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Mtume's "Juicy Fruit" Singer Tawatha Agee Chats With DJ Soulswede

By JR on 6:02 AM

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"Best known as the voice behind the classic Mtume slow jam “Juicy Fruit”, that song is actually just the tip of the musical iceberg for Tawatha. In a career that now spans almost three decades, she has worked with everyone from Aretha Franklin, Lenny Kravitz and Luther Vandross to David Bowie and the Dave Matthews Band. Moreover, she has become a recurring presence both in the studio and on the stage, singing on numerous TV and radio jingles and even hired other vocalists for recording sessions. She is a primary “go-to” person. In the music business this is known as the Vocal Contractor." - DJ Soulswede


01 – Dr Dru & Adana Twins – Juicy Fruit (Snippet, 2012)
02 – Mtume – Juicy Fruit (Juicy Fruit, 1983)
03 – Mtume – So You Wanna Be A Star (Snippet) (In Search Of The Rainbow Seekers, 1980)
04 – Chris Brown – Juicy Booty (feat. Jhené Aiko and R. Kelly) (Heartbreak On A Full Moon, 2017)
05 – Mtume – Prime Time (You, Me and He, 1984)
06 – Mtume – Breathless (Theater Of The Mind, 1986)
07 – Tawatha – Thigh Ride (Welcome To My Dream, 1987)
08 – Aeroplane (feat. Tawatha Agee) – Love On Hold (Single, 2017)

Enjoy a playlist of singing, background vocal and arrangement credits by Tawatha and check out her latest music with Louie Vega below. The magic of Christmas is delivered through her beautiful vocals in an upbeat Jazz Dance tribute to the holidays.

Background music during the interview:

Dr Dru & Adana Twins – Juicy Fruit, Mtume – Kiss The World Goodbye, Mtume – So You Wanna Be A Star, Mtume – The After 6 Mix (Juicy Fruit Part II), Mtume – Green Light, Mtume – You, Me and He, Mtume – P.O.P. Generation, Tawatha – Did I Dream You, Tawatha – Welcome To My Dream

R&B Trio Six Minutes 'til Sunrise Release "Time of Our Lives" LP

By JR on 12:42 PM

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"Fresh off the heels of their contributions to "Laura Mvula Chopped", Houston based vocal trio Six Minutes ’til Sunrise are here with their 3 song maxi-single "The Dawning", produced entirely by Kay & Luke (The Foundation). Singers Tanika Keys, Ron John, and Shawn Taylor initially met at a Houston Revue Show 3 years ago, and have since been making their rounds performing on stages all over Houston."

Ghostface Killah & Trife Diesel Meet The Brutal Music Of Stu Bangas

The hood cinema of The Wu becomes more intense based on the hardcore sound of Stu Bangas who lends a new element of danger to Ghost & Trife's "Astro". Listen as the perfect blend of street chemistry occurs in an edgy concoction of guitars, neck-snapping rhythm and synths which allow MCs to flow like the Nile river. This remix blend is courtesy of producer OMNI3 who taps into the Stu Bangas beat catalog, more of which you can enjoy below.

Neo-Soul Singer/Songwriter OBIORA Makes It A "D'Angelo Christmas"

By JR on 1:39 PM

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Sway to the rhythm of Christmas carols as Neo-Soul Singer Songwriter OBIORA injects the essence of D'Angelo. An African musician of Neo-Soul draws inspiration from the Black Messiah to celebrate the holiday on a smooth and groovy note. More music at

Rare 1977 Sly-Stone-Influenced LP by Chocolateclay, Reissued On Vinyl

By JR on 8:35 PM

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Two different worlds combine for one groovy Soul and Funk affair on "Chocolateclay". Bassist George "Chocolate" Perry of the Showboz & A.G.-sampled group Miami and keyboardist Clay Cropper show notable contributions to Funk and Soul music throughout their career. Having performed for the likes of Bobby Caldwell, Little Beaver and Gwen McCrae, Chocolatclay unify their abilities for the carefree songwriting of their sole collaborative LP. Listen as elements of Soft Rock, Sly Stone-influenced Funk and Soul merge throughout 8 tracks of pleasure.

The 2017 vinyl reissue of Chocolateclay now available at Juno Records.

PTG Joins The Movement Of Classic 80's Boogie Funk CD Reissues

By JR on 7:45 PM

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Dip into an archive of excellence in 80's Boogie as PTG revive the music of artists who can still ignite the dance floor and warm your heart. From lesser-known acts such as The Main Attraction and Wynd Chymes to household names such as The Dramatics, Atlantic Starr and Stephanie Mills, PTG revisit the classics with all-new CD disc art for your shelves.

Video Music Box: Nine, Darc Mass & King Just Interview In 1995

Video Music Box co-host Crazy Sam takes hardcore MCs from the New York tri-state out of their element for a moment of fun and laughs in these interviews from '95. The grimy-voiced Nine and his partner Darc Mass represent lyrically live on-camera to promote their new single "Over Confident". Staten Island MC King Just promotes one of his best songs to date in the neck-snapping Easy Mo Bee-produced cut "No Flows On The Rodeo". The ruff edge which NYC is known for is on full display thanks to Hip Hop's pioneer of cinema Ralph McDaniels. 

Fight For Your Dreams With The Beats Of ATL Producer BDunn

By JR on 2:37 PM

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For music to make you feel like your on the brink of achievement, ATL producer BDunn gets the head nodding with powerful arrangements. Known for capturing a remarkable tone of aggression in his beats, BDunn layers and grooves with sophistication while touching upon the depth of our emotions. "Meek" is pure fight music in the degree of energy that it brings as the perfect theme music for a boxer's entrance to the ring. "Blow" makes the feeling of your dreams appear closer as BDunn creates a vibe for you to meditate upon the achievement of success.

Stretch Armstrong & DJ Eli's Rare Hip Hop Demo Takeover On East Village Radio, 2010

In 2010, Stretch Boogie & his frequent WKCR guest DJ Eli got together and dug through the tapes for a 2-hour special event. On East Village Radio's "Delancey Music Service", this dynamic duo revisit 89TECH9 tradition by blessing you with a heavy selection of rare Hip Hop demos by legendary Hip Hop artists. Stay tuned for radio programming like none other, featuring the comedic personality of Stretch who shares stories behind these dope beats and rhymes.

In '79, Ingmar Johansson Plays A Bossa Version Of "Eleanor Rigby"

By JR on 1:25 PM

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Enjoy a remarkably mellow version of the Beatles classic as Swedish musician Ingmar Johansson smooths it out with a nice dose of Bossa and Soul.

Singer Miho Fukuhara Delivers Symphonic Soul With "GRACE"

By JR on 1:52 PM

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Listen to this Japanese soul sensation spread her wings and fly. Singer Miho Fukuhara delivers inspiration driven by an uplifting and majestic sound which merges Soul and Symphonic sounds on her "GRACE" EP. Enjoy the trailer and get ready for it to drop December 12, 2017. Until then, Miho has more beautiful music available on Spotify.

Bumpy Knuckles Connects With DJ EnYouTee On NIO Radio, Dec. 2017

No Ideas Original Radio represents Industry Shakedown style in this winter 2017 edition of their underground Hip Hop program.

1. Statik Selektah - Nobody Move (ft Raekwon, Royce Da 5'9")
2. Sensei 'n Chillow - H.R.M. (ft Reap, Mdot, DJ Iron)
3. Guilty Simpson & Cuns - CO-OP (ft Meyhem Lauren, Starvin B)
4. Prodigal Sunn - Big Manufacturers (ft Ghostface Killah)
5. Heavy Metal Kings - Seance Gone Wrong (ft Goretex)
6. Planet Asia - Hood Legends
7. Milano Constantine & J Bux - Maniac
8. Configa - I Am The Truth (ft Reks)
9. Dray Yard - NY Giants II (ft Dro Pesci, M3 The Menace, Shatike, Shabaam Sahdeeq)
10. Dirt Platoon - Do Work (ft Guilty Simpson)
11. Venom - Ready For Action (ft Camp Lo)
12. U-God - Fire (ft Method Man, Scotty Wotty) Green Lantern Remix
13. Spit Gemz - Master Of The Universe
14. Sicknature - Filet Mignon (ft Hellfire, Pacewon)
15. Nowaah The Flood - Floyd
16. Rec Ali & Giallo Point - Swordsman In Black
17. Lone Catalysts - The B-Boy (ft Tony Touch)
18. Statik Selektah - Skakem Up (ft B-Real, Everlast)
19. Z.Gillespie - Tell Me (ft Edo.G)
20. MED, Blu & Madlib - The Turn Up (ft Oh No)
21. Starvin B & One Take - Night School (ft Foul Monday, Fame of M.O.P.)
22. Frank B - Brooklyn vs All (ft Rock of Heltah Skeltah)
23. Evidence - Jim Dean
24. Westside DOOM - 2 Stings (NY Style Wyld Thanos Beats Remix)
25. Jamil Honesty & Krazyfingaz - Revival
26. Godilla - Human Comic
27. Kaotny - Iron Vines (ft Crucial The Guillotine)
28. Westside Gunn - Down State (ft Styles P, Benny)
29. Defari - Acknowledgement (ft Evidence)
30. Ras Kass - Armed & Dangerous (ft Planet Asia)
31. Benny & Cuns - Black Caesar (ft Big Twins)
32. Crimeapple - Stay Awake
33. Nowaah The Flood & Ol Man 80zz - Mudd
34. Realio Sparkzwell - Purple Grimace
35. Babaric The Foul Mouth Jedi - Eat Emcee's
36. Cuban Pete - Spoils Of War
37. Superb Elements - Dead On Arrival (ft Josh Bless, Apokalips The Archangel)
38. Bruse Wane - King Of Kings
39. Juxx Diamondz - Playing With Fire
40. Gab Gotcha - 10 Fed Commandments

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