Last year it was M.I.A. that had half the hipsters in love and the other half calling Homeland Security.
This year it's Lily Allen.
Lily Allen, the U.K. indie popstress and MySpace heroine who sampled her way to success this year will see the U.S. release of her album in January 2007.
It was funny that I found the above link blowing up all her samples because one of my boys recently mentioned to me how great the production was.
Then I found out most of her album sales will be going to Trojan Records sample department.
I'm not hating on sampling, because it does take skill but I'm always disappointed when I find out how unoriginal new music is.
Regardless, her album, "Alright, Still" is one of the happiest and most bitter albums I've heard. I tried to hate on it for a minute but I've given up. You can't fight the production and the cynicism.
Peep the lyric from the song "LDN,"
- "There was a little old lady, who was walkin down the road
She was struggling with bags from Tesco
There were people from the city having lunch in the park
I believe that it's called al fresco
Then a kid came along to offer a hand
But before she had time to accept it
hits her over the head, doesn't care if she's dead
Cause he's got all her jewelery and wallet"
Here's the song,
Lily Allen - "LDN"
Peep the original.
Tommy McCook - "Reggae Merengue"
And she dropped two mixtapes to keep you busy in case you stole her album off the Internets before it came out.
Yes, even white girls are putting out mixtapes nowadays.
Download Mixtape #1
Download Mixtape #2
If you can't play the MP3s or download the links you need Firefox.