Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Bring “Downtown” to Life; and Get Eric Nally Out of Hiding

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As many know I’m not a fan of Pop-esque music. It has to strike me pretty hard to attract my attention in any shape or form; and rarely does it ever. I know I am about 10,000 years late to the party that is Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t 110% intrigued by their latest single, “Downtown.” It’s good; I mean really good.

Not only does it feature some of rap’s greatest MCs, but to boot it brought back to life Eric Nally of Foxy Shazam fame (who I had interviewed years ago for Greenshoelace.com ), which up until recently, I could never understand how they never really caught on. They were successful in indie circles, but even then, they never fully received the attention they deserved. Also I kind of love the fact that most people think Eric is in costume, but really, no, that’s his usual attire (for live shows at least). Remember when he used to eat cigarettes on stage? Yes, that.

Getting back to my main point, I love the fact that Macklemore and Ryan Lewis are being successful on their own terms, and keeping completely true to themselves. It really brings in another level of artist intimacy because there isn’t that label middleman. Everything that they put out is them, whether you like it or not. “Downtown,” is the perfect example of an artist unleashing their heart and soul into the music. Musically and marketing wise it’s genius; and to be honest, one hell of a song.

 

Chuckie Campbell Releases “All I Meant,” (feat. Cole Jonique)

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Critically acclaimed Chuckie Campbell is making major waves in the music scene. His unique brand of hip hop has captured the ears of outlets such as Huffington Post, Young Hollywood and Buzzfeed. Recently releasing his latest single, “All I Meant (feat. Cole Jonique), from his album More Die of Heartbreak, the in-your-face track makes Campbell a prominent name to watch out for. The new record features Wu Tang members Cappadonna and Solomon Childs, as well as Cole Jonique, Block McCloud and Erin Breeding. Impressive? I think so!

Hailing from Buffalo, NY, Campbell is an all around jack of trades. Not only does he write music, but he writes stories and poetry as well, and is also the founder and editor of the online and print Arts journal, Sunsets and Silencers. His unique and smooth lyrical flow makes him standout from the rest, as does his knack for writing intriguing lyrics.If you dig artists such as The Roots, Macklemore, Nas and Dead Prez, than Chuckie Campbell is DEFINITELY for you.

Watch “All I Meant”, directed by Steve Pyne, on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WRUoyGyJmQ