Beats for Change Producer Collective Fight Hunger In Japan On "The Ramen Skate Sessions"

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Feast your ears to a new generation of producers who are on aim to not only change humanity for the better but change the way you hear beats at the same time. This Japan focused release “The Ramen Skate Sessions” is an exclusive 19 track heavy weight producer compilation with all 100% of proceeds going to Second Harvest Japan – A Group that helps out with hunger needs in Japan. Read more about what Second Harvest is doing in Japan (2hj.org/english/)

The audio release is part of a larger collaboration with The Mint (www.mintskate.com) and Soundboarding (blog.livedoor.jp/soundboarding/), 2 skate boarding brands in Osaka, Japan. With them we’ve teamed up to release a limited edition skate deck designed by Marvin Bruin as well as a live music event in Osaka on October 17th, 2014 at The Mint store.

Beats for Change is a "Social Music Movement". We use the power of music, creativity, and business to bring about social awareness and change.

Video: Wu-Tang Clan, Brand Nubian, Erykah Badu & More Live @ 5% Nation of Gods and Earths 50th Anniversary


Celebrate the God influence of Hip Hop with footage captured from a special event held at New York's Apollo Theatre October 2014. The Nation Of The Gods & The Earths continues to hold a strong influence upon Hip Hop, uniting ideas of life and music together for community and cultural charity 50 years after it's inception. After an introduction by leaders of The Nation Of The Gods & The Earths, watch backstage footage which features the headlining acts plus notable members of Hip Hop showing love to each other. Hear how members of Hip Hop such as Young Ol Dirty Bastard, Tek of Smif N Wessun, Hakim of Channel Live and more feel about The Nation as they speak with Gods backstage and to the audience of The Apollo.

Dave Hollister - "Spend The Night" Teddy Riley Remix + "Chicago Winds...The Saga Continues" LP Stream

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Veteran singer/songwriter Dave Hollister makes sure classic influences and timeless elements of R&B remain as he makes you bounce on the lead single to his 2014 LP "Chicago Winds...The Saga Continues". With the great Teddy Riley handling production duties on the remix, this powerful duo create magic as they pay homage to the night and the feeling of receiving good loving.


Prime Cuts Of Jazz-Funk: "All Purpose Music" by Butcher Brown

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"In an era where people eschew tangibility for technology, Butcher Brown is a ray of hope for the future. They are soldiers of peace, armed with respect for the lineage of Black music, who aren't afraid to push forward. Rooted in the soil of the earth, their music reflects an aesthetic that exists beyond chronology. As anomalous as brown leaves of fall on a spring tree, they cause you to question exactly how a group of relatively “young” men possess such “old” souls.

They are agents of a continuum. A spectrum of color that defies categorical constructs, like that of dusk settling across the evening sky. They are a subtle, yet beautiful, reminder that after the darkness of nightfall, we are soon to expect the promise of the sun."

#BAM — Nicholas Payton aka The Savior of Archaic Pop

released 21 October 2014

Personnel:
Devonne Harris- keyboards, guitar, percussion
Corey Fonville- drums, percussion
Andrew Randazzo- bass
Keith Askey- guitar

Special Guests:
Nicholas Payton: flugelhorn (track 10)
Marcus Tenney- tenor sax (tracks 1, 3, 4, 5, 12, 14, 15) flugelhorn (track 6) trumpet (track 15)
Reggie Pace- Percussion (tracks 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 11, 12, 14)
Jon Bibbs- vocals (track 8)

Front Cover Painting: Eliza Childress
Back Cover Collage: Hannah Stallard
Photography: Lauren Serpa
Layout and Design: David Pijor

Public Enemy - "It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back" [2 CD/DVD] Deluxe Edition

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"It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back was named one of the 100 greatest albums of all time by Time magazine, 'the greatest rap album of all time, a landmark and a classic' by Q, and 'the greatest hip-hop album ever' by New Musical Express. Rolling Stone ranked the album #48 on its list of the '500 Greatest Albums of All Time,' the highest-ranked of the 27 hip-hop albums on the list. Music from the album has been sampled by the likes of the Beastie Boys, The Game, Jay Z, Jurassic 5, Madonna and My Bloody Valentine.


The Deluxe Edition of It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back includes the original album, executive produced by Rick Rubin, and produced by Hank Shocklee and Carl Ryder (aka Chuck D.), better known as the Bomb Squad. It features the classic tracks, 'Bring the Noise,' 'Don't Believe the Hype,' 'Louder Than a Bomb' and 'Rebel Without a Pause.' The second disc includes 13 rare bonus mixes, among them the original 'No Nois' version of 'Bring the Noise,' instrumental versions of 'Rebel Without a Pause' 'Night of the Living Baseheads' and 'Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos,' as well as the soundtrack version of 'Fight the Power' from Spike Lee's groundbreaking Do the Right Thing movie. The third disc is a DVD of the 1989 VHS release Fight the Power... Live, directed by Hart Perry and long unavailable for sale. It includes the original videos for 'Fight the Power,' 'Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos' and 'Night of the Living Baseheads' along with several live performances." - Amazon.com

Disc: 1
1. Countdown To Armageddon
2. Bring The Noise
3. Don't Believe The Hype
4. Cold Lampin' With Flavor
5. Terminator X To The Edge Of Panic
6. Mind Terrorist
7. Louder Than A Bomb
8. Caught, Can We Get A Witness?
9. Show 'Em Whatcha Got
10. She Watch Channel Zero?!
11. Night Of The Living Baseheads
12. Black Steel In The Hour of Chaos
13. Security Of The First World
14. Rebel Without A Pause
15. Prophets Of Rage
16. Party For Your Right To Fight

Disc: 2
1. Bring The Noise (No Noise Version)
2. Bring The Noise (No Noise Instrumental)
3. Bring The Noise (No Noise A Cappella)
4. Rebel Without A Pause (Instrumental)
5. Night Of The Living Baseheads (Anti-High Blood Pressure Encounter Mix)
6. Night Of The Living Baseheads (Terminator X Meets DST And Chuck Chill Out Instrumental Mix)
7. Terminator X To The Edge Of Panic (No Need To Panic Radio Version)
8. The Edge Of Panic
9. The Rhythm, The Rebel (A Capella)
10. Prophets Of Rage (Power Version)
11. Caught, Can We Get A Witness? (Pre Black Steel Ballistic Felony Dub)
12. B-Side Wins Again (Original Version)
13. Black Steel In The Hour Of Chaos (Instrumental)
14. Fight The Power (Soundtrack Version)

Disc: 3
1. Countdown to Armageddon (Fight The Power Live)
2. Public Enemy Number One (Fight The Power Live)
3. Miuzi Weighs A Ton (Fight The Power Live)
4. Night Of The Living Baseheads (Fight The Power Live)
5. Fight The Power (Fight The Power Live)
6. Bring The Noise (Fight The Power Live)
7. Don't Believe The Hype (Fight The Power Live)
8. Black Steel In The Hour Of Chaos (Fight The Power Live)
9. Rebel Without A Pause (Fight The Power Live)
10. Terminator X To The Edge Of Panic (Fight The Power Live)
11. Night Of The Living Baseheads (Fight The Power Live)
12. Prophets Of Rage (Fight The Power Live)

A-Ha - "Take On Me" (The Starkiller's Rum & Coke Aha-Erlebnis)

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Flipping the arrangement and time signature of an upbeat Pop classic to a new sound of swaying Caribbean rhythm laced with steel drums, Starkiller Records gives a fine remix to A-Ha's "Take On Me". Shake your cocktail maker. It's the special feeling you get from Tom Cruise in the movie Cocktail. Forget business school, you can always mix it up in the Caribbean...

Analog Players Society Cover Jody Watley's "Looking For A New Love"

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Made in the style of late 60’s ska mixed with late 70’s dub technology, APS get it jumping on a revivial of “ Looking For a New Love”, the 80’s pop, smash hit by Shalamar vocalist Jody Watley. With elements of Jazz-style improvisation, the rhythm of Ska and touches of Funk most notably in the horn section mixed into one upbeat groove, Analog Players Society create a fun time designed to make you dance in a whole new way by challenging the creative limits of Caribbean music.

Cormega "Mega Philosophy" Instrumental Vinyl LP (Limited to 300 Copies)


Produced by The Large Professor who still snaps necks with his sound of production, Cormega's "Mega Philosophy" Instrumentals LP is now available on limited edition colored vinyl LP (limited to 300 piece pressing) courtesy of Red Line Distribution. Order your copy here.

Video: Common & No I.D. Discuss The Social Theme & Approach Of "Nobody's Smiling" With GRAMMY

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Chicago duo Common & No I.D. bring back a sense of social responsibility to Hip Hop on the inner-city themed "Nobody's Smiling". Listen to artists who create with the willingness to give back from where they came as they explain the activism behind their music and their presence in the community while discussing the history and current state of Chicago.

Singer/Songwriter BARSHEEM Shows "What Is To Be Major"


"What Is To Be Major" is the long awaited 13 track debut album from singer/songwriter Barsheem. His sound derives from Soul, R&B, Pop &Jazz. His influences include but are not limited to: Marvin Gaye, Billie Holiday, Prince, Michael Jackson and many more. Read Barsheem's full bio on his official website.

All songs under copyright of Beautiful Robin Music 2013

released 14 February 2014

All songs written by BARSHEEM except "IF This World Were Mine"
Written by Marvin Gaye intro written by BARSHEEM.
"Need You In My Life" written by BARSHEEM and Tauros Music

All songs Produced, mixed and engineered by Tauros Music
except "Dinner For Two" Produced by Klean Muzic
mixed and engineerd by Tauros Music.

Preview "Burnt Offering" by The Budos Band In A Live Studio Performance


Brooklyn's nine-member Budos Band has a horn-driven sound, dubbed "Afro soul," which draws influence from funk and Afrobeat. As such, the group's new Burnt Offering fits perfectly on the Daptone Records roster, known for its deep understanding of soul, funk, gospel and Afrobeat music.

On this episode of World Cafe, The Budos Band performs some of its new songs and explains how beer fits into its tight touring schedule.







KicDrum Products Presents Walt Sicknin' "SP12Gauge" Remix Challenge


KicDrum Products and MC Walt Sicknin lay the path for a new era of boom-bap and SP-induced rawness on the "SP-Gauge" Remix challenge. Check out the sounds of new millennium producers who revive an unmistakable sound of Hip Hop known to the 90's, a group of sample-based sound providers for the witty wordplay of Walt who leaves the mic laced with action-packed grammar. The "SP-Gauge" Remix puts beats and rhymes into a context of powerful force as creative minds use the E-Mu Systems SP-1200 sampling drum machine like a weapon. One of my personal favorites out of the 38 entries is the 6th which is produced by Double B.

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