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Chicago Rapper MPulse . . . A New Generation of Rap | June 10, 2010

Okay, look — I’m an uber-lib, a politically left-wing idealogue, a feminist and someone who’s trying valiantly to shed partisan “gang colors” and engage with different idealogies. I’m also a mom . . . and my 18-year-old son’s a rapper. This piece is both a plug for him (he’s in Atlanta right now producing his debut mix tape with well-known DJ Don Cannon) and a commentary on how nice it is to listen to rap that doesn’t talk about “ho’s” and guns and crime. (Okay, there’s some language, and an occasional no-no comment about women, but I remind people he’s not rapping for Disney.) If Mpulse is any barometer, the industry’s changing.

I’ve listened to rap for a long time — and a lot of it is personally offensive, misogynistic, violent . . . everything my political bent rails against. But I’m a huge fan of Mpulse, and not just because he’s my kid. He’s got a lot of fans who don’t listen to rap: My 70-year-old mom loves his music; my sister calls him “easy listening rap.” This is his second trip to Atlanta with Don Cannon — you can view his “Forever” video made in January, here.

Mpulse is an old school craftsman — he writes all his own lyrics, with a pencil, in a lined notebook, never on the computer. He raps about life, about the industry, about how tough it is to make it, about optimism, about love and family — and he wrote a passionate, emotional song for my dad, his grandfather, who died in January 2010. His beats are hot, his lyrics well thought out and meaningful . . . new school rap using an old school process.

Check out Mpulse — you can hear “Car of Life” here, “I’m Next” here, “I Am Pulse” here, and watch his Chicago-based group, TCU’s, “Death of Dances” video here.

True to his craft, true to his rap idealogy, a kid from the suburbs . . . he’s not your regular rapper, but he’s in Atlanta, with a famous producer and a mix tape coming out this month. Giving props to Pulse . . . kick ass, kid.


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  1. Nice! And we enjoyed playing his tracks on our radio show back when you guest-hosted with me…cool stuff! (Hey, back when I was around his age, all me and my guitar wanted to be was Joe Strummer…I know, I know – now, they say “Who?” Sigh…)

    Comment by Michael Sweeney — June 10, 2010 @ 10:47 AM

    • Thanks Michael — and thanks for slaying dragons for me tonight lol.

      Comment by Liberal TKO — June 10, 2010 @ 11:02 AM

      • No problem! Always glad to help (even a little), m’lady! *lol*…

        Comment by Michael Sweeney — June 10, 2010 @ 11:11 AM

  2. He’s in Atlanta? Tell him to stop by. I’ll buy him linch.

    But I will not buy lunch for his groupies;)

    Comment by Blackflon — June 10, 2010 @ 9:37 PM

    • Be careful about stereotypes, Blackflon — his “groupies” are his sister/manager, his best friend since he was 6, and the guy who put him on the map by allowing him free, unrestricted access to a top shelf studio . . . and they’re all four super good kids (as in, no drinking, drugs, smoking, etc. — they play Monopoly!). But hey, let me know where he can find you . . . .

      Comment by Liberal TKO — June 11, 2010 @ 9:55 AM

  3. OOPS!!I meant to say lunch.

    Comment by Blackflon — June 10, 2010 @ 9:37 PM

  4. Its true— Liberals really do have a heart. Even a tender heart when it comes to their kids! Go right ahead and support that young rapper. I AM!!!!! You remind me of someone in my family 🙂

    Comment by A. Morehead — June 11, 2010 @ 9:38 AM

  5. […] rapper Mpulse teamed up with Lib Julie Driscoll last summer to co-write and record a song last summer – a […]

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