Mayer Hawthorne On World Cafe | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

NPR : World Cafe

Filed Under:

Mayer Hawthorne On World Cafe

Looking at Andrew Mayer Cohen in his Buddy Holly glasses, styled like Michael Buble's little brother, he could easily be construed as another poppy heart-breaker. But this young soul man from Detroit is actually a rising hip-hop and R&B artist. Known as Mayer Hawthorne in the music world, he's built an impressive reputation for himself.

When Hawthorne brought two tracks to Peanut Butter Wolf, head of the Stones Throw label, in 2008, Wolf actually didn't understand what he was listening to; he thought Cohen had brought him re-edits of classic songs. The fact that the youthful Hawthorne had composed the music, sung and played all of the instruments on the tracks was astounding. For the first time in the label's history, an artist was signed on the basis of only two tracks.

These days, Mayer Hawthorne is signed to a major label, and is promoting his third studio album, How Do You Do. The album is best described as retro soul with contemporary twists — Snoop Dogg is featured in the R&B confessional "Can't Stop." A talented composer, Hawthorne performs in the danceable style of hip-hop that made OutKast famous and the soulful R&B that Usher uses to make women cry. In the process, he imparts a twist on R&B that doesn't sacrifice any of the genre's classic charm.

Hear Hawthorne discuss his influences and Snoop Dogg's cameo, and play live on World Cafe.

Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

NPR

Diversity Sells — But Hollywood Remains Overwhelmingly White, Male

Women and minorities continue to be under-represented on TV and in film, both behind and in front of the camera, according to a new study — even though diverse films and shows make more money.
NPR

Silly, Saucy, Scary: Photos Show The Many Faces Of Ugly Fruit

Wonky produce can take on absurdly entertaining shapes. But one food activist says learning to love these crazy contours is key to stopping mounds of food waste.
NPR

Is The Battle Won And Done For Those Who Fought For Net Neutrality?

In a 3-2 vote on Feb. 26, the FCC approved new rules, regulating broadband internet as a public utility. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with Mat Honan, San Francisco bureau chief for BuzzFeed News, about the political implications of the vote.
NPR

A Neuroscientist Weighs In: Why Do We Disagree On The Color Of The Dress?

Robert Siegel speaks with Dr. Bevil Conway, a neuroscientist at Wellesley College, about the dress that has the whole Internet asking: What color is it?

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.