Hip-Hop, Pop | Marcus Canty – In & Out ft. Wale

Posted by on July 11, 2012

Marcus Canty is undoubtably destined for success. He proved that when he first showcased his powerful voice and on stage “swagger” during his tenure on the X-Factor. Alongside fellow contestant and now label-mate, Chris Rene, Industry exec, LA. Reid signed Canty on to Sony’s Epic Records with a clear vision of molding him into the next big male R&B/pop star. Canty may be In & Out of love, but it appears he’s in music for life. Score Wale with an assist on Canty’s first official single release. DMV unifying with strength as always.

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Pop | Chris Rene – Trouble

Posted by on June 28, 2012

Following his breakout single, that had millions around the world asking “Young homie, what you trippin’ on?”, Chris Rene releases the second single off his debut studio album.  Despite the success the Santa Monica native saw with “Young Homie” after he inked a deal with L.A. Reid and Epic Records, a subdivision of Sony Music, the pressure was still on for the second single.  Naturally, we all questioned whether Rene was more than a garbage-picking-smooth-rhyme-kicking-SoCal phenomenon.  Chris just squashed any signs of doubt with his newest release, “Trouble”, appropriately suited for the season.

Upon first listen, I thought producer Busbee may have pulled a sample from Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s “Over The Rainbow” while it sounds like strums from a ukulele carrying on throughout the song.  Holding true to his dynamic “pop intertwined with the occasional hip-hop verse or beat kick” sound, this song is sure to take off this summer.  What do you think, did Chris make it over the one-hit-wonder speed bump?

Purchase on iTunes: Chris Rene – Trouble (Prod. by Busbee)

Purchase on iTunes: Chris Rene – Young Homie [Previous]

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Pop, Videos | Chris Rene – Young Homie [Music Video]

Posted by on March 21, 2012

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The heartfelt journey of Chris Rene was what initially drew a lot of people’s attention.  That, coupled with his unique and flavorful sound.  It’s no question he magnetized the hearts of millions through his progression on the X-Factor and although it may seem like he has put an unbearing amount of emphasis on this single, it really does tell a lot about Chris as an artist and a person.  For anyone who has followed my posts on the Santa Cruz kid, knows I’ve been sold on him for months.  It will be interesting to see what angle he takes with his next single, whether it will be a more acoustic based song, a highly infused hip-hop/pop track, or something completely different.

Sound off in the comments section if you’re feeling this tune and Chris Rene in general, or conversely if you think he’s no more than a one hit wonder.

Purchase on iTunes: Chris Rene – Young Homie


Hip-Hop, Pop | Chris Rene – Young Homie [Official Release]

Posted by on March 13, 2012

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The name Melanie Amaro still leaves a sour taste in my mouth.  If you aren’t up to date on your competitive singing TV series, Melanie Amaro is the most recent winner of Simon Cowell’s show, The X Factor.  Beating out my boy Chris Rene and singer Josh Krajcik to win a $5 million recording deal with Sony along with a guest spot in a Pepsi commercial (where Flavor Flav took the cake), Melanie surely has a great voice, but Chris Rene is a new flavor of music.

Shortly after his bronze medal finish on the show, Chris signed his own deal with Epic records under Sony.  Now, a few months later, Chris has re-mastered his token track, “Young Homie”, adding a new verse, changing a few lines around, and perfecting his sound.  This record was written, produced, and composed by Chris himself and will be the first single off his debut LP, which does not yet have a release date, but I’d presume sometime this summer.  Renaliens where you at?

Purchase on iTunes: Chris Rene – Young Homie [Crack Track]

Hip-Hop, Pop, RnB | Chris Rene [X Factor]

Posted by on December 8, 2011

For anyone who has been diligently watching one of America’s hottest new shows, The X Factor, probably knows what Chris Rene is bringing to the table.  A 28-year old recovering addict making a run at a $5 million recording contract has been impressing me since day one and I feel it’s only fair I share his story with my FNT family.  Channeling his past struggles and adversity into his own original music, Chris combines pop/RnB and hip-hop into something of his own.  If I had to compare him to one recognizable artist, I’d have to say Mike Posner, only judging on the style.  I think the possibilities are endless for Rene and even if he doesn’t win the X Factor competition, he’s going to be signed by someone and certainly still make major hits.  I did some digging and found a couple tracks from the ‘garbage picking-hip-hop singing-Santa Cruz phenomenon’ along with several rips from his performances that may also tickle your fancy.  If you’ve been following you know how inspirational of a story this is becoming and I only hope Chris Rene applies his talents in the right places.  Do Work Son.

Original Recordings

DOWNLOAD: Chris Rene – Young Homie                 MUST DOWNLOAD!!!

DOWNLOAD: Chris Rene – Forever

DOWNLOAD: Chris Rene – The Same Blood

DOWNLOAD: Sincere & Nima Fadavi ft. Chris Rene – The Calm Before the Storm


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