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K-Def & The Artifacts Unite On "Left In My Dust" Limited 7" Single

By JR on 12:32 PM

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"Back with a surprise release, The Artifacts are well intact with their latest single, “Left In My Dust”. In true New Jersey fashion, the dynamite MC duo of Tame One and El Da Sensei have joined forces with fellow Jersey vet, K-Def handling production. With a collective back catalog of hip-hop gems dating back to the early 90s, the trio comfortably rejuvenates the spirit of the past in this 7” single.

Thanks to the vintage 90s era production by K-Def, this is certain to delight fans of Artifacts’ earlier work. The title itself, “Left In My Dust” samples one of the group’s staples, “C’mon the Git Down” and this is as authentic as it gets for 2017. Instrumental on the b-side. Limited pressing." - Redefinition Records

Available now at Juno Records

The Force M.D.'s Release Covers Album, Violinist Josh Vietti Pays Tribute

From New Edition to The Stylistics, The Temptations and more, the tender loving trio known as The Force M.D.'s celebrate over 30 years in music with a tribute to some of the classics of music which inspire them. Experience a love in music like none other as the strings of Josh Vietti lend a romantic new touch to a cover of the The Force M.D.'s 1985 breakthrough classic.

Matthew Shell Explores A Range Of Divine Emotions On "First Light"

By JR on 1:28 PM

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"NARKED RECORDS is delighted to announce the forthcoming release of the highly anticipated new album, “First Light” by acclaimed artist and producer MATTHEW SHELL. The hour-long jazz opus boasts of a complex arrangement featuring 17 key changes and 20 tempo changes, all created by Shell in a single twelve hour session. The music on the recording has been brought to life by Vahagn Stepanyan on the piano and upright bass, Kenny Wesley on vocals, Kenny Darby on keys, Curtis McCain on percussion, Nicolas Laget on flute and sax, Yoed Nir on cello, and Shell himself on guitar. The album is slated for release on Aug. 30, 2017.

“First Light” was born in a single burst of inspiration. On the day Shell’s wife took on a new job for better work/life balance, Shell hit the studio to create this hour-long arrangement to fully explore the range of emotions felt by his wife. Shell’s unreleased 2016 production of “The Christmas Song” was originally only made as a gift for his family, but it has been included as a bonus track since it was the first instance where Shell attempted explore the “First Light” sound.


Production, songwriting, arrangement and guitar by Matthew Shell
Vocal artistry by Kenny Wesley
Flute and saxophone by Nicolas Laget
Piano and upright bass by Vahagn Stepanyan
Rhodes keyboard by Kenny Darby
Percussion by Curtis Jerome McCain

Tracks 17 and 18 feature cello ensemble arranged and performed by Yoed Nir String Productions
Track 18 features vocals by Zane Alan Latta | Saxophone by Marcus Mitchell | Flute by Wouter Kellerman | As written in 1945 by Bob Wells and Mel Torme | As made famous by Nat King Cole

Recorded, engineered and mixed by Nicolas Laget and Matthew Shell at The Sweet Spot Studio, Annandale, VA
Mastered by Nicolas Laget and Matt Veirs at the Sweet Spot Studio, Annandale, VA
Art design by Alexandra S. Haris
Executive produced by Arun Shenoy, Terra Tuono-Shell and Matthew Shell

© 2017 MTS Music Productions
℗ 2017 Narked Records / MTS Music Productions

Rare & Unreleased Hip Hop by Jersey Legends Tony D & Poor Righteous Teachers, Now Available

In 1992 Crusaders For Real Hip Hop from Trenton New Jersey released the album "Déjà Vu - It's '82", a couple of singles like "Police Brutality" and a music video for "That´s How It Is". The members Don Knotts aka Tony D , Mr Law & Rahzii Hi-Powa recorded way more songs which where shelved for a long time so it´s time to release those gems.

This is "Strictly 609" Rare & Unreleased EP Vol. 1 of 2 and will be a collector set, Why? you will discover it when you have EP one and check the back cover;).

Limited Edition of 250 (12" Vinyl)
First 100 copies will be Yellow colored Vinyl
Remaining 150 copies will be Standard Black colored Vinyl

Pre-orders coming soon, stay tuned here at Cha-Ching Records

Side A:

1. Strictly 609
2. Groove feat. BeFyne (Funk Family/Blaque Spurm)
3. Mind Your Own Business
4. Freestyle And Ya Don`t Stop

Side B:

5. Main Entree (Remix) feat. BeFyne (Funk Family/Blaque Spurm)
6. Peep The Move
7. Stop Them Know feat. Low-Key

All tracks produced by the LEGENDARY and one of the GREATEST PRODUCER Anthony "TONY D" Depula R.I.P.

This album features Rare Remixes and unreleased songs from Trenton, NJ Hip Hop Group Poor Righteous Teachers, which is Comprised of Wise Intelligent, Culture Freedom, and Father Shaheed. They released Four albums during the Golden era of Hip Hop to mid 1990s with classic hits such as "Rock Dis Funky Joint", "Shakiyla (JRH)" and others. They were strongly known as a Pro-Black consciousness Hip Hop group.



Carrying On Hip Hop Tradition, MC Es Is Out For The Loot

By JR on 12:45 PM

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Lyrical fitness plus a refreshing amount of substance is what Es kicks as an MC who ain't here to fit in but stand out as he embraces his age and the realness of life with the pen. Enjoy the grown man thoughts of this lyricist who entertains and enlightens as he puts the quest for affluence and struggles of the average man and woman into perspective.

Verdine White Of Earth Wind & Fire Speaks, DJ Spinna Pays 2017 Tribute

"In the words of one of the baddest, funkiest bass players around, Mr. Verdine White, "Earth Wind and Fire is more than just a band, it is an energy force". Please take a listen above as Baby K interviews Verdine and gets some insight on the mighty musician and one of the most influential and uplifting bands of all time!

After the interview we present an exclusive 90 plus minute EWF tribute mix made for us by the one and only DJ Spinna! No one does a tribute quite like Spinna, known for his legendary Stevie Wonder "Wonder-Full" parties (which Stevie himself has attended!) and his remix and DJ work with Stevie along with his Michael Jackson and Prince tributes. Truly a fire mix befitting the legendary band!

May this episode uplift and bring you as much joy as we had making it! Check out EWF on their 2054 tour with CHIC in a city near you!" - The Sweet Spot Show

Dumpstaphunk, Lettuce & The Nth Power Honor Funkadelic's Bernie Worrell

By JR on 3:44 PM

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Members of leading Funk & Soul bands Dumpstaphunk, Lettuce and The Nth Power join forces to pay tribute to the late Parliament Funkadelic keyboardist Bernie Worrell, live at The Howlin' Wolf in New Orleans 10-1-2016.

Orgone Play Roy Ayers, The Meters, Funkadelic & More On Summer 2017 Mixtape

"We've spent most of the fall in the studio recording new material but decided to cut a mixtape paying tribute to the ones that paved the road for us. These are some of our major influences: Roy Ayers, Ubiquity, Black Merda, The Meters, Funkadelic, Betty Wright, Cameo, Booker T & The MG's, The Stax Legacy, Motown to name a few.

Turn it up, share with a friend and enjoy some of our favorite cuts on Undercover Mixtape Vol. 1!!!" - Orgone

1. The Black Five
2. Cynth-Ruth (feat. Terin Ector)
3. Look-A Py Py
4. Think (feat. Adryon de León)
5. Nobody's Fault but Mine (feat. Kelly Finnigan)
6. The Breakdown (feat. Mixmaster Wolf)
7. All This Love that I'm Giving (feat. Adryon de León)
8. Melting Pot
9. It's Serious
10. Neither One of Us (feat. Adryon de León)
11. Ain't No Use (feat. Adryon de León)
12. Let Me Be Your Lovemaker (feat. Adryon de León)
13. Cosmic Slop (feat. Terin Ector)


DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince's "He's The DJ" (Expanded 2CD Reissue)

"Originally released in April 1988 on Jive/Zomba, He’s the DJ, I’m The Rapper by D.J. Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince (that’s Will Smith for you youngsters out there) is often listed as one of the greatest hip-hop albums ever recorded, one of the first releases in the genre that “crossed over” into mainstream chart success (#4 on the Pop charts). But, hard as it is to believe, the original vinyl double-LP and cassette are the only places to hear the album in full. When He’s the DJ, I’m The Rapper originally came out as the first-ever hip-hop double album, it clocked in at just over 82 minutes. Rather than issue it as a 2-CD set, Jive shortened the album for CD release. In the U.S., one of the songs was removed from the album while eight others were presented in shorter versions.

To date, only rare 1988 German pressings of the CD contain the original, unedited LP versions of the songs, although even that version left off the last two tracks due to the same space issues. Ah, you know…labels just don’t understand. So now, on the eve of the record's 30th anniversary, it’s time to set the record straight. Real Gone Music’s new, 2-CD expanded version includes the COMPLETE He’s the DJ, I’m The Rapper album for the first time ever on CD, taken from the original master tapes. But that’s not good enough for us…we’ve also added 11 bonus tracks featuring 12” single mixes, extended remixes, etc. totaling 54 minutes—in fact, the four instrumental versions and the live version of “Brand New Funk” have never been on CD, either! Sean Brennan at Battery Studios in New York remasters, Aaron Kannowski supplies liner notes, and we’ve included original album and 12" artwork as well. One of the crucial albums in hip-hop’s move to the mainstream, finally done right!" - Real Gone Music

Disc : 1
1. Nightmare on My Street
2. Here We Go Again
3. Brand New Funk
4. Time to Chill
5. Charlie Mack (The First Out the Limo)
6. As We Go
7. Parents Just Don't Understand
8. Pump Up the Bass
9. Let's Get Busy Baby
10. Another Special Announcement
11. Live at Union Square, November 1986
12. D.J. on the Wheels
13. My Buddy
14. Rhythm Trap--House Party Style
Disc : 2
1. He's the D.J., I'm the Rapper
2. Hip Hop Dancer's Theme
3. Jazzy's in the House
4. Human Video Game
5. Parents Just Don't Understand (Single Edit)
6. Parents Just Don't Understand (Instrumental)
7. Nightmare on My Street (Single Edit)
8. Nightmare on My Street (Instrumental)
9. Brand New Funk (Extended Remix)
10. Brand New Funk (Live at Nassau Coliseum)
11. Brand New Funk (Single Edit)
12. Brand New Funk (Instrumental)
13. Girls Ain't Nothing But Trouble (1988 Extended Remix)
14. Girls Ain't Nothing But Trouble (1988 Single Version)
15. Girls Ain't Nothing But Trouble (Instrumental)

Michael McDonald Delivers Heartfelt Music In 2017, Jef Kearns Pays Tribute

With a heart that's wide open for the world to feel his emotions through music, the great Michael McDonald returns to regulate once again with a tune that shows he's got the knack to resonate in your consciousness like none other with messages of optimism driven by a heap of soul.

Flutist Jef Kearns blows in tribute of a McDonald classic in a mashup cover of Warren G's "Regulate" and "I Keep Forgettin'".

Buckshot & Heltah Skeltah 2007 Interview/Freestyle In The Netherlands

By JR on 6:14 AM

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Buckshot and Heltah Skeltah bring Brooklyn to The Netherlands in a 2007 throwback interview, BBC mix set and freestyle for Jiggy Dje's Hip Hop radio show on Lijn5 radio. On the release of Sean Price's album "Jesus Price" and Buckshot's recently-released "Chemistry" album with 9th Wonder, Buck, Rock, and Ruck show you how to stick to the formula as they break down The Boot Camp Clik sound. The interview includes many other topics including a hilarious story about Rock's reaction when getting stared down randomly by a fan on the NYC subway.

Gift Of Gab Gives Free Download Of R.A. & A-F-R-O Collabo at Patreon

Underground hip-hop luminaries from East to West unite as Gift Of Gab is joined by R.A. The Rugged Man and A-F-R-O on the new track "Freedom Form Flowing". Taken from Gift Of Gab's new EP "Rejoice! Rappers Are Rapping Again!", which is now available at

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