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11.29.2009

Heavy Rotation: JamieTheophilusRihannaJDaveyKelisAlicia

I'm really feeling Jamie's new single, Speak French, for his fourth studio album, tentatively titled Body. The certified freak enlists Gucci (brrr) on the Bangladesh produced track, who to my surprise, offers a clever verse to the track.

I don't speak French, but I'll tongue you down...

Download Speak French |** Alternative Link **



Pairing with Mountain Dew's Green Label, Theophilus London releases Humdrum Town featuring fellow Brooklyn-ite Jesse Boykins III.

Now its us in this humdrum town I'm gonna keep my eyes on you...

Download Humdrum Town | ** Alternative Link **




Hole In My Head featuring Justin Timberlake is the bonus track for Rated R.

Sometimes I get crazy and I ain't scared of nobody...Don't look at me funny like you ain't hearing what I said, I got a hole in my head...





J* Davey is releasing their new album Boudoir Synema: The Great Mistape on Christmas day (YYAAHH!). Here's the first single, Outta The World.

Thought I knew just where to go, thought I had something to say, what do I know...





Kelis is making her comeback to the music scene with a dance track I'm now officially obsessed with, Acapella produced by David Guetta.

Before you, my whole life was acapella now a symphony is the only song to sing...

Download Acapella | ** Alternative Link **




Alicia's wispy, yet strong voice definitely takes you into a daydream on this mystical song, Dreaming. While not on any of the official tracklistings for her new album The Element Of Freedom, if it's any indication of the type of music we can look forward to, we're in for quite a treat.

Try to keep my feet on the ground, but the feeling knocks me down...

Download Dreaming | ** Alternative Link **

-S.

Before I Was Born: Tears On My Pillow

Little Anthony & The Imperials first major hit, Tears On My Pillow released in 1958 reaching to #4 on the BillBoard charts. Covered countless times since, you may have heard a version of this song on the soundtrack to Grease, by Kylie Minogue, New Edition or countless others.

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11.28.2009

Mixtapes of The Moment: Lupe Fiasco

Lupe released the mixtape Enemy of the State: A Love Story, as promised on Thanksgiving Day in anticipation for his new album We Are Lasers due in the first quarter of 2010. Friend of The People, another mixtape, will be coming on Christmas Day!

Tracklist:
1. Intro
2. The National Anthem
3. Turnt Up
4. Yoga Flame
5. Lazers (skit)
6. Angels Remix
7. So Ghetto
8. Say Somethin
9. Thank You
10. The One
11. Popular Demand
12. HP Skit

DOWNLOAD EOS:ALS | **ALTERNATIVE LINK**
-S.

11.25.2009

Videos: Nola Darling, Keri Hilson, The Clipse, Timbaland

Here's a new video for Step To Me from spunky hip hop duo Nola Darling consisting of Nikkobya from Queens, NY and Aziza from Los Angeles. Co-starring rapper/DJ MeLo-X and Double 0 (of Kidz In The Hall), from their forthcoming EP A Rude Gal’s Guide To…

Keri Hilson is making international waves with her song I Like, on the soundtrack for a German film. I love the Euro dance feel of the song, a different sound for Keri, but it fits well nonetheless.

Diary Of A NERD

It's eerie how just the other day I was talking with some friends about how MTV's Diary was the best show that network ever produced, and it's a shame how they don't do it anymore. Most memorably, it gave us intimate moments with Aaliyah before her untimely death, which you can watch HERE.

Then voilà, this video makes its way onto the net, previews of a new episode featuring N.E.R.D! I hope they talk about Chad Hugo's noticably disappearnce and the new addition, a female vocalist from Canada, Rhea with whom they're working on their fourth studio album with, tenatively titled Instant Gratification , due in 2010.

-S.

The S Factor: Sade & Solange

Next year is looking like a marvelous year for comebacks, with records from Toni Braxton, Bilal, Amy Winehouse (fingers and toes crossed), and now, most definitely, another British import Ms. Sade Adu. The stunning leading lady of the self-named band Sade will release a new album, Soldier of Love, on February 8, 2010. Ten years overdue, it will be the group’s first studio album since 2000’s Lovers Rock.

The album art is absolutely beautiful, and artistic, exactly what we can expect from her musically as well. The album is up for presale on Amazon.


Solange Knowles is also working on new music to follow up her stellar debut Sol-Angel & the Hadley St. Dreams, which is still heavily on repeat might I add. This song Stillness is the Move leaked last week, which at first listen might be inseperable from Erykah Badu's Bag Lady, which sampled Dr. Dre's Xxplosive. Take a second listen, or however many you need to appreciate the track for her smooth interpretation and story line.


Also, in an interview Wale gave us a little more insight into what she's been working on, including a soulful interpretation of 25 Lighters, a Houston rap classic by DJ DMD featuring KeKe and Fat Pat.


-S.

Videos: Janet Jackson, Alicia Keys, Robin Thicke, Toni Braxton



The year of 2009 is coming to a solid close with new albums from R&B heavyweights Alicia Keys and Robin Thicke, a reminiscent venture with Janet Jackson; and giving us something to look forward to for 2010, Ms. Braxton is breathing life and giving a a new pulse to R&B. Check out videos for each of these projects after the jump.

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11.10.2009

International Treasure: Taio Cruz

The gorgeous man looming over these words in none other than Great Britain's own Taio Cruz. This talented musician released his self produced debut Departure in 2008 to rave reviews. The twelve track LP detailed love's trials and tribulations, with his voice bold and beautiful over every instrumental, whether it be the strings on I Can Be or the airy background vocals of She's Like A Star. Mainly a collection of ballads, the album received criticism for not being diversified, however that distinction doesn't and shouldn't take away from the stellar effort put into each track.

His latest album Rokstarr which was released this past October, shows the diversity those critics were looking for in a pop record. Dirty Picture is definitely a departure from his previous work, both in content and sound, but still manages to stay true to who Cruz is as an artist. An eclectic mix of Euro-dance tracks, R&B, soul and pop, his sound appeals to a variety of listeners, allowing him to produce and write for artists like Brittany Spears to Brandy.

He hasn't made his way across the pond officially, but expect to hear more from Taio wether on the mic, or behind it.

Now I feel that this heart, of mine has
taken many falls,
Still sometimes the rain, can turn into a
waterfall,
And the prettiest things, can come out
of the coldest night,
And even with broken wings, sometimes
you find your way to fly


Below are my favorite songs from the Brazilian-Nigerian singer, in no particular order of course. Continue after the jump to watch some of his videos.



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Kinky Tuesdays: Kinky News

Another busy week, another long Tuesday…

This Kinky Tuesday is strictly for your amusement and to remind you that there is such a thing as too kinky…

Seriously, if the police ever have to get involved, then you might want to rethink some of your kinky activities:

Auto Erotica

Danny Brawner Mug Shot 2009

This bit of news is about a man who (clearly intoxicated) pulled down his pants and humped

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Video: Omarion


Here's the official music video for Omarion's 1st single, I Get It In, from the album Ollusion due in the 1st quarter of 2010. The visuals aren't spectacular but dancing is pretty dope, check it out for yourself.

-S.

11.09.2009

Before I Was Born: Intimate Friends

Once a former lead singer for The Temptations, Eddie Kendricks decided to break from the group and begin his solo career in 1971. Slowly making a name for himself separate of the legendary quintet, Kendricks produced classics like 1977s Intimate Friends, a song that has been sampled many times over in the last two decades. From Alicia Keys to Snoop Dogg, check out the original and the many ways it has been reinvented after the jump.

11.08.2009

Bilal's Back!

I recently posted a link to an article in BillBoard revealing Bilal’s return to the spotlight with a new album in 2010. Here is the first sonic clue as to the direction of the album in a live performance of a new song, Levels. Like the article mentioned and as this video elaborates on, he’s experimenting with an electro-jazz rock feel. I’m definitely digging it. Bilal Sayeed Oliver can do no wrong in my eyes. What do you think?


-S.

Hidden Treasure: Amy Serrata

Amy Serrata is a singer/songwriter out of California, jazzing up the world with her sultry, melodious voice and inspiring lyrics. Songs like Into The Big Bad World, joyously, make me feel like I can take on anything with a smile on of course. Check out snippets of her album below, which you can hear in its entirety at IMEEM.

She advises in Soul Food to be careful what you feed your soul, but no fear, her self titled album is exactly what your soul needs. Support this rising star by purchasing her stellar debut on her website HERE. You can also learn more about the songstress by reading an interview done by SoulUK.

Continue to check out a vlog of her singing one of her favorite songs River Stay Away from My Door.



Video: The Noisettes


London based group The Noisettes released the video for their fourth single, Every Now & Then. Be sure to pick up their album Wild Young Hearts in stores now.

-S.

11.07.2009

Q&A: Jesse Boykins III, Colin Munroe, Melanie Fiona, NERD & J.Cole

This is a visually stunning video of an interview with soul singer Jessie Boykins III, where he talks about learning to produce music.

Learn more about Canadian singer/songwriter and LVSXM fave Colin Monroe as he speaks on his journey in music and the genre bending generation we are today.


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11.06.2009

Video: Phil Ade


Here is DC rapper Phil Ade's video for Hollywood off the mixtape Starting On JV, my second favorite track, following One of course.


**UPDATED**

Check out a recent interview with Phil to learn more about this upcoming rapper and his mixtape.



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-S.

11.05.2009

Where In The World Is: Tweet

This Southern Hummingbird flew onto the scene in 2002 with her provocative hit Oops (Oh My) that had everyone wondering what this newcomer was all about. Tweet soon showed us on her debut that she was a sultry songstress seemingly ready to take the R&B world by storm. However, her sophomore effort It's Me Again released three years later was met with less acclaim. Since then, she's been featured on The Dresden Soul Sympathy album reinterpreting soul hits alongside Bilal and Dwele and working on a third album that I'm unsure will ever see a retailer's shelves.


Where In The World Is Tweet?

Video: Trey Songz

WARNING!: LADIES, YOUR PANTIES MAY BE WET AFTER WATCHING THIS VIDEO.

Trey Songz latest single for Ready, Invented Sex is a steamy black and white video that rivals Usher's Trading Places in the sex borderline porno category.

Enjoy!

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-S.

11.03.2009

Videos: Raheem Devaughn, Chrisette Michele, Jesse Boykins, Lily Allen

Raheem Devaughn steps away from his usual lyrics of love to speak passionately on some political and social issues, which he illustrates perfectly with a heavy use of graphics and visual imagery.



Chrisette Michele sashays around in her new video for Fragile (Remix) featuring Wale, and not much else. As uninteresting as this video is, I still love her though.

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Hidden Treasure: Marques Toliver

Adele, one of my favorite female vocalists has been raving about a young man by the man of Marques Toliver. Currently residing in Brooklyn by way of Florida, the 22 year old singer, songwriter, and musician (violin, piano, guitar) has also captured my ears with his emotive sound. The talented singer gives us songs filled with soul, heavily laced with classical undertones and lyrics that spin tales of melancholy, yet beautiful moments.

With no major record label deal he is often seen playing around the city from small stages to the subway, selling physical copies of his material. As we wait for more material from the uninhibited mind of this young musician, playing his YouTube videos featuring covers and original material on repeat will have to suffice. Check out a few after the jump.

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Mixtapes Of The Moment: DJ Jazzy Jeff, Idle Warship, Mike Posner, Lil' Wayne

Just in time for the release of the movie This Is It, DJ Jazzy Jeff put out his mixtape in honor of the late, great King of Pop. I know there's been a million and one MJ mixtapes released in the past 5 months, but a little more Michael never hurt anybody. RIP




One of my favorite groups, Idle Warship, comprised of rapper Talib Kweli and singers Res and Graph have finally put out a full length compilation. Comprised by Mick Boogie, the mixtape features both old and new songs from the group. Check out an interview with Talib and Graph at OkayPlayer.

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Videos: 50 Cent, Alicia Keys, Jay-Z, Ne-Yo


The first single for 50 Cent's fourth album Before I Self Destruct enlists the help of Ms. Kelly Roland. One of his best videos to date, 50 imagines Kelly having not one, but three of his babies in this video, only to be disappointed in the end.



Ms. Keys, a piano and some special effects make up this simple video for the first single for her forthcoming fourth studio album, Freedom, her world disappears around her when the one she loves is gone.

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Kinky Tuesdays: Kinky Nicki

Okay, I get it let me think, I guess it’s my turn,

Maybe it’s time to put this pu$$y on your side burns

- Nicki Minaj

So no it’s not a typo, she is trying to put her pussy on someone’s sideburns,

& if you’re confused good. You should be.

Nicki Minaj’s “unique” voice and “interesting” lyrics have led to an increase in her popularity

And I dedicate this Kinky Tuesday to her and her kinky yet confusing lyrics.

So fellas,

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Before I Was Born: I Know You Got Soul

IT'S BEEN A LONG TIME, I SHOULDN'T HAVE LEFT YOU [WITHOUT A DOPE BLOG TO READ THROUGH]

I apologize for my absence from the blogging world. Life's just been a little hectic, but nevertheless, I'm back!What's a better note to return on than a classic Eric B. & Rakim song, I Know You Got Soul. Off their 1987 Paid in Full record, the song samples a plethora of songs from Bobby Byrd to The Jackson 5. Continue to check out songs like The Cool Kids' Pump Up The Volume, that borrow the words of this classic rhyme.

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