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Actor & Comedian Tommy Davidson Chats With Funk Legends at The Funk Center

By JR on 8:33 AM

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Funk Chronicles "On the 1" w/Stephanie Thornton impromptu interview with Tommy Davidson @ Dayton Funny Bone with guest Steve Arrington (SLAVE and Hall of Fame Band), Terry "ZAPP" Troutman and Thomas Shelby (Lakeside).

"We are keeping Funk alive for the next Generation of children"

Funk fans, make a donation and help build "TheFunkCenter" a 501(c)(3) charitable organization in Dayton, Ohio.
For more information visit
and follow on Twitter @thefunkcenter.

For more Funk, check out the latest mix by Sparkle Motion which features the upbeat mid to late 80's jams of female vocalists which were common during the heyday of breakin in the New York streets.

Vintage Synth Magnets Replicates Classic Keyboards To Collectable Miniatures

By JR on 12:24 PM

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It's hard to imagine these things are actually about 4 inches in size even after several glances! The intricate craftsmanship of this eBay-based company creates authentic collectors items for the vintage synth aficionado and a history lesson in electronic music. For just $6 you can own one of their hand-made replicas of classic such as the Roland TR808, Korg's Triton, Yamaha Motifs, Clavias, Rhodes, Moogs and more.

Visit Vintage Synth Magnets here at eBay for about 300 more magnet designs and click here to subscribe to their store via RSS.

Sheldon So Goode Lends A Soulful House Mix To "Betcha" By Patti & Quincy

Cool is the vibe and upbeat is the rhythm as New Jersey native multi-instrumentalist, producer and engineer Sheldon So Goode rejuvenates an 80's classic by Patti Austin and Quincy Jones. If you felt like dancing to the original version of "Betcha Won''t Hurt Me" prepare for a new dimension of groove as this veteran on the boards shows a little bit of razamattazz on his HoneyComb Remix!

Preview "Betcha" (The Honeycomb Mix) here and download the full remix by signing up to Sheldon's email list here.

Wicked's 2010-2016 Hip Hop Mix ft. Epidemic, Rasheed Chappell, EastKoast, Oh No & More

By JR on 10:04 AM

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One of the most prolific and consistent compilers of new Hip Hop your likely to find online hits us with another mix of bangers to keep hope alive for the future of boom-bap. Wicked is in the mix with a 79 minute mix of gems to keep your head nodding on The Wicked Takeover. Tracklisting here

Sale at The cratesofjr Discogs: Rare Golden Era Hip Hop Promos & Instrumentals On Vinyl

From Sound Library to Fat Beats, mom and pop stores and various New York record conventions, this collection features numerous vinyl rarities scored from over a decade of digging. Just about all have sat on the shelves as collectors items so the vinyl and sleeves are in great condition, ready to be given to a good home. Most were bought off the strength of me listening to numerous underground Hip Hop radio shows and then getting the urge to go find and own these gems the next day.

Check the playlist for sounds you can expect to find in this sale.Vinyl featured in this collection includes an Official Epic Records pressing of Ghostface's "Supreme Clientele" instrumental LP, a clean promo version of Prodigy's debut LP, a promo copy of Diamond D's single "I'm Outta Here b/w "You Can't Front", De La Soul's "Unreleased Shit" EP, Positive K's "Quarter Gram Pam" and more to come!

Alpha Faktion Guest On NIO Radio, Drop "Creative Control" With Nottz

Destined to blow, Alpha Faktion walk the independent road with rugged beats and aspirational rhymes as they prepare to drop a new album led by the Nottz-produced single "Creative Control". Listen to the group talk Hip Hop and their plans in 2016 as they represent as guests of No Ideas Original Radio.

Download/Stream: Alpha Faktion Episode No Ideas Original Radio, April 2016

1. Alpha Faktion- Creative Control produced by Nottz
2. Broken Home (Spit Gemz, Eff Yoo, Aye Wun)- HomeRun Derby
3. JP Beats- Triple Seize (ft KXNG Crooked, Copywrite, Chino XL)
4. Jarren Benton- Tec In The Church (ft Locksmith, Joyner Lucas)
5. Alpha Faktion- Exclusive
6. F.O.D. (Facez Of Def)- Sandman (ft Skanks the Rap Martyr)
7. Black Thought- Making A Murderer (ft Styles P, 9th Wonder)
8. Constant Deviants- So Underrated
9. Cymarshall Law & Mr. Joeker- We Go (ft Homeboy Sandman, Eternia)
10. Shabaam Sahdeeq- Fly Script
11. Born Unique- TyPhoon Goons
12. Grafh- Wrong One (ft Royce Da 5'9") produced by Pete Rock
13. Eastkoast & Phalo Pantoja- Sleping With Da Enemy (ft Wildelux)
14. MED- Run It (ft Gangrene)
15. Tragedy Khadafi, Illa Ghee, Canibus- Cradle To The Grave
16. Mitchell Aimss- Dont Front On My Brothers
17. Koolade- Say Nothing (ft Rah Digga, Sean Price, Tony Touch)
18. Chox Mak & Bunty Beats- Cant U See
19. Decaf Black- N.I.O. Promo
20. Bankai Fam- On Your Mark
21. Crown Royale- Stratasphere
22. Concise Kilgore- GB1B (ft Rasco)
23. Phife Dawg- Nutshell
24. Grand Puba- It's Been A While
25. Red Eye- Baddest MF (ft Born Unique)
26. KRS-One- Clear Em Out
27. Baby Aztro- RESTI2SHIN (ft Westside Gunn)
28. The Mood Doctors- Hot Re-Fill (ft Pos, Napoleon Da Legend, Dysfunkshunal Fam, Jarobi)
29. King Author- Hazy Thoughts (ft SMG's) Willy Low Remix
30. Big Twins & Twiz the Beat Pro- Paranoid (ft Godfather Pt III)
31. Odweeyne- The Blacklist #3 (ft Conway)
32. Vast Aire- In The Zone
33. Ugly Heroes- This World
34. KRS-One- Still Huggin A Nut (S.H.A.N.)
35. Dinco D- Dinc To The Dinc (ft B The Hard Way)
36. Kesper- Power To The People
37. Big Inf- New Industry (ft Tribeca, General Steele, Cristion Dior, Trife Diesil)
38. Mikey D- Exclusive (ft Canibus)
39. Kenyattah Black- Ruler Steps Remix (ft BKLYN Chance, Daz Dillinger, Killah Priest, Billy Danze)
40. L.E.O.- R.D.A. (ft Wes Studii, Q.U.E.S.T.)
41. Five Steez- The Story
42. Secret Scientist- That Aint You
43. Havoc & The Alchemist- Maintain

James Brown's Vocalist Martha High Is "Singing For The Good Times"

By JR on 10:18 AM

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"11 killer original tunes produced and arranged by Luca Sapio, the Italian soul ambassador, in true analog super sound.
The tunes evoke the best productions of the golden era Southern soul as well as the sonic landscapes of the Italian soundtracks of the 60's.
Here is the middle ground where these two unheraled musical traditions meet and Martha is the undisputed Queen.
Don't miss the chance to take a listen. This record is made of truth, soul, love, and pain - a full spectrum of emotions that only a Queen can deliver to your ears.
She spent much time in the studio with Luca and his guys to make it happen. This is not a revival, this is not retro, this is NOW.
She took it as a challenge and we are sure that she won!" - Blind Faith Records

J.Rawls Drops "Essence Of (Fifteenth Anniversary Redux)" With Bonus Songs

By JR on 9:06 AM

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"In February of 2001, a young up and coming producer by the name of J Rawls released his first album titled The Essence of...;. The seminal album from the producer who would go on to produce for the likes of Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Beastie Boys, Us3 and many more featured a myriad of guests from the burgeoning underground hip hop scene. The album would go on to become a favorite among beat enthusiasts and lyric heads alike.

In accordance with RECORD STORE DAY (April 16, 2106), Rawls is set to re-release this classic on vinyl only with brand new added previously unreleased BONUS songs recorded around the same as the songs from the album. The bonus songs include never before heard material from Talib Kweli, Makeba Mooncycle, Doseone, Rubix, Wordsworth and more. The album also features a new cover and new artwork taken from the same photo sessions as the original album.

Essence of J.Rawls was the first solo album release from J Rawls. (producer for Blackstar (Mos Def and Talib Kweli; J Live, Beastie Boys, Aloe Blacc, Eric Roberson and Casual of Hieroglyphics) · The album includes the hits Check The Clock featuring Grap Luva, of the group INI (Elektra) and Pete Rock's younger brother, Far Away featuring Apani B Fly Emcee & Mr.Complex · The Essence Of J.Rawls features MC's J.Live, J.Sands, Grap Luva, Mass Influence, Apani B Fly Emcee, Mr.Complex, Unspoken Heard, Rubix, Capital D (All Natural), and more." - Kudos Records

· PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED BONUS SONGS: We featuring Talib Kweli and Makeba Mooncycle; Listening featuring Doseone; Aquarias featuring BJ Digby, Rubix & Wordsworth; I Said It featuring Columbus, Ohio Legendary Hip Hop group S.P.I.R.I.T.

· All PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED BONUS SONGS were recording during this vintage time period when other songs were being recorded for the album.

· Featuring a brand new UNRELEASED song titled RIO REMIX performed by J Rawls as a follow up to Rawls' final SOLO album THE LEGACY.

Preview "The Rebel's Renaissance" by Philly MC Maylay Sparks

With a host of talented guest wordsmiths combined with raw sound and cuts, Illadelph vet Maylay Sparks shows a serious dedication to the art of rhyme and hunger which fuels Hip Hop on his summer 2016 release "The Rebel's Renaissance". This illustrated rhyme flow by May, El Da Sensei, Rasco and more not only entertains but paints a vivid picture of the streets as the bravado and unique experiences of each MC portray the journey of rebels to society.

Pharoahe Monch's Band Ezra Collective Release Their Debut EP "Chapter 7"

By JR on 5:24 AM

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Ezra Collective is the award winning band born out of Tomorrows Warriors UK organisation for jazz music, playing different genres ranging from Jazz to Afro Beats. Also Pharoahe Monch's touring band Debut EP 'Chapter 7' features the uplifting vocals of Zara McFarlane and rhymes of TY to round out their soulful approach to fusion with strong messages about finding purpose in life.

Jazzin' On Prince: Straight No Chaser Podcast Pays Tribute To An Icon

By JR on 8:12 AM

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"One of the astounding things that we realize when we contemplate the musical legacy of Prince (1958-2016) is that while he passed away at the age of 57, he had written and recorded music since he was 17. Those forty years of wildly exciting, innovative, profane, uplifting music will be with us always, and we are once again left wondering what might have come as he continued his evolving career." - Straight No Chaser"

Artwork by Stephen Jones

Enjoy a selection of Prince Jazz cover versions as musicians represent another side to The Funk of a outstanding songwriter, performer and icon.

Peter Bernstein – “1999”

Herbie Hancock – “Thieves in the Temple”

Jimmy Scott – “Nothing Compares 2 U”

Fareed Haque/Mike Cain – “When 2 R in Love”

Bob Belden featuring Tsidii Le Loka – “Little Red Corvette”

Miles Davis – “Movie Star”

Joshua Redman – “How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore?”

Bob Belden featuring Tsidii Le Loka – “Purple Rain”

Philly Represents In '92 With "Pump It Up" by Hip Hop Duo Black Nation

Rare demo tape to get your head boppin', courtesy of DJ OG-S!

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