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Royce & Preemo of PRhyme Talk Life & Hip Hop On AWOT Podcast

"This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome legendary lyricist Royce da 5'9 and legendary producer DJ Premier, together known as PRhyme, to the Upper West Side! We talk with the guys about their new album PRhyme 2, the most meaningful co-signs they've ever received, what Dr. Dre's studio speakers can do to an artist's music and their chest, how to react to internet trolls, all the numbers they have in their cell phones but never text, and their first ever TV appearances.

Royce discusses working three jobs a day after graduating high school in addition to starting his rap career, all with the threat of his father sending him to the army hanging over his head. Royce recalls almost rapping for Redman in Detroit, the open mics around town, his one-way plane ticket to NYC, working with Pharrell and Chad and Kelis before The Neptunes blew up, and how he ruined his first record contract with Tommy Boy.

Preemo reveals how he and Guru lived out of Branford Marsalis' brownstone in Brooklyn, meeting Dave Chapelle through Talib Kweli and Mos Def, knowing Ol Dirty Bastard when he had a staircase flattop in 1988, programming drums on Gangstarr records together with Guru, each of them punching buttons, and the absurdity of artists being paid to make an appearance in a music video. All that plus stories from the guys about Slaughterhouse, Jay-Z, Eminem, Danny Brown, Onyx, RZA, Killer Mike, and so much more!"

In 1970, I PYRANAS Throw Down With Psychedelic Library Funk

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Leave it up to Armagideon Times of SONOR Music to rediscover the funkiest of Italian Library gems. His latest is an energetic breakbeat-laden psych Funk bomb by I PYRANAS, the original soundtrack of "GIULETTA E ROMEO" opera, previously released on RCA ARC ALPS 11016 LP.

Music by I PYRANAS now available at Discogs

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Catch Up With 5-Octave Vocalist & Prince-Endorsed Guitarist Sidibe

By JR on 8:27 AM

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"Sidibe is a five octave vocalist, songwriter and guitarist with roots in Louisiana and Senegal. With a voice described as effortless, ethereal and otherworldly, Sidibe’s vocal range is as dynamic as her musical style. She manages to meld the classic and the contemporary to create a sound that is unique to her. Her identity is clear and it comes through her voice on every song.

Her songs frequently explore the romantic side of relationship. Love isn’t always lovely, and she tackles the downside of romance with a sense of hopefulness that reminds us even pain can be beautiful. In what has become another Sidibe signature, her lyrics resonate with vulnerability and honesty. She explains, “It’s all about honesty. Besides execution and skill, honesty is the most important thing an artist can bring to the process of creation.”… Read more

With a natural ease and confidence, Sidibe brings the listener into her sensual world and leaves no doubt that she is a true romantic. In April 2016, she brought Prince into her world with “I’m Only Dreaming”, a song he loved enough to include in his personally curated Purple Pick of the Week playlist. It was his final co-sign.

Sidibe’s role as executive producer on her projects and her enduring collaborative relationship with Nico Stadi (Justin Bieber) and the legendary Warryn Campbell (Musiq Soulchild, Kanye West, Angie Stone) have brought a sense of continuity to her music while still allowing for expansion. It has also earned her a loyal following. She recently released an exclusive Japan album and is currently featured on the NOW That’s What I Call Music CD."

Celebrate The Pharcyde With A Cool Video Mix Of Their OG Samples

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This definitely isn't the same-old sample mix that your used to. NOw FUTUR merges audio and video editing with traditional DJ blending for a celebration of The Pharcyde's best songs and original sample sources. For both the newcomer and novice of this group's great Hip Hop catalog, NOw FUTUR's "Samples Ride To The Pharcyde" mix provides entertainment. Witness the future of sample excavation using the medium of video as one creative Hip Hop head does his thing.
25th anniversary reissue of "Bizarre Ride" on colored vinyl, now available here at Turntable Lab

In '92, Hip Hop Duo M.C. AH-J & L.E.V. Are Out For Target Practice

By JR on 9:55 AM

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Chicago Hip Hop duo M.C. AH-J & L.E.V. aren't your average gun-packing group from the early 90's. Listen these menaces to society use beats and rhymes as their weapon against the government to expose the ills of inner city America in song.

Test Press Of Super Lover Cee & Casanova Rud's "I Gotta Good Thing" Now Available

Get down with the funky dope maneuver of dynamic Hip Hop duo Super Lover Cee & Casanova Rud as a rare test pressing of their classic music resurfaces. If you don't already know by now, Sup and Rud were known for having the master plan in the year of '88 with some of the funkiest beats and rhymes ever. It's gets no deeper as cratesofjr continues to mine the crates for the best in Golden Era Hip Hop music. Stay tuned for more rare test pressings to come!

Now available here at Discogs.

Deniece Williams' "Let's Hear It For The Boy", In Folk, Jazz & Blues

Smoothing out the 80's Funk-Pop energy of 'Niecy's 1984 tune with a lighter side of Folk, Jazz & Blues, a couple outstanding musicians celebrate the classic "Let's Hear It For The Boy".

Orgasmo Sonore Get Funky On "The Principal Point of Autocollimation EP"

By JR on 12:10 PM

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Inspired by obscure Library Music, psych and more, Orgasmo Sonore get cinematic with the raw and driving Funk of the title track to their 2018 EP. "The Principal Point of Autocollimation EP" boasts layers of goodness for Funk fans. Enjoy the range of emotion with this tune provides as spacey synth weaves in and out of a bass-heavy groove. Like a lot of Library composers, Orgasmo know how to keep you on edge by fusing different moods and rhythmic changes into one exciting instrumental piece.

Music performed by Orgasmo Sonore
Composed, recorded and produced by Frank Rideau

Planet Asia Paints A Portrait Of Good Times & Family On "Take It Higher"

By JR on 5:32 PM

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A world of ecstasy has taken over veteran lyricist Planet Asia who brings the vibe of a perfect family get-together to your stereo on "Take It Higher". Barbecue, boogaloo and get the Soul Train line poppin' with PA who lends the vocals of Xiomara to create a soulful and chilled vibe. From his 2018 album "The Golden Buddha".

Hip Hop Shows Progression "In The Wake Of O" by Ozay Moore

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"Over the last 20 years, Ozay Moore (fka Othello) has proven himself to be an exceptional storyteller time and time again. Whether as a member of the classic hip hop trio, Lightheaded, or as a solo artist, Moore's alto flow has always moved crowds. Aided by some of the most soulful production and a deep knowledge of hip hop culture, Moore's music is highly relatable because he blends personal experience with larger themes that cross cultural lines. Moore has been making records for quite some time so it would be understandable if he didn't have more to say.

Thankfully, Ozay Moore is back and better than ever with In The Wake of O. Throughout his life Moore has seen a lot, done a lot, and Wake is a reflection of his journey in and outside of being an MC. Moore is no longer a young, ambitious rapper from Seattle focused solely on writing rhymes and traveling the world. Instead, he's a family man in Lansing, MI having to strike a balance between his artistic goals and what's best for his wife and two kids. How do you strike that balance? This is one of the central questions driving the record.

As the album unfolds, Moore grapples with the decision to drop the Othello moniker, his faith, racial politics in the U.S. and the impact of hip hop on his life. The word "wake" can mean... more

released February 16, 2018

Production by:
1 Young Heat
2, 6 Stro Elliot
3-5 Tall Black Guy
7 Ohmega Watts
8 Daniel Steele
10 Freddie Joachim and Aso
11 Ess Be "

Reef The Lost Cauze Lectures Hip Hop's Importance, Gets Remixed by Spute Ardell

The AOTP lyricist hasn't forgotten where he came from as he paints a picture of Hip Hop's cultural and social impact for the students of Rider University. The food for thought which Reef The Lost Cauze drops in this lecture is as potent and entertaining as his rhymes, grown man wisdom not to be missed. In both the lecture and the dope remix of his song "Get Me Outta Here", Reef demonstrates the determination which people use to attempt an escape from the ghetto through Hip Hop.

Mista Lawnge Of Black Sheep Remembers The Making Of Classics On Wax Fax Radio

By JR on 10:34 AM

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Hear from the less-talkative half of Black Sheep on a social podcast dedicated to great DJs. Mista Lawnge reminisces on going from being an 11 year-old DJ to contributing to some of Hip Hop's all-time classics on this 2018 episode of Wax Fax. This is a remarkable story of how teenage talent, strict originality and technical ability results in culture-shifting progression in Hip Hop. Behind-the-scenes stories of Native Tongues and more affiliated acts who went on to be icons. 

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