Talib Kweli: Traveling Light Feat. anderson.paak Official Video

Talib Kweli’s video for “Traveling Light” has appearances from anderson.paak, Q-Tip, Jarobi, Spike Lee, Slick Rick, Yasiin Bey, Hi-Tek and a Dave Chappelle ending. Kaytranada, who is everywhere, produced “Traveling Light” and More »

GoldLink Makes Late Night Television Debut On The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

GoldLink made his late night television debut on The Tonight Show with a performance of “Crew” with Brent Faiyaz and Shy Glizzy. The DMV rapper’s first album At What Cost came out More »

Kendrick Lamar & DJ Khaled Honored At Inaugural Variety Hitmakers Brunch

On Saturday, November 18th Variety held its inaugural Hitmakers Brunch to celebrate those profiled in the Hitmakers issues on newsstands and Variety.com starting November 21st. Kendrick Lamar (Artist Hitmaker Of The Year) More »

Throwback: Bobby Byrd-I Know You Got Soul

Bobby Byrd’s legacy in soul music is tied to his pivotal work with James Brown. Byrd and Brown’s personal and professional relationship began the ’50s’ when Byrd’s family helped Brown’s parole from More »

The Dap-Kings Perform A Tribute To Sharon Jones On The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings Soul Of A Woman was released yesterday. In the wake of her passing one year ago, The Dap-Kings performed a tribute to her on The Tonight Show More »

Talib Kweli: Traveling Light Feat. anderson.paak Official Video

Talib Kweli’s video for “Traveling Light” has appearances from anderson.paak, Q-Tip, Jarobi, Spike Lee, Slick Rick, Yasiin Bey, Hi-Tek and a Dave Chappelle ending. Kaytranada, who is everywhere, produced “Traveling Light” and is among good company on Radio Silence. BJ The Chicago Kid and Wacka Flocka are just two of the artists who worked with Kweli on his second album this year.

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GoldLink Makes Late Night Television Debut On The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

GoldLink made his late night television debut on The Tonight Show with a performance of “Crew” with Brent Faiyaz and Shy Glizzy. The DMV rapper’s first album At What Cost came out earlier this year and “Crew” has given him a Billboard presence. Follow is a short film of his time in Los Angeles for the At What Cost tour.

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Kendrick Lamar & DJ Khaled Honored At Inaugural Variety Hitmakers Brunch

On Saturday, November 18th Variety held its inaugural Hitmakers Brunch to celebrate those profiled in the Hitmakers issues on newsstands and Variety.com starting November 21st. Kendrick Lamar (Artist Hitmaker Of The Year) and DJ Khaled (Media POWERPLAYLIST Award) are two of the artists profiled.

iHearmedia and Mediabase, Circoc French Vanilla, Shuttershock and BuzzAngle Music sponsored the event. DJ Stretch Armstrong provided music for the crowd that included Diplo and Machine Gun Kelly among the music industry attendees. Variety’s Senior Music Editor Jem Aswad presented Kendrick Lamar with the Hitmaker Of The Year Award. Lamar accepted the award and said,

“I’ve been doing this for a long time, since I was 13, 14 years old. To hone in the title of a hitmaker means a lot because we put a lot of time and a lot of effort [in the studio]. “I thank each and every one of you for allowing me to evolve and let me make these weird a— songs that y’all like. These songs represent me and who I am. I want to continue to push that envelope and hopefully, I continue to have y’all ears to do so.”

Kendrick Lamar and DJ Khaled At Variety’s Inaugural Hitmaker’s Brunch

DJ Stretch Armstrong Arrives At Variety’s Inaugural Hitmaker’s Brunch

Diplo At Variety’s First Hitmaker’s Brunch

 

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Throwback: Bobby Byrd-I Know You Got Soul

Bobby Byrd’s legacy in soul music is tied to his pivotal work with James Brown. Byrd and Brown’s personal and professional relationship began the ’50s’ when Byrd’s family helped Brown’s parole from prison by offering him residence. Brown joined Byrd’s gospel group the Flames which eventually became The Famous Flames. Together Brown and Byrd conquered the ’60s’ with the invention of soul music that went mainstream. Byrd wrote many songs with Brown and did not receive credit but he is most remembered for his speaking part on “Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine.”  In 1971, they formed People Records and they released music from other artists as well as Byrd’s single “I You Got Soul.” Byrd had experienced some solo success in the ’60s’ with “Baby Baby Baby” and “We Are In Love” but “I Know You Got Soul” would have the pulse to carry his name to future generations. Eric B. & Rakim’s remake of “I Know You Got Soul” on their Paid In Full album is the most popular reference to Byrd’s song and solo voice. Byrd’s soul and funk endeavors with Brown ceased in the ’70s’ but he would occasionally do shows with him and contributed to Brown’s last recording The Next Step. His recorded the solo album On The Move in ’93 and retired from music a few years later. He performed at Brown’s 2006 funeral and passed months later from cancer in 2007. Byrd was portrayed by the late actor Nelsan Ellis in the film Get On Up.

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The Dap-Kings Perform A Tribute To Sharon Jones On The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings Soul Of A Woman was released yesterday. In the wake of her passing one year ago, The Dap-Kings performed a tribute to her on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. The band played “Sail On” and “Searching For A New Day” with video of Jones in the background. Soul Of A Woman is Jones’ final album.

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