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Frank Nitt Links With Bishop Lamont And Producers Mosaic & Pockets For 2017

"In perfect timing to close off J Dilla month, Frank Nitt wraps up February with a highly anticipated EP, "Distinguished Curse Words" produced by Mosaic & Pockets . The six track collection paints a vivid picture of Franks Detroit roots. Set for release Feb. 28th Nitt’s newest opus has Mosaic and Pockets pulling out all the boombap and soulful stops, providing Nitt with the canvas needed. Check out "Where Ya Goin" for a taste of whats to come."

"Detroit veteran and J Dilla collaborator Frank Nitt, alongside producer/engineer Robroy, have revealed the artwork & tracklist for their upcoming album Primo Atto Ent. Presents: Frank Nitt & Robroy - Asphalt Runways, arriving May 27th from Primo Atto Ent. / Delicious Vinyl.

With production handled by Italian born Robroy, and a host of featured artists ranging from the gritty hip-hop of Guilty Simpson to the unmistakable legendary funk of Terry "Zapp” Troutman, this unapologetic album will surely creep into your "favorites list”."

Salvador & Alex Wilson Bring Latin Fire To Steve Winwood's "Higher Love"

Look inside your heart and find a higher love with the Latin fire of Salvador and Alex Wilson who take on the '86 Steve Winwood Pop classic. With a new tone of heartfelt power and an undeniable vibe of happiness and festivity, discover just how strong music can be when driven by the power of love.

K-Def Creates Funky Beats & Lives "In The Moment" On 2017 Instrumental LP

"The nostalgic process inspired K to incorporate all this weapons to make timeless current day music regardless of perceived limitations. Creatives often refer to their optimal stride in coined terms like "The magic hour" or "In the zone". Using all the tools and experience at his disposal (mainly MPC's), K captured his stride documented in these generous 23 tracks. When asked about the album's background and composition, he said simply, (he) "was in the moment". It resonated and there you have it. K-Def's new LP is titled "In the Moment" so you're "in luck" if you're "in the know"." - Redef Records

Eric B & Rakim's "The Punisher", An Artistic Depiction Of The Song by cratesofjr

By JR on 7:26 AM

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One of the many aspects of Rakim's legendary art of rhyme was his ability to envision dark and dangerous scenes like no other MC. On his 1992 classic with Eric B."The Punisher", The R left chills in the spines of listeners which would inspire a path of venomous lyrics for years to come. Enjoy my artistic depiction of this song as Ra is pictured as the villain and powerful force of darkness which he portrays lyrically.

The artwork was executed as a rendered drawing on 8.5" x 11" paper which was then scanned and painted digitally using transparent glazes of color in Photoshop. My goal, to be as dangerous with visual art as the microphone fiend Rakim is to rhyme.

Hip Hop's Bankai Fam Announce "Civil War" LP & Freestyle on East NY Radio, 2017

By JR on 5:33 AM

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PF Cuttin delivers all NEW HIPHOP for the 1st hour and some change, then Bankai Fam stops thru to chop it up and play some cuts off that CIVIL WAR. They end the show with an ILL freestyle.

1 Supreme Soloist by Ill Conscious
2 The Underground by Lucky Dice feat. Chi Knox & Reks
3 Blood On The Chorus (prod. by E.A.) by Mega X
4 Banish - Blood On The Docks (ft. Nowaah the Flood by BanishHabitual
5 Tombstones In The Sky (prod. by Bronze Nazareth) by Hus Kingpin & Rozewood
6 Brains Flew By (1964 Version) by Westside Gunn
7 My City Pt. II by Asun Eastwood feat. Conway The Mahine & Black Nazi
8 Sliding Doors (prod. by PhybaOptikz) by Daniel Son
9 Lessons by Mic HandZ
10 That Feeling (Dirty) by Milano Constantine (prod. by Marco Polo)
11 Can't Make This Up (prod. by Per C Wells) by Ren Thomas
12 Take What You Got by Planet Asia feat. Washeyi Choir, Hus Kingpin & Tristate
13 Marcberg Freestyle by Therman Munsin
14 Don’t Trust a Soul (7th Avenue Version) by Westside Gunn
15 Don’t Trust a Soul by Westside Gunn
16 FOTH pt2 by Da Villins feat Prodigy
17 FOH Pt. 2 (J57 Remix) by Da Villins feat. Prodigy
18 Bob & Weave by Estee Nack & Al Divino feat. Code READY
19 Come on Down by Pearl Harba feat. Shabaam Sahdeeq & Nutso
20 Big Homie by DLP Labba Ranks DV Alias Khryst
21 Put Jewelz On It (prod. by Falling Down, cuts by DJ Afar) by REALZ feat. Vast Aire
22 Impala by El Gant & J.Blanc
23 The Devil Is Near (prod. by Diamond D) by Sadat X feat. Jawz Of Life
24 Heavens Dungeon (prod. by Stu Bangas) by Spit Gemz feat. Chino XL
25 Respect Fire by Spit Gemz x Mitchell Aimss
27 Raekwon - This Is What It Comes Too by ICEH2O RECORDS
28 For You (prod. by Colter Cashier & David Mnemonic, cuts by Tone Spliff) by Fatlip feat. Phil The Agony & Percee P
29 What NY Sound Like (prod. by The Superiors) by The Williams Brothers (Ali Vegas & Reek Da Villian)
30 ...Love The Police by Mazzi & S.O.U.L. Purpose feat. Swave Sever
31 Trans by PMD
32 Take Notes (prod. by PMD) by PMD feat. Ace Brav & RJ Da Realist
33 The Exorcism (prod. by Statik Selektah) by Quadir Lateef
35 Pool Full of Sharks new mix by Bankai Fam
36 bulgaria final bankai remix shoot video asap r.i.p mark b by Bankai Fam
37 Bankai Fam Civil war by BF
40 alltimers by BANKAI
41 Bouncy Lady inst by Bankai Fam Freestyle

NPR Presents "Freedom Is Free" by Psychedelic Latin Group Chicano Batman

By JR on 3:49 AM

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"Freedom Is Free, the group is now incorporating the rhythms of American soul and funk music. I've been so accustomed to their Global South syncretism that it took me a moment to place why, on "Angel Child," the snap of Eduardo Arenas' bassline and angular attack of both Martinez and Carlos Arévalo's guitars felt so familiar and then it hit me: It's pure James Brown." - Oliver Wang for NPR

Dr. Dre's '85 to '88 Rodium Swap Meet Mixes, Now Available In 5xCD Set

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Enjoy a collectors item which represents Hip Hop's bare essence of two turntables and a mic as an art and a look into the foundation years of creativity which made one of the greatest known producers in music whom he is today. Dr. Dre's long sought-after Rodium Swap Meet Tapes are now available in a 5xCD set courtesy of Rodium US.

Get your copy today here at Juno Records 

Stokley Williams Drops "Level", "Pretty Brown Eyes" Gets Covered by J Davis

Merging a touch of Trap percussion with traditional R&B/Soul to make you bounce, the unmistakable tone of veteran Mint Condition vocalist Stokley Williams creates a profound vision of romance once again on his 2017 single "Level".

Taking it back to one of Stokley's all-time classics, Johnathan Davenport's heart pounds with desire as he shows affection for the Mint Condition sound on a powerful new arrangement of "Pretty Brown Eyes (Breaking My Heart)".

René Costy's Collected Library Gems From The 70's, Now On CD/LP

By JR on 2:52 PM

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For diggers, Library music enthusiasts and those who feel like rebelling against the police like the late great J Dilla, the ultimate Rene Costy story is set to be released on Sdban Records March 3. ‘Expectancy’ will be available as a 2CD / 2LP and includes the best library cuts from the 70's and a dozen unreleased tracks as well as extensive liner notes. For those who look to discover more of this mysterious and funky composer, this should be quite a treat.

Order your copy of "Expectancy" here at Amazon

Pianists Bob James & Mike Catalano Play It Cool On "A Manhattan Affair"

By JR on 1:03 PM

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In 2017, two veteran pianists unite for a magical Jazz Fusion composition which conveys the beauty of life and carefree emotion. "Beauty and the Beast" is easy breezy music at it's finest by two greats of the craft as this duet between Bob on Rhodes and Mike on piano sparkles like the sunshine and glows with love.

Enjoy the beautiful vibe and catch Bob James with his quartet playing one of his CTI classics, live at Ronnie Scott's Jazz club in 2016

DJ Jazzy Jeff, Glenn Lewis & The PLAYList Present "Chasing Goosebumps"

By JR on 12:20 PM

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With a collective of the world's leading musical talent at hand in his studio, DJ Jazzy Jeff continues where he left off in the neck-snapping Hip Hop/Soul fusion of his Beat Generation series with a powerful new step toward evolution in songwriting and production. In 2017 the Philly turntable wizard creates a stunning reflection of humanity within music as he joins singer Glenn Lewis and The PLAYlist crew to create songs built to give you goosebumps.

Young Cellist Ifetayo Ali-Landing Wows The Crowd With Concerto No. 1 in A minor

By JR on 8:58 AM

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Nigerian-born musician Ifetayo Ali-Landing is one who reminds us that one of the greatest gifts of life is observing the heart and prodigious gift of children as she proves to be something to behold in her performance of "Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor" by Camille Saint-Saens. Learn more about Ifetayo at and here at Hyde Park Suzuki's YouTube page.

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