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In '96, Ras Kass & VoooDu Western HemisFear Set it Off Live on The DRUM Show

The West Coast represents with rhymes to leave your soul on ice in '96 as Hip Hop historian Kurlee Daddee presents a tape from his archives. Check out the lyrical wizardry as Ras Kass and Voodu freestyle on The DRUM Show KZSU Standford. 

Nicholas Payton Joins Patrice Rushen, Robert Glasper, Michael Franks & Others on "DRIP"

"Nicholas Payton unveils a new album “Drip,” a new take on six previously recorded original compositions.

The idea for a sweet, slick reworking of the tracks came in 2021 when Payton found himself stuck in Atlanta after a show, his return to New Orleans stalled by Hurricane Ida. Making the most of his downtime and his location, Payton sought out a studio session with musicians who had the precision and soul to capture the energy of signature R&B classics pioneered there." - Nicholas Payton

Chung King Engineer Mike Fronda Shares Funny Stories of Working On Leaders Of The New School's Debut

The Middle Aged Man Show welcomes engineer Mike Fronda who shares memories of classic Hip Hop and classic studio gear. Mike shares some funny memories of recording the Elektra Records debut of L.O.N.S. and a moment of sabotage by Busta in particular. He also talks about some of the most revered pro audio to Hip Hop producers. Topics include the Yamaha SPX90 Reverse Reverb, SP12 with no floppy disc, Reel to Reel tape, 808, Akia MPC 60, MPC 2000, E-MU SP 12 gritty sound, Neve 64 track board-flying faders and more. 

Enjoy some classic L.O.N.S footage below from the cratesofjr YouTube plus a stream of the debut album "A Future Without A Past".

Composer Nick Marks Makes Jazz Fusion Sound Epic on "Cinematic Chromatics Vol. 1"

With a string orchestra and talented musicians at his side, the music of Nick Marks is like blasting off with a propulsion jetpack strapped to your back. Prepare for fun as "Cinematic Chromatics Vol. 1" offers a trip to another world. Strap in as this composer from NYC leads the way to dreamland with his epic and jazzy arrangements. This approach to fusion feels like the adventurous ride of your favorite video game, 

Nick Marks - Composer, Rhodes, Keyboards, Synths, Synth Bass
Doron Lev - Drums and Percussion
Bob Lanzetti - Guitar
Dave Levy - Trumpet
Andrew Gould - Alto Sax
Chase Baird - Tenor Sax (Prelude/Arc of Light, Ride The Dragon, Dorongo)
Sam Dillon - Tenor Sax (Paradiso)
Jimmy O'Connell - Trombone Sarpay “SharpEye” Özçağatay - Flute
Featuring the Budapest String Orchestra conducted by Peter Pejtsik

The Seven Ups Provide A Rush Of Harp-Driven Funk & Soul on "Free Blowing Wind"

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Like the thrill of a Blaxploitation movie score, feel the rush of 'A Free Blowing Wind' by Aussie funksters The Seven Ups. On this song from 'A Free Blowing Wind', the band demonstrate the beauty of the harp when it flows against Funk and Soul. The Seven Ups. Featuring guest artist Mindy Meng Wang on strings.

Teddy Douglas & Friends Pay A Tribute To Q With The Dreamy Sound of 'Bedtime Story"

Slumber never felt so good as Teddy Douglas joins his talented musical companions for a tribute to the great Quincy Jones. Their cover of "Bedtime Story" vibrates with love as it's thumping rhythm and  soulful vibe speaks directly to the heart. This is just one of a few gems from Teddy's tribute that's sure to give you a good feeling. As he and friends leave their stamp on a few of Q's classics, there's a new reason to celebrate with The Dude.

Producer Minnesota Re-Releases Classics & Rarities by Hip Hop Crew Money Boss Players

By JR on 10:37 AM

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The Bronx crew known as Money Boss Players are here to put you in a New York State of mind with their signature street sound. For 2023, their producer Minnesota presents a digital re-release of their music dating back to '92. "Ghetto Chronicles Daily" compiles MBP's rare singles they put out on vinyl to streaming and mp3. The Players keep it hood through and through with dark and aggressive sound that's fortified with Soul. This soundtrack to the streets hits hard in the vein of groups like D.I.T.C. and Real Live.

In '90, Masta Ace, Kid Jazz, Melle Mel, Ice Cube & Yo-Yo Get Down at The New Music Seminar

Straight from the archives of the pioneering DJ known as Double KK is a megablast of live Hip Hop at it's finest. Masta Ace, Kid Jazz, Melle Mel, Ice Cube & Yo-Yo show the competitive nature of Hip Hop as they bust rhymes for the 1990 New Music Seminar. This clip makes me thankful live venues still exist to host Hip Hop competitions, such as battle rap and DMC battles. 

 Below is a full hour-and-a-half recording of the seminar from '88.


Jazzaggression Offers A Musical Massage With The Music Of Misha Panfilov, Greg Foat & Eero Koivistoinen

"Enjoy Foat's rhythmic mastery, jazz-infused mood, and cosmic synths, accompanied by Finland's finest, including the legendary saxophonist Eero Koivistoinen on "Feathers". Listen to Misha Panfilov’s "In Focus" and witness the mastery of beat, mood, and melody as he teams up with Jazzaggression. None can do it better than MISHA PANFILOV." - Jazzaggression 

In '88, Tommy Boy Records Presents The Hip Hop of 4-Ever Fresh On "I Got A Good Thang"

Here to put your body to work in '88 is the boisterous voice of 4-Ever Fresh on Tommy Boy Records. Just by the name alone, you can tell he's here to stick their chest out and boast. On this single, 4-Ever Fresh does just that and demonstrates his gift of gab. Enjoy the larger-than-life aura of a rapper who overflows with charisma and works the mic like a doctor. This urban sound surgeon would eventually go on to inspire another doctor of Hip Hop by getting his voice sampled on the classic debut LP of Dr. Octagon.

"I Got A Good Thang" by 4-Ever Fresh now available on 12" here at eBay.

Time Keeps On Slippin' As Yasuko Agawa Brings Elegance To A Steve Miller Band Classic

Let the remarkable style and grace of a singer take you higher as Yasuko Agawa takes flight. "Fly Like An Eagle" takes a great step into the future with the addition of this attractive sound. Get up as Yasuko Agawa's music takes over this classic tune to propel the listener upward with it's sophisticated Pop sound. On her cover, she uplifts in the vein of a group like Swing Out Sister while remaining true to the aura of this song. Spirituality and a sense of time flows throughout this classic by Steve Miller band, inspiring a new generation of music.

80's Brazilian Funk Duo Lincoln Olivetti & Robson Jorge Re-Emerge With Body-Rocking Music

"Selva Discos is thrilled to announce its new LP release, “Déjà Vu”, a true labor of love project featuring 5 previously unreleased songs from two of Brazil’s most celebrated artists, Robson Jorge and Lincoln Olivetti. Recorded between 1982 and 1986, these tracks take off from the legendary boogie-disco, jazz-funk fusion sound they presented in their first – and only – album together and allow us to have a glimpse of what their planned second volume would sound like. 

Robson Jorge and Lincoln Olivetti have been influential figures in the Brazilian music scene for decades, with their innovative and groovy sound inspiring many artists in Brazil and beyond. They participated in more than 1,000 records, including groundbreaking work with Tim Maia, Marcos Valle, Gilberto Gil, Gal Costa, Rita Lee, and Jorge Ben, either arranging, producing and/or playing in their albums. This release offers a unique opportunity to experience some of their never-heard-before material, each song expertly restored and remastered from Lincoln Olivetti’s vaults to ensure that the original recordings were preserved."


Jazz Re:freshed Singer Sofia Grant Celebrates The Beauty Of Earth's Tone on "Ochre"

Jazz re:freshed always delivers something new and outstanding, and this time it's the graceful sound of singer/composer Sofia Grant. On "Ochre", Sofia becomes the beautiful brown tone of Earth's soil in a song that thumps with energy. The gorgeous tone of her voice and imaginative songwriting describes nature like none other. The color known as ochre becomes vivid to a celebratory vibe driven by the bounce and fusion of World music.

"‘Extinction’ offers a meditation on the themes of climate change, ecological collapse and our relationship with the natural world.

The five-track EP marks Sofia’s first offering as a composer, arranger and producer - alongside her vulnerable and accomplished vocal performance. It is about climate change, nature loss, the impact of human ambition on the natural world, and even the extinction of life as we know it." - Jazz Re:freshed

Sly & The Family Stone & James Brown Collide On "Dance To The Music" (Jay Birch's Soul Power Remix)

It's soul power at it's finest as Sly & The Family Stone, James Brown and Jay Birch command you to get funky on the dance floor. "Dance To The Music" receives a new rhythm on this remix which features heavy drums and the soulful presence of The JB's. This unique remix is sure to rock a party and move those who can appreciate the timeless music of Sly Stone and JB.

Marco Polo & Torae Release The Instrumental Version Of Their Debut "Double Barrel"

This dangerous combination of kicks and snares hit with the impact of a shotgun blast as Marco Polo & Torae drop the instrumentals of "Double Barrel". Let your head bang to one of the most aggressive Hip Hop albums in awhile. Marco Polo's sonic artillery brings out the best of the elite MCs featured on this LP. So press play and witness the sound of warfare in the form of beats and rhymes.