Friday, December 24, 2010
This particular joint is for everyone going through something in their lives right about now. We all hope for the best, but we never really know when things may change for the worse. Some people are suffering more than others, especially during the holiday season. I truly feel that music heals the soul and can lift your spirits when life takes an unfortunate turn. I call this joint "Musikal Healing" just for that reason. I hope you enjoy it, and maybe it will make you feel a better about whatever maybe going on in your life! As always, thanks for your support!
Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
The Goodies List:
Beautiful - Mary J. Blige
Lucky - Dionne
Today - Avery Sunshine
Just Can't Get Enough - Robert Kelly
Out On The Floor - Brian McKnight
I Like The Way - Jeff Hendrick
Walking - Mary Mary
Lay With You - El DeBarge/Faith
Hard Love - Sunshine Anderson
I Get Joy - Coko
Who's Gonna Comfort You? - Kindred
It's Gonna Rain - Kelly Price
I Like The Way You Work (Remix) - Blackstreet
It's Me - Carmen Rodgers
Givin' It Up Is Givin' Up - Patrice Rushen/DJ Rodgers
The Making of You - Lauryn Hill
Boogie Nights/All Night - Erykah Badu
Tomorrow - Tevin Campbell/Q
Breathe Love - Marcell & The Truth
Muzikal Healing - DJ SoundNexx
I leave you with one of my favorite Christmas joints below:
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Slakah The Beatchild is one of the hottest producers in the game, and his latest joint "Something Forever" showcases some of his best work to date! This is good stuff no matter how you slice it, so don't sleep!
You may not know about the soul singer Iman Williams, but you need to! Her new album "Stupid Human Tricks" is definitely my kind of soul music. Sweet vocals and solid production.
The new R. Kelly album "Love Letter" is definitely his best in years! He's back to actually singing instead of thug rapping. Welcome back Kels...we missed you!
Time to pay homage to one of my favorite underground beatmakers and his name is Knxwledge. This post has been a long time coming actually. I have been supporting this kat for a minute now, and I get emails asking about this dude all of the time. I have slipped many of his hot beats into several of my past mixxes. His beats always keep my head bobbin' so whenever I can fit one into my mixx I do so. I consider myself a beat-hound, so I have hundreds of instrumentals in my musical archives. In the upcoming weeks, I plan on dropping another instrumental mixx to showcase some other dope producers that you may not know.
Until then, get you ears filled with some beats by Knxwledge:
GET YOUR KNXWLEDGE HERE!
All these hip-hop blogs on the Internet, and I am not seeing
enough about my dude Redman's new album! This kat is a veteran, so anytime he drops a new joint I'm all over it like diarrhea. Lyrically, Reggie hasn't lost step after all of his years in the game. The new album is simply titled "Reggie" and it's 13 tracks deep. Featured guests include: Saukrates (when this dude dropping a new album?), Method Man, Melanie Rutherford, Bun B, Faith Evans, DJ Kool and some others I have never heard of. I feel musical taste is personal, and that's why I don't do many album reviews. However, I must state my peace about this latest Redman album. Overall, the rhymes are on point, but I feel the production is lacking something. I miss the days when Erick Sermon handled all of the production duties. If you consider yourself a Redman fan, then I suggest you give it spin. Right now, it's only $8 on Amazon:
GET REGGIE HERE!
Checkout Redman speaking about the current Def Jam situation below:
Sunday, December 05, 2010
There are average producers, great producers, and then there are legendary producers. Pete Rock is a hip-hop legend by every definition. He is one of the reasons why I fell in love with hip-hop music. The classic records he's made with CL Smooth in the past could still rock a party in 2010! There are so many hot tracks by the duo that it's not worth trying to name them all. I know there are plenty of people out there that never really liked Pete Rock spitting lyrics on the microphone. However, I have always felt Pete was solid as a producer-emcee. No he's not a Rakim or KRS-One, but he's no MC Hammer either. Just in case you forgot how Pete Rock used to bring it back in the day, I am sharing a mixx of his musical goodies I call "Pete RockThaBeat" just in time for Christmas.
PETE ROCKS THA BEAT HERE
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Now, that Turkey Day, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are in my rearview mirror at this point, it's time to get back to the music. Soul music that is, black gold, urban glee. I dig Indie soul artists, so my latest joint is showcasing some of my favorites. I call it the "Earotic Soul Shock Mixx" so put ears on it if you want to hear some refreshing musical vibes. If like something, please support the artist(s) by buying their music and spreading the word about them. Your musical investigation is only a Google search away. Quality music is slowly becoming overshadowed by the mainstream nonsense, so lets help keep this great music alive!
GET EAROTIC SOUL HERE!
Friday, November 19, 2010
It's time for some more musical goodies to satisfy your listening cravings. Music is pratically like family to me. It's been around as long as I can remember, so me and Mrs. Tones got a thang going on. Discussing and sharing music with this blog over the years has provided me the opportunity meet a few really cool and like minded individuals online. Two of those people are Fave and The Big La. These two music minded gentleman have joined forces with Mr. Fresh to create the group C3. Fave plays the keyboards, Fresh is on lead guitar and Big La is handling the drum programming. Together they create some smooth grooves that definitely set the mood! Their debut 5-track EP titled "ContempoJazzSoulHop" can be downloaded for free. Two of my favorite joints on this EP showcase classic tracks from Stevie Wonder and Tom Brock. Don't hesitate putting ears on this C3 EP immediately by clicking ---> c3music.bandcamp.com
Keep up the good work fellas...
Saturday, November 13, 2010
It’s time to drop another soul artist dedication mixx, and nexx up is Raheem DeVaughn. What I appreciate most about this artist outside of musical talent is his aggressive grind. The guy stays busy leaking free music and doing guest appearances with everyone. Personally, I appreciate it! Lyrically, Raheem touches on several topics like love, life, relationships and sex, but I enjoy his music the most when it’s socially conscious or politically motivated. There’s not enough of that in the music today, so I applaud artists that challenge the listeners. No matter what you think about the man or some of his past business decisions as an artist, you have to respect his hustle. For that reason I took some time out to put this mixx together I call the “Raheem Soul Hippie”mixx. This joint showcases some of his old, new, unreleased and remixed tracks, including some guest appearances. Enjoy!
GET SOUL HIPPIE HERE!
Support quality music and the artists that make it!!
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
This has been a great year for female soul artists coming back on the scene after years of being absent. Monica, Faith Evans and now Sunshine Anderson. True R&B is back in 2010! About four months ago I heard Sunshine doing a radio interview, and she somewhat explained her absence. To sum it up, it basically came down to label issues (which is typical). She took her time away from music to focus on her personal life and family. Sunshine wasn't sure if she would ever release another album, so it was nice to see that her new joint had dropped. It came out of thin air with little to no promotion. It's called The Sun Shines Again and after listening to it, I can hear that she hasn't lost a step musically. More music dealing with love, life and relationships with that Sunshine spin on it. Her facial expressions are priceless. Put eyes and ears on Sunshine speaking about her new album below:
Now, checkout the new video for the single "Lie To Kick It" below:
Friday, November 05, 2010
One of my favorite voices is back with on the scene with some new music, and her name is Chrisette Michele. Not only does she have new music, but she has a new look as well. If you look closely, you'll notice Ms. Michele has cut all of her hair off, and is currently kicking a natural style. She considers this transformation a rebirth of being healthy, and it starts at the top of her head. Nina Simone is one of Chrisette's greatest influences, and you can definitely tell by her overall style. Nina was a trendsetter back in the day, and I believe Chrisette is becoming just that in 2010. Chrisette's new album Let Freedom Reign hits store shelves on November 30, 2010. The first single from the project "I'm A Star" has been creating a buzz over the last few weeks. If you haven't heard it yet, put eyes and ears on the new video below:
Thursday, November 04, 2010
Wednesday, November 03, 2010
I've had fun discussing and sharing music from the "new schoolers" over the last few months, but it's time to show some love to old school! If you consider yourself a scholar of soul classics (or just a fan), you definitely need to put ears my latest Lazy Afturnoon Mixx for sure. The mixx tracklist is in the comments section. I actually went crate digging for some of these jams in my private music stash. It was fun putting this joint together, so I hope you enjoy it.
Also, if you don't recognize that beautiful woman in the picture above, that's Minnie Riperton who had one of the sweetest voices ever heard by these ears. No music collection is complete without some Minnie, and that's why she starts my mixx off perfectly like an angel...
Friday, October 29, 2010
Guess who's back! Slakah The Beatchild straight out of Toronto. He's the Indie producer/singer that we've all come to know and love. Slakah's beat making is impeccable! It's hip-hop, soul, smooth, catchy and straight dope, just the way I like it. Check for his debut album "Soul Movement, Vol. 1" if you missed it to hear what I mean. Then when you finish with that one, put ears on his new joint "Something Forever" which is a 7-track EP. After my first listen of those new tracks, I can honestly say that this music is Slakah's best work to date! The vibe is incredible! Support this artist and his great music (if you dig it). It's stuff like this that keeps me loving music...
Here's a music snippets video for the new tracks:
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Are you ready for some more soulful talent from the new Motown era? Of course you are! Nexx up is Mister J. Tait who just happens to be a song writer, music producer and a dope singer. I call that a triple threat. I had the privilege of seeing this young man perform live during an unplanned performance at the recent Eric Roberson concert intermission. The host of the show spotted him in the audidence and called him on stage. J. Tait did his thing! He kicked a nice acapella that had the crowd vibing. At that time I didn't know that Mr. Tait's "Things On My Mind" EP Part. 1 was on the streets. Once I put ears on it, I quickly realized that he is a great singer. He's has an old school feel with a new school twist. His EP has a retro soulfulness to it. If you enjoy soul singers like Jaheim, Calvin Richardson and Urban Mystic, Dave Hollister, Sam Cooke, J. Tait should be on your radar.
Put eyes on J. Tait's first official music video for "It's Just My Imagination" (Temptations classic remake) directed by and starring Dwele:
Get the J. Tait EP here--->Tait on iTunes and there--->Tait on CD Baby
Find out more about J. Tait by clicking on any one of the following links:
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Kanye West is one of those artists that people love to hate. Even when you are a fan of his music, he seems to do something that makes you say "what the hell was he thinking?" Actually, that is part of his appeal. You never know what to expect from that kid. I'll be the first to say that his last album was a creative disaster that I am glad to forget. I gave him a pass though because his mother had just died around that time.
Recently, Mr. West has been on the grind releasing one hot track after another for his fans. The dude is back and focused, which is obvious by the quality level of his leaked tracks. Now, he's released a 30+ minute music video "Runaway" showcasing some of his new music. It's no Michael Jackson epic, but it's definitely interesting and creative. I'm sure there is more meaning behind the visuals and madness then I got from my one viewing, but that's cool with me. Now, it's your turn to peep the new extended video (if you haven't already)...
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Put ears on this joint here: ERRO MIXTAPE
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
This is why I love Motown! It's full of dope artists. A few days ago I posted a dope freestyle from my hometown homie Elzhi, and today Dwele drops a musical gem for his fans! It's called "Watch Me" and it's definitely worth watching. This is the kind of stuff Adwele does when he's bored. Calling him talented would be an understatement! Now, I just need to get the MP3 for this joint...
Monday, October 18, 2010
Here is a new unreleased (officially) freestyle video from Elzhi titled "Undefeated" featuring Madlib on production! This is more like a snippet, but it's hot nonetheless! Lyrical this dude is official, so watch what he does with words in less than 2 minutes...
Stuff like this is why I still dig hip-hop!
Friday, October 15, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
I was one of the many saddened fans that heard the bad news about Floetry breaking up. I didn't really know what to expect from those two ladies as solo artists. Could they actually do it alone? Well, Marsha Ambrosius took the microphone by the cord and ran with it! She dropped a couple of mixtapes soon after the divorce to showcase her solo abilities. The first mixtape joint was mediocre (IMO), but the second one was dope! My confidence in Marsha was restored. Natalie Stewart a.k.a. The Floacist seems to be still trying to find her lane as a solo artist. However, I do like her new track featuring Musiq Soulchild, so we shall see. In the meantime, everything is looking up for Marsha. She turned her once chunky-monkey frame into a slim goody! For that reason her score for sex appeal has gone up a several points. She pulled a Jennifer Hudson for real.
Marsha's new album "Late Night & Early Mornings" was supposed to drop this Fall, but now it has been pushed back to January 4, 2011. Let's hope nothing side tracks that from happening...
Here is the first single from Marsha's upcoming album:
Also, here's that Floacist featuring Musiq video as well:
That is all!
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Do you remember the first female host Free from the original BET show 106 & Park? Some of my women visitors might not remember her, but I am sure the fellas do. What man could forget a sexy lady like that? She was really the only reason why I watched that show, and once she departed I stopped. Free left the show abruptly, and never really explained why she made that decision. Rumors had spread that she'd left to pursue her own music career as a rapper. I was one of the fortunate people to hear some of her early tracks that had leaked onto the Internet. Personally, I thought they were decent, but they seemed a little ruff around the edges. The foundation seemed solid, but they needed more work. Needless to say, her album never came out. Then she vanished from the scene. I thought we'd never see her again.
Recently, she popped up on the 106 & Park 10th Anniversary special that aired on BET last week. During the show Free mentioned that she had just dropped a new EP of music. It's called "Free The Hard Way" and there are 4 tracks total. It's available for free download at her website: www.freesworld.com
You be the judge. Is it hot or not?
Saturday, October 09, 2010
Wednesday, October 06, 2010
Tuesday, October 05, 2010
Do you remember the soul singer Valvin Roane a.k.a. V? Back in 2006 the man released one of the best albums of that year, which still gets heavy rotation in my iPod in 2010! A few tracks on that joint are timeless as far as I am concerned, so if you still don't know get familiar. V is back at it with a new single entitled "Fantasy" from his upcoming third album Formation dropping in 2011. The track is pretty catchy, and I like it! He remains true to the his soulful stylings, which is nice to hear. I want to the thank V and my homegyrl Trelly for providing fans with some free music. Put ears on it now by clicking the link below:
V - Fantasy
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Hip-hop music can be original, predictable, boring, dope, moving, interesting, satisfying and annoying, which is still why I love it! I have been a fan since its early beginnings, and I still support artists that keep me interested. One of my favorites since I first heard him spit many years ago is my dude Von Pea (Tanya Morgan member). His rhymes always seem effortless, but they're interesting. One minute he might be making a joke about life, and the next he's dropping some real ish (while keeping it fun)! It's a nice balance, and he never takes himself too serious, which works well for this emcee. Von has released a couple of solo mixtape/albums, and on October 12th he'll be dropping his latest musical endeavor called "Gotta Have It" for the fans. I gotta have it (pun intended)!
Peep this "Boombox" track off the new joint:
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Faith's new album drops on October 5th! I've heard 4 tracks off her new joint, and I like them all. It's good to hear that Faith can still bring it in 2010. Put eyes on her new video for the track "Gone Already" because it's hot. Welcome back Ms. Evans. We missed you...
Friday, September 17, 2010
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Here is one of my favorite tracks off of the new Incognito joint "Lowdown" featuring Chaka Khan, and the album is hot! Also, here is a new video from Slakah The Beatchild showing love to the B-Boys. If you haven't done so already, checkout Beatchild's Soul Movement Vol. 1 compilation...
Mr. Will Downing is a respected and cherished voice in R&B, soul and jazz music. A few years back Will had some medical issues that many of us thought would end his singing career, but he recovered stronger than ever.
Now, he's back with his 15th album release called "Lust, Love & Lies" for his fans. This album is unique because it plays like a novel, with 20 tracks full of songs and skits discussing lust, love and lies. It's basically a tale about modern love and relationships. Each song is a leadway into the next portion of the story. The music can stand on their own even without the albums' theme, but they work beautifully together. It's a very interesting listen on a lazy afternoon. All lovers of that sophisticated soul music needs to put ears on this one for sure!
The digital download is here: WILL DOWNING - LL&L
Here's one his classics before you exit:
Thursday, September 09, 2010
That is all...
Friday, September 03, 2010
Onward to my latest endeavor on the jazzy tip. I find this is great way to introduce newbies to some of that good ole' jazz flavor without overwhelming them. There is plenty of great jazz musicians out there that go unheard, and I feel they deserve some shine too. Good music IS good music, right! I call it JazzPerception and will surely put you in a mellow mood.
Andreya Triana-Up In Fire
Mike Phillips/Jamal - Right Person, Wrong Time
Kem-Can You Feel It
Carlos Cannon-As We Lay
George Duke-No Rhyme, No Reason
Michael Franks-Tell Me All About It
Jonathan Butler - Good Times
Brian Culbertson/Avant-Skies Wide Open
Zo/Phonte-Flight of The Blackbird
Fourplay-Lets Make Love
Esperenza Spalding-Little Fly
Ronny Jordan-After Hours
Earl Klugh-Canadian Sunset
Thursday, September 02, 2010
It's songs like these that keeps my loving music! Both are original and very catchy, which keeps my head bobbing. Cee-lo is such a pathfinder when it comes to his sound and style that no one can compare. Not everyone likes Cee, but I am a fan! I can't wait for his new album to drop, so FU and FU2...
Then we have newcomer Mike Baker. I don't know much about this kat at the present moment, but this "La La La" track has stayed on repeat for days now. It's a sick track, and the video isn't half bad either...*suddenly clears throat* so check it out if you dare. His mixtape "Body of Work" is dropping in a couple of days, and the movie clips shown in the video are from the film Beyond The Valley of the Dolls (1970). It's real groovy baby!
Saturday, August 28, 2010
The Ear Snacks: 1=Kankick-Herb Hintro 2=MED+Talib-Classic 3=Exile-Mega Mix 4=TrekLife+Olivier-Everything Change 5=Promise-The Bridge 6=Drake/TI-Fancy 7=VonPea+Lessondary-Faded 8=Rhymefest+Saigon/ADaD-Give It To Me 9=Roots-Hustla 10=Donwill-Leading Lady 11=John Robinson-The Visionary 12=Fred Joachim-That's Life 13=Kanye/Be/Unc Charley-See Me Know 14=Slum Village+Dwele-Don't Fight The Feeling 15=Rakaa+KRS One-Human Nature 16=Von Pea-Cantstandya 17=Joel Ortiz-Freestyle 18=Ras Kass-Scenario 2012 19=Blacksheep+Jean Grae-Party Tonight 20=The Hrsmn-This Sh*t Right Here 21=8thW1-Be On You
Friday, August 27, 2010
The album tracklist:
1. The Last Fall
3. Eyes To The Sky
4. All Roads
5. Fight For Love
6. Maybe She’ll Dream Of Me
7. Don’t Wait feat. Darien Brockington
8. Make Me A Fool feat. Jesse Boykins III & Median
9. Everything Must Go
10. Laughing At Your Plans feat. Chantae Cann
11. This City Ain’t The Same Without You feat. YahZarah
Monday, August 23, 2010
I recently rediscovered an independent soul artist from London that I had forgotten about, and her name is Nadine Charles. She's worked with Raphael Saadiq, and provided vocals for electronica-soul groups Silhouette Brown and 2000Black. Don't know those groups? Look them up! Modeling is another passion of hers, so checkout some of her photos online. I sent a newer track of hers entitled "Kisses In The Morning" and it is a lovely track! For that reason I showcased it on my latest soul mixx, so keep your ears open for that one. I put these mixxes together to give music lovers an opportunity to discover and support artists that I feel are dope! Without support these artists may not be able to continue to make this great music we love...
Checkout these websites to discover more about Nadine Charles:
Monday, August 16, 2010
Mr. Coultrain is an Indie soul music artist that has been working pretty hard over the last few years trying to make a name for himself. If you purchased, stole or listened to the Platnium Pied Pipers (PPP) last album (Abundance)which you should have if you like good music) then you've already been introduced to Coultrain. He provides the vocals on several of the PPP laced tracks, which made that album a success in my personal opinion. He has very soulful voice that reminds me of the good ole' days of soul music from the 70's and 80's. I was hoping we'd get some more tunes from this dude sooner or later, and my prayers were answered.
Coultrain recently release an EP "GodMustBeABoogieMan" for his fans. There are 13 songs on the joint broken into a musical story format of three chapters: APrince'sDeparture, ARoofTopXperience and ACharlatan'sReturn. Most of the production duties are being handled by Patrice Rushen and Yesterday's New Quintet. It's fresh music worth you taking a listen. Soul music lovers take notice!
Friday, August 13, 2010
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
I consider myself a fan of all types of jazz, but there are only a few artists from today's list that I stop what I am doing to pay attention. The female jazz musicians that tops my list is definitely Esperanza Spalding! She's dope in so many ways that I won't bother trying to explain them all. Her stage presence is overwhelming and her skills on the bass are effortless. Esperanza's voice just brings everything together with a strong, but smooth quality that I consider hypnotic. Watching her live is amazing! I remember channel surfing one late Saturday night last year, and I was lucky enough to catch a live performance of hers in Central Park (located in Manhattan, NY). That was one of the best live musical performances I've watched on television.
Anyway, Esperanza is about to release her third album "Chamber Music Society" on August 17, 2010. The new album is a mixture funk, soul, acoustic, classical and jazz. Even if you just think you like jazz, I would suggest you take a listen some of Esperanza's music. You just might like it.
Monday, August 09, 2010
THIS SONG REALLLY CRACKS ME UP!
Recently, I was surfin' the Internet, and came across this video/song called "Doin Your Mom" by some dude named Ray William Johnson. This disrespectful song is hilarious! They are rapping, but don't expect anything like Mos Def or Black Thought type of lyrical prowness though. Thing more Beastie Boys meets Weird Al Yankovic!
Saturday, August 07, 2010
Soul Brother #2 (James Brown is Soul Brother #1) is about to drop another album on September 14th. His name is Bilal, and when he releases new music you can expect it to be tight. Airtight in fact! His last album was leaked and bootlegged so much that it was never officially released. Fans ravaged that unmastered and incomplete musical treasure all over th Internet. When fans are deprived that is what happens. I expect the same thing will happen if and when D'Angelo finally decides to release some new material. True music lovers are like drug addicts, and when they get wind of some new goodies, nothing will stop them. They'll beg, plead, pay outrageous prices, borrow, fight, sometimes steal to get that music. Fortunately, Bilal fans will not have to do any of that. We only have a few weeks to go before "Airtight's Revenge" hits the streets, so mark your calendars.
Until then, here's a little ear snack until the full meal is ready:
Monday, August 02, 2010
One of California's finest emcees is back on the scene once again. Ras Kass is his name, and real rhyming is his claim to fame. Most fans wonder if their favorite emcees of yester-year still have the gift-of-gab on the microphone after a long absence. Truthfully, most of them don't have it anymore, and they usually sound pretty dated. Not Ras Kass though. He still brings the fury on the mic like it was 1995! I think that time in prison made the dude hungry again, and it shows on his latest album "A.D.I.D.A.S." featuring DJ Rhettmatic. The double album has a total of 26 tracks on it. What I like most about this joint is the numerous amount of dope emcees guest featured. Ras had to lift up some rocks to find some of these rappers from Christmas' past. Checkout this line-up: Chino XL, Planet Asia, Xzibit, Kurupt, Canibus, Jean Grae, Phil Da Agony, David Banner, Royce 5'9, Ice T and many others. Nice!
Put eyes on this video for the classic "This Sh*t Right Here" track below:
You can buy the new Ras album @ RASKASS.BANDCAMP.COM
$9 for 26 tracks in a steal!
Remember, this "Good Life" track by Inner City!