Daily Archives: August 2, 2017

Sareem Poems Has Hope For Detroit In Video For After The Factory

Sareem Poems has hope for Detroit on his Terem-produced single “After The Factory.” The California native relocated to the city in 2009 and has found it to be a place of rebirth that is not often talked about in mainstream media. In the video, Poems walks around the city and refutes negative stereotypes about it in his verses while offering citizens encouragement for a new vision. “After The Factory” is from Poems’ just-released A Pond Apart.


Rhythm Roulette: Mr. Porter

Mr. Porter makes a beat for Mass Appeal’s Rhythm Roulette and instead of the usual three blind picks he only chooses one record because it was all he could afford growing up in Detroit. He chose disco group Silver Convention’s Golden Girls album from Amoeba Music in Los Angeles and made three beats from one song. Porter is accustomed to working fast because he told the audience how he, Proof and J.Dilla would have 10-minute beat-making contests.


The 4th Annual SOURCE360 Festival & Conference Returns To Brooklyn August 10-13

New York, NY – August 2, 2017– Free registration now open for the incredible fourth annual SOURCE360 Festival and Conference, presented by NorthStar Charities and The Source Magazine. Set for Thursday, August 10th through Sunday, August 13th in the exciting cultural center of downtown Brooklyn, SOURCE360 offers a full spectrum of activations designed to engage and educate the community with the latest in arts & culture, music, film & television, fashion, sports, business, and digital technology. Venues include prominent cultural institutions such as BRIC Arts & Media Center (BRIC Arts|Media House), Brooklyn Borough Hall, Theatre for a New Audience: Shakespeare in New York and more! SOURCE360 celebrates the innovation and creativity inspired by Hip-Hop and represents Brooklyn’s diverse cultural tapestry.

Free registration and premium tickets for SOURCE360 signature concerts are available at https://source360.eventbrite.com.

The SOURCE360 will include nightly signature concerts, thought leadership panels, youth education and training sessions, a brunch celebration, a fashion show, a beauty bar, nightlife events, and more. In addition, the SOURCE360 Festival Block Party on Saturday (August 12), will  feature musical performances by Brand Nubian, Freeway, Mack Wilds, Drag-On, Nitty Scott, Jay Critch, Quadir Lateef, Renee Neufville/Zhane, Prodigy/Mindless Behavior and more, as well as a Battle Rap presented by Queen Of The Ring, Kids360 activities, step/stroll performances, live dance performances from Brick House Studios NYC, double dutch, clowns, face painting, Brooklyn Public Library Mobile Bus, vendors, live DJs, and virtual reality games.


Will Downing Duets With Avery Sunshine On I’m Feeling The Love From New Album

Will Downing is celebrating 30 years as a recording artist by releasing his 20th album titled Soul Survivor. He gave a preview of the album before its September release by sharing his “I’m Feeling The Love” duet with Avery Sunshine. He says,

“‘I’m Feeling The Love’ is my anthem for anyone that has been in and out of love. It is a song about renewed spirit. As always, Avery*Sunshine’s  and out of love. It is a song about renewed spirit. As always, Avery*Sunshine’s performance is heartfelt and it is a  perfect match for me.  She absolutely made me feel the love with her amazing vocals.”

Soul Survivor also has guest appearances from Najee, Phil Perry and Maysa. The album comes out September 22nd.



Amerigo Gazaway Releasing A Common Wonder

Amerigo Gazaway is launching his new project featuring Stevie Wonder and Common which he calls A Common Wonder. Gazaway’s gift for imagining great musical collaborations has a seed from Common’s “Black America Again” duet with Wonder. Gazaway uses documentary soundbites, interview audio and multitrack instrument stems to create a fictitious full-length album studio session between Wonder and Common. Watch the video teaser above and download the first song “The Sixth Superstition” from the forthcoming album for free.