Monthly Archives: July 2011

Diggy-Copy, Paste

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“Copy, Paste” is the first song from Diggy’s forthcoming album that has not been named or given a release date.

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Throwback: Gina Thompson-The Things You Do

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Gina Thompson emerged in ’96 with Nobody Does It Better on the Mercury label. The New Jersey resident had the luck to secure a record deal shortly after graduating from high school. “The Things You Do” was the lead single from her album and the remix of it was produced by Bad Boy.The song was a success for Thompson but it quickly became a focal point for Missy Elliot’s introduction as an artist to the public because of her guest vocals. Over the next couple of years Thompson provided vocals for MC Lyte’s “Cold Rock A Party” and did a cover of Frankie Lymon’s “Why Do Fools Fall In Love” for the soundtrack of the same name. Her relationship with Elliot lead to her signing with the Virginia artist’s Gold Mind imprint. The singles “Ya Di Ya” and “Caught Up” from her sophomore effort IF You Only Knew were released but the album was shelved. Thompson asked to be released from her contract and started work on her second official album Missing You. In 2009 independent Blue Mountain Records/Sunset Urban Records released the CD digitally and gave it a limited physical availability on Amazon. The lackluster promotion of the project caused it to not sell and Thompson left the label.

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R.I.P. Eugene McDaniels

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Singer/songwriter Eugene McDaniels passed yesterday. Mr. McDaniels started his recording career in 1961 with the hit song “A Hundred Pounds Of Clay.” His status as a hitmaker continued throughout the ’60’s but the acknowledgement of his artistry outside the bean-counting culture was established with Headless Heroes Of The Apocalypse. The 1971 album was unusual then and it is now because of a multi-genre reach in sound that spanned rock, folk, jazz and soul. The collection is much coveted by rare groove collectors and music maker as it has already been gutted by numerous hip-hop producers. He is also known as the composer of “Feel Like Makin’ Love” that secured a Grammy for Roberta Flack when she covered it in ’74.

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Media Questions Of The Week

1. Isn't it great how the song "Otis" by Jay-Z and Kanye West has reintroduced Otis Redding to the public?

2. Why does the Jimi Hendrix estate keep blocking a movie about him?

3. Why is Soulja Boy's camp retracting their story about his purchase of a 55 million jet?

4. Why did Vibe magazine split Kelly Rowland's cover to acknowledge the passing of Amy Winehouse but didn't do the same thing for Teena Marie?

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Atmosphere Announce Additional Tour Dates

To the delight of fans, Atmosphere has announced that they will add a second leg to their “The Family Vacation Tour” this summer, which kicks off next week with a highly anticipated performance at Lollapalooza. Joined by Rhymesayers artists and veteran MCs Blueprint and Evidence, the iconic indie rap heroes will continue their touring late into September adding stops in the Midwest and South. Blueprint will be supporting the dates with a set largely drawn from his most recent release, Adventures In Counter-Culture, which straddles dance and hip-hop. Also hitting the stage is Evidence, who will be releasing his highly anticipated Rhymesayers debut Cats & Dogs on September 27th.

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