Here's a funky little ditty from our home skillet Anthony David who has taken Q-Tip's "Gettin Up" and flipped it like a flapjack. Anthony sing-raps over the original song's beat urging us all to get up, get out and get something in '09. This track is a fine way to segue into the weekend after this historic and empowering week. Expect to find this joint on Acey Duecy's upcoming mixtape along with some other aural goodies.
Anthony David feat. Q-Tip: "Gettin Up"
It's been a minute since I've done a new video roundup, so I'm bringing the beat back in grand fashion with four new videos from for distinct male voices on today's soul music scene. First up we have Stokely Williams holding it down from your favorite band's favorite band, Mint Condition, with a futuristic video for "Nothing Left to Say" that fits in perfectly with their E-Life theme. Next we have Detroit's own Dwele with a very nicely done homemade video for "How I Deal (Waitin On Obama)." Thank goodness the wait for President Barack Obama is over! Then we have J. Holiday who finally drops a new video for "It's Yours," the first single from his upcoming album. Doesn't sound like there'll be any sophomore slump for that brotha. Rounding out the pack is Ryan Leslie with the second video from his "How It Was Supposed to Be" trilogy. If you can get past the corniness of the first two minutes, this vid is worth watching if for no other reason than to see Tyson Beckford, who incidentally gets a beatdown from the singer in the clip. Funny stuff.
Mint Condition: "Nothing Left to Say"
If you missed the loveliness that was Peter Hadar's last album, Well Dressed For the Art Show, then feel free to slap yourself and be sure not to get caught sleeping when his new EP She's 4 Months drops next month. The EP is described as featuring "signature selections to set the mood for love," and it will be released on February 10th, just in time for Valentine's Day. The best part of all, She's 4 Months will cost you free99, and SB is giving you a complimentary sneak peek of one of the five songs that will be on the disc. Not your typical love song, "All Mine" is a sexy synth-heavy slice of electro soul with Peter's voice resting comfortably on top of the beat as he sings about the object of his affection. If the other songs on the EP are anything like this, then expect a baby boom later this year. Check out the provocative cover for She's 4 Months after the bounce, where you can also find a download link for this song as well.
Peter Hadar: "All Mine"
After this week's events (we got a Black president, yo!!), we're still riding on a love high here at SBHQ, and we have artists such as Maya Azucena providing the soundtrack. We first featured her inspirational song "Get It Together" this past fall, and winter brings us a video for the track. It is a colorful, feel-good clip filmed on location in New York City and filled with folks of all ages and races who assist Maya on vocals. These visuals are the perfect complement to the song. Enjoy and, most importantly, get it together, y'all! [H/T: IS]
Since Erykah Badu's performance of "Vibrate On" on Girlfriends last year, rumors were swirling that the song was to be included on a soundtrack from the show. Thankfully, a year and some change later, the speculation has become a reality since January 27th will mean that you can cop yours legally from marketplaces such as Amazon. To expect lots of female empowerment tunes and smooth grooves such as India.Arie's "I Am Not My Hair" is an understatement. Erykah's "Vibrate On" will be the first song that will bless your ears if you do cop the compilation. It's everything that we expected from Erykah about 10 years ago, which isn't horrible. It just leaves me yearning for some updated, post-millennial sounds from the songstress. In the meantime, I guess this will have to do. [H/T: MVMT]
Among all of the other shameless campaigns to capitalize on all the sentiment surrounding the election of President Barack Obama, count this among either the most egregious or the most intriguing. Obama On My Mind, a musical written by acclaimed American writer Teddy Hayes, will be performed in London for a few weeks in March after a successful workshop sometime last year. It's hard to tell if this is outright capitalizing on the widespread infatuation with Obama or if this is a piece of playwriting that could stand on its own when interests are less piqued, say, ten years from now.
Judging by the sole picture on the musical's website (at right), it would be easy to assume that singing Obama hijinks ensue in the musical, but according to the playwright
"Obama On My Mind takes a humorous look at the weird and wonderful world behind the scenes of a small Obama campaign office and the larger than life characters who make the wheels turn, the cogs whirr and bring in the votes."
Since learning of Canadian artist Shawn Hewitt last Fall and his latest album, Spare Hearts, with band The National Strike, I have been helplessly in love with his own brand of soulful Rock music. Listening to "We May Not Be That Different After All," I can't help but remember so many great Pop bands I rocked out to during my formative years. There's a twinge of U2's The Edge in the guitar riffs and a bit of melancholy reminiscent of Simple Minds' lead singer Jim Kerr. All of this notwithstanding, there's just a lot of genuine talent that isn't easily categorized, hence my inability to get my hands on a digital copy of this surely amazing album in the States. To quote DJ Stylus, this song for me is "all kinds of awesome." You may likely feel the same way, too.
So, if you weren't convinced before that change has come to America, taking a glimpse at the new video from the usually sorrowful songstress Keyshia Cole should truly sway you for good. It's true. When she talked about her new album and its title showcasing 'A Different Me', she wasn't playing around. Gone are the tattered tales of heartbreak and cheating, the moribound memories. Hell, even the yodeling. There's also no longer any tear-stained lyrics that made even uplifting songs like "Heaven Sent" sound like distraught dirges. Seriously, Key-Key has officially crossed the love street, y'all, even going so far as showing a *gasp* happy, newlywed couple in her latest video for the song "You Complete Me." Yes, she did! And while I may not be in love with the song, seeing Keyshia smile and actually looking forward to her next relationship is the kind of change we've needed from her. Now if only we could get her mom and sister to cross the street with her...(um, not like I watch the show or anything. *whistling*) Check the clip after the bounce.
A few months ago when I featured Jesse Boykins III as a Bounce-Worthy artist, his song "Pantyhose" got great feedback around these parts. So its only fitting to post the brand new video for the track, which is equally as relatable and sexy. Jesse starts off in the beauty salon as a vendor hawking pantyhose to a shop full of uninterested clients, who clearly already spent up all their loose change when the bootleg DVD man and Egyptian Musk oil seller came in before him. Undaunted, he hits the streets of NYC and winds up at a laundromat where he flirts with an attractive customer between the washers and dryers. Mixed in are scenes of Boykins in his home studio laying down some vocals and, later, laying down old girl from the laundromat while she's in her pantyhose--although I think not for very long.