Artist Watch, Rudolph

Artist Watch: XV

With our second installment of the Artist Watch series, we would like to introduce XV. With clever wordplay like, “Then I started playin’ in her Bush, but she screwed me out my seat, so I guess I’m Gore,” XV can’t possibly remain unsigned for much longer. The rapper out of Kansas has a lot going for him, including guest spots from Ne-Yo, Colin Munroe, and Wiz Khalifa on his most recent mixtape ‘Everybody’s Nobody’. Look out for him in 2010, because there’s no way he won’t be a big deal by then.
Check out a few highlights from ‘Everybody’s Nobody,’ or download the whole thing.
XV – Awesome (Preview Above)

J. Period & K’Naan: The Messengers

The messengers is a 3 part mixtape series where each tape pays tribute to a different artist. The artists are Fela Kuti, Bob Dylan, and Bob Marley. J. Period mixes these artists’ songs and often reshapes them into a form that K’naan can flow over. The result is a nice crossover between genres and some good “chill” music.

Check out the 3 song Digital EP for a few highlights
1) Let’s Start (Fela Kuti Tribute)

2) Belly Full (Bob Marley Tribute) feat. Kardinal Offishall, Steele & Bajah
3) Relationships Lay (Bob Dylan Tribute)

Preview Track 2:
Or download the full project below

Drake: Forever Feat. Kanye West, Lil Wayne, & Eminem

Forever (prod. by Boi-1da) will be featured in the upcoming Lebron James documentary. The song’s huge line-up does not disappoint. If you haven’t already, you want to check this out.
*Interesting side note*
The Boi-1da beat isn’t all that new. It’s been floating around since over a year ago and in at least two instances spawned songs other than ‘Forever’.
The first, I Want it Forever, dropped in August of last year and is basically an older version of Forever with different verses from Drake and Wayne. Interestingly enough, it’s fair to say that Wayne’s verse here > Wayne’s verse on Forever
The other is by Kardinal Offishal and titled Bring it Back. The song portrays Offishal’s ability to flow at a rapid-fire pace.

Check em’ out.

Download: Nutt Da Kid – I Want it Forever Feat. Lil’ Wayne & Drake

Mixtape Standout, Rudolph

Drake: City Is Mine

Drake blew up recently with the So Far Gone tape/album, but about a year before, Drake dropped Comeback Season. The tape has some serious bangers, including City Is Mine.
The beat, produced by Boi-1da, has a simple melody and complex rhythm — a contrast that works exceptionally. On top of that, the beat has enough holes for Drake to do his thang lyrically in between.
You don’t want to miss this one.