Posts Tagged ‘Ryan Leslie

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!

21
Oct
09

Sound Table 10/21/09

Boombox

Do The Right Thing with the Lasonic i931 Boombox, it’s iPod-ready!

Haven’t been as persistent as I should be with my Sound Table segments, my apologies. So here’s some fly music to get you through the rest of hump day, Enjoy!

Sound Table

David Banner ft. Twista, Naledge, Rhymefest, Skooda Chose & Lisa Ivey – Something Is Wrong (Remix) Prod. 9th Wonder

DJ JS-1 & O.C. – Life

Emilio Rojas – Bold & Arrogant Prod. M-Phazes

Exile ft. J. Mitchell – Your Summer Song

Idle Warship (Talib Kweli, Res & Graph Noble) ft. Skyzoo – Go Brooklyn

   Idle Warship – Party Robot

Jern Eye ft. Mistah F.A.B. & Zion I – Get Right

Lil’ Wayne ft. Brisco – I’m The Truth (Full Version)

Potholes in my Blog Presents The Ozone Mixtape [Shouts to the homie Reyn]

Ryan Leslie – I Choose You

Slaughterhouse ft. Bun B – The One (Travis Barker Remix)

13
Jul
09

Royal Court & Sound Table 7/13/09

Jessenia Vice

Jessenia Vice of Elizabeth, NJ

Royal Court:

Arturo Gotti, Boxer Known For Relentless Violence, Dies at 37 [via NY Times]

Jell-O Puddin’ Pop Shots: A Review of Not The Cosby Show XXX [via The Smoking Section]

Introducing: $port

Sample of the Day: Donny Goines Edition (My favorite track off Breakfast Club) [via Kevin Nottingham]

Slaughterhouse Reveals Album Cover, Release Date is August 11th [via illRoots]

WYDU Half Way Report Day One: Top 10 EPs [via Wake Your Daughter Up]

 

Sound Table:

Blue Note Street (Remix of Blue Note Records Songs by Japanese Producers) [via Freestyle Madness]

Fabolous ft. Lil’ Wayne – Salute [via Destination for Hip-Hop & R&B]

     Bonus: Fabolous ft. Ryan Leslie & Keri Hilson – Everything, Everyday, Everywhere

     Bonus: Fabolous ft. Ryan Leslie – The Fabolous Life

Jaydiohead Encore (Jay-Z + Radiohead Mash-Ups) [via Max Tannone & The Rap Up]

01
Jul
09

Sound Table 7/1/09

ModelMayhem 

J Dannielle of beautiful New Brunswick, NJ

Sound Table:

Art Don’t Sleep AM Sessions – A Love Supreme

Brown Bag Allstars – Brooklyn Queens Expressway

Consequence ft. John Legend & Kanye West – Whatever U Want

Joell Ortiz ft. Styles P – We Can Do It

Kanye West – Paranoid (LMFAO Remix)

Melanie Fiona – Ay Yo

Royce Da 5’9 – Gun Harmonizing

Ryan Leslie – You’re Not My Girl

19
Jun
09

Royal Court & Sound Table 6/19/09

Royal Court 

Researchers Conclude Music Piracy Not Stifling Content Creation [via Ars Technica]

R.I.P. To NYC Graf Writer Iz The Wiz [via Oh Word]

Sean Price Launches Ruck Down Records [via Freestyle Madness]

This Guy Got Arrested Mid Hair-Braiding [via Broken Cool]

Hip-Hop Lunchroom – Rap’s Five MC Categories [via Review Stacks]

Behind The Scenes at The Roots Jam Session with Dallas Penn [via Rock The Dub]

 

Sound Table:

HHIR Tape Deck ’09 Volume #25 [via Hip Hop Is Read]

Grafh ft. Cassidy – So Easy (Dirty)

Guilty Simpson – Feel It [via 2DB]

Killer Mike – My City

Killer Mike – Pay Up (Detox Reference) [both via Maurice Garland]

Ryan Leslie ft. Pusha T – Something That I Like [via X]

Sean Price – Ruck Down! [via TSS]

Slaughterhouse ft. M.O.P. – Woodstock [via Budden, via X]

Wale – Rain, Sleet Snow [via Splash]

   Bonus: Wale ft. Big Sean, Kenn Starr & Mike Posner – Wonder Why (Full) [via herfection]

Wu-Tang Clan ft. Inspectah Deck, U-God & Masta Ace – Kill Too Hard [via Nah Right]





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