Ooooweee, this girl is in it to win it. Jessica Sanchez is gunning for that number one post, singing for her chance to coast into the finale of Season 11 of American Idol. You can check out her performances of some classic tunes by Mariah, Aerosmith, and the Jackson 5. Once the official Youtube clips go up, we’ll swap em out because the following may not be around for long. In the mean time, vote, vote, vote for this girl!
Mariah Carey – “My All”
Aerosmith – “Don’t Want to Miss a Thing”
Jackson 5 – “I’ll Be There”
Magnetic North & Taiyo Na are back again with a long overdue visual for their collaborative song with R&B songstress, Heather Park. “New Love” is from Mag North & Taiyo’s joint album, Home:Word (originally from ’10, but also a deluxe version from ’11). The visual is a representation of a slightly unorthodox love story, portraying a couple not many artists have used as characters before. Find the lyrics after the break.
Song: “New Love”
Artist: Magnetic North & Taiyo Na, ft. Heather Park
Album: Home:Word [Deluxe Edition]
Cast: Diomargy Nuñez, Aileen Wang
Director and Editor: Nancy Shon
Producer: Stephanie Wu, David Harry Yoon
Cinematographer: Inyoung Choi
Executive Producers: Derek Kan, Taiyo Na, Theresa Vu
Rekstizzy x Decipher x Lyricks x Dumbfoundead
I saw this recently over at Gumship and thought the image was too cool not to share. The illustration is by Jaeil Cho, and depicts four prominent Asian-American artists at a table – namely Rekstizzy, Decipher, Lyricks, and Dumbfoundead. Most have shared track time with each other in various guest collaborative combinations, but this image captures them in a way that no photo could. Props to Jaeil and his creative talent.
Well this was a long time comin’! Kero One just dropped the music video to a single off his 2010 album, Kinetic World. “Fast Life” is collaborative joint with Esna (who now spends her days as a singer/writer in Korea) – a favorite musical companion of Kero’s. Though this song ain’t exactly brand new, the great blend of animation and footage make for a visually appealing MV.
Dumbfoundead was sure to have Breezy Lovejoy deeply involved with his last full-length album, DFD. That’s why it would only be appropriate for him to return the favor, as he has a guest spot on Breezy’s new joint, “K-Town Girl”. They have a quasi-MV to share with you featuring some night time K-Town LA antics along with the aforementioned girl(s). This chill 2012 Summer jam is a freebie, so download it here.
If you’re looking for a nice surprise this morning, international superstar, Jay Park, has released a free mixtape to his fans called Fresh Air: Breathe It. If you want a little preview of what you can expect, he’s posted up a Youtube clips for your streaming convenience (including a joint with Dumbfoundead). You can peep those after the break. Otherwise, if you’re ready to make it your own? DL the tape, here.
Personal situations have kept freshKiDD away from the public eye, but the female rapper is looking to break her way back into the spotlight. The following is a short freeverse-type preview of an untitled song that’s in the works. She’s promising more upcoming projects, so we’re going to have to take her work on that, but for now we’ll settle for this clip.
Live Verse of Untitled Track
Produced by Flash Beats
Written and performed by freshKiDD
Dru B Shinin‘ has a large collab track out featuring Anetix, Clay West and Kidd Star. The joint is titled “Get Wealthy” and is a prime example of the independent, underground grind. Production values are rough and unpolished, the video has an entirely too soft of a picture, and overall it can’t hold a candle to some of their contemporaries. That being said, some of the artists show some potential but they could all benefit from a stronger media team.
Though things have been relatively quiet on his end, people are still taking note of the Half Japanese singer Justin Nozuka. He was recently given a profile feature on the Examiner.com, where a number of his songs were discussed in short detail and a brief history of the singer was reviewed. It’s strong primer material for new fans of Mr. Nozuka. Head over to the Examiner to check it our for yourselves!
I’ve always had the feeling that the way most artists pursue their music, gets them too mixed up in the business aspect of it,” he says “And that’s when you start creating music for money’s sake,” he continues, “I’m becoming more committed to being authentic.”