The term "hip pop" is a pretty loose term, but it is bands like Chester French, 2AM Club, Shwayze and 3OH!3 who give it meaning by blurring the lines between pop and hip hop in their own unique way. Mike Posner is also one of those artists who takes the two genres to an exciting new place. His music is a mash of catchy melodies, clever sampling and a straight up attitude that packs plenty of street cred and has just right amount of radio-friendly gloss.
It is the kind of stuff fans love, and critics have a hard time to define and put in a box.
Posner released a free mixtape late last year that has created firestorm at college campuses around the country. Produced together with Clinton Sparks and DJ Benzi, "One Foot Out The Door" is an irresistible hip pop hybrid with some excellent pop gems, including tracks like "Cooler Than Me," "Don't Trust Me" and "Red Button," which showcase Posner's impressive songwriting chops and confident delivery.
Posner credits his upbringing for his eclectic taste in music that spans from the sweet to the crunchy. Growing up in Southfield, Michigan, Motown "was spoon-fed to me my whole life," Posner says in a press release. "My dad was a Deadhead but he had a really interesting taste in music – B.B. King, Marvin Gaye and Luther Vandross – sometimes even the Counting Crows."
He really got a taste for music and songwriting simply by listening to music on his way to school. “I had one of those huge CD books, and I'd listen to everything,” says Posner - pointing to acts ranging from Led Zepplin to Nas - and from Elton John to Eric Clapton.
After interning at a hip hop radio station in Detroit, he started producing his own music, which ultimately let to a record deal with RCA/Jive who has now labeled Posner as one of their priority acts for 2010 (together with the equally exciting 2AM Club). Do yourself a mighty favor and download Mike Posner's mixtapes at no charge. You will be glad you did.