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Fel Sweetenberg Rocks The Mic For EFFISCIENZ On "The Drill"

By JR on 12:35 PM

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One murderous verse, no hook as MC Fel Sweetenberg performs about 3 minutes of lyrical exercise on "The Drill". From the 2018 album by EFFISCIENZ "Out Of Nowhere", feat. Roc Marciano, Ed O.G. and more.

ADaD Joins Black Thought For The Defiant & Soulful "I'm Gonna Make It"

"After nearly a five year hiatus from releasing music, Dirty Science, All natural Inc. hip hop alum ADaD is prepared to release “Danger Us’”, an ep produced by Chicago’s own Tensei. The six song EP Is a super fresh example of contemporary hip hop. Mostly produced using live instrumentation, Tensei enlisted the skills of some elite Chicago Natives, such as Makaya McCraven (International Anthem), Greg Spero (Halsey) , Yaw Ageyman, Kiara Lanier (American Idol), and Wes Restless. The organic swing of the drums… the full string sections, live pianos and vocal assists all lay the foundation for an MC who knows how to command a composition.

In the vein of the Great Black Thought, who is also featured on the project, Adad weaves his voice in and out of each track with a grown man’s comfort and resolve…. Fueled with the same hunger he had as the day he started. Its one of those things you have to hear to understand, one of those projects that's not quite like any other but evokes very familiar emotions for anyone whos been a long time fan of good beats and great lyrics. This project sets a high bar and an intention for quality output as ADaD plans to make 2018 his most productive year to date. Releasing on january 12th 2018, it will be the first page of a new chapter of a story that will ultimately be defined by greatness."

Herbie Hancock Talks Innovation & Tech In Music, Releases "Broadcast Collection 1973 to 1983"

Enlightening of the mind is the result as one of the most remarkable innovators in music history speaks live from Goodard College Community Radio in 2018. Enjoy as pianist, producer and synth pioneer Herbie Hancock lectures to an audience about the ethics of Jazz, innovation and technology in music plus much more. In addition, Herbie releases an 8-CD box set of rare live performance recordings for 2017.

Ruby Rushton pays tribute with a smooth rendition of Herbie's classic "Butterfly" while Fontanelle takes you down a dark, thick, fuzzy groove-laden path with an album of Electric-era Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock &The Headhunters and Funkadelic sound.

In 1988, The Puertoroc Posse Represent Latino Hip Hop & "Rock Da House"

By JR on 5:00 PM

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Puttin suckas in check for the year of '88, Puertoroc Posse are extra large and in effect mode with charisma, style and enough bounce to "Tumba La Casa". This crew hailing from San Bernadino California get busy and leave an impression as one of the earliest looks at the power of Latino heritage recorded on wax. Enjoy as the mic gets crushed like a cucaracha over the sounds of Lyn Collins on this rare Golden Era Hip Hop gem.

Lissen Here As Max Merseny On Sax & Phonte On Rhymes Get Jazzy

By JR on 4:44 PM

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A Rap Jiggalo from North Carolina gets down to the groovy sound of a world traveler, showing the beauty which occurs when dope rhymes and instrumentation meet. Enjoy the soul bounce of Max Merseny and Phonte as their joyful vibe of music beckon for the attention of every ear within reach. If 'Te recorded his own version of Jazzmatazz like The Guru, this is probably what it would sound like.

Max Merseny – alto saxophone, flute, synthesizers, organ, clavinet, drum programming, ambient sounds, vocals;
Federico González Peña – producer, Rhodes, organ, piano, moog bass, synthesizers, ambient sounds, percussion, drum programming, vocal arrangement;
Ferdinand Kirner – guitar

Singer/Producer A-Natural Covers Mary J. Blige's "Beautiful Ones"

A-Natural opens the door to a new beginning with the soul-stirring new arrangement to his favorite Mary J. Blige song,  "Beautiful Ones". Recorded, arranged, and produced by A-natural, this version heightens the emotion of Mary's tune to a new level. Everything is beautiful when in the presence of A's passionate approach on vocals driven by the energy of a thumping groove.

The Funky 80's Groove Of California Flight Project, Now Reissued On 7"

There's a time and place for love and happiness within the joyful Funk and Soul of California Flight Project. Led by Grammy nominee, singer/songwriter Jerry J, this band are here to take you sky high with songs driven by positive values of life and the grooviest of rhythm.

For 2018, Preservation Records work to preserve the gem known as California Flight Project in a 7" vinyl reissue of their classics "Dance On It" b/w "Do You Feel My Love". Dance to the funky beat as the tune of great early-80's Soul serves as your guide to positivity.

"Dance On It" b/w "Do You Feel My Love" by California Flight Project now available on 7" vinyl here at Juno Records.

Oddisee Talks Music With Fans For An Hour, Produces MC Isiah Velez

Oddisee's musical depth reaches deep within the souls of the music listeners who have propelled his music videos to thousands of views online. In a live event at Breathing Space, this progressive producer/MC interacts closely with a room full of fans about all things music. Drawing from years as an artist, Oddisee provides food for thought and experience to enlighten an audience of music fanatics.

MC Isaiah Velez puts the soulful sounds of Oddisee to use and spits substantial rhymes about life on his 2018 project "36 L's".

In '92, Detroit Hip Hop Duo Rhythm & Poetry Proceed To "Buck 'Em Down"

In the gun-bucking hardcore Hip Hop style that was dominant during the early 90's driven by the crack era aftermath, Rhythm & Poetry come out armed and blazing. The rare white label of "Buck 'Em Down" by this little-known duo is now available here at Discogs.

Tall Black Guy, Karizma & PBS American Masters Salute Aretha Franklin

By JR on 11:57 AM

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"We begin 2018 on a slightly spiritual note, and a brand new Excursion. A vinyl-only 7" flip courtesy of a delightful dream-team duo; Tall Black Guy and Karizma.

A real pleasure to welcome these two to the fold, here with 'A Franklin Black Excursion' - a double-header of beautiful re-interpretations of a classic by the Queen of Soul… "

Calloway Bros. Unite Musicians In Moving Tribute To Houston's Children

By JR on 5:12 PM

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GRAMMY Nominated Songwriter/Producer @ReggieCalloway and Vincent Calloway spread heavenly joy and praise upon the youth with the release of "Houston (Bless Your Children)". hitting all digital outlets this November! Witness a new foundation built on love as this powerful union of musicians rise to the challenge of building a better tomorrow for the younger generation.

@ReggieCalloway​, wanted to help after seeing the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey. So he pulled together some of LA’s best musicians and released “Houston” as a way to raise money and awareness for the Houston Public School system.

Proceeds will benefit the Houston Independent School District Foundation for Harvey Relief to fund new instruments and books for students.

Otis Redding's "(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay" Celebrates 50 Years With Gold 7"

One of the greatest music reissue labels around does the honors in releasing a limited gold vinyl 7" version of the Soul classic "(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay". Used in classic movies such as Top Gun and Platoon to convey the notion of happiness, Otis Redding's laid-back masterpiece is as joyful and vivid as it is groovy. Enjoy a timeless tune which celebrates the passing of time and serenity which nature brings.

(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay: 50th Anniversary limited gold vinyl 7" by Rhino Records, available here at Juno Records.

Singer Amy Gans lends power, beauty and grace to a piano and voice cover of "(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay".

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