Los Angeles, CA - Meet Aundrus Poole - athlete, college graduate, actor, music artist - the kind of guy in fact that guys wish they were and ladies wish they could be with. It's not hard to see why. Aundrus was born to this. Cast as a series regular for three seasons in NBC's hit TV show, Friday Night Lights (Reggie Seale), after his first ever audition and quickly adding commercials for brands such as Nike, AT&T, Dodge & Southwest Airlines to his resume, Aundrus proved early that he was a natural entertainer. Armed with this resume, and a BA in Criminal Justice from Angelo State University, Aundrus and his father, an accomplished piano player and artist manager, packed up a U-Haul and moved to L.A. where Aundrus was commited to accomplishing his real dream - music.
Like so many aspiring artists, Aundrus began in his high school cafeteria, hosting freestyle battles. It was a college friend and football teammate that encouraged him to begin writing his material down and recording it. The two formed a group and local success came quickly. Upon graduation, Aundrus' mother hoped he would remain in Texas and continue his education but he had been bitten by the music bug and instead, Aundrus built a studio in his bedroom closet, teaching himself to engineer and honing his rhyming skills. With a steady stream of acting gigs as the vehicle, Aundrus found himself in the City of Angels; and that is only the beginning of the story.
Aundrus has spent the past year or so dedicated to perfecting his talents; acting classes by day with Lesly Khan and studio sessions by night with producer, Redwine, and a whole host of the industry's top producers and songwriters, traveling back to Texas briefly for a triumphant performance at SXSW in his hometown of Austin. He now feels he is ready.
Aundrus' first single, "Doin the Most", truly sums up his life mantra, "I don't care if you're rapping, if you're fishing or you're Steven Spielberg, do the most." Words to live by and Aundrus is truly off to a great start. Stay tuned. Chapter two is gonna be great.
Vermont's finest, BURNTmd gears up for the release of his forthcoming mixtape The Green Invasion. To get things in motion, the good doctor fills our prescription with "Bang Out", another Reef Ali produced banger, featuring DJ Green Lantern and an ill bassline, courtesy of Noah Young on the Fender. This track has moved the purist of hip-hop crowd's from state to state as part of BURNTmd's relentless tour schedule, which includes opening for and performing alongside industry heavyweight's Black Thought & J. Period (The Live Mixtape Tour), Keith Murray and Inspectah Deck among others. Be on the lookout for BURNTmd who'll be performing at Pico Sports Arena (Los Angeles) on Sept. 17 along with Redman, Fat Joe, Evidence, R.A. The Rugged Man, Binary Star and more. Stay tuned for more leaks off The Green Invasion!
New Freebie Flips Latest Single From Pusha T And Tyler, The Creator
Selected as a member of 106 KMEL's (the biggest Bay Area hip-hop station) Freshmen Class of 2010.
Prior to the release of his new EP, Lionheart, Moe Green held fans over the grassroots way; he took other artist's beats, flipped them, and killed them. First up was Frank Ocean's "Swim Good," then came "Glass Table Girls" by The Weeknd. And now, just a few short weeks after dropping Lionheart, and only a few short days after dropping his latest video from the EP, for the single "Extra Extra," Moe is back at work, flipping another brand new track for fans.
When Moe Green first heard Pusha T's and Tyler, the Creator's new single "Trouble On My Mind" he was instantly drawn to the track, largely because the track, produced by Pharrell, brought the Bay rapper back to a sound he used to love. "The beat for 'Trouble On My Mind' nails that old Star Trak feel perfectly to me," says Moe. "I was a big fan of what they were doing with that sound back in the day; this one jumped out to me immediately." Though Moe's version of the track only delivers one verse, it's not to be forgotten. As Moe proclaims, "Putting on for all the ones who ain't around/ Moe Green, understand I will move the sound," he navigates the thumping Neptunes frame with his usual ease and heavy-dropping flows.
In other Moe Green news, fans will be excited to hear that the budding rapper has also been tapped to take part in a brand new hip-hop fantasy cartoon, Fresh World. Other rappers currently involved include Chuck D of Public Enemy, MURS, Del The Funky Homosapien, Opio, and more. Keeping things innovative, the cartoon's director, Roy Miles Jr. aka the Ghetto Geppetto, has taken to the internet to help in his financing push, and is currently running a campaign on Kickstarter.com. More information on the cartoon, as well as information on how fans can back the project, can be found here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1908104475/the-fresh-world-cartoon .
Starting from humble beginnings, The Real Frequency became the premier hip-hop show on Canada's first commercial urban radio station by featuring up and coming local artists who eventually became international stars. By giving early support to artists such as Drake, Shad, Boi 1-Da, and Tona, the show consistently showed its dedication to Toronto's burgeoning hip-hop community. Though The Real Frequency show recently stopped broadcasting due to the sale of its parent station, its dedication to hip-hop lives on in the form of a new album project.
Now, running full heartedly with an idea that evolved from one of the most popular segments on the show, The New North, The Real Frequency has put together a compilation album, also titled The New North, that features over 30 artists best representing Toronto's up-and-coming talent. Pairing together MC's, producers, singers, and DJ's from the city, Real Frequency has created a project that features the likes of JD Era, Marco Polo, Kardinal Offishall, Moss, and more, including aforementioned artists Tona and Boi-1-Da.
Also coming together for the album is Shad and Frank Dukes, who crafted the lead single from The New North, with the song "Flawless." The song, which also features cuts from DJ Dopey, kicks into full gear from jump, with Frank Dukes' gritty beat. Shad's slick wordplay fits snuggly over the driving bass line and well-placed horn chops, an instrument selection that was a conscious decision for Dukes. "After hearing that I would be working with Shad, I knew I wanted to bring him into a different zone," explains Dukes. "I gave him a rugged, aggressive beat that he absolutely bodied – it was his performance that helped inspire the song title."