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"Wow!!! This is dope, Kero. I love it, I love it!" is what will.i.am has to say about the Bay Area's Rapper/producer/DJ Kero One's Early Believers, out today. Three years after receiving Remix Magazine's Best Hip Hop Album of 2006 award and collaborating with Talib Kweli and Mark Farina on his debut, Kero modulates from soulful jazz tinged tracks to upbeat synth-driven party bangers on his sophomore album.
Early Believers features some of his favorite vocalists such as Gilles Peterson protégé UK singer Ben Westbeech ("When The Sunshine Comes" and "Goodbye Forever"), Finland's answer to modern soul, Tuomo ("Let's Just Be Friends" and "Love and Happiness") and Portland's Ohmega Watts ("Stay On The Grind") all showcasing Kero One's growth and maturity as a writer, composer, vocalist and arranger. Enjoy a free download of the opening track to Early Believers, "Welcome To The Bay," with Jacqueline Marie.
Kanye West at the Levi's/Fader Fort © Seher Sikandar
SXSW 2009: Kanye West, Common, Erykah Badu, Devo, Red Riders, The Asteroids Galaxy Tour, Big Boi, Janelle Monáe, Chin Chin, Beach House, Solange, Kid Cudi
Austin's South By Southwest Festival is four days of new bands eking out a following and amplifying their buzz while established acts assert their influence or grasp at a comeback. Giant Step's Resident Mawuse Ziegbe took in as much of the long lines, late nights and musical highs as she could. Here's her review of a weekend of sounds in the South.
The annual Giant Step Survey is upon us once again, and as usual, it's completely anonymous. We are asking more from you this year (it should take 15 minutes tops), but in return, we are giving much more back.
Aside from the never-ending love from us to you, everyone that finishes the survey gets TONS of free MP3 downloads from the likes of Q-Tip featuring Busta and Lil Wayne, Mos Def, Femi Kuti remixed, Santigold, N.A.S.A., Asa, Colin Munroe, and many more.
AND all of you who complete the survey will be entered into a lottery to receive one of the following prizes:
Limited Edition Gotan Project Box Set (7-inch vinyl, CDs, poster, etc)
Limited Edition Lily Allen Vinyl Picture Disk
Two VIP Passes to Giant Step's Annual Summer Stage show (NY, summer)
Two tickets to Ben Watt at Cielo (NY, Mar 27)
Giant Step selection of current CDs
Two pairs of tickets to the Afro Funké Party (Santa Monica, Thursdays)
So thank you so so so much for taking this survey.
Giant Step Family
The Giant Step Survey is now closed. Thanks to all those that participated!
Don't miss Asa at Le Poisson Rouge this Friday, March 27, 2009!
Presented by New Africa Live.
"Sounds like a gathering of Bob Marley and Jimmy Cliff reggae, Erykah Badu phrasings, Joan Armatrading and Suzanne Vega acoustic guitar strumming, and Tracy Chapman lyrical sensibilities" - Huffington Post
Doors @ 7pm
Asa @ 8pm