Paolo Apollo Negri – Musician with a Vision and a Funky Style [FULL ALBUM] @HammondFunk

Paolo Apollo Negri - Musician with a Vision and a Funky Style

Paolo Apollo Negri – Musician with a Vision and a Funky Style

This is not something you see or hear everyday. A musician since the 90’s, Negri has been an experimenter and inventor with the Hammond Organ. Now, almost with two decades of experience, Negri blends the sounds of the Hammond with synthesizers and collaborates with other madmen and women of electro-pop to make this funky, bluesy, soulful sound. In some songs, you can’t tell if this is a 70’s throwback, a Prince lilt, or something all together futuristic. You can stream his new album “Hello World” below!
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Nico and Vinz on Their Origins and Rising Career [FULL VIDEO] @NicoandVinz @yesiortiz

Nico and Vinz on Their Origins and Rising Career

Nico and Vinz on Their Origins and Rising Career

Since early this summer, Nico and Vinz have been making strong head waves here in the States. Beginning their career in Norway by celebrating their common lives as sons of African immigrants (Nico’s family for Coite d’Ivoire, Vinz from Ghana), the two hit it off musically in a meaningful way. Now, we have all been the beneficiaries of their musical collaboration with their hit song “Am I Wrong”. Now with their new single, “In Your Arms”, the two seem to be off to a strong start here in the States. The duo sat down to talk with LA’s Power 106 Yesi Ortiz to talk about the meaning of their music and their shared family origins. Watch this video below and be sure to give them much love!
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Ashanti Floyd and soulheads Love Being Black [FULL VIDEO] @TheMadViolinist @ilovebeingblack

Ashanti Floyd and soulheads Love Being Black

Ashanti Floyd and soulheads Love Being Black

If you are yet to hear of him or his music, this soul brother is bringing classic back! With the incredible ability to use the timeless treasured instrument the violin as a powerhouse rock tool, Ashanti  Floyd is known for his powerful violin covers of moving songs. This is no exception! Here Floyd covers Sam Smith’s “I’m Not the Only One”. What’s better is that Floyd does it all in his thermal tee from online community “I Love Being Black”. They are launching an initiative where artists can embrace their pride in their Blackness and show off their dynamic musicality. Check out the performance below!
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New Week- New Music! Songs from Tinashe, Mila J, Jay Rock and More @LALeakers @Tinashe @jayrock @MilaJ

New Week- New Music! Songs from Tinashe, Mila J, Jay Rock and More

New Week- New Music! Songs from Tinashe, Mila J, Jay Rock and More

The L.A. Leakers (aka J Cruz and Justin Credible of Power 106‘s The Lift Off) have done it  again! They have compiled a compelling list of new sounds from up and coming artists for us all to know and fall in love with. In this video they have samples from some names that we should know. Firstly, the new song from TDE’s Jay Rock is killing it with so much LA-West Coast verve. Following that is new music from Jhene Aiko‘s sister, Mila J. Additionally, there are new sounds from a new comer “Audio Push“, and then from the rising star Tinashe. Check the full video out below and get into your new favorite songs.
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Chance the Rapper & The Social Experiment Have the “No Better Blues” [FULL DOWNLOAD] @chancetherapper

Chance the Rapper & The Social Experiement Have the No Better Blues

Chance the Rapper & The Social Experiment Have the “No Better Blues”

Blues as a style of music is rooted deeply in the Black American soul. Moreover, it is an important precursor to hip hop. In this new song from one of our favorite new school rappers, Chance the Rapper, he espouses on all the things he “hates”. In a song that could be described as nihilsm and total disenchantment, it has an ecclesiastical sound and feel to it. The Social Experiment is a longtime collaborator with the rapper. Listening to the song, it’s unclear if Chance is playing a character, or if we should be concerned. Nonetheless, it makes for good mood music. Listen to it below.
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Erykah Badu Hustles on The Street

Erykah Badu Hustles on The Street

Erykah Badu Hustles on The Street

She’s so silly. Our favorite modern Lady of Soul and the epitome of Grace, Erykah Badu took to the streets of New York to perform a little diddy and solicit money from the passerbys. In an iPhone film that she edited herself, she shows what  it looks like to have moxie and grit to put yourself out there. Of course, the great irony is she barely collected $4, which in someways is a tongue and cheek remark on how difficult it really is to be jobless and street hustling. Watch the full video below.
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Jhene Aiko Performs “Pressure” on Wendy Williams [FULL VIDEO] @JheneAiko @WendyWilliams

Jhene Aiko Performs Pressure on Wendy Williams

Jhene Aiko Performs “Pressure” on Wendy Williams

Jhene is still riding high off of the #1 debut of her album Souled Out. The LA native songstress takes to Wendy Williams stage, singing an acoustic “Pressure”. Sitting center stage on a barstool, her voice is a magnet, drawing all attention and energy towards her. It’s in these stripped down, raw moments that we  can truly appreciate her for her talents.
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Tea Instead of Coffee- British Soul in the Morning With Alice Russell [FULL SINGLE] @alicemcrussell

Tea Instead of Coffee- British Soul in the Morning With Alice Russell

Tea Instead of Coffee- British Soul in the Morning With Alice Russell

Alice Russell is another voice in the cadre of soulstars whose influence is rippling across the Atlantic. Her voice is mahogany deep with potent clarity. And the instrumentation on her EP is simple, but update. Three tracks deep yet enough to give you a sample of her honey sweet, this is most certainly a record worth spinning. It becomes available to the public on October 20th, but you can listen to the first track “I’m The Man, That Will Find You” below the jump!
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German Soul Martini – “Shaken Not Stirred” by Voodoo Princess [FULL ALBUM] @lacretba

German Soul Martini - Shaken Not Stirred byVoodoo Princess

German Soul Martini – “Shaken Not Stirred” by Voodoo Princess

Our European influenced soul music has been hailing from London. With the proliferation of Sam Sparro and Mary J. Blige‘s upcoming album, it seems that the British brand was here to stay. But now another country that is technically from across the pond is making a splash! Voodoo Princess is bringing so much soul, sass, and spark in this delicate and beautiful album Shaken Not Stirred. 

“It’s like Motown kissing Rock’n’Roll, heavily pregnant by James Bond, with a slight touch of jazz and elegant 60s flair!” Released in June 2014, Voodoo Princess’ debut album ‘Shaken Not Stirred’ reminisces the likes of Amy Winehouse, classic Motown and Stax acts like The Supremes, Otis Redding and contemporary retro soul-acts like Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings.
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Foo Fighters Explores American Music in “Sonic Highways” [EXTENDED TRAILER] @HBO @foofighters

Foo Fighters Explores American Music in Sonic Highways

Foo Fighters Explores American Music in “Sonic Highways”

The dynamic rock band the Foo Fighters have recorded their latest album and it promises to be killer. In a way of heightening the influence of region on music development, they toured eight influential musical cities in America to make this nearly anthropological album. Documenting the music making process, they are releasing an 8-part series on HBO called Sonic Highways. In the conversations, two hip-hop pioneers and one modern Black soul rocker are a part of the mix. LL Cool J and Chuck D are both representing the hip hop angle, while Gary Clarke, Jr. brings his own fresh take to things. The series is set to premiere this Friday. You can watch a trailer for it below.
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ScHoolboy Q’s Mom’s Recipe for “Collard Greens” [FULL CLIP] @ScHoolBoyQ @jimmykimmel

 

ScHoolboy Q's Mom's Recipe for Collard Greens

ScHoolboy Q‘s Mom’s Recipe for “Collard Greens

Well, something like that! This video shows the rappers mom giving us some light laughter by rapping to his hit song “Collard Greens”. She was put up to this by Jimmy Kimmel on his segment “Words From Your Mother”, which shows the mother of rappers saying the lyrics to their son’s songs. Enjoy this lighthearted laugh below.
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“STN MTN” is Childish Gambino’s Mixtape Tribute to Home [FULL TAPE] @donaldglover

“STN MTN” is Childish Gambino‘s Mixtape Tribute to Home

The renaissance rapper’s latest mixtape is available and capturing our hearts. Gambino’s unique style is at once effervescent and biting. He has the unique ability to occupy this space that is both flighty-pop and serious-hip hop. And laced with great samples, this makes for more than pleasant listening! Download the whole mixtape below the jump!
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John Coltrane’s Last Concert Recording Available Decades Later @nprfreshair

John Coltrane's Last Concert Recording, Available Decades Later

John Coltrane‘s Last Concert Recording Available Decades Later

It’s been nearly 50 years since the final performance of John Coltrane. In November 1966, he had his last show at Temple University. By that point, Coltrane had lung cancer, but was still making significant strides in his career. The recording of the concert had never been available; until now. NPR’s Fresh Air jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews this latest album, and compares it to some of Coltrane’s earlier works. Listen to music samples and Whitehead’s review below.
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[RUMOR MILL] Details on the New Kanye West Album

RUMOR MILL -Details on the New Kanye West Album

Details on the New Kanye West Album

The rumor mill has been turning about Kanye West’s anticipated follow up to Yeezus. In Kanye’s prodigious (and problematic) career, he has been known for wasting no time in getting back to the studio. In fact, in just under 10 years of being a household name, he has released six solo albums and the two collaborative efforts of Watch the Throne and Cruel Summer. While we’ve heard of the new album as early as this summer with the GQ article, details have been scarce until now. G.O.O.D. Music‘s Malik Yusef has spoken up about the album, stating that it sounds like “a pair of Timberlands

“This album is different. It’s like a pair of Timberlands; like how Timberlands are not quite leather and not quite suede. It’s not the smooth, slick Chicago music sound we have right now and it’s not the ruggedness of just ‘hip-hop hip-hop hip-hop.’ We’re still working like a motherfucker. We’ve been all around the world [recording].”

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[SLEPT ON SOUL]Madame X – Madame X by Michael Gonzales @gonzomike

Madame X - Madame X by Michael Gonzales

SLEPT ON SOUL!

Madame X – Madame X by Michael Gonzales

A look into the salacious, sultry, singin’, sista group

Back in the 1980s the girl group tradition was still kickin’ in stiletto heels. With the sexually charged trio Vanity 6 purring about being a “Nasty Girl” and the Mary Jane Girls up on the roof doing it “All Night Long,” those yesteryear hotties seemed to be embracing the post-seventies sexual liberation and hedonism of the ‘80s.
Still, the truth is, we don’t know much about what those fine femmes believed, because much like the singing “girls” that came before them, whether the Ronettes or Love Unlimited, girl groups rarely had much say in how they were portrayed. According to legend, Vanity came this close to being named Vagina and we all know what Rick James was smoking. Yet, while most girl-groups were created by men who wrote the lyrics, supplied the music and produced the sessions, Klymaxx was different. A real band founded by Compton born and raised drummer Bernadette Cooper in 1979, the group featured vocalist Lorena Porter, guitarist Cheryl Cooley, keyboardists Lynn Malsby and Robbin Grider and bassist Joyce Irby.

Signed to Solar Records, they were originally paired with outside producers and songwriters including label-mates Calloway and members of Lakeside. Yet, it was Minneapolis musicians Terry Lewis and Jimmy Jam, who contributed material to half of their second album Girls Will Be Girls, that would have the most creative impact on helping Klymaxx define their musical image.
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“Where I’m From” Series Continues With SZA [FULL VIDEO] @S_C_ @sza

Where I'm From Series Continues With SZA

“Where I’m From” Series Continues With SZA

Called the First Lad of TDE, SZA is one of the brightest spots in the alt-soul music landscape. Rocking her big hair and freckled face, SZA is authentic and timeless. The next installment of the JAY Z Life+Times series continues with the story of SZA.

JAY Z’s Life+Times and vitaminwater® present the next episode of the new documentary series “Where I’m From.” This episode follows St. Louis born singer and songwriter, SZA, and details her outlook on hustling past life’s unexpected issues, growing up as an awkward kid, quitting her job to be free, and learning the importance of self motivation and self discipline. The episode features footage of her performance at Made In America, as well as wise advice given to her from both her label mates Kendrick Lamar and Isaiah Rashad. SZA describes how her gymnast mother influenced her interest in performing and how her brother showing her a wide variety of music like MF Doom was early inspiration to pursue music.

Watch the full video below!
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Kandace Springs- The Next Artist You Need to Pay Attention To [FULL VIDEO] @KandaceSprings

Kandace Springs- The Next Artist You Need to Pay Attention To

Kandace Springs- The Next Artist You Need to Pay Attention To

With her eponymous EP released last week, this is a soulful artist to which you need to listen. Kandace Springs jams on her keys, while her jazzy vocals do some smooth talking. Coupled with the full band playing with her on this live performance from The Late Show with David Letterman, it must be said that Kandace Springs is the truth! This morning let “Love Get in The Way” of your plans– you won’t regret it!
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BARRINGTON LEVY at Glazart Paris – July 2, 2012 [FULL CONCERT][VIDEO]


Amazing performance by Reggae legend Barrington Levy.  Live from Paris.  This brother knows how to rock a crowd.  Kudos to Partytime.fr for the footage. Enjoy!

The Blues Brothers featuring James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles and More! FULL MOVIE (1980)


This movie is a music and comedy classic. Including amazing performances by the Blues Brothers (Dan Ackroyd and John Belushi) themselves, James BrownAretha Franklin, Ray Charles and many more, this film rocks and rolls and makes you laugh. Read more of this post

Mary J. Teams Up with Disclosure on “F For You” [FULL VIDEO] @maryjblige @disclosure

Mary J Blige Teams Up With Discloure on F For You

Mary J. Teams Up with Disclosure on “F For You”

Mary J. Blige‘s latest music endeavors has us excited! We know that her new album London Sessions promises to be a huge hit. And as we know, he feature with Sam Smith was a beautiful triumph. Mary is now performing with one of Sam’s partner groups, Disclosure, for this upbeat dance number. Reminding us of a Martha Walsh from back in the day, “F For You” will make you groove!
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