A few days ago I heard a Staten Island rapper had "sampled" that song from the Macbook Air commercials, "New Soul" by Yael Naim. Instantly, I thought "why?"
Tonight, at the last minute, I ran a few blocks up to Club Five with the homie Nyadenya. Five was hosting the Beatdown Producer Showcase, with appearances from Kev Brown, Best Kept Secret, and Marco Polo. After thinking we weren't getting it in, NYC emcee Torae meets us at the door and shows us upstairs. On my left, on my right; dope emcees and producers. After prepping the merch table, Tor and I sit down for a brief interview, which quickly turned into another interview...
No mp3, because I'm waiting for the album.
1. 45 King vs. Wale – Roof 90 bpm
2. 45 King vs. Wale – Roof (DJ Ayres Remix) 111 bpm
3. 45 King vs. Wale – Strings 100 bpm
4. 45 King vs. Wale – Strings (In Flagranti Remix)-126 bpm
5. 45 King vs. Pase Rock –The 900 Number (2k8) 107-bpm
6. 45 King vs. Pase Rock – The 900 Number (2k8) (Eli Escobar Remix)-123 bpm
7. 45 King vs. 4th Pyramid – P-Y-R-A-M-I-D 115 bpm
8. 45 King vs. 4th Pyramid – P-Y-R-A-M-I-D (Sammy Bananas Remix) 123 bpm
Excerpt from announcement (courtesy of elitaste.com, shouts to Dan Weisman)
"Wale signed a production deal with DJ-turned-producer Mark Ronson (Amy Winehouse, Lily Allen, Christina Aguilera) in June of 2007 after impressing him on Ronson’s European tour. Following an intense, six-month bidding war, Wale signed to a joint venture between Allido Records and Interscope, saying Jimmy Iovine, Luke Wood and the whole Interscope staff understood his vision better than anyone else."
“Look at their track record,” said Wale via phone on his way to perform at a Justice concert in DC. “Dre, Eminem, 50, Pharrell, Timbaland, Black Eyed Peas, Soulja Boy…the list goes on.”
“This is the best possible situation we could ask for,” says Daniel Weisman, Wale’s manager. “We waited and kept grinding until someone came with something we felt reflected the work we’ve put in; Interscope got it.”
Mark Ronson will executive produce Wale’s untitled debut album and contribute production to the project due out in fall. Other tentative contributors include past Wale-collaborators Osinachi (“Nike Boots”) and Best Kept Secret (“Back In The Go Go”), along with Just Blaze, Pharrell, Kanye West, 9th Wonder, Justice and DJ Toomp.
It's Official The cast of the long awaited Notorious B.I.G bio-pic has been announced. After looking at the likes of Beanie Sigel, Guerilla Black and even Sean Kingston (what?!) Producers, along with Biggie's mother have decided on Jamal Woolard AKA fellow Brooklyn rapper Gravy (Top Left). Those of you familiar with Gravy remember that he was shot after recording an interview with Funkmaster Flex at Hot 97 last year. Rounding out the cast includes Derek Luke (Antwone Fisher, Glory Road) as Diddy, Anthony Mackie (Papa Doc from 8mile, Ruffin from We are Marshall) as Tupac, The beautiful and ageless Angela Bassett as the late rappers mother Voletta Wallace. Naturi Naughton (3lw) has also been signed to play an unspecified role at the time (possibly Lil' Kim?). Filming for the movie starts this month in the NYC so keep a look out. It is being directed by George Tillman (Chi Town Stand up!) who directed Barbershop 1&2 as well as Soul Food and a host of others.