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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Humpday Throwback: Bobby "Blue" Bland - Ain't No Love In The Heart of the City

Bobby "Blue" Bland is another Blues and Soul legend who has provided us with decades of great music including this classic below, Ain't No Love In The Heart Of The City, released in '74 (and still being sampled today).

Saturday, July 23, 2011


In this video filmed at Washington Square Park in New York City, ARISTADOE, Gleams & Amandy Exchange touch on today's watered down mainstream corporate controlled copycat music scene by asking you "Who's Gonna Bite My Style."  The song is from the soon to be released album, Pride & Glory.  If you like what you hear, sign up for stay linked to the Pride & Glory blog and purchase his mixtape ALL JOKES ASIDE at the following links:

Friday, July 15, 2011

JUSTICE FOR JORDAN MILES! Pittsburgh MC & Activist Jasiri X Music Video "Jordan Miles"

Jasiri X tells the story of Jordan Miles, the 18 year old honor student who was brutally beaten by 3 undercover Pittsburgh Police officers while walking to his grandmother’s house. “Jordan Miles” was mixed by Diezel and directed by Paradise Gray.
Call Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala at 412.350.4400 and demand he file charges against the 3 police officers who brutally beat Jordan Miles.

“Jordan Miles”


Posted by Jasiri x @ http://www.jasirix.com/


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Wednesday, July 13, 2011


R.I.P. to the man and the legend Isaac Hayes.  A song writer, musician, singer, and actor in the entertainment world gave us so many classics.  Below I share one of my favorites, WALK ON BY (FULL VERSION).

Tuesday, July 12, 2011


Being the first Ocean album I have yet to hear, I’m late.  Ocean has some serious skills.  The first three joints, on The Illustrious: I AM NOT A RAPPER VOL. III, are brilliant (The Introduction, Playing For Keeps, May Day).  If a music listener is looking for a range of content throughout an album, Ocean has it from beginning to end.  The production is super clean.  The record is a great representation of both The Illustrious Few and Ocean.  There is something on this album for everybody (for those who appreciate Hip Hop- which I am confused how anyone couldn’t as there is a Hip Hop musical element to practically all music but that is a whole different can of worms). I really did not expect this album to be arranged so well (shame on me for knowing how well respected Ocean is within the local scene and for knowing how professional The Illustrious Few are through previous offerings).   

On The Introduction, Ocean comes out swinging with bars and a flow over such a simple yet smooth and clean instrumental that reminded me of something that should have been on The American Gangster Soundtrack.  I said I’ve been sleeping but it’s the music industry that’s asleep on so many independent artists with Ocean being one of those.
Playing For Keeps has such a rawness to the beat it reminded me of the rawness of Cuttin’ Headz (ODB, RZA). Even though the two sound nothing alike musically or lyrically, they both have an old school feel with a new school twist that stick out on both of their respective albums with Playing For Keeps being the most fresh and up-to-date

On May Day, Ocean flow on this cut brings another dimension of his artistic versatility which is present throughout the album.  The music production is incredible throughout the album with it changes of pace but Ocean as an artist displays his mastery of his craft through his ability to flow with all of the music.  If you research the history of May Day, you will find it to be filled with murder.  Ocean murders this track.

Don’t think for a second that the album falls off after the first three songs though.

So Illustrious , How you Doin? , Loco , Bitch Niggas , Color Blind , Cold World III , High Life , Miss Communication , Who Turned Off The Lights , Blow , Decleration Of the Illustrious are all great additions to a well planned and executed offering (I enjoyed numbers five through ten and fourteen out of the final eleven cuts the most).  There are a lot of different sounds and flows throughout the rest of the album that really show Ocean’s musical experience and capabilities.  Ocean is another artist for which the sky is truly the limit in regards to his potential success.  After you listen to May Day below, support independent Hip Hop and download this free album at http://ocean85fresh.bandcamp.com/album/the-illustrious or by clicking the album pic above of an artist ready to make serious moves in music.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Detroit Recording Artist/ Producer Rah Flair Brings You "The New Motown Sound"

Up-and-coming Detroit recording artist & producer Rah Flair shares his "feel good" music with us off of his album Notice The Difference (complete album review coming soon).  With the single DETROIT NIGHTS, Rah Flair lets you know where he from and what it is. If you love the old Motown music then Rah Flair easily transitions the listener into the new millennium, the new Motown sound, with his self proclaimed "feel good music." With the first video from the album Notice The Difference, Rah Flair flows through MOVE, a track that is sure to make you move with a contagious beat that will have you replaying it again.  Listen to DETROIT NIGHTS below, watch the MOVE video (both have received radio airplay), then support independent HIP HOP and hit the album cover above and download the album Notice The Difference.



Saturday, July 2, 2011


Full|REBEL|Jacket. is artists Q (Anchorage, AK) & G (Dallas, TX),  transplants in Phoenix, Arizona. Described as a group "that go HARD on the BEATS, but get CRAZY with the CONTENT," this duo does not disappoint with their musical versatility.  Listen below to a sure to be underground classic worthy of mainstream attention and visit the Full|REBEL|Jacket website: