When your favorite group breaks up, it conjures up feelings of anger, concern and ultimately disappointment. Comfortably confined in thoughts of what might have been, the dejected forget the great talent that is exposed or that emerges from the disassembling of a group. Just think about the outstanding songwriting ventures of Lionel Richie or the clever and game changing production of Erick Sermon’s “Music.” Sometimes though, the crew reassembles and either it’s business as usual or its never quite the same again. There are however, exceptions to this rule; sometimes groups compiled of ex-members are created to everyone’s shock and delight. Lucy Pearl, the brainchild of singer/songwriter/producer Raphael Saadiq and frequent collaborator D’angelo is one such exception. D’angelo ,as many don’t know, was supposed to be a member of the group but was unable to commit due to scheduling issues. Now there’s a “what if?” for you. Read More HERE

I’ve been championing Reggie B and Miles Bonny for quite some time. They make dope music. Period! The two have combined for an upcoming early 2010 release titled Doin Our Thang. If you’ve been keeping up withe these two then you know that they do their thing well! Doin Our Thang showcases Reggie B on songwriting duty and Miles on the beats. This is a sure shot win/win for anyone with ears and a brain. Want a sneak peek? OK! Watch these two make your headnod in 3, 2, 1

Reggie B & Miles Bonny – My Sunshine

Shouts out to Applejac for the heads up. His remix of the title track also appears on the album. Get Doin Our Thang from InnateSounds Jan 2010

Favorite Line: Whoever came up with the term “Patience is a Virtue” must have been dating you.
Reggie B – The Only One
Mos rejoins his old rhyming partners on this joint from Medina Green’s upcoming album, Save the Children

Medina Green – Party Done feat Mos Def

The 4ONEFUNK family proudly presents F.A.M.E.’s first free download, “Truthpics
which is 12 unreleased tracks produced by F.A.M.E. (Teeko, Max Kane and Malaguti)

Enjoy early catalog selections taken from a pool of tracks originally intended for F.A.M.E.’s upcoming debut full length “Come With Us” (dropping early summer 2010 following Teeko’s highly anticipated second album “Light Up The Darkness“).

Lightly sweetened with tasteful turntablism and delicate vocal subtleties, this collection pays light to characteristics of truth using a wide range of styles and feels. Resulting in a colorful variety pack of future funk and hip-hop soul.

F.A.M.E. – Focused
Download Truthpics HERE

“Free All Minds Everywhere”
“Father And Mother Earth”
“Frequencies Always Moving Energy”

Skillz – 2009 Rap Up (CDQ)

December 29, 2009

Y’all already know how this goes down! If it was worth talking about this year, Skillz places it in the rhyme. If you missed the Rap Ups from 2006-2008, you can download those HERE. Tell ya friends.

Skillz – 2009 Rap Up (CDQ)

If you’re still geeked off of the Reflection Eternal banger, Just Begun, we hipped to, you’ll be excited to know that The Re:Union mixtape is dropping this Thursday. It will be filled with new music plus unreleased tunes all hosted by Statik Selektah. For now, feast on this

Reflection Eternal – Come Around (RE:Union Version) feat Termanology & Royce Da 5’9″

Bilal is one artist I’m looking foward to new material from in 2010. His energetic and eclectic performance and delivery never disappointments, and he drops heat on every song, even on covers. Bilal covered Led Zeppelin’s ‘Baby Since I’ve Been Loving You’ and Radiohead’s ‘Everything In It’s Right Place’ and easing into his classic single ‘Sometimes’ for Okayplayer’s Happy Chakakhan Celebration. The live instrumentation provided by the strange titled band ‘The Witness Protection Program’ featuring Cap’n Kirk on Guitar, Tuba Gooding Jr on Sousaphone, Owen Biddle on Bass, James Poyser on Organ, Robert Glasper on Keys, and ?uestlove on Drums. This is too ill not to pass up! Bilal’s Untitled upcoming project will be released on Plug Research in 2010. Peace to Moovmnt for the hookup!

Bilal And The Witness Protection Program
Baby Since I’ve Been Loving You/Everything In It’s Right Place/Sometimes (Live)
What do you get when you throw J-Live, Que D, Jazzy Jeff & Slum Village and N’dambi together? In this instance, you get another great installment of The Diamond Soul XXXperience (Classic). Nu Soul and Hip Hop from around 2004-2006 is coming thru your eardrums as soon as you hit play.

“Do it!” – J Dilla

The Diamond Soul XXXperience (Classic) Episode 5

One of my longtime favorite singer/producers, Steve Spacek and producer Katalyst form the group Space Invadas. To promote their upcoming album Soul-Fi, they have put together the Follow The Signs mixtape. The funniest thing is, when I saw the video for Original featuring Buff 1 and RuC.L via JKim, I kept thinking that was Spacek. Oh well, here you go
We told you about the new Silhouette Brown (Bembe Segue, Kaidi Tatham and Dego) album, Two, HERE that will be released Feb 10, 2010. Check out some of the tracks that will be on the release below

Two moves Silhouette Brown into a relaxed head nod soul experience with some songs leaning towards a hip hop sound. An obvious example of that is Get With It which features a guest performance from Brand Nubian’s Sadat X on a song about uniting and progression. Many subjects are sung about on ‘two’ such as suicide on ‘Leave A Note etc. All this whilst Dego and Kaidi push a warm sumptuous melody driven groove in a way that they only know how. Also check out the guest appearance of the M.D Akwasi on ‘Strawberries in Vinegar an instant boogie anthem.
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