Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Frat Boy with Fresh Beats

Most college students feel like their plates are full to the brim with classes, jobs, extra-curricular activities, and a sanity-maintaining social life. Some of us are spending weekends studying at the library, and others dancing on tables at Union. However, there are few (if any) of us balancing a double life as student and recording artist. 2010 has been off to a successful start for musician Mike Posner (on left in photo.) His debut EP, "Cooler Than Me," was released on January 29, 2009. The senior at Duke University with majors in business and sociology, and a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity, manages to squeeze in performances across the country on weekends. The singer/songwriter’s music track began around age 13, and within the last couple of years he collaborated with artists like Kid Cudi and 3oh!3. He also released three mixtapes, “Reflections of a Lost Teen,” “A Matter of Time” and “One Foot Out the Door.” I think the most impressive thing about Posner is that he has remained a student throughout this rapid success. In an interview with MTV News, he said he “wanted to be an example for people out there, that you finish things that you start." Posner’s college experience acted as inspiration for the music on his EP which has an eclectic feel. With a voice that has a“pop” feel (I mean this as a complement), surrounded by hip-hop and electronic beats, his sound is unlike others. He fuses pop and hip-hop together, widening the scope of his audience. Posner’s music is spreading like wildfire. I am interested how quickly his name will be on everyone’s lips, especially after he finishes school and can dedicate even more time to this talent.

Listen to: "Cooler Than Me"

-Hannah Kramer

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