Nick Luebke — Lights Out feat. B’Ezee (Prod. by KonG)

When a buddy of mine mentioned he was going to be pursue music as a career, I didn’t know how to take it. As far as I’d seen, he enjoyed playing the guitar and singing a little bit. However, in the 10 months since that conversation, I’ve been pleasantly surprised at Nick Luebke‘s success. His Call Me Maybe remix boasts over 400,000 views on Youtube, his buzz is growing on campus, and he was even invited to try out for The X-Factor. Check out his latest music video for Lights Out and follow him on Twitter @looptylube.

Joey Bada$$ — Pitchfork Interview

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Joey Bada$$ is a Brooklyn rapper who, at the tender age of 17, is equipped with a startling, circa-94 flow– a detail-rich and syllable-packed wonder that suggests years of listening to vintage MF DOOM, AZ, and Cormega.

Pitchfork did a nice little interview with up-and-coming Brooklynite Joey Bada$$. I’m very high on this kid and suggest you check it out.  Click Here for the full interview.  

#TriedToWarnYou

#DontSleepOnHim

J. Cole — Lost Ones (Official Music Video)

Blown away.  From the emotionality of the song, to the story of how hurt J. Cole was when it leaked a few months ago, everything about this song screams sadness and gritty reality.  To date, Lost Ones is said to be among Cole’s favorite tracks that he has ever written.  The song is about the far too common/relevant issue about what the correct steps are to take after a lover is unintentionally impregnated.  The fact that Cole speaks so dearly about the track is a good indicator that this situation likely happened to him.  Shot back in 2008, he’s been sleeping on the release of this video until the right moment.  HIGHLY suggest watching it.  #ColeWorld

Mac Miller — Cosmic Kev Freestyle (Video)

Because I’m getting weirdly excited for Mac Miller‘s debut album, Blue Side Park, I thought I’d throw up a truly nice video of Maq Diesel kicking it with everyone’s favorite radio host, Cosmic Kev.  At around the 2:00 minute mark, he stops reading off of his iPad and starts to go off of the top, actually spilling some nice rhymes in the process.  Again, weirdly excited for the release.  The date is November 8th, folks.  I’m going to try and catch him in Madison in about a month….should be a good show!