K’naan on censoring himself for success [New York Times]

Illustration by Jimmy Turrell, from a photograph by Steve C. Mitchell/European Pressphoto Agency

On the weekend an article written by K’naan appeared on the New York Times website. In it he speaks on, as the title states, censoring himself for success. It’s a great read and gives a little insight into the struggle artists have with being true to themselves and finding monetary success.

The fox, they say, once had an elegant walk, for which the other animals loved him. One day, he saw a prophet striding along and decided to improve on what was already beautiful. He set out walking but could not match the prophet’s gait. Worse, he forgot his own. So he was left with the unremarkable way the fox walks today.

Right now, the pressures of the music industry encourage me to change the walk of my songs. When I write from the deepest part of my heart, my advisers say, I remind people too much of Somalia, which I escaped as a boy. My audience is in America, so my songs should reflect the land where I have chosen to live and work.

Read the full article on the New York Times website.

MMVA Nominees Announced

Much Music recently announced the nominees for the 2012 MMVAs. The awards show will take place on June 17th.

MuchVibe Hip Hop Video of the Year
A-Game – Cool Boyz (directed by Cazhmere)
Classified ft. Kato & Jim Cuddy – The Hangover (directed by The Hansen-MacDonald Brothers)
Drake ft. Lil Wayne & Tyga – The Motto (directed by Lamar Taylor & Hyghly Alleyne)
Harvey Stripes ft. Lloyd – Come On (directed by Cazhmere)
K’Naan ft. Nelly Furtado – Is Anybody Out There? (directed by Chris Robinson)

Other hip-hop-related nominees are below.

Video of the Year
Drake – Headlines
Hedley ft. P. Reign – Invincible

Post Production of the Year
Shaun Boothe – Let Me Go

Cinematographer of the Year
Hedley ft. P. Reign – Invincible

Director of the Year
RT! (Aleesia ft. Big Sean – Kiss It Bye Bye)
Marc André Debruyne (Danny Fernandes ft. Josh Ramsay & Belly – Hit Me Up)

Pop Video of the Year
Hedley ft. P. Reign – Invincible

MuchFACT Indie Video of the Year
Danny Fernandes ft. Josh Ramsay & Belly – Hit Me Up

International Video of the Year – Artist
David Guetta ft. Nicki Minaj – “Turn Me On”
Flo Rida – “Good Feeling”
Nicki Minaj – “Starships”
Pitbull ft. Ne-Yo , Afrojack & Nayer – “Give Me Everything”

International Video of the Year – Group
Bad Meets Evil ft. Bruno Mars – “Lighters”

International Video of the Year by a Canadian
Drake ft. Rihanna – Take Care

Most Streamed Video of the Year
Aleesia ft. Big Sean – “Kiss It Bye, Bye”
Cobra Starship ft. Mac Miller – “Middle Finger”
Danny Fernandes ft. Josh Ramsay & Belly – “Hit Me Up”
Hedley ft. P. Reign – “Invincible”
Jay-Z & Kanye West – “Otis”

UR Fave: Video
Drake – “Headlines”
Hedley ft. P. Reign – “Invincible”

UR Fave: Artist

Click here for a full list of the nominees.

[Audio] K’Naan – Nothing To Lose (Elev8tor Remix) (prod. Rashad)

Columbus, Ohio’s Rashad has released a remix for K’Naan’s “Nothing To Lose” featuring Nas.

“I was excited when the call call came from K’naan’s camp to produce a remix for his song with Nas. These were two artists that were definitely on our list to work with, just so happened that we caught them at the same damn time. Enjoy.”

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K’naan not happy with Mitt Romney’s campaign song [from Toronto.com]

After emerging victorious from yesterday’s Florida primary, Mitt Romney unveiled is new victory song, “Wavin’ Flag” by K’naan, as tweeted by the Huffington Post’s Jon Ward.

A few hours later, K’naan sent out his own tweet: “Yo @mittromney I am K’naan Warsame and I do not endorse this message.”

ARTICLE: Toronto.com

K’Naan announces new EP, first single with Nas

K’Naan announced the release of his upcoming EP, More Beautiful Than Silence. The EP will be released via iTunes on January 24th and features tracks with Nelly Furtado and Nas.

He also premiered the first song from the EP, “Nothing To Lose,” which features Nas, stating:

just know that this is a gigantic moment for your boy, cause Nas is one of the reasons why I’m so slick with this English language right here!