L.L. Cool J - "Mama Said Knock You Out" (Selecta Demo's Hands In The Air Refix)

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Get amped up with an exciting remix of "Mama Said Knock You Out" by Selecta Demo. His version gives L.L. a dangerous Funk vibe in the classic sense of Marley's production vision for the album, transforming a 70's groove that makes you want to dance into a threatening sound of Hip Hop production. Download available here.

BJ Block & Dawn Pemberton Dig "Deeper" To Motivate & Groove With Soulful Music

Feel renewed with life through music as talented soul motivators BJ Block and Dawn Pemberton craft vivid songs rooted in Blues, Soul, Jazz, R&B, and Funk. "II" demonstrates the soulful collaboration between the two accomplished musicians who explore the palette of life's visions and emotions to reflect a powerful lyrical and musical evolution. 

Dawn steps off on her own and takes chances with the upbeat rhythm of jazzy Soul to explore just how deep romance can go on her single "Deeper". Stay tuned for her album "Say Somethin'" dropping October 28th 2014.

Vanderslice - "Fully Loaded" Instrumental Album Stream

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"Fully Loaded" is here to pump your adrenaline with some of the most heart-racing and sinister sounds of production known to Hip Hop today. On his own imprint Brutal Music, this collection of beats by Vanderslice hit hard and cover numerous projects which he has released such as "Everything's Awesome" and "Diggers With Gratitude" which are now available to stream and purchase at his Bandcamp.

"Numbers" by Trumpet Player & Multi-Instrumentalist Nicholas Payton

Cool out to the Jazz-Funk of "Numbers" by American trumpet player and multi-instrumentalist Nicholas Payton who touches upon an excellent vibe of relaxation whch resonates dreamy and soulful grooves throughout. In an interview for the release of this 2014 album, Nicholas catches up with the Music Snobs who discuss a variety of topics including whether the Roots still legendary and the greatness of Jazz legend Donald Byrd.

"Numbers" by Nicholas Payton available now at Amazon on CD or digital.

Brit-Funk Band Smith and The Honey Badgers Give Fair Warning On "The Honey Badger Strut"

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Moral of the story, don't mess around with the 7-piece band from East London known as Smith and The Honey Badgers! This 7" features an energetic dancefloor A-side in "The Honey Badger Strut" with a mellow summer groove on the flipside in the love-based songwriting of "Let's Pretend". A powerful introduction of an emerging band who can flip from heavy and dangerous Funk to pleasant sounds of Soul effortlessly.

Purchase their limited hand-stamped 7" on Lunch Money Records here at Juno.

Video: Black Milk - Live Beat Set For Boiler Room London, August 2014

Nod your head as Detroit's own Black Milk makes his first Boiler Room appearance with a truly flaming live beat set. Enjoy the new music as Black snaps necks by combining the traditional boom-bap with progressive electronic approaches of production in 2014 and beyond. Download of the 1 hour set available here.

Word To The Motherland: Nigerian Disco and Boogie Mixed by Voodoo Funk

Purveyor of funky music from The Motherland, Voodoo Funk presents a couple mixes in 2014 to get you on the floor to American-inspired Afro grooves of the 70's. The mixes start with his various Funk & Disco favorites, followed by some seriously heavy Edo Funk Benin City style before wrapping things up with a few unknown and deep, deep Afrobeat tunes.

For a heavy collection of Afro groove which Voodoo spins, check out record dealer Nadaplus at CDandLP.

"Evander Holyfield's Ear" by Henry Canyons (prod. Boom Baptist)

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Taking a bite like Mike Tyson, Henry Canyons hits the mic like a show off to spit competitive bars as if he was in the ring to compete like a boxer. The defining and arrogant verse of "Evander Holyfield's Ear" flows on with no chorus against sinister sounds of production for you to marvel at the lyrical art of this West Coast MC.

Miggs The Artist Kicks Flows To Make The Speakers Blow On "Not A Rapper"

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Ain't nothin funny as MiggsTheArtist merges Blues guitar with boom-bap to spit sharp flows which demonstrates both modesty and arrogance for "Not A Rapper".  With an impressive approach to the mic, this emerging artist proves being an MC is more preferred than a rapper as he defines his passion for the craft of moving the crowd.

Check for the music of the producer of "Not A Rapper" Freak Tha Monsta below who gets busy in his own right on "Spanish Fly".

Produced by Freak Tha Monsta
Bass by Jeff DeRosa
Vocals by Miggs

Benson: The Autobiography by George Benson + 2014 Interview On Ronnie Scott's Radio Show

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"Over the span of his illustrious five-decade career, George Benson has sold millions of records, performed for hundreds of millions of fans, and cut some of the most beloved jazz and soul tunes in music history. But the guitarist/vocalist is much more than “This Masquerade,” “On Broadway,” “Turn Your Love Around,” and “Give Me the Night.” Benson is a flat-out inspiration, a multi-talented artist who survived an impoverished childhood and molded himself into the first true—and truly successful—jazz/soul crossover artist. And now, on the heels of receiving the prestigious NEA Jazz Masters award, George has finally decided to tell his story. And what a story it is.

Benson: The Autobiography will follow George’s remarkable rise from the ghettos of Pittsburgh to the stages of South Africa, and everywhere in between. Benson is an unparalleled storyteller, and his tales of scuffling on the Chitlin Circuit with jazz legend Brother Jack McDuff, navigating his way through the recording studio with Miles Davis, and performing with the likes of Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, B.B. King, Quincy Jones, Benny Goodman, Rod Stewart, Chaka Khan, Count Basie, and Lou Rawls will enthrall devotees of both music history and pop culture.

A treat for serious listeners, hardcore guitar aficionados, and casual music followers alike, George’s long-awaited book will allow readers to meet the man who is one of the most beloved, prolific, and best-selling musicians of his or any other era."

On a July 2014 episode of Ronnie Scott's radio, the legendary George Benson is the special guest who talks with host Ian Shaw about music, friends and falsetto. Classic recordings come from Benson, festival news from Nikki Yanofsky, new music from Hiromi, Al Jarreau and Keelan Jones, and a live Ronnie Scott's recording from Sonny Rollins, plus lots more music and international news.

Preview "Go Hard: The True Untold Story of West Coast Hip-Hop" Documentary

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Watch trailers from a film which documents the nearly 40 years of contributions to the Hip-Hop culture from people the West Coast. Interviews include Cold 187 of Above The Law, Glasses Malone, Jayo Felony, KAM, YoYo, Kurupt, Mellow Man Ace, Too Short, Money B of Digital Underground and more.

More images fro mthe movie can be found here at the Go Hard official Facebook page and watch additional trailers/teasers featuring West Coast Hip Hop legends here at Vimeo.

Soul School TV Interviews Lead & Sidemen Of Legendary Jazz & Funk Bands

On Soul School, host Calvin Lincoln sits down for memories of legendary careers and thoughts of music in the new millennium with a who's who of American Jazz and Funk. Interviews include band members of Bar-Kays, Parliament Funkadelic, WAR, Sly Stone, Rick James and Cameo along with lead artists such as Ronnie Laws, Tom Scott, James Gadson, Tito Jackson and Tom Brown.

The interview set concludes with the youngest of the artists on Soul School TV, singer Dominque Toney who is the daughter of Kevin Toney from The Blackbyrds. Listen to her music below and check for her album "A Love Like Ours" out now.

Calvin Lincoln's Soul School is a Television program that comes on VCAT channel 27 in Vallejo California. Show times are 10:00 pm Fridays & Saturdays, and Saturday at 11:00 am.

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