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Atlanta Soundtrack: New music from Killer Mike, Old Sea Brigade; cherished vintage

Killer Mike | "Running

Michael Santiago Render, aka the scion of Atlanta hip-hop Mike the killerEl-P has been busier in recent years with his rap duo Run the Jewels. The group, Killer Mike and El-P, embarked on a tour last year with Rage Against the Machine. Even with this solo venture, his first in a decade, Mike said Complex magazine that "if Run The Jewels is the X-Men, this solo song represents a scenario that is just Logan." It's been a busy year for Mike, who also managed to make a compelling appearance on the Netflix series Ozark.

With "Run," the rapper and activist wanted to draw attention to the contributions of black Americans to history, which he says are often overlooked in the national celebration of freedom and independence. To that end, this powerful video features civil rights icons through the centuries, including Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, Shirley Chisholm, Tommie Smith and John Carlos.

The song also features verses from famed Atlanta rapper Young Thug, who, along with rapper Gunna, is currently awaiting trial in jail as part of a RICO lawsuit.

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Former sea brigade | "5 hours of paradise

It is probably not a coincidence that Ben Cramer, alias Former Sea Brigadehas had his songs featured in television shows that tend to be emotional, such as The anatomy of Grey and It's us. His songs, while quiet and easy enough to put under a dramatic scene, are also lyrically powerful. This one is no different.

The Atlanta-born, Nashville-based one-man band has been building a name for itself on the indie scene since the release of its self-titled debut EP in January 2016. Although he hasn't released a full-length album since May 2021 , in November of last year, Cramer collaborated with singer Nina June on her song "The Great Reveal." That track also included contributions from singer/songwriter Jon Bryant. June said American songwriter that the three artists met from their respective time zones to work remotely and finished the song in three hours.

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Cherish | "The Power of Women

So check this out if you want to feel old: the Powerpuff Girls, if we were passing around when they were at their peak until now, would be full-fledged Powerpuffs in their 30s today. Either way, it's been 20 years since Blossom, Buttercup, and Bubbles debuted in a sadly doomed feature that, especially when competing with a megahit Lilo and Stitch that year, was almost guaranteed to be a box office bomb.

Made up of the King sisters - Farrah, Neosha and twins Fallon and Felisha - Cherish were obviously big fans of the Cartoon Network show and, as they were still teenagers themselves, were happy to contribute. A few years later, they would release their biggest hit in 2006 with "Do It To It", featuring Sean Paul. This song reached number 12 on the Billboard graphics. But our Vintage Track of the Week always had to be this one - just for the extra-retro special effects.

Since disappearing from the public eye, Fallon and Felisha King have been involved in a multitude of different ventures. They have written songs for the television show Empireco-produces for pop artists like Justin Bieber, and has even made forays into reality TV.

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