Fraga – On US

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Inspired by thrill-seeking nights out, the Miami rapper Fraga charms your ears with style, flow, and charisma in his new upbeat single ‘ON US’.  Influence from Drake, Puffy and Mase in ‘97 is present on the track mix. Follow @zaddycoolseason  for what’s next in store from the self-proclaimed “Prettyboy”.

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Sample Saturdays: “Hotline Bling” by Drake

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I know and you know that Hotline Bling has run it’s course (and you know this because Donald Trump danced to it on SNL) but there’s controversy that needs to be settled. Drake has been accused of stealing D.R.A.M’s style from his latest hit, Cha Cha. That is wrong and needs to be squashed. Drake’s famous Hotline Bling sampled Timmy Thomas’ Why Can’t We Live Together. Timmy Thomas is an R&B singer, keyboardist, and songwriter who is best known for the song that was sampled. The vinyl record was released in late 1972 and topped the U.S. Billboard R&B chart and the Billboard Hot 100. Music is a reoccurring cycle, Drake used that track (famous for its Hammond organ, and percussion) and reached number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. D.R.A.M.’s ChaCha may have the same tempo and feel, but he sampled Koji Kondo’s Star World from Super Mario World. If anything, both artists copied people who created their own original works but that’s what sampling is: Enjoying someone else’s work, being influenced by it and making it your own while giving credit.

aafleur recommendation: Listen to the sample first

Watch a rendition of Hotline Bling by Sam Smith and Disclosure below:

Short Film: Va$htie makes an art film for “Hotline Bling”

Va$htie Kola a.k.a. Downtown’s Sweetheart  wrote, directed, and stars in this unofficial video for Drake’s Hotline Bling. In the video, Highly Suspect’s Johnny Stevens plays Vashtie’s love interest.

On her blog , Vashtie gives a back story to the art film, Enjoy:

Me and this girl are very different…

Yet…

Me and this girl are very much the same.

I wrote this story about “Lolita” in 2008 and, at the time, felt little connection to her. But, in the past year as my career and personal life have changed in (scary and exciting) ways I never could have predicted – I started to understand her. I found myself re-writing this piece, for exercise and therapy.

Before this last year or so, I’ve always been able to retreat and resurface. Attention—and more importantly people’s perception of me—was something that I could control. Or at least try to. But social media and the internet has changed that (also being on Showtime docu-series and a 5 part National Toshiba commercial has also changed that).

2015 is a time of “likes” and “followers” and “direct messages” and constant connection with strangers. But I wonder a lot: what do people really know about me? Or each other for that matter? And how far is that from reality? “Lolita” seems to have it all. Dom Perignon and opulence. Attention and adornment. But, as I’ve learned this past year, “seems” can’t really be trusted.

Thanks to Drake and to my friends for helping me make this.