New Music: Erykah Badu

Part two of her New Amerykah series, Return of the Ankh, is due out March 30th. The first single, Window Seat is produced by James Poyser and the Queen herself and features ?uestlove of The Roots on drums.

"Can I get a window seat, don't want nobody next to me, I just want a chance to fly, a chance to cry...."

Return of the Ankh Tracklisting:

1. 20 Feet Tall
2. Window Seat
3. Agitation
4. Get Money
5. Don’t Be Long
6. Love
7. Umm Hmm
8. Fall in Love
9. Incense
10. Out My Mind Just in Time (Part 1)
11. Out My Mind Just in Time (Part 2)

Erykah Badu - Window Seat

New Five One

<a href="http://thefiveone.bandcamp.com/track/remind-me-r-yksopp">Remind ME (Röyksopp) by The Five One</a>

I love these cats! My new goal for the summer is to see them live, even if I have to take a day trip all the way to DC to do it. They're currently working on their Deuce Day World EP, but in the meantime give us another remix. Enjoy!

The Five One -Remind Me ft. Röyksopp


Driis: Idris Elba's Alter Ego

Most recognize the face above as the handsome British actor best known for his stint as Stringer Bell on HBO's critically acclaimed The Wire or as Beyonce's faithful husband in Obsessed. What you may not know is that acting [and being fine] aren't his only talents, he's branching out into music. Coming onto the scene first as a DJ, and now as an artist, he's releasing a five track EP entitled High Class Problems on Monday, the 8th.

Best I Can leaked sometime last year, and while he's not the best vocalist, as you can imagine, the song is still poignant in a way you can only accredit to lyrics drawn on personal experiences. From the sound of it, all the tracks have that same potential, so I'm looking forward to hearing it in its entirety.

Track list:
1. Best That I Can (Written by Driis, Produced by Vitamin D)
2. Please Be True (Written by Driis, Produced by Pete Rock & Driis)
3. Private Garden (Written by Driis, Produced by 9th Wonder)
4. Extraordinary Love (Written by Driis & Hanif Jainlett, Produced by Hanif Jainlett for Hevlar Recordings)
5. Absolutely (Written by Driis & The Klassix, Produced by The Klassix)


New Music: Marsha Ambrosius, Ludacris, Erykah Badu

We've been waiting for a solo album from the Floacist for a while now, and I think we may actually get it in 2010. With new material leaking, it looks her like her voice is as beautiful as ever and the song writing skills are still intact.

Luda's seventh studio album Battle of the Sexes in due out in a month's time now. A Nicki Minaj collaboration (she's making the rounds huh?) just leaked as well as a remix to the club banger How Low, featuring fellow A-town artist Ciara and a little Latin flow fron Pitbull.

Ludacris ft. Nicki Minaj - My Chick Bad

New Amerykah Pt. II: Return of the Ankh releases March 30th without this track featuring the jail-bound Wayne and Bilal, who's making his way back onto the scene.

Before I Was Born: Top Billin'

1980s rap duo Audio Two is most known for their single Top Billin' off their debut What More Can I Say?. The lyrics of Brooklyn emcees Mike Dee and Gizmo have given 50 Cent a modern day hit as well as helped their little sister MC Lyte rise to stardom on the track 10% Dis. Check out this classic hip hop song and how's it's been revived time and again.

Milk is chillin, Giz is chillin

What more can I say? Top billin
That's what we get, got it good
Since you understood...


Q&A: Corinne Bailey Rae

Ms. Rae chats with SoulCulture on the present day artists she reveres, like the undisputed Queen of Soul, Ms. Badu.



Video: Usher

Usher's first single, Hey Daddy (Daddy's Home) on Raymond vs. Raymond, out officially March 30th.


New Music: Corinne Bailey Rae, Mos Def, Travis McCoy

Bonus track off the phenomenal album The Sea, out now.

Corinne Bailey Rae - It Be's That Way Sometimes

"When you think you've found a love, and you have peace of mind, somebody else steals his heart, but it also be's that way sometimes..."

Here's a track left over from The Ecstatic sessions. I see why it was dumped, but it's Mos so I still love it! Also check out the video for some new song called White Drapes, which will be featured on Director/Photographer/Musician Michael Sterling Eaton’s Mictape Vol. 1, featuring Curren$y, Stalley, The Cool Kids and many more.

Mos Def - The Tournament

"Everyday is like your birthday..."

Apparently the front man of Gym Class Heroes, Travis McCoy, is signed to a solo deal with T-Pain. HUH? This track is featured on T-Pain’s Nappy Boy Allstars Volume 1 Mixtape.

Travis McCoy ft. T-Pain & Young Cash- The Manual

"I went to looking for answers in the hospital and came back with a pocket full..."


Video: Corinne Bailey Rae

The Sea
released this past Tuesday! Here's Corinne being quickly interviewed before performing Closer on NBC.


Soldier of Love Previews

As the date draws closer, more sneak peeks are being released from Soldier of Love out February 8th. Sade's premiered three different songs, in three different locations online, on BET.com, MySpace, and Ellen DeGeneres' blog. I've compiled them all here for you.

All three songs are beautiful! I can't wait to hear the album in full.

In Another Time: Listen to Here or Here


Video: Kid Cudi, Chester French, Mariah Carey

Cudderisback with a quick video for the song [freestyle?] he did over Vampire Weekend's Ottoman. A silly clip done while on the road, download the track HERE.

WOW talk about branding, Diddy the marketing guru, gets Chester French and Jadakiss to advertise his liquor, Ciroc, in a song. Off Chester French's Jacques Jams mixtape hosted by Clinton Sparks.

Mariah Carey features Nicki Minaj on the remix to Up Out My Face off her latest, Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel. All you B. Scott love muffins peep him as an extra.


DOWNLOAD: Mr. February (AKA March Madness)

Raheem Devaughn's on the promo trail for his new album The Love & War Masterpeace in stores March 2nd. You may have heard or seen the video for the first single, Bulletproof
featuring Ludacris.

"I named the album 'The Love and War Masterpeace' because I feel that where I am as a person and where we are as a people, we are all trying to master that internal peace and happiness in a very strange time."
  Check out the album's track listing below:

1. Dr. West (Interlude)
2. Bulletproof featuring Ludacris (Produced by Kenny Dope)
3. The Greatness featuring Wale (Produced by Kenny Dope)
4. I Don't Care (Produced by Stereotypes/Co-Produced by Ne-Yo)
5. Black & Blue (Produced by Ronnie "Lil Ronnie" Jackson)
6. Mr. Right (Produced by Ivan "Orthodox" Barias & Carvin "Ransum" Haggins

7. Dr. West (Interlude)
8. Fragile featuring Malik Yusef (Produced by Kenny Dope)
9. My Wife (Produced by Kenny Dope)
10. B.O.B. (Produced by Big Bob, Symfoniz & Jerry Juke Vines)
11. Bedroom (Produced by Kenny Dope)
12. Microphone (Produced by Ronnie "Lil Ronnie" Jackson)
13. Garden of Love (Produced by Kenny Dope)
14. Dr. West (Interlude)
15. Revelations 2010 featuring Damien Marley (Produced by Kenny Dope)
Mr. Devaughn is all about giving free music, so to prelude the album he's released a mixtape, Mr. February aka March Madness, filled with covers and remixes which you can download below.


New Music: HudsonFiascoFoxxMcCartneyGreenGarrett

Mr. Hudson's new single Anyone But Him featuring Kanye West off his solo project Straight No Chaser. This is the single version, where the instrumental has been tweaked.

"School boy fists, we could take this outside, but knowing my luck that f*** would win...anyone but him..."

Mr. Hudson ft. Kanye West - Anyone But Him

Lupe's second single, I'm Beaming, off the upcoming project L.A.S.E.R.S. There's been a lot of controversy over the leaking of his singles

"It's kids who wanna leave and I encourage them, go out and see the world and never return from, yea you don't come back unless you learn something..."

This Tricky Stewart-Dream produced tracked is rumored to be off Jamie's fourth solo project tentatively titled Body.

"Tell that n**** you quit, and you gon' be with me..."

Jamie Foxx - Quit Your Job

2Cents: TheSeaElementofFreedomBlakrocSexTherapy

Sonically, this album is not as rose colored as the British crooner's debut. Tragedy in the death of her husband has created, surprisingly, not a dark album, but an electrifying, emotionally charged, melodic, and pleasingly optimistic work that only Corinne's sweet voice, now layered with experience can evoke.

Ms. Keys gives us another round of tracks with her perspective on love and life, and every bout gets better. The title is fitting as every track gives you a feeling of power and a sense of being unstoppable, with Alicia's voice strong and commanding throughout. I'm hoping the Drake assisted Unthinkable will be the third single.

Just over a half hour, Dame Dash's project with rock/blues group Black Keys and various hip hop artists from Ludacris to Raekwon is a chill album to cool out to. Mos Def's contributions are definitely the highlights, and vocal appearances from ex-Rocafella artist Nicole Wray are a nice touch to the all boys club.

Robin Thicke's sexy, but in case we forgot, or somehow missed the memo, he's hitting us with an overtly sexual record which will definitely have long time fans cringing initially. The first half is more light hearted and sexually liberal, inciting help from emcees Jay-Z, Kid Cudi and Nicki Minaj. The latter half with Estelle, The Game and Jazmine Sullivan gets back to the essence of our favorite blue eyed soul man, and will save the record for those who aren't exactly ready to shake it for daddy.


Get To Know: The Five One Band

<a href="http://thefiveone.bandcamp.com/album/free-remixes">LA Girl (Weezer) by The Five One</a>

Regulars to the blog know I'm a huge fan of The Five One Band out of the DC-Maryland-Virginia area. The band's started uploading YouTube videos to give fans a more in depth look at the people behind the colors [Red, Blue, Green & Gold] and the music.

Preview and download their 5109 Remix album free above [just hit the red DOWNLOAD button in the player], which they cut short in favor of making an EP of all new original Five One music, if you haven't heard any of their material before, or haven't heard all 31 of the unnervingly great remixes they put out last year.

Everything is art is everything...

To call them characters would be an understatement. Get familiar with The Five One:



Video: Jay Electronica, Mos Def, Theophilus London, Ludacris

New Orleans own Jay Electronica hits us with a second sneak peak video [check out Dear Moleskine too] of superior visuals and audio, for Exhibit A, letting us know what’s to come for the talented rapper. As great as these clips are, I’m tired of all this peekin’. In the words of Rock City, Put The Fuckin Album Out! Or something, lol.

“The tale of his life is the tale of a writer of incredible vision…a reckless hedonist and dis-effective malcontent…”

Black Dante releases a video for History, his third single from the summer album The Ecstatic featuring longtime collaborator Talib Kweli in this black and white two minute clip.

“Kweli say everybody act according to the season that they born in…”



DOWNLOAD: Boudoir Synema: The Great Mistapes

<a href="http://jdavey.bandcamp.com/album/boudoir-synema-the-great-mistapes">Fight The Daylight by J*DaVeY</a>

Download J*Davey's newest material, a five track EP entitled Boudoir Synema: The Great Mistapes that was released last month on Christmas. It's twenty plus minutes of sheer electric joy that only Brook and Jack know how to serve up.


Before I Was Born: Between The Sheets

Cincinatti, Ohio natives, The Isley Brothers, had a hit with the title track of their 1983 album, Between the Sheets. Being sampled many times over, check out some of the various ways in which the Isley's hit has relived past its glory days.

Ooh...baby, baby
I feel your love surrounding me
Whoa...ho...ho...ho...hoo...ooh...baby, baby
Makin’ love between the sheets


Video: Eric Roberson, Jesse Boykins, Little Dragon

One of my favorite songs from Music Fan First, Eric Roberson's duet with Lalah Hathaway, Dealing. The concept for the video stays true to the song, my question is, did Eric get what he deserved?

Jesse Boykins' black and white clip for Itis off of The Beauty Created album.

In a kaleidoscope, black and white video for Never Never off their latest effort Machine Dreams, Little Dragon front woman Yukimi gives us interesting perspectives of herself to mull over.

LOOKOUT!: Anticipating Releases of 2010

Sade [[Soldier of Love]]

After a ten year hiatus the British beauty and lead singer of the self titled band is back to reign the quiet storm airwaves once again. With a worldwide release in nearly two weeks on February 8th, no inch of this globe will be without the sounds of her voice floating through their speakers, wafting onto the streets. Check out the mysterious militaristic video for the title single below.

Drake [[Thank Me Later]]

The Canadian taking the rap game by storm has pushed back his long awaited debut from a Valentine's Day release to sometime in March. The So Far Gone artist already has big names on the project like Jay-Z and The Dream, but with no material leaked as of yet, we're sill in the dark as to the direction and sound.

Usher [[Raymond vs. Raymond]]

When the buzz single Papers released in October, I immediately thought this project was an attempt to reclaim the magic of Confessions, putting his personal life on wax again. The rest of the material that has leaked fromUsher's sixth studio album due out March 2nd like the first single Hey Daddy (Daddy's Home) featuring Plies has me expecting a set of more personal, heart felt songs pitted against the playboy in the 31 year old newly divorced bachelor. Everything I've heard has been pretty flat, but it's Usher so I'll keep my fingers crossed for better material .

Bilal [[Air Tight's Revenge]]

Every Bilal fan I know is still trying to beat symptoms of withdrawal by playing the 1st Born Second album and Love for Sale, the shelved album everyone seems to own, on repeat. Check out this interview done with OkayPlayer recently, where he talks about the upcoming album, his Grammy nod, and his song writing process. Mr. Wonderful says the "main goal is to mix jazz, hip-hop, soul, blues, and experimental free music into one." You can check out a live video of him performing Levels, the first new material from the album in the link as well.



HAPPY NEW YEAR! This is SUPER LATE. Better late than never, right? I've super busy with the Holidays and preparing to study abroad in London [where I currently am now, and will be for the next 5 months]!

No worries LVSXMusic is back though. The hiatus is over. Keep checking back everyday as I try to catch up with everything I've missed and the abundance of new music that's coming round the corner because 2010 is going to be a GREAT YEAR!

Any idea on where to start? LOL

Thanks for sticking it out with us! = ]