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Budos Band Make Funky Afro-Soul

Last night was the final evening of Victoria’s annual JazzFest.  As a way of thanking its volunteers, the Jazz Society allowed anyone with a volunteer badge into the festival’s final show, which featured a group I had never heard of before – Staten Island’s Budos Band.

Thanks to the magic of Google, I quickly learned what Budos Band is all about.  Signed to Daptone Records – home of Sharone Jones & The Dap-Kings – the band describes their sound as “Afro Soul,” a mix of Ethiopian music, soul, and “a little bit of sweet 60’s stuff.”  Although I couldn’t detect any Ethiopian influence from the tracks on their Myspace (although, to be honest, besides Ethiopiques I’m a complete novice when it comes to Ethiopian music), I was impressed by their ability to channel the deep, classic vibes of early ’70s pre-disco funk.

And, if you’re a Wale fan, you’ll be happy to know that the band played on his Mixtape About Nothing.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to make it to their show.  I’m sure it was damn good though.  For more proof, check out two tracks from their 2007 album II.

Budos Band – Chicago Falcon (II, 2007)

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Budos Band – Budos Rising (II, 2007)

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Wale’s video from “The Mixtape about Nothing”

Wale is an artist who we’ve covered many times before,

The Mixtape About Nothing is a pretty dope concept for an album.  As we’ve noted, it’s a hip hop mixtape inspired by Seinfeld.  Tons of little samples taken from the show, along with some solid rhyming.

The first video is out, called “My Integrity”.

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Wale’s ‘Mixtape About Nothing’ drops (Free Download)

For those of you who’ve been paying attention, we’ve been hyping up Wale for a little while now.

Wale has been working on a Seinfield-inspired mixtape, amusingly called the “Mixtape about Nothing“.  I haven’t given it a listen yet, but it’s up and available for download thanks to Elitaste.

Click here to go download it.

Just to get an idea, here’s the tracklist:

TRACK LISTING
1. “The Opening Title Sequence” (produced by Best Kept Secret)
2. “The Roots Song Wale Is On” f. Chrisette Michele (produced by ?uestlove & James Poyser)
3. “The Feature Heavy Song” f. Bun B, Pusha T and Tre from UCB (produced by Best Kept Secret)
4. “The Freestyle (Roc Boys)”
5. “The Perfect Plan” (produced by Best Kept Secret)
6. “The Kramer” (produced by Best Kept Secret)
7. “The Crazy” (produced by Best Kept Secret)
8. “The Vacation From Ourselves” (produced by Best Kept Secret)
9. “The Remake of A Remake (All I Need)” f. Tawiah (produced by Mark Ronson)
10. “The Grown Up” (produced by Best Kept Secret)
11. “The Manipulation” (produced by Best Kept Secret)
12. “The Artistic Integrity” (produced by Best Kept Secret)
13. “The Star”
14. “The Skit (Untz Untz)”
15. “The Cliche Lil Wayne Feature (It’s The Remix baby!)” (produced by Osinachi)
16. “The Bmore Club Slam” (produced by Scottie B)
17. “The Chicago Falcon Remix” f. The Budos Band (produced by Mark Ronson & Eli Escobar)
18. “The Hype” (produced by Best Kept Secret)
19. “The End Credits” (produced by Best Kept Secret)

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Wale = Saviour Of Hip-Hop?

Unless you’ve been living in a cave for the past year, or you just recently decided to give the whole internet thing a shot and this is the first website you’ve ever visited, you’ve heard about Wale. Even 4080 is on the ball when it comes to this dude; check out an earlier post Angry wrote about Wale’s upcoming Seinfeld mixtape project, the Mixtape About Nothing.

So why all the hype? Well, if you believe CMJ, it’s because, like the “recent line of Commons, Kanye Wests and Lupe Fiascos,” the Washington D.C.-based rapper has the potential to “straddle the line between mainstream and indie rap.” By fusing the up-tempo, effervescent funk of D.C.’s go-go movement with clever, punch-line laden rhymes and covers of current hits, Wale does indeed appeal to a broad audience. Indie hipsters love him for his remixes (Wale’s rhymed over Lilly Allen’s “Smile“, Amy Winehouse’s “Rehab” and Justice’s hit “D.A.N.C.E.” as well as hip-hop classics like Common’s “The Light” and Ghostface’s “Daytona 500”) and hip-hop heads are going bananas for his ridiculous raps (“Good rappers ain’t eatin, they Olsen twinnin'”). To date Wale has released three mixtapes, all of which continue to receive love from music blogs of every stripe. 

As a result of his success and subsequent exposure, Wale gained the attention of several record labels. In April, he signed a record deal with producer Mark Ronson’s Allido Records, whose albums are distributed by Interscope. The question now is whether Wale can translate his underground popularity into mainstream success.  Deprived of the ability to cover current hits, will he still appeal to heads outside of the DMV (the D.C.-Maryland-Virginia area)? I hope so.

In the meantime, check out some of Wale’s best tracks, including his guest appearance on The Roots’ new album Rising Down.

Wale – W.A.L.E.D.A.N.C.E. (100 Miles and Running, 2007)

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45 King vs. Wale – P.Y.R.A.M.I.D. (Sammy Bananas Mix) (?, 2008)

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The Roots ft. Wale & Chrisette Michele – Rising Up (Rising Down, 2008)

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To download all 3 Wale mixtapes, visit Werd 2 Big Bird.