May 24, 2013
Check out the new video for Prince’s new song, FIXURLIFEUP!
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April 23, 2013
A few weeks back, we were privileged to be guests of jazz soul singer Imani Uzuri, who performed a live set of her Gypsy Diaries LP at the legendary Blue Note Jazz club in Greenwich Village In New York City. We were lucky enough to be sitting right at the stage near the percussionist. Enjoy our perspective. Read more of this post
March 6, 2013
Jodeci is one of the most influential groups of the 1990′s and made an indelible mark on Rhythm & Blues, New Jack Swing and good old Soul music. We are delighted to bring you this concert in its entirety from the legendary Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York. Read more of this post
January 15, 2013
Shout out to Brooklyn’s J. Period and Illadelph’s best Black Thought from the World famous Roots on this one. What a great idea!
November 27, 2012
Title: Brooklyn Funk Festival
Venue: The Paper Box
Address: 17 Meadow Street, Brooklyn, NY 11206 Directions
Date: November 28 – December 1, 2012
Time: 7p – 4am each night
Headliners: Stepkids, HeaVy, Emefe, Zozo Afrobeat, BAM! and many others
Hosted by: Afrika Bambaataa
Tickets: $15 pre $20 day of show or $40 festival pass BUY
This looks like a must attend function happening this week in Brooklyn. Featuring one of the most fun bands anywhere, HeaVy, this will surely be a great time. We highly recommend this.
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November 6, 2012
Title: THEESatisfaction Loves Anita Baker
Genre(s): Soul, Hip-Hop/Rap, Psychedelic
From: Seattle, Washington USA
Released: October 1, 2012
Review by Ron Worthy:
We discovered THEESatisfaction a while back while strolling through the aisles of New York’s Other Music. As is usually the case, I go in with something in mind, pick that up, then immediately begin trolling for cool album covers or descriptions that grab my attention. On this day, I was genuinely lazy and asked for a recommendation. At the time, I had just purchased Shabazz Palaces LP, Black Up, and was looking for something a little less aggressive. At the suggestion of THEESatisfactions first LP, awE naturlE, I copped it and listened to the album on the way back to Brooklyn. Read more of this post
September 7, 2012
We were truly saddened yesterday when we heard the news that the signature voice behind classics like Odyssey’s Native New Yorker and Inside Out. Lillian Lopez‘s voice was so unique and just blends so perfectly with the grooves that have been part of the backdrop of great nights everywhere. We are happy that we have her incredible voice and performances to hold on to. R.I.P. sister. Job well done!
August 1, 2012
Thanks to soulhead Kasmore Rhedrick for the tip on this incredible concert recording from our favorite artist, Prince. Complete with the original lineup that changed the landscape of modern music, this footage sheds serious light on the early years of an emerging musical genius.
Given Prince’s recent “greatest hits” tour format, it is really refreshing to see him perform many songs we will likely never see him perform again, the album cuts. This show also features a very rare unreleased song, Broken, which until now, remained elusive and a B-side Gotta Stop (Messin’ About), which you will certainly never hear Prince perform onstage again. Shot from the crowd at the Ritz on the first day of Spring in 1981, the video and audio are surprisingly clear and make you feel like you were there. Enjoy.
Tour: Dirty Mind Tour
Location: The Ritz, New York, NY
Date: March 21, 1981
Prince: Lead Vocals and Guitar
Dez Dickerson: Guitar
André Cymone: Bass
Matt Fink: Keyboards
Lisa Coleman: Keyboards and Piano
Bobby Z.: Drums
1) Do It All Night
2) Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad
3) Gotta Broken Heart Again
5) When You Were Mine
6) Gotta Stop (Messin’ About)
7) Sexy Dancer
9) I Wanna Be Your Lover
10) Still Waiting
More about the tour from Wikipedia:
The Dirty Mind Tour was the second concert tour by Prince, and supported his third album Dirty Mind. The tour lasted from late December 1980 through April 1981.
The tour focused on material from Prince’s second and third albums, and marks the debut of Lisa Coleman on keyboards, replacing Gayle Chapman who left following the previous tour. Prince had begun playing “Head” during the Prince Tour which ultimately caused her to leave the band as she felt the songs lyrics and on stage antics conflicted with her religious beliefs. After the tour, the band would be further depleted by the departure of bassist André Cymone. Cymone would leave over a number of grievances with Prince — a number of which were that his contributions to Prince’s music went uncredited, his lack of input in the studio, and most of all he was ready to start his own career- but some feel that his bitter feelings toward Prince stem from he believing he should have been treated better considering how his family offered Prince a home after he left his father’s house. Cymone would later claim that Prince stole many of his ideas that were used for The Time and that he created the bassline for Controversy’s “Do Me, Baby”.
Additionally, with this tour Prince updated his look. After being told by his managers he couldn’t wear spandex pants without any underwear, Prince began performing in a long trench coat, black high heeled boots and leggings, and just bikini brief trunks.
If you are interested in buying this or other rare Prince DVDs, head over to TheBomb Hip Hip Shop.
July 24, 2012
We learned a ton from this intriguing documentary on The Marvelettes, the truly unsung female singing group from Motown’s early years. Later overshadowed by Diana Ross and The Supremes, the group achieved significant chart success with classics like Mr. Postman (Motown’s first #1 hit) and Don’t Mess with Bill, but later imploded in a far too familiar scenario. Check out this ep for yourself and enjoy the ride! Read more of this post
July 17, 2012
Despite the fact that Kool Moe Dee was one of the most successful rappers of the 80′s, few people mention his name when they begin to list the greatest rappers of all time. Could it be that his “beef” with L.L. Cool J went too far? Was his personality too difficult to deal with? This incredible look at the rapper, his influences and career showcases some of the most important moments in urban music history and offers some insight into these very questions. TV One knocks it out of the park again! Read more of this post
July 17, 2012
July 10, 2012
Con Funk Shun exploded on the scene with a ferocity rarely seen in the history of soulful funky groovy music. This rare look inside the brotherhood fills in some needed blanks for us. This group is certainly unsung and the series of the same name delivers again.
July 3, 2012
In case you missed this incredible documentary of a truly Unsung artists, please tune in to learn more about the New York born soul siren, Angela Bofill. Ms. Bofill has been through a tremendous amount in her life and it is a very touching look behind the curtain. TVOne is doing it big with this great programming.
June 7, 2012
Pump Up the Volume tells the story of the social and cultural explosion that was House. From its roots in Chicago, where it rose from the ashes of Disco, House music became the soundtrack to every fashion show, after–show party, premiere, and club opening around the world. Today, House is used by leading mainstream music stars, from Madonna to U2, to break into new markets and to update their sound. In fact, House has influenced more artists than any style since rock ‘n’ roll. Pump Up the Volume follows the story from Chicago and New York to Britain, interviewing key players on both sides of the Atlantic. It also considers the social impact of House—a sound that has transcended class, race, and cultural boundaries to become the soundtrack of modern popular culture.
Pump up the Volume charts the history of House music from its humbles beginnings to worldwide exposure. All the people and characters that made this thing happen are featured in this 3 Part Series…Part 2 Features Wayne Anthony amongst others…
April 25, 2012
On Monday, April 16, hip-hop artist PHZ-Sicks (pronounced “physics”) performed live at well-known music venue SOBs. The performance was part of the venue’s weekly Faces in the Crowd series, which showcases unsigned talent in the hip-hop and R&B genres.
The DMV native performed his single “Success/Failure” off his recent release The Laws of PHZ-Sicks. The song, of course, deals with the dueling natures of success and failure over original instrumentation courtesy of producer Epik Da Dawn. Its accompanying music video is notable for taking the film (500) Days of Summer as its inspiration.
March 22, 2012
We loooooooooove this moving tribute by Jasiri X for Trayvon Martin.
Rapped over “No Church in the Wild”, the first track from Jay-Z and Kanye West‘s Watch the Throne album featuring Frank Ocean! Get involved. Watch this and share.
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.
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March 14, 2012
Enjoy the season finale of one of our favorite shows covering Black music. Whodini was and will always be one of the most important groups in hip hip. This documentary traces their rise, fall and recent resurgence. Includes cameos by Chuck D., Michael Bivens, Jermaine Dupris, as well as members of UTFO and the original members of Whodini and their family and friends. Great work TVOne! Read more of this post
March 8, 2012
Our main man in DC and new soulhead contributor Adrian Loving, who brought this groundbreaking film to our attention. This film along with several others, were featured in The Downtown Scene NY, a series of films discussing NYC’s street art scene in the late 1970′s and early 1980′s. Enjoy!
Title: Downtown 81
Runtime: 1 hr. 33 min.
Studio: New Video Group
Genres: Arts and Culture
Description: Jean-Michel Basquiat was a phenomenon. He became notorious for his graffiti art under the moniker Samo in the late 1970s on the Lower East Side scene, sold his first painting to Deborah Harry for $200 and became best friends with Andy Warhol.
Synopsis and Production Notes from Downtown81.com:
DOWNTOWN 81 is a feature film starring the legendary American artist Jean Michel Basquiat (1960-1988.) Basquiat was a 19 year old painter, graffiti artist, poet and musician when he played the lead in this film, which vividly depicts the explosive downtown New York art and music scene of 1980-81. Basquiat was an important figure on that scene. He had yet to have his first exhibition. But his paintings and words were part of the city landscape. Today, his paintings hang in museums and important collections around the world and he is internationally recognized as one of the most important artists of the late twentieth century.
The film is a day in the life of a young artist who needs to raise money to reclaim the apartment from which he has been evicted. He wanders the downtown streets carrying a painting he hopes to sell, encountering friends, whose lives (and performances) we peek into. He finally manages to sell his painting to a wealthy female admirer, but he’s paid by check. Low on cash, he spends the evening wandering from club to club, looking for a beautiful girl he had met earlier, so he’ll have a place to spend the night.
Basquiat is a natural actor – witty, radiant, the epitome of coolness and artistic exuberance. The cast includes Deborah Harry, and leading bands of the era including Kid Creole and the Coconuts, James White and the Blacks, DNA, Tuxedo Moon, the Plastics, and Walter Steding and the Dragon People. Also heard on the soundtrack are rap legend Melle Mel, John Lurie, Lydia Lunch, Suicide, Vincent Gallo, Kenny Burrell and Basquiat’s own band, Gray.
Downtown 81 not only captures one of the most interesting and lively artists of the twentieth century as he is poised for fame, but it is a slice of life from one of the most exciting periods in American culture, with the emergence of new wave music, new painting, hip hop and graffiti.
Downtown 81 was shot in 1980-81. Originally titled ” New York Beat,” it was written and co-produced by the well known writer Glenn O’Brien, produced by Maripol, the art director and stylist, and directed by photographer Edo Bertoglio, all of whom were deeply involved in the art, music and fashion scenes of the time. The Director of photography was John McNulty, one of New York’s top lighting men, shooting his first feature.
The film is not a documentary, but presents a slightly exaggerated, romantic and magical version of the reality of the time. The entire cast is composed of the movers and shakers on the downtown scene. In 1981, business problems interrupted the completion of post-production, and parts of the film were lost in Europe. Finally after much searching, the missing materials were located in 1998. Post production was begun in 1999 and finished in 2000, supervised by Maripol and Glenn O’Brien and edited by director/editor Pamela French. Executive producer of the film is Michael Zilkha, whose Ze Records released recordings by severals of the bands in the film.
THE SOUNDTRACK includes music by: Gray, Jean Michel Basquiat with Andy Hernandez, John Lurie, DNA, Tuxedo Moon, the Plastics, Marvin Pontiac, Kenny Burrell, the Specials, Chris Stein, Melle Mel with Blondie, Kid Creole and the Coconuts, James White and the Blacks, Vincent Gallo, Lydia Lunch, Steve French and Suicide.
DNA was recorded live at Vanguard Studios. TuxedoMoon was recorded live at Blank Tapes Studios. The live club performances were recorded on location using the RCA 24 track mobile unit.