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Stream A 60-Track Compilation of Unreleased Motown Recordings From 1969

"As Motown celebrates its 60th anniversary, a brand new album full of unreleased Motown songs is now available for download and streaming from 50 years ago.

"Motown Unreleased 1969" features 60 tracks that were part of the Motown vaults, and features Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross & the Supremes, The Temptations, Smokey Robin & the Miracles, Marvin Gaye, the Jackson 5 and more.

According to Motown, the collection includes many songs previously unavailable in any form, as well as unheard versions of favorite songs.

"Motown is clearly evolving at this time," said Harry Weinger, Vice President of A&R at Universal Music Enterprises, who oversaw the project. "There's an opening for writers and producers to experiment with the Motown sound but, for certain topics, or musical ideas, or even artists, the company isn't ready. Or, it's a simple case of having only so many slots for releases. So, until now, those songs went unreleased."

On top of the major acts, the album features lesser-known artists including the Volumes, Chris Clark, the Stylists and more." -

Dream Away As Ella Haber & Jordan Rakei Shape Your Mood To Positive Like "Clay"

“Ella's timeless vocals and mature songwriting sensibility was the reason I wanted to work with her on this project. In a climate where artists often take shortcuts, Ella's determination and strong vision will make her stand out from the rest. It was a pleasure bringing her songwriting to life and I can't wait for the world to hear her music!” - Jordan Rakei

All songs written by Ella Haber
All songs produced by Jordan Rakei

Music performed by:
Ella Haber: Vocals, Trumpet on ‘Old Friends’
Jordan Rakei: Guitar, Piano, Rhodes, Synths, Drum Programming, Percussion
Tom Guy: Bass
Jim Macrae: Drums
Imraan Paleker: Guitar on ‘Old Friends’
Sam Weiss: Saxophone on ‘Old Friends’
Tobie Tripp: Strings on ‘Behind Closed Eyes’

Mixed by Jim Macrae at Old Paradise Audio
Mastered by Stuart Hawkes at Metropolis Mastering

Photography by Dani Meyerowitz
Design by Gavin Boyd

MCs Audible Doctor & Deebo Díoso Worship Hip Hop at "The Bar-Mitzvah"

Witness the sound of two MCs who take rhyming religiously on this dynamic Hip Hop collaboration. Brown Bad AllStar, MC/producer and former Fat Beats employee Audible Doctor unites with Deebo Díoso, an equally-skilled MC who's known for being recognized by The Source and XXL.

Harpist Mariea Antoinette Lends Heavenly Strings To Lauryn Hill's "That Thing"

Watch out as the powerful sounds of two diverse and talented women of music unite on the 2019 revisit of a classic. With a beautiful combination of harp and violin over a soulful groove, Mariea Antoinette pays tribute to Lauryn Hill's "That Thing". This instrumental cover capture's a very memorable riff in R&B as Mariea's works her magic on strings to give Lauryn's classic song new dimension. From her summer 2019 album "All My Strings" out now.

A Capella Award-Winning Singer Patrice Jégou Gets Jazzy On "Lover Come Back To Me"

Canadian born former figure skater-turned-singer Patrice Jégou brings you nearer to love with the delightful swing and joy of her a capella "Lover Come Back To Me". With Mark Kibble and Alvin Chea from the group Take 6 on backgrounds, the song and studio performance create a vision of happiness that' undeniable. From Patrice’s 2019 album IF IT AIN’T LOVE released on March 22, 2019. Available now on iTunes,, Apple Music, Spotify, and more.

Track arranged and produced by Mark Kibble, who also sang ALL the harmony parts, and Alvin Chea who sang the bass lines. This song won the 2019 Independent Music Award for "Best A Cappella Song."

AZ Presents Something Rather Unique With A 2019 Best-Of Beats Compilation

By JR on 8:46 AM

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Get down with the sound of a true Hip Hop great as AZ digs in the archive for an instrumental collection of his greatest songs. After decades in the game, the Queens wordsmith presents the beats behind his most renowned classics. Pete Rock, L.E.S., Large Professor and more feature on this project as producers who blessed A with heat. So sit back and nod your head to a soundtrack of NYC's streets that varies from grimy and mysterious, to soulful sound.

Step In The Shark Tank With Hip Hop Duo Starvin B & Discourse's "Forever Queens"

One of NYC's sharpest emerging lyricists steps to the mic once again to spark emotion and visuals more vivid than the average MC. Starvin B continues to hold the torch for underground Hip Hop with support by his producer Discourse, D. I.T.C.'s A.G., Milano Constantine and more.

Written & performed by Starvin B.
Produced & arranged by Discourse.
Mixed by Philgektor at Philsville Sanctuary
Mastered by Duncan Stanbury

Cover illustration by Jaz Mishap & Discourse.
Layout and design by Discourse.
Photography by Discourse.
Forever Queens handstyle by Siege.

Preview: Skyzoo & Pete Rock's "Retropolitan" ft. Styles P, Griselda, eLZhi & Raheem DeVaughn

By JR on 8:49 AM

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With a Brooklyn New York ego, sharp rhyme flow and beats by The Soul Brother #1, Skyzoo drops what sounds like could be one of his most exciting projects yet. Enjoy the warmth of sampled sounds and deep lyrics that spark visuals as two Hip Hop masterminds defined the streets of NYC on  "Retropolitan".

Geffen Records Promote The Wu, Large Pro & The Roots on '96 Promo CD

Back in '96, Geffen had some serious heat to deliver with the rise of these powerful soon-to-be-legendary Hip Hop crews. Check out the sounds of The Bounce Master Doo Wop as he lends his distinct voice to host this mix CD promoting artists from the label. Download the CD sampler here.

Below, is an alternate take of Large Professor's 2nd single off his shelved Geffen Records debut "The LP". More kicks added and a different vocal take than the officially-released song. Enjoy this collectors item!

Blast Off With The Electrifying Prog Rock Music of Space Junk Is Forever

"Space Junk is Forever uses vintage instruments to weave simple melodies, stirring harmonic language, and frequent key and meter changes into impressionistic, aptly titled tunes that '70s prog lovers, mathy drummers, synthesizer geeks, and music theory nerds are all sure to enjoy."

Jordan Holt: Hammond C3, Moog Voyager, Fender Rhodes, Hohner Clavinet D6, Mellotron micro, Roland Jx3p

Madden Klass: drums

Joe Mansfield, O.C., Diamond D, Das Efx, J-Live & More Visit Hip Hop In Action Radio

cratesofjr presents another online archive for you to enjoy hours of talk from Hip Hop greats. Check out the 80+ video playlist for a who's-who of Hip Hop speaking as a guest with this D.C. radio show.

Combat Jack Presents: A Discussion Of J Dilla with T3, RJ, 9th Wonder, Amp Fiddler & more

By JR on 11:51 AM

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"A panel discussion that takes an up-close look at the music and life of James Dewitt Yancey (aka J Dilla) from the unique perspective of fellow music producers, highly-respected DJs, incredible artists, and special guests. Guests include Amp Fiddler, Slum Village, Musiq Soulchild, DJ Spinna, Georgia Anne Muldrow, 9th Wonder and Timothy Anne Burnside (Smithsonian NMAAHC). This program may contain mature themes and strong language. Part of D.C. Hip-Hop Theater Festival and the 10th Annual D.C. Loves Dilla festivities at the Kennedy Center and The Howard Theatre. "

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