Melanie Fiona “It Kills Me”

+ DOWNLOAD: Melanie Fiona “It Kills Me” + Download via Blind I. Melanie Fiona is my pick for #musicmonday. What’s yours?

Rhapsody Redemption?

In an interesting turn of events (*gasp* another coincidence?!), the Rhapsody advertisement for Jay-Z’s Blueprint 3 (released today) recreates past iconic Jay-Z album covers. To quote tastemaker Steve Pristin, “Blueprint 3 Commercial > Blueprint 3 Album”. It’s an impressive feat to put out a one minute advertisement that eclipses an entire album. Record breaking, indeed. … Continue reading

Rest In Peace, DJ AM

The devastatingly premature loss of DJ AM or Adam Goldstein has left an already heartbroken music community speechless and perplexed at the fragility and temporality of life itself. After reading through a number of reactions from DJs, emcees, artists and loyal fans inspired by and indebted to DJ AM‘s career, I sense a quiet rage … Continue reading

“Google Eyes” (Live) — Jay Electronica

“J, I’m yours. I’ve been screaming for the past 3 days, I’m hoarse!” My love grows bigger…

Dime Piece X Cassie 2009

Among my close circle of friends, I’m known for doing a mean (as in accurate but highly exaggerated) impression of Cassie’s monotone/generic singing style and forced bedroom eyes “exotic” sex appeal. Apparently, the joke is on me because after all I’m dedicating an entire post to the release of her latest clothing line. To steal … Continue reading

Drake ft. Wayne, Ye, & Eminem “Forever” Leak

+ DOWNLOAD: Drake feat. Lil Wayne, Kanye West & Eminem “Forever” (prod. Boi-1da) + We might be breaking records this week for the number of leaks! I kept my expectations fairly low for this “all star” collaboration precisely because their names alone generate enough hype to get by on mediocrity. However, Eminem’s superior performance and … Continue reading

The Foreign Exchange ft. Muhsinah — “House Of Cards”

In addition to Gordon Gartrell Radio “Phonte states the facts, Brainchild spins the tracks” airing Episode 15 of their on-going podcast series, Phonte tweet-released the video for The Foreign Exchange’s “House of Cards” directed by Matt Koza featuring Muhsinah. Unlike the majority of popular hip hop music videos (whose themes and dissonant storylines never seem … Continue reading

Respect The Architect: Red (The Man Without The Machine)

When this video first hit YouTube in December of 2008, it spread like wild fire across the interwebs. I vividly recall being sent the link to this curious parking lot G-Funk beat boxer (we now know as Red “The Man Without The Machine”) countless times by folks who were equally impressed with the rather casual … Continue reading

Aaliyah Revisited: Rest In Power

Today marks the eighth anniversary of the tragic passing of R&B ‘s leading lady, Aaliyah Dana Haughton. As a tried and true Aaliyah fan, I want to recognize and celebrate the impressive body of work she shared with the world — a necessary ritual of healing and remembrance. While nothing can compare to the listening … Continue reading

Only Built 4 Cuban Linx II

In celebration of #musicmondays (yes, twitter hash tags have infiltrated my everyday vocabulary), it’s mandatory that I re-post the abundant Raekwon leaks that have restored balance in hip hop cyberspace. From the “House of Flying Daggers” video drop featuring Inspectah Deck, Ghostface, and Method Man laced with J Dilla production to the raw “10 Bricks” … Continue reading