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Saturday, October 25, 2008

Can Kevin Rudolf Move Any Mountain?

One of this fall's most perplexing singles has been Kevin Rudolf's "Let It Rock," which also features Lil Wayne and has gone on to chart at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 without anyone really knowing much about the singer.

It kind of reminds me of those type of one hit wonder jams that come along once or twice a decade; ones which are catchy, transcend the typical love or party subject matter and are ultimately a tad bit weird (in a good way)—a la The Shamen's "Move Any Mountain" or The New Radicals' "You Get What You Give."

Going to Rudolf's MySpace not only nearly crashed my computer, but didn't turn up any photos other than the single cover for "Let It Rock." However, A bit of digging reaveals that—like Ryan Tedder/OneRepublic—Kevin Rudolf was given his big break after meeting Timbaland, who had him play guitar on some of his productions (including Nelly Furtado's "Say It Right").

He's now singed to hip hop label Cash Money Records, and his album In The City—which he wrote and produced himself except for one songis out November 25.

Anyway, here's the video for "Let It Rock," and also the one for The Shamen's 1991 hit "Move Any Mountain," which I think "Let It Rock" kind of sounds like a bit:

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