Tuesday, October 21, 2014

College-of-Music.com Exclusive Interview with MKTO

Its not everyday that I get an opportunity to interview one of the biggest breakout groups of the past year while they're on an arena tour, but I was recently given that privilege when MKTO traveled to Connecticut while on Demi Lovato's world tour. About eight months ago, we introduced our readers to the upcoming pop/hip-hop group composed of Malcolm Kelley and Tony Oller. At the time they were gearing up for the release of their debut album and immediately caught my attention. Eight months later, the duo's single Classic has gone platinum in four countries and they have been touring the world non-stop. I've had the chance to see Malcolm and Tony perform twice, and I can genuinely say they are some of the most talented performers I have ever seen; not to mention their debut album is one of my favorite projects released in the past five years. While on the Demi World Tour, I caught up with MKTO and talked to them about their success, their acting careers, touring, plans for the future and so much more. Check out the video above to learn more about these superstars.

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Lion Babe - Jump Hi feat. Childish Gambino

The New York based duo Lion Babe drops off the newest installment to the 2014 Childish Gambino campaign. The alt-funk vocals and production are an interesting pair for an awesome Gambino verse (as expected). 

Childish Gambino has had a roller coaster of features in 2014 crossing many genres. From Fredo Santana to Ariana Grande, S-X and now Lion Babe (to name a few), the voyage of tracks Gambino has dropped verses on shows just how amazing and important of an artist he is right now. If you haven't already be sure to check out Stnmtn/Kauai!

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Eastside - Ellie (Loyal x Don't) [Michael Keenan Remix] Feat. Skizzy Mars

Michael Keenan, the producer behind Skizzy Mar's "Pace", and many of the New York City rapper's recent slew of hits, is here to bring us some long awaited solo material. Keenan is also a New York native, and over the last few months has been building quite a name for himself with his smooth up-tempo electronic productions. 

For this cut, Keenan puts his own spin on Eastside's Ellie, which itself is a cover of Chris Brown's "Loyal" and Ed Sheeran's "Don't". Keenan trades the stripped down acoustic backdrop of the original for a bouncy instrumental, complete with some rattling percussion and smooth melodies. 

The new production you might notice, sounds like something the aforementioned Skizzy Mars might flow over, and Skiz does in fact lend a verse to this stellar track. Between the airy vocals of Eastside, Skizzy interjects with a verse where he peddles through a series of females, while indulging in an intoxicating lifestyle. 

Michael Keenan really does a fantastic job with this, and he and Skizzy Mar's chemistry on a track is undeniable. Stay tuned for more from the duo, and show Michael some love for the awesome new tune.

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iLoveMakonnen - Tuesday Ft. Drake [Official Video]

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It's only right that Makonnen and Drake release the music video for Tuesday,,,ON A TUESDAY!!!! The instant hit caught on like wild fire and can be heard everywhere now. This is a personal favorite track of mine that is currently on repeat. You can also see a cameo from Young Gerald towards the 3:48 mark.

Chance The Rapper and SoX are going to release a new Project [News]

Chance The Rapper and his band The Social Experiment will be releasing a new project for free by the end of the year. The project will be titled Surf, and will highlight the talents of Nico Segal, A.K.A Donnie Trumpet. Chance claims this will be his biggest work since Acid Rap, so needless to say this will be something to look out for. 

Chance also went into some detail on artists he's been working with, including Pharell, Migos, Frank Ocean and more, and says that his next tour will be almost like a musical performance, or musical, complete with stories and everything. It's clear big things are coming from Chance The Rapper and his team, and their independent hustle doesn't seem set to stop anytime soon.

If you want to check out the full interview with Billboard that this info is from you can do that HERE. Until then, check out Chano's most recent drop "No Better Blues", which he also goes into detail on in the Billboard feature. 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Dillon Cooper - X:XX [Mixtape]

Brooklyn's own and COM Freshman '14, Dillon Cooper has been generally quiet since the release of his Cozmik mixtape back in 2013, but Dillon has come back LOUD. The fifteen track birthday mixtape X:XX shows an amazing growth since Cozmik and is surely one of the best tapes of 2014.

Throughout the mixtape Dillon mixes some experimental, new-age sounds on tracks like "Eyes of the World" but takes it back on multiple occasions to showcase his seasoned lyricism and seemingly unmatched freestyle ability. With smoothly incorporated skits along with a great overall composition, X:XX is a mixtape that feels like a hit album. Who out there is dropping fire over an Allen Iverson sample?

The time and patience Dillon took to make X:XX what it is, has been well worth the wait. If you haven't already, make sure Dillon Cooper is on your radar and stays on it because big things are about to happen for the NY native.

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Cal Scruby Studio Session

We've had very few behind the scenes looks with Cal during his career. Earlier today, he dropped his first studio sessions video. Peep this to see some of the behind the scenes with Cal's recent work, learn some more about him and learn how to pronounce his name. Check out his latest song and video as well.
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Marc Goone - Mike Matheny

In college making bad decisions is a mantra, as ubiquitous on campuses around the country as bars and kids passed out on sidewalks. However, when you're the manager of a professional baseball team, like Mike Matheny, continuously making errors in judgement is not as easily excused. In fact in Matheny's case it probably cost his team a shot at the World Series. 

In response to this, big St. Louis Cardinals fan Marc Goone decided to unleash the hottest diss track of 2014 to date in Mike Matheny. The often humorous rapper takes a somewhat different approach on this new release than he has in the past, giving us a chorus more reminiscent of a Young Thug or Rich Homie Quan release than that of previous Goone, but I'll admit I love it. 

That same quick wit is still readily apparent in Marc's verses, as he makes a series of comedic poor choices, that lead back into the Mike Matheny theme. Marc's auto-tuned crooning isn't what you may have expected from the man WHOSE STILL NOT A LOBSTER OKAY, but I think it's a positive sonic choice, at least for this track, and makes for a very catchy and enjoyable listen.

Although this is more of a tongue-in-cheek release from Marc, after a year of waiting I'm glad to finally get some new material from the talented emcee, and can't wait to see what's coming next. Until then, check out the new track, and show Marc Goone some love on Twitter and wherever else you can find him.

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