Archive for the 'R&B' Category

13
Feb
10

Not Your Average Valentine’s Day-Themed Mixes.. DJ Matt Cali & Russel Fong | Cosmo Baker

Whether or not you celebrate the holiday dedicated to men attempting to impress women who possess unrealistic expectations* St. Valentine, anyone can appreciate some fresh vibes.

First up is a spankin’ new mix from some of HTT‘s good friends, turntable master Matt Cali and music historian Russel Fong. I’ll let Cali tell it:

… If you are looking for a sappy slow jam mixtape, you are obviously unfamiliar with the way these two get down (pause). Luvsick is a perfect blend of all types of love songs ranging from REO Speedwagon, Radiohead, Teddy Pendergrass, to the likes of Slum Village, Jodeci and Lil Wayne. And like all Russel Fong and Matt Cali presentations, it is mixed in true school turntable fashion.

Now that sounds dope, don’t it?

For the traditionalists, expert create-digger Cosmo Baker splices soul and classic R&B on his Valentine’s Roll Mix. Featuring songs by Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell, Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway, Al Green, Aretha Franklin, and of course Prince, this will help the fellas get their ladies in that special mood.

Bump these while you do whatever it is you do this weekend. Don’t forget guys – wrap it up be safe.

Shouts to Russel & Matt, plus the gracious homie Gotty & Co at TSS for the second jawn. Enjoy!

*I keed, I keed. Y’all lovers do y’all thang.

 

Luvsick

Download: DJ Matt Cali & Russel Fong – Luvsick

Cosmo Baker - Valentine's Roll Mix

Download: Cosmo Baker – Valentine’s Roll Mix

Track List:

The Friends Of Distinction “Circles”
Aretha Franklin “Call Me”
Donny Hathaway “I Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know”
Rick James “Fire & Desire” feat. Teena Marie
Curtis Mayfield “Sweet Exorcist”
James Brown “That’s My Desire”
Otis Redding “That’s How Strong My Love Is”
Sam Cooke “Bring It On Home To Me”
Irma Thomas “Ruler Of My Heart”
Al Green “Simply Beautiful”
The Isley Brothers “Voyage To Atlantis”
George Harrison “I’ll Take You Anytime”
Stevie Wonder “I Believe (When I Fall In Love)”
Patrice Rushen “Settle For My Love”
Prince “Adore”
Quincy Jones “The Secret Garden (Sweet Seduction Suite)”
Rene & Angela “Your Smile” (12? Version)
The Isley Brothers “Fire And Rain”
The Smith Connection “Rainy Days And Mondays”
Darondo “Listen To My Song”
The Beach Boys “Forever”
Rita Wright “I Can’t Give Back The Love I Feel For You”
Black Ivory “Got To Be There”
Brenda Russell “So Good, So Right”
Bonnie Pointer “More And More”
David Bowie “Can You Hear Me”
Earth, Wind And Fire “Can’t Hide Love”
The Rolling Stones “Let It Loose”
East Of Underground “I Love You For All Seasons”
Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell “If This World Were Mine”
The Delfonics “Walk Right Up To The Sun”
New Birth “You Are What I’m All About”
Steely Dan “Any Major Dude”
Bill Withers “Can We Pretend”

23
Jan
10

Hope For Haiti Now – Jay-Z, Bono, The Edge & Rihanna Perform “Stranded (Haiti Mon Amour)” & More Coverage

Bono, Jay-Z & Rihanna

When the sky falls, and the Earth quakes.. We gon’ put this back together, we won’t break

I watched almost the entire Hope For Haiti Now telethon event last night, and I’m so thankful I did. If I said it was extremely moving, that would be an understatement. I found myself breathless and teary-eyed as artists, musicians, actors, directors and more put aside differences and united to answer phones and accept donations on behalf of  the various organizations helping the relief effort in Haiti. The broadcast also featured personal stories about Haitians that survived the horrible natural disaster in addition to newscaster Anderson Cooper & others detailing the monumental effort to treat the thousands of injured and emotionally-distraught.

Musical performances included Jay-Z, Bono & The Edge of U2, Rihanna, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Madonna, my wifey Christina Aguilera, my other wifey Alicia Keys, The Roots, Justin Timberlake & Matt Morris, John Legend, Beyonce, Coldplay, Shakira, Mary J Blige, Sting, Kid Rock, Keith Urban, Sheryl Crow, Dave Matthews, Neil Young, Emeline Michel and of course, Haiti’s son Wyclef.

MTV has a sweet rundown of all the performances here and check out some photos here compliments of Concrete Loop. Click the links below to donate and grab your copy of the Hope for Haiti Now album on iTunes with the various performances in great quality MP3’s.

If anyone has the full telecast of the event, can you please link it in the comments section? Thanks in advance.

Shout to Ian for the video of Jay-Z, Bono, The Edge & Lil’ Mama Rihanna below (am I the only one who thinks Rih Rih looks out of place on stage with legends? Oh well.). I hope you find it in your heart to donate to help those suffering from this devastating tragedy, and (try to) enjoy the music!

Download on iTunes: Jay-Z, Bono, The Edge & Lil’ Mama Rihanna – Stranded (Haiti Mon Amour)

Hope For Haiti Now

Donate: Hope For Haiti Now

09
Jan
10

Writers Build: The Best Non-Hip-Hop Albums of 2009

The Best Non-Hip-Hop Albums of 2009

Gramatically-incorrect, but who cares?!

We’ ain’t done just yet, Writers Build is still in full effect!

And you probably thought all I listened to was hip-hop.. Ha! Gotcha.

In between spinning Mos Def and Raekwon this year, me and my homie Jaap van der Doelen (of The Rap Up and Maasland FM fame) took some time to expand our horizons beyond the realm of rap. What we found were some extremely great projects by a gang of non-hip-hoppers.

Our lists cover many typesof music, including R&B, pop, reggae, soul, dubstep, jazz, rock and even afro-funk (yes, I may have made that genre up, but it’s true). Check these out when you’re not in the mood for neck-snapping beats or lyrical onslaughts.

Click the covers or links to support the artists, Enjoy!

Mayer Hawthorne - A Strange Arrangement

Dom

1. Mayer Hawthorne – A Strange Arrangement [MP3 Download]

2. Michael Jackson – This Is It [MP3 Download]

3. Melanie Fiona – The Bridge [MP3 Download]

4. Matisyahu – Light [MP3 Download]

5. Alicia Keys – The Element of Freedom [MP3 Download]

6. Shafiq Husayn – Shafiq En’ A-Free-Ka

7. The Kickdrums – Just A Game

8. Chrisette Michele – Epiphany [MP3 Download]

9. Ryan Leslie – Ryan Leslie [MP3 Download]

10. John Mayer – Battle Studies [MP3 Download]

11. Norah Jones – The Fall [MP3 Download]

12. J Rawls & John Robinson present Jay Are – The 1960’s Jazz Revolution Again [MP3 Download]

13. Maxwell – Blacksummers’night [MP3 Download]

14. Serani – No Games [MP3 Download]

15. Whitney Houson – I Look To You [MP3 Download]

16. Trey Songz – Ready [MP3 Download]

17. Flaming Lips – Embryonic [MP3 Download]

18. Leona Lewis – Echo [MP3 Download]

19. Keith Jarrett Trio – Yesterdays [MP3 Download]

20. Bibio – Ambivalence Avenue [MP3 Download]

Honorable Mention: Zero 7 – Yeah Ghost [MP3 Download]

Mulatu Astatke & The Heliocentrics - Inspiration Information Vol 3

Jaap

1. Mulatu Astatke & The Heliocentrics – Inspiration Information, Vol. 3 [MP3 Download]

2. De Staat – Wait For Evolution

3. Arctic Monkeys – Humbug

4. Lily Allen – It’s Not Me, It’s You [MP3 Download]

5. Dub Colossus – A Town Called Addis [MP3 Download]

We’ve come a long way in the Writers Build segment, we’ve got a couple more posts left before we’re done. Stay tuned!

24
Dec
09

Hold the Throne Presents – A Very Special Christmix

NYC Christmas

I want to wish a very Merry Christmas (to the Christians, of course) and a Happy Holidays to all my friends and readers.

Vibe to this hour-and-a-half long Very Special Christmix while you’re drankin’ eggnog, opening presents, eating everything in sight, and spending time with the ones you love. There’s a lil’ somethin’ for all tastes in this mix – from classics and traditional to jazzy, funkin’ and hip-hoppin’ – so play it anywhere you go this season.

I compiled the mix myself, so I guess shouts to me? Nah, shouts to the artists for giving me the inspiration and allowing me to feel the spirit, Enjoy!

Download: Hold the Throne Presents – A Very Special Christmix

1. Al Green – I’ll Be Home For Christmas
2. Bing Crosby – Frosty The Snowman
3. Burl Ives – Holly Jolly Christmas
4.Charles Brown – Please Come Home For Christmas
5.Chet Baker – We Three Kings
6.Chipmunks – The Chipmunk Song
7. Diana Ross & The Supremes – Silver Bells
8. Dinah Washington – Silent Night
9. Donny Hathaway – This Christmas
10. Eartha Kitt – Santa Baby
11. Ella Fitzgerald – Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
12. Etta James – Merry Christmas Baby
13. Frank Sinatra & Bing Crosby – The Christmas Song
14. Frank Sinatra – The Bells of Christmas (Greensleeves) [w-Tina, Nancy & Frank Sinatra Jr.]
15. Jackson 5 – Santa Clause Is Comin’ To Town
16. Jackson 5 – I Saw Mommy Kissin’ Santa Claus
17. Judy Garland – Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
18. Mannheim Steamroller Piano Tribute Players – Carol f the Bells
19. Mariah Carey – O Holy Night
20. Marvin Gaye – I Want To Come Home For Christmas
21. Nat King Cole – O Come All Ye Faithful
22. Paul McCartney – Wonderful Christmastime
23. Peggy Lee – Happy Holiday
24. The Ronettes – Sleigh Ride
25. Run-DMC – Christmas In Hollis
26. Stevie Wonder – Ave Maria
27. Stevie Wonder – What Christmas Means To Me
28. Trans-Siberian Orchestra – Christmas Eve / Sarajevo 12/24
29. Vanessa Williams – What Child Is This? (Live)

(If anyone is unfamiliar with .Rar files, feel free to hit me up)

11
Dec
09

Sound Table 12/11/09 Featuring Elzhi, Method Man & Redman

Boomboxin'

Stacy Epps, lookatdemlips!

Cot damn, I been neglecting my Sound Table series where I routinely feature some of the illest new songs, mixtapes, EPsetc on the ‘net. My bad!

We’ve got a few choice bangers to get you through this blistering cold Friday (notably for my Tri-State readers).

Method Man & Raekwon collab’d for a track supposedly off their album with Ghostface Wu Massacre, dropping February of next year. I can’t possibly express what it means for hip-hop to start a new decade with a semi-Wu-Tang album. It could will be one for the ages.

The most exciting project on this edition of Sound Table is Detroit MC Elzhi’s The Leftovers UnMixed Tape, a collection of the Slum Village rep’s features, remixes and rarities. Bolstered by production from Black Milk, Jake One, & Oh No, this will hold hip-hop heads over until Elmatic or The Feed. Weren’t they both supposed to drop this year? Whatever happened to that? Sheeeeeit (c) Clay Davis.

On top of that, there’s a fine selection of leaked tracks below to choose from to load up the iPod, including a remix to African songstress Nneka’s song “Walking” with the 2nd best rapper alive Jay Electronica and a brand new jam from Sade(!!!). Get ’em while you can, party people.

Big thanks to Aaron M knobbz, Jeff Weiss, LegendNick & my external hard drive for the audio, Enjoy!

Sound Table

Elzhi - The Leftovers UnMixed Tape

Download: Elzhi – The Leftovers UnMixed Tape

01. The Great (Prod. Oh No)
02. Deep (Prod. Black Milk)
03. Contra (Feat. Danny Brown) (Prod. Apollo Brown)
04. Like This (Prod. Black Milk)
05. Red, Black And Green (Prod. Black Milk)
06. Glow (Prod. Jake One)
07. Living (Prod. DJ Dez)
08. Dream (Prod. Jake One)
09. The Crowd (Prod. Leef)
10. Dedication (Feat. Fes Roc) (Prod. DJ Dez)
11. Colors Remix (Prod. DJ Spinna)
12. Flyest (Feat. Smitty) (Prod. Denmark Vessey)
13. 5 Man Hustle (Prod. Black Milk)
14. Clash Of The Titans (Feat. Vstyles, Royce da 5′9″, Rapper Big Pooh & Phat Kat) (Prod. MoSS)

Download:

Common – Start the Show (Extended Version)

Del The Funkee Homosapien & El Michels Affair – Bring Da Ruckus (Remix)

Drake ft. Colin Munroe – Runaway Girl

 Joell Ortiz & Novel ft. Cristyle – Stressful

Bonus Track: Joell Ortiz – Make It Without You

Lupe Fiasco ft. Trey Songz – Blackout

Nneka ft. Jay Electronica – Walking (J. Period Remix)

Raekwon & Method Man – Meth Vs. Chef Part II prod by Mathematics

Sade – Soldier of Love

Vinnie Paz ft. Clipse – Street Wars (Blend)

Wale – Say Something Freestyle

09
Dec
09

New Alicia Keys & Robin Thicke Albums

Alicia

Let’s flip it on the R&B tip this morning, my good peoples.

I been looking forward to new albums from my-wife-to-be Alicia Keys and Robin Thicke for a lil’ bit now. I’ve always loved Alicia’s “assets” artistry and have been a long-time fan of Thicke, one of the most overlooked singers of this generation.

I’m not goin’ to ruin the fun by going deep into their respective albums The Element of Freedom and Sex Therapy: The Session, so let’s just say I believe both are worth your time and possibly your hard-earned cheddar depending on your preference. Alicia often sings of heartache that evolves into liberation while Thicke focuses on intimacy and, well, sexy time (c) Borat. Except that idiotic song with the Myra of rap Nicki Minaj, which is about shaking posteriors for gentlemen. I’d be all for it under one stipulation – that Minaj didn’t open her mouth (to speak, that is..).

Anyways, I might flip a review of one of these soon. I’ll keep you up on that if I do, beautiful people. For now, I’m linking to some choice selections from each.

Both albums drop in stores next Tuesday, the 15th. You can pre-order them now from Amazon by clicking on the covers.

Peep the track lists and download links below, Enjoy!

1. The Element Of Freedom (Intro)
2. Love Is Blind
3. Doesn’t Mean Anything
4. Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart
5. Wait Til They See My Smile
6. That’s How Strong My Love Is
7. Unthinkable (I’m Ready) ft. Drake
8. Love Is My Disease
9. Like The Sea
10. Put It In A Love Song ft. Beyoncé Knowles
11. This Bed
12. Distance And Time
13. How It Feels To Fly
14. Empire State Of Mind (Part II)

Bonus Tracks:
Through It All
Pray For Forgiveness

1. Mrs. Sexy
2. Sex Therapy
3. Meiplé (feat. Jay-Z)
4. Make U Love Me
5. It’s In The Mornin’ (feat. Snoop Dogg)
6. Shakin’ It 4 Daddy (feat. Nicki Minaj)
7. Elevatas (feat. KiD CuDi)
8. Start With A Kiss
9. Rollacoasta (feat. Estelle)
10. Million Dollar Baby (feat. Jazmine Sullivan)
11. 2 Luv Birds
12. I Got U
13. Jus Right
14. Mona Lisa
15. Brand New Luv
16. Diamonds (feat. Game)

03
Dec
09

Stevie Wonder & John Legend [Live]

Stevie Wonder 

WordPress is drivin’ me crazy. I’m having trouble embedding videos so if it doesn’t show up below, click here to see the video at some bootleg hip-hop website.

I saw this Sunday on the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary Concert special on HBO, and I been waiting for it to make its way to the web.

The legendary Stevie Wonder brings John Legend on stage to tribute Michael Jackson, singing “The Way You Make Me Feel.” At one point, Stevie is so overwhelmed by emotion that he breaks down during the performance.

Powerful stuff, and well worth a viewing. Big thanks to the good homie Khal at Rock The Dub for the vid, Enjoy!





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