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
Saturday, August 28, 2010
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!
Sunday, August 01, 2010
Remember, the underground producer,DJ and rapper Exile from California? How about the group Emanon where Exile was the DJ for rapper/singer Aloe Blacc? This is the kat that dropped the dope album "Dirty Science" back in 2006! If none of that is ringing any bells, then you probably don't know Exile, so here is your chance to get familiar. He's worked with artists like Ghostface Killa, Blu, Mobb Deep, Jurassic 5 and many others. Exile's production style can't really be discribed in one or two words. His music strips your listening abilities down and mangles your previous comprehension of what beats should sound like. It's the type of musical journey you would expect from producers like El-p and Flying Lotus. That's definitely a complement coming from me. It may sound like noise at first to new listeners, but just keep listening and you may find the dopeness you seek!
Exile just released a new album entitled "AM/FM" for the fans, which is a compilation full of hot remixes. He was generous enough to provide some of the remixes that didn't make the album, which he calls "Radio Exile Bonus" available for download here: DIRTYSCIENCE BANDCAMP
Don't hesitate to grab both the "AM/FM" and "Radio Exile Bonus" joints!
Listen to the first track from her new album called "What We Gone Do" by clicking the album cover above.