Listen Up - Nick Luebke
On Facebook, Nick Luebke is labeled as hip-hop/rap. If I had seen that before I listened to him, I probably wouldn’t have even given him a listen, but thankfully I didn’t. I happened upon a Nick Luebke track on some random website’s Soundcloud page, and I thought why not. I had been going in order, and he was next. What could a minute of my time hurt to see what this guy had to offer?
What he has to offer is spectacular, and that minute turned into a lot more.
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Nick’s music certainly has a hip-hop flow, and it is often assisted by other hip-hop artists. But hip-hop isn’t all that’s there (if it was, he wouldn’t be here). Nick sings his own hooks on many of his songs, and he hops genres like few can do. One song is pure hip-hop, the next is a dance banger, and the one after that is a Craig David acoustic pop number. No matter what he does, Nick kills it and makes it look absolutely effortless. He even releases a video with each song, which is a lot of work, and I give him a lot of credit for that.
I think what draws me to Nick the most is who he is. He isn’t another guy rapping about money and cars and whatnot; Nick delves into his soul on every track and after every song you feel like you really know him better and better. You can make comparisons with each song to other artists (“the beat on ___ sounds a bit like ____), but I don’t know that I have ever heard anything like Nick before. Perhaps <a href="http://popbangboom.blogspot.com/2011/05/sweet.html">Cris Cab</a>, but even that doesn’t do Nick justice.
I am sure that by now some label has already signed him (or is about to). Every song I’ve heard from him is primed for the big time, and Nick is absolutely star material.
You all know by now that I love when hip-hop and pop combine, so this is totally where I’m at right now.
Nick is so underground he doesn’t even have a website. He has a <a href="http://www.facebook.com/NickLuebke">Facebook</a>, but he doesn’t seem too active. He’s probably too busy writing the next best hip-pop album.