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Mikey D Heats Up The Mic With R.A. The Rugged Man, Craig G & Canibus, Visits Tim Einenkel

This week on The Library with Tim Einenkel, artist, Mikey D. The Queens, NY Legend, has released a new album—Day Of D'struction. Tim talks with MIKEY D about the album, developing his own style, battling, and how Chuck D, Grand Daddy I.U and LL have played important roles in his life.

Eddie Palmieri Revisits "Harlem River Drive" 45 Years Later In Live Concert

By JR on 11:01 AM

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"In 1971, pianist, composer and bandleader Eddie Palmieri put out a formative album called Harlem River Drive. Written in the heat of racial turbulence, its lyrics addressed the inequality Puerto Ricans faced in New York City. The album served as a form of protest, as well as commentary on social-justice issues for the people of El Barrio, East Harlem.
Though the Latin funk classic didn't take off in the early '70s, it later became an underground classic. Its enduring songs remain relevant today.
Forty-five years after its release, Eddie Palmieri packed a Harlem amphitheater in the rain. No one had heard Harlem River Drive performed on stage in decades, until now. This edition of Jazz Night In America highlights that special moment." WBGO News
Eddie Palmieri (piano/bandleader), Arturo Ortiz (keyboard/musical director), Kelli Sae (lead vocals), Keyontia Hawkins (vocals), Solomon Hicks (vocals/guitar), Flaco Navaja (vocals), Josette Newsam-Marchak (vocals), Chris Turner (vocals), Louis Fouché (tenor/alto saxophone), Javier Olivencia (baritone saxophone), Jimmy Bosch (trombone), Jonathan Powell (trumpet), Igmar Thomas (trumpet), Andres Abenante (guitar), Zaccai Curtis (Fender Rhodes), Luques Curtis (bass), José Claussell (percussion), Little Johnny Rivero (congas/bongos), Nicky Marrero Jr. (percussion/timbales), Camilo Molina (drums), Bernard Purdie (drums).

DJ Eclipse Interviews Milk Dee of Audio Two, Celebrates Late 80's Hip Hop

One half of the Brooklyn duo Audio Two visits The Halftime Show in 2006 for some fun as only The Golden Era of Hip Hop can do it. Discussion includes the use of the famous Impeach The President break, working with his sister MC Lyte, First Priority Music history and more. Following the interview/freestyle is a great mix of Hip Hop celebrating the best of '87 to '88 releases.

National Endowment for the Arts Speaks With ?uestlove "In Pursuit Of The Creative Life"

By JR on 12:48 PM

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The opening event of the National Endowment for the Arts's In the Pursuit of the Creative Life Special 50th anniversary convening on November 18, 2016, featured musician, producer, designer, DJ, and author Questlove talking with NPR television critic Eric Deggans about living creatively and supporting creativity in others.

Funky Town Releases Expanded LPs by Mtume, BRICK, Skyy, Aretha Franklin & More

By JR on 12:03 PM

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Enter the sound of a label who lives and dies for The Funk in their ongoing reissue initiative which celebrates many of the most groundbreaking works of 80's American Boogie, Soul and Funk music. Funky Town Grooves continue their great work in blessing the world with expanded versions of many classic albums as they end of 2016 with bonus material by Mtume, BRICK, Skyy, Aretha Franklin & more.

Enjoy snippets below and order your copy of Funky Town Grooves reissue catalog here at Juno Records or at Amazon.

Naughty by Nature, The Beastie Boys, Janet Jackson & More Perform On Countdown

Reelin’ In The Years Productions, one of America’s largest footage archives, and Double 2 BV, a Netherlands production company, have acquired the rights to the Dutch music program Countdown. Often referred to as “Europe’s #1 Rock Show,” Countdown was on-the-air for 16 years (1977-1993), and was broadcast in 18 countries, making it one of the most successful music shows in the history of television.

The archive contains over 3,000 hours of musical performances, interviews and concert appearances by the greatest rock, R&B, pop, new wave and rap/hip-hop artists of the era, including: Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Prince, U2, Michael Jackson, The Police, David Bowie, Beastie Boys, George Harrison, Billy Joel, Whitney Houston, Run-DMC, Depeche Mode, Culture Club, Duran Duran, Blondie, The Cure, R.E.M., and thousands more.

In 2016, Brooklyn Hip Hop Crew Bankai Fam Declare "Civil War"

By JR on 7:04 AM

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Everything remains raw when in the midst of the Bankai Brooklyn Hip Hop sound and the crew come to verbally clap back on "Civil War"in one of the most dangerous movements of New York Hip Hop since The U.N.. This project marks the return of the whole crew since the "On My Side" EP and Bankai are hungry and witty as ever, delivering a missed element of NYC grit, grime and gangsta for which the city is known for. For boom-bap to leave you feeling battered and bruised from an intense depiction of street life, look no further than the music of Bankai Fam.

Nosizwe & Georgia Anne Muldrow Unite To Create Music That's Made For Dancing

Come on and shake it down to the soulful sounds of singer Nosizwe and Georgia Anna Muldrow who pay tribute to love plus the healing power and beauty of music. As Georgia's head-nodding and hypnotic Neo-Soul sound provokes the rhythm and joy inside, feel the sunshine as these two singers prove music is one of the best drugs in the universe.

2nd single from Nosizwe´s album "In Fragments", album coming on the 25th of November, 2016.
Track produced & mixed by Georgia Anne Muldrow.

Fusion Producer/Pianist Kan Sano Shows Musical Affection On "k is s"

By JR on 1:29 PM

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The loving touch which Kan Sano applies to his music evokes warmth, positivity and a passion for life like none other as pleasant Fusion arrangements communicate with the heart, expressing his boundless creativity as a producer. Feel the magic of "k is s" as Sano shows off as usual on the instrumental tip while linking with talented vocalists on other songs who add on beautifully to his unique musical vision of happiness.

Photographer Eddie Otchere Displays Portraits In 'The Icons Of Wu-Tang Clan'

By JR on 12:50 PM

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Photographer Eddie Otchere explains how he came to shoot every Wu Tang member as well as his process in using print to iconify the subject.

A film by Dan Fontanelli.

Watch Diamond D vs. Large Professor 2016 Concert feat. Jeru The Damaja

D. Original Dirty Rotten Scondrel kicks it off then Large and Diamond perform next followed by a 45 sound clash set between D and Large. Live Hip Hop experience to the fullest courtesy of the loving European fan base of die-hards who continue to request the best events from the culture's most heralded figures.

There's no love lost in 2016 as Japan's Southpaw Chop serves The Best Kept Secret with a slice of mellow boom-bap for their collaboration which you can preview below. 7" vinyl to be released in 2017 which you can most likely find at Juno Records.

Ambassa Covers Classic Wu-Tang Soul Samples In Reggae Dub Format

"'After Laughter Comes Tears' is a reggae cover of a great soul classic by Wendy Rene (also sampled by RZA of the WU-TANG Clan for T.E.A.R.Z. in 1993), After Laughter is the first single of a full-length LP titled 'Ride Di Samples' which sees London-born singer Nichola Richards reinterpreting 10 famously sampled soul classics in reggae style.

After Laughter and the other 9 songs part of this project are the produce of an exceptional team of musicians form all around the globe, starting with London, home for Nichola Richards (voice), Matia “Ambassa” Gobbo (bass/pianos) and Leroy “Horsemouth” Wallace, moving on to Denmark where Martin Kaufmann lives (hammonds, clavinets & electric pianos), passing through Brazil to find Fellipe “Souljah” Sobral’s exquisite guitars and finishing in Italy, home for the magic horns of Zeno Tami."

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