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Hip Hop Crew Money Earning Productions Fiend For The Cream In '91 - '95

The dough-seeker, livin' sweeter than Ebenezer, mister Black Caesar are just a few ways to describe this talented duo of MCs with visions of cream. Step into the ghetto fabulous world of Money Earning Productions who use their gift of rhyme to put you in the footsteps of brothers in pursuit of the allure and adrenaline rush gained from living the lavish life.

Still Weavens & Erik Rico Share An Everlasting Love For The Funk In 2017

By JR on 12:54 PM

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To life your soul up high to the sound of music, New York beat-head Still Weavens enlists singer Erik Rico for an ode to romance with the soul bounce of their Tokyo Dawn Records collaboration. This jam is bound to get you moving as this duo's progressive approach carves a new lane for you to get down in a fusion of Soul and Boogie Funk elements.

The slow-grooving "Butterfly" features a funky rhythm driven by guitar stabs which showcases the soulful delivery of Erik Rico who tells the story of a man going through the motions of love. "Everlasting Love" turns the tempo up a notch as Erick and Still paint another picture inspired by love in an energetic jam driven by funky solos and a thumping dance groove.

Ronald Bruner Jr. Joins George Duke, Thundercat & More For "Triumph"

"Pre-order the debut Ronald Bruner Jr. album Triumph, featuring George Duke, Thundercat, Mac Miller, Kamasi Washington, Danielle Withers and many more.

On March 3, 2017, Grammy Award winning composer, producer, singer and drummer Ronald Bruner Jr. will present the megalithic debut album Triumph. Eleven cuts of deep fusion, soul, R&B, jazz and pop, Triumph was put together with Ronald’s brothers Stephen “Thundercat” Bruner and Jameel Bruner of The Internet. It was captured during the infamous KSL Sessions that produced Kamasi Washington’s The Epic and many other West Coast Get Down recordings.

Features are drawn out from an impressive list of musicians across Triumph, including the late and great George Duke, Warner Bros. recording artist Mac Miller and many of the core members of the West Coast Get Down. Thundercat laces bass guitar on a majority of the LP, building on the rhythm section with the highest degrees of finesse and technicality."

M.C.M. Caveman Digs In The Crates & Talks U.K. Hip Hop With Music Archaeology

This week HBS Music Archaeology are joined by pioneering U.K. Hip Hop lyricist M.C.M of CAVEMAN fame who shares his story of being one of the first acts from his country to get a deal in the U.S.. He brings some killer records and some killer rhymes as he lays down the gauntlet for future guests. Not to be missed, one of their best interviews yet.

Spasibo Records Releases Funky 45 by Russian Composer Murad Kazhlayev

By JR on 8:23 PM

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Young Russian record label has reissued recently two worth tracks by composer Russian/Dagestani composer Murad Kazhlayev. The first one is his signature groove track recorded for a movie Чудак originally issued as С62−14123 (1980). The second track was recorded by orchestra of Czechoslovakian Radio; another version of it could be found as B4 on LP Крутые Повороты (1973).

Order your copy here at Discogs.

MYSDIGGI Revisits Eric B & Rakim On "I Know You Got Sole" Remix 7"

By JR on 7:26 AM

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When it comes to Hip Hop culture, the assortment, flavor and exclusivity of your kicks has always been important. On the limited edition 7" remix single of "I Know You Got Sole" UK MC MYSDIGGI encompasses the thoughts of your average sneaker head in this dope remake of an Eric B & Rakim classic. Available on vinyl here at Juno Records.

Vinyl Me, Please Record Club: Subscribe To Receive Exclusives On Wax

By JR on 6:54 AM

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If your familiar with buying music physically you'll know that half of the beauty of it is the buying and community experience. To preserve the timeless pastime of digging in the crates, Vinyl Me, Please invite you to join a group of music enthusiasts who are helping to preserve the culture and experience of collecting vinyl with a subscription service which offers exclusive pressings of new and classic LPs.

As a member you receive one exclusive vinyl record every month shipped right to your door plus the inspiration of a community of tastemakers, DJs and record collectors. Vinyl Me's packaging of albums include original 12x12 album-inspired art prints, beautiful colored artwork and more extras which make the experience of buying vinyl sweeter.

Vinyl Me, Please February 2017 Record of the Month. Main Source's "Breaking Atoms" reissue.

1LP color-in-color vinyl w/ bonus 7"
Heavyweight gatefold jacket with foreword by Pharoahe Monch
12-pg full color lyric booklet w/ behind-the-scenes photos
12" x 12" original art print by XPAYNE

Singer Gordon Chambers Delivers Healing For The Soul On "Surrender"

"In a time where society is in dire need for music to reflect our current social climate and talk to hearts and minds in a deeper way, Surrender boldly fills a void and positions itself as a beacon of light and inspiration for others to follow. “We’ve all been put on earth to make a difference for other human beings,” says Chambers. “So now when I sing, I do so from a deeper place and for a deeper purpose.

My music now has a different profundity. It has a deeper meaning. It’s fortified with more wisdom and a sharpened sense of faith. On this album, I thought a lot about 70’s Stevie Wonder—especially ‘Songs In The Key of Life.’ Those records were socially conscious, spiritual and, of course, had beautiful love songs. But this album is my healing for myself, more so than any projects prior to it. But I know the messages of these songs will surely heal all who surrender to it." ”

Mixtape Museum Presents: Mr. Magic & Kool DJ Red Alert, Live in 1985

By JR on 6:37 PM

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Over 3 hours of pure analog flavor, courtesy of a Hip Hop archive on the rise with gems in the stash!

Guitarist Ben Jones Invites Lalah Hathaway & Others For "FortySixA" EP

"Since becoming a professional musician at only 18, Ben Jones has developed a reputation as one of the most respected, in demand musicians both in the UK and abroad. Throughout his career, Jones has played with some of the biggest names in music from Kelly Rowland to Will Young, to Lalah Hathaway, spanning several musical genres. He was recently called to play guitar on Mary J Blige’s latest record, ‘The London Sessions’.

Most recently, Ben has toured extensively as guitarist and Musical Director for Pixie Lott and as guitarist and programmer for Tinie Tempah, featuring in many televised performances for each artist. He has also undertaken major UK and international tours with Westlife, Kian Egan, Sam Sparro and Charlotte Church amongst many, many more.

His recording work includes albums with Mary J Blige, Will Young, Angel, Westlife, Pixie Lott, Kelly Rowland, Nate James, Lalah Hathaway and more.

At home, Ben’s regular gigs include performing monthly at the internationally reknowned Ronnie Scott’s as part of Natalie William’s Soul Family plus frequent collaborations and performances with Tawiah (Mark Ronson), Scott McKeon (Tom Jones), PB Underground (Level 42) and his own project with Basement Jaxx’s Vula Malinga, DivaGeek.

Ben is currently working as guitarist in the house band for UK TV show, The Voice."

Ben Jones - Guitar
Pete Ray Biggin - Bass Drum
Dexter Hercules - Hi Hats
Simon Lea - Snare
Rocco Palladino - Bass
Jake Edwards-Wood - Keys

Enjoy a live performance of the tune titled 'EP One' from Ben Jones' debut EP 'Forty Six A' available on iTunes.

Dave Smith Introduces The REV2 Synth, A Continuation of The Prophet 08

Let the magical sound of Dave Smith Instruments bless your eardrums as it's creator reflects on how the Prophet legacy has been revived and updated in 2017 on the REV2. With the '08 Prophet sound plus a cool host of new effects, voices, modulation and more within durable construction and an affordable price, this synth proves to be a worthy tool for musicians. In his introduction and overview of the REV2 synth, Dave showcases his ideas for the REV2 while taking you on a journey in going from a modest one-person company to becoming a renewed manufacturer of polyphonic synths.

Enjoy a demo of the REV2 below. All sounds recorded directly from the REV2 16-voice analog poly synth. No additional processing/EQ/effects. Shop the catalog of Dave Smith Instruments above today at Sam Ash.

DJ Ralph Tee Complies Soulful Music Past & Present On "Luxury Soul 2017"

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"Since 2003, the Luxury Soul Weekender crew has run popular soul events in the impressive surroundings of Blackpool's Hilton Hotel. To tie in with this year's edition, Expansion Records has asked resident DJ Ralph Tee to compile this luscious, three-disc exploration of soulful music past and present. There's much to enjoy throughout, from the smooth, '80s soul influenced vibes of Ryle's "Two Way Love Affair", the rubbery modern boogie of Faye B's "Moving On", and smooth soulful house of Phil Asher's classic remix of Da Lata, to the revivalist disco strut of Kiki Kyte, slick R&B of Kashif, and the cinematic production of Ashley Scott's heart-felt "Words"."

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