Sam Smith has been getting heavy play on my “Emo Times” playlist ever since I saw him live last year. The UK crooner hooks up with producer Harry Fraud. It’s an unlikely pairing but hey, even goons cry tears some times. Sam Smith’s Nirvana EP drops January 28. If you haven’t heard the name, I promise that you will in 2014.
Following his first NYC show at Santos Party House, I got the chance to interview Fredo Santana. The Chief Keef/GBE affiliate has been everywhere this year, from the BAPE x Stussy lookbook to his creepy cameo in Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home.” He’s notorious for hating interviews (I can’t blame him for that) so it’s kind of a big deal that I got to have a lengthy chat with the newcomer. Peep the full interview at The Village Voice and an awesome selfie we took. P.S. He told me I was a creeper. Yep.
Is it just me or have industry events gotten more swanky in the past few months? Last night, the homies at Capitol Records invited me to preview Naughty Boy’s Hotel Cabana at the Soho House in NYC. Afterwards, Sam Smith had the members-only club swoooooning with his live set upstairs. If you haven’t heard of these guys, get familiar NOW. Their MONSTER hit (No. Seriously. It has almost 200 million views on YouTube) “La La La” is going to hit stateside soon and Sam Smith is going to croon his way into your heart. Peep my interview with Naughty Boy for Rolling Stone for more info.