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Keith Sweat-Dress To Impress Album Stream

Dress To Impress is Keith Sweat’s 12th studio album and there are guest spots from Silk, the late Gerald Levert, Dru Hill and Takiya Mason. Sweat kicks off his Summer tour in Illinois on July 30th and you can get tickets here.

Prophets Of Rage On Jimmy Kimmel

Prophets of Rage is a rap/rock supergroup comprised of Chuck D, B-Real, Tom Morello, DJ Lord, Brad Wilk and Tim Commerford. Morello told Rolling Stone, ” We’re an elite task force of revolutionary musicians determined to confront this mountain of election year bullshit, and confront it head-on with Marshall stacks blazing.” They were guests on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and performed “Prophets Of Rage” and “Killing In The Name Of”  in anticipation of their tour starting next month.

Sheefy McFly Is Edward Elektro Preview

Detroit artist Sheefy McFly is having his album released on Moodymann’s Mahogani Music under his Edward Elektro moniker. McFly has recorded hip-hop, punk and house music and is responsible for The Air Up There hip-hop showcase in Detroit that has hosted Dej Loaf and Danny Brown in the past. McFly’s Edward Elektro album is almost a throwback to the sounds of Detroit’s Grand Pubahs and the city’s seminal techno scene. You can buy Edward Elektro from Mahogani Music August 14th.

I, CED -Forever feat. Om’Mas Keith & Thundercat

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Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter I, Ced is getting ready to release his third album, What Are We Looking For in September. “Forever” is the first single and it has appearances from Om’Mas Keith and Thundercat. The St.Louis native has developed his experimental soul sound working with people like Dam-Funk and Run The Jewels. What Are We Looking For will have features from Black Spade, Quelle Chris, Jimetta Rose, Suzi Analogue and more.

Mike City Gives Away The Healing Single Featuring Defari, Rass Kass & Tuffy

Mike City has recorded “The Healing” with Defari, Rass Kass and Tuffy in response to all of the turmoil around police brutality in the country right now. He’s offering the song as a free download.

The Get Down Trailer

Watch the main trailer for Baz Luhrmann’s The Get Down which comes out August 12th on Netflix. The drama is set in 1977 Bronx, New York and it follows the birth of hip-hop after the death of disco. Nas, Grandmaster Flash and Nelson George are some of the producers and Jaden Smith, Jimmy Smits and Giancarlo Esposito have roles in the series.

Public Enemy Has Action Figures

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Public Enemy’s Ed Piskor-designed action figures are coming out in August.  Chuck D, Flavor Flav, Professor Griff and Terminator X have been recreated with PVC and ABS in their signature stagewear. The figures have movable limbs and Chuck D’s hands are in a permanent Black Power fist mode. You can pre-order the set from the Aggronautix site.

Throwback: Mariah Carey-The Beautiful Ones Featuring Dru Hill

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Mariah Carey and Dru Hill covered Prince’s “The Beautiful Ones” for her Butterfly album. Carey considered Butterfly an important moment in her growth as an artist because she had the most creative freedom ever. Kamal Fareed, Puff Daddy and Missy Elliott helped Carey move more into an urban direction in her music. “The Beautiful Ones” was the only cover song among hits like “Honey” and “My All.” Carey’s version of Prince’s “The Beautiful Ones” was well received but when he died she chose to sing her own song, “One Sweet Day” to honor him because he did not like when others recorded his music. Prince was also a personal friend to Mariah Carey and he advised her on the decision to become an American Idol judge. Butterfly is considered one of Carey’s best albums and the creative turning point in her career.

Angie Stone Talks About VH1 Snubbing The Sequence

Angie Stone talks briefly to TMZ with Ed Lover about her group The Sequence being snubbed at the recent VH1 Hip Hop Honors: All Hail The Queen show. Stone explains how The Sequence was more than a one-hit wonder and how they opened doors for women in rap.

 

Listen to The Sequence’s “Funk You Up”

Listen to Erykah Badu’s remake “Love Of My Life Worldwide”

Media Questions Of The Week

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How much has all the publicity with Kanye West helped Taylor Swift’s career?

 

Is KRS-One right to tell hip-hop fans that if they have a problem with the molestation allegations against Afrika Bambaataa, they should “quit hip-hop?”

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Will the Twitter attacks on Leslie Jones change the company’s way of dealing with abuse?

 

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