Sunday, March 22, 2009

These guys have each been around for a few years. So far, though, they've all been focusing on the mixtape game, but in 2009, look for them to break out.

Charles Hamilton - In 2008 CH put out 10 (count 'em TEN) mixtapes: Outside Looking (with DJ Green Lantern) and Crash Landed, And Then They Played Dilla, Death of the Mixtape Rapper, Staff Development, It's Charles Hamilton, The L Word, Sonic the Hamilton, Intervention, and The Pink Lavalamp (all with DJ Skee). For 2009 he's put out Well Isn't This Awkward, with My Brain is Alive and Every Charles Hamilton Ex-Girlfriend's Worse Nightmare in the works.

He says he's put out so many mixtapes in an effort to build his hype, which is working. He's already had four singles ("Brooklyn Girls", "Loser", "C-Food", and "MTV Cribs")and some serious attention from music writers nationwide (XXL actually produced his last video). Later this year he'll drop his first official album called The Perfect Life. Keep your eyes out for it.

Kid Cudi - Kid Cudi put out his mixtape A Kid Named Cudi in '08 to high acclaim. In fact, his single from the album "Day 'N Night" hit 23 on the US Top 100 charts, 58 for R&B, 31 for Pop, and topped out at number 2 in the UK! Clearly the track was a hit.

At SxSW Cudi recently announced that he will NOT be going into retirement after the release of his '09 album Man on the Moon: The Guardians, as previously stated.

He had this to say: "I had my Spiderman/Peter Parker moment and shit. You remember when Spiderman didn't want to be Spiderman no more? Cause his personal life was so fucked up, but he was just killing shit as Spiderman. That's how I felt. I was killin shit as Kid Cudi, but my personal life was still so fucked up, you know what I mean? But I understand that I need y'all and y'all need me. So I can't stop. So yeah, no more retirement. I'm here to stay." Look for Man on the Moon this year, and apparently more to come later on.

Wale - Wale has been making waves since '06 in DC when his track "Dig Dug (Shake it)" became the most requested song in DC radio history. But he's had mixtapes coming out since 2005's Paint a Picture, followed by Hate is the New Love in '06, 100 Miles and Running in '07, and the Seinfeld reference-laden Mixtape about Nothing in '08. He also found himself on a single from the latest (and possibly last) album from The Roots last year, along with cameos on tracks from Lupe Fiasco, Kid Cudi, MIA, Shwayze, and others.

In 2009, Wale's latest mixtape, Back to the Feature, will come out. Later this year he promises his first LP, Attention: Deficit. Check this dude out if you haven't already.

These three artists promise to do big things for hip-hop in 2009. Keep an eye on them. It's gonna be a good year for good music.

Oh yeah, and props to Octavius for showing me Wale and Cudi.




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