Title: How Music Works with Howard Goodall – Episode 01: Melody Producer: Channel 4, David Jeffcock, Howard Goodall (presenter) Description: Why does melody affect us so deeply, from the moment we are born? Tunes touch our deepest emotions, and are capable of inspiring love, sorrow, faith, and hope. But how does a melody actually work? In this film, composer Howard Goodall looks at melody’s basic elements. Why are some melodic shapes common to all cultures across the world? Can successful melodies be written at random? If not, what are the familiar melodic patterns composers of all types of music have fallen back on again and again, and why do they work?
“I’m pleased to drop this brand new Best of Biggie for all his fans. On top of that, I’m happy I made the march 9th death anniversary deadline. Long story short, I was working on another Valentine’s tape because the first was so well-received, and then Cabbie said I should really do a March 9th BIG tape. It made sense because it’s been long overdue and the timing. That was it, my RNB tape had to get pushed back.”
Artist: Carolina West Title: Blame it on the Boogie Release Date: March 3, 2012 Produced By: Hyphz From: Corona, CA
2. This is All We Got
3. It’s Back
4. Drinkin Sativa
5. Blue Dream
7. Right Now
9. Gallons of Sweet Tea
10. You & Yo Bitch
11. No Paper
12. Ride On
13. Sex Build Up
14. Bang Bang
15. The Fear
soulhead.com meet Carolina West! Me and Mr. West go back like high school and heartbreaks (inside joke). So y’all know I couldn’t not introduce you all to fam! Although his latest project, “Blame It On The Boogie,” didn’t push the envelope in content and musical sound– CW often experiments with instrumentals not common to the ordinary rap music consumer, creating amazing concept mixtapes– Carolina West continues to show us that his flow and lyricism is on par with, if not better than, many of the mainstream artists out today. This album is definitely for the 80s babies with its themes of money, females, trying to make it, and chilling with the homeboys. But if you respect hip-hop artists who have been grinding for 10+ years, have an eclectic catalog (check out fuckwitme.com), and who are impressive lyrically and flow-wise you’ll appreciate this mixtape as an introduction to a talent artist. Go download “Blame It On The Boogie”!
One of our all time favorite artists and one of the most underrated of all time, Omar, will be making his way across the pond to bring his extremely solid soul sound to Brooklynites and anyone who can make the trip. Omar’s distinctive brand of UK soul has made him a regular at venues throughout the Globe since his debut nearly 20 years ago. Omar is joined by music renaissance man, Taylor McFerrin (son of jazz vocal legend Bobby McFerrin). This event is sure to be packed so arrive early. Kudos to Shawn Peters (from Weeksville) and our boys in the band. We look forward to the usual festivities soon.
Headliner: Omar Supporting Act: Taylor McFerrin Cost: $FREE.99 (NO CHARGE) Date: Saturday, June 2, 2012 Time: Doors Open at 2pm Location: Weeksville Heritage Center
1698 Bergen Street, Brooklyn, NY 11213 Directions Phone: (718) 756-5250
Description From Weeksville’s site:
England’s Nu-Soul legend was the major influence for the America’s Neo Soul movement of the late 90’s. Notable artists such as D’Angelo, Erykah Badu, Maxwell, and Jill Scott all claim Omar as a major influence. His distinct bass laden melodies make his groove unmistakably OMAR and undeniable.
OMAR is supported by:
teddycrockett – guitar
Eric Brown – drums
Raymond Angry – keys
Vivian Sessoms – backing vocals
BJ Moore – backing vocals
Mike Griot – basses/Musical Director
Taylor McFerrin has sustained an major buzz in the Future Soul scene ever since his 2007 EP “Broken Vibes” gained heavy rotation by DJ’s such as Benji B, Gilles Peterson and Garth Trinidad. His musical style is equally influenced by the legends of 60′s / 70′s soul and the kings of the Modern Beat Generation. Taylor’s first full length LP, titled “Early Riser” is due out on Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder Record Label, Fall 2012.
Omar Bio from AllMusic.com:
Designated by many as the father of British neo-soul (though his impact extends over to U.S. shores as well), singer/songwriter/producer Omar began as one of the U.K.’s most promising R&B hopefuls with his early-’90s international hit “There’s Nothing Like This.” However, unintentionally avoiding pop stardom, he chose never to compromise his artistic credibility; and because of that, people like India.Arie, Erykah Badu, Angie Stone, Gilles Peterson, and his biggest idol, Stevie Wonder, have all endorsed him as personal fans (with the prior three naming him as an influence). Although he gets thrown into the R&B category, Omar has no real definitive boundaries. In interesting new ways with each album, he has molded soul and urban music to fit his wide variety of influences, including ragga, hip-hop, funk, jazz-pop, rock, and Latin/Caribbean dance. Despite the lack of chart success, his original techniques have garnered him a strong legion of followers in the U.K. and a devoted fan base in diverse regions across the world.
Born October 14, 1968, in London but raised in Canterbury, Omar Lye-Fook couldn’t escape the call to music even he tried. His father, Byron Lye-Fook, was a studio musician and drummer who had done work for reggae greats Bob Marley and Horace Andy as well as the Rolling Stones. At age five, Omar was already learning how to play the drums. During his grade school years, he completed formal training in piano, trumpet/coronet, and other percussion instruments, but he also taught himself to play the bass, emulating Level 42 guitarist Mark King. As a part of various brass, jazz, and percussion ensembles, the young prodigy had performed in Italy, Brazil, and the U.S. before turning 15 years old. By the time he was a student at the prestigious Guildhall School of Music in London, he was too tempted in pursuing a professional career and left after one year. Recording for his father’s Kongo label, Omar debuted in 1985 with the single “Mr. Postman” at age 16. With Kongo following up with a series of buzz-worthy white labels throughout the late ’80s, Omar’s favorable reception continued to grow because of his classic yet updated soul approach, which was years before neo-soul became an acknowledged subgenre.
“There’s Nothing Like This” first broke out in 1990. It peaked in the U.K.’s Top 20 the following year and remained on top of the R&B and dance charts for several weeks. This was at a time when acid jazz and house were the dominant urban forms in Britain. The soulful ballad got Omar signed to pioneering disc jockey Gilles Peterson’s Talkin’ Loud imprint. He recorded the albums There’s Nothing Like This (1990), which was compiled from his earlier Kongo recordings, and Music (1992), a more mature outing, both in terms as a musician and a singer. (On some of these earlier recordings, he is credited as Omar Hammer, deriving from his stepfather’s last name.) For his following two albums, For Pleasure (1994) and This Is Not a Love Song (1997), he moved on to major label RCA. The former had him in the studio with ex-Motown songwriters and producers Leon Ware and Lamont Dozier, who were both fans of his music. But on the latter album, RCA keyboardist/producer David Frank (Chaka Khan, Phil Collins, Christina Aguilera) took the reins of the album’s direction. Full Bio.
Taylor McFerrin Biography from Wikipedia.com:
Taylor McFerrin is an American DJ, Producer, Keyboardist, Beatboxer, and Vocalist signed to Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder label. Son of popular musician Bobby McFerrin, Taylor falls into a very unique and cutting edge genre of Hip Hop known as Future Soul characterized by electronic ambient textures, highly processed and often progressive drum samples/beats including elements of dubstep and post-dubstep, 60′s soul and jazz, and a structure heavily based on improvisation, all gelled together with a strong Hip-Hop feel. Since the 2006 release of his debut EP, Broken Vibes, McFerrin has been gaining quite a following/buzz and has exceeded audience’s expectations all over New York City and Internationally with his genre-defying solo-act, seamlessly building beats from scratch with a heavy reliance on part looping. McFerrin currently resides in Brooklyn, NY continuing to tour and work on his highly anticipated up and coming debut solo album Early Riser. Full Bio.
For those that are not up on the incredible music that is about to come to Brooklyn, please check out some of our favorite Omar songs:
Title: Sunshine Screwface Artist: Yasiin Bey AKA Mos Def Produced by: J. Dilla Released by: Nova Radio Station, Paris, France Release Date: March 2012
Brilliance all around. No need for more words.
Yasiin Bey/Mos Def Bio from AllMusic.com:
Initially regarded as one of the most promising rappers to emerge in the late ’90s, Mos Def turned to acting in subsequent years as music became a secondary concern for him. He did release new music from time to time, including albums such as The New Danger (2004), but his output was erratic and seemingly governed by whim. Mos Def nonetheless continued to draw attention, especially from critics and underground rap fans, and his classic breakthrough albums — Black Star (1998), a collaboration with Talib Kweli and Hi-Tek; and Black on Both Sides (1999), his solo debut — continued to be revered, all the more so as time marched forward. Mos Def often used his renown for political purposes, protesting in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the Jena Six incident in 2007, for instance.
Born Dante Terrell Smith on December 11, 1973, in Brooklyn, NY, Mos Def began rapping at age nine and began professionally acting at age 14, when he appeared in a TV movie. After high school, he began acting in a variety of television roles, most notably appearing in 1994 on a short-lived Bill Cosby series, The Cosby Mysteries. In 1994 Mos Def formed the rap group Urban Thermo Dynamics with his younger brother and sister, and signed a recording deal with Payday Records that didn’t amount to much. In 1996 his solo career was launched with a pair of high-profile guest features on De La Soul’s “Big Brother Beat” and Da Bush Babees‘ “S.O.S.” A year later, in 1997, Mos Def released his debut single, “Universal Magnetic,” on Royalty Records, and it became an underground rap hit. This led to a recording contract with Rawkus Records, which was just getting off the ground at the time, and he began working on a full-length album with like-minded rapper Talib Kweli and producer Hi-Tek. The resulting album, Black Star (1998), became one of the most celebrated rap albums of its time. A year later came Mos Def’s solo album, Black on Both Sides, and it inspired further attention and praise. Yet, aside from appearances on the Rawkus compilation series Lyricist Lounge and Soundbombing, no follow-up recordings were forthcoming, as the up-and-coming rapper turned his attention elsewhere, away from music.
During the early 2000s, Mos Def acted in several films (Monster’s Ball, Bamboozled, Brown Sugar, The Woodsman) and even spent some time on Broadway (the Pulitzer Prize-winning Topdog/Underdog). He simultaneously worked on the Black Jack Johnson project with several iconic black musicians: keyboardist Bernie Worrell (Parliament/Funkadelic), guitarist Dr. Know (Bad Brains), drummer Will Calhoun (Living Colour), and bassist Doug Wimbish (the Sugarhill Gang, Grandmaster Flash, Living Colour). This project aimed to reclaim rock music, especially the rap-rock hybrid, from such artists as Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst, who Mos Def openly despised. What made Black Jack Johnson so anticipated though was not so much the supergroup roster of musicians or even Mos Def himself, but rather the lack of black rock bands. Following the demise of Living Colour, there were few, if any, that had attained substantial success. Mos Def hoped to infuse the rock world with his all-black band, and during the early 2000s, he performed several small shows with his band around the New York area. In October 2004, he finally delivered a second solo album, The New Danger, which involved Black Jack Johnson on a few tracks.
Two years later, after a few more acting roles — including the Golden Globe-winning Lackawanna Blues and the Emmy-winning Something the Lord Made, both of which were made-for-television movies — Mos Def released his third solo album, True Magic (2006). A contract-fulfilling release for Geffen, which had absorbed Rawkus years prior, the album trickled out in a small run during the last week of 2006. Bizarrely, the disc came with no artwork and was sold in a clear plastic case — though its single, “Undeniable,” did manage to grab a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Solo Performance. The Ecstatic, released on the Universal-distributed Downtown label, followed in June 2009; at that point, Mos Def had significant acting roles in Michel Gondry’s Be Kind Rewind (in which he co-starred with Jack Black) and Cadillac Records (he played Chuck Berry).
Here is more more detail on why Mos Def changed his name to Yasiin Bey:
Hip-Hop artists Jasiri X tells the heartbreaking story of Trayvon Martin, a unarmed 17 yr old boy, who was shot and killed by Neighborhood Block Captain George Zimmerman on February 26, 2012. George Zimmerman has to this date never been arrested or charged for the murder of Trayvon.
Includes interview segments by Rob Markman of MTV.
1.Amber Ice (Prod. By I.D. Labs Productions)
2.California (Prod. By Cardo)
3.Mia Wallace (Prod. By Dumont)
4.Guilty Conscience (Prod. By Sparky Banks)
5.Mary 3x(Prod. By Cardo)
6.O.N.I.F.C. (Prod. By Cardo & Sledgren)
7.Nameless ft. Chevy Woods (Prod. By Dope Couture
8.Never Been Part II ft. Amber Rose & Rick Ross (Prod. By Sledgren)
9.The Cruise (Prod. By Big Jerm)
10.Rowland ft. Smoke Dza (Prod. By Big Jerm)
11.My Favorite Song ft. Juicy J (Prod. By Rob Holladay)
12.T.A.P. ft. Juicy J (Prod. By Spaceghostpurp)
13.The Code ft. Juicy J, Lola Monroe & Chevy Woods (Prod. By Lex Luger)
14.The Grinder (Prod. By Jake One)
15.Brainstorm (Prod. By Cardo)
16.Number 16 (Prod. By Dumont)
17.Blindfolds ft. Juicy J (Prod. By Harry Fraud)
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Title: Dr. L’s Deep and Sexy Holiday Love Mix Artist: DJ Adrian Loving Release Date: February 6, 2012
“Here’s a little sexy deep house mix to set your mood for the Lover’s Holiday. These are a few of my all-time favorite tracks that give me goose bumps every time I hear them.” -DJ Adrian Loving
1. Beautiful Tommorow – Blue Six
2. Music and Wine – Blue Six
3. Your Kiss – Bucie
4. Sincere – MJ Cole (Petal Pusher Mix)
5. Love Connection – Stephanie Cooke
6. Breeze – Jussi Pekka
7. Music For Your Mind – Miguel Migs
8. Behind Closed Doors – Demarkus Lewis & E Man
9. Rocketship (Quentin Harris Mix) – Donnie
10. Special (Louie Vega’s Roots Mix) – Sara Devine
11. Stuck (Phil Asher Mix) – Peven Everett
12. We Had A Thing – Abstract Truth Featuring Monique Bingham
13. Love Is Not For Hire – Avi Elman, Danny J & Mani Hoffman
14. My Love Is On Fire (DJ Spinna Mix) – Stevie Wonder
Title: 4eva N A Day Artist:Big K.R.I.T. Presented by: Cinematic Music Group Release Date: March 5, 2012
1. Big K.R.I.T-8 04 AM
2. Big K.R.I.T-Wake Up Saxaphone By Willie B
3. Big K.R.I.T-Yesterday
4. Big K.R.I.T-Boobie Miles
5. Big K.R.I.T-4EvaNaDay Theme
6. Big K.R.I.T-Me And My Old School Guitar By Mike Hartnett
7. Big K.R.I.T-1986
8. Big K.R.I.T-Country Rap Tunes
9. Big K.R.I.T-Sky Club
10. Big K.R.I.T-Red Eye
11. Big K.R.I.T-Down Out
12. Big K.R.I.T-Package Store
13. Big K.R.I.T-Temptation
14. Big K.R.I.T-Handwriting
15. Big K.R.I.T-Insomnia Guitar By Mike Hartnett
16. Big K.R.I.T-5 04 AM
17. Big K.R.I.T-The Alarm
Big K.R.I.T. Biography:
In May 2010, Big K.R.I.T released his mixtape, K.R.I.T. Wuz Here, digitally, garnering critical acclaim. That same month, former president of G-Unit Records and current Senior VP of A&R at Def Jam Records, Sha Money XL, signed him to the label as one of his first priorities in his new position.
K.R.I.T previously released several mixtapes, including Hood Fame, with DJ Wally Sparks and The Last King, with DJ Breakem Off. He’s also made guest appearances on Pilot Talk, the third studio album and major label debut from rapper, Curren$y as well as Kush and Orange Juice, the critically acclaimed mixtape by rapper Wiz Khalifa, that was the No. 1 search and trending topics on Google and Twitter following its release. He In October 2010, K.R.I.T co-headlined The Smoker’s Club Tour 2010 with Curren$y and Smoke DZA.
He is one of the featured XXL Top Eleven Freshmen of 2011, along side of Meek Mill, Cyhi Da Prynce, Lil Twist, Yelawolf, Fred The Godson, Mac Miller, YG, Lil B, Kendrick Lamar & Diggy Simmons.
In March 2011, Big K.R.I.T released his highly anticipated and entirely self-produced mixtape, Return of 4Eva, featuring guests David Banner, Joi, Big Sant, Chamillionaire, Raheem Devaughn, Ludacris, and Bun B. The mixtape has been acclaimed by rap critics, with William Ketchum of HipHopDX calling it “emotive, conceptual music” and saying that Big K.R.I.T. had given fans a “free album” – the magazine’s highest praise for a mixtape. Meanwhile, Matthew Cole of Slant Magazine highlighted Return of 4Eva in his mixtape review column as “the best mixtape of the month,” going on in a separate review to call it “the rap album to beat in 2011 “. Both critics praised Big K.R.I.T.’s production skills as much as his lyrics and flow, and both named K.R.I.T. as a likely successor to Southern rap legends UGK, Scarface, and Outkast. On April 20, 2011, Tom Breihan reviewed the mixtape for Pitchfork, giving an 8.2 out of 10 and awarding it the site’s coveted “Best New Music” tag.
On July 1, 2011 Big K.R.I.T. announced his debut studio album titled “Live from the Underground”. It was set to be released on September 27, 2011. On September 7, 2011 Big K.R.I.T. announced via his twitter account, that the album release will be pushed back till early 2012
From October 12, 2011 until November 24, 2011 K.R.I.T. co-headlined The Smoker’s Club Tour 2011 with Curren$y and Method Man.
31 Minutes to Takeoff was a bit of disappointment to prior Posner mixtape fans, but was quality music either way—just not for the same audience. The Duke graduate’s latest mixtape, The Layover, is back in the realm of One Foot Out The Door and A Matter of Time. With a solid number of tracks (21, to be exact) , the mixtape does not disappoint. Former fans should be pleased.
One of the most anticipated tracks, “Traveling Man,” which was sampled on One Foot Out the Door, finally makes a full-length appearance and does not disappoint. The teaser was promised to be on the next full-length album—which indeed it was not. The same way “Traveling Man” was sampled, Posner’s next supposed single “Looks Like Sex” is offered a minute forty cameo in the lineup.
The album opens with an intro featuring Don Cannon and is followed by a brilliantly executed “Wonderwall.” “Wonderwall” has to be one of the most covered songs of all time and Posner is successful in setting his apart from the million covers out there. The chorus is backed by synthetic beats and blips and a signature melodic repetition in the bass.
“Shut Up,” we can only imagine as what I think men are thinking when they sit in front of the dressing room at Forever 21. Forced into carrying multiple shopping bags and watching clothes come in and out of the dressing room in a blur of colors and “does this look good on me?” type sentiments. The almost comedic quality of the song does a fair job of audience appeal.
The album is laid out in such a way that it can be played throughout the day—paired with suggestions on how to listen to the songs. Playing the part of a waiter offering wine accompaniments to various courses during a meal, Posner advises you to: drive to this, smoke and drive to this, pull a bad bitch to this, fly to this, pre-game to this, fuck to this, drive in the dark to this, vibe to this, ride to this, chill to this, blaze to this, reminisce to this, rage to this, think to this, or fall asleep to this. An interesting concept already applied to one of life’s vices, why not now to one of the others?
Some of our favorite tracks on this album are “Blackout Remix,” “Henny & Purple,” and “Rolling in the Deep.” I am glad Posner returned to his roots as much as I enjoyed 31 Minutes to Takeoff (namely “Gone In September,” “Do You Wanna?” and “Cheated”).
1. The Layover ft. Don Cannon
2. Wonderwall ft. Big K.R.I.T. (Drive to This)
3. Shut Up ft. Rusko (Drive to This)
4. Henny & Purple ft. Slim Thug (Smoke & Drive to This)
5. Looks Like Sex [Snippet] (Pull a Bad Bitch to This)
6. Rocket Man ft. Bun B (Fly to This)
7. Blackout Remix (Pre-Game to This)
8. Hey Lady ft. Twista (Fuck to This)
9. Marauder Music ft. Blackbear (Drive in the Dark to This)
10. Long Time (Vibe to This)
11. They Call Me ft. Bei Maejor (Ride to This)
12. 21 Days (Chill to This)
13. Attitdues ft. Casey Veggies (Blaze to This)
14. Traveling Man (Reminisce to This)
15. On Fire (Drug Dealer Girl Part II) ft. Machine Gun Kelly (Rage To This)
16. Room 925 ft. Cyhi Da Prynce (Fuck to This)
17. Mittens Up ft. Elzhi & Dusty McFly (Represent Your Shit to This)
18. A Perfect Mess (Think to This)
19. Rolling in the Deep (Fall Asleep to This)
20. The Scientist (Fall Asleep to This)
21. Echo ft. Michael Franti and rjd2 (Fall Asleep to This)
Less than two months ago, few of us had ever heard of the Weeknd. Then, as soon as the creepy R&B tracks from this free mixtape began to circulate, the hype engine revved up. There was the Drake cosign, the album art that looked like Spiritualized crossed with Tumblr Read more of this post
We have been grooving to this great collection of classic soul from one of the Black music Meccas, Chicago. DJ Cosm Roks assembles this timely collection for those who forget their roots. Chi-town stand up!
3.The Check Point
5.Fly Niggas Do Fly Things
7.In The Middle
13.Surface To Air
14.Over The Bulding
Truelements + Lyrics to Go present the “J.Period Live Mixtape (Illadelph Edition)” EP — a first-of-its-kind J.Period mixtape RECORDED LIVE ONSTAGE at Toronto’s premiere hip hop festival, The Manifesto, Sept. 26, 2010. Starring legendary MC Black Thought (The Roots), the“J.Period Live Mixtape (Illadelph Edition)” EP features a 30-minute barrage of LIVE J.Period remixes with Black Thought ripping rhymes over new and classic hip hop hits, Roots fan favorites, plus a finale segment where Thought pays tribute to his favorite MCs by impersonatingthem (see: The Roots’ “Boom”)
1. Live Mixtape Intro
2. The Next Movement (Live)
3. Clones (Live)
4. Right On (Live)
5. Bam Bam Interlude
6. Jamrock (J.Period Live Remix)
7. Hip Hop (J.Period Live Remix)
8. Oh Yeah (J.Period Live Remix)
9. Forever (J.Period Live Remix)
10. D.O.A. (J.Period Live Remix)
11. One More Chance (J.Period Live Remix)
12. Shook Ones Interlude.mp3
13. Survival (J.Period Live Remix)
14. Simon Says (J.Period Live Remix)
15. Gin & Juice (J.Period Live Remix)
16. Thought @ Work (Live)
17. Rakim Juice (Tribute Remix)
18. Kane Raw (Tribute Remix)
19. Slick RickChildren’s Story (Tribute Remix)
20. Guru Just to Get A Rep (Tribute Remix)
21. Live Mixtape Outtro
22. Bonus: Go Hard (Live at BK Hip Hop Fest)
23. Bonus Video: J.Period & Black THought (Manifesto Video Exclusive)
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1.The Roots – 75 Bars (Black’s Reconstruction)
2.Black Thought – Thought Is Like Freestyle
3.Black Thought and Questlove – Freestyle
4.Black Thought – 10 Minute Freestyle
5.The Roots and A Tribe Called Quest – Freestyle
6.Black Thought – Rap City Freestyle
7.Black Thought – Freestyle
8.Black Thought – The Professional
9.Black Thought – Please Don’t Go
10.Black Star and Black Thought – Respiration (Flying High Remix)
11.Lauryn Hill feat. Common and Black Thought – Just Like Water
12.J Dilla feat. Black Thought – Reality TV
13.Pete Rock feat. Black Thought and Rob O – It’s About That Time
14.DJ Krush feat. Black Thought – Zen Approach
15.Mos Def, Black Thought, and Eminem – Freestyle