For a while it looked like [lastfm]Dondria[/lastfm] was going to live out one of those classic American success stories: discovered out of obscurity, signed to a major label and about to blow up. But the young R&B singer’s tale didn’t exactly turn out that way. Street Date has the story of how super-producer [lastfm]Jermaine Dupri[/lastfm] noticed Dondria on YouTube, signed her to his label So So Def, and then spent three years battling to put her record out.
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[lastfm]Kem[/lastfm] – Intimacy: Album III
Also out this week is the new album from [lastfm]Kem[/lastfm], the oh-so-smooth R&B singer from Detroit. You might remember Kem from his recent #1 singles: 2003′s “Love Calls” and 2005′s with “I Can’t Stop Loving You.” He employs a full band on new album Intimacy: Album III, complete with a string section with cello and violin. While we wait for a new music video, check out the video for his last hit “I Can’t Stop Loving You.”
[lastfm]Antibalas[/lastfm] – Who Is This America?
Sometimes when an album comes out that’s ahead of its time, it takes a few years for people to take notice. That’s the case with this 2004 masterpiece from Brooklyn’s [lastfm]Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra[/lastfm]. In the time since this album’s release, members of the band have gone on to create and star in the broadway hit Fela! about the life and music of the infamous [lastfm]Fela Kuti[/lastfm]. Visit Street Date for more from Antibalas including a free mp3 download of the song “Big Man.”
[lastfm]Camu Tao[/lastfm] – King Of Hearts
This release is bittersweet as it comes two years after the tragic death of the highly talented rapper and producer Camu Tao. Tao got his start as part of the seminal hip hop group [lastfm]MHZ[/lastfm] and was known for collaborations with [lastfm]El-P[/lastfm], [lastfm]RJD2[/lastfm] and others. King Of Hearts would have been his first major solo release.
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