#LongPlayLove: A Tribe Called Quest’s People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm – Celebrating 25 Years by Justin Chadwick [FULL ALBUM STREAM] @justin_chadwick @ATCQ @QtipTheAbstract @IamthePHIFER @AliShaheed @JarobiWhite

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Happy 25th Anniversary to A Tribe Called Quest’s debut LP People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm, originally released April 17, 1990.

My wife and I have never been avid moviegoers, at least relative to other people we know. And now that we have two little ones at home, we’re lucky if we get out to the movies once or twice a year at most. So when we do venture out to the theater, we’re stubbornly selective about the films we see. About four years ago, she and I spent a gloriously lazy Saturday afternoon at the Sundance Kabuki Cinema in the heart of San Francisco’s Japantown, to watch a film that we had been eagerly awaiting since we first read about it a few months prior. The film in question was the Michael Rapaport-directed documentary Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest. Read more of this post

Kenny Lattimore is Bringing Romance back to R&B by Ericka Blount Danois @kennylattimore @erickablount @carvinhaggins #DMVSoul

Kenny Lattimore is Bringing Romance back to R&B

by Ericka Blount Danois

Kenny Lattimore was taking a break from music when his good friend Carvin Haggins gave him a call. “Your voice is missing from the industry,” Carvin lamented. In an R&B market saturated with crass language and devoid of love and romance, Lattimore, with movie-star good looks and love ballads that are a throwback to 80s Quiet Storm listeners, is as close to this generation’s Teddy Pendergrass that we may get. His new album, Anatomy of a Love Song, due out today has already been getting radio play with the single, “Find a Way.” He talks to soulhead about his new album, his DMV roots and parenthood. Read more of this post

Joe, Kem and Charlie Wilson Live in Concert in Newark, NJ Newark NJ 3/7/15


There is not a whole lot that needs to be said except these are three of the most well known and revered R&B singers of all time doing their thing.  Joe, Kem and of course, Uncle Charlie Wilson, really know how to please a crowd.  Enjoy this show in its entirety. Read more of this post

French Soul is Not Dead Volume 4 FULL STREAM @osmojam


We are really digging this latest installation of a wonderful compilation series put together by friend to the site, Osmojam, who publishes the wonderful French soul music blog called French Soul Is Not Dead Yet.  These are true artist who are very talented and could really use your support.  So please listen and share with everyone.   Our offices are hopping this morning with these new sounds! Enjoy! Read more of this post

Q&A: Estelle and the Game Of Thrones + FULL MIXTAPE STREAM @EstelleDarlings @erickablount

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Estelle has been getting all over the place lately–touring, making a guest appearance and recording a song on network television’s hottest show, “Empire,” releasing a new album, True Romance, and being the voice of Garnet on the cult classic animated series “Steven Universe.” Read more of this post

#LongPlayLove: Public Enemy’s Fear of a Black Planet – Celebrating 25 Years by Justin Chadwick @justin_chadwick @PublicEnemyFTP @MrChuckD @FlavorFlav @DJTerminatorX @harryallen [FULL ALBUM STREAM]

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Happy 25th Birthday to Public Enemy’s third LP Fear of a Black Planet, originally released April 10, 1990.

In retrospect, growing up in Oakland during the last two decades of the twentieth century meant that exposure to hip-hop music was a foregone inevitability. And in my case, when I heard and took serious notice of hip-hop for the first time at the age of 10 – in the form of Eric B. & Rakim’s 1987 single “Paid in Full” – this initial discovery was a personal tipping point for me. I wasn’t just exposed to hip-hop, I was transformed by it. The energy, the poetry, the melody. Man, I was all in. I mean, all in. And my passion for hip-hop would continue to grow exponentially throughout my pre-teen and teenage years, right into my early adulthood. Read more of this post

Slept On Soul: Cree Summer/Street Faërie by Michael A. Gonzales @IAmCreeSummer @gonzomike @lennykravitz

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Slept on Soul:  Cree Summer/Street Faërie

By Michael A. Gonzales

Having spent much of the cocaine ‘80s and early ‘90s inside exciting New York City clubs (CBGB’s, Wetlands Preserve) watching the fem-funk-rock-soul antics of Black Rock Collation artists Felice Rosser (Faith), DK Dyson (Eye & I), Kelli Sae (JJ Jumpers) and Sophia Ramos (Sophia’s Toy) doing their thing on stage, I’m no stranger to the concept of Black girls rocking. Read more of this post

Mateo Senolia Makes “Baldwin” Even More Beautiful [FULL STREAM] @mateosenolia

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Mateo Senolia Makes “Baldwin” Even More Beautiful

James Baldwin is undoubtedly one of the most brilliant and consistently uplifting voices of 20th century literature. Forever making the clarion call for justice for all oppressed people, the essayist/novelist/playwright/poet was all about troubling the waters of the status quo. This speech he gave has been brilliantly paired with the music of Mateo Senolia (aka, Marcus J. Guillory) to make this Yoruba Soul Mix. Simply titled “Baldwin,” not only will this song make you groove, it will make you want to bust out of your temporal existence into something profound and divine.
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New Frank Ocean Album Set to Be Released in July [NEWS]

New Frank Ocean Album Set to Be Released in July

New Frank Ocean Album Set to Be Released in July

The rumors are true! Frank Ocean, the idiosyncratic crooner of one of our favorite 2012 albums, Channel Orange, has announced that the follow-up is releasing this summer! Calling the piece Boys Don’t Cry, it appears that Ocean is not only releasing an album, but also a “publication.” Based on this Tumblr picture, it is to be assumed that the publication will be a book, but the details are yet to be disclosed. Nonetheless, we can’t wait to hear what sound Ocean brings to us next. In the meantime, check out below for a song, “Memrise,” that could potentially be on the album.
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Vivian Green – Get Right Back To My Baby [FULL VIDEO] @iamviviangreen @dblanks @kwamedidit


We love the energy of this new song by soul songstress, Vivian Green.  Leveraging the backyard BBQ classic, Before I Let Go, by Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, this track should start to light up adult contemporary radio for sure.  Laced with fun, sexy lyrics and solid vocal chops to match, this track should be well received by fans, critics and program directors alike.   Read more of this post

#LongPlayLove: Celebrating Billie Holiday’s 100th Birthday with 5 Essential Studio Albums by Justin Chadwick @justin_chadwick @BillieHolidayHQ #BillieAt100 [FULL ALBUM STREAMS]

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Today, April 7th, music lovers around the globe have united to honor Billie Holiday on what would have been her 100th birthday. And while Holiday’s indelible legacy can be interpreted and appreciated in many different ways, I trust we can all agree that she was one of the most uniquely gifted and influential vocalists ever, truly one of a kind.

Most of the songs Holiday performed throughout her three-decades long career were written and composed by others, including many of the heavyweight songwriters who defined the Great American Songbook. But Holiday didn’t simply sing other people’s songs. She fundamentally transformed them, enriched them, and made them her very own. The subtle power and soul-affirming depth inherent within her fragile, vulnerable, and endlessly emotive voice – combined with her incomparable phrasing, diction, and delivery – were all so unorthodox within the Tin Pan Alley conventions of the late 1920s and early 1930s, when her singing career began. Holiday once confessed that “if I’m going to sing like someone else, then I don’t need to sing at all.” Indeed, no one sounds like Lady Day. No one ever has, and no one ever will. Read more of this post

Seventies Soul Cinema by Michael A. Gonzales @gonzomike

Seventies Soul Cinema
by Michael A. Gonzales

Watching the “coming attractions” for the upcoming Straight Outta Compton, a biopic about gangsta rappers N.W.A., brought out the excited boy in me; indeed, I havn’t been as thrilled to see a trailer since the days when every weekend bought a new cinematic delight to the local movie house. Back then, in the dark ages of the 1970s, me, baby brother Perky and our Harlem buddies, had no problem getting in to see R-rated films at the local theaters the Roosevelt, RKO Victoria and, our most frequented spot, the Tapia. Located on 147th and Broadway, four blocks from our building, the Tapia was a large single-screen theater where every Saturday or Sunday afternoon the crew stomped down Broadway four blocks to our movie wonderland. Read more of this post

#LongPlayLove: En Vogue’s Born to Sing – Celebrating 25 Years by Justin Chadwick @justin_chadwick @EnVogue @EnVogueMusic @TerryLEllis @dawnrobinson_ @MaxineJonesEV [FULL ALBUM STREAM]

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Happy 25th Birthday to En Vogue’s debut LP Born to Sing, originally released April 3, 1990.

Though my family and I are now firmly rooted on the east coast in Brooklyn, I will forever be passionately loyal to my beloved hometown of Oakland, CA. Admittedly, Oakland has a well-publicized history of socioeconomic and infrastructure-related challenges, which regrettably dominates public perception and often obscures all that is great about the city. There is indeed much to love about Oakland, and my pride for the city commands a permanent place in my heart and always will, for so many reasons. Its unparalleled cultural diversity, arguably rivaled only by my current stomping grounds. Its storied history of political liberalism and activism. Its unique juxtaposition of urban and rural landscapes. The soon-to-be crowned NBA champion Golden State Warriors (fingers crossed). And most relevant to this column, its rich, soulful, and frequently underappreciated musical heritage. Read more of this post

Reunited Jodeci Talks with Steve Harvey [FULL INTERVIEW] @jodecimusic @IAmSteveHarvey @


We heard this this morning and it was pretty entertaining.  They speak about love for each other, faith in God and their new album which is in stores now.  Enjoy.

Amy: The Girl Behind the Name [AMY WINEHOUSE MOVIE TEASER TRAILER]

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Right on the heals of seeing the upcoming N.W.A. trailer, we are super hyped about this upcoming movie/documentary about singer Amy Winehouse.  We love her voice and mystique and can’t wait to learn even more. Enjoy! Read more of this post

Straight Outta Compton OFFICIAL TRAILER [VIDEO] @icecube @drdre


This is going to be bananas and we cannot wait to see this movie. Kudos to all of the brothers in N.W.A. for getting this done for real. This is how you make it happen. Peep game! Read more of this post

Introducing and Interviewing the Talented Lydia Rene [FULL INTERVIEW] @lydia_rene

Introducing and Interviewing the Talented Lydia Rene

Introducing and Interviewing the Talented Lydia Rene

Introducing to soulheads, Lydia Rene. This sister’s sound invokes the refreshing simplicity and natural beauty of the genre we all cut our teeth on: rhythm and blues. Playing her song “Feels So Nice”, you can’t help but to feel the warm invitation to have a lazy Sunday afternoon swinging on a porch. Using the base formula of R&B and jazzing up the tracks with a certain flair and joie de vivre, you can feel the presence of the classically trained musician on every track of her debut LP Vintage Heart. Soulhead.com had the opportunity to interview the new artist and learn more about her. Read the full text of our interview below!
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Janelle Monae and Jidenna Will Leave You Out of Breath “Yoga” [FULL AUDIO] @JanelleMonae @Jidenna

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Janelle Monae and Jidenna Will Leave You Out of Breath “Yoga”

Electric Lady #1 is trying on a new sound in her role as HDIC (Head Droid in Charge) of Wondaland Arts Society. Look being her collective of artist, Wondaland Records is now supporting a movement of eclectic and dapper artists, including the classic man Jidenna.  In Monae’s new song “Yoga” she has the electric whirl that could be seen as a trap beat sound. On first listen you would be at once entranced and concerned, as the beat is SO DOPE but then you get worried is Monae compromising on her independence. And then you stop, know that Janelle is always in control (in more ways than one, if the song is to believed…) and you go and party on.

Listen to the full song below!

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Van Hunt – One Step Ahead by Michael Gonzales @vanhunt @gonzomike

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Van Hunt: One Step Ahead
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Earlier this week singer and multi- instrumentalist Van Hunt premiered his newest single and video “Vega (Stripes On)” and I couldn’t be happier. Not only is the track “together like soul claps and toe taps,” as the singer harmonizes over the sultry groove, but the video is playful, arty and makes you want to dance like its 1999. Reminding me of a dope blaxploitation theme song, the brother returns to the viral airwaves and he ain’t half-stepping. Eleven years after his self-titled debut was released by Capitol Records, it’s good to see a cool soul bro still making music that is funky as a jar of pickled pig feet. Read more of this post

Vonny Del Fresco’s “Daylight” Ups The Anticipation For The Release of His “Memoirs” EP [FULL STREAM] @whatsupvonny

Vonny Del Fresco's "Daylight" Ups The Anticipation For The Release of His "Memoirs" EP

 

Vonny Del Fresco’s “Sunshine” ups the anticipation for the release of his “Memoirs” EP.

Hailing from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Vonny Del Fresco is a young artist with promise. His lyric-oriented tracks produce a chill sound that’s hard not to vibe to. While his first project, “After It All,” dropped a year ago, it seems Vonny Del Fresco is ready to take the next step in the development of his artistry. His latest single “Daylight,” demonstrates a maturation process that surely only beginning. His next full-length project is titled “Memoirs” and is set to drop later this year.

 

Check out Daylight by Vonny Del Fresco:

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