Santigold Releases Official Video for “Girls”

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We normally don’t post videos just because an artist put it out. Videos come out every day, and we frankly can’t keep up.  But this is an exception! Santigold released the video for the lead single of the HBO soundtrack “Girls.”  Watch!

VIDEO: Rapper Curren$y Talks His Latest Project, Compares Last Album To A Sneaker

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In our chat backstage at SOB’s Curren$y tells me what it was like working with Thelonious Martin on the recently released “3 Piece Set” project.  Known to be a fan of sneaker culture and fashion I also asked Curren$y which sneaker he would compare his last album to.  The rapper also lets us in on which rapper is an inspiration to him.

If you’re having trouble with the VIMEO video, there’s a YouTube version, here.

Alicia Keys Performs Intimate Show For Hurricane Sandy First Responders

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On the night of the release of her fifth studio album, Alicia Keys took the stage before an intimate crowd of Hurricane Sandy first responders as a way to simply say thank you.

“It’s a special night, there’s nothing like being in your hometown,” she said.

A clear synergy emerged between the audience and the R&B singer who is a New York native– both felt the impact of Sandy in different ways.

Aly Acaster, an EMT from Allendale New Jersey, was among those who earned her spot in the audience.   Each audience member was nominated to be there, since space was limited. She says the nomination took her by surprise but she’s grateful for it.

“It means the world to me that I was nominated to come here.  It was a lot of work the whole week and countless hours of driving the ambulance and going to pick people up. From helping just the town in general with like the gas lines and directing traffic, it took a toll on me, but I’m glad that I was there and able to help out.”

It was a special night, although, there was no special order in song choice. Keys performed her favorite songs, firing up the stage with the upbeat “New Day” from her fifth studio album release “Girl on Fire.”  She kept the audience ignited, seamlessly rifting through songs from her new studio release and her debut hits like “Fallin’” and “Karma.”  She transformed versions of old hits like a reggae version of “You Don’t Know My Name.” 

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NYC Show Highlights Artists Biggest Goal: Making It

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Mamma Imma Make It” is no longer just a phrase for struggling artists & dreamers trying to make a name for themselves–its now being branded and packaged as a showcase series featuring underground artists in NYC.

Started by Samantha Alexandra this is the second showcase titled ‘Mamma Imma Make It’.

“The idea came from being bored in my summer classes and thinking of ways to make some money since I didn’t have time to work,” said Samantha.

“I thought a showcase would be something quick and easy, but everyday that I put together the ideas, I fell more in love with it. I know and have heard extremely talented artists and I just want to make sure they are seen and heard.”

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Kendrick Lamar Rocks Sneaker Pimps

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Sneaker pimps, the annual event where sneaker enthusiasts come to sell trade and simply bask in the ambience of a venue full of sneakers. It’s obvious that I’m far from a sneaker enthusiast but acts like Kendrick Lamar, Waka Flocka, Jim Jones, Stalley and newcomers Nyemiah Supreme and Kris Kasanova brought out music enthusiasts as well.

As I walked into the high line ballroom, my expectations weren’t too high, but I was immediately hit by the electricity of the crowd as headliner Kendrick Lamar took to the stage. This marked the fourth show in New York headlined by Lamar, and many in the audience proclaimed to have been at them all. Lamar also brought out ASAP Rocky and the rest the ASAP crew to perform ADHD.

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Headphones For Multi-Tasking Music Lovers

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If you take a look around, the train station, the city streets, and even on TV, almost everyone is rocking a pair of “on ear” headphones. But everyone wears the same brands. Dominating the market include brands like Beats By Dre, Sony, Bose, and Skull Candy. So, because I hate following trends and getting “what everyone else has” I decided to try out the new kid on the block– SOL headphones.

These headphones made such a drastic change in the sound they made me want to do the electric slide to “Otis” (Kanye/Jay-Z). SOL headphones minimize outside noise and create an intense and intimate sound experience.  I heard sounds, and instruments in songs I’d never heard before bringing the impact of the song to the next level.  The full sound almost made me forget I was walking down the streets of New York City. But at the same time, they proved to be the perfect tool to deliver the soundtrack sounds of my life, hand selected by my playlist, and put on blast only in my ears.

And, ironically SOL headphones stand for Soundtrack Of Life. Another cool feature of these headphones are their flexibility. You literally can detach the headphone buds, and the wires and interchange them for a different color, a different look, or a different sound. And the cherry on top?– they’re equipped with a music control piece and a microphone built into the wire.  Perhaps the whip-cream on top is the price– these amazingly functional and high quality headphones are only $99.   These clever headphones provide flexibility, fun functionality and affordability– a rarity when it comes to electronics.

SOL headphones are multi-functional and perfect for the multi-tasking type always on the go.  They are available at Best Buy and Apple locations nation wide. Visit SolRepublic.com for more information.

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