Oba Rowland “Found One” album review

 

Oba Rowland

Found One

By: @DJ_Kobe

3.20.15

Last week I had the privilege to attend the listening session for Detroit native Oba Rowland’s

Oba Rowland's new album "Found One."

Oba Rowland’s new album “Found One.”

newest album, “Found One.”

“Would You” is a nice introduction to the project. Oba’s calm tone over the True Music laced track gives you the feeling of having an honest conversation with a person leaving their old life behind for a more fulfilling one.

“Nobody” follows the same basic vibe. It’s one of those smooth songs you can just drive around to. While the hook is reminiscent of a Dej Loaf anthem, Oba delivers it with his signature style.

“YNCU” is a hidden track attached to the end of “around”. The RJ Lamont-produced track had DETROIT written all over it and is easily one of those club bangers you find yourself singing without even noticing.

“Around” is a song that makes me wonder if Oba Rowland is a rap superstar or an R&B sex symbol. While delivering impressive vocals on the hook, Oba doesn’t slack off on the verses with quotable lyrics like, “N***** waking up with envy like Charlemagne cuz we the ones in the city with all the bank.” He lets you know there’s an MC still in there somewhere.

DJ Kobe with Oba Rowland at the "Found One" listening session.

DJ Kobe with Oba Rowland at the “Found One” listening session.

 

 

 

“Found  One” ft. Dej Loaf has a beat that’s crazy. It’s soft enough to sing but hard enough to bump. Strip club official.

“Was you Down” ft Say It Ain’t Tone is my favorite song from the project. This is one of those songs that reassures the audience that it’s not all lifestyle and YNCU. The song is relatable to anyone who’s ever worked hard to make it to the next level in life and had to question who was really down through the struggle. “How you been? I Ben Franklin.”

“Mean” is delivered with that signature Oba melody dancing between hi-hat trills. This is the song you put on while you make that late night drive over to a special someone’s house. It’s smooth and bass heavy.

“This Far” serves as the closer for the project Oba plays with several different flows on this one, showing once again he’s no one trick pony. Oba explores all the variables of this “lifestyle”, going from being a regular joe to having money/girls/cars while still staying the same person.

To me, “Found One” is a well rounded project from an artist coming into their own. From top to bottom the album has an Oba NextDoor feeling in a good way. Definitely looking forward to Oba Rowland emerging as Detroit’s next superstar.

 

 

NEWS: Oakland University students affected by Norovirus

By Lauren Barthold | @bylaurenb

3.13.15

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Oakland University’s Graham Health Center (GHC) expects Norovirus cases to grow in the upcoming days.

The university says 13 students have reported symptoms of vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach cramping since Wednesday. GHC Director and Nurse Practitioner Nancy Jansen explains what they’re doing for students:

The Oakland County Department of Health and Human Services describes Norovirus as, “an illness caused by a group of viruses that cause gastroenteritis.” They say the illness is “highly-contagious” and “most commonly spread from person to person by hand-to-hand contact and surfaces contaminated with feces and vomit.”

Jansen also says they have not linked this uptick to food contamination:

A campus-wide email states, “Oakland University has implemented increased infection prevention controls including providing additional cleaning and disinfection to high touch surfaces around campus.”

Sick students are encouraged to self-report at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PRDPN77.

INTERVIEW: LGBT advocate Ash Beckham to speak at Oakland University

By Lauren Barthold | @bylaurenb

3.11.15

Ash Beckham brings her “Give Voice to Your Truth” talk to the Oakland University Oakland Center tonight.

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The speaker has shared her words through the TEDx talk “Coming Out of Your Closet,” as well as her Boulder Ignite Speech “I am SO GAY.” Now, she’s sharing those words with Oakland University students. Beckham says her message is simple:

She shares the struggle growing up that made her who she is today:

Beckham explains what she would tell her 20-year-old self:

Catch the talk at 7pm in the Oakland Center Banquet Rooms.

Jerry of Ben & Jerry’s to visit Oakland University

By Lauren Barthold | @bylaurenb

2.27.15

Ben & Jerry’s Homeade, Inc. Co-founder Jerry Greenfield will bring “an evening of entrepreneurial spirit, social responsibility and radical business philosophy” to Meadow Brook Theatre on Tuesday, March 24th.

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Greenfield’s presentation will deliver a rousing tribute to America’s entrepreneurial spirit, full of anecdotes and radical business philosophy. It will also address the great sense of fun that is the company’s hallmark, illustrated with the serving of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream for the entire audience.

Free tickets are available starting Monday, March 2nd at the Center for Student Activities ticket window.