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Updates: Rap Battling with Dane Cook, Being on VH1, and New Music!

The Asoka and Dane Cook after rap battle on Jan 16th 2013
I know I don’t update as often as some people would like… but just know that if I’m away from the site it’s probably because I’m in the studio creating new music or figuring out new ways to get it out to everybody. That being said,  I have some great updates for you!

My new song Win This War (featuring Naia Kete) was placed in rotation on VH1 last month! I know a lot of you have already seen it! I appreciate all of the love and comments through your tweets and emails. Keep em coming!

I’ve also been hard at work on The Remix EP. I’ve been working with numerous producers to give it a unique vibe and I feel like we’re almost there. I’ve been writing and adding to the songs selected for the project. So even though some songs might be familiar… they’re going to be laced with new material.

And lastly, on January 16th 2013, I rap battled Dane Cook on stage at The Hollywood Improv. This was one of the coolest moments in life for me. This guy’s comedy has helped me through some of the darkest periods in my life (including my mother’s illness). And to share a moment on stage with him, was something that I never could have even dreamed possible. It’s a moment I’ll never forget.

Music changed my life mannnnnnn…

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Thank You Team Coco & The Conan O’Brien Staff!

The holidays were a little extra special for me this year… I was asked to be a part of Conan’s Holiday Staff Album: Hot Coco. I appear on the closing song for the album called “The Night Before Christmas in LA.” Talk about a surreal moment. The night they gave me a physical copy of the CD… I just kinda sat back and stared at it in my hands. I’ve been watching Conan since I was probably 12 or 13 years old. It’s an unreal feeling to be a part of something created by his team. Life moments man…

A very special thank you to Alison Flierl and Doug Karo for making this happen!

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Win This War!

Win This War

Coming out of the gates with my guns blazing! The official first single off “Lions In The West” arrives today. It’s called “Win This War” and features the talented Naia Kete (from NBC’s The Voice). Produced by super producer RawKey!

DOWNLOAD: Win This War – The Asoka featuring Naia Kete (Right Click – Save File As)

Listen To The Fortune Cookie…

Fortune Cookie

 I always love going back home to Detroit. I cherish every opportunity I get to spend time with my family, eat home cooked meals, and shoot the shit with childhood friends… It’s where I grew up. Is it sad? Sure. Detroit’s not the easiest place to grow up in. But over the years I developed a bond… not with the city necessarily, but with the people.

I feel equally as attached to Los Angeles, a place where I spent my early childhood, the city that I currently reside in. I love the culture… the liveliness of it, it’s the city that feeds artists! It’s a place where creativity is actually encouraged!

Growing up in Detroit, as a songwriter, was far from easy. Success, especially in the arts, seemed to be a far fetched fantasy to most. I was told that I was crazy. I even had a high school teacher, put in a question on our final exam, that was related to my aspirations with music. I believe the question was worded something like, “The worst rapper in the world is…” True or False. The week I was offered my very first record deal, my best friend told me his parents didn’t want him to hang out with me anymore because I was “corrupting him with my music.” Countless arguments with my father about how I was throwing my life away. If I had a dollar for every time… well, you get the picture.

Going back to Detroit last week made me realize the last few years have been really good to me.  I’ve been blessed with a great team of supporters: I work on new music daily with my favorite producer and write songs with artists that I grew up listening to. It’s a trip sitting in the studio with an artist you grew up on!! And then there are those sweet sweet full page write ups from Maxim, Rolling Stone, Blender and even MTV.com praising the kid! One even comparing our work to Hans Zimmer’s.

Anyways, I tend to ramble on a bit. Long story short… I got a fortune cookie in Detroit… and I hope it’s right!

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There’s a Storm Coming…

Win This War Music Video Sneak Peak

You feel that? I think Asoka Season is about to kick into full gear soon…. #WinThisWar!

The first single from the highly anticipated Lions In The West album is right around the corner….