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Meet Mimi: rapper, singer and producer from Texas

As a rapper, singer and producer, Mimi, aka Mimxi Goff, is 21-years-old and passionate about music. Since the age of 18 or so, she got serious about making beats as well as freestyling over them.

MimiInfluenced by a variety of hip-hop artists, like Biggie, 2Pac, Nas, and Dr. Dre, Mimi also counts Michael Jackson, Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga, and even Frank Sinatra among her musical influences. She’s eclectic– and that’s a good thing.

At the age of 6, Mimi played the violin. Since then, she has been interested in music and art, and even took up playing the piano and drums to see what she was capable of…

Having lived in the Dallas, Texas, region all her life– calling Allen, Texas home– Mimi (born Mimoza Leshawn Goff) is currently working on her mix tape, entitled Ear Candy, right now. Though there isn’t a release date set just yet, know this: she sings and raps on all of her tracks.

Interestingly, Mimi tells the Mark Weber Music Blog that she’s “obsessed with the concept of human perception– for example individuality vs. society and objective reality vs. subjective perception.” That’s pretty heady stuff for a young mind and a young music maker to be thinking about, but that’s exactly why Mimi is someone to pay attention to, especially in an era when so much music is disposable with no real meaning.

Mimi reminds me of Oprah Winfrey, who said that the main thing she learned in all those years of doing her talk show was this: “You are responsible for you!” Indeed, Mimi takes that idea and runs with it, saying, “I want to be able to create music in a way that wakes people up and makes them more aware that anything is possible and the only person who has control over your life is you. I feel as though this definitely means that I will myself have to step out of my comfort zone but that’s okay because I welcome it all. I’ve learned in life the more you seek the uncomfortable the more comfortable you’ll be.” Very well said, wouldn’t you agree ? Pretty wise for someone who is only 21!

For now, keep track of Mimi’s music via her Facebook and Twitter accounts, and look forward to hearing Ear Candy when it’s released.

Sofasound remixes Justin Bieber

Sofasound (aka John Sofia) is an EDM/hip hop producer who has done something impressive: made quite the remix of Justin Bieber’s “Love Yourself.” It’s available for free as a download from Sofasound’s Soundcloud:

Sofasound is “undefined by genre,” though he tends to remix R&B and rap hits from his studio in Florida.

Sofasound

His credits include several artists, including Mistah F.A.B , Emoney, Obvi, Trizz, R-Mean, HBK CJ, Rey Res, and Young Gully. Obviously, not all of these artists are known by the mainstream, whereas Justin Bieber is. Perhaps that’s why Sofasound’s putting emphasis on the “Love Yourself” remix, in order to get the most people to hear a sample of what he does, and does well.

Sofasound has the ability to take a song you think you know well, and tweak it so it becomes something else while still maintaining its original essence. With 18 tracks available on his Soundcloud page, with more to come, Sofasound is a prolific producer with an emphasis on tones, beats and instrumentation. It’ll be interesting to hear Island Mind, Isolation, his EP coming soon.

Meanwhile, take some time to explore the songs on his Soundcloud, including “Us2,” which takes the classic “Just The Two of Us” and updates it for today’s audiences. It’s still a chill groove, but it’s more spacey and electronic with an emphasis on the drum riff. I definitely enjoyed it and would add it to my iPhone music mix on shuffle.

For fun, do give Sofasound’s Lay It Down~ (Steelix flip by Sofasound) a listen, which starts out as if it’s a warped wax record playing, followed by an almost video game-like roller coaster of sound.

Sofasound succeeds at taking music and putting his own stamp on it, so that your ears can’t help be drawn in for a groovy listen. Catch him on Facebook or Twitter.  –Mark Weber