Insomnia by Asheru

After my rant about the lack of quality music (R&B & Hip-Hop, in particular), I recently attempted to purchase Asheru’s indie album, Insomnia, for the second time.  I am pleased to report the PayPal account is accepting orders again.  I placed my order and received Insomnia in the mail just a few days later. (The CD was shipped from Washington, D.C.)

I haven’t listened to it yet but I sure hope Insomnia ends my inability to find albums that move me.

When the Music Stops

The search engine terms responsible for the top 3 entries in my blog’s traffic reports all have one thing in common:  Music.  Here they are in order of popularity from highest to lowest with links to the relevant posts:

  1. asheru boondocks
  2. ipod sucks
  3. lexlife

Seeing this trend got me thinking about how I have not written about music in a long time.  This bothered me because anybody who knows me knows how central music is and has always been in my life.  I started looking for reasons why music has become less important to me over the last few months.  Quickly fast-forwarding past the easy, obvious culprit known as “less time” (I am a firm believer that people always make time for the things that are important to them) I realized the last album I purchased that moved me was The Minstrel Show.

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The Boondocks & Asheru

One of the highlights of my week is catching the most recent episode of Aaron McGruder’s animated masterpiece, The Boondocks. Usually the most recent episode will have been archived on my digital video recorder (DVR) allowing me to watch when it is convenient for me. (Thank goodness for the DVR since I would otherwise miss all my favorite shows. For example, The Boondocks comes on at 11PM on Sundays and I am sometimes an episode or two behind.)

No slight to the comedic and artistic talents of Team McGruder but one of my favorite parts of every episode is the theme music which plays at the beginning. It is only about 30 seconds worth of music but each time I hear it is identical to the first time I heard it with me temporarily captivated, staring at the screen dumbstruck and asking myself, “Who is that spittin’ and where can I get the rest of his album?”

It only took me 4 episodes — I had just finished watching “Granddad’s Fight” — when I finally forced myself to dig deeper. I started by watching the credits which was fruitless since they flash by so quickly. I used slow-mo too but that was a big PITA and I couldn’t salvage any clues. I then resorted to a well-honed technique utilizing an instrument with which I possess great precision: Searching the Internet. After one query and a couple clicks I was enjoying that same 30 second segment from the comforts of my very own computer. I must have listened to that segment ten more times immediately after it finished downloading. I was one step closer.

I still needed an artist, album, producer…something. I decided to take a peek at the tag information of the MP3 file I downloaded on the rare chance that the person who created it was thorough. As it turned out s/he was and the artist tag pointed me to Asheru. Another quick search led me to this site which contains biographical information, additional songs and a link to another site where I can buy his album, Insomnia.

Sadly, the album is for sale via PayPal only but he hasn’t actually created a PayPal account yet. I’ll have to email him to see what’s going on. Am I really the first person to try to buy the guy’s album online? :sniff:

Update:
My email to Asheru bounced. Apparently his inbox is over its quota. I guess business is good. :sarcastic:

Keith

LexLife.com

My fraternity brother graduated from Harvard then decided to leave behind the stability and comforts of a well-paying jay-oh-bee to pursue his dream of becoming a hip-hop artist. Spitting hot fire under his stage moniker, Lex (also The Boy Lex or Lex the Don), he has created a buzz worldwide touring Europe and Asia.

To entice potential fans, Lex made his first album, College for Dummies, available for free on his website, LexLife.com. Be forewarned, his content is worthy of a parental advisory sticker and he makes gratuitous use of words and stereotypes that may make a sensitive, Puritanical listener uncomfortable.

I downloaded College for Dummies and liked it so much I immediately purchased his more recent album entitled I Must Be Crazy. Lex’s flow is impeccable and his material is creative and fresh — I would argue this is because of rather than despite his education and Jewish ancestry which is definitely a unique combination within the rap industry. The production is tight with several songs that could easily be club anthems.

You can also get a peek of Lex in action by watching an MTV segment showing him move the crowd of 20,000 at the Beijing Pop Festival in China. (The track underneath the video is “I’m Famous” from I Must Be Crazy.)

Buy a copy of his album and use it to rock your next party or run that extra five miles on the treadmill.

“Don’t talk it. Live it” — Lex

Keith