Full Crate: Still Growing EP

Full Crate’s Still Growing EP is four songs of R&B with guest appearances from Luke Burr, Gaidaa and Saba. The producer had given a preview of the EP with the release of the More »

Saul Williams Releases New Song & Kickstarter Campaign

Saul Williams has a Kickstarter campaign for his film Neptune Frost and he has released the single “The Flaw You Worship.” On his Kickstarter page, Neptune Frost is described as,  “The love More »

Watch: Victory Boyd Perform Jazz Festival On The Late Show With Stephen Colbert

Victory Boyd makes her late night television debut performing “Jazz Festival” with Jon Batiste and Stay Human on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. The up and coming singer and her family More »

Throwback: Guru-Feel The Music

Guru started his Jazzmatazz series in 1993 with the first volume that had collaborations with Donald Byrd, Roy Ayers and N’Dea Davenport. Guru’s main group, Gang Starr, was at the height of More »

Media Questions Of The Week

  What new information did the Justice Department find regarding the murder of Emmett Till in 1955 which has caused them to reopen the case?  Will the new agreement between the actors’ More »

Full Crate: Still Growing EP

Full Crate’s Still Growing EP is four songs of R&B with guest appearances from Luke Burr, Gaidaa and Saba. The producer had given a preview of the EP with the release of the video and audio for “A Storm On A Summer’s Day” which created expectations for a relaxing album ideal for warm weather. Still Growing does not disappoint in its laid-back vibe and quick etch of gospel, soul and Zapp influenced funk. 

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Saul Williams Releases New Song & Kickstarter Campaign

Saul Williams has a Kickstarter campaign for his film Neptune Frost and he has released the single “The Flaw You Worship.” On his Kickstarter page, Neptune Frost is described as,

 “The love story between an inter-sex runaway and a coltan miner and the virtual marvel born as a result of their union”

Williams started working on the project as a graphic novel and musical. He wanted to create something addressing and connecting all the global issues he was reading about in his timelines. Neptune Frost appears to be an anti-establishment heroine who is questioning the politics of certain African countries. There is a trailer for the film on Williams’ Kickstarter page. “The Flaw You Worship” is a gift to his fans for supporting his campaign. 

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Watch: Victory Boyd Perform Jazz Festival On The Late Show With Stephen Colbert

Victory Boyd makes her late night television debut performing “Jazz Festival” with Jon Batiste and Stay Human on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. The up and coming singer and her family of musicians signed to Jay-Z’s Roc Nation last year. They got their start when their parents founded the Boys and Girls Choirs of Detroit. A move to New Jersey and subsequent performances on New York City subway platforms, in Central Park and the stairs of the Met brought them to Jay-Z’s attention. Victory’s solo EP, It’s A New Dawn, was released last year. 

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Throwback: Guru-Feel The Music

Guru started his Jazzmatazz series in 1993 with the first volume that had collaborations with Donald Byrd, Roy Ayers and N’Dea Davenport. Guru’s main group, Gang Starr, was at the height of their creativity and recognized around the world the year he started working with jazz and R&B musicians on the new project. “Feel The Music” is from Jazzmatazz Vol. 2: The New Reality. Martine Girault’s “Revival” was the sound bed as Guru rapped about the power of his microphone presence. The second album in the series is noted for the great lineup that included Chaka Khan, Branford Marsalis, Meshell Ndegeocello, Kool Keith, Jamiroquai, Ramsey Lewis, Bahamadia, DJ Scratch and Kenny Garrett. Guru’s rap voice already had the smoothness, authority and cadence for jazz. He told Blues and Soul magazine, 

“Back around ’93—when I first came up with the Jazzmatazz concept—I was noticing how a lot of cats were digging in the crates and sampling jazz breaks to make hip-hop records. But while I thought that was cool, I wanted to take it to the next level and actually create a new genre by getting the actual dudes we were sampling into the studio to jam over hip-hop beats with some of the top vocalists of the time. You know, the whole thing was experimental, but I knew it was an idea that would spawn some historic music.”

Guru recorded four volumes of Jazzmatazz records but it is the first two that are most recognized for their successful blending of hip-hop, R&B and live jazz playing as well as some sampling. As one-half of Gang Starr, he released six albums and they are permanent underground heroes who are always cited but never received widespread recognition in the music industry. Guru passed away in 2010 from cancer at the age of 47. 

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Media Questions Of The Week

 

What new information did the Justice Department find regarding the murder of Emmett Till in 1955 which has caused them to reopen the case? 

Will the new agreement between the actors’ union SAG-AFTRA and the major television studios which will diminish auditions in hotel rooms, help to destroy the “casting couch” in Hollywood? 

 

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