Every Friday, TSL keeps it fresh with novel artists, videos, events and so on. The spotlight has hit Chicago native, Calliko, with his latest visuals High Life. With the intro displaying the infamous film “New Jack City,” which starred Wesley Snipes, Ice-T, Allen Payne and Chris Rock, gives us some kind of levity as to what Calliko is rhyming about. Then, we see a long-haired female hula hopping and dancing in a strategical way to the beat of Calliko’s song. A very unorthodox video taken place in a field filled with green pasture, while Calliko is surrounded by associates and has several outfit changes, including the comeback of a tie-dyed sweatshirt. Great track for this overly hot summer afternoon. Kick it inside, trip off of Calliko’s catchphrases and stay hydrated in the meantime!
G FrSH is the UK-based rapper who does not cease to amaze his audience. With his latest visuals, “Never Can I,” being almost spasmodic and interestingly alluring, we see a grandiose life through the lenses of James Partridge. G FrSH’s dainty fashion compliments the blasé models who are wickedly indifferent to life itself. This satirical music video, from demolishment of the exquisite cakes to the models screaming demonically at the top off of their lungs, creates a mystical life that we all lust for and desire. We would thoroughly enjoy a mash-up of “Never Can I,” which can be heard off of his latest mixtape LEGOMAN II.
Boston native James Joshua Avenue, known for his stage name ‘Avenue,’ has collaborated with the talented videographer and director Goodwin for these crisp and eloquent visuals. The mystical production was done by another native, HiFadility. This team is one to be reckoned with as Avenue is also known for his telling poetry. Almost trembling to think for his competitors! Rapping for about 9 years now, Avenue has made a compelling name for himself in the city of Boston as well as the surrounding areas. The culture in “I Love My” visuals, featuring a slow yet well-thought verse from Last Days, has been on repeat since we discovered it. Check the video out below and bask in the rawness of what Boston has to offer on a silver platter.
Last week, I stumbled upon a flyer for the All Girls Everything Tour featuring Nina Sky & DJ Roxy Cottontail at the Middle East in Cambridge, and best believe I jumped at the opportunity to see my Puerto Rican dancehall twins back in action. I went home, bought a ticket and then it hit me: I haven’t heard from Nina Sky since they teamed up with Reggaeton All-Stars, NORE and Daddy Yankee, for “Oye Mi Canto” in 2006. Yea, remember that?
So I did a little homework before I headed to the show and let me tell you, “your favorite twins” have moved on to a whole. ‘Notha. Level. Electro! And I have to say, I approve of the genre swing.
Their performance was nostalgic and full of energy and their new look is nothing less than fierce. I’ve never wanted a leather moto jacket more than I do now. Anyways, I’ll do you all the favor of providing you with their FREE album download link right HERE!
Make sure to check out their website, www.ninaskyhigh.com, their instagram (yourfavoritetwins) their facebook, twitter, youtube, WHATEVER! Just make sure you re-acquaint yourself NinaSky.
DISCLAIMER: I may be WAY late on the Gizmo hype, but isn’t the saying “better late than never”?
Last week, at our Solefull Soiree, my ears were blessed with the sweet sweet sounds of Gizmo. I didn’t know it at the time, but what I was actually swaying my hips to was the sound of an accomplished Berklee bassist and music director who has worked with musical genius such as Talib Kweli, Bilal and Lalah Hathaway by the tender age of 21.
All I knew was that I struck iTunes GOLD! The next day, I was all over the web searching for that man in the over-sized, black-rimmed glasses and stumbled over YouTube video after video of live enlightened music. I say “enlightened” because his blend of Jazz, Latin, Hip Hop, Rock and spoken word sum up to create a genre of soul I can’t quite place into one existing musical category.
As a soldier in the war to bring back good music, I saw it as my duty to educate the rest of TSL nation about this gem that dwells within our own city . Fortunately for us, his debut album Red Balloons dropped in October and offers us his first showcase as a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer. So, if you know what’s good for you, you’ll be searching “Gizmo” in your iTunes or Amazon search bar as soon as you finish watching the video below.
I strongly encourage you to check out www.GizmoSound.com and take the time to read the man’s bio. Not only is it crazy impressive, but his explanation of his inspiration for Red Balloon will make you appreciate the sound that much more.
If you’re hip and hopped on the Gizmo train ages ago, please feel free to share your thoughts, favorite songs, Gizmo trivia, etc in the comment section below. If this is your first time listening, thank me later.
” ‘Lift Me Up’ exemplifies Gizmo’s ability to condense his disparate influences into a soulful marvel of a gem. ‘The song is reflective of a place where most of us have been, in terms of questioning what decision to make and where we’re going to end up’. “ -Gizmo Bio, www.GizmoSound.com
The Solefull Lounge will be dropping our next episode of SOLE Spotlight and it will feature Boston rapper Caliph! Caliph is a very talented rapper and I’m letting you know right now… his talent along with our visuals together in the same room = classic material!!! Speacial S/O to the impeccable visual team Doom & Gloom for bringing our visions to life! Stay tuned for the premiere of episode 3 tomorrow. In the meantime, check out his video “The Shot”.
Atlanta talent and protege of Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, Natina Reed of the late 1990′s girl band Blaque has passed away due to a hit and run car accident! She was one-third of the Atlanta-based group Blaque, who was known for popular hits like “808″ and and “Bring It All To Me”. She was also known for her movie roll along side with Gabrielle Union called ” Bring it On” She will be truly missed and he music will live on.