Daily Archives: March 2, 2011

Blueprint-So Alive

Blueprint released his single “So Alive” today. In addition to “So Alive” there are remixes of the single by Budo, X:144, and Innerpartysystem available in the deluxe single on iTunes or limited edition red vinyl.

His LP Adventures in Counter-Culture is coming on Rhymesayers April 5th.

Download “So Alive” here: http://www.mediafire.com/?5mhq34imcotv82b

Stream the remixes here: http://soundcloud.com/rhymesayers/sets/blueprint-so-alive-single-with/

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Guru & Roy Hargrove

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Here is footage of Guru and Roy Hargrove from 2008 at Crash Mansion for a Revive Da Live concert. They both discuss their artistry and influences.

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Kokayi – “Nicotine” + ESPN Collaboration With Stalley

The Song:

With a string of SXSW performances in his future, a mtvU.com Freshmen Five victory under his belt, and a highly acclaimed new album, Robots & Dinosaurs, still directly in his rearview, Washington D.C. multi-talent Kokayi continues to stay active. With a recently released video and remix for the lead single from R&D, Kokayi is excited to drop the latest single from the album, “Nicotine.” “This song tells the story of love lost for the protagonist, conveyed in 3 stages of his life: ages nine, 16, and 23,” explains Kokayi. “I used some personal experiences and put myself in the shoes of someone who thought they found true love, but the sentiment was never returned until it was too late.”

The song begins with a staggeringly eerie piano, accompanied by a minimalist drum pattern, stuttering, warbled bass, and crunchy guitar as the track builds and continues to develop, climaxing at the chorus as Kokayi sings, “She’s a real good lover, and a real good friend/ That type of girl that’ll never let you drown out in the deep end/ The type you give your heart to, but that all depends/ ‘Cause she might light you up, and breathe you right on in.” Where many have tried and failed (read: writing love songs, especially those of the darker variety) Kokayi succeeds. “The most challenging part of writing unrequited love songs is to not come off as mad corny,” says Kokayi, acknowledging the difficulties many artists often face when tackling such a subject. “The cornball, Herb Tarleck label is never the one you want as an artist. Especially in this genre of music to be mad sappy is a no-no. Unless it’s overly done and then done tastefully bad.”

While continuing to promote Robots & Dinosaurs, Kokay also remains busy collaborating with other artists. First, Kokayi worked with fellow DC artist’s Tabi Bonney and Wale on tracks from Tabi’s recent album, and now Kokayi has teamed up with Stalley to record tracks for ESPN. “He’s a dope emcee and down to earth, too,” says Kokayi of Stalley. “He reached out with the ESPN opportunity, and hearing his new mixtape along with his previous body of work has given me some insight on what he sounds best on.”

Download Kokayi’s “Nicotine” here: http://media.audibletreats.com/Kokayi-Nicotine.mp3

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Mos Def “Umi Says” ft. The Robert Glasper Experiment, Kanye West, & Lupe Fiasco

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Mos Def was joined at The Blue Note in NYC by Lupe Fiasco and Kanye West for a performance of “Umi Says.” They are backed by The Robert Glasper Experiment.

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Legendary “Sound Of Philadelphia” Pioneers Gamble & Huff Sign With William Morris For “All Areas” Representation

NEW YORK (March 2, 2011) – Legendary “Sound of Philadelphia” pioneers Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff, one of the most prolific professional songwriting teams of all time, have signed with William Morris Endeavor (WME) in all areas, including film, television, theater, books, and lecture appearances.

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