Thursday, December 31, 2009
I just thought I'd drop one more post and mixx before the new year arrives in a few short hours. Each year I continue with this blog I can't help but recognize how much the Internet is growing, changing and evolving. Some are in the good ways, while others are pretty bad, but it all depends on who you ask. The music of 2009 was much better overall than what dropped back in 2008! Just my personal opinion of course. Some of my favorite joints that dropped this year came from Eric Roberson, DJ Spinna, Mos Def, Royce, Ryan Leslie, Zo!, Daru Beats, Soulpersona, Platinum Pied Pipers, Darien, Will Downing, Vee, Ledisi, Choklate, Joy Jones, and many others. I hope this trend of great music continues into 2010! If it's hot and I know about it, I will be showcasing it on here. I like showing love to those that deserve it.
Thanks to all of the artists that make good music, give free music and those who support the SoundNexx movement! It's greatly appreciated.
My last mixx for the '09 is called "Lyrics2Show" and this one is for the real hip-hop heads out there! For those that refuse to except the unexceptable nonsense that is being disguised as rap music in the mainstream...
GET IT HERE: LYRIC2SHOW
HAVE A SAFE AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
Monday, December 28, 2009
It’s good to see the soul singer Darien Brockington a.k.a D-Brock back on the music scene again. I remember seeing this kat perform live with Little Brother, Yahzarah and Dwele a few years back just before his debut album dropped. It was at a small intimate club around my way (Detroit), which was a perfect setting for experiencing good soul music. I got to chance to chat it up with Darien prior to his performance, and he seemed a bit nervous. He obviously put the jitters behind him because he came to the stage and ripped it. He actually showed us his comedic side a couple of times during his performance. Darien stopped the music in the middle of a couple songs, and asking different people in the audience what they thought about his music. The funniest part about him playfully interrogating the audience was that he was actually serious. He wanted some honest feedback. You’ve got to love that! His humble approach to making and performing his music is actually his greatest asset. Plus, his music is hot too!
I have good news for D-Brock fans. On December 29th (tomorrow) Mr. Brockington will be dropping his new mixtape “The Cold Case Files” for the masses to hear. It’s full of tracks that D-Brock has been working on over the last couple of years. Even though he’s been traveling around the world with the super-group Foreign Exchange, he was still able to create some new music.
You can grab the new mixtape at www.dbrockmusic.com
Peep his classic track "Beautiful" below:
Hello world! My break was lovely, but it’s time to get back to business as usual (well, sort of anyway). Let me start things off by talking about one my favorite producers from Detroit. He goes by the name Black Milk. Since, you should already know who he is by now if you’ve been hanging around here for any length of time, I won’t bother with his back story. If you don’t know Black, I suggest that you Google my archives to get a better understanding. The dude is dope! The man himself has stated that he will be releasing a new album in the first quarter of 2010. The new joint is titled “Album of The Year” so be on the lookout for it. Black has already leaked a new track from the album on the wonderful Internet called “Keep Going” which has my other favorite producer Daru on the drums, and the underground soul singer Aaron “AB” Abernathy on the vocals. The track is laced with that Black Milk production energy we’ve come to know and love. If you haven’t heard the new track already, take a listen to it on his Myspace page.
Black Milk - "Losing Out" featuring Royce Da 5'9"
Wednesday, December 09, 2009
New Villlaaaa!! You already know how I feel about Slum Village, and if you don't, you should. My favorite local rap group has gone through some unfortunate circumstances over the years. Both Jay Dee (J Dilla) and Baatin split from the group for different reasons back in the day. Local emcee Elzhi teamed up with remaining member T3 to keep things going. Dilla rejoined the group only to die from illness before they could develop the anticipated reunion album. Elzhi and T3 mended their relationship with Baatin and the three worked together on the upcoming album. Everything was going good until Baatin suddenly past away earlier this year. Even with all of the tragedy that has been suffered by the group over their existance, I am happy to say that they are still releasing new music for the fans. Slum Village will be releasing the "Villa Manifesto EP" on December 15th. It will only be available digitally, so check for it on Amazon and iTunes.
You can listen to the EP on their Myspace page right now, so put ears on it immediately! The new album drops in the first quarter of 2010.
That is all!
Clear your music mind before you begin this journey into the Jacksoul movement. Remember, SOUL music comes in different shapes, sounds, flavors and colors. Meet Haydain Neale and the Jacksoul band. Haydain was a musician from Ontario, Canada and lead singer of the Jacksoul band. Jacksoul's musical sound reminds me of a Seal and Van Hunt combination. The band delivers acoustic type grooves while Haydain delivered raw vocals. Canada is a buffet when it comes to various styles of music, and you definitely hear that diversity when you listen to Jacksoul doing their thing. They just released their fourth album entitled “SOULmate” a few days ago, but I only discovered them about three months ago. I still haven’t checked their previous releases, but I will soon enough.
Sadly, the group’s lead singer Hayden Neale lost his life to lung cancer back in November of this year. Fans were saddened by his death, but happy to have one last recording to cherish.
If you are listening out for something different from the norm, checkout Haydain & Jacksoul and hear what you think. You can hear songs from their new album on the www.jacksoul.com web site.
Thursday, December 03, 2009
Here is another up and coming young crooner for all you R&B fans out there. Everywhere you look these days there are male singers galore. A small few are great, many are average and most are cookie-cutter clones trying to make a quick buck. I feel most of these young singers are trying to follow in Usher's footsteps, who actually developed his style watching legends like Michael Jackson (RIP). Shamone-nah, I know that I am not the only one that feels that way. However, just recently I heard a track called "Get To Know Me" by a new singer/musician named Mateo. The song actually had a traditional musical feel to it. It's a simple track, but very effective. Mateo plays the piano on the joint, which is rare by today's standards.
If you are interested, I recommend reading Mateo's lengthy bio on his Myspace page. It discusses his journey up to this point and it's a good read. Without further delay, please put eyes on the video that inspired this post:
Wednesday, December 02, 2009
One of my favorite old school and hip-hop groups in general is De La Soul. They had definite “swagger” before it became the misused and overused term that it is today. De La developed an original style of speech and a dress code that took the hip-hop community by storm. When their debut joint “3 Feet High and Rising” dropped back in 1989 the game would never be the same. Twenty years later De La Soul is still a force to be reckoned with in hip-hop. Don’t let the receding hairlines and weight gain fool you. These kats have consistently delivered quotable verses and music that remains relevant even in these misguided times of the hip-hop genre. De La is still a refreshing break from the monotonous BS that is camouflaged as hip-hop on the mainstream airwaves today. I always look forward to every project that De La releases, and that won’t change until they have finally retired.
In celebration of De La Soul’s 20 years of being in the music game, Mick Boogie, Terry Urban, Lemar and Daulet have put together a tribute mixtape called “Le Da Soul: 20 Years of De La Soul” paying them homage. Actually, this joint plays more like a compilation rather than a mixtape. It’s a well organized collage of classic and well-known De La Soul tracks being reinterpreted by various underground artists. Overall, this mixtape was orgastrated very well and it does the legendary group justice. When Mick Boogie is involved with any mixtape it is always in good hands. Some of the featured emcees on the joint include: Tanya Morgan, Chaundon, Skillz, Asheru, Talib Kweli, Phife, Camp Lo, Kardinal Official, and many others.
1. Intro: Senor Kaos, Von Pea and Homeboy Sandman (produced by Dave West)
2. Me Myself and I: Kardinal Offishall (produced by Diabolic)
3. Pease Porridge: Phife Dawg (produced by Dj Rasta Root)
4. Breakdawn: Tanya Morgan (produced by 6th Sense)
5. Oooh: Fly Union (produced by Fly Union)
6. Baby Phat: Skillz & Colin Monroe (produced by nVMe)
7. Stakes Is High part 1: U-N-I (produced by 6th Sense)
8. Say No Go: Chaundon, Esso + The Kickdrums (produced by The Kickdrums)
9. Rock Co Kane Flow: Shawn Christopher & Pheo (produced by Garbs)
10. Ego Trippin: Asheru (produced by The Els)
11 Ooodles of O’s: Camp Lo (produced by Apple Juice Kid)
12. Sunshine: Christian Rich + Curtains (produced by Christian Rich)
13. Plug Tunin’: Tabi Bonney + Stalley (produced by Judah)
14. Hey Love: Chip Tha Ripper (produced by Remot)
15. The Bizness: Big Pooh, Butta Verses, and 6th Sense (produced by 6th Sense)
16. I Am I Be: 6th Sense (produced by Hasan Insane)
17. Eye Know: Daytona & Mike Maven (produced by 6th Sense)
18. Saturdays: Niko Villamor, Brittany Street & Kidd Neer (produced by SMKA)
19. Watch Out: J.Sands (produced by J. Rawls )
20. Stakes Is High part 2: Talib Kweli (produced by eJones)
Shoutout to OP
Sunday, November 29, 2009
What is music without great production? Not much at all in my personal opinion. Like any other music fan I always desire the whole package of dope lyrics over hot beats, but the production is just a little more important in my book. That's why I truly dig those strictly instrumental projects from producers like Pete Rock, Madlib, Nicolay, Black Milk and many others. Instrumentals can be just as satisfying as a song with lyrics. I am always seeking out new producer talent, and recently I stumbled across this young kat named Araab Muzik. He's a 20 year-old producer from New York working with the Dipset camp. If you listen to rap artists like Cam'ron and Juelz Santana you've probably heard some of Araab's beats. Not only is Araab a dope producer, but he's a beat conductor. Actually, that is what impresses me about this kid the most, and that is truly why I decided to do this post in the first place.
What is a "beat conductor" you ask? I can show you better than I can tell you. Please, put your eyes on video clips below of Araab Musik doing his thing on the MPC beat machine:
Do you understand now?
Monday, November 23, 2009
This mixx is all about showcasing the "dopeness" of the underrated soul artist known as Wes Felton a.k.a W. Ellington Felton. I have been a fan of this kat since I first heard the music he did with Raheem DeVaughn under the Crossrhodes moniker. Over the years Wes has released several solo projects demonstrating his singing and rapping abilities. The boy is good, but for some reason he's not getting the attention he deserves. With each new album I get a greater understanding of the man behind the music. His lyrics are conscious without being too preachy, and they manage to speak on the current events that effect us all. He's a new school Chuck D if you ask me, even though you didn't ask. Wes also touches on issues of love, family, relationships and life's obstacles in his music, so pay attention and you might learn something. If not just keep bobbing your head to the beats...
The "Feel Mister Felton Mixx" is filled with many of my favorite tracks featuring Wes, so put ears on it and hear what you think. If you like what you hear, purchase some of his music online. I know he'd appreciate that...
Check the MIXX HERE!
Saturday, November 21, 2009
If you didn't know, the comtemporary jazz genre is flooded in 2009! Just like rappers, there is a new hopeful newcomer with a sax, trumpet, flute
or guitar in hand hoping for their chance to showcase their talents. For that reason I rarely explore new jazz artists these days. I'd rather stick with my old faithfuls like legendary saxaphonist Najee. This kat has been feeding me an earful of saxaphone filled goodness over my many years, and for that alone I owe him my gratitude. He was one of the first musicians to spark my interest in jazz. Once I heard his classic "Betcha Don't Know" from his Najee's Theme album, it was a wrap. If you haven't heard that joint by now you definitely need to put ears on it.
Back in August of this year Najee released a new album entitled "Mind Over Matter" and I wanted to be sure that the jazz heads out there didn't miss it. It's another solid release from the man as he provides perfect background noise on a Sunday afternoon.
Find out more about the album HERE.
Listen to the new album @ www.najeeonline.com
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Soulful R&B is back in this blogsphere once again. This joint is full of sweet (goodies for your ears) tunes with that chocolate flavor that you've come to expect. As I briefly mentioned in my last mixx post, I have added another place where I can musically connect with my followers at Podomatic.com. Check it out HERE! I am showcasing (as always) soul artists that I am checking for, and most of them don't get the recognition that they should. Some of the artists blessing this joint include: Zo!, Loose Ends, Soulpersona, R. Les, LuvBugz, Yahzarah, Wes Felton, Darien, Phonte and many others...
Click the photo above to check it out or play it below.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Awww-shukz...look at your girl Angie Stone on the cover of her upcoming album called "Unexpected" looking all provocative. Stoney has obviously lost a few pounds over the last year and she's ready to show it off. I'm a little confused about her sitting on that motorcycle with a prom dress on, but I guess the rest is all good. Slick chopper though! Anyway, I always enjoy Angie's albums because her music consistantly delivers quality. Plus, there is always at least one hit single on each joint that becomes an anthem that'll be remembered for years to come. Her voice never gets stale to my ears. It's the balance of her old school vibe with a new school twist that keeps me coming back for more. Sounds like "Unexpected" will be no different from Angie's past endeavors. On November 23rd check it out for yourselves...
I truly dig her first single off of the new album "I Ain't Hearin' U" that is lyrically directed at Angie's favorite subject matter, men. The theme of this particular song should be self-explanatory and obvious based on the title. If you haven't heard the song yet, put ears on it below:
LISTEN to "I Ain't Hearin' U" HERE
Get more info about Angie and her music:
Saturday, November 07, 2009
Alright ladies and gentlemen, meet Rick White a.k.a Guilty Pleasures. I have only been aware of this musician for about 3 months now, and during that time I have quickly realized that this guy is pretty dope! He specialty is the bass guitar and from what I've heard so far, he's pretty good with it. Rick is originally from Washington D.C. where he was greatly influenced by the "Quiet Storm" slow jam sessions that he heard on local radio as a youngster. I remember hearing those hours of slow jams on saturday nights on our local radio stations back in the day. They should definitely bring those back. It was during that time when Rick's love for song writing emerged. His desire to write and produce the types of songs he grew up listening to led to the creation of the project known as "GuiltyPleasures". Rick's taste in deep, laid-back grooves with engrossing lyrics is evident in the GuiltyPleasures debut CD entitled, “Lovestories”.
When I first heard this album I was shocked by its mature and very soulful vibe. This ear pleasing "Lovestories” joint is a collection of songs that were written, produced, and arranged by Rick White. It features the vocal stylings of Mycah Chevalier, Sol Edler, and Jerrica White as well as a host of other talented vocalists and musicians. It is their contributions vocally that take this project to that special place. This album is ten tracks deep, and if you dig soul music done right with that old school feel, you'll be glad you picked this one up. I hope to hear more in the future from Mr. White and his crew. I can't wait to hear more LOVESTORIES...
I like a lot of artists that I have come across over my years, but I am only a true fan of a few. Kev Brown is one of those few. The reason should be obvious if you've heard any of his music over the years. Kev is not only a fan of hip-hop music, but he knows a lot about its history. Also, his production style really reminds me of the legendary producer Pete Rock. I enjoy production a little more than rhymes, so if the beat is hot I'm all in! Kev's beats always seem to have that perfect mixture of boom and bap that keeps my head nodding for hours. If you haven't heard Kev's first underground official album "I Do What I Do" (a classic in my book) you've done yourself a great injustice. That joint has hot tracks from beginning to end. Your ears will love you for hearing it.
Mr. Brown released some fresh material earlier this year entitled "Random Joints" its more of that goodness fans have come to expect from the kid. If you missed it when it dropped over the summer, it's never too late to redeem yourself. Also, Kev needs and deserves your support. Typeout to the whole Low Budget Crew!
Click here for the RANDOM JOINTS album!
Get a taste of Kev's musical flavor below:
Wednesday, November 04, 2009
A&E IS ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT!
Hip-Hop is like a circus, and everybody is striving to be the top act under the big tent. With the new schoolers influencing the mainstream version of the art form into the dark side (based on some people’s opinions), some rap veterans have decided to build a buzz by joining forces. The thought of hearing two of your favorite emcees sharing the microphone on a collaboration project is a win-win without a doubt. It’s feels similar to seeing two of your favorite actors chopping it up on the big screen. Some of most recent veteran collaborations have been KRS-One (Boogie Down Productions) & Buckshot (Black Moon) on the “Survival Skills” album, plus Canibus & Keith Murray a.k.a Undergods. The Undergods haven’t released an official project yet. These emcees are passed their prime at this point; however, any one of them could still lyrically manhandle the average rapper on the scene today. If you are still a non-believer, take a look at the two hip-hop freestyle ciphers showcased on the recent 2009 BET HipHop Awards show featuring KRS and Buckshot. Both of them ripped the mic like it was 1994! It’s worth checking out just to see them drop their verses.
Remember, the D.I.T.C. crew members A.G. and O.C.? BTW, if you don’t know what DITC stands for, please turn in your Hip-Hop I.D. card immediately before exiting the building! Anyway, these two veterans are releasing an album entitled “Oasis” drops on 11/24/09. This one could be a doozy!
The last rap duo I want to discuss is currently going by the name A&E, which is short for (Masta Ace & Ed O.G.). Masta Ace is one of my favorite rap veterans still doing it today, and I have been a fan of his since the Juice Crew was on the scene. I’ve always appreciated Ace’s ability to change his style up. He’s been a trendsetter in many ways, but he’s rarely recognized for it. Ed O.G. (Edo) has been on my rap radar over the years of his career. Remember his classic “I Gotta Have It”? He’s released a few solid underground joints over the years, but most heard nothing about them. Their collabo album “Arts & Entertainment” is out right now, and featured guests include: Marsha Ambrosious, Large Professor, Posdnuos, KRS-One and Jamelle Bundy. Production duties for the album were handled by DJ Spinna, DJ Supreme One, M-Phazes and Rain.
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Watch Zo! @ work below:
Checkout the "thank you" message to the fans from Zo!:
Newcomer Melanie Fiona is documenting her travels while in New York and Canada, as she sings with various street performers in those locations. The video footage shows Melanie's diversity as a singer, and her love for music. She sounds good over just about any instrument or human sound that she comes across. My favorite of her many encounters is the one when she sings as this guy beatboxes in a New York park. That was pretty dope!
Check the footage out for yourself below:
New York City Series
Melanie's album "The Bridge" drops on November 11th, so mark your calendars.
There is so many rappers running around like roaches in the game these days, I can't keep up. I am not really trying to actually. I find myself sticking with familiar names that have proven to be worth my attention rather than immediately jumping on the bandwagon of some "nu-skool" kat. The Miami based emcee named Dynas may be be new to many of you, but he's been putting work on the underground for some years now. I originally took notice when I heard Dynas drop verses on the DJ Spinna produced track "Spittin" from the "Beyond Real Experience Vol. 2" joint back in 2002. Over the years I lost track of the rapper, but I did hear some of his guest appearances on tracks with Nas, Little Brother, Masta Ace and DJ Spinna.
Fortunately, Dynas has released a brand new album entitled "The Apartment" that is full of solid tracks. It's described as an coming of age album for the emcee. It's a musical look into the endeavors of his life over the last few years.
Production duties are being handled by: Illmind, J Dilla, Jazzy Jeff, M-Phazes, Khrysis, DJ Spinna, S1 and Exile. Now, that's a helluva line up! Guest vocalists on the album include: Tiye Phoenix, Slick Rick, Rich Medina and Tone Trezure.
GET "THE APARTMENT" HERE
Checkout the Spittin' track below:
Those of you that have been frequenting my blog over the years have probably figured out that I hardly ever speak on mainstream music artists. Why? Most of them lack true talent and/or they are already getting plenty of exposure through radio airplay, TV commercials and music videos. I normally feel there is no reason to post about artists that already have strong marketing teams. However, my main man Ryan Leslie is an exception. This guy is the best thing to hit the mainstream in a minute, and I appreciate this man because he's a real musician. He understands and respects music enough to not pimp the artform for a quick buck like so many others in his genre. Also, the guy makes great music! His catchy basslines and hooks stay on your brain long after hearing them. Ryan has perfected his sound, and with each album he seems to get even better.
R. Les is releasing his new album "Transition" on November 3rd. The first single from this album "You're Not My Girl" was released earlier this year, which was a banger!
Peep the video below if you missed it:
Get more info about Ryan Leslie and his music below:
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Bare with me as I play catch up, and drop knowledge about some previous releases that may have been missed. This is a great place to start! You see that stunning young lady you on the album cover showing on the left? At first glance I know you thought that was a young Olivia Newton-John, but it's not. Her name is actually InLove. She's a soul singer from Nigeria, Africa that was discovered by DJ Cam a few years ago. DJ Cam took InLove under his mentoring wings and began developing her talent. She's been on the underground scene for a minute now, and InLove is finally releasing her debut album. It's called "Stories" and I was taken back by how soulful this joint sounded when I first heard it. InLove's voice has that sultry-hypnotic sound that deserves recognition. Add in DJ Cam's production, and you have the makings of a classic album!
I have consistantly kept this joint in heavy rotation since it dropped back in September, and I still can't get enough of these smooth grooves.
Get a taste of what InLove is cooking by listening to the track "Rain" below:
Fall InLove by checking out these links:
Get the "Stories" album here!
Monday, October 26, 2009
I am in musically bliss right about now! There is soooo much good music that has dropped over the last month or so, and I can't keep up. Trust me, I am definitely trying though. Unfortunately, time hasn't been on my side lately. I will be posting about some of the more interesting projects in the near future, so stay posted. However, to keep you occupied until then, I have put together a listing eargasmic joy for those that have the time to listen. I call it "SoulHigh" and once you hear it you'll hopefully understand why. The tracklist is now available, so check it out.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Unbeknownst to many I am a true fan of the saxophone sound. It's stimulating to my ears, and those soothing sounds never fail to relax my mind during life's hectic moments. I have several saxophonists that are on my favorites list, and one of them is Detroit's own Mr. Shelby Brown. Shelby first hit the music seen back in 2003 with a collaboration project entitled "Miracle" featuring guitarist Dee Brown. He followed that one up in 2005 with the solo album "No Boundaries" which made jazz fans all over the world take notice. After taking some time off to regroup, Mr. Brown is back with his latest album entitled "The Meaning of Life" for all to hear. This is my favorite jazz album out right now! It's definitely his most soulful endeavor thus far. The featured guests include soulful vocalists Chanda Long and Alvin Frazier, plus musical contributions from Terrence Herd and Nick Colionne.
If you dig soulful contemporary jazz give Shelby Brown a listen, and hear what you think. For more information and music from this artist click on the links below:
The Meaning of Life Album
Thursday, October 22, 2009
The sounds of soul music are delivered in many different forms and styles. For that reason I never underestimate an artist's ability when it comes to making a soulful tune. You can never judge a book by its cover. The songstress Joss Stone is a perfect example of why you shouldn't. Looking at her exterior you may not think she's a soul singer, but you'd be quite mistaken. Joss is not only an accomplished singer, but her voice has a soulful energy that the average artist can't even tough. The girl can sang! She's back with her fourth studio album Colour Me Free that is filled with uplifting, political and relationship tracks that we have come to expect from this young lady. Her first single from this album is called "Free Me" which is getting some play on the radio airwaves.
Watch Joss perform Free Me live on Jimmy Kimmel below:
Saturday, October 17, 2009
My Detroit bretheran Finale has released his lastest music video for the track "The Senator" off of his Pipe Dreams album. He samples one of the most famous lines from highly acclaimed HBO show The Wire that fans will recognize immediately. It's not really a line actually. It's a word that is said by the show's character named Senator Clay Davis, but he says it with such conviction and swagger that it sounds like a sentence. Finale's song is loosely based on this character and the city of Baltimore.
Check it out above when you get a chance.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Thursday, October 08, 2009
Some music makes you want to dance, while others inspire the act of sexual healing. Then there are those artists that put words and sounds together in a way that literally touches your soul, which reminds you why you love music in the first place. Me'Shell Ndegeocello is one of those special musicians! I have been a closet fan of hers for many years, and each of Me'Shell's albums over her 20 year career has touched me a different way. Me'Shell's diverse talent allows her to share different aspects of her musical creativity. None of her albums sound exactly the same. The 8th and latest album from Ms. Ndegeocello called Devil's Halo is definitely one of my favorites! She describes this album as--all about contrast - then and now, raw and polished, beats and harmonies, Devil's Halo, good in evil in all things.
If you have never experienced the Me'Shell movement up to this point, I would definitely suggest that you start by listening to this album. It's truly a buffet of her various styles, so go get a plate of what she's cooking and dig in dammit! If this joint moves you, then begin backtracking your way through some of her previous records.
Get the Devil's Halo HERE!
Then checkout www.meshell.com for more info and other stuff...
Before you leave, put ears on one of my favorite jams from her last album 'The World Has Made Me The Man of My Dreams' called Lovely Lovely...
Wednesday, October 07, 2009
Monday, October 05, 2009
Jay Dee ft. Ma Dukes – Believe in God
Daru – Spread Love Pt. 2
Todd Smith – The Power of God
Coko – I Get Joy
Jaafar – We Can Make It
Phil & Melba – Optimisitic
Kindred – So Much Better
Rahsaan P – Cloud 9
Donny Hathaway – Lord Help Me
Kelly Price – It Will Rain
SFP – In the Garden
Big Bub – This is the Day
Reggie B – Spiritual
Commodores – Sweet Love
Carmen Rodgers – Just Believe
Marvin Gaye – Praise
Marvin Gaye – God is Love
Faith – Keep the Faith
Dana Owens – What Ya Gonna Do
Thursday, October 01, 2009
Remember, the emcee known as Royce 5'9" from Motown? His new album is called Street Hop. Detroit hip-hop fans have been waiting on this joint for a minute. I spoke about this project earlier this year when he drop his EP, but the actual release date for album is literally just a few days a way. October 20th is the drop date, so mark your calendars. Personally, I look forward to emcees like Royce to release albums because they actually deliver lyrics with some type of substance. Royce still loves and respects hip-hop enough to keep his craft in perspective. With all of the money making rap gimmicks out there in 2009, many have converted over to the dark side, but Royce remains true to his roots. Hot beats, clever rhymes and that's it! Truthfully, that's all any hip-hop fan should need.
Royce has provided fans with an album sampler until the official one drops, so put ears on it by clicking the album cover above. Shoutout to Onsmash for the link...
Before you exit, be sure to put ears on some new mixxes under the video player on the right.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Well, I guess my unplanned mini-vacation is finally over, so lets restart the movement with a little soul music. If you don't recognize the female above, her name is Yolanda Johnson and she's a soul songstress. I showcased her talents awhile back when she released her first musical EP project "Violet Flower" that got overlooked by the masses. It was a great introduction to Yolanda's sound, but now she's back with her first full album entitled "Breathing" for all to hear. The new album is currently available for purchase digitally on Itunes, and the actual CD version will be released on October 13th!
Why wait? Listen to the "Breathing" album for FREE by clicking the album cover below, then hit up www.yolandadiary.com and show Yolanda some support by purchasing her new joint. Support quality music!
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Friday, September 04, 2009
Forget whatcha heard because the Wu-Tang Clan is coming back with a vengence in 2009 while carrying a very sharp shaolin sword! After hearing the official leakage of Raekwon's "Cuban Linx 2" joint, and a few tracks from Ghostface's upcoming album "Ghostalini:Wizard of Poetry" it's hard to deny that the Wu is back. That Cuban Linx 2 album is beautiful hip-hop music that reminds fans of the Golden Era of the 1990s. With all of the hype surrounding this release, I wasn't sure if they could pull it off or not, but they did. The production is tight, lyrics are on point and most of the Clan members made cameo appearances throughout. What else could we ask for? If you haven't actually purchased a rap album in over a decade these new Rae and Ghost albums may be worthy enough for you to dig in your change purse again.
If you missed it, check out Ghostface's first single "Baby" featuring Raheem:
Ghostface Killah's second single is called "Stapelton Sex" that is full of raunchy flavor in the spirit of those early Too Short and 2 Live Crew tracks from back in the day. The leakage is within your grasp...
Only Built 4 Cubin Linx 2 available on 9/8
Ghostalini: Wizard of Poetry available on 9/29
Meet the soul crooner named Jaafar from Birmingham, Alabama trying to make his musical mark in the game. In a musical world overdosed with male singers you may wonder what sets him apart from the rest. According to Jaafar what separates him is his passion and drive to make what he calls "non constrictive" music. He describes it as music that moves you and constantly transforms yet it can't be placed in any one genre. What's cool about Jaafar is that he's a soul artist with a heavy jazz background. He is a trumpet player and vocalist all rolled into one. Jaafar has been developing his skills since 2004, and now his debut album entitled "Travel Light" is finally available for all to hear. It actually hit the streets a few months ago. There are some smooth tracks on there that are definitely worth putting your ears on.
Here some snippets from the album below:
Hear more of Jaafar's music @: www.myspace.com/jaafartimetraveling