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Bro of the Week: Tuko of Tha Boogie

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After releasing 3 albums with Tha Boogie and being mentored by award-winning singer-writer-producer, Raphael Saadiq, Tuko, a Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter released his first solo album, Infrared and Ultraviolet (I and U). He steers from the bubbly-pop sound that Tha Boogie is known for, and goes for beats that thump harder and lyrics that are aggressive yet candid.

Last week, we had the privilege of attending his album release party at Tru Hollywood Nightclub, where a couple hundred of his friends and loved ones gathered to support him. The 9-track album was made in a very special place: his bedroom. He said, “I can say that everyone on my album has been in my bedroom. And to bring the album from my bedroom to you guys, here at Tru Hollywood, is such an honor.” Highlight tracks: “Ready For The World/Tragic End,” ” Poisonous Tradition,” “2020 AD,” and “Prince Shxt.” What I took away from the party is that Tuko is eager to pursue his dreams. Fear and insecurities will not stop him.

Download Infrared and Ultraviolet here.

ItsTuko.com

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Crush of the Week: The Stuyvesants – Refined {Stream}

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Listening to The Stuyvesants’ (not pictured above) Refined album puts a nice close to this crazy work week. It is literally 25 minutes of aural bliss. The two-man band from Bedford-Stuyvesant, NY, Producer Allan Cole (Algorythm), and record collector Darien Victor Birks (Flwrpt), pays homage to 70s classic soul. We can dig it fellas. Click below and find out for yourself.

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Crush of the Week: Music by Pharrell – “Happy”

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Yeah, it’s been a while since we’ve highlighted cuties on our side of the block. Sorry ya’ll. This week’s Crush of the Week is Mr. Pharrell Williams. This week he released a joyful, bouncy single called “Happy” from the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack. The retro influenced tune just gets us all giddy inside. Check it out:

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Crush of the Week: Les Twins – Beyoncé’s Twin Backup Dancers

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Photo by Lorin Okada

When I first saw these super adorable French fellas, Laurent (“Lil Beast”) and Larry (“Ca Blaze”) Bourgeois, on Beyoncé’s HBO documentary, Life Is But A Dream, I had to check out their work. Their routines consist of many dance styles such as breakdance, dancehall, mime, jazz and ballet. What’s incredible is that they have never received formal training; all of their techniques are self-taught.

When the identical twin brothers are not ripping up the dancefloors or stages worldwide, they teach choreography classes and model.

lestwinsworld.com

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Crush of the Week: Baauer – The Man Behind “Harlem Shake”

If you are constantly on the internet, you’ve probably seen a ton of Harlem Shake videos by now. After watching plenty of them myself, my first question was, who created that beat? I found out the man behind the trap-hip-hop-electro track is Baauer.

When I first heard “Harlem Shake” I thought of a particular dance that originated in the 1980s (where the harlem shakee does a two-step while shaking their shoulders and hips) making a comeback. Here is an example:

(Skip to the 2:09 mark)

More than two decades later, in steps Baauer, a baby-faced Brooklyn-based producer, who changed the entire meaning of the “Harlem Shake” with his infectious dance track by the same name:

The track is #1 on iTunes Charts, and people are literally going nuts about it. Everyday you’ll find a new Harlem Shake video, usually about 30 seconds long, with people in everyday settings such as a classroom, workplace, home, etc., get into a crazed frenzy when the beat drops in Baauer’s song. Take a look:

Images from Baauer’s Facebook
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Crush of the Week: J. Cole

Photo by AARON STERN for Interview Magazine

Photo by AARON STERN for Interview Magazine

J. Cole is our Crush of the Week because he is a man of action. Since his music career began four years ago, he imagined traveling to colleges to have conversations with youth about the music business and its role in society. Ironically, that vision is starting to take place since Harvard University invited him to host a lecture (and concert) on February 26th. He recently shared with Interview Magazine what inspired him to begin college tours:

“It was inspired by, when I was in college, seeing some incredible speakers come to my school: Michael Eric Dyson, Spike Lee, Nikki Giovanni, and other poets and writers. I always loved that experience: going and sitting in an auditorium and listening to their opinions.”

J. Cole’s second album Born Sinner is set for release spring 2013.

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Crush of the Week: Vikter Duplaix

photo from MAX AGENCY

photo from MAX AGENCY

If the only way to get to know Vikter Duplaix was through his tweets, you would find him to be confident, motivational, charming, hilarious, and curious about love and life. These are all excellent qualities that makes this gorgeous man, singer, songwriter, producer, and DJ our Crush of the Week.

As I was perusing through my Twitter timeline, one of his tweets captured my attention, it said:

My first thought was does he really care? That doubt was immediately casted away when I saw that he responded to his followers’ answers. Not too many people of his status find the time to chat with fans. So, we’ll add humble to his list of characteristics that makes us swoon.

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