#WhatUshouldBlistening2 : Rome Fortune

Hailing in from Atlanta Georgia, Rome Fortune is a that new rapper taking the underground by storm. In a world where all of the music production sounds like Dj Mustard and all the hooks are Drake inspired, Fortune is refreshing, not because he’s new, but because you cannot define his sound. While his personality and swag is present within each track, Rome Fortune makes songs that completely sound different from one another. One song will be trap hop, the next will be boom bap, while next will be EDM. He has worked with indie electro house producers such as Four Tet and Chris McClenney but will go left field and make a song with indie rock singer / producer Toro y Moi. He makes you completely invested to hear what sound he will wield next to demonstrate his impressive rapping ability. Not only is he immensely talented, he has something to say. He believes in practicality as well as common sense. Like Oddisee, he is the working man’s rapper that aspires to be more. Give a listen, if you don’t believe me, you will regret it.

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Missy Elliot – WTF Feat Pharrell

That’s it, she’s back. It’s been so long and I couldn’t be more excited. Missy Elliot came out with a new video. The Queen of Pop Rap music has blessed us with visuals from her new song “WTF (Where they from)”. As usual, the video is nuts, complete with innovative directing and unbelievable dancing. Like all of her previous work, this one is for the books, it’s amazing. It’s great to see her back, within the video you see homage to Biggie, LL Cool J, B-boy hip hop and even puppets?, I know it’s nothing really too surprising from her, but it’s so welcome in 2015!. Welcome Back Missy Misdemeanor Elliot, the games needs you.

{What You Should B Listening 2} Michael Jackson – Thriller (Reflex Halloween Edit)

OK, Halloween is literally tomorrow, and I don’t know about you, but I cannot go a Halloween without hearing Michael Jackson’s classic song, Thriller. But this version I discovered is a bit different, can I say scarier? Yea, that’s it, scarier. The composition of the song has been rearranged and elements of the song are in strategic places to give you just the right amount of groove and goosebumps. I have been listening to this song my whole life, but I must say, this is probably the best remix I’ve ever heard. Let me know what you think? I put the remix and the original down below. Enjoy and Have Haunted Halloween!

# WhatUshouldBListening2 : 12am Night Edition

Hey guys! This is my first mixtape!. Please let me know you think about my song choices! This mixtape is just the first in a series, #WhatUshouldBlistening2 is a collection of Electro House /Soul songs from some of my favorite underground producers that I believe it everyone should check out sometime or another!  The songs are either tracks they have remixed or “refixed” or just original songs.
The Track listing is below.
https://soundcloud.com/bigboynerd/whatushouldblistening2-12pm-edition
Anne-Marie -Stole (Chole Martini Refix)
Flight Facilities – Clarie De Lune(Feat Christine Hoberg) (Them Jeans Edit)
Anthony & Cleopatra – Sirens (Clarens Remix)
Azealia Banks – Chasing Time (Crayon Remix)
Portland – Deezy Daisy (Oxford Remix)
Pat Lok Feat Desire’e Dawson – All In My Head
Lykke Li – No Rest for the Wicked (Belarbi Remix)
Owl Eyes – Find Out
Morgan Page – Fight for You (Imbue Remix)
KAYTRANDA – Come Clean (Hilary Duff Cover)
Brancaccio & Bishop – “You’re So Fine” Ft. Ana (John Monkman Remix)
Portland – You Don’t Know Me (Bit Funk Remix)
Avicii X Daft Punk – Dear Boy (Dave Edwards Remix)
Rejjie Snow Ft. Rae Morris – Blakkst Skn (KATRA Mix)

* For best effects, listen to at night 😉 *

Fighting the Good Fight : How Oddisee Helps me Through my Depression

“Might of begin to tear up, my nose started to flare up, I’m not afraid of improving” – Word to the Wise

Despair, anger, excitement and above all else, fear. These are the emotions that I have been battling with over the last few months. I recently got an apartment with my lovely girlfriend, successfully learned how to not get lost on the subway in NYC (still needs a little work), found new friends and even started to learn how to DJ. No matter how big or small, these are events that have shown progress in my 27 year young life. I am proud, but on the other hand, these changes have added new responsibility. I now have to provide for a new apartment, try my best to learn the ins and outs of the city so I can effectively make a career change and better understand how to create time in my life for relationships. My life seems to be happening faster than I can process, my emotions are all out of whack; there are less people in my life that I receive support from and each day teaches me that nothing is guaranteed. Some call it an early identity crisis (shout out to D.C. Comics), others call it anxiety and depression.

“What’s a Crew, what’s a gang to a brother who been his thing all alone?” – “I Belong to the World”

Hip Hop artist Oddisee views it as growing pains. He reminds me that it’s ok to be afraid and with hard work and determination anything is possible. Born from an African American mother and Sudanese father, he grew up in Prince George County, Maryland, which is one of the wealthiest African American counties in the nation. He was afforded a cultivated and cultured worldview that has likely provided him sage like wisdom. His omniscient worldview is expressed through impactful poetry over a wide array of jazzy and soulful productions that would make Ali Shaheed Muhammad proud. Oddisee crafts nearly every single one of his songs from the ground up. He uses live instrumentation in his production. Every pluck of a chord, melodic hiss leaking through metal and thud of bass is usually recorded live and edited for his albums. His lyrics are consistently thoughtful and impactful. He wrestles with complex morals, the traditional American ideals of progression and his personal contradictions. Often he explains his mixed feelings of being a successful indie artist. He is essentially trying to do the best he can in a world that is hard, he’s not just a dreamer but a non-conformist to what the music industry deems popular. Oddisee has produced for soundtracks, commercials, podcasts and even your favorite indie artists (Joey BadA$$, Chris Faust, Fresh Daily). He’s an everyman, your favorite indie artist’s Mc and producer. In everything he touches, there is a hint of thoughtfulness and care in all his work.

“Motivated by fear, ain’t the best, but it works for me” – “Tomorrow Today”

https://soundcloud.com/oddiseemusic/tomorrow-today

Lately, his music has been helping me. It’s sort of soundtrack through my depression, with all the chaos in my mind lately, Oddisee helps me make sense of it, and shows me that it’s always possible to make an honest living and be proud of what you contribute to the world. He has the ability to rationalize and explore his thoughts in a clear and cohesive manner, for the better or worse. It just so happens, when he does it also helps me sort through my own insecurities and doubt. On his most recent album, The Good Fight, he has a song titled “A List of Withouts”. On it, he quickly raps within a verse that money coming and going predict the pattern I’m trying to define. With just that quick string of lyrics, he makes me face the question of if I am willing to sacrifice my belief system to make more money? Or will I stick to my guns and try to find my passion? I think I have always know that fear governs the decisions I make, either it be professionally or emotionally. As I grow and learn about myself and what I want to achieve, it dawns on me that fear and doubt is all a part of the game. In order for me to make it into the next day with my psyche intact, I need to be able to prepare for worse but expect the best.

“I ain’t start from the bottom, I started from the beginning” – “Tangible Dream’

When Oddisee explain his journey of personal success in such unpretentious detail, it stills my anxiety about what I believe I haven’t accomplished yet. It is a constant reminder that just changing my perspective a bit will go a long way.

“Anything I do is a part of me from the start” – “First Step”

Now while I don’t completely subscribe to Oddisee’s personal religion he mentions at times, I do enthusiastically believe in the spiritual values he professes in his work. As I grow, I have been learning to accept the unexpected, it is important to understand that just because I have a romanticize view of something, doesn’t mean hard work isn’t required. Being at the beginning of a life project is something to be proud of, days go by and I have thousands of ideas, yet I do not act on them. I’m at least glad that there was an instance in my life that I believed in myself enough to engage in anything I love in whatever capacity. I believe that all of these experiences not only enrich my perspective but also my soul. Without the first step there can be no destination, for the end and beginning are undoubtedly connected.

101 Artists to Listen to before you Die by Richardo Cavolo

What up ya’ll! Long time no talk to, been a busy lately moving into a new apartment and learning how to be a DJ. It’s a been a rewarding road so far. But I haven’t forgotten about you guys! Anyway, my friends over at Nobrow hooked my up with this new book.

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101 Artists to Listen to before you Die is the newest books from Richardo Cavolo. It is pictorial list of essential musical artists that should be listened to before you expire from this world. The beautiful thing about this book is that it is not a “how to guide” to music or someone author telling you why whatever he’s pitching is better than anything you could be into. It is a normal guy expressing his love for music and explaining his honest thoughts about how the music makes him feels when it hits him. Quite truthfully, the book is refreshing. It catalogs his experiences of music and he provides us with some vibrant, beautifully unconventional art. It’s all personal but it also invites you to think back to how you felt about whatever music might have shaped your life up to this point.

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Being an eclectic guy myself, I wanted to challenge myself and see out of the 101 artists, how many can I say that I have listened to, I came to the resounding number of just 40 artists. Not too shabby I thought, but I have decided that I want challenge myself.

From this day forward I will be listen to at least 2 artists a day in this book, chronologically, (Thank God For Apple Music!)  in order to not only say I have listened to them all, but to see how it makes me feel and see what I can learn from each artist, I will document what I’ve listened to and write what I’ve heard and felt on here! Hell maybe even one day I will write my own book about artist you all should listen to 😉

{Music you never knew you liked} – Ratatat – Abrasive

Ratatat is back to their beautiful electric guitar riffs that their known for. They have been on a bit of a break lately but after their at Coachella performance, they are back with a new album –Magnifique which will be released on 7/17. The single below is their second single off the new album it’s titled Abrasive, even though song is anything but. The sounds from the electric guitar melts on your eardrums, the song sounds like a guilty pleasure. it’s beautiful. It’s easily the best song you will hear all day long. Check out the video below, it includes animation using over 4,000 black and white drawings by Ratatat’s Evan Mast. It’s incredible to look at, it’s something you shouldn’t miss.