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J. Period Presents…OutKast ReFixed

OutKast’s debut album Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik was introduced to the world 23 years ago.  So J. Period crafted a mix together in celebration of its anniversary.  Recorded live during his set at the recent party Art Of Storytellin’: Brooklyn, J. Period blends classics from Big Boi and André 3000‘s catalog with a variety of instrumentals, such as “B.O.B.” over “Panda,” “Art of Storytellin” over “Children’s Story,” “Skew It on the BBQ” over “Truffle Butter” and more.

“23 years ago today, an album came out that changed the course of hip-hop history forever,” J. Period says. “Before Outkast put Atlanta on the map, hip-hop was East and West; Outkast opened a bridge to a whole new world in the South, and paved the way for other cities to brand their own distinct styles of hip hop. It’s an honor to take part in Vibe’s celebration of this milestone and pay tribute to Outkast’s catalog with this new mixtape. Remixing Dre and Big Boi verses over new and classic beats is my way of showing the timelessness of their catalog, and the greatness of these two visionary artists. Plus: hearing Andre verses back-to-back over new beats tunes your ears to really dissect his lyrics in a new way. No question: 3 Stacks is one of the greatest MCs of all time.”

Check out the mix below.

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The Get Down Brothers – “Break The Locks”

If you haven’t watched the second installment of Netflix’ The Get Down,  please go slap yourself and pull out your laptop, tablet, ect. and go watch it now.  The soundtrack to the show comes out on April 21st with offerings from the executive producer of the show, Nas, of course The Get Down Brothers and many more.  Check out the video from one of there performances, “Break The Locks”.  Again go watch the show its amazing.

The throwback song (of course, as the series is set in the late-70s, during the birth of hip hop) features the crew rapping, dancing, scratching and performing over Apache’s “Incredible Bongo Band”

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Rhythm Roulette w/ Tuxedo (Mayer Hawthorne & Jake One)

Jake One and Mayer Hawthorne form like Voltron to become production duo Tuxedo.  The pair stopped by Good Records—the shop, not the label. With tied bandanas over their eyes, they grabbed up three random records to sample.

Although the soundtrack to Blue Thunder had them somewhat thrown off, they also came up with a 12-inch single by Logg, and the Gamble & Huff sure shot, MFSB’s Love is the Message.

You already know Jake One’s style: from Chance the Rapper to 50 Cent, Drake, and Fun, the versatile Seattle beat smith gets it in wherever he feels. Hawthorne’s light-hearted brand of blue-eyed soul has won him fans since his 2009 Stones Throw debut. Tuxedo’s danceable tracks have an undeniable pop sensibility, they also show a heavy G-Funk and 80s electro influence, which shines through on the beat they built for us.

“We got the disco kick offa Log, the rest of the drums from MFSB, and kind of a dramatic sound offa the Blue Thunder soundtrack,” said Hawthorne, who also added his soulful crooning to the sonic stew. “And that’s how you craft a whompin’-ass banger, Tuxedo style.”

So check out the creation of the record in the video down below.  Also go check out there new album Tuxedo II now on iTunes.

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Pharrell’s Signature Four-Count Musical Starts

In honor of Pharrell Williams’s 44th birthday, Genius looks back at the signature four count start he’s used throughout his decades long career. The beat pickup measure, which simulates a record skipping, has kicked off plenty of songs he’s worked on. Kelis’ “Milkshake,” his 2003 Jay Z collab “Frontin’” and 2004’s Snoop Dogg hit “Drop It Like Its Hot” are just a few of the many examples.

Check out the video above, hit play and listen to these amazing signature starts of amazing Pharrell produced records.

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#Justlisten

Here is something brand new to the #Justlisten series here at S.A.Ng (something about nothing).  The music comes from Red Bull Sound Select series that brings collabs together from all types of people and music.  The song is called “No Way Out” by Xavier Omär ft. GoldLink and is produced by the Grammy winning producer Hit-Boy.  Check out the song below and let us know what you think.

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Tuxedo Drops “Intuxication”

Tuxedo drops a mix titled, “Intuxication”, a collection of classic funk, disco, and exclusive instrumentals just ahead of new album.  The album, Tuxedo II, drops today 3/24.  Make sure you guys head over to iTunes to purchase the album.

The mix features music from legends like George Clinton, Gladys Knight, Mono Poly, Chic, Boeing and more.  Check out this playlist:

Slave “Watching You” (Tux Refux)
Gwen McCrae “Doing Cuz It Feels Good”
George Clinton “Mans Best Friend”
Mono Poly “Needs Deoderant”
Gladys Knight “Save the Overtime For Me”
Tuxedo “Doin My Best” instrumental
Manhattan Transfer “Spice of Life” (Tux Refux)
New Directions “Get Ready Let’s Party”
Goin Federal “Tonight”
Intrigue “I Like It”
Boeing “Dance On the Beat”
Curtis Hairston “I Want You” (M+M Mix)
Amra “Special Kind of Love”
Plush “Coast to Coast”
Chic “I Feel Your Love Coming On” (Tux Refux)
David Joseph “You Can’t Hide Your Love”
BB&Q Band “Imagination”
Le Voyage “All Night Affair”
Amusement Park “Love Showdown”
Krupa “Sunlight”
Tuxedo “Father Stretch My Limo” (Instrumental)
Game “Gotta Take Your Love”
Skyy “Here’s to You” (Tux Edit)
Cross Phyre feat Demetrius “Make It Easy On Yourself”
Tuxedo “Scoot Dogg” (Instrumental)

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The Get Down: Part II (Trailer)

April 7th can’t came fast enough.  The trailer starts out like an episode of Inside the Music, following The Get Down Brothers in their transition into the mainstream all while clashing with  disco.  Netflix describes it as:

“A mythic saga of dreams, desire, soul and sound, The Get Down chronicles the epic musical evolution from disco to hip hop that defined 1970s New York City – as told by the relationships, struggles, triumphs, and artistry of the South Bronx teens who saw it through.” 

 Watch the trailer below.

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Bruno Mars – “That’s What I Like” (Video)

With his album, 24K Magic, almost reaching platinum status,  Bruno Mars drops the visuals for “That’s What I Like”.

Directed by both Mars and Jonathan Lia, the video is a blend of choreography with stop-motion cinematography and a bit of animation. Watch Bruno get down to what he likes in the video below.

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DJ Jazzy Jeff & The PLAYlist “Chasing Goosebumps”

The album was recorded in just 7 days with the entire process documented via Facebook Live.  Some of the world most renowned artists who contributed to the album were The Roots’ James Poyser, TDE’s new artist SiR, Eric Lau Masego, from the group Foreign Exchange Eric Roberson, and of course Dayne Jordan, and many more.

According to DJ Jazzy Jeff:

Chasing Goosebumps exemplifies the sincerity and soul-bearing emotion that only comes from unhindered creativity. Not genre-specific, the album is an eclectic, yet cohesive, mix of soul, funk, hip-hop, jazz, pop and samba. From the melodies to the lyrics, Chasing Goosebumps is moving and provocative, tackling topics like social injustice, relationships, love and the music industry. Vocalist Glenn Lewis serves as the perfect vessel for these stories of frustration, anger, hate, inspiration, love and hope. His distinctly familiar voice navigates the range of topics and music styles with effortless delivery.

Chasing Goosebumps is musically as diverse as the artists who brought it to life, The PLAYlist. More than a supergroup, The PLAYlist is a movement that promotes authenticity in music and empowers artists to remain true to their craft. For The PLAYlist, Chasing Goosebumps is reassurance that real, meaningful music is not a lost art. Chasing Goosebumps is not the end of an era. It’s just the beginning

The full list of credits:

DJ Jazzy Jeff (Executive Producer)
Vidal Davis (Producer, Musician, Sound Engineer)
Daniel Crawford (Keys, Producer)
Stro Elliot (Producer, Musician)
Teeko (Producer, Musician)
Kaidi “Agent K” Tatham (Musician, Producer)
Steve McKie (Drummer)
Eric Lau (Producer, Sound Engineer)
Glenn Lewis (Singer, Songwriter)
Eric Roberson (Singer, Songwriter)
Aaron Camper (Singer, Songwriter)
SiR (Singer, Songwriter)
Dre’ Harris (Musician, Producer)
Maimouna Youssef (Singer, Songwriter)
Muhsinah (Singer, Songwriter, Producer)
Carvin Haggins (Songwriter, Producer)
Aaron Draper (Percussion)
Masego (Producer)
Dayne Jordan (Songwriter, MC)
Demien Desandies (Singer, Songwriter, Musician, Producer)
Kenny Wright (Songwriter, Producer, Sound Engineer)
Johnnie “Smurf” Smith (Keys)
Wayne Moore (Bassist)
Montez Roberts (Sound Engineer)
Kelo Saunders (Studio Manager, Sound Engineer)
Ivan Barias (Songwriter, Producer)
Ant Bell (Keys)
Rich Medina (Songwriter, Spoken Word)
James Poyser (Keys, Producer)
Jeff Bradshaw (Trombone)
Rick Tate (Saxophone)
Matt Cappy (Trumpet)
Anthony DeCarlo (Guitar)
Clayton Reilly (Trumpet)
Simon Martinez (Guitar)
Harry Wilson (Songwriter, Musician)
Kevin Hansen (Guitar)

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Purple Valentine’s Day Playlist

Happy Valentine’s Day to all, and it wouldn’t be right without some music.  Now that Warner Bros. released Prince’s catalog, I found a great playlist for everyone to enjoy.  Press play and enjoy the amazing music from the late great Prince.

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Monday Night Jam Session

Started out with just some playing around on the turntables.   All of a sudden someone walks thru the door, my mini me.  He says to me ,I like that song play it again I wanna dance.​  So this is the result of it.

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The Magic Ipod

The time is around 9:00pm and I get a text from JD.  He says hey hit the link and follow the instructions.  The link was to this website called themagicipod.com. (←hit that link)  This is a website that lets you put two songs together and mash them up together.  Its amazing.  I want everyone to go check it out and play around with it and let us know what you guys came up with.

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#somethingaboutnothing The Tape Vol. 2

Wanna start off by saying Happy Thanksgiving to everyone.  Hope everyone is enjoying there time with family and friends, and even the uninvited ones lol.  I was asked yesterday what I was thankful for.  Started to think about that question, not saying it stumped me, just made me really think.  So I came up with a list.  Im thankful for my family and friends, life, and all of you guys. Cause when you really think about it family and friends is all we have.

Now to the music.  Composed is a mix of songs for you guys to enjoy today and many more days to come.  So while you’re eating and fellowshipping with family and friends, press play on The Tape Vol. 2 and again enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving.

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A Tribe Called Quest – “We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service”

This album is a return of the groups trademark electric jazzy sounds, with guest like Kendrick Lamar, Jack White, André 3000, Busta Rhymes, Anderson .Paak just to name a few.  Also Elton John joins them on this 16-track album.

The tracklist:

1. The Space Program
2. We The People…
3. Whateva Will Be f. Consequence
4. Solid Wall Of Sound f. Busta Rhymes & Elton John
5. Dis Generation . Busta Rhymes
6. Kids… f. André 3000
7. Melatonin f. Jack White
8. Enough

1. Mobius f. Consequence & Busta Rhymes
2. Black Spasmodic f. Consequence
3. The Killing Season f. Talib Kweli, Consequence & Kanye West
4. Lost Somebody
5. Movin’ Backwards f. Anderson .Paak
6. Conrad Tokyo f. Kendrick Lamar
7. Ego f. Jack White
8. The Donald f. Busta Rhymes

Be on the look out for ATCQ on Saturday Night Live with special guest host Dave Chappelle.

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Pharrell – “Runnin”

There is a  movie called Hidden Figures, and its  coming out on Christmas. It tells the story of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson, three mathematical geniuses who helped calculate the right trajectory for people to get to and orbit the moon.  Pharrell and Hans Zimmer are set to handle the score as well as the soundtrack.  So it was only right that we get new music from the musical genius known as Pharrell.  So check out the new song “Runnin” below.

Watch the trailer for Hidden Figures below.

Just in:  Pharrell just released “Surrender” f. Lalah Hathaway.

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The Tape Vol. 1

We are proud to present to you the first of many to come, the #somethingaboutnothing mixtape series titled The Tape.  This is a collection of songs put together by us for you guys to sit back , relax and enjoy.  So if nothing else listen to the mix below.

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Rappers Doing Good

Rapper Vince Staples and Levi’s develop Music Technology Program in Long Beach.  Always representing his home town, Long Beach, Vince does some good for the youth .  Levi’s and Staples joined forces to provide a opportunity for those who may have never had the opportunity to do something like this.

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Wish I Was There

So this morning I was at the barbershop for my weekly haircut.  Don’t judge I just like to be fresh and have my hair a certain length.  Anyway, my barber has music playing in the shop and a lot of the music is what we call old school music.  So today the song that gave me an idea of what it would be like to be in a recording session for that song was “Freddie’s Dead” by Curtis Mayfield.  This was one of Mayfield’s famous records.  The song was featured on the “Superfly” soundtrack.  Listening to this record made me think how did this session go.  In my mind the musicians were all dressed up and what we call today “lit”.  I can imagine the session started out as along jam session until they got to a point where they just knew that what they had was a definite hit.  The instrumentation on this record is amazing.  The bass, drums, flute, horns, strings, and of course curtis.  I would have loved to just be in that session, man I wish I was there.  Check out the song below and just vibe out.

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Young Piano – The History of Kanye West

7 Albums, 21 Songs, One Take.  The 22 year old, Young Piano, performs Kanye West songs by ear in one take.

COLLEGE DROPOUT: 00:04
– Through the Wire, Jesus Walks, Family Business

LATE REGISTRATION: 01:20
Hey Mama, Diamonds from Sierra Leone, Gold Digger

GRADUATION: 02:28
Stronger, Homecoming, Can’t Tell Me Nothing

808’S AND HEARTBREAK: 03:52
Amazing, Love Lockdown, Robocop

MY BEAUTIFUL DARK TWISTED FANTASY: 05:30
Power, Runaway, All of the Lights

YEEZUS: 08:13
New Slaves, Bound 2, Blood on the Leaves

THE LIFE OF PABLO: 10:22
FML, Wolves, Famous

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Tweet – “Somebody Else Will” Ft. Missy

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It’s been over ten years since the duo of Tweet and Missy blessed us with such singles as “Oops (Oh My)”, and “Turn Off Da Lights”, but now they are back at with another classic “Somebody Else Will”.  Tweet is dropping a new album “Charlene” February 26th.  Listen to the new single below.

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Like movies? Like Linkin Park? Have I got a treat for you!

This is, without question, the funniest thing I have seen in a while.

Back in the early 2000’s, a deluge of “Rap/Metal” bands hit the airwaves with thunderous guitars, pulsing drums, and turntable-twisting DJs. One of the more well known (and respected) groups was Linkin Park. Rapper Mike Shinoda’s flowing delivery coupled with singer Chester Bennington’s soulful screeching in front of a concrete-busting band was enough to give my Rage Against the Machine CD a break when I was in high school. Linkin Park’s first album, “Hybrid Theory” was a massive hit, with several top singles. One of those chart toppers was called “In The End” and some crazy bastard remade the ENTIRE SONG using clips from 183 different movies. One hundred eighty three.

I can not imagine the work that went into this video. The clips he chose and the timing of the words to the song are just hilarious, especially when you get to the song’s bridge that was originally sung by Bennington. If you have heard the original, this part will have you laughing! Check it out!

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“Alright” (Terrace Martin Remix)

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“This song speaks for the world. It’s pure love being poured out from a place of hope and faith,” he said. “My only goal with all my music is to help and spread good vibes. I’m just happy we are helping to push a positive energy around the world.” – Terrace Martin

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Holiday Love

Tuxedo – “Holiday Love”.  Mayer Hawthorne and Jake One do it again with a nice vibe for the holidays.  The group makes things awkward as they help each other court women for the holiday season, because no one wants to be alone during the holidays.  Check out the video below.

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Just Watch

Brand new video for Run The Jewels’ song “Rubble Kings Theme.”

This is some very cool animation and an amazing track. It follows a young woman named “Little Nina” as she walks the streets of New York and gets brutally attacked by a rival street gang. She goes to her own gang for protection and the result is animated warfare inspired by the pulp fun of movies like “The Warriors.”

Kinda heavy stuff in here. But like the song, the visuals go hard and without mercy. Nothing too crazy, so I hope y’all check it out and enjoy.

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Guitar Legends with Thundercat

Thundercat shares his love for music.  This is a great peice, I love the way he sees life and music.  If your not in it for the love then what are you doing it for. Check out the video below.

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Classical Hip Hop?

Check the story on NPR. Very cool how these guys have such a passion for both classical music and hip hop!


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Kendrick Lamar Meets Quincy Jones

This is so big.  JD would love to have had this sit down with the great Mr. Jones.  But for now he will just have to sit back and watch this.  Check out this snippet of the sit down Kendrick had with the great Quincy Jones.

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The Story OF “F@%k Tha Police”

Noisey presents a new documentary exploring the story behind influential rap track ‘Fuck Tha Police’ by NWA.

They talk to Ice Cube and Yella from the group about the circumstances that led to the making of the song, as well as police officers from the Compton gang unit at the time and lifelong Compton citizens who felt the impact of the song in their neighborhoods.

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Jay Z’s “MCHG” Gets The Vinyl Touch

Jay’s “MCHG” has a special vinyl release that features a bonus hidden track.  I just might have to go pick this one up to add to my collection, but for the price of the resellers of $140 and up i’m not sure i will get the chance.  Someone hook me up please.  Thank you in advance.

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Dr. Dre is going to drop “Compton: A Soundtrack” Next Week

This is going to be a big day in hip hop when this drops.  Its been 15 years since the doc has dropped a album.  The fan in me has been waiting for Detox to drop, but i can’t wait to hear what the mighty, mighty D.R. has in store for the world.  Check out the tracklist down below.

01. Intro f. Dr. Dre
02. Talk About It f. King Mez & Justus
03. Genocide f. Kendrick Lamar, Marsha Ambrosius & Candice Pillay
04. It’s All On Me f. Justus & BJ the Chicago Kid
05. All In a Day’s Work f. Anderson Paak & Marsha Ambrosius
06. Darkside/Gone f. King Mez, Marsha Ambrosius & Kendrick Lamar
07. Loose Cannons f. Xzibit & COLD 187um
08. Issues f. Ice Cube & Anderson Paak
09. Deep Water f. Kendrick Lamar & Justus
10. One Shot One Kill f. Snoop Dogg & Jon Connor
11. Just Another Day f. Asia Bryant & The Game
12. For the Love of Money f. Jill Scott & Jon Connor
13. Satisfiction f. Snoop Dogg, Marsha Ambrosius & King Mez
14. Animals f. Anderson Paak
15. Medicine Man f. Eminem, Candice Pillay & Anderson Paak
16. Talking To My Diary f. Dr. Dre

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I was just going thru my iPhone…..

I was just going thru my iPhone listening to some music.  A song that i haven’t heard in years came on, “Im Loaded” by Droop-E.  This song to me is great, gets me bobbing my head in no time.  The video has my dude Todd the God on the boards.  Check the video down below.

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Marvel Comics Reimagines Hip Hop Album Covers

X-Men’s comic book cover pays respect to De La Soul’s 3 Feet High and Rising, while Howard The Duck’s cover pays homage to Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version. Also The Notorious B.I.G.’s Ready To Die was the inspiration for the Ant-Man cover.  Check them out below

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