In an effort to spread the message of uninfluenced and unconditional love, Keelay & Zaire bring us Alright With Me, the second official single from their debut album, Ridin High. Kee & Zee’s smoothed out keys and bouncy bass provide the perfect backdrop for Dminor to spread his wings and take off. A hip-hop/soul vocalist from Los Angeles, Derek “Dminor” Young started his recording career at the age of 7 and has since produced or been featured on projects with artists such as Othello, Supastition, Styles of Beyond, Lovespirals, Muneshine, Emilio “Raks One” Rojas, MF Grimm, Louis Logic, and many more. His soul-filled voice dominates the first two-thirds of the track, as he sings passionately of the feelings he has for his lady, and the lack of interest he has in hearing what anyone else has to say about it; he knows they dig each other and to him that’s all that matters. The song concludes with a special cameo from Phonte of Little Brother. Phonte describes his relationship by using the phrase “punch-drunk love;” the type of love where you can’t even think straight when you’re in the presence of your significant other. Phonte plays on this phrase when he says, “…Punch-drunk love we stay liquored up / 151 proof shining through the sunroof, let your hair down, girl, I gotta give it up to you.”

Keelay & Zaire; Phonte; Dminor – Alright With Me

DJ Muro – Tribe Vibes

March 31, 2009

If you’ve been a Quester for years like myself, this is one you need to have in the collection! DJ Muro digs deep into the crates to drop OVER 2 hrs of A Tribe Called Quest bangers, remixes and samples. You can cop it and see playlist HERE. To prove my point, I’m gonna drop snippets from disc 1 and 2.

DJ Muro – Tribe Vibes Snippets

This one is special to me because my dad sent me in search of this album years ago. I actually found it this Sunday while spinning with JuniorStar, Jubal, JTD and Don Johnson at Charlemagne Records at Wax Poetics Sundays. (ahem, Jr.Star, pix please) I couldnt get into the first side, but when Spaced, the first song on the flip side played i was floored. There’s another funky number on the B side, Black Lassie with Cheech Marin listed in the production credits thats nice, but Spaced is my gem and I share it with you. Next month, make sure you check out Wax Poetics Sundays on the last Sunday. This is an event that is really growing and is just an overall dope event! PEACE to everyone that came out and especially to the one that popped his “live djing” cherry.

Stanley Turentine – Spaced

New Musik from Choklate!

March 30, 2009


Darius and Nina Introlude
Corrine Bailey Rae – Enchantment (Amp Fiddler Remix)
2000 Black – Simple Sacrifice
N’Dea Davenport – No Never Again
Vikter Duplaix – Fade It
Platinum Pied Pipers – Stay With Me (DJ Mitsu Remix)
Peter Hadar – Naughty Magazine
Full Crate – Aftersexin’ featuring Mar
J*Davey – Private Parts
Zo! & Tigallo – Something About You
Black Spade – Her Perfume That She Wore
Sade – The Sweetest Taboo
Miss Jack Davey – iFEEL featuring Blu
Kissey Asplund – Move Me


They say I took a Step back/ I say I stepped up/ Niggas don’t know the facts,” raps Pooh on his first single, The Comeback from his new album Delighful Bars. Big Pooh has definitely stepped his rhyme game up which is to be expected because as Phonte claims, he is endlessly penning rhymes to perfect his craft. The hunger to prove himself comes across on Delightful Bars as he has been dogged by fans’ opinions that he was the weakest member of Little Brother (A fan once stated that he rhymes like his 5 year old brother was ghost writing for him!). This album is for those fans, and some songs are directly targeted at them, such as The Rerelease, however there are times when his rhymes disappoint. On the Real, for example, is one of the few tracks that show that these songs were initially created to be placed on a mixtape and were reconsidered to be included on the album. 2/3 of the11 tracks on Delightful Bars, excluding the intro & outro, are guest appearances. On albums filled with guest appearances, the artists don’t necessarily complement the album, but instead add length to the tracks they appear on. One noteworthy guest appearance, although it’s behind the boards, is from former Little Brother member, 9th Wonder. 9th submits one of the best tracks I’ve heard from him in YEARS as well as one of the best on the album. Big Pooh obviously recognizes this and returns the favor by delivering strong and maybe even my favorite verses on the album with Rear View Mirror. The last four tracks on this Candy Apple version (total of four versions, which will feature slight track variations) are the best to me.

Overall I give Delightful Bars Candy Apple ItunesVersion 5 out of 7 headnods

* Head Nod Scale
1=Don’t waste your time like I did mine.
2=Waste your time like I did mine but I dare you to disagree.
3=Well, there was the single.
4=If it were a hand in spades there’s “two and a possible”.
5=It’s a “good” album. Meaning at least 3 or 4 solid songs.
6=Really Good Project. Has the “Rewind Factor” more than once.
7=The number of completion. Great Album. Instant Classic.

Big Pooh – Rear View Mirror

This funky number, Changes, is from the movie Report to the Commissioner and appears on Burch’s 1975 album, I’ll Be Your Sunshine. That’s Burch on the guitar and vocals with the incomparable Joe Sample on keys. I bet this was a “get ready for the weekend” song for somebody, because I know I’m ready for the weekend now! Let’s GO!

Vernon Burch – Changes

Smirnoff returns with the next release from it’s Signature Mix Series for ’09. Pac Div – Funky For You ’09, remaking Nice & Smooth’s classic with 9th Wonder on the boards. Once again, I prefer the original, but this is nice.

Pac Div – Funky For You ’09

Dave from De La Soul’s Nice & Smooth impersonation > Pac Div’s

De La Soul -Simply

Q-Tip has been getting a lot of love for his We Fight/We Love Remix today. To add to the fire, here’s a DOOOPE mix Lefto did in preparation for Q-tip’s trip to the UK on 3.14.2009

mos def: make it all better ft. q-tip
a tribe called quest: verses from the abstract (jive)
a tribe called quest: like it like that (jive)
a tribe called quest: jazz (jive)
janet jackson ft. q-tip: got till it’s gone (emi)
a tribe called quest: midnight (jive)
q-tip & words: makin’ it blend (rawkus)
a tribe called quest: start it up (jive)
a tribe called quest: one, two, shit ft. busta rhymes (jive)
a tribe called quest: find a way (jive)
slum village ft. q-tip: hold tight (goodvibe)
q-tip: gettin’ up (motown/universal)
a tribe called quest: footprints (jive)
a tribe called quest: oh my god remix (jive)
a tribe called quest: oh my god (jive)
q-tip ft. norah jones: life is better (motown/universal)
a tribe called quest: excursions (jive)
a tribe called quest: award tour (jive)
q-tip: vivrant thing (jive)
a tribe called quest: steve biko (jive)
a tribe called quest: separate/together (jive)
q-tip: won’t trade (motown/universal)
a tribe called quest: check the rhyme (jive)
a tribe called quest: hot sex (jive)
a tribe called quest: jam (jive)
a tribe called quest: luck of lucien (jive)
the chemical brothers ft. q-tip: galvanize (astralwerks)
q-tip ft. amanda diva: manwomanboogie (motown/universal)
can: aspectacle -holger czukay edit (harvest)

Lefto – Q-Tip Mix

I JUST saw the Debarge’s UNSUNG on TV1 and decided to check out some old Switch albums. When this song, My Friend in the Sky, began I knew it had been sampled, but I couldn’t figure it out for the longest. I finally figured it out, can you? I can understand why this has been sampled though, it’s way too dope. Check it out

Switch – My Friend In the Sky