Who: Melanie Fiona Where: Toronto, Canada Genre: R&B/ Soul/ Hip-Hop Listeners also bought: Estelle, Kanye West, Timbaland, Alicia Keys Where she gets her exotic good looks: Her parents are Guyanese with a mix of black, Indian and Portuguese Members of her fan club: Kanye West and Jay-Z Who discovered her: Steve Rifkind (the founder of Loud Records) who also gave us Wu-Tang Clan, Akon… and more recently Asher Roth Interesting: she wrote a song for Rihanna’s second album, “A Girl Like Me.”
Who: Charles Hamilton Where: New York Genre:Hip-hop/ Rap/Experimental/ Trip-Hop Listeners also bought: Kanye West, N.E.R.D., Jay-Z, Lil Wayne His Favorite Artists: He's a HUGE Incubus fan...Also loves: Eminem, N*E*R*D, Jay-Z, Modest Mouse, Korn, Dr. Dre, Thelonius Monk, Aerosmith, 50 Cent, Mariyln Manson, Alchemist, The Isley Brothers, Kanye West, & Nine Inch Nails Website:http://www.iamnotcharleshamilton.com/ His Blog:http://charleshamilton.blogspot.com/ Already started beef with: Soulja Boy, Rhymesfest He's obsessed with: Sonic the Hedgehog The future of Music according to Hamilton: "Earth, Wind & Fire, Parliament-Funkadelic, Incubus, Blues Traveler, Nine Inch Nails, Quincy Jones and John Tesh"
Charles Hamilton does not think he's the next best thing. He KNOWS it. That makes 2 of us. "The Hamiltonization Process," as he calls it, has already begun. This workaholic rapper is releasing 8 original mixtapes in rapid succession.. all for free.
On the track "Windows Media Player" he literally samples the Microsoft Windows chimes, and the chorus he sings his URLs "i am not charles hamilton dot com. charles hamilton dot blogspot dot com."
He holds his own in a freestyle battle with Kanye and The Game. He is not afraid to wear pink, and plays on a Hello-Kitty guitar.
I dont just want to book this kid, I want to hang out with him.
Who: N.A.S.A (North American South America) Who?: Sam Spiegel aka Squeak E. Clean and Ze Gonzales aka DJ Zegon Where: Los Angeles, CA Genre: Hip-hop/ Electronic/ Reggae/ Rock/ Alternative/ World Listeners also bought: Gnarls Barkley, MGMT, N.E.R.D., MIA Guests featured on the record: Kanye West, Santogold, Lykke Li, MIA, Tom Waits, Kool Keith, Karen O, Ol' Dirty Bastard, David Byrne, Chuck D , George Clinton, Method Man. Interesting.. The song "Strange Enough" is last track Ol' Dirty Bastard recorded before he died. Spike Jonze and Sam Spiegel are brothers.
Who: Ida Maria Where: Norway Genre: Rock/ Punk/ Acoustic / Indie/ Pop Listeners also bought: Katy Perry, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Courtney Love, Blondie Add to this Playlist: Depends on the song. "Oh My God" belongs on a rock, upbeat mix.. but "Keep Me Warm" is a intimate ballad. Interesting: She was diagnosed as a child with synesthesia, a condition that makes you experience sensations together, rather than separately, as most people do. Translation: She sees colors when she hears music. Whoa. Very House. LISTEN:So Much Better When You're Naked- Ida Maria
We love Ben Harper, he has done the show many many times. This one time he came with his good friend Jack Johnson. They each played a cover of the each others song, and then they played one together. Brilliant.
I love Ben so much that if he wanted to come on and play the tuba with his grandmother I think I'd let him. So when I got a call that he wanted to come play with his buddy Tom Freund it was a no - brainer. Lucky for all of us Tom Freund is not Ben's grandmother.
The New York Times said .. "Every year the mounting landfill of new releases that threatens to bury the working music journalists yields a few unexpected gems, and Tom Freund is one of them."