Thursday, October 11, 2012

Chezeq Young - "Shorty's Life" Music Video

New to my radar is Chezeq (kay-zik) Young representing Pittspurgh, PA. This gem called "Shorty's Life" was sitting in my mailbox for almost a month, overlooked somehow! Luckily, I dropped in for a cleanup today and noticed this camped out. It's a clean track and certainly should have been posted sooner.

The newcomer lays it all on the line about growth and struggle as a young man from a broken home. It's all heartfelt, thoughtful and passionate and completed by the easy melodic sample of the self-produced track. Innovate Studios serve up a solid black & white visual to further complement the mood. 

I love the straight story telling on this song. Chezeq has certainly piqued my interest so I'm looking forward to new material. We don't get this type of art on radio anymore so it's always a nice contrast to hear independent artists that still believe in telling honest stories.

Check the video below...

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Sasha Allen - MTV Performance

image via artists facebook page

This new video hit the web as unlisted just a short time ago but lucky for you, I have the link! If you don't know who Sasha Allen is, you will know very well after this video. I've talked about another amazing performance by her captured and posted to YouTube before but I never posted it here. (Until now.)

In a special performance for MTV, Sasha covers two diva classics. Stephanie Mills' "Home" and Billie Holiday's "God Bless the Child." When I tell you that she "sangs" the damn everything into these two songs... Lawd hammercy!

I can't even begin to explain this to you. Just hit play and get ready for goosebumps. Oh, and mark your calendar for this Saturday. Sasha Allen will be performing at Joe's Pub at 1 pm. You better believe I'll be in the building.

Toussaint Sam - "Not Me"

Spacey. I can dig it.

Chicago MC Toussaint Sam has a lot to prove by default. The legacy of Chicago's top rappers is rich so if you want to make a name for yourself in the Chi, and you're not Chief Keef, then you have to have legitimate skills on the microphone.

Toussaint Sam is showing that he has something different to offer with "Not Me." The psychedelic and/or psychotic trip through Sam's imagination is fun if not slightly disturbing. Nah, I'm kidding. It's just fun. Seriously. No death or destruction. Good plain ol' mic skill and creativity.

I'm looking forward to hearing more from this artist. Get into the stream below.