Video: Black Moon In-Store Performance Just Before The Debut Of "Enta Da Stage"

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Buckshot proves he's hot enough to shoot a fair one with the devil as he joins 5ft Accelerator and DJ Evil Dee to lead this 1992 in-store performance to promote the release of Black Moon's classic debut "Enta Da Stage". A crowded record spot bears witness to the young and hungry aggression of Buck and 5 as they introduce an attitude and visual approach to portraying the streets through Hip Hop which would shape the genre for years to come.

This footage from Sound Xpress Record Store in New Brunswick, NJ. was recorded by D.W. and Kurt Nice for EnToon Cable Show and uploaded courtesy of Kurtiss Jackson.

Enta da Stage by michael flierl on Grooveshark

100 Percent Barz: Producer Compilation feat. Evil Needle, The Symphony, Aceman, Sivey & More

Enjoy a collection of beats by an emerging movement of producers who challenge the art of making you snap your neck with a combination of crate digging, composing and instrumentation. This exciting 49-track compilation which demonstrates diversity and experimentation in various styles of Hip Hop production is designed to inspire the MC to spit 100 Percent Barz, featuring the music of Evil Needle, The Symphony, Aceman, Sivey, Deuce Maxwell, Illingsworth, J57 and more.

New Soul Rebels Adrian Younge, RZA & Raphael Saadiq Explore Music In New Mini-Doc

These great minds all have one thing in common besides being groundbreaking and innovative musicians, they all look to the past as inspiration to create classics for the present and future to admire. Take a look into the minds of Adrian Younge, RZA, Raphael Sadeeq, Bilal and DJ Premier in this mini-doc and read the full feature on NOWNESS:

Planet Asia & Tri-State Talk The Indie Hustle, DuRag Dynasty, New Stars & More With HHV

The Gold Chain Military name remains strong as Planet Asia, Tr-State and DirtyDiggs remain prolific with consistency and quality as independent Hip Hop artists. Planet Asia and Tri State sat down with Hip Hop Vibe for an exclusive interview. MightyMiss Rachel talked to them about how an independent artist profits in this music era, touring, DuRag Dynasty, and much more.

Listen To Wicked's Ego Crushen Newer Hiphop Sh#t 2013-2015 (The Extended Mix)

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Avid vinyl collector and seeker of underground talent Shaun D. aka Wicked runs through a collection of Hip Hop essentials for your entertainment. Listen to a quality selection as he spins music by artist who help keep the creative and competitive spirit of Hip Hop alive in 2013 to 2015. Click the image below to see the tracklist and download the full mix here.

"Dreadful With Avengence" Mixtape by Dready Kruger

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Painting the ghetto black and murderin' mic handling in 2015, hear the reality, hunger and pain of an MC who's out for a vengeance while using the mic as his weapon. DREADFUL WITH AVENGENCE is a lyrical journey through redemption, death, and reflection woven and narrated by the next most prolific story teller of our time, (Jon Dog) Dready Kruger. In the stories tradition of Queens New York's visionaries and emcees, Dready paints vivid images in this graphic audio novel that invoke thought and emotion on levels that are beyond any and everyone's daily comfort zone. Laced with international and domestic production, incredible lyrical contributions, and in-depth subject matter, DREADFUL WITH AVENGENCE has all the makings of a modern day classic.

Listen To The Ephelon Trio & Friends Play J Dilla's "Donuts" In It's Entirety

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Bringing along soulful female vocalists who lead the band's exciting arrangements which flow seamlessly from one to the other and an ear for re-interpreting the variety of funky samples used in this classic Jay Dee album, The Ephelon Trio & Friends play J. Dilla's Donuts' in its entirety at Shrine Chicago, Sunday, March 15th, 2015. Listen as they keep the crowd listening by adding upon Jay's work with their own musical imagination to enhance Donuts for a live hour-long performance.

Preview: José James "Yesterday I Had The Blues: The Music Of Billie Holiday"

If your already familiar with the smooth delivery of this great Blue Note vocalist, you know this tribute from one innovative Jazz artist to another is bound to be something special. As the third album for this label, José pays tribute to his “musical mother” on "Yesterday I Had The Blues: The Music Of Billie Holiday".

Lift Your Spirits With Tom Browne & Diplomats Of Soul ft. Incognito & Imaani On "Brighter Tomorrow"

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Expansion Records revives and 80's Boogie classic to take the blues away for a new generation of listeners on the Tom Browne's "Brighter Tomorrow" which features a new version by Diplomats Of Soul ft. Incognito & Imaani on the b-side.

The Tom Browne version was recorded in 1983, produced by Dave Grusin & Larry Rosen for GRP/Arista Records and features a sensational vocal by Carol Woods.

The never before issued brand new version by Diplomats Of Soul takes the song back to how it may have sounded if first recorded in the 70s with live bass and full rhythm section with horns. Incognito feature as musicians with a special guest vocal performance by the brilliant Imaani.

Get the 12" vinyl single here at Juno

Preview/Order "The Brian Auger Sampler EP" on Freestyle Records

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"Brian Auger has always displayed a fiercely independent and single minded approach to his music - and after over 50 years of doing just that, has firmly secured his reputation as an award winning and much loved musical innovator, a jazz piano prodigy, a Swinging 60's London scenester, early jazz fusion protagonist, a 2014 Hammond Organ Hall of Fame Inductee, and recipient of a US Congressional Award For Services to Jazz!

This 4 track sampler pulls together rare and new material from Brian Auger's illustrious career included in the two forthcoming albums; Back To The Beginning - The Brian Auger Anthology and Live In Los Angeles - Brian Auger's Oblivion Express.

Git Up was originally on the 1977 Encore album which reunited Brian and his cohort Julie Driscoll from The Trinity days of the 1960's. A very funky Fender Rhodes piano riff backs Julie's amazing vocal, and then Brian brings in his trademark Hammond sound to stunning effect. This probably should have been released as a single back then, but wasnt - something Freestyle Records is happy to correct in 2015.

Freddie's Flight is an unusual track as Brian is joined by a full horn section - this is dance floor material, as the uptempo groove is infectious - taken from the 2005 self released album 'Looking In The Eye Of The World'.

The final 2 tracks are brand new,live versions of Oblivion Express classics - but taken from the forthcoming Live In Los Angeles' album which features the original Oblivion Express vocalist Alex Ligertwood. Happiness Is Just Around The Bend is a joyful, uplifting soulful funk track - and Inner City Blues, one of Brian's most loved cover versions - the Marvin Gaye composition simply sparkles here. Brian & Alex are a dream team - many years have passed since their first collaborations - but both their respective talents remain utterly undiminished." - Freestyle Records

Listen To The Greats: A Who's Who Of Spotify Music Profiles Pt. 1

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There has never been a better time to make the move from physical to digital music formats with the accessibility which Spotify gives you to hear what your favorite artists are listening to in real-time and custom playlists. If you are using the revolutionary app, click below to visit the official profiles of some artists who are currently using Spotify to share their favorite tunes with the world.

Playlists in this post are courtesy of none another than Jody Watley of Shalamar, Nas, Wax Poetics magazine and singer/songwriter Marsha Ambrosius.

Stevie Wonder

Aretha Franklin

Nile Rodgers

Quincy Jones III (QD3)

Anita Baker

Marsha Ambrosius


Earth, Wind & Fire

Gilberto Gil


Jay Z

The Budos Band

Bernard Purdie

Dianne Reeves

Bob James

Johnny Gill


J Smooth of The Underground Railroad

Teddy Riley of Guy & Blackstreet

Jody Watley of Shalamar


David Axelrod

Mike Clark drummer

Chaka Khan

Bill Withers

The Alchemist

Wax Poetics Magazine


By JR on 8:17 AM

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One of the dirtiest crews in Hip Hop return to separate the realness of the ghetto from the artificial commercial glamour and glitz as they represent the everyday visions and emotions of American inner city residents. Dirt Platoon represent the slums with undeniable authenticity and a sense of purpose to show in their own way that reality is always relevant in music.

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