Posts Tagged ‘Alicia Keys

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

Russel Fong & DJ Matt Cali – The Little X-Mas Tape

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It was tough to hold off on posting this beauty of a mix by crate digger Russel Fong and DJ Matt Cali, but I promised myself I’d wait ’til Christmas Eve. Lucky for y’all, it’s here!

Both Russel and Matt have a knack for splicing old school treats with modern flavor, which is evident on this holiday-themed mix. Listen as Stevie Wonder’s “What Christmas Means To Me” and Run-DMC’s “Christmas in Hollis” flow between cheerful samples and jingling bells. Also featured on the tape are jams from Marvin Gaye, Snoop Dogg, Alicia Keys and more.

As Matt explains it:

Russel and I were on the phone together discussing some upcoming themes for new mixtapes and we both expressed are displeasure with corny holiday music. Russel mentioned he had some good old school jams and I had a couple of favorites myself so I fired up the turntables and there you have it.” Russel adds, “We just wanted to keep it short and sweet and play some good holiday jams.” 

Well, they certainly put together an impressive mix. Shouts to both of the fellas for the heads up, click the covers or download link below and spin it for some holiday goodness. Enjoy!

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Download: Russel Fong & DJ Matt Cali – The Little X-Mas Tape

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)

02
Sep
09

Sound Table 9/2/09

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The internets have been blown up this week by two of the most anticipated albums of the year, Jay-Z’s Blueprint 3 and Raekwon’s Only Built 4 Cuban Linx Pt. II.

You thought I’m gonna post the full versions? Ha! What I will do is include my favorite tracks in this edition of the Sound Table, plus links to some early reviews for each album and an interesting article about the 10 producers that could’ve saved BP3.

Anyways, go out and support both MC’s next week. Enjoy!

Read: 10 Producers That Could’ve Saved Blueprint 3

Jay-Z Blueprint 3 Reviews:

LA Times Blog by Jeff Weiss

Daily Mathematics by Combat Jack

Byron Crawford by Bol

BGBD & RTD by Enigmatik & Khal

Broken Cool

Raekwon Only Built 4 Cuban Linx Pt. II Reviews:

Daily Mathematics by Combat Jack

BGDB by Enigmatik

Wake Your Daughter Up by Travis

Sound Table

Jay-Z ft. Alicia Keys – Empire State of Mind

Jay-Z ft. J Cole – A Star Is Born

Jay-Z ft. Mr Hudson – Young Forever

M.O.P. ft. Redman – Riding Through

Nicolay – City Lights Vol. 2: Shibuya Sampler

Peter Bjorn & John ft. Rapper Big Pooh, Phil Nash & Chaundon – Stay This Way (DJ Jazzy Jeff Remix)

Raekwon – Surgical Gloves

Raekwon ft. Lyfe Jennings – Catalina prod. Dr. Dre

Raekwon ft. Inspectah Deck & Masta Killa – Kiss The Ring





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