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In ‘86, Eric B & Rakim Visit WHBI Radio For An Interview With The Awesome Two

One awesome duo kicks it with another in-between a set of funky mid-80's Hip Hop songs on this special event of NY underground Hip Hop radio. During the promo run for their classic debut "Paid In Full", Eric B & Rakim interview with Teddy Ted & Special K aka The Awesome Two.

MIT Symphony Orchestra Play The Music Of Friday The 13th, Serial Killers Link With Snoop Dogg On "Triggered"

Witness as MIT Symphony Orchestra and the rap trio of Xzibit, B-Real & Demrick each represent as powerful examples of musical terror. This performance is the US premiere of Harry Manfredini’s Friday the 13th Suite, a revamped score for the famed horror film now celebrating its fortieth anniversary. On "Triggered", Serial Killers link with Snoop Dogg create a horror scene and let off lyrical firepower upon the track.

In '95, Flavor Flav, Smif 'N Wessun & Buckshot Join DJ Evil Dee On The Monday Night Flava Mix

While on tour for the release of their classic debut "Dah Shinin'", Smif 'N Wessun and Buckshot are hosted by the always amped-up personality of the one-and-only Flavor Flav. For the year of '95, DJ Evil Dee cuts and blends with finesse as always, spinning a set of underground classics. After a brief interview, Tek & Steele flow off the top of the head with Buck for a memorable freestyle session.

The Chien Chien Lu Quartet Salute Roy Ayers With A Cover Of "We Live in Brooklyn Baby"

"Classically trained in contemporary percussion is her native Taiwan, Chien Chien Lu, the emergent vibraphonist best known, to date, for recording and touring with Jeremy Pelt Quintet, is excited to release The Path, her genre melding debut as a leader. Accompanying Chien Chien are an elite cast of musicians, a group sourced principally from Pelt's ensemble-with the blessing of the maestro. Such a strong blessing, in fact, that Pelt himself appears here on his young protege's debut, alongside bandmates Richie Goods on acoustic and electric bass, Allan Mednard on drums, and Ismel Wignall on congas/percussion. Goods, in addition to producing the album and arranging its two most recognizable standards, introduced Chien Chien to guitarist Quintin Zoto and pianist Shedrick Mitchell, both of whom prove indispensable here. Though this is not the first time Chien Chien and Mitchell have played together-both played on Goods' most recent release, My Left Hand Man, a tribute to Goods' mentor, the late pianist Mulgrew Miller. And so here we have yet another example of jazz's circle of life: musicians paying mentorship forward."


Apathy Rocks The Mic With Rob Viktum & Shyste On "Step Back Slow", Celebrates Classic '95 Hip Hop

"Episode 73 is our 2nd installment of our 1995 Tribute. If we didn't already change your mind last episode about '95 being the best year, well, this might just do it! We dive into the classics, the anthems, the remixes, and then on the flipside we head to the West as we play some of it's best of '95. We're talking Dr. Dre, DJ Quik, Luniz, 2Pac, E-40, The Dogg Pound, Too Short, Cypress Hill and The Click. 

 We also have extended show member, and one of the best emcees in the game, Apathy sitting in with us to discuss all things '95 at the two breaks. We get into whether or not ODB had a classic, the 95 soundtracks, one-hit wonders, Big L and a so much more! This is just part 2, and we're just getting warmed up. So, sit back, relax and let's continue on this musical excursion together." - PhilaFlava


Musicians Chris Turner, Chantae Cann & Others Give Their Heart To You On "Love & Legacy"

"Love & Legacy", the 2020 album by Chris Turner gives you a reason to fall hopelessly in love as the musician communicates heartfelt feelings across stunning R&B grooves. Chris's expression of the heart is powerful as he lets his show in the form of thumping jams which range from moments of adrenaline-pumping intensity to soothing for an overall soulful experience. So let the party time begin as this talent of progressive Soul shows the undying ability of love to move you.

DJ Prince Paul Spins Underrated NY Rap Classics On "The Crazy Forgotten 80's" Mix

"A lot of forgotten 80's NY rap classics . Some stuff that somehow gets forgotten on the master mixes . This is part 1 ! .... unedited so the human feel is real ;) Free Your mind and your ass will follow ." - Prince Paul

Club MTV Archives Feature Early Performances by De La Soul, L.L. Cool J, Digital Underground & More

Enjoy the nostalgia and energy of a dance show as MTV brings you back to the late 80's and early 90's from their archive of studio performances. The Club MTV fan channel offers gem after gem in clips which highlight classic tunes from back in the day. These rare Hip Hop clips feature legends of the culture, who rock the crowd at an early point in their careers. Check out their YouTube channel for a more extensive blast from the past as Club MTV showcase a slew of Pop hits.

Brian Auger aka “The Godfather of Acid Jazz” Shares Unreleased Music & Classics On "Introspection"

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"The legendary Brian Auger has returned with this 35-track 50 year career retrospective. Since the early ‘60s Auger has proven to be a restless, wandering musical spirit, and this collection is the proof in the pudding that his enormous talent and vision have warranted -- and continue to warrant -- his participation in multiple genres as a multi instrumentalist, composer, bandleader, and arranger who has successfully and effortlessly blurred the lines between jazz, blues, R&B, funk, soul, fusion, and rock. 

His voice is clearly recognizable to his millions of fans. With over 20 albums to his name, Brian Auger has accumulated Grammy Nominations, 10 albums charting in Billboards Hot 100, a #1 single, and the title of “The Godfather of Acid Jazz”. His tracks have been sampled by Mos Def, Common, the Beastie Boys, Air and Kid Loco; his original compositions covered by Sarah Vaughan, Richard ‘Groove’ Holmes and The Main Ingredient. Brian’s bands over the years have featured Rod Stewart, Long John Baldry, Julie Driscoll and even Jimi Hendrix. In addition, Brian has recorded with great luminaries as The Yardbirds, Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, Eric Burdon, Jimi Hendrix, Paul McCartney and more. INTROSPECTION is an indispensable compendium for the collector and a welcomed introduction for the novice." - Sunset Blvd. Records


Flutist Alexander Zonjic & Jeff Lorber Play It Forward With The Joy Of "Musaic"

Following in the lineage of great Jazz Fusion from the CTI era, Alexander Zonjic delivers a blissful tune to take the blues away on "Musaic". This blissful Jeff Lorber composition is bound to resonate within and evoke feelings of happiness as Alex blows with passion. Like masters such as Hubert Laws, this flutist taps into the positive side of our emotion like no other form of music can. So turn on the musaic and let the joy rhythm and harmony take you.

Billy Ocean Talks "One World" & His Classics, Joins Aaliyah On A Remix Of "Rock The Boat"

"To celebrate National Album Day, the great Billy Ocean discusses his new album One World, and his classic hits including 'Love Really Hurts Without You', 'Caribbean Queen', 'When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going' and 'Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car'. Billy also explains his approach to melody and vocal performance, and remembers his time collaborating with super-producer Mutt Lange." - Sodajerker
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DJ Official & Stephen The Levite Tackle Racism, World History & Self-Awareness On "Strange Fruit"

One of the benefits of Hip Hop is to awaken the mind and DJ Official & Stephen The Levite use that power to reflect wisdom upon the rhythm. "Strange Fruit" brings the past, present and future of the world into perspective as this power duo get your head nodding to their edutainment. From the forthcoming album "Still Hungry" dropping on October 16, 2020.

Drummer Babatunde Lea Unleashes Funky Breakbeats On "Master Drummers, Vol. 4" Compilation

Following great drummers such as Bernard Purdie and Mike Clark who dropped Master Drummers compilations back in the 90's, Babatunde Lea carries the torch for The Funk in the new millennium. Press play and enjoy some of the rawest grooves around in 19 tracks of drum break excellence.

RJ Payne Impacts Your Sensory Stimuli With 17 Minutes Of Hip Hop On "Beautiful Payne"

The Philadephia rhyme phenomenon strikes again with a short but potent offering of Hip Hop that redefines the meaning of beauty and pain. Below, Payne join the No Grease Northlake cipher alongside other talented lyricists and spits fire as usual. 



MC Mattic & Madwreck of Hip Hop Duo Ill Scholars Offer A Touch Of Magic On Their Debut Album

"MC Mattic and producer Madwreck, two-thirds of the long disbanded The Others, reunite as Ill Scholars, their latest venture into tried and true hip-hop. The North Carolina natives come with an extensive pedigree in the business; Mattic (now based in France), having worked with many musical luminaries around the world, and Madwreck, a much sought-after producer, building his brand as one-half of The Dirty Art Club and putting his signature sound on various artists’ projects. Their work together on this self-titled debut proves a stylistic accomplishment, combining a healthy influence of jazz and funk with crisp boom-bap grooves." 

 Stay tuned for the album dropping October 23, 2020.