Sunday, November 6, 2011

Female Rap Star from Nebraska?

I'm known amongst my friends for my uncanny ability to find random yet fascinating YouTube videos. Despite the fact that I'm well-versed in the land of viral videos, even I was blown away by the musical duo Karmin, a now-engaged couple whose top 40 covers quite literally leave my jaw on the floor.

This is mostly due in part to singer Amy Heidemann's unbelievable rapping abilities, which make hit songs by Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne look easy. Even more astonishing is the fact that she grew up in Seward, Nebraska, a little town with a population of around 7000 that lies about an hour west of Omaha.

Together with her fiance, Nick Noonan, Amy has captured the attention of everyone from Ryan Seacrest to Ellen DeGeneres, ultimately winding up as the soundtrack to NBA commercials and even signing a deal with Epic Records.

For your viewing pleasure, I give you the video that first captured the world's attention - and with 44 million views, it's hard to argue with their talent.

Karmin released their first official single, "Crash Your Party," a just a couple of weeks ago. While I have to say that their abilities have definitely been edited and made "radio-friendly" in this track, I can't wait to see what else they have coming down the pipeline. I particularly like the video below, where they hear their song for the first time on the radio - it's their humility and true passion that makes them so endearing!

Share any of your current favorite covers and YouTube videos below!

1 comment:

Alice in Wonderland said...

One of my favorite "rappers" is Amanda Blank on the song BUMP by Spank Rock (we play it at the Troc despite its naughty lyrics!). Listen to it again when you get a chance. This girl Amy gives Amanda a run for her rapper money! Thanks for sharing, Jamie!