded in 2004 by Mark Ronson and former manager, Rich Kleiman. Allido Records has put out releases by Rhymefest and Daniel Merrieather through J Records, and by Mark Ronson through RCA. Wale’s album will be the first release through their new joint venture deal with Interscope.
Don’t forget to check out his blog/company who he partners with his manager Daniel Weisman elitaste
Check out this new track courtesy of Wale feat. Bun B(UGK), Pusha T, and Tre – Back in the Go Go
For those of you who don’t know what this genre of music is about, I have included a short description.
Neo soul (also known as nu soul) is amusic genre and an umbrella term for current soul music. The music is usually a hybrid of 1970s-influenced soul music with influences from jazz, funk, hip hophouse music. The term neo soul was originated by Kedar Massenburg of Motown Records in the late 1990s. Neo soul’s audience tends to be underground, preferring that the music favor underground credibility and soulfulness over mainstream popularity. Some musicians who create what is described as neo-soul prefer to disassociate themselves from the tag, due to the term’s buzzword-like usage. Some of these artists simply refer to themselves as soul artists.
Neo Soul music makes educated black people feel like they are getting in on music that regular blacks don’t know about. The most popular neo soul artist is Erykah Badu….even though some of us may feel she’s a little bit crazy. Some educated Blacks have distanced themselves from Ms. Badu because too many people know about her. Neo Soul allows these educated blacks to feel they are the only people who know about these artists and are the only ones educated enough to understand this music. Once an artist “catches on,” it’s time to move on to the next undiscovered talent.
Have you ever wanted to share the info on your phone like photos, videos, etc. with a friend or family? Have you ever forgot your phone and you wanted to find a contact or text message a friend or multiple friends, or even check your voicemail? Wouldn’t it be great to control your phone from your computer like the set the ringtones, wallpaper, or even speed dials?
The Site of the Day could be your answer. The site is called Dashwire. It can do all that and more. Dashwire is currently in Beta, and I finally got invited to try it out. Dashwires works by installing a small app on your phone (I have Windows Mobile phone). Then it basically syncs your information to your Dashwire account. It syncs your contacts, text messages, call log, photos, videos, ringtones, voicemail (you have to sign up for free service from CallWave to use it). Another cool feature is that once you take a photo or video you can automatically sync it up to a page you share with your friends and family.
You can check out video of how the site works here.
From Dashwire’s site:
At Dashwire, we believe that some things are just easier to do on your computer. Dashwire’s free service automatically mirrors your mobile phone to the web, making it significantly easier to manage, enhance, and share the memories captured on your phone with others — no cables or instruction manual required.
Your phone content — contacts, text messages, calls, photos, videos, Internet favorites, speed dials, ringtone, and wallpaper — is seamlessly uploaded from your phone and safely stored online in your Dashwire account.
With Dashwire, you can…
Send and receive text messages from your computer without picking up your phone
Automatically upload photos and videos captured on the go to easily organize and share with your friends
Add an address book contact on your computer and have it instantly appear on your phone
Easily set Internet favorites, ringtones, wallpapers, and speed dials – in seconds from your computer
Discover the coolest stuff available for your phone
Well one of the biggest groups from 2007 is continuing their dominance. The french duo known as Justice is headlining the MySpace Tour along with Diplo, DJ Mehdi, Chromeo, Busy P(Daft Punk’s manager and founder of Justice’s label Ed Banger). The tour will be stopping through Chicago on March 20th at the Riviera. Check out their new video for the song “DVNO”
According to band member Xavier de Rosnay, “DVNO” stands for “Divino.” de Rosnay states, “In every suburb of the world, in every city, there’s always a nightclub called El Divino… Clubs where you have to wear like a white shirt to get in.”
The vocalist featured in the song is Mehdi Pinson from the band Scenario Rock.
The video for the song, directed by So-Me, Yorgo Tloupas and Machine Molle, features band members Xavier de Rosnay and Gaspard Augé playing piano at the end.
Check out the interview with Justice from BBC’s Annie Mac [download]
My favorite artist right now is the multi talented Santi White aka Santogold. She has been all over the music blogosphere for some time now. I have been playing her music on Rhythm Lab Radio for over a year. She even was a writer and producer on Res’s “How I Do“. That album is amazing, and you need to get it (I mean it!). She opened up for Bjork at Madison Square Garden at Bjork’s request. Performs with Spank Rock. This will be a golden year for Santogold. Her album is due out this year. She mixes reggae, electronic, punk, rock, with dash of hip hop attitude. She is the future of music.
She just dropped the video for “Les Artistes” which we have been playing here at RadioMilwaukee. DO NOT SLEEP… I REPEAT DO NOT SLEEP.