Mario's second single off the upcoming album, Evolve, is an intriguing tale based on his personal experience of dating his manager's ex-girlfriend. "It just talks about the distractions and temptations and the infatuation that can have on a man when it comes to a woman," says Mario.
I like hearing the unusual story and the track's slow/mid tempos are a nice compliment. I wouldn't put it on the top tier of Mario tracks off first impressions, but it'll likely grow on me with more listens. Give this one a spin and be on the lookout for the album in October.
The single comes a couple days earlier than expected, albeit in Radio Rip form. Nonetheless, we get to hear a catchy collab from Mario & Nicki Minaj, with Polow's production an instant hit using a sample for the hook (which I didn't expect over Mario singing the hook... but you'll see why it works).
Mario stands out as a highlight on "Somebody Else" with a variety of deliveries in the verses, crooning over a loved one that leaves him. Nicki rocks the slow flow, which I'm not totally feelin, but it rides the beat well. She adds to the story though with the female perspective and that makes her verse more hit than miss. Overall, it's an instant *Tibs Fav. and I hope it becomes a strong mainstream single for an artist I've always liked in Mario. The CDQ will make a big difference so keep in tune for that update.
Here is a dope new weekend roundup of a variety of news and tidbits that happened amongst all the #YeezySeason mania that is going on, hah!
First off, up above, De La Soul performed live with The Roots on Jimmy Fallon. Above is the feel-good "A Rollerskating Jam Named Saturdays" and "Jenifa Taught Me" can be viewed here. De La's got a new album coming out (!) entitled You're Welcome, slated for this Fall.
An intriguing upcoming collab was announced — Mario & Nicki Minaj! Mario revealed the single on the way, produced by Polow Da Don, via a handwritten note from the heart (seen below). May 21st, you can expect to hear this.
The day before (i.e. tomorrow), T.I. will release his new single with Lil Wayne "Wit Me". You can catch the teaser trailer from last Friday here and peep the new single art below.
And below that, you'll notice the tracklist to Ludacris' upcoming mixtape, IDGAF. There's plenty of big-name features on the 10-track opus, set to be released May 24th. Whew! How bout that for some quick-hit news?!
Wait, one late addition: Action Bronson tweeted a collab project with Harry Fraud called Saab Stories will be impacting early June.
From Mario himself: "Somebody Else" f/ Nicki Minaj drops Tuesday, May 21st
T.I. "Wit Me" f/ Lil Wayne single and music video drops tomorrow, May 20th!
Ludacris 'IDGAF' mixtape dropping May 24th (front cover here)
Blue Dream is the second single dropped from these guys for their upcoming unannounced LP. A real nice super mario sample transformed into an anti judgmental project. Don't knock it, til you try it and "Don't kick the Goblin"
I got a chance to accompany Singer/Song writer sensation Mario. While he visited Chicago to promote his new mix tape and single "The Walls". It was a day filled with interviews, performances, love and laughter. I can tell you one thing: after seeing what one artist goes through in just one day, being a superstar is more than what meets the eye.
In this video, we take you for a sneak peek into a day in the life of Mario while he visits various places in Chicago. Mario loves Chicago and all the love he gets from the city as he coins Chicago as one of the first places he got his start. While visiting WGCI, Mario sits down with Demi Lobo in the Coke Lounge and gives a very in depth interview. Find out what Chicago artist he would love to do a collaboration with and more!
Mario is a hardworking talented and dedicated artist who loves his fans.. just as much as they love him. Be on the look out for his new album Restoration, which is due to hit stores February 7th 2012.