Fresh off the plane from the Motherland, I made my way to the listening party for our girl RAtheMC and her new LP “Heart of a Champion”. I have to say I’m in love with the new project. RA is now down with the Studio 43 movement and it seems like a match made in hip-hop heaven. Her slick rhymes over AB the PRO beats are magic! Not only does she give us the hard hitting verses of hip-hop veteran but she sings like a hummingbird in spring. Before the end of the night I knew all the words to chorus of “One Shot”. It’s sort of addictive.
“Heart of a Champion” just dropped Tuesday on DJBooth.net and has already garnished features on Washingtonpost.com and ABC 7’s website. Not to mention RA had the honor of performing with the legend Nas on Sunday night. The CNB fam has been following her for a long time and is really proud to see her come so far!
Be sure to download the mixtape and support RAtheMC! Follow her on Twitter @RAtheMC and #HeartofaChampion!!
Pics of RAtheMC, El Solo Dolo and I at the party after the jump 🙂
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The Oscars are notoriously boring. But this year wasn’t so bad. I loved the banter between Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin, they were just going on people (which George Clooney didn’t seem in the mood for). It was a big night for the DMV, with Mo’Nique being from Bmore and Sandra Bullock being from Arlington. Plus the street dancing at the end was hot! I’m no movie blogger but I do love movies. I watched 8/10 best picture movies and many of the other nominated including the documentaries.
There were no real surprises and I think all the wins fell exactly where they should have, except I think the Oscar for Documentary Feature should have gone to Which Way Home, which was one the best movies I’ve ever seen in my LIFE and not The Cove.
For some reason people who saw Avatar (but probably didn’t see anything else) expected them to sweep. Ummmm, nothing about the movie was extraordinary extra the visuals. It was something beautiful to look at, but it was the same old love story of Pocahontas, Dancing with Wolves, hell Save the Last Dance. Any movie where a new comer is introduced to a society, tries to adapt, and then fights back against how they were raised. It won the awards it was supposed to get for Art Direction, Cinematography and Visual Effects.
Ok I liked Precious. It was well written and well acted but I think it got the two awards it deserved. But people acted like it was a conspiracy because they didn’t win everything. Mo’Nique was easily the Best Supporting Actress, but her speech wasn’t relevant and she thanked her husband and BET instead of the director Lee Daniels. Samuel L. Jackson is getting slack for giving Mo’Nique the side eye after her wack ass speech…but we got your back SLJ! The writing was awesome so Best Writing for an Adapted Screenplay Geoffrey Fletcher deserved that. Picture of the Year, it was not. Best Actress…Gabby did good but my personal favorite was Carey Mulligan for An Education, but Sandra winning was ok too. Don’t try to take my black card!
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So during the DMV’s Snowpocalypse 2010, I was able to catch up on a lot of stuff. I actually cleaned up which was a task in and of itself. I caught up on some movies and some TV. And while watching CurrenTV I stumbled upon a show on music from the Pacific Northwest. Most of the bands were a little weird even for my taste, but I did however discover the hip-hop genius duo out of Seattle known as: Common Market.
Common Market is your typical 1 rapper (Ryan “RA Scion” Abeo) and 1 producer/DJ (Alexei Saba “Sabzi” Mohajerjasbi), but with atypical results. No newbies in the game, the pair has been making music together since 2005, and it’s clear they’ve reached a comfortable stride together; it just sounds right. So good in fact that KRS-One invited the on tour with him after hearing an advanced copy of their first album also called “Common Market”. Since then, they’ve released 3 more projects together, including the critically acclaimed “Tobacco Road”.
If anyone is longing to hear music that is both genuine and relevant; smart and funny, then you will be able to appreciate Common Market. While it was snowing I kept watching the video for their track “Tobacco and Snow Covered Roads”, in which RA Scion spit about typical plights of a rapper, shows getting cancelled, other rappers stealing beats, beef, all while he just really wants to dig out of the snow to get a pack of cigarettes. You’ll love “Trouble Is” which tells the story of a farmer, who is rejected by the community where he settles. I can only assume it’s a metaphor for gain acceptance in the hip-hop community. You know typical CrabzInABarrel behavior.
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