Posts Tagged ‘Kid Cudi’

A few months after the conclusion of NBC’s first season of “The Voice,” runner-up Dia Frampton is starting to claim her fame, with lots of thanks to her mentor Blake Shelton. The mentor relationship Blake had with his two contestants, Frampton and Xenia, was unlike the other mentors. You could really tell from watching the show that he truly believed in their talent and their success. Blake has believed in Frampton so much that he has booked her on his upcoming tour that will begin in February, around the same time as the start of the second season of “The Voice.”

In other big news for Frampton, she has been recording her debut album titled “Red,” which will be released on December 6 by Universal Records. This album includes collaborations with several great songwriters and producers such as Kid Cudi, Mark Pontius of Foster the People, Isabella Summers of Florence and the Machine and Tom Shapiro.

Frampton was known as the lyricist of the show. Because of this, Frampton says this is one of the most raw and emotional pieces of art she has ever put out. Before going solo, Frampton had several EPs under the name of Meg & Dia, a duet with her sister. Here is “My Ugly Mouth” from the EP “It’s Always Stormy In Tillamook.”

-Hayley Isaacson

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On February 19th Kanye West released his brand new video, “All of the Lights,” featuring “the Man on the Moon” Kid Cudi and Rihanna, from his platinum-selling album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.

The video is as vibrant, colorful, and theatrical as the album’s 30 minute video, Runaway, but it’s very simplistic. Half of the video contains flashing words and colorful lights, similar to a light show, which seems like the obvious thing to do because of the song’s title, but I expected more from Yeezy, finding the theme too repetitive and boring.

The video begins with a little girl wandering a sidewalk alone in black-and-white. Then the light show begins: flashing words and flamboyant colors. Kanye appears on top of a police car with his foot on the siren. Rihanna gets straightforward shots in front of one big, bright light, and Cudi appears in a red jacket with his backside to the camera. Unfortunately, the piano interlude where Fergie sings is cut out of the video. But West was sure to fill in lots of lights for Alicia Keys’ solo, seeing as she was MIA.

Here’s the official video:  http://www.islanddefjam.com/allofthelights/

– Christina Jones

The latest rap parody making a splash on the internet comes from a University of Michigan student taking a creative spin on Kid Cudi’s “Pursuit of Happiness.” Skylar Fulton’s hilariously accurate ode to JAP culture can be seen as an unofficial spinoff to last summer’s “Nassau (County) State of Mind.” However, despite being something of a Michigan thing, it probably could’ve been shot at Syracuse, and not been any different.

So put on your North Face, send that last BBM, and polish that Star of David necklace, because it’s time for a little Jappiness: