H*Wood: Heard of him? If not, in the words of my man Clinton Sparks, better get familiar. H*Wood -- or Brandon Bordeaux, as he's known to his family -- may be among the first Colorado-bred hip-pop dudes in the new decade to make a splash nationally.
Born in Aurora and raised in Denver, H*Wood caught the attention of Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins, a songwriter/producer who's written for Lady Gaga, Beyonce and a host of other pop stars. And right now, Jerkins is staking H*Wood, who just finished a new mixtape 52/80, that's being hosted exclusively by LA Leakers.
H*Wood just dropped a new track with DJ Bedz featuring Amanda Hawkins called "Colorado Girls," a take off of Katy Perry's "California Gurls," from the forthcoming Taste of Colorado mixtape. But he also has a track called "Could It Be You (Punk Rock Chick)," that's quickly gaining tons of momentum.
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It's AutoTuned to hell, which normally grates on us like no other, but it also boasts an indelible refrain that's been stuck -- and we do mean stuck; we've tried to pry it out of our consciousness and just haven't been able to -- in our brain for the better part of the past week ("I like a punk rock chick, with hair just like Rhiana, like a go-go girl who dance like Lady Gaga"), like deep-friend gum on the bottom of our shoe. Check out the video below.