Saturday, February 28, 2009

I'm Not A DJ, I Just Play One On The Internet, Vol.1

The latest mix from JayTeeDee exclusively on BamaLoveSoul


I'm Not A DJ Introlude (Next)
Kanye West - Never Let Me Down
De La Soul - Days of our Lives featuring Common
Young Jeezy - Streets On Lock
Mobb Deep - Eye for an Eye (Your Beef Is Mine) featuring Nas and Raekwon
Raekwon - Wu Ohh featuring Ghostface Killah and Method Man
Zo! - 4Dilla
President Obama Speaks on JayTeeDee
Sa-Ra - Rosebuds
The Foreign Exchange - Something To Behold
KiD CuDi - Pillow Talk
Dwele - Blow Your Mind
Dwele - Free As A Bird
88-Keys - No, I Said I LIKED You
Jay Electronica - Exhibit A (Transformations)
KiD CuDi - Man On The Moon (The Anthem)
Jay-Z - When The Money Goes
Obama Introduces Asher Roth
Asher Roth - I Love College
Drake - Lust For Life
Drake - Say What's Real
DJ Jazzy Jaff and DJ Mitsu - Right Here featuring Dwele
JayTeeDee Mixed Obama Approved...

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Thursday, February 26, 2009

DSXXX Interview with PJ Morton

1. Stevo - Dreams
2.Darien - Nowhere
3. Freestyle Nation - How We Were (Boom Klack)
4. Yahzarah; Phonte - Real Good
5. Daru & Rena - Lonely Night
6. Fede DSM - Never Can Say

...:: PJ Morton Interview Pt. 1 ::...
7. PJ Morton - No Ordinary Love
8. PPP - sanctuary
9. Everett James - Why???

...:: PJ Morton Interview Pt. 2::...
10. Stevie Wonder - All I Do
11. Foreign exchange - House of Cards

...:: PJ Morton Interview Pt. 3::...
12. Donny Hathaway - A Song For You
13. Musiq - So Beautiful
14. Midas Hutch - Yes No Maybe
15. Q-tip - ManWomanBoogie

DSXXX Interview with PJ Morton

...::Dope Sounds::...

Midas Hutch returns with another great tune, Dont Wanna Be Rude. Midas Hutch is an alter ego created by FS Green (half of the Mixin Monthly crew). Inspired by great soul, disco and funk artists like Midnight Star & the Gap Band he decided to bring back that boogie and with the help of a vocoder he took it to the next level... and you are going to hear more of this funked up alterego very soon! Shouts out to the Moovmnt! and go HERE to hear more Midas Hutch.

Midas Hutch - Dont Wanna Be Rude

You asked for it and surprisingly, theyre giving it to you: NEW Reflection Eternal (Hi-Tek and Talib Kweli)! I was hearing that they had been working together, but decided I would wait until I saw fruits of their labor before believing it. This track is definitely created to get the buzz out about their upcoming album, but I dig it because it samples one of my favorite old school joints, Intimate Connection. Check It Out

Reflection Eternal - Internet Connection

The bi-coastal production duo Keelay & Zaire will release their debut album Ridin High on March 10th via the newly imprinted MYX Music Label. Featuring a classic hip-hop and R&B production aesthetic and an all-star lineup of guest artists (Phonte of Little Brother to Blu to Supastition), the album brings a new breed of polished production to the forefront of hip-hop. Here's a sampler mixed by DJ Mere. Shouts out to my people at Audible Treats!

Keelay and Zaire - Riding High Sampler

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

...::Sounds Dope::..

Deep is an unreleased gem recorded back in 2005 with MF DOOM (who now goes by just DOOM). Fans of the metal-faced villain will recognize the beat as High John from Special Herbs Vol. 7 & 8. Stacy originally debuted the track on her guest mix with Everett James for RBMA Radio’s Fireside Chat series

Stacy Epps - Deep

MORE: And to go along with that, FRESHselects is debuting a brand new track which features Ms. Epps being produced by Ms.One (better known as Georgia Anne Muldrow). The song, entitled Motivation, comes from Georgia’s upcoming album on her ePistrophik Peach Sound label with Dudley Perkins, which is being distributed by Koch

Old Money just sent me a new track, Chick Pea Jenga, that's just too dope to not share with you. Chick Pea Jenga is a genre busting track that is the soundtrack to a collection of pictures titled Modern Marvels. Check it out HERE

Old Money - Chick Pea Jenga

Yooooo, it's my people, Birmingham DJs Phlip & Stevo of HouseBlend providing "Underground beats, jazzy jackin’ funkiness, glitchy pop remixes and everything in between... Anything’s fair game as long as it grooves!" Enjoy!

Houseblend Mix

AB+L Coming to Birmingham!

I got a chance to squeeze in a few questions with Jabari Graham, founder of the multimedia show that's blowing up spots everywhere, Art Beats + Lyrics-Urban Arts Exhibition, coming to Birmingham next month..

(JS)Thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to give us a quick heads up on the long awaited Art Beats+Lyrics show coming to Birmingham in March.
First off, tell the Bamalovesoul massive who you are and what you do..
(JG) My name is Jabari Graham..i'm the founder of art, beats + lyrics...i produce ab+l along w my partner dubelyoo, powered by Jack Daniel's and a whole lot of other people who help make ab+l come to life.

For those that don't know, what IS Art Beats + Lyrics?
Jack Daniel's AB+L is an urban art exhibit that highlights urban visual artists..mainly with a concentration on southern visual artist...there is also graffiti inspired artwork, photography + dope installations. we fuse the art with djing, live music and in a way this exhibit highlights the 5 elements of hip hop.

How long have you been hosting Art Beats + Lyrics?
Ive been doing AB+L for 5 years...what encourage me was being laid was either look for a job or create a job, so i took a risk.

When is it coming to Birmingham?
March 20th at Workplay

What can we expect from an AB+L show?
well you can expect to not be charged to attend ab+l and also drink for free; featuring all Jack Daniel's products...For a better visual here is the exhibit in st. louis:

What's coming up next for the show?
The next city is Charlotte..then we are looking to expand in other markets: Miami, Philly, NYC, DC and more...check out the website for more info:

thx for the interview!!!

Thank you Jabari and Birmingham is looking forward to the show!
This interview was conducted via email and blackberry and posted in its original, unedited form.

Check out AB+L in St. Louis below.

AB+L in STL from jabari g on Vimeo.

Monday, February 23, 2009

...::Dope Sounds::...

Here's another mix from Applejac who's been serving up the dope remixes, and actually has more great projects on the way that I'm bound to secrecy on. Applejac says," Here's a special treat for you guys. I decided to do something different and play nothing but CLASSIC HIP-HOP AND BREAKS on the show!!!! I hope you have as much fun listening as I had doing it. Enjoy...Tune in Thursdays to "MECCA RADIO" on from 6-8 pm EST. Get it HERE

Applejac - MECCA RADIO 2-19-09

Here's a recording of me fooling around on the turntables. Joints range from Leroy Hutson to Omar to Biggie. Check it out!
DJ Rahdu - F.A.O.T.T. Pt.1
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Vinyl? Check! # 19: One Time For Your Mind!

This is a bittersweet blues number from one of my favorite vocalsits, Bill Withers. This lesser known number has a funky guitar and some great vocals. For those who were at Charlemagne Records yesterday, this is what I started my set off with. Peace to Jubal, Junior Star, Don Johnson, Shock value and everyone who showed up.

Bill Withers - I Don't Want You On My Mind

Sunday, February 22, 2009

...::Sounds Dope::..

Radio Raheem recruits Supreme once again, this time to remix Stevie Wonder's Village Ghetto Land from his Songs in the Key of Life album. Look for this treat as well as the others on Raheem Devaughn's upcoming The Love and War MasterPEACE album.

Raheem Devaughn - Village Ghetto Land

"Hey everyone here is my new series entitled Scrambled Eggs. It will consist of me showing you the original sample of some of the beats i did so you can see how i chopped up the sample. Also sometimes i will be posting a whole new beat with the sample as well. And i'm also willing to take suggestions in the comments section or my myspace at for a song to chop up and post. Thanks for your time I hope you enjoy it. On this episode of scrambled eggs, I show you how I chopped up the beat that got me attention by and started my Beats i would've Gave series off. Enjoy!"
-Dj DviousMindZ

The End of the World (Original)

The End of the World (Dj DviousMindZ Version)

MORE: Dj DviousMindZ adds a video to tell show you how he makes The End of the World beat

MORE: Marsha Ambrosious - Truly Yours (Instrumentals)

Don Cannon says,
"You have to understand, I do a lot of mix-tapes every year. I put the same amount of effort and work in each one. But there is always one that ends up being very special. Yours Truly by Marsha Ambrosius, produced by focus… and hosted by myself has reached over 125,000 downloads and those numbers are not inflated. Since then we have dropped the version with no DJ and now I bring to you the instrumentals. Every track on here was produced by the homie and aftermaths finest, Focus…, be sure to keep these in your library. It’s a classic." Download HERE

Friday, February 20, 2009

...::Dope Sounds::...

The newest 7-inch release to come from Helsinki's Timmion Records is by Myron & E, a Bay Area-based soul duo who have re-considered what new soul music ought to sound like. Without being over-sung nor over-produced, their sound is loose, cool and something you'll want to hear again and again.
Having already collaborated independently of one another with several hip hop groups like Blackalicious, Myron & E (aka producer E da Boss) have combined forces to create a new soul sound with tight production and honest vocals.
Expertly backed by the go-to group The Soul Investigators and produced by E himself, Myron & E have set themselves up for making their 7-inch an instant collectible.

Myron & E - Cold Game

Click HERE to hear my favorite of the two tracks I Can't Let You Get Away

Georgia by way of Detroit vocalist, Velben shot me some joints he wanted to share with the public. Madhouse is produced by Birmingham, Alabama's own Byron the Aquarius and Randomness is crafted by Damien of Helium Music. Get both tracks by selecting Enjoy!

Velben - Randomness

Red Bull Music Academy's Fireside Chat is basically an intimate conversation between the featured artist, in this case Stacy Epps & Everett James, and the listener where they play some career highlights & also some exclusive selections from their work & their peers and also give some background info on said songs and/or their careers overall. Shouts out to Kenny FRESH.
Listen HERE

Thursday, February 19, 2009


Ashley Guin has been added to the PJ Morton show

During my interview with Phonte I asked him about his best opening lines in a rhyme and mentioned his statement about Prodigy from Mobb Deep's opening lines. Read what Phonte wrote about Mobb Deep in its entirety HERE

...::Sounds Dope 2::..

Duane Powell returns to bring you some latin flavor ...With A Twist of Lime on his latest SoundRotation

More Block 21 goodness from DJ Nimbus. This one was recorded Jan 21 and as he tells me there's much more to come, so stay tuned...
This set is downtempo, chill-out, lounge, underground hip hop, and a little bit of darker neo soul / nu jazz.

DJ Nimbus -Block 21 (Jan 21 2009)

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

...::Dope Sounds::...

We've made it through to Hump Day, now let my man DJ Nimbus melt your cares away for the rest of the week with this Block 21 mix from Dec.24

DJ Nimbus - Block 21

Finally, new music from Cubic Zirconia!!! Visit FRESHselects to see what CZ put together, "as an introduction to the group, which as they put it is “a few of our tunes, a few songs we like, and some other stuff mixed in for good measure.” Get it HERE

BLS iTunes Shuffle: Eclectique (Compilation)

George Benson - The World is a Ghetto
N.E.R.D - She Wants To Move (Oddisse Remix Instrumental)
Lina - My Fix
Method Man - The Riddler
9th Wonder Instrumental
Alice Russell - Universe
De La Soul - Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey)
Cam'Ron - What Means the World To You
N.E.R.D - Love Bomb
King Britt - Transcend Instrumental
Brand New Heavies - Once is Twice Enough
Black Eyed Peas - Fallin' Up
Genesis - I Can't Dance
Kindred - What Happens Now
Lonnie Liston Smith - The Real Side
Supreme - Kiss Me In My Sleep
Micatone - Quiet Boy
Kev Brown Instrumental

BLS iTunes Shuffle: Eclectique
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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

BLS Spotlight: Paul Mac Innes & T.B.O.I.

The Swedish duo of Paul Mac Innes & T.B.O.I. have released their self titled debut album stateside and I couldn’t be more pleased. The project was originally released (Japan only) in 2007, yet has that timeless sound that doesn’t allow it to sound dated in 2 years like some albums. Once you run down their collaborations, which include artists like Swell Session, Ernesto, Little Dragon and Bennson, you know that you’re going to be treated to the finest in UK Soul. The duo does not disappoint and grabbed my interest at their intro track, Welcome to the Bunker.

Björn Almgren aka T.B.O.I. (The Brother Of Invention) is already a well known Swedish jazz saxophonist and talented drummer. Great producer will be a credit added to his name if he continues to create tracks like he did on this project. T.B.O.I. keeps the sound of their album from becoming monotonous by composing slow, moody landscapes (Don’t Know Me Yet) to more mid-tempo numbers like Run Away. The tracks have such a crisp sound that, at times, it kept me wondering if some of the tracks were created using live instruments. Nevertheless, they are a great compliment to Paul Mac Innes’ vocals. Paul’s voice, which has been compared to everyone from Bilal to Amp Fiddler, is divine and adds such character to T.B.O.I’s tracks. He’s able to deliver vocals that are sugary sweet (Need) or funky (Choose Now) to suit the need of the soundscape that T.B.O.I. provides.

You can pick up Paul Mac Innes & T.B.O.I. at CDbaby, and itunes.

Paul Mac Innes & T.B.O.I. - Need

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Asa - Self Titled - Album Review - Correction/Additions

It's funny how the universe brings you things that you may (or may not) have known you were looking for. This is certainly the case with the beautiful new album by Nigerian singer/songwriter and composer Asa's (pronounced "Asha") self titled debut on Mercer Street Records (U.S.). (Album was released on Naive Records in Europe).

Born in Paris, France to Nigerian parents, Asa's parents returned to Lagos while she, at aged two, would later return to her birthplace twenty years later to begin her career as a recording artist.

I first heard her single Jailer a while back on Jeremy Sole's show on KCRW and both my wife and I kind of stopped what we were doing to listen more closely..
Asa's sound is one of many influences, ranging from Bob Marley to Fela Kuti, to Joan Armatrading, (to name a few), but she remains in a style all of her own, blending reggae, funk, soul, hip hop, jazz, and her traditional Yoruba language into her own sound. Fans of either or all of the above should dig this or I'll double your money back *lol*.

Multi-instrumentalist, gifted (and blind) Nigerian producer Cobhams Emmanuel Asuquo held down the arrangements and co-writing along with Asa, completing the project in a mere 6 weeks. Hammond organs, lush strings, flute (by Magic Malik) , upright bass, guitars, and slick percussion float throughout this 11 track journey like a dove in songs like Eyé àdaba, a morning song of prayer (sang in Yoruba), and the popular and catchy Jailer and Fire On The Mountain, with each respectively speaking on modern slavery and multiple social ills, in a way very reminiscent of how Bob (Marley) does - vividly telling you about the madness going on in the world while making you dance and then having you singing the songs in your head hours and hours after hearing them.

Songs about love (Subway), peace (360°), and dedications to her mother (Awé) make this debut one of the most complete and well balanced albums I've heard thus far for 2009.
The passionate songwriting, instrumentation, and style of the artist and producer exudes into every single track, resulting in a very impressive debut, one of reflection, peace and rebellion, and how they are all placed/displaced throughout life. Junior Star gives Asa 7 out of 7 head nods.

*Head Nod Scale
1=Don't waste your time like I did mine.
2=Waste your time like I did mine but I dare you to disagree.
3=Well, there was the single.
4=If it were a hand in spades there's "two and a possible".
5=It's a "good" album. Meaning at least 3 or 4 solid songs.
6=Really Good Project. Has the "Rewind Factor" more than once.
7=The number of completion. Great Album. Instant Classic.

Her album can be found at Amazon and iTunes and be sure to check out her website for videos and English translations of the songs on the album. Site can also be viewed in French.

Corrections and additions are marked in red except for album rating.

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DSXXX Interview with Phonte

1. The Foreign Exchange - Take Off the Blues
2. DJ Mitsu - Hidenka and DJ Mitsu the Beats
3. Panacea - Flashback to Stardom (DJ Spinna Remix)
4. Cy Young - Whatever You Like
5. Mabanua - For The Sign
6. Oddisee; Phonte; Tor; Flying Lotus - The Perch
7. Crown City Rockers - Something (Katrah-Quey remix)
8. Jazzanova; Phonte - so Far From Home

...::Phonte Interview Pt 1::...
9. Big Daddy Kane - Aint No Half Steppin'
10. The Foreign Exchange - Sincere

...::Phonte Interview Pt 2::...
11. Steely Dan - Do It Again
12. Little Brother - Atari 2600
13. Evidence; Phonte; Blue; Will I Am - For Whom The Bell Tolls

...::Phonte Interview Pt 3::...
14. Black Milk - Try
15. Iman Williams - Down & Out (Applejac's Reconstruction)
16. DJ KO; Phonte;Wordsworth; K-Hill; Masta Ace - Ladder of Success
17. S1; Phonte - Callin' Me
18. DJ Spina; Phonte - Dillagence
19. DJ Spinna; Phonte - Intergalactic Soul
20. Focus; Royce Da 5'9"; Phonte; Stat Quo - Homage to Premier
21. Kev Brown; Phonte; Oddisee - Beats N' Rhymes Instrumental
22. Eric Roberson; Phonte - I Been In Love
23. Liquid Spirits; Phonte - If You Don't Love Me

DSXXX Interview with Phonte
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Vinyl? Check! # 18: Boy, You Ain't Never Lied!

Issac Hayes R.I.P. has always been a master at making us groove; just check his early Stax discography or his reception when he ARRIVED onstage at Wattstax. Definitely one to move not only our hearts and minds but also our butts, I Ain't Never from his 1980 Polydor Records release, And Once Again literally had me dancing as I typed this. This album wasn't a commercial smash and was folowed by another commercial dud, 1981's Lifetime Thing which preceded his descent (emphasis mine) into acting. I wonder if he was jamming to this when he went to audition for Escape From New York...

Isaac Hayes - I Ain't Never

HUNTing for that new new...

Van Hunt has been releasing songs on his myspace page recently. Check out Songs In The Key of Life for four out of the six he placed there last week. He put up four tracks yesterday 2.14.2009 which he says, "...features a gracious host of down-tempos. it's what i refer to as the lamplighter series."
Get all four tracks HERE

Van Hunt - Sexy, Sexy Love

...::Sounds Dope::..

Drake finally releases the mixtape that had the internet eagerly and anxiously awaiting its release. I'll be honest, I havent heard it but Im assuming it shouldn't be a waste of your time. Get it HERE. So far Gone Features collaborations with everyone from Bun B to SantoGold.

Blu's new EP, Her Favorite Colo(u)r is here. "On this self-produced project, Blu not only continues to show off his personal and flavorful rhyme style, but also shows he’s really no joke on the beats either. GODlee Barnes really comes into his own on here - crafting conceptual collages from quotes, chops & loops of some of my favorite movies, as well as greats like Jimi Hendrix, Curtis Mayfield, Etta James, Radiohead and others."
- FRESHselects.Net
Get it HERE

Gordon Gartrell Radio is a podcast hosted by Phonte and compiled by DJ Brainchild. In this episode, "Phonte welcomes everybody to the New Year by discussing the Inauguration of Barack Obama, the rigors of rap beef, and his wishes for 2009." Peep the latest GG Radio HERE

Friday, February 13, 2009

3.1.2009 PJ Morton / Britten / DJ Rahdu in B'ham, Al.

PJ Morton - Jiborish

Britten - Keep It Up

Thursday, February 12, 2009

BLS iPod: Phonte's Best Verses (Compilation)

Sean Deez of Kevin Nottingham's This is Hip Hop compiled this list of Phonte's 15 best verses. Go HERE to see the reasons why he selected these 15 and also see which Phontiggalo blessed tracks were given honorable mention. What are your favorite Phonte verses/songs?

15. The Justus League - Tour of Duty
14. Little Brother; Darien Brockington - Slow it Down
13. Little Brother - Feelin’ Alright
12. Little Brother; Supastition - Feelin’ Alright
11. The Foreign Exchange - Brave New World
10. Little Brother - Whatever You Say
9. Little Brother - Not Enough w/Darien Brockington & Speed
8. Little Brother - Watch Me
7. Little Brother; Chaundon - We Got Now
6. Little Brother - Hold On
5. Little Brother - The Listening
4. Cunninlynguists; Phonte; Witchdoctor - Yellow Lines
3. Little Brother - Dreams
2. Little Brother - Next day
1. Little Brother; L.E.G.AC.Y.; Chaundon - Boondock Saints

Phonte's Best Verses
Listen/Download/Get Podcast Here

MORE: This was compiled before Leave It All Behind was released.

Vinyl? Check! # 17: Gonna give you whatcha need...

Lenny Williams is mostly well known for his 1978 hit Cause I love You where he tells the tale of an unrequited love. He returns the next year with 6 minutes of groovy goodness on his 1979 album, Love Current. The year before we hear of Lenny "watching television until television went off", and the next year he's at the club macking on the ladies and offering his services as a maintenance man. Glad to see the progress, Lenny! Get your boogie on with If You're In Need and shake off your relatonship blues.

Lenny Williams - If You're In Need

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

...::Dope Sounds::...

DJ Dviousmindz returns with a new emccee to rock the mic.

"Hey first of all I'd like to say thanks for all the support with the Jo Well & Dj DviousMindZ Nickel & Diming E.P. The feedback has been crazy. Here's my new artist I'm working with MNfrm (mainframe) from Toronto. We've got an E.P coming out on Feb. 25th 2009 entitled "You've Been Framed". Here's the first single off the project, Born To Use Mics. Hope you guys enjoy it and the 2nd single drops Monday, February 16th 2009 stay tuned. Feedback is greatly appreciated at thank you for your time and thanks for listening."

Dj DviousMindZ; MNfrm - Born To Use Mics

Beatnick & K-Salaam return with a remix from another Motown alumni, the incomparable Stevie Wonder. Remember these cats play all of the instruments themselves! This one has a Neptunes type vibe to it...

Stevie Wonder - My Cherie Amor (Beatnick & K-Salaam Remix)

B'ham Love Pt. 13/28 Abstract Chemistry

Abstract Chemistry were the Beastie Boys (and not because they were majority Caucasian) of The Eargasm. Abstract consisted of InkLine, MC Kano, Revolove & Trifekt. They were the madcap crew that added that fly dash of color or accent to the other crews; defying any genres or styles. InkLine, arguably the strongest lyricist of the crew was also the producer and Revolve is/was an accomplished B-Boy. Check out this cut from their 2004 album, ReGroup.

Abstract Chemistry - ReGroup (We Grew)

From Donuts to Muffins...

Stevo returns with Mufins to take you on another Beat Odyssey. This one is a tribute to the late, great Dilla and is bound to make your mouth water. Don't believe me? Check out this joint below. The other tracks are just as tasty!

Stevo - Can I

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

...::Sounds Dope::...

49 remixes, revisits, refixes and straight up ridiculous Q-Tip bangers served up by J.Period. get it HERE

Iman Williams' Funky 4 Dilla gets the business done to it by Applejac as he comes through AGAIN with another great remix reconstruction. This will appear on her upcoming album Planetarium. Make sure you cop it when it drops!

Iman Williams- Down & Out (Applejac's reconstruction)

MORE: Check out Applejac's Jay Dee Tribute Mix


Peter Hadar's 6 track EP, She's 4 Months is finally HERE. Check out this sexy number, Sweat, below.

Peter Hadar - Sweat

B'ham Love Pt. 10, 11 &12/28: Supreme, The Metaphizx, & DJ F/X

Supreme is a staple on the B'ham hip hop scene and is the father of the legendary hip hop showcase, The Eargasm. Not only did he create a spot for the 4 elements to be experienced, he is also an emcee and producer. Supreme has produced/written many local and worldwide hits most notably W.Ellington Felton’ s Funky Feeling which enjoyed time on BETJ and Unconditional Eyes by Amp Fiddler which was championed by the reknowned Gilles Peterson. Supreme is currently working with Raheem Devaughn creating remakes of some of your favorite songs from the past and is the host of Hot 107.7’s Classic Hip Hop Show.

Supreme - Beat NO.12

The Metaphizx was comprised of some of the best emcees on the Bham scene: Inkline, R-Tist, Biti, Poltagyst and Rahsul. These Bham representers dropped some of the illest lines I never expected to hear from Bham emcees. Their project featured full production by Supreme and cuts by the one and only DJ F/X.

The Metaphizx - Zsa Zsa Zsa

When you mention Bham turntablists, there’s one name that’s bound to come up: DJ F/X. DJ F/X has been cutting since 1992, performing at all the hip hops nights, appearing on radio, securing several club residencies and backing up your favorite emcees. DJ F/X is now a member of The Green Seed with Complet and R-Tist. Check his skills here

India.Arie - Testimony Vol.2: Love and Politics Review

India.Arie returns with her latest project, Testimony Vol.2: Love and Politics. She begins by offering thanks to The Creator and continues this throughout the album with her Grains interludes. I give thanks to see that she picked guest artists for their musical contributions vs. their star power i.e. how much they could encourage listeners to buy her album through their presence. Arie treads familiar ground with her subject matter but has added much color to her musical palette via various world rhythms. Testimony Vol.2 will be a welcome addition to any India.Arie fan’s collection and is a worthwhile contribution to her musical legacy.

When I heard the album’s come hither songs lead singles: the syrupy Chocolate High and the made-for-dancing Therapy, I admit I had no clue what the album was going to sound like. Luckily, I blindly support most artists, and unlike most purchases this one delivers. She remains true to the title and her topics are largely about Love and Politics, but the politics are largely of an international origin. Ghetto is a song addressing poverty which she uses to great affect by putting to song the age old adage, The Ghetto is the same all over the world.”

Acoustic tracks only make a few appearances on Testimony Vol.2. One of which is He Heals Me, a song about an unconditional love that would fit perfectly on Acoustic Soul. The other is River Rise, which sounds surprisingly like a 2009 Donny Hathaway song via the keys, and immediately went on repeat. Largely, you hear more of a world music vibe whether it’s a Spanish guitar or a range of various percussive elements. She remakes Sade’s Pearls with a world sound that augments the words of the song and the places mentioned therein, but I still prefer the original. Like most Arie projects, there is a hip hop element via Yellow which I’m sure will go in DJs arsenals that are “devoted to the art of moving butts” on dancefloors, and Psalms 23 where she cites scripture with MC Lyte. Do I bow my head or do the rockaway to this one?

A dope project with few mistakes, Testimony Vol.2 will see a long life in your CD player. DJ Rahdu gives Testimony Vol.2 5.5 out of 7 headnods

*Head Nod Scale
1=Don't waste your time like I did mine.
2=Waste your time like I did mine but I dare you to disagree.
3=Well, there was the single.
4=If it were a hand in spades there's "two and a possible".
5=It's a "good" album. Meaning at least 3 or 4 solid songs.
6=Really Good Project. Has the "Rewind Factor" more than once.
7=The number of completion. Great Album. Instant Classic.

DSXXX Interview with Nicolay

Nicolay; Black Spade - I am the Man
The Foreign Exchange - Take off the Blues
The Beatles - Something
Stevie Wonder - Signed, Sealed, Delivered

DSXXX Interview with Nicolay
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Sunday, February 8, 2009

Esperanza Spalding @ The Historic Carver Theater - Birmingham, Alabama

Just got word that gifted jazz bassist and singer Esperanza Spalding is coming to Birmingham on Thursday, February 19th, 2009. She'll be in the city for a workshop and evening performance at The Historic Carver Theater & Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame. Workshop begins at 9:00 am and show begins at 7 pm.

Its so great seeing this sister crossing musical barriers..

Tickets are available at (205) 975-ARTS and at The Alys Stephens Center.

More about the workshop here.

For music and videos check out her website, plus performances and epk on youtube.

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