31 May 2011

Mixin' It Up with Nikki Lynette, Eric Sosa and The Weeknd

I know you love a good mixtape, so here are three to add to your playlist.

Fave track: 'Nobody Loves Me'

Nikki Lynette is more than just "The Other Nikki." She's a Chicago-based singer, rapper, songwriter, and producer with the ability to transcend genres. After scoring a major licensing deal with MTV last year, she's the girl whose music you hear when you watch hit shows like Jersey Shore and The Real World. She's also one of my favorite people on Twitter (@nikkilynette). 

On her latest mixtape, Roses N' Guns 2: The BADDER ASSED mistape that rocks, we meet Rosey Gunz, a badass version of Nikki who makes me want to get a badass alter ego of my own. 

Download Roses N' Guns 2 at DJBooth.net. While you're there be sure to download her other mixtape Roses N' Guns: The totally bad ass mixtape that rocks.

Fave track: 'Sammy Sosa'

Back in March I went to the Rap Rocks concert at Studio at Webster Hall. Eric Sosa was one of the artists in the lineup. A few minutes before he went on, Rap Rocks co-founder and publicist, Olivia Dikambi asked if I had seen Eric before. When I said no, her exact words were "you'll love him." I'm glad to say Olivia does not lie! 

During Eric's set I hung on to his every word and couldn't take my eyes off him. The lyric that blew me away the most came from the track Sammy Sosa ... "a lot of my ideas come from experience divided by fear." Hello new mantra! 

Go to ericsosa.com and download Rhyme & Noodles Vol. 2 now. Also give Eric's previous mixtapes, Rhyme & Noodles Vol. 1 and Let the Pete Rock, a listen.

The Weeknd - House of Balloons

Fave track: 'Loft Music'

Thanks to Drake and his OVO crew, I was all over The Weeknd's debut mixtape from day one. Of all the reviews I've come across lately for House of Balloons, I think Refinery29 said it best ... "this is pretty much late-night bedroom R&B heard through a drug haze." Agreed!

Every time I listen to HoB, I picture lead singer Abel Tesfaye performing in a cloud of smoke. Let's see if my daydreams come true in July when The Weeknd performs at Drake's second annual OVO Fest

Head over to the-weeknd.com to download House of Balloons. Be on the lookout for two more mixtapes from The Weeknd later this year. 

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