Adventures in my iPod Part 2

The cover of Chrisette Michele's new album "Epiphany."

The cover of Chrisette Michele's upcoming album "Epiphany."

A few days ago, when I was searching through the blogosphere, I came across this great song by singer, Chrisette Michele, called “Epiphany.”

The songs tackles a familiar topic, where Michele figures out that her boyfriend isn’t up to her standards and decides to leave him. But, Michele’s fresh voice, along with Ne-Yo’s great songwriting, makes this song stand out.

I’ve been a fan of Michele’s since I heard her on the chorus of Jay-Z’s song “Lost One.”

She released her debut album, “I Am” in 2007 and releasing her new album, also titled “Epiphany” on March 31, 2009.

Another artist that I’ve been keeping a close watch on is rapper, Drake. Many people will know Drake as Jimmy Brooks from the show “Degrassi: The Next Generation.” I was skeptical when I first heard Drake’s second mix tape “Comeback Season,” because of his “Degrassi” ties, but after listening to it I gained respect for his skills.

He recently released his third mix tape “So Far Gone,” for free on his Web site, octobersveryown.blogspot.com, and I have to say he has really stepped up his game. The record is filled with wonderful melodies, and poignant rhymes about excess.

My favorite songs are “A Night Off,” featuring R&B singer Lloyd and “Uptown” featuring Lil’ Wayne and Bun-B of UGK. On the former, Drake croons alongside Lloyd about spending time with a special lady after neglecting her for studio sessions – it may be a surprise, but Drake has a pretty good singing voice. The latter shows Drake stealing the spotlight from his mentor, Lil’ Wayne.

To check out Chrisette Michele’s Myspace page, click here.

To download Drake’s free mix tape “So Far Gone” go to his Web site octobersveryown.blogspot.com.

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