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Nord1kone & El Da Sensei Are Out To Bomb Like Vietnam On "Colors Of The Jungle"

Journey with these 3 bombers as they escape the yard on a note of dope beats and rhymes on "Colors Of The Jungle". Nord1kone & El Da Sensei join Cyph4 on a tribute to getting up on this graffiti-inspired Hip Hop song. Heavy drums thump to the rhythm of an upright bass loop and echoing horns as each MC leaves the track vibrant as a work of street art.

Below, Artifacts make a return to the stage for summer 2021 as they rock da house with DJ Toshi.

Shabazz The Disciple Lays Down His Exciting Autobiography In Rhyme On "The One"

Shabazz The Disciple returns heroically with one of the most thrilling autobiographies in rhyme on "The One". Baz stands his own as the only MC to flow like a disciple as he attacks the mic with a prophetic approach mixed with the drama of street life. Take a journey through life with The Hood Christ on this song from his 2006 limited-edition project that was never officially released until now.

R&B Singer CandySoul Discovers The Sweet Taste Of Victory On "Love Myself More"

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Witness the power of self as CandySoul's soulful sound inspires your ability to love yourself more as well as those around you. This outstanding voice of R&B discovers a way to express self-love with a groove that is smooth as butter. Many musicians often choose a dramatic approach to convey confidence and heroism. However, CandySoul is the victor as she gets the message across beautifully with her smooth and soulful persona.

Main Source Perform In '92 On Canadian TV, Mikey D Chats With Super Lover Cee & Casanova Rud

Main Source perform an unreleased song from their classic debut with a rare moment of Large Pro rockin the mic without his glasses on. In a more recent clip, Main Source's 2nd MC Mikey D links with the dynamic duo Super Lover Cee & Casanova Rud to talk music in-depth on The Producer's Corner. Enjoy this moment of past and present Queens Hip Hop greatness.


UnitedSoul Collective Pump Up The Rhythm On A Revisit To Lonnie Liston Smith's "Expansions"

"Osunlade brings the funk out in his extended “Yoruba Soul Mix”, while Ian Friday was so inspired that he decided to make his own cover version with the “Libation Remake” featuring Byron J Moore on vocals.

Completing the package is Chi-Town’s very own Excursions crew (Cordell Johnson & Skorpeze) taking it to the club with their “Excursions Go Deep Remix”.

They also provide a digital bonus with the "Excursions Break Of Dawn Mix"." - r2 records

Biz Markie, Roxanne Shante & Cool V Rock The Stage in Glasgow, Tats Cru Pay Tribute

Juice Crew all-stars Biz Markie, Roxanne Shante and Cool V get down live at Scratch in Glasgow back in '06. After some technical difficulties, Biz kicks off the show with his classics and toward the end gets on the turntables. Below, Fat Joe and his Tats Cru pay tribute to The Biz with a fat mural. 

Enjoy more Biz Markie memories here at his Vimeo channel.


Herb Alpert Talks Music With Tom Scott & Creates Magic With SIDIBE & Devin Morrison

T.R.O.Y. sax man Tom Scott invites many of the musical greats he's known in the course of his 50-year career as a legendary saxophonist and composer. Hop on Tom's Podcast Express as he visits with master musicians, actors, writers, filmmakers, members of the media and politicos as they talk about their struggles and triumphs. One of those is the great Herb Alpert. The two friends discuss Herb’s start into the music business, songwriting, Sam Cooke, the evolution of the Tijuana Brass, that famous cover featuring whipped cream, A&M Studios, and the power of music as it pertains to life.

Above, Herb is the mugician as he lends his legendary horn to a collaboration with SIDIBE & Devin Morrison. As two generations of music unite as one, magic is created as each challenge the art of R&B. "Ready Enough" is a blissful groove as SIDIBE and Devin's soothing tones drive you to a heavenly place.


Michael Jackson & The Beatles Meet The Latin Fire of Banda Achilifunk & PATAX

Here comes the sun as Banda Achilifunk & PATAX celebrate yesterday with outstanding cover versions of Michael Jackson & The Beatles. If you've got worries, it's time to let it be as these bands proceed to get your hips swaying to the rhythm with fiery Latin grooves. This fusion of culture in music is here to redefine the meaning of festivity with musicians who demonstrate their badness.

Zé Carlos Bigorna Join Jazz-Funk Greats Azymuth & Others On "Yramaia"

Zé Carlos Bigorna plus Jazz-Funk Greats Azymuth create the perfect combination for pleasure with the laid-back and groovy sounds of "Yramaia". Rest, relax and release to this Latin lullaby as these seasoned musicians demonstrate the soothing side of Brazilian music.

Musicians D Mills & Amber Navran Anticipate A Time For Love With "Leave The Light On"

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The light always shines when either of these outstanding artists create music from the soul and display their glow. With D Mills on production and Amber Navran on vocals, it's time for love as they make a soulful declaration. Check out "Leave The Light On", an outstanding cut from D Mills' summer 2021 album "Prism".

For The Year Of '93, Listen To The Masters Of Funk & 9 Double M "Go Bang"

In an early appearance on the mic, 9 Double M aka NINE hits you off with the fat raps on the Masters Of Funk collaboration "Go Bang". Nod your head and reminisce on a time when an MC could make you want to jump around and have fun, yet be as lethal as a weapon.

Now available on vinyl here at BullTrax Records.

Relax, Relate & Release With Zo! & Tall Black Guy, Who Rock Live @ Millennium Stage 2021

"Relax | Relate | Release is a three-day explosion of joy and play that brought together the various elements of stress-free gallivanting and creativity—powered by three Black women curators. Creative Nomads, Goldie Patrick and LiL SoSo Productions are proud to present a live performance by Zo! and Tall Black Guy as part of the festivities. These performers entice you to get lost in a deep sea of emotions, while allowing you to groove while exploring their most recent works." - The Kennedy Center

"Abstractions" by Zo! & Tall Black Guy out now.


Pudgee Tha Phat Bastard is "Doin MC's Sum'n Terrible" ('93 Remix feat Frank Nitti, Rascals & Tommy Gunn)

This rare remix from Pudgee's debut represents a more grimy vibe than the original on "Doin MC's Sum'n Terrible" remix feat Frank Nitti, Rascals & Tommy Gunn. Just one of many dope b-side undergground cuts that Tha Phat Bastard blessed us with back in the early 90's.

The Vietnam War Song Project: Musicians Envision One Of America's Greatest Conflicts

The Vietnam War Song Project YouTube channel complies songs and genre-based playlists of Vietnam War songs and spoken-word records. The purpose of this project is for those listening to learn about the Vietnam War, the music and the artists. Check out their 'Nam Soul and Funk collection above, The Blues below and many more themed playlists at their channel.

Engage In Some Funk Wizdom With Bernard Purdie, Chuck Rainey, George Clinton & Nona Hendrix

A deep-dive, no-hype, real-talk interview with the Godfather of Funk himself, George Clinton. R&B Hall of Famer Nona Hendryx (Labelle, Mamafunk) will sit down with George for a no-holds-barred conversation about art, music, sex, hopes and dreams, life and afterlife. Renowned Jazz bassist Christian McBride catches up with Bernard Purdie and Chuck Rainey to reflect on the journey of musical greatness each has taken thus far.

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