YC The Cynic on The Journalist Today @ 5 p.m.

February 23, 2010 at 9:06 am (Daily Offerings, Entertainment, Exclusive, interview, Live Stream, Music) (, , )

The 19-year-old phenom straight out of the Bronx is ready to bring NY rap back….

If you too are cynical, download his album here… And by the way, you’re welcome…

So be sure to tell a friend, to tell a friend, to tell the President– I’m ON!

Just click on the image below at 4 p.m. EST to listen to The Journalist…


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Kansas Bay [South Central Remix]- Oddisee ft. Stik Figa

February 17, 2010 at 1:27 pm (Exclusive, Music) (, , , )

Emcee/producer Oddisee is back with his "Kansas Bay (South Central Remix)"

Kansas Bay- Oddisee ft. Stik Figa

The Midwest meets the West Coast in this re-imagining, which finds Stik Figa riding the wave of a beat steeped in G-funk and dripping with bass best suited for a low rider. As Oddisee explains, “Bay Area hip-hop has been popular in Kansas for years, and Stik Figa uses a Too $hort-esque flow to tell the comedic story of an out-of-towner’s unfortunate luck on ‘Kansas Bay’.” Prepare yourself for your sonic travels, and let Oddisee guide you on this aural adventure from the heartland to the left coast and back again.

Oddisee’s Traveling Man is available digitally via Mello Music Group

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Emmanuel Jal, Blitz the Ambassador & More on The Journalist Tuesday Feb. 9th– 4 PM-6 PM EST

February 7, 2010 at 2:19 pm (Daily Offerings, Entertainment, Exclusive, interview, Live Stream, Music, News, Sports) (, , , )

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The Journalist With Asher Roth, Donwill & More

February 2, 2010 at 12:00 am (Daily Offerings, Entertainment, Exclusive, interview, Live Stream, Music) (, , , , , )

Listen here… @ 4 p.m. EST today for all the guests, songs, and insights.

And be sure to tell a friend, to tell a friend, to tell the President–I’m ON!

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“Planes, Trains, Automobiles”- Shady Nate ft. E Da Sanga

January 28, 2010 at 7:11 pm (Exclusive, Music) (, , )

“Planes, Trains, Automobiles”- Shady Nate ft. E Da Sanga

This is my hustle song of the year right now…  Album available now and here

Check out the video below…

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Vibrations (Scott Thorough Remix)- Bisco Smith

January 27, 2010 at 3:54 pm (Exclusive, Music) (, , )

Vibrations (Scott Thorough Remix)- Bisco Smith

The echoed beginning of “We gonna get you out of here,” followed by a moment of dead air, erases all pretense for the remix, opening up the listener to the new possibilities of Scott Thorough’s imaginings. Warped sounds, pounding drums, and a descending synthesizer bass line continuously push the music forward, but in a different way than the original single – its eerie setup, and the feel it provides Bisco’s lyrics, fill the remix with a seemingly slowed, yet driving power.

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“Trickle Down”- DaVinci (prod. Blunt) & More

January 27, 2010 at 12:17 pm (Exclusive, Music, video) (, , , )

Trickle Down- DaVinci (prod. Blunt)

As DaVinci raps, “Hate is power, love is a weakness / You do wrong the right way, they call you a genius,” the rising Bay Area emcee’s powerful message resonates loud and clear – what’s valued in the streets seems to be exactly what is valued in politics too. This is the trickle down effect that grips the government and the community. “No government is perfect,” says DaVinci. “But if you represent a nation built on lies, cheating, thieves, murder, slavery, and the like, it’s going to be difficult for the people who make up that nation to see this as wrong.”

Check this out…

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J. Cole & Pharrell In Studio… Plus B.o.B?

January 27, 2010 at 5:47 am (Exclusive, Music) (, , , )

J. Cole is working on the humble for his debut album.

And J. Cole will be on Bobby Ray’s new May 25th mixtape dropping 02/01.

And remember to tell a friend, to tell a friend, to tell the President– I’m ON!

They look real serious, as if a classic is brewing-- I smell a hit.

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Oddisee is the Traveling Man

January 26, 2010 at 5:02 pm (Exclusive, Music) (, , , , )

Check out the latest from the Traveling Man, Oddisee:

“San Fran”- Oddisee

“Khartoum”- Oddisee

“Chicago”- Oddisee

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It’s On Me- DaVinci (prod. Blunt)

January 21, 2010 at 7:57 pm (Exclusive, Music) (, , )

“It’s On Me”- DaVinci (prod. Blunt)

Representing the good folks of Carson, CA, DaVinci gives us that mid-90s soul vibe w/ hard lyrics.

This song by the way… it’s on me… Shout outs to Michelle…

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Blacc Thought: The Aloe Blacc Interview

January 18, 2010 at 1:18 pm (Daily Offerings, Exclusive, interview, Music) (, , , , , , , )

Aloe Blacc (of Emanon) is the quintessential artist with an intellect to match

Aloe Blacc is one-half of the Hip-Hop duo Emanon (with renowned producer Exile). Based out of talent enriched LA, Aloe and Exile found a chemistry that would prove to their solution to refresh the soul of Hip-Hop. From pressing their on vinyls to distributing their own material, Aloe and Exile created a lane for future Hip-Hop groups and artists seeking to give the people a soulful sample of life.

And on the day we celebrate an instrumental figure in history, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., The Journalist discussed the past, present, and future of Hip-Hop with a lesser known but important figure in the foundation of the art.

The Journalist: You hooked up with a rising producer in the game, by the name of Exile in 95. Tell me how that union came together?

You are now watching a master (Exile) at work

Aloe Blacc: That was a really serendipitous event. I was literally just a student in high school. I had been penning my own raps for a few years. My friends around me befriended Exile. He was going to adifferent school, a different part of town.

But Exile was a DJ and he was making a mixtape at the time and he wanted to work with some local emcees. This was 95, mixtapes were big but on the West Coast, mixtapes weren’t what they were in New York.

Exile was an anomaly on the West Coast. Especially where we came from in the suburbs of Orange County, he was definitely unheard of. And he was making mixtapes, and on the A side he was putting 45 minutes of whatever tapes were hot at the time, in the indie Hip-Hop scene. And on the other side, he put 45 minutes of his own music. Music he produced with emcees he was working with.

So he chose to work with me on project called “Imaginary Friend.” And from that point on, we just kept working together. Basically, that was our first album. And when we put that out, it sold like hot cakes at the B-Boy Summit, at local events—we did it. Basically we were using the popularity of the A side to get people to listen to the B side, instead of rewinding through the A side. And it worked. Great technology and he was definitely and unconscious genius back then.

The Journalist: We got Exile. We got Aloe Blacc. Now we got Blu, Fashawn. It’s like the West Coast Soul.

Aloe Blacc: There’s a lot of talent on the West Coast, unfortunately there’s not a lot of executive music industry leadership on the West Coast, and so we miss out on the business that gets made to get people signed. Kid Cudi was found on a mixtape in New York, because it’s New York. But on the West Coast, it’s hard to get that kind of decision making going.

But we got the talent. We got the artists right here. Blu was an artist that was working with some Hip-Hop friends of mine back in early 2003 when I met him. We were just walking around Long Beach one day; because we were suppose to be making some music. It was about five of us. Blu was one of kids that were there. And we started reciting some lyrics like Slum Village, Elzhi lyrics.

And we were going back and forth reciting different things and he knew a lot of stuff. And I was really impressed with the body of work that he knew, that I was interested in. At the same time I was impressed with his lyrical skills.

He invited me to a show. He was like, “Yeah, come to the show.” And I went to go see his show and I called up and said, “You gotta come with me. You gotta meet this kid.” So we went to go see Blu’s show at Universal City Walk; they were doing Hip-Hop night. And we were both impressed. And from there Exile and Blu just started working together.

The Journalist: You’re on both Blu’s and Fashawn’s album.

Aloe Blacc: The first time I met Fashawn was recording on the album. But I was already a fan, because I’m already peeping the music and I’m already knowing that the kid is nice.

Both Blu and Fashawn started really young. And they had their mind in the right place when it came to writing rhymes.

The Journalist: How do you feel about the new generation—who’s getting on and who’s still underground? Blu. Dope album. Still underground. Fashawn. Dope album. Still underground.

Aloe Blacc: I think at least on the West Coast, it’s the social-political climate. Back when I was 15, 16 and I got my license to go to a Hip-Hop club. I swear to you, I was watching Mobb Deep, Busta Rhymes, Jay Z. Everybody whose anybody, I saw them perform live for like ten dollars, five dollars. And that is not possible anymore. If you’re under 18, you can’t go to a Hip-Hop venue; you can’t go to any venue really.

The Journalist: Not with the price of those tickets.

Aloe Blacc: A lot of that communication about what good music is, a lot of those events and culture are gone. Hip-Hop events start shutting down when raves got shut down, because kids were coming home high and dying because of the drugs at the raves. So Hip-Hop suffered for that.

Be sure to check out Aloe Blacc’s projects with El Michels Affair, fiancee Maya Jupiter, and Exile (Bird’s Eye View).

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