Daily Archives: March 8, 2011

Joi, N’dambi and Tamar-kali Pay Tribute To Betty Davis

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Joi, N’dambi and Tamar-kali paid tribute to Betty Davis last night at The Schomberg in New York City. Exactly one year ago Tamar-kali participated in another homage to Davis in Detroit at the Charles Wright Museum. Davis was the wife of Miles Davis for one year but she highly influenced his musical transition into fusion by exposing him to the music of James Brown, Sly Stone and Jimi Hendrix. She spruced up his attire and gave Bitches Brew its name. The former Mrs. Davis recorded four raunchy rock albums in the ’70’s that her ex-husband described as being ahead of the time and responsible for paving the way for people like Madonna and Prince. But the singer’s career wasn’t able to transcend America’s ideas about the image of the female performer. These days Davis lives as a recluse Pennsylvania.

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Odd Future (OFWGKTA) Offers Frank Ocean Mixtape For Free Download

Frank Ocean is the latest addition to the Odd Future phenomenon. After dropping his free mixtape via Odd Future’s website on February 18th, 2011 he immediately attracted the attention of Diddy, Lupe Fiasco, and now John Legend who have all been shouting him out via Twitter trying to spark a connection with the 23 year old singer. The Odd Future crooner has been signed to a major label, but released the “Nostalgia, Ultra” album as a free mixtape while waiting on the major label to invest money into his project. He’s received instant praise from the LA Times, Pitchfork, Fader, Complex, Peter Rosenberg’s HOT 97 radio show just this past Sunday, and so forth after putting himself on blast.

Frank Ocean asked Life or Death PR to send this message to the masses below:

“My name is Frank Ocean. I grew up in New Orleans. I’m from Odd Future. I wrote Nostalgia, Ultra in spring 2010. I think I have Synesthesia. I feel more like some type of visual artist than a musician when I’m working. I just mean my process is more about imagery. Maybe people wanna call it a certain genre because I’m a black guy singing. I don’t really mind. To be honest, I don’t think much about it. I categorize it in iTunes as Bluegrass or Death Metal usually. I’m pretty sure I have Synesthesia though. I also wear a Kippah from time to time. I smoke Marijuana for anxiety. Oh, and I used to battle-rap in High School.”

Download “Nostalgia, Ultra” Here.

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Hip Hop Goes Sacred, “Keys to the Inner Sanctum” Released Digitally

Hollywood, CA – When Courtney Branch seemingly exited the music business over ten years ago it was a move engineered to save his life. A multi-platinum, Grammy nominated record producer and one of the original behind-the-scenes pioneers of the West Coast hip hop music scene, his career accomplishments sparkled while his personal health was quickly on the demise. Given just a short to time to live by his doctor, his health was failing miserably. A life of fast times, including drugs, round the clock studio hours and a diet of junk food, had proven to be a sad trade for a resume that boasted writing, producing and performing with artists the likes of LA Dream Team, Shanice Wilson, DJ Quik, AMG, Second II None, Boss and Living Colour. With a diagnosis that foretold ‘last days,’ Branch knew he had to change his life.

Doctah B. Sirius (far right) co-wrote “Dance for Me” and “You Had Me at Hello” on Ron Isley’s new CD “Mr. I.”
Pictured left to right: co-writer, Jon Nettlesbey, Ron Isley, co-writer, Greg Curtis and co-writer, Doctah B. Sirius.
Today, Branch is still forever the musical whiz. India Irie, George Clinton, Keb Mo, BB King, George Duke, El Debarge, Shalimar, Herb Alpert, Will Calhoun and most recently Ron Isley are just a sampling of the artists he works with. But after surviving his health challenge, he recreated himself and is now known and recognized as Doctah B Sirius.

As one the most sought after professionals in his field, Doctah B. Sirius combines ancient music tradition with a fresh approach and signature rhythms. After taking a much needed health hiatus, his production work on India Arie’s album Testimonies: Vol. 1, Life & Relationship was nominated for a Grammy and his career was jump-started and back on track, but this time, with a new attitude and from an innovative and wholistic perspective.

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