Daily Archives: February 24, 2012

Be Inspired: The Life of Heavy D

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Be Inspired: The Life of Heavy D, is a documentary about the late rapper’s life. There are interviews with his family, Will Smith, Chuck D., Anthony Hamilton, Queen Latifah and others. The program will air on Sunday February 26th on Centric TV at 11PM/10C.

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Lazerbreak-Lift Every Voice

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“Lift Every Voice” is from Lazerbreak’s Lava Bangers. The DJ for Doomtree is currently on tour with them doing an opening set every night.

Doomtree Tour Dates
2/23/12 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
2/25/12 – Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall Ballroom
2/29/12 – Marquette, MI – The Great Lakes Room
3/3/12 – Mankato, MN – Verizon Wireless Center Ballroom
3/7/12 – Iowa City, IA – Blue Moose Tap House
3/8/12 – Ames, IA – Maintenance Shop
3/9/12 – Madison, WI – The Sett at Union South
3/10/12 – St Louis, MO The Firebird
3/11/12 – Tulsa, OK – Eclipse
3/12/12 – Shreveport, LA – Media Star Entertainment Hall
3/13 -18/12 – Austin, TX – SXSW
3/19/12 – Oklahoma City, OK – The Conservatory
3/20/12 – Wichita, KS – The Scene-ary

Snow Kings Tour
3/21/12 – Colorado Springs, CO – The Black Sheep
3/22/12 – Fort Collins, CO – Aggie Theater
3/23/12 – Steamboat Springs, CO – Tap House
3/24/12 – Breckenridge, CO – Three20South
3/26/12 – Aspen, CO – Belly Up Aspen
3/27/12 – Durango, CO – The Abbey Theater

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Ruby Ibarra- Game Up

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Ruby Ibarra just released this video for her “Game Up” single.

Download “Game Up”

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Distinct Voices: Tunde Olaniran (Interview)



“No matter who it is there’s this common denominator that I’m trying to get to and I think a lot of artists are doing that. I’d love to see them all leave the margins or everyone else step into the margins and be comfortable there and have a party there.”

Tunde Olaniran’s thunderous dance music travels within a canon of R&B outlaws. The Flint, Michigan native moves through some of the aural byways previously laid down by Prince Be, Kelis, Jermaine Stewart, Ebony Bones, house music and hip-hop. David Bowie and science fiction inspires his stage show and videos but there is also some semblance of Rick James’s outré ghetto swag. Olaniran’s dauntless approach to what some may call maverick R&B is guided by a humanist vision that has no use for compartmentalizing sounds, people and expression. He questions any kind of Black music hierarchy by taking those various styles and synthesizing them into alluring but subversive pop. He released his First Transgression EP last year and has been performing regularly throughout Michigan and the United States. The man with a press and curl that’s better than most lacefronts worn by your favorite R&B singers talked to Kickmag about his influences, his vision and future musical plans.

How did you become an artist?

I feel like in a general sense I’ve always been a creative person. As an only child I lived in not a complete fantasy world I had my own imagination making scenarios for myself and I feel like I’m getting a chance to create those on a larger stage.

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I saw in an earlier interview where you said you wanted to be David Bowie in “Labyrinth,” could you elaborate on that?

I felt like David Bowie, Jareth as the Goblin King was really misunderstood because he just wanted the love of Jennifer Connelly’s character. So he did all these things to bring her to him and I feel like not that I’m desperate for everyone’s love but I feel like it’s what every artist does but kind of communicate my feelings and thoughts to other people I want to really envelop them. He really was about kind of sharing his joy and he didn’t really understand how to express himself. I loved that movie growing-up so I used to watch it all the time.

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