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R.A. The Rugged Man February 25, 2008

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This dude is one crazy mofo. Both mentally and the skills he has on the mic. )R.A. is a hip-hop artist who has one of the best flows I’ve ever heard from a rapper. Some of his tracks have literally left me with my jaw dropped. I’m going to share a few now with you that will no doubt give you the same reaction. People may be slightly familiar with him after he did a track with The Notorious B.I.G which was aptly titled “The Cunt Renaissance” and featured lines from R.A. such as “I’ll rip your cunts out with spoons”…yep, one crazy mofo. His claim to fame is that when Biggie was asked what he thought of R.A. during an interview, he simply responded with “I thought I was the illest”.

The first track I’m gonna share with you is called “Lessons” from his first and currently only album titled “Die, Rugged Man, Die”. This track is just an introduction to him where he spits about his life and the current state of his career, along with his brushes with fame including meeting the Neptunes before they blew up, chilling with Mobb Deep and witnessing Biggie break a toilet in a studio while “boning a bitch in the bathroom“:

R.A. the Rugged Man – Lessons
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This track is from the same album and features two other artists. The beat comes from a producer called Ayatollah and is great. R.A’s verse starts at 53 seconds so if you don’t want to listen to the whole track, you owe it to yourself just to check out his verse:

R.A. the Rugged Man – Chains
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And finally, this track is from an album which featured the Wu-Tang Clan members collaborating with various artists and is the one that left me with my jaw dropped to the lowest level. His flow is quite simply insane, and once again, even if you aren’t a fan of hip-hop, you will no doubt appreciate his rhythm and complex internal rhymes:

J-Live and R.A. The Rugged Man – Give It Up
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The Get Up Kids – Campfire Kansas February 21, 2008

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This is a track that I have been listening to for a while now that I picked up from a cartoon called Clone High. clone_high.jpgClone High was on MTV some time ago and got cancelled after it’s first season which I managed to watch in it’s entirety and loved. It’s about a high school full of the teenage clones of famous historical figures including Abraham Lincoln, Joan of Arc, Ghandi, JFK and Cleopatra. It was actually created (with two others) by Scrubs creator Bill Lawrence and features the voices of Turk and Jordan among others from the show. The show has many hilarious moments, but as is the running theme with Bill Lawrence, also has some great music featured.

This track featured in the first episode (which you can watch in it’s entirety here) is one that I’ve had on repeat for so long after I first heard it. It’s called “Campfire Kansas” by The Get Up Kids and is a mellow guitar theme which is really infectious. It has an intimate feel to it and feels as if you are there in the scene set from the first verse: “woke up at 8, started a fire/had a few drinks we all felt inspired”.

The Get Up Kids – Campfire Kansas
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Whisky a Go Go – Cracks in the Ceiling February 19, 2008

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This is a track from a band in Leicester, UK who may or may not still be active. They were actually briefly under the management of my flatmate Dave from university (which is why I probably can no longer find any info about them anywhere :-P). They won a couple of the Battle of the Band competitions around the area and made an EP called “Cracks in the Ceiling” from which I managed to salvage a song from which I simply call “Track 1” as I don’t actually know what the title is. I’m glad I can share this song because there pretty much would be no way for people to get to listen to it otherwise. It’s a brilliant recording, very pure and stripped down with good vocals and nice acoustic sounds.

Whisky a Go Go – Track 1.mp3
[ From the Album “Cracks in the Ceiling” ]

Frank Turner – Photosynthesis February 15, 2008

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Frank Turner is a singer-songwriter from England with a difference from most other singer-songwriters. frankturnerloveiresong.jpgThere is something undeniably British about him and the thing that drew me to his music from the outset are his constant bittersweet tales of living as an adult who refuses to give up his adolescence. His songs share his rebellious attitude which wants to change the world but can’t seem to be arsed to bother doing so at the same time, as is the case with the song “Once We Were Anarchists” from his fantastic first album “Sleep Is For The Week”. That album came out well over a year ago and after accompanying me through my final year of university, I’m ecstatic to find out his new album “Love Ire & Song” will be released on 31st March.

This first track is his new single “Photosynthesis” which has all the traits mentioned above of a classic Frank Turner song. It’s a fun track with quite a folky feel to it, which according to his blog is something we should expect from the rest of the album. I feel a bit odd sharing this track after reading his stance on downloading his music, but after going to one of his shows and admitting I downloaded his first album, a Jack and coke was all he requested as compensation. I even got a picture with him to show there was no hard feelings, so I’m sure this will be fine… I think (edit: guess not). Anywho, the quality of the file isn’t the best as it’s taken from his Myspace page but it’s definitely enjoyable nonetheless.

Frank Turner – Photosynthesis.mp3
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I also thought I’d share a track from his first album which I suggest you listen to first if you haven’t heard it to understand why I reguard this guy so highly. This track, “Vital Signs”, is about experiencing life for the moment and not worrying about what the future has to hold (“Well I’ll never get to grey hair/And I’ll never be in the black/But I can tell stories that most can hardly dream”). As cheesy as my description sounds, it’s a freaking awesome song so check it out. Immediately.

Frank Turner – Vital Signs.mp3
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