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SubSoul Fridays Vol. 20…Through My Headphones

SubSoul Fridays Vol. 20…Through My Headphones

What’s going on good people. It’s that time again for another edition of SubSoul Fridays. It’s your boy, DaChosenOne here on another dreary, rainy day in Indy…Our journey this week will be a lil different. We’re gonna take some inspiration from one my random twitter conversations from this week and feature a few artists that have been on MAJOR rotation in my iPod/Car/Office/DesignStudio lately. Hopefully, you’ll feel these artists as well. Two of them you already know (or should have heard of) and another is an upcoming artist from the West Coast.

Ladies and Gents, we present to you: ADELE, Frank Ocean, and Jhene Aiko.

ADELE took the industry by storm a few years ago with her debut album “19.” Her voice is one of those classic, powerful, soulful voices that only classic singers (you know, Etta James,  Aretha Franklin, Jill Scott, and I’ll even add Beyonce in this category) have. There is truly something special about ADELE and how she shows us her innocence and vulnerabilities in her singing. You feel each and every emotion that she feels in her performance. Her latest album”21″ has been one of my favorite albums of the year so far and I can wait until she’s touring nearby so I can get to see her live. If you don’t have or haven’t heard her new album, I would highly encourage you to check it out. Also follow her on twitter (@officialadele) to keep up to date on her latest news. Here’s my favorite song off of “21″ entitled “Turning Tables.” I hope you enjoy.

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Now I’ll admit, I was a little late jumping on the Frank Ocean bandwagon, but his Nostalgia/Ultra project surely impressed me. This mixtape had the same effect that Drake’s “So Far Gone” did when it first hit the blogs (long before Drake was a household name). It was a mix of an old school, classic R&B feel with new age production that was a perfect mix. His voice is yet raw and powerful also adds a calming, subtle mood to the context of the mixtape. This is a project that anyone who listens to it can definitely feel. Check him on his Tumbler page or on twitter at @frank_ocean. Here’s one of my favorite joints off the project entitled “Songs For Women”.

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I can’t exactly remember how I stumbled across this beautiful West Coast songstress, but I played her mixtape “Sailing Souls” on repeat for about 4 hours straight. I was working on a design project, and the vibe of the tracks just took me somewhere else. I was surprised by the production and some of the heavy weight cameos (Drake, Gucci Mane, Miguel, and newcomer Kendrick Lamar) that appeared on this project. After doing a lil background on Jhene, I found out that she was once a part of the Chris Stokes B2K camp (her baby daddy is Omarion’s lil brother), so I now see why this project is this developed. If your a fan of the Drake/Kid Cudi infussed R&B, then you will enjoy this project. Check her out on twitter (@JheneAiko) to stay up on her latest happenings. Here’s are two of my favorite tracks of the mixtape entitled “July” and “Growing Apart”.

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I hope that you feel these artists and you go out and support their projects.

 

Until Next Time….Soulfully Yours,

DaChosenOne

 

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“You Are The PROTOTYPE”

“You Are The PROTOTYPE”

So…it’s one of those rainy days here in Indy…you know the ones where you just want to cuddle up with that “special” person in your life and just lay around ALL day…Unfortunately, I’m stuck in the office, but my mind was off wondering and thinking about different music that would be great for a day like to day. One of the first songs that popped up in my mind was Andre 3000′s “Prototype.” So, I thought I would send out a Tweet/Facebook post of the video for those who were having similar thoughts as myself to enjoy. While I was searching for the video, I realized how many people have actually covered “Prototype” for their own underground solo projects….and some of the versions were really dope. Here’s the original “Prototype” video and a few of the cool covers by Jesse Boykins III, KatrinaBello & KaoVanny, and my homie Bobby Staten.


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Jesse Boykins III | Prototype 3010, a short film from LightUp Film on Vimeo.

Andre 3000 – Prototype by @bo88ylee