Posts Tagged ‘lyricist’

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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It was February of this year when I first witnessed Childish Gambino. At that time he was just Donald Glover, a hilarious comic starring in the NBC sitcom “Community.” Not too much later, my friend posted a music video of Glover rapping on my Facebook wall in a song entitled, “Freaks and Geeks.”

Since the success of that single, the rapper/actor/singer has released five projects: “Sick Boi,” “Poindexter,” “I Am Just a Rapper,” “I am Just a Rapper 2,” “Culdesac” and EP”. Gambino is now signed to Glassnote Records and plans to release his first studio album titled “Camp,” on November 15

To preview his album, Gambino recently released the single “All the Shine.” The single highlights all of the criticism that Gambino has received and is almost a break in character from Gambino’s typical vulgar and superficial lyrics.

Although this track does show a new side of the multi-talented artist, it does not justify Gambino’s shortcomings as an artist. Gambino is simply not a rapper, but instead a very clever writer, as anyone would expect from someone with a degree in dramatic writing from NYU. The great comedian should keep his punch lines and one-liners on the television screen rather than infesting my otherwise immaculate Pandora stations.

-A.J. Allen