ZZ Ward ft. Kendrick Lamar - Cryin’ Wolf
You may not be familiar with ZZ Ward but you may know some of the Hip Hop figures she’s worked with. She had Freddie Gibbs on the track, “Criminal,” off her Criminal EP. She sang the hook for Asher Roth’s “Insurance,” off of his Pabst & Jazz Mixtape. And now she has a track with Kendrick Lamar, to be featured on her upcoming album, Til’ The Casket Drops(October 16). She was also seen working with Pete Rock. She has a rich, soulful voice much like Adele. Love to see raw talent being utilized in the Hip Hop world.
Check out the movie Dysfunctional Friends on Netflix or BET. You can see George Clooney’s most recent girlfriend on there, as well as some of our music.
Here’s a picture of the poor bastards that had to carry it up the stairs as well as a shot of in the studio.
This past weekend I attended Sunset Sessions, a three day event in San Diego where some of the biggest names from the radio and music supervision community gather for three days of inspiring panels and concerts by 50+ up-and-coming musicians (and a few legendary ones here and there as well). The goal is for us to discover artists and use our influence to share them with the world through radio, tv, film, and advertising placements.
Below highlights some of the shows I saw, with links for you to check out the artists and get introduced to some new music. If you don’t like to read then scroll down.
The weekend kicked off with ZZ Ward. A song that I co-wrote with Blended Babies is going to be on her debut album. I heard her live and got to meet her for the first time. I’m excited to see where her career goes and I’m extremely proud to be on her album.
I loved Moon Taxi! They’re a kickass new band from Nashville. I was also pretty amazed by Slatr, a group of 12 year olds who played Led Zeppelin cover songs. I was impressed with their musicianship and also that they knew who Led Zeppelin was.
Three words: Jimmy Fucking Cliff. His soulful voice and bouncy reggae rhythms had the room up and dancing in a matter of seconds. Praz performed classic Fugees songs. It was sans Wyclef/Lauren Hill but still really cool to hear. He also performed a few by his new group the Chamilions.
Warner Bros. dominated the line up. LP and 15 year old Birdy filled the room to the brim with their huge voices. Following that the Jimmy-Hendrix-meets-Black-Keys Gary Clark Jr. rocked ridiculously hard.
Lunch and Jason Mraz. The guacamole served at lunch was grown on Mraz’s property a couple miles away. Great singer, guitar player, song writer AND avocado farmer. WTF!
Scott Biram, a one man blues/country army signed to Chicago label Bloodshot Records.
Lucinda Williams, her notebook, and a guitar. Enjoyed her cover of Jimi Hendrix’s “Angel”.
Vintage Trouble. Holy Jason Mraz guacamole. This is my new band crush. These dudes are incredible. The singer Ty has all the bravado of a young James Brown and their show was bananas. They even got me up dancing and I don’t really do that (ask my wife).
The night closed with Moi Navarro at 3 am performing unplugged at the “super super late night lounge” (kegger in a hotel room). I’m glad I stayed up for him.
Listen to these artists on your commute, go to their shows, and put them in your commercials before someone else does!!
Caleb James, Vic Mensa, Chance the Rapper and friends have been coming by to write and record over the last few months. These 19 year olds were nice enough to teach us what Swag means.
Take a listen to “Show Up” Featuring Vic over a beat made by Chuck Inglish and Chuck Bein.