Friday, March 27, 2015

Friday Flashback: Shaun Escoffery: Let It Go

I planned to go with another tune that featured this gifted vocalist, but decided to go with "Let It Go", taken from the self-titled debut LP by Shaun Escoffery. Spring is here, which has also been a season of change for people spiritually and mentally. This song is the perfect message to help get rid of unneeded baggage and progress forward on a lighter and brighter note. This song is featured in my "Reflections" mix.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Turntable Tuesdays: DJ Day: Credit Is Due

In a short video I saw two days ago, DJ Jazzy Jeff recommended this dope mix by DJ Day from 1999 where he's bringing the funk like you know he's known for. Jeff said this is his favorite mix to listen to before he gets on the decks himself. Stream or download the goodness.

Friday, March 13, 2015

808: The Movie

My apologies for not posting this sooner. For those in the Austin area, you still have a bit of time to catch the premier of this historical movie, that's already raising eyebrows, about the TR-808 drum machine that revolutionized and changed music forever. Log on to the 808: The Movie official website for more information on additional showtimes and theaters that will host the viewing.

King Bayaa Ft S'bu: Phela Nguwe

For those who have seen "The Five Heartbeats" movie (scroll to 2:22 if you haven't), like the mother who stood up in this clip, that is the same feeling I had in listening to the soul filled production on "Phela Nguwe", the latest single from King Bayaa, the South African DJ/producer who is set to release his Been Around EP on Baainar Records. To help kick off the celebration and a bit of anticipation, he's offering his first single as a free download. Enjoy!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Mor Loud & Rahj Mason: How Many Shots

While many people tend to label others, it goes to show you that a lot of ignorance is not going away any time soon. However, there are people who work tirelessly to extinguish it. Enter Rahj Mason and Mor Loud, the Brooklyn spiritual brothers who have teamed up to release this massive rock tune that asks the serious question about police brutality in its title; "How Many Shots?"

Artists from all walks of life and cultural backgrounds have unified in the past and there are those presently who continue to unify and use music and their art as a tool to awaken the consciousness of the people to help bring about more unity and change. Support for artists like Rahj and Mor, who also encourage people to love, is very important. Not only are they composing battle cries to fight oppression, they are asking for basic life fundamentals for the masses to respect and honor one another. Change has come.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Turntable Tuesdays: DJ Kool Emdee: Traveling

This is a repost of a mix I did some months back that blends a few feel good soulful House, broken beat, and a few other goodies that are perfect for listening to while you're on the road traveling from city to city. Don't forget to share so others can enjoy!

Traveling by Djkoolemdee on Mixcloud

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Kriswontwo: Boondigga Beat Challenge

I have mad respect for Kriswontwo, the mad Danish producer who calls Copenhagen home. I was chatting it up a bit with him earlier today and he alerted me to his latest video where he was challenged by the Boondigga crew to do a track sampling all three randomly selected records from a few stacks while blindfolded. The results....a banger as usual. Check out the video, then leave a comment on the Youtube page to give a shout. Or, follow Kriswontwo on Twitter.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

DJ Lord x 2MP: World Citizen [Official Video]

The mission; operation snatch-back. With the focus shifting back to the DJ, which is the foundation of Hip-Hop, DJ Lord has dropped a new sound bombing upon us from the vaults of the newly launched Rap Central Station website that has been around for less than a year. "World Citizen" is the latest single from Lord's Eat The Rat solo debut LP that features 2MP (2 Much Posse). This is a serious attack on the wack with razor sharp cuts, verbal assaults, and a critical beatdown through production. If you have never witnessed DJ Lord on stage with Public Enemy or his solo DJ sets, brother is a one man show that sends crowds into frenzies.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Happy Birthday: Nina Simone

Today we pay tribute to a legend. Her name is Nina Simone, known also as the "High Priestess of Soul". A couple of years ago I put together a compilation of her tunes to help tell a story as she is known to do. It will make you dance, shout, and hit you deep down to your core.

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Friday, February 20, 2015

David Sha: The Ugly Mixtape

If you want to book a multidimensional person for your live show or studio project, then David Sha is the man. A long time friend of mine and another very consistent brother who has the flow of an emcee, the soulfulness and chops of a gifted singer, an excellent poet and songwriter, and when he steps on stage and is really to take you to that higher level, there's absolutely no way you can deny it.

As of recent, he has dropped his long-awaited UGLY Mixtape that is chock full of banger after banger. As I mention on Facebook, listening to it did what it describes itself as, made me ugly from twisting up my face and my neck hurting from all the head-nod biz. Just as impressive as Mr. Sha is, so is the co-stars of this project. On hand is Austin based band Riders Against The Storm (RAS), and Houston emcees K-Rino and EQuality. When you purchase the mixtape, you will get full versions of each song unmixed, as well as the soundbombing mixed version by DJ Youl. Download and get ready to rumble!