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ANTHM – Freek’n You

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Brand new ANTHM! He’s continuing his pattern of releasing one new song each week, and it’s another great one! I can’t say I love the hook on this sample, but hell, it just makes Anthem sound all the better, so I’m down with it. He’s got a mean flow on this one. I’m from the city where the lights flicker…

NOTE: ANTHM has rebranded himself and changed his name to “ANTHM” from “Anthem.” He also has a new Twitter handle. Follow him at @NoCosign.

ANTHM – Freek’n You by AMGEsquires

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Anthem – Ugly

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Anthem is back with a new track to wrap up a month full of free tracks and visuals from him. Man, I sense some honest spitting on this one.

And I aint doubtin’ that they got some personality/ I would too, if I refused to burn a calorie / Is that a bad start, when I want you at my bachelor pad with your back arched? / Maybe I’m a tad harsh.

Anthem-Ugly by AMGEsquires

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Anthem – Before I Let Go

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New joint from Anthem. If you weren’t sure about Anthem’s ability to spit and rhyme, you’d be a fool to keep doubting after hearing this track. Although, I will say, he’s given no reason to doubt him before today. His flow keeps getting meaner and rhymes keep getting tighter. Anthem’s on his way toward an incredibly successful career.

Anthem-Before I Let Go by AMGEsquires

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Anthem – Fortuna, Survival of the Fittest [Download]

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Anthem is on his grind right now, putting out a number of free songs and videos at will. Today he’s here to present the MP3 to “Fortuna,” the soundtrack to the video I posted the other day. Anthem-Fortuna by AMGEsquires

He has also just released “Survival of the Fittest,” which falls in the category of old school hip hop: no hook, battle-like lyrics, simple beat. It’s grimy and hard, and something tells me that’s Anthem’s just flexing his muscles again. Showing us all that he can remix an indie song to perfection then turn right around and spit some hard rhymes without a hook. Here comes Anthem. Anthem-Survival of the Fittest (AMG) by AMGEsquires

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Anthem – Fortuna [Music Video]

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Call it the day of music videos. The third new one of the day comes from Anthem, who is building up quite a load of excitement before the release of his new EP, Joy and Pain. After releasing a new track called Ordinary Life (F*ck That) just a few days ago, today he’s giving the world visuals for his track ‘Fortuna.’ It feels like a glimpse into the mind of Anthem, a young rapper from New York City who spells it all out for us right at the start of the video: “Somewhere, someone sleeps. In between nightmare and dream, they lay hostage to the enduring struggle between their joy and pain.” Joy and Pain EP: Coming Soon. Brought to you by Amoeba Music Group (AMG). Follow Anthem on Twitter for more information.

Anthem – Fortuna from AMG Esquires on Vimeo.

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Anthem – Ordinary Life (F*ck That)

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Anthem has just released a brand new track called Ordinary Life. I can already promise you that this will be on repeat for me. I can’t get enough of melodic hip hop, and given that Anthem’s giving me just that and he’s one of my favorite lyricists out there, this song is really doing it for me. It’s a little more radio-friendly than the typical Anthem tune, but the fact that I can still deal with it (yes, I’m a music snob. What of it?) is a true testament to the respect I have for Anthem. If you aint already, you need to be fuckin with Ant and his music.

Anthem-Ordinary Life (F*ck That) by AMGEsquires

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PREMIER: Phantogram – Don’t Move Feat. Anthem (Joy & Pain Mix)

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Anthem has had me waiting for new music since he released “God of Joy (Dionysus)” and then “A Boy’s Dream.” Today he’s put out a remix of Phantogram’s “Don’t Move,” featuring his ever-witty lines and catchy flow. His way with words leaves his music stuck in my head for days, and though that hardly ever has a positive connotation, I couldn’t be happier about it in this case. I’ll continue to push Anthem and get behind his movement until he’s on the big stage. I’ll tell you one thing: I don’t think it will be long.

Phantogram – Don’t Move Feat. Anthem (Joy & Pain Mix) by AMGEsquires

 

Get excited for Anthem’s upcoming EP, Joy & Pain, which will be sponsored by this here music blog, Sunset in the Rearview.

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Anthem – A Boy’s Dream

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Anthem is one of my very favorite new rappers on the scene. His lyrical abilities are comparable to Drake’s, J. Cole’s, and Lil Wayne’s. What me say Drake, though, is that he focuses on telling his own story in his song. Anthem graduated from Duke University in 2007 and got a job on Wall Street. Shortly after, he realized that he’d rather be pursuing his dreams of becoming a rapper than selling his soul to the financial world. For more of Anthem’s story, listen to this song, “A Boy’s Life,” which samples “Crash” by Dave Matthews Band.

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A Boy’s Dream by AMGEsquires

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This AMG, Part 1: Anthem Speaks [VIDEO]

As you all know, I am a huge supporter of Anthem, rapper who graduated from Duke a couple years ahead of me, got a job on Wall Street, and quit the job to pursue a career in hip hop. In this first of a series of videos, he talks about his experience, his mentor who has financed his music career, and his aspirations. Hear some samples of his music in the video and get hyped for upcoming video releases. Hit the jump to watch the video and get some free MP3s. Continue reading “This AMG, Part 1: Anthem Speaks [VIDEO]” »

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Live: Hoodie Allen (100Bands Review #48)

What’s Left: 166 Days. 52 Bands.
Band #48: Hoodie Allen

When/Where: February 24th, Motorco Music Hall, Durham, NC
Expectations: [Like I said with Eddy B & Tim Gunter and Anthem, I put on this show, so of course I am biased and had high expectations. That being said, though, I’m going to give my best shot at an honest critique.]

Hoodie Allen has been a favorite at Sunset in the Rearview for quite a long time now. I’m a huge fan of his music and held incredibly high expectations for high energy, enthusiasm, and excitement.

Concert: After two strong openers in Eddy B & Tim Gunter and Anthem, Hoodie and his producer RJF took the stage and the crowd went wild. The venue is very big, so unfortunately the room wasn’t completely packed, but it seemed that everybody in the room was itching to get as close to the stage as possible. Hoodie seems to have die hards in all corners of the country; there were people in the audience singing along to every single word that came out of Hoodie’s mouth. The one time when these fans couldn’t sing along, of course, was when Hoodie broke out into a freestyle about Durham and the surrounding areas in North Carolina. The crowd seemed to love that.

Much to my surprise, “You Are Not A Robot” was not his closer. He did, though, seem to go through the majority of his songs, including his (at the time) latest single, “Dreams Up.” Hoodie did indeed bring energy and excitement, though I still believe there is room for him to grow and expand to really maintain a level of excitement for not only the die hards, but for the naysayers as well. I think it’ll come in the form of more unexpected things like impressive freestyles and a wider array of dance moves, but again…let’s just remember that Hoodie is only getting started. I truly believe that he’s got a long career ahead of him.

Concert Afterglow: I was singing Hoodie Allen songs for days. I had a ball, and I think Hoodie will continue to progress and I will soon be begging to see him live again.

Recommendation: Check out Hoodie Allen live. It is certainly a fun show. Something tells me his cult following hasn’t expanded into the South quite as much yet, so you might see a better show in the North, but I’m doing my best to change that!

Song: ”Dreams Up” – Hoodie Allen


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Written by Lydia

*Photography Credit: Ambrielle Moore


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Anthem – God of Joy (Dionysus)

Anthem sent me this song today and the second I turned it on, I started bouncing around like a little girl on crack. Damn – the combination of this beat with Ant’s lighthearted lyrics in the spirit of just letting go and having a good time – it got me going. The sample is “Shooting Stars” by Bag Raiders. Anthem described his relationship with this song perfectly:

In honor of spring, I dropped this song as my contribution to pregame playlists everywhere. Creatively, “God of Joy (Dionysus)” was one of the most fun experiences I’ve had in writing and recording.

Reminder: stay off crack. Listen to Anthem instead.

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Live: Anthem (100Bands #47)

What’s Left: 179 Days. 53 Bands.
Band #47: Anthem

When/Where: February 24th, Motorco Music Hall, Durham, NC
Expectations: [Like I said with Eddy B & Tim Gunter and I’ll say for Hoodie Allen, I put on this show, so of course I am biased and had high expectations. That being said, though, I’m going to give my best shot at an honest critique.]

Perhaps more than any other, I had incredibly high expectations for Anthem. I have known him personally for over a year now and have become familiar with his work ethic and dedication. It’s unlike any I’ve ever seen before from an artist. My expectations were through the roof.

Concert: I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a hip hop showing as strong as Anthem’s was on February 24th. Let’s begin by saying that he was performing in front of a crowd of people who mainly came to see Hoodie Allen, the headliner. But Anthem started his set strong and heavy and immediately dropped the jaws of the entire audience with his incredibly quick flow, his unmatched wit, and his confident demeanor. After performing a couple of his own written songs, he asked the DJ (RJF, Hoodie Allen’s producer) to put on a beat and started freestyling. I tell you, Anthem is NOT messing around when it comes to off-the-dome rapping. There are a lot of rappers, some of whom qualify as my favorite recorded artists, who just can’t freestyle, or when they do, it consists of simply 1-syllable rhymes. Anthem exhibits his higher education and quick-on-his-toes thinking by freestyling using big words and multi-syllabic rhymes. Other than Chidera from Chiddy Bang, I’ve never seen such talented freestyling.

The set got a bit slower after the freestyling, and I think that Anthem could have benefited from keeping his set a bit more upbeat given the demographics in the venue, but either way, he killed it. I had several people tell me by the end of the night that they absolutely LOVED Anthem’s performance. I’d say every ounce of my expectations were fulfilled and that Anthem definitely gained himself a heap of new fans by the end of the night.

Concert Afterglow: To this day, I cannot get the image out of my head of Anthem before the show, headphones on, getting in the zone for his performance. This young man’s dedication to success is unparalleled.

Recommendation: Do yourself a favor. Download Anthem’s music and find out when you can see a live show. Do not challenge him to a freestyle battle; you WILL lose.

Song: “Inception” – Anthem

*Apologies for the poor photography. I had to ensure that nothing went wrong behind the scenes, so I could not photograph the show.

Written by Lydia | Anthem: On The iPod


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