Daily Archives: December 25, 2016

Run The Jewels Give RTJ3 Away As Christmas Present

Run The Jewels had planned to release their RTJ3 album on January 13th but they decided to give it away as a Christmas present to the fans. Joi, Trina, Danny Brown and Kamasi Washington have guest appearances on the 14-song album. You can download RTJ3 from their official site.


R.I.P. George Michael

George Michael died today at the age of 53 according to his publicist “peacefully at home.” Michael became a pop icon in the ’80’s initially as one-half of the duo Wham! with Andrew Ridgeley and then as a solo star. “Wake Me Up Before You Go- Go” and “Everything She Wants” introduced Wham! to the world and they were immediately embraced by America. The video for “Careless Whisper” established Michael as a romantic and sex symbol and garnered success for him in the pop and R&B markets. Michael started his solo career in 1987 by recording the Grammy-winning duet “I Knew You Were Waiting” with Aretha Franklin. Michael’s Faith album was his debut solo album and it had six top five singles and earned the Grammy for Album Of The Year in 1989. His popularity extended well throughout the ’90’s and he released three albums and one EP during the decade. Michael took a break from recording after the release of the covers album, Songs From The Last Century and returned in 2004 with well-received Patience. In 2104, Symphonica, an album of mostly live recordings from his 2011 Symphonica tour, was released. At the time of his passing, he was working on a new album producer and songwriter Naughty Boy.


Throwback: Zo!-Crazy You Feat. Sy Smith

Zo! recorded Prince’s “Crazy You” with Sy Smith in 2009 for his Just Visiting Too EP of cover songs. The song is from Prince’s first album, For You and Zo!’s version is among six other covers offered as a free download. Zo! has released more than a dozen solo albums and EPs when he is not working as the musical director for The Foreign Exchange. Skybreak was released in the spring of 2016 and Zo! will tour the album in 2017.