Daily Archives: September 13, 2018

Jean Grae & Quelle Chris:My Contribution To This Scam Official Video

Jean Grae and Quelle Chris share the video for their foggy sounding critique of the hip-hop industry “My Contribution To This Scam.” The video is a cartoon and they are comical-looking figures who spend a day at home doing a bunch of things like calling a psychic hotline. Grae’s dry wit pokes fun at people’s obsession with social media and Chris takes a jab at those who only write bars for barcodes. Everything Is Fine is a sardonic reflection of mainstream life in America during the Trump era. 

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Listen: Georgia Anne Muldrow Gives Preview Of Overload Album With Aerosol Single

Georgia Anne Muldrow offers an early listen of her single “Aerosol” from her forthcoming Brainfeeder debut, Overload. Funky synthesizers swirl around Muldrow’s poetic R&B with a kind of calm that simmers beneath the surface. She describes Overload as “an experiment in restraint” and she is joined by her partner Dudley Perkins, Aloe Blacc and Flying Lotus who all have executive producer credits on Overload. You can pre-order the album before the October 26th release date. 

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Knife Knights Release Video For Low Key Feat. Shabazz Palaces

Knife Knights released the video for “Low Key” featuring Shabazz Palaces today. Two regular-looking men donning a Black Panther mask and wings meet outside and have a chat while flipping a card. Knife Knights, which is a collaborative project with Ishmael Butler and Erik Blood has its proper album release tomorrow. 1 Time Mirage has contributions from Stas Thee Boss, Marquetta Miller, Porter Ray among its 11 tracks. The video for “Give You Game” was released earlier this summer. 

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Prince: Why The Butterflies (Piano & A Microphone 1983 Version)

Prince’s famous vault has been opened since his 2016 passing and this month Piano And A Microphone will be released by his estate. Fans have already heard his haunting cover of “Mary Don’t You Weep” and today you can listen to “Why The Butterflies.” The song is a sketch of a song with Prince working out his ideas on the piano. The lyrics were unfinished but there is still something to be heard when Prince is creating at whatever stage. All of the songs for the new album were recorded on cassette at his Kiowa Trail home studio in 1983. Prince was having success with his 1999 album and was getting ready to become a bona fide worldwide star with Purple Rain when he recorded these songs. Piano And A Microphone comes out September 21st. 

In other Prince-related news, 4U: A Symphonic Celebration Of Prince which is a presentation of his music with an orchestra and narration by Questlove is on tour now. Tickets can be purchased from the official website

 

 

 

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Nissi Returns With TwoBadGuyz-Produced Singe Undercover

Nissi collaborates with UK Afrobeats producer TwoBadGuyz on her new single “Undercover.” She opened up about the process behind “Undercover” in a press release:

“‘Undercover’ really is just a vibe. We recorded it the very first we met. TwoBadGuyz was playing me some draft instrumentals he was working on, and once I heard this one, I literally started freestyling onto it. The song lyrics really talk about the thrill of doing something that isn’t necessarily right, but feels like it is, so you do it anyway. The boisterous production definitely demanded this kind of daring and free songwriting from me.”

Nissi started making music a couple of years ago and has shown her appreciation for R&B, jazz and pop. “Undercover” is her first time making a dancehall-inspired record and it is  the third single to leak before the release of her debut EP The Virus. coming out this fall. 

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