Microphone Check Live: The Stories Of The Notorious B.I.G. Told By His Friends

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"On Sunday, Sept. 14, 20 years and one day after Biggie Smalls' debut album, Ready to Die, was released, Microphone Check gathered four of the musician's friends in Brooklyn to recall the man they knew.

Hubert Sam went to elementary school with Chris Wallace and was his very first DJ. Donald Harrison, Jr., was a world-touring jazz musician when Hubert and Chris started going over to his house to talk about jazz and the industry. Matty C, whose job gave him access to all the latest hip-hop before anyone else, used to get hit up by Big for new tapes as he got off the subway. And dream hampton took Biggie with her to classes at NYU's film school.

We called the event "If You Don't Know, Now You Know: The Stories Of Notorious B.I.G." The story-telling happened at BRIC House on Fulton Street, just blocks from where the young man who would become the Notorious B.I.G. went to school, bagged groceries, hustled and freestyled. You can download the conversation above or watch videos of the panel below." - NPR

R.I.P. NOTORIOUS B.I.G. by Orlando Graphics



The Beat Junkies Soundcheck Ep. 4 w/14KT, Magestik Legend, & Houseshoes (4.14.15)


Detroit's in the building wiht another episode of Soundcheck Ep. 4 w/ 14KT, Magetik Legend, & Houseshoes (4.14.15). Check out the track listing and order of guest appearance below:

Dj Melo-D set:
Logic - Under Pressure

LMNO - Dyslexic feat J.Rocc

Dilated Peoples - Directors

Frank Nitt - Slipping feat J.Rocc

Axel F - H.O.T (jrocc x MED)

Troyboi - Don't Be Judging

Marlena Shaw- California Soul (Diplo x Mad Decent mix)

Yasiin Bey - ALL CAPS (Melo D edit)

Axel F - Bonus Beats

J-Live - Red & The Kid

Gangstarr - DWYCK (acapella)

Nottz - Everybody Knows Your Name

Fashawn - The Letter F

Jay Electronica - Road To Perdition

Step Brothers- Tomorrow feat Rakaa & Blu

Step Brothers- No Hesitation feat Styles P

Guest: 14KT
Elzhi - February

EMC - Charly Murphie

14KT - The Sun

14KT - Live From The Pimpstead w/ Roc Marciano

14KT - Toniiight

14KT - Adrenaline

14KT - Pick Up Sticks Show instr

Gangstarr - Royalty

14KT - W.C.E.F feat MED & Kokane

14KT - 3 Blind Mice 

14KT - Minerals

Magestik Legend - Eye Need You instr

Dj Babu set
Boaz - Like This (prod by !llmind)

Tyler,The Creator - Smuckers

Alchemist - Tesla feat Domo Genesis & Freddie Gibbs

Babu - Siam

Guest: Magestik Legend

The Black Opera - God's Camera

Magestik Legend - All Eye Know
Magestik Legend Freestyle

Dj Babu 2nd set
PRhyme - Dat Sound Good feat Mac Miller & Ab-Soul 

Raekwon - 1,2 1,2 feat Snoop Dogg

Action Bronson - Terry

Sir Michael Rocks - Get Stupid

Ab-Soul - 47 Bars

Guest: Dj Houseshoes
Dj Houseshoes set
14KT- Holy Moley

Illingsworth - Mr Glow Body

14KT -Swiss Mist

Eternal Lee

Houseshoes - High feat Danny Brown

Houseshoes - The S's feat Danny Brown

Untitled

Untitled

Houseshoes - Last Breath feat Nottz, Oh No & MED 

KNX - Dangerous MCs 

Early set

Houseshoes - The Makings 

Tuamie - Eva-re-moanin

Drugs - But I've

D'angelo - She's Always In My Eyes

Dert - Flip Session

Cream Of Beats - Slick & Sly

Raj Mahaj - Rario

Dj Khalil - GIRL

Houseshoes - Sweet feat Danny Brown

Seige - Yours

Dirty, Organic Soul With Heart: Stream "Beyond The Sun" by Orgone


Now and always, Orgone delivers dirty, organic soul with heart; music that grabs you by the collar, pulls you to your feet, and shoves you onto the dance floor. Stream their 2015 album "Beyond The Sun" on Shanachie Entertainment.


Stream "Coming Of Age" by Bassist Ben Williams


Grammy award-winning bassist and bandleader Ben Williams presents his sophomore album on Concord Records "Coming Of Age" featuring guests who round out his beautiful compositions such as singer Goapele, W. Ellington Felton on rhymes, vibraphonist Stephon Harris and trumpeter Christian Scott.

Preview "Compositions 4" by DJ Spinna (Limited-Edition LP & 7")

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"With a wide-ranging catalog of releases, production credits and remixes for artists as varied as Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Eminem, George Michael, De La Soul, Roy Ayers and Mary J. Blige, DJ Spinna is celebrated as one of the most talented, accomplished and versatile producer/DJs in the world.

The fourth and latest installation in his acclaimed , long-running series of instrumental projects, Compositions, spans the length of Spinna’s storied career to the present, compiling tracks that span his storied career from his extensive catalog, reflecting on his production and remix genius." - Correct Techniques Records

Limited to 500 copies and includes download card and bonus 7”. Get your copy of "Compositions 4" today here at Juno!

When It Comes To Love, Soul Singer Allen Stone Is Turned "Upside" Down

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In the midst of confusion and pain, Allen Stone turns his trials and the effects of love into soulful music you can feel with the upbeat bounce of "Upside". Enjoy powerful songwriting and performance to make you feel the heartache of this talented musician as he demonstrates the edge of his emotions with the first single from his album "Radius" set for release May 26th.

Legendary Pianist Harold Mabern Releases "Afro Blue" ft. Gregory Porter, Norah Jones, Kurt Elling, Jane Monheit, Alexis Cole


"Though elder statesman Harold Mabern’s blocky, aggressive piano style may seem better suited to the small army of horn players he’s worked with—from Miles, Ornette and Freddie Hubbard to George Coleman and Eric Alexander—it’s worth remembering that Mabern’s early career also placed him with Betty Carter, Johnny Hartman, Sarah Vaughan and Joe Williams. At age 78 he remains a sterling vocal accompanist, as demonstrated across this album featuring five of the finest singers around: Kurt Elling, Gregory Porter, Jane Monheit, Norah Jones and Alexis Cole." - JazzTimes



The Tonite Show: Masta Ace, Wordsworth & Stricklin aka eMC Visit WVKR & WNYU Radio

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Enjoy the sounds from 2 of Hip Hop's best radio shows of the new millennium who bless the FM airwaves and the internet with the traditional format of beats, rhymes, turntable skills and exclusives. Masta Ace, Wordsworth and Stricklin aka eMC visit No Ideas Original Radio and DJ Eclipse's "The Halftime Show" to promote their album "The Tonite Show" dropping early May 2015.

Preview and order your copy of eMC's "The Tonite Show" below at iTunes digitally and CD here at Amazon.








"The Slugbomb EP" by Urbanbirds: Bastard Jazz by Symphonic Cavemen


Witness the rebellious musical approach of the Urbanbirds who get your neck snapping to funky variations of Jazz on "The Slugbomb EP". These bastard Jazzmen stamp their personality on each song as they explore a range of storytelling and mood, from the serious tone of "Slugbomb" and "Feeding The Dead" to the upbeat happiness of "Jordan's New Pants". For fans of fusion, Urbanbirds deliver food for the imagination and surprises as a band who challenge the expression of Jazz with an emphasis on emotion, explosive performance and creative arrangements.

Jordan Leibel: Keys
Ryan Mackay: Bass
Scott Melnyk: Drums

"Reminisce" With The Beats of Evil Needle (Album Stream)

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"French-German DJ/producer Evil Needle releases his newest record "Reminisce" on HW&W today. The 11-track offering marks his 3rd release with the LA-based label following "Equilibrium" and "Qualia" and features upcoming singer JMSN on "Worry". His signature melodic downtempo hip hop only gets better with each release and this new project is sure to be his biggest and most-fleshed out to date." - HW&W Recordings

Video: Leaders Of The New School Promote "T.I.M.E." In 1993


L.O.N.S. got the classic material on this entertaining excerpt from a 1993 episode of Rap City as the group promote their 2nd album "T.I.M.E.". Watch as Charlie Brown, Milo, Dinco-D and Busta Rhymes bug out for the camera with a heap of energy and enthusiasm for life that made them stand out from other groups of the time. It's clear from their attitude that Leaders know how to make the best out of their time by enjoying the moment and having fun even though Busta appears to be on the verge of becoming irate by the end of the video.

Video: The Band Nemesis Perform The Gap Band's "Yearning For Your Love"

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Enjoy the vibe as these young up and comers demonstrate their happiness within through the songwriting of The Gap Band as they take on the soulful classic "Yearning For Your Love" live from the studio. These guys just don't cover Yearning but seem to pour their own spirit and persona into each  note to make you learn about each of them through the sound of music.

Drums - Chris "C Breezy" Belcher
Sax - Frank Houston
Guitar - Markieth Black
Keys - David Smith III
Bass - Vince Hankins

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