Interview | John Forte

This past Valentine’s Day, singer, songwriter, rapper and producer John Forte performed at Shank Hall. John Forte was member of the legendary Fugees, and is a Grammy award winner.  I got to chance to sit down with Forte a before his show. We talked about many things including his reaction to George W. Bush’s pardon over a year ago to his forthcoming album, “Water, Light, Sound”, which was inspired by Bon Iver.  We also talked about his cover of Kate Bush’s “Running Up The Hill”.  Listen to the whole interview uncut and un-edited.  John Forte will be on tour with Wale,  and K’Naan.

John Forte Interview Part 1 (download)

John Forte Interview Part 2 (download)

Tour with K’Naan and Wale Schedule

Mar. 31: New York City (The Fillmore at Irving Plaza)
Apr. 1: Boston (House of Blues)
Apr. 2: New Haven, Conn. (Toad’s Place)
Apr. 3: Baltimore (Ram’s Head Live)
Apr. 4: Washington D.C. (9:30 Club)
Apr. 6: Philadelphia (Trocadero)
Apr. 8: Atlanta (Center Stage)
Apr. 13: Cleveland (House of Blues)
Apr. 14: Columbus, Ohio (Newport Music Hall)

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Video | Wale, “My Sweetie”

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For nearly three years, I have championed the DC based rapper Wale not only for his music but for how he marketed his music. He has been one of the artists that has played a pivotal role in making the DC music scene what it is today. Having lived their for many years, I have been really impressed with what is going on right now. One of the things I really liked about his music is that he integrated the Go-Go music into his own songs.  Go-Go is the sound of DC. This particular song and video he integrated the sound of Nigeria where his parents are from.  You can only find this track as a bonus via iTunes.  It is probably one of my favorite Wale tracks. The video is directed by another talented DC artist by the name of Tabi Bonney.  Check it out for yourself.

Are You Feeling This: Matt & Kim, Colin Munroe and Jay-Z feat. Santogold

 

Lots of songs never make it to the radio that are getting lots of attention online.  Live tracks, sanctioned and unsanctioned remixes, mash-ups, overlooked gems by unsigned artists.  Every week on “Are You Feeling This,” we invite you to hear what the buzz is all about.  You tell us what you think.  Vote in the Are You Feeling This poll, leave a comment, send us an e-mail.

The winner of last week’s “Are You Feeling This” listener poll ….Franki Valli – “Beggin’ (Pilooski Edit)”

This week on “Are You Feeling This”: New music from dance/punk duo out of Brooklyn Matt and Kim courtesy of Mountain Dew’s record label Green Label Sound. Then we have music from Canadian artist Colin Munroe from his free mixtape called The Unsung Hero, and finally music from the Notorious soundtrack – Jay-Z feat. Santogold.

Take a listen below and let us know what you think by voting in the “Are You Feeling This” listener poll.

Jay-Z feat. Santgold – “Brooklyn Go Hard” from the movie Notorious 

 

 

 

Video: Wale, “Nike Boots”

One of the most promising new MCs, DC’s Wale drops his new video for Nike Boots which the song has been out for a while now. Part of the video was filmed at my alma mater Howard University (Class of ’96, Architecture) in the ‘Yard’. Featuring cameos from Kid Capri, Bun B, 9th Wonder, Young Guru, Raheem DeVaughn, Young Chris and Neef, Grafh, UCB, Tabi Bonney and Beat Your Feet Kings. His forthcoming album is being produced by Mark “Everything He Touches turns Gold” Ronson.

Speaking of DC, I got my airline ticket for DC for the inauguration, if anyone is going and want to meetup for some drinks, hit me up!

Colin Munroe to release mixtape: The Unsung Hero

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We first introduce Colin Munore to our RadioMilwaukee listeners with “I Want Those Flashing Lights”. You listeners really dig that tune. Well I got some news for you. Colin will be releasing a mixtape on December 1st. Wale, Mickey Factz, Blaqstarr and production from Black Milk, Dallas Austin, and Colin Munroe.  Check out the trailer for the mixtape, and his song “I Want Those Flashing Lights”.

Colin Munroe – “I Want Those Flashing Lights”
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Wale’s Video Shoot at my Alma Mater: Howard University

One of my favorite rappers, Wale is shooting his video for his anthem Nike Boots at my Alma Mater Howard University (Class of ’96 – boy I am getting old) during their homecoming. Wale’s forthcoming album is being produced by Mark Ronson (producer of Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black), and should be out later this year or early next year.

Freebie: “A Kid Named Cudi” Mixtape

I have been waiting for this mixtape for a while now from up and coming Cleveland based MC Kid Cudi. He was featured in Rolling Stone’s Best of Rock issue in the Best Indie Hip Hop category along with Brother Ali, Wale, Cool Kids and others.

The Cleveland rapper with a killer sing-song flow got a major boost at South by Southwest, where he showed up higher-billed acts like Chromeo and Kid Sister.”

This has been the year of the mixtape.  “A Kid Named Cudi” along with Wale’s “Mixtape about Nothing”, and Game Rebellion’s “Searching for Rick Rubin” are my favorite mixtapes of 2008 (so far).

Check out Cudi’s “Heaven at Nite” and “Embrace the Martian” which are my favorite tracks from “A Kid Named Cudi” Mixtape. You can grab the mixtape here.

Kid Cudi – “Heaven at Nite”

Crookers feat. Kid Cudi – “Embrace the Martian”