If You Wanna Go, Psych Soul Band Afro Samurai Will Take You There

With soulful visions and intergalactic projections, Astro Samurai invite you to an absence of space and time in music as songwriters who create with the aim to transport you to a pleasant place. Enjoy a dynasty of fresh, soulful, sweet, psychedelic music on their 2015 self-titled EP which blends soothing melodies with high-energy performances in an ear-opening approach to astrological Soul-driven fusion.

Afro Samurai are:

Thair - Vocals || Hayden Ashley - Keys || Ben Dillinger - Bass || Reuben Garza - Drums || Aaron Day - Guitar

Produced/Mixed by Nathan Mark
Album Artwork by Dana Brown

Sam Scarfo Identifies His Mistakes On "Didn't Mama Tell You" feat Patti Labelle

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In a bluesy Soul approach to Hip Hop which fuses live instrumentation with samples, a regretful perspective of street life and the voice of a legendary vocalist, Sam Scarfo, Ski Beatz and Patti Labelle picture the ghetto on "Didn't Mama Tell Ya".

It's rare you hear this caliber of female singer on a Hip Hop song so enjoy as Patti evokes powerful emotion to tell this story about avoiding life pitfalls. From Scarfo & Ski's 2014 LP "5 Million Stories" released on Infamous Records.

The Juice Crew, Eric B & Rakim, Eminem & More On Dinnerware by pedalstrike

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This non-practicing U.S. licensed attorney, biker and visual artist brings a new meaning to "playing with your food" as he takes his love for Hip Hop and the texture of food to create dinnerware which features the likenesses of great figures from the culture. Visit K here at his website for more plate art and to contact him if you'd like to buy one for your home.

Preview New Projects by Jorun Bombay, Easy Mo Bee & Emskee On Fresh Pressings

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The "Two For One" 10 track collaborative album is here to enlighten you to life through Hip Hop as the authentic boom-bap of the legendary Easy Mo Bee meets the reflective and socially-conscious lyrics of Emskee. Ships in late June 2015 on limited Edition heavyweight white vinyl with 150 copies available.

Producer Jorun Bombay is always great for reviving Hip Hop classics in his own way by demonstrating skills on the boards as a remixer. Vol. 2 features Phill Most Chill, Oxygen, Paten Locke and The Rampagers.

DJ Khalil Talks Music Producing, Technology, Working With Dre On Pensado's Place (Video)

The producer of standouts for Jay Z, Self Scientific, Fashawn, Nas, Aloe Blacc and more talks music, his unique approach to production and advancements in music technology with the audio experts of Pensado's Place show. DJ Khalil's innovative style as a producer/sound designer creates an insightful discussion of music as he goes into detail about drawing from his crates/DJ background and bringing beats to reality with the help of live musicians. His background of life also provides good food for thought as Khalil shares what positive things inspire him outside of music.

DJ Khalil's main tool of choice nowadays is Propellerheads Reason and Guitar Rig which he discusses by sharing details behind how he uses it in his work. Get ready for exciting new projects which he discusses in the interview as well.

Enjoy "Have A Drink With Great Revivers" Out Now On Funk Night Records

When it comes to Funk, Russian band Great Revivers embody an intriguing level of character, storytelling and emotion all their own. "Have A Drink With Great Revivers" showcases their raw sound which has the capability to groove you in different ways, whether your listening to the laid-back summer vibe of "Sand & Breeze", the psychedelic sound of "Rhino's Walk" or the dangerous Rock-influence of "Spy Potion".

Preview and get your copy of this Spring 2015 Funk bomb today on vinyl at Juno.

Ya Man Supastition Got Bars On "Flawless" (prod. by Praise)

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It's Hip Hop to the core as Supastition releases the Spring 2015 single, "Flawless," with production by Praise off the upcoming album, 'Gold Standard.' It's no question that this veteran MC from The South is aggressive and a perfectionist at his craft as Supa delivers bars to make the average fan of Hip Hop want to pick up a mic.

The new album will be released June 2nd via Reform School Music/World Expo Records on Digital and CD. Guest features include Kenn Starr, Boog Brown, and Soundsci with production from Praise, MoSS, Croup, and a few others. Supastition is currently performing on a 50+ city U.S. tour with Blueprint to promote the upcoming 'Gold Standard' release.

Janet Jackson - "Control" (Donyea's Funk Band Remix)

Janet's 1986 classic gets a new millennium Funk treatment by producer/keyboardist Donyea Goodman who aim to take control of your body on the dancefloor. D brings along just the right musical elements to arrange an atmosphere of excitement which reflects this song's message of female self-realization and freedom. Groove to an energetic combination of drum fills and outstanding horn section led by the lively feel of Donyea's lead guitar melody as he and Ms. Jackson bring the party to your stereo.

Alicia Myers - "Right Here Right Now" (Hallelujah Anyway) feat. Acebeat Music

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One of Soul music's most faithful vocalists Alicia Myers returns in 2015 to give thanks once again with an inspirational groove which reflects upon the gift of life using the power of Dance. "Right Here Right Now (Hallelujah Anyway)" [feat. Acebeat Music] provides strength to the listener in sound and message as Alicia's signature Gospel-enthused songwriting approach backed by an uplifting melody of piano chords and thumping rhythm evokes positivity. When things don't go as planned in life, look up to the sky and have faith like this remarkable woman of Soul.

Pre-Order: The Isley Brothers: The RCA Victor and T-Neck Album Masters (1959-1983)

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An essential library collection chronicling the sonic evolution and abiding achievements of the unprecedented R&B ensemble, The Isley Brothers: The RCA Victor and T-Neck Album Masters (1959-1983) follows The Isley Brothers through their transformation from a 1950's doo-wop/gospel vocal group into the world's preeminent R&B rock 'n' soul powerhouse party band. As evidenced in this quarter century of recordings, The Isley Brothers absorbed the music and culture surrounding them to continually create contemporary sounds spanning the decades.

The Isley Brothers: The RCA Victor and T-Neck Album Masters (1959-1983) showcases tracks written (excepting "covers"), arranged, performed and produced by The Isley Brothers. This definitive new Isley Brothers anthology was compiled and produced by Grammy Award®-winner Leo Sacks, co-produced by Jeffrey James and Jeremy Holiday, and mastered from the original analog tapes by Grammy Award®-winner Mark Wilder at Battery Studios.

This set also includes, released here for the first time in its entirety, the "Great Lost Isley Brothers Album": Wild In Woodstock: The Isley Brothers Live At Bearsville Sound Studio 1980. First conceived as a "live" double album (with overdubbed crowd noise), this newly restored performance offers an immersive look at a crucial chapter in The Isley Brothers' history, a pivotal moment in the fusion of rock and funk music in an era fueled by the sound of the Isleys.

The Notorious B.I.G. - "One More Chance" (Woody Remix ft. Carlitta Durrand)

Woody pays tribute to rap's player president with a groovy remix of "One More Chance" featuring the beauty of chorus vocals sung by Carlitta Durand. Replacing the og Isley's sample loop with a deep bass groove, mellow keys and guitar arrangements for a live feel, this version mirrors the enhanced style of production used on "Life After Death".

Biggie sculpture by Phoung Tran

Large Professor Plays 2 Alternate Versions Of "It Ain't Hard To Tell" On NYU Radio

Digging back into the archives of DJ Eclipse's "The Halftime Show" unveils a studio interview with Large Professor from 2006 during the release of his first instrumental LP "Beatz". In between a best-of 1989-1990 Hip Hop set, Extra P plays 2 alternate arrangements and recording of the Illmatic classic "It Ain't Hard To Tell", featuring new ad-libs, drums and drops. 

This is a historic show to wet the appetite of Hip Hop fanatics with the presence and great stories of the culture which Large brings, and funky sounds by numerous artists of The Golden Era. Interview with Large Pro begins at 21:25 in Part 2 of the show, first alternate version of "It Ain't Hard To Tell" played at 33.19, the second played at the end of the show.

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