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Skillz Digs In The Crates, Talks Timbaland, Jazzy Jeff, Big Beat In 2017

By JR on 4:58 PM

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Episode 5 of the Spiked Punch Show features legendary emcee/DJ/Ghost writer Skillz formerly known as MadSkillz. Check out how Skillz discusses the transition from being one of Virginia's most prolific hip hop artist to playing music all over the world.

Funkdoobiest Interview On Video Music Box For "Brothas Doobie" In '95


The buckwild and unpredictable co-host of Video Music Box Crazy Sam makes it both an entertaining and insightful interview as he kicks it with the Brothas Doobie Ralph M, Son Doobie and Tomahawk Funk about a variety of topics from race and bi-coastal relations to jail's impact on Hip Hop culture. Enjoy a 1995 sit-down with one of Hip Hop's most classic TV programs as Funkdoobiest promote their 2nd album "Brothas Doobie".

In Strings & Voice, The Quartet Cover Peter Gabriel & Sade Classics


This is no ordinary love for music as The Quartet featuring guitarist Nik and singer Reema showcase their outstanding beauty of music using voice and strings to express how deeply songs by Peter Gabriel and Sade are crafted to impact the soul.

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Chris Daddy Dave Presents The Drumhedz Radio Show Mixtape

By JR on 5:27 PM

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Enter the sound of progressive musician and worst nightmare of ?uestlove, producer/drummer Chris Daddy Dave who showcases new music on his latest mixtape "The Drumhedz Radio Show". The accolades which Chris garners speak volumes as a movement of legendary and emerging people in music lays drops across the tape in support of Chris's exciting sounds of fusion.

Matthew Shell Creates A Time For Peace On "Actualization Celebration"

By JR on 5:00 PM

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From the musician who's known for delivering feelings of freedom and joy while on a mission to convey a deeper spiritual meaning in song, Matthew Shell becomes inspired to uplift once again with the peaceful sounds of "Actualization Celebration". Based upon emotions derived from overcoming hardships of life to find light on the other side, Matthew enlists the help of talented musicians to create a wonderful string and piano-driven composition which portrays the beauty of discovering a new hope. This great vision of happiness could easily apply to a number of moments in life, from the birth of your child, wedding or  discovering your loved one overcame the odds in life.

Journey towards the light with this remarkable collective as they aim to provide a musical blessing like none other on the forthcoming LP "First Light", dropping August 30, 2017.

Singer Felicia Temple Envisions Love As "Perfection Personified"

By JR on 2:30 PM

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Life is a balancing act for The Voice singer Felicia Temple who digs within and touches upon the right emotions to make the beauty of humanity vivid in music on "Perfection Personified". This great blend of Jazz and Soul features a beautiful piano melody upon a bed of soulful guitar licks and rhythm which is gentle as a feather, a pleasant arrangement which serves the foundation of Felicia's vision of heaven.

Enjoy this standout song from her EP as Felicia portrays her joy inside so beautifully as this rising songwriter delivers music which is bound to make you feel what it's like to find the perfect place of comfort and satisfaction in life.

Record Shack Reissue Rare '74 Funk/Soul by Joey Irving & Just Us


You better watch out for the funky blaxploitation-esque sound of Joey Irving & Just Us who let their sprit shine in giving praise to their fellow man and woman on the single "There's A Man b/w "I Have This World And You". Thanks to Record Shack Vienna who reached out to the original band members, the loving and uplifting songwriting of this band is given a new look as their rare Northern Soul single which was previously released only in Belgium receives a 2017 remastered reissue.


Grab the limited-edition 7" single here at Juno Records.

Previously-Unreleased Music by 70's Soul Act Mark IV, Now on 7" Vinyl


Cordial Recordings are proud to debut as a label with two stunning unreleased songs from the 70s by legendary soul act Mark IV "Hang Ups" & "Give Me Just A Little" plus the perennial modern soul & two step classic by A.J. Brown. 'Making Love Together' receives an official release which has been mastered from original files and features for the first time on vinyl the instrumental version.


Get the 7" single "Hang Ups" b/w "Give Me Just A Little" here at Juno Records

Blacastan & Stu Bangas "The Uncanny Adventures of Watson & Holmes", Now Available

By JR on 8:40 AM

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"Official Army Of The Pharaohs and Demigodz emcee Blacastan has been steadily staking his claim to the title of ‘savior of underground rap music’ since his debut mixtape Me Against The Radio and its key cut and video "Life Of A Tape" became an underground cult classic in 2007. The rapper turned his attention to the mic after the Hartford, CT street life, and his strong-arm style of handling business, left a then 16-year-old Blacastan serving a bid in the mid-'90s. He emerged from prison with a remarkable skill set, a throwback style, and an unrivaled drive.

His 2010 debut album Blac Sabbath boasted production & vocals from the likes of Statik Selektah, Blue Sky Black Death, Mr. Green, Esoteric and Celph Titled, and 2012’s The Master Builder Part II, which was mixed by legendary DJ Doo Wop, had features from Slaine and Reef the Lost Cauze, among others.

He has since also racked up appearances on Jedi Mind Tricks Violence Begets Violence, the Army of The Pharaohs albums In Death Reborn and Heavy Lies The Crown, the Demigodz Killmatic album, Apathy’s Wanna Snuggle?, Mr Lif’s Don’t Look Down and Czarface’s A Fistful of Peril, plus toured extensively across Europe, North America, and Australia with Celph Titled and Block McCloud.




2014 saw Blac teaming up with producer and longtime AOTP and Demigodz collaborator Stu Bangas for the first installment of Watson & Holmes, which featured Esoteric, Apathy, Celph Titled and Vinnie Paz. Stu has been in the trenches since the early 2000s, producing heatrocks for Slaine, Esoteric, Tragedy Khadafi, Heltah Skeltah, Jedi Mind Tricks, Vinnie Paz, Blaq Poet, Copywrite, Chino XL, Cappadonna, AOTP and Sean Price, including the lead single “Definition of God” from Sean Price's upcoming posthumous album Imperius Rex.

The duo is back with The Uncanny Adventures of Watson & Holmes, a sophomore effort that improves on the first in every way. Stu gets completely brutal with the beats, and Blac ups the ante on the rhymes. Plus, they’ve enlisted Ill Bill (Non-Phixion, La Coka Nostra), Nutso, Apathy (Demigodz, AOTP) 7L & Esoteric (AOTP, Czarface), and Tragedy Khadafi to lend their talents to the project.

Blac explains that this time around, he “really dug in and executive produced it: every sample, every transition, every edit.” He adds “People might not realize it, but this album took 4 years to make! I also worked closely with engineer Eddie Sancho on crafting the actual sound of the album... Stu and I are so familiar with each other’s process that we already know what the other is thinking before he thinks it.” Stu elaborates, saying that “this time around we tried out different tempos, different vibes for songs, and Blac played around with different rhyme patterns, so it shows how we have both grown as artists.”"

Kool G Rap & DJ Polo - "Live & Let Die" (Deluxe Edition) On iTunes & Spotify


This collectors item dropped in 2008, right at the time when I noticed record stores closing down right and left here in NYC, which I probably why I didn't catch it until now. The online revolution of album reissues brings us an extended version of the 1992 classic by Kool G Rap & DJ Polo "Live & Let Die".


HHV.de & Get On Down presents a rare version of "Live & Let Die" with puzzle art included

Thanks to Traffic Entertainment Group, this special extended play double disc version of G Rap & Polo's 3rd LP has now been expanded to 28 tracks for almost 2 hours of hardcore Hip Hop. Available digitally and on CD now.

Eric B & Rakim's "Paid In Full" Gets Money-Green Vinyl LP Reissue


Turntable Lab's first collaboration with French label LMLR / Universal is a crispy "Money Green" vinyl pressing of the classic debut album by Eric B. & Rakim "Paid In Full", complete with printed inner sleeve and sharp cover graphics. This one time pressing of 500 copies comes with an obi-strip featuring the TTL logo adding extra-pop.




Femme Fatale Marquee Links With Lord Finesse, Kyo Itachi & More In 2017


"You heard her voice on Lord Finesse "Awakening",
on Kelis "Kaleidoscope", with Big L (R.I.P), Nas,
Noreaga, Mary J Blige, Stephen Simmons, MC Lyte,
Queen Latifah, Royce Da 5”9’
and the list goes on & on...

Marquee now get on the NINJUSTICE production truck
for the main ride to close a full cycle.
Her long awaited debut album is finally here,
and it worth the wait.

Nothing but Sexy, Rugged, Lyrical and Deep HIP HOP.

The Queens/ NYC raised MC invite Monifah, Crystal Johnson, Nature, Dawn Gun, Bankai Fam and organized konfusion Prince po as vocal guests.

The music is handled by Ninjustice, a rising duo of producers composed of Venom & Kyo Itachi and
her mentor, the Legendary Bronx DITC member
Lord Finesse.

NOT A “FEMCEE” OR A “FEMALE MC”
MARQUEE IS A FEMME FATALE
DEFINITLY ONE OF A KIND" - Shinigamie Records

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