Unrapped: Norwegian Hip-Hop Duo Madcon


Rap-Up.com breaks the seal on fresh talent in our newly-named breakout artist feature, Unrapped. On Wednesday, we introduced you to R&B quartet Richgirl. Now meet Madcon.

Hailing from Oslo, Norway, Yosef and Tshawe, rappers who make up the hip-hop outfit Madcon, are infiltrating American radio stations and iTunes playlists with the urban, reggae-tinged remake of Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons’ hit, “Beggin’.”

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Richgirl: Money in the Bank


Rich Harrison, the producer behind Beyoncé’s “Crazy in Love” and Amerie’s “1 Thing” has struck gold with his latest project, Richgirl. The R&B group consists of four empowered females who not only look like money, but have the golden pipes to back it up. Rap-Up.com visited with the newcomers last week in the lap of luxury, Beverly Hills, where they introduced themselves and won us over with their opulent voices.

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Electrik Red Turns Up Voltage with Debut LP


Danger! R&B female group Electrik Red is cranking up the girl power wattage with their debut album How to Be a Lady: Volume 1, scheduled for release on March 24 via Def Jam.

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Who is Melanie Fiona?

Melanie Fiona

We’re starting out the New Year by introducing you to a new artist to watch for in 2009. Steve Rifkind, the industry veteran who brought you the Wu-Tang Clan and Akon, brings us his newest protégé Melanie Fiona.

The R&B singer/songwriter, who is of Guyanese descent, counts Sam Cooke, Nat King Cole, and Gladys Knight among her inspirations, and already has a fan in Kanye West after opening for the European leg of his Glow in the Dark tour.

The Toronto native’s debut album The Bridge is due out this May on SRC Records/Universal Motown, while her first single “Give It To Me Right” samples The Zombies’ “Time of the Season.” Listen below.

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Korean Pop Star BoA Prepares U.S. Takeover


A couple weeks ago, Rap-Up had the pleasure of traveling to Seoul, South Korea to meet Korean pop star BoA (think Britney Spears of Asia, minus the controversy). At 21, BoA is one of the most popular artists in the Far East, selling millions of records throughout Korea and Japan, racking up numerous awards and accolades, and receiving endorsements from Nike, L’Oréal, and Samsung. Up next, BoA has her sights set on conquering the U.S. market.

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Who is Natalie ‘The Floacist’ Stewart?


Natalie “The Floacist” Stewart, one-half of the now disbanded neo-soul group Floetry, has spread her wings and is venturing out on her own.

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Who is Git Fresh?


Jermaine Dupri’s newest arsenal of talent comes in the form of four ethnically diverse singers with a penchant for lovely ladies, long hair, and looking fresh. Git Fresh—Penny, 21; Rude Boi, 23; Mike Ezay, 23; and Pretti Sly, 24—may look like a team of rappers with their tattooed frames and glittering adornments, but the sounds they emit are more soulful croons than rowdy raps.

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