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Celebrate The Beat Of Run DMC's Classics On "The Instrumentals" Series

The legendary trio from Hollis Queens receive the instrumental reissue treatment on this 2019 series. Now available as a digital stream and download.


70's Disco DJ Byron Rice Digs In His Archive For Rare Tapes Of Dance Floor Classics

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Riceman The Niceman has been at this since 1974 as a radio and club DJ. Now thanks to Soundcloud, we can hit play and experience the classics he spun back in the day. Thankfully Bryon was good at archiving his sets, and the result is hours of dancefloor heaters. As a true analog lover, he not only captures the fun and celebratory spirit of Disco in the 70's and 80's, but also celebrates the warmth of tape. Enjoy these tapes and many more at Byron's Soundcloud.

Where J Dilla Meets John Coltrane: The Bap Notes Band Know What Love Is On Their Debut

The joyful sound of The Bap Notes is bound to make you fall in love as they strive to achieve a climax of pleasure in music on their debut "Share". The self-proclaimed "where J Dilla Meets Coltrane" vibe of this band isn't an imitation of Jay Dee, but a unique and refreshing moment of feel-good fusion. Relaxation awaits you on this instrumental project which merges elements of Hip Hop, Soul and Jazz as The Bap Notes explore new expressions of groove.

Producer Kev Choice Gathers MCs Who Relieve Stress From The Pandemic On "Silver Lining"

Let Hip Hop be your guide to relieve the pressure you've had to consume during COVID as these great minds use beats and rhymes as therapy. Pianist/Keyboardist/M.C./Producer/Composer/Bandleader Kev Choice grabs Mistah F.A.B., Kevin Allen, Brookfield Deuce, Mani Draper to discover a "Silver Lining". This uplifting production strikes the right notes musically to make you envision brighter days as Kev tells a story of survivial and perseverance. From his 2020 album "Social Distancing".

Hear A Rare Jaylib Interview During The "Champion Sound" Tour, Courtesy of Dan Greenpeace

"In late 2003 when Dilla, Madlib, Peanut Butter Wolf & J Rocc were in in the UK to conduct a quick promo tour for the Champion Sound, the guys came into London's 104.9 XFM for an interview and freestyle session. A snippet of this was included on the 2013 Stones Throw DVD 'Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton' but this is the full audio available for the first time #RIPDilla" - Dan Greenpeace

DJ Cutmaster Alpha Presents An Online Collection Packed With Late-80's Hip Hop Flavor

Feel the ridiculous bass of Cutmaster Alpha who takes it back with pounding 808's, funky scratches and witty rhymes on his obscure rap channel. This YouTube account pays tribute to rare 12" singles from areas of The U.S. that are unassuming to have the type of groups that get busy. Alpha digs up flavor from Nasville TN Hip Hop acts who get down with the best of them. He also focuses on the all-time greats, such as the video below of Spinderella and Clark Kent teaching scratching back in '89. Much more available at his YouTube page.

Stream Ne-Yo's "In My Own Words" Deluxe 15th Anniversary Edition + A Tribute by Suddenly September

Def Jam celebrates 15 years of Ne-Yo's "In My Own Words" with an expanded release, featuring acoustic, remix and instrumental versions. Revisit an outstanding sound of R&B that is still capable of setting the party off right. Ne-Yo brings you back to a time when this genre struck a great balance between mainstream appraise and Hip Hop culture in it's style and appeal. The singer is at his best as he croons over thumping grooves to project universal visions and dreams of love and happiness. 

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Below, Suddenly September lend their attractive Pop appeal to a revisit of Ne-Yo's "So Sick" for a cover that brings great joy and new musicality to the song.

Mausiki Scales Let's The Drum Remind You Of The Motherland On "Westwest Africa"

"WESTWEST AFRICA is also a praise song for the late historian, Sterling Stuckey. Stuckey’s philosophies on the influence of African culture in identity formation among enslaved people of African descent inform Scales’ musical expression. Stuckey’s legacy bears fruit in WWA as the compositions travel a circular path through various musical genres and global regions. Via Afrobeat, Funk, jazz-fusion, spoken word, and New Orleans Blues from Guinea to Atlanta and back, Scales takes listeners on a virtual “ring shout.” Like Stuckey’s work, Scales’ musical tour circuits the Atlantic World. In essence, Scales’ expeditions allow him to deliver listeners a musical harvest in the form of an African/Diasporic sonic history." - Kenja McCray, PhD Associate Professor of History Atlanta Metropolitan State College

Have A Funky Good Time With The Stream & Reissue Of Gaston's 1978 LP "My Queen"

A cross between the sounds of Roy Ayers Music Project, Kool & The Gang and The Barkays would be a good way to describe this one. Enjoy the stream and reissue of this feel-good project by an obscure band known as Gaston. 7 slamming tracks take you on a journey of funk-driven happiness as this unit show love and affection with exciting diversity.

Now available as a 2020 vinyl reissue and Apple Music digital stream.

Backing Vocals – Brodus Jackson, Robert Fluid, Valentino Burroughs
Drums – William Fewell
Guitar – Quincy Huitt
Keyboards – Valentino Burroughs
Percussion – Charles Howe, Randy Hudson
Piano – Jerry Reid
Producer – Charles Howe
Vocals – Randy Hudson, Virginia Gaskins

The Rongetz Foundation Are Smooth But Deadly With The Jazz Of "Velvet Bullet"

The vibe is laid-back as The Rongetz Foundation embark on a journey of upbeat instrumental Jazz Fusion on "Velvet Bullet". Flute and vibraphone is heavy throughout this project as the main ingredient in a recipe for some of the coolest tunes out. If rhythm was a weapon, Rongetz would be a powerful one as a group who lay down lively grooves.

Questlove's Masterclass Teaches Music Curation & DJing, The Roots Go Deluxe & Perform With Baby Rose

MasterClass collaborates with another master of their craft who is known for his vast knowledge of music and talent on percussion. Join Questlove Teaches Music Curation and DJing which is the official Masterclass of The Roots drummer. Ahmir Thompson aka “coolest man on late-night” is here to demonstrate his skills and experience in collecting and mixing music. Quest has educated us musically in numerous ways through his DJ sets, blogging, shows, etc. but now you can experience it in a deeper way that's designed to educate. But now on this renowned educational platform, the Grammy winner teaches you like never before, from the comfort of your home. 

Explore DJ techniques, expand your musical vocabulary, and learn how to shift seamlessly from genre to genre. The Proceed drummer delves into hip-hop, neo-soul, jazz, R&B, and more and shows how to curate your own playlist.

Get ready for the deluxe reissue of "Do You Want More?" set to drop in mid-March 2021, pre-order available now at Amazon. Below, Cadillac Presents The Arrival Sessions with The Roots & Baby Rose, featuring the Next Generation 2021 Escalade. The performance begins at the 41:06 mark.

Cella Dwellas & Ran Reed Link With Producer AMAZING MAZE & DJ Danetic On "No Comp"

You would've thought this was a leftover from the Cella Dwellas classic debut from the ways this beat knocks with gritty SP1200 sound. For 2021, German Hip Hop talents AMAZING MAZE & DJ Danetic make an international connection with Cella Dwellas & Ran Reed on "No Comp". This aggressive cut brings out the comptetive spirit of Hip Hop with MCs, a DJ and producer who all demonstrate their purpose to be better than the average.

In '73, Barrett Strong Makes Worship A Funky Affair On "Stand Up And Cheer For The Preacher"

Leave it to the genre known as Funk to turn a commonplace moment of life into a funky affair. In '73, Barrett Strong accomplishes this as he evokes a new and exciting vision of religion on "Stand Up And Cheer For The Preacher". Like many Funk songs of this time, Barrett injects the persona and flair of the modern day soul brother into this song. The result is a preacher with a style like you've never seen before.

Label: Epic – 5-11011 Format: Vinyl, 7" Country: US Released: 1973 Credits: Arranged By – Barrett Strong, Paul Riser Producer – Barrett Strong Written-By – B. Strong Produced for Cidmantoy Productions, Ltd. 1973 CBS Inc.


Laquan's 1989 Album "Notes Of A Native Son" Reissued & Streaming Digitally

You can send the New Jack Swing influence across parts of this album, and in it's day he probably got criticism for it. However, Laquan provides a balance between that and funky sounds on his '89 debut "Notes Of A Native Son". This simply too positive MC has lessons in store as he uses his lyrical theory to kick black history facts and examine the injustices and pitfalls of society.


Antoinette & Big Daddy Kane Get Funky For Marley Marl & Mr. Magic On WBLS FM

A little taste of the Golden Era courtesy of the woman's who's got an attitude and a raw microphone lord. For the late 80's, Antoinette & Big Daddy Kane get funky on a radio promo for one of Hip Hop's greatest radio shows. Decades after it's initial run, the radio shows of Marley Marl & Mr. Magic on WBLS FM continue to present gems for us to enjoy.