Take a trip back to the 90's with classics such as "Ready To Die" by The Notorious B.I.G. and "Slaughterhouse" by Masta Ace Inc.in an interview with MC/producer Lord Digga who announces new music for 2014. AOTP MC Blacastan lends insight into his album creation philosophy as he lays out details behind the making of his collaboration album with Stu Bangas called "Watson And Holmes". If you appreciate artists who are passionate about their craft, both interviews provide an ear-full of food for thought by creative Hip Hop minds.
Download/Stream: Lord Digga Shares Notorious B.I.G., INC Memories & New EP, Blacastan Talks "Watson & Holmes" by No Ideas Original Radio
Enjoy the sounds of a new limited-edition vinyl re-release of "In Due Time" by Mount Olivet Inspirational Choir and a nice compilation of funky Gospel music from The 70's courtesy of the YouTube account Gospel Explosion. Quite a few interesting acts to be found here who were little known but throw down some very emotional and soulful music based on their religious faith.
The R&B/Soul music of Maurissa Rose takes the blues away with a pleasant uplifting groove and powerful songwriting which reflects upon the beauty of life. "Too Nice Today", a modern day social anthem reminiscent of Marvin Gaye's "What's Going on" Music arranged by Jazz Virtuoso Alonzo McKenzie from Detroit, MI and recorded at the legendary Studio owned by MoTown writing legend Sylvia Moy, "Too Nice Today" is a laid back smooth classic R&B joint with a dash of Jazz. Musicians greats Ron Otis(drums), Darryl Smith(bass) and Anthony Booker (guitar)help create this incredible sound. Maurissa Rose's unmistakable voice heard beside R&B crooner Kem on the hit duet "If It's Love" shines on this new Single tailored written and produced just for her sultry and soulful sound. There is more to come from Maurissa Rose off of her new "Love is My Religion" CD. Follow Maurissa Rose on Twitter maurissarose music and facebook, www.maurissarosemusic.com
Thanks to Elliott Macauley for the introduction to Maurissa Rose.
Is it Jazz-Funk ? Is it Boogie ? Or is it even Disco? With The Unbelievable Two you are in there everywhere. With their hearts in the late Seventies and early Eighties these two well crafted musicians know how to work a solid groove.
„We were thinking, what would have happened if Roy Ayers met Stevie Wonder in a studio with Nile Rodgers and listened to a Steely Dan album?“ Of course there is a smile on Mzuzu’s and Mucka’s face when they tell this story, but The Unbelievable Two masterminds, composers, producers, arrangers and musicians from Hamburg/Germany have been on the scene long enough to think a step further. „In the end, it’s all about the funk and the soul. And the funk and the soul is about the feeling you got in that moment., when you are playing live! That’s why each song is a fresh composition and directly recorded in just one day. We were really after the small variations and moods, you develop while playing a song to shine through the arrangements.” - The Unbelievable Two
Planet Asia and TZarizm drop science with the heart of a lion on a pairing of sharp lyrics and raw production sound known as "Via Satellite". The degree of visuals projected from PA's pen approaches deep space as he demonstrates the skill of a lyricist who draws from many aspects of life in a competitive, thought-provoking and original approach to MCing.
ATL producer and visual artist BDunn creates thumping cinematic beats where the effort on arrangement and storytelling serves as the foundation for ear candy in the form of Hip Hop. Like his sfcproducers partner Tone Jonez, B stands as an outstanding force of beats soon to emerge from The South. Enjoy the sounds as he tackles both Boom-bap and Trap sounds with an entertaining and emotionally-driven approach on the boards and click the logo below to view BDunn's design portfolio.
From the producer of Kanye's Power, Strange Fruit Project, Eminem and more, S1 delivers high-powered beats and the sounds used to create them in "Fire And Ice", "Voices" & "Fireworks". Listen to the demos for each of Symbolyc's 2014 drum and sample kits for a taste of his signature sound used to craft hits for emerging artists and established mainstream hit-makers.
"VOICES", The S1 Vocal Collection library is a collaboration between him and songwriting duo The Frontrunnaz. 'Voice" This collection includes all new sample free vocals, voice textures, and phrases all created by S1. Download here
"Fire and Ice Combo Collection" is a collection of all new Drums, Loops, and Melodies produced by S1. The "Fire" section showcases one of the most powerful elements of Symbolyc's sound: the drums. This collection contains custom drum sounds (kicks, snares, loops and percussion) engineered by S1. Download here
Action suspense Funk sound laced with wah-wah guitar, heavy breaks and a lively horn section is what the Third Coast Kings bring on the fast-paced groove of "Lead Foot". This tune that sounds straight out of a 70's Blaxploitation flick can be heard on the King's 2014 LP "West Grand Boulevard" on Record Kicks. Album stream available here at YouTube.
Enjoy a double dose of creativity as African producer/photographer Origimoz delivers soulful beats and professional portrait photography. This emerging artist explores various aspects of culture and history in both types of art he addresses to inspire your imagination. As a producer, he draws upon classic Jazz, R&B, Soul and more to create a pleasant and melodic vibe of beats and as a visual artist various shades of modern urban culture is portrayed in each of his beautiful portraits.
"Fresh off the successfully funded Kickstarter campaign Legendary Hip Hop artist Edo G returns with his 11th studio album “After All These Years”. This new album features Hip Hop Icon Chuck D, Camp Lo, Guilty Simpson, Specialteamz, Jazz great Walter Beasley and more. Produced by Pete Rock, 9th Wonder, Marco Polo, Vanderslice, Explizit One and others.
“After All These Years” is a testament to Edo G’s longevity and consistency in Hip Hop. This album represents the classic Boom Bap that Edo G is known for since his 1991 debut “Life of a Kid in the Ghetto”. The album features “2 Turntable's and a Mic” produced by Pete Rock, which is reminiscent of that raw 90’s sound. “Fight” featuring Chuck D of Public Enemy is a hard edged track produced by Vanderslice with consciously driven lyrics. “Da Beef Goes On” featuring Specialteamz (Jaysaun & Slaine) touches an emotional chord on domestic violence and the effect it has on families & children.
Edo.G’s recent thoughts about his album: “After All These Years is pretty much self-explanatory. It's a combination of what I've learned over the last 23 years in Hip Hop and in life. For me it's a spring board to greater things. This record marks my third career in Hip Hop. The first was Ed OG and Da Bulldogs, the second as a solo artist, circa 1999 and now presently with my partner Jamieson Grillo and the launch of our new label 5th and Union. There are no limitations and the future of classic Hip Hop looks Bright.”" - Red Line Distribution