Rare Vinyl Copies Of Prince’s Black Album Are On Sale

Prince’s 1987 Black Album is one of his most controversial releases because of the way he condemned it as being “evil” causing Warner Brothers to destroy the 500, 000 vinyl copies. The More »

N.E.R.D.: Don’t Do It Feat. Kendrick Lamar

“Don’t Do It” is one of two collaborations N.E.R.D. has completed with Kendrick Lamar. Frank Ocean wrote the song’s intro and Pharrell took inspiration from the fatal police shooting of Keith Scott More »

Nina Simone & Sister Rosetta Tharpe Are 2018 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Inductees

Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Nina Simone are 2018 inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Tharpe was an early pioneer of rock becoming a star in the 1940’s with her hits More »

Tricky: New Stole Feat. Francesca Belmonte Official Video

Tricky’s video for “New Stole” is about a person who stops any kind of intimacy with another human being by morphing into another shape. The concept is expressed using molten wax effects More »

Chris Dave: Destiny N Stereo Feat. Elzhi, Phonte & Eric Roberson

Chris Dave collaborates with Elzhi, Phonte and Eric Roberson on “Destiny N Stereo.” Dave is one of the greatest drummers of his generation and has worked with Adele, D’Angelo, Robert Glasper and many More »

Rare Vinyl Copies Of Prince’s Black Album Are On Sale

Prince’s 1987 Black Album is one of his most controversial releases because of the way he condemned it as being “evil” causing Warner Brothers to destroy the 500, 000 vinyl copies. The Black Album was later released on cassette and CD  in 1994 but no more vinyl was pressed. As a result, it has become a much sought-after collector’s item. Jeff Gold, a former executive at Warner Brothers recently came across five unsealed copies of the album from a former colleague who found them in a closet. Gold has sold one copy of The Black Album and the others are on sale at his website RecordMecca. He intends to keep one and possibly sell another at an auction. The last final copy is selling for $20,000.

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N.E.R.D.: Don’t Do It Feat. Kendrick Lamar

“Don’t Do It” is one of two collaborations N.E.R.D. has completed with Kendrick Lamar. Frank Ocean wrote the song’s intro and Pharrell took inspiration from the fatal police shooting of Keith Scott last year. N.E.R.D.’s No One Ever Really Dies comes out Friday.

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Nina Simone & Sister Rosetta Tharpe Are 2018 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Inductees

Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Nina Simone are 2018 inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Tharpe was an early pioneer of rock becoming a star in the 1940’s with her hits “Rock Me” and “Strange Things Happening Every Day.” She was one of the first successful gospel artists to enter the mainstream with a sound that had a heavy secular influence. Her mastery of the guitar and the use of distortion made her the first guitar hero of rock. Little Richard received his first break from as a child and Aretha Franklin, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Issac Hayes and Jerry Lee Lewis were all influenced by Tharpe. Those achievements have gotten her labeled as the Godmother Of Rock and the Hall of Fame has inducted her into the category of Early Influences.

Nina Simone’s jazz, folk and classical informed style was enlivened by a voice in search of social justice. Her song “Mississippi Goddamn” reflected the Civil Rights struggle in the United States and was inspired by the murder of Medgar Evers and the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama that killed four little girls. She later recorded “To Be Young, Gifted And Black” and “Four Women” which also were a response to the racism of the times. Simone is being inducted into the category of Performers.

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Tricky: New Stole Feat. Francesca Belmonte Official Video

Tricky’s video for “New Stole” is about a person who stops any kind of intimacy with another human being by morphing into another shape. The concept is expressed using molten wax effects under the direction of indexthumb. “New Stole”  features his longtime collaborator Francesca Belmonte from the new ununiform album. He admits to using his sound from the ’90s explained why,

“I’ve got a really wide audience. So I’ve got nothing to prove. I feel like sometimes it’s OK to do it again.”

ununiform was conceived in Moscow and recorded in Tricky’s current home in Berlin.

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Chris Dave: Destiny N Stereo Feat. Elzhi, Phonte & Eric Roberson

Chris Dave collaborates with Elzhi, Phonte and Eric Roberson on “Destiny N Stereo.” Dave is one of the greatest drummers of his generation and has worked with Adele, D’Angelo, Robert Glasper and many others. Next month he will release the first album from his Chris Dave And The Drumhedz band. “Destiny N Stereo” lives in the spirit of Guru’s Jazzmatazz pulling hip-hop, R&B and jazz into a contemporary sleeve.

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