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Blu & Exile Reunite For Below The Heavens Prequel



Blu and Exile released Below The Heavens 10 years ago and it became a California underground classic hip-hop album. They are going back and reviving the vibe with the announcement of In The Beginning: Before Below The Heavens. The new album is a companion piece to Below The Heavens and it features unreleased music from those recording sessions. “Constellations” is one of the songs never heard before from the forthcoming project. The musical collaborators are also on the 10th-anniversary tour for Below The Heavens and more  dates have been added to their journey.


Rapsody’s Laila’s Wisdom Has Guest Appearances From Kendrick Lamar, Busta Rhymes, Black Thought & More

Rapsody has revealed her Laila’s Wisdom collaborators and the list is long. Black Thought, Kendrick Lamar and Busta Rhymes are a few of the other voices on her Roc Nation debut. Last week she shared her Busta Rhymes-assisted “You Should Know.” You can read the track listing below and pre-order the album before the September 22nd release dates.


1. Laila’s Wisdom
2. Power f. Kendrick Lamar and Lance Skiiiwalker
3. Chrome (Like Ooh)
4. Pay Up
5. Ridin’ f. GQ
6. Sassy
7. Nobody f. Anderson .Paak, Black Thought and Moonchild
8. Black and Ugly f. BJ The Chicago Kid
9. You Should Know f. Busta Rhymes
10. A Rollercoaster Jam Called Love f. Musiq Soulchild and Gwen Bunn
11. U Used 2 Love Me f. Terrace Martin
12. Knock On My Door f. BJ The Chicago Kid
13. OooWee f. Anderson .Paak
14. Jesus Coming f. Amber Navran


Dapper Dan Develops Official Relationship With Gucci

Independent Harlem clothier Dapper Dan has scored an official relationship with Gucci after decades of contentious interaction. Dapper Dan became famous in the world of hip-hop during the ’80s because of his original clothes that utilized the logos of  Gucci and other high-end designers. His fashions were famously worn by LL Cool J, Mike Tyson, Eric B. & Rakim and many others. He became just as iconic as the people who wore his clothes but his work was seen negatively in the same way as sampling. Gucci forced him to close his shop down in 1992 after a 10-year run. Earlier this year a model wore a jacket in Gucci’s cruise 2018 show that was identical to the one Dan created for Olympic runner Diane Dixon in 1989.Dixon posted a picture of herself wearing the original jacket and demanded that Dan receive credit for the Gucci one. The internet took notice of Gucci’s jacket and several media outlets criticized them for using Dan’s style.

Gucci Jacket 2018 cruise show Florence, Italy

The designer finally decided to join forces with Dan and he is the face of a new ad campaign that was shot in Harlem. They will collaborate on a capsule collection that will be in Gucci’s stores next year.

Dapper Dan will re-open his Harlem shop by the end of this year and it will be open on an appointment only basis and Gucci will actually provide the materials.

Next year,  Dapper Dan’s profile will rise again with the release of his autobiography.


Sound Royalties Pledges $250,000 in Interest-Free Financing to Florida Music Community Ahead of Hurricane Irma


West Palm Beach, FL – September 7, 2017 – As Category 5 Hurricane Irma bears down on Florida, Sound Royalties, a music-industry specialty finance firm based in the state, today announced a preemptive pledge of $250,000 in interest-free and fee-free royalty advances to all Florida music professionals who anticipate being affected by this historic storm.

Sound Royalties is urging any Florida music professionals who may need an advance in light of Hurricane Irma to contact them as soon as possible, since the company’s own operations may also be affected.

This special interest-free financing offer is available to any songwriters, producers, artists, or others in the industry residing in the state of Florida. Sound Royalties will immediately advance up to $5,000 to all qualifying music professionals to assist with their storm preparation or potential recovery efforts.

“Sound Royalties wants our neighbors in the Florida music community to know that we’re here; we’re standing with you in preparation for this potentially catastrophic storm headed to our doorstep,” said the company’s Founder and CEO Alex Heiche. “After seeing the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey, we need to act now to ensure that people have the funds they need to properly prepare their homes and families, to evacuate, or to deal with any consequences once the storm passes.”

Sound Royalties’ preemptive offer to Florida residents follows a similar program the company launched last week for those in Texas impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

 To the music community anticipating effects from Hurricane Irma, please call Sound Royalties at 855-975-1490or apply online today at Our professional funding executives are standing by and ready to help.




Amp Fiddler Releasing Amp Dog Knights Feat Unreleased J.Dilla Beats On Mahogani Music


Amp Fiddler is releasing his fourth studio album Amp Dog Knights on Mahogani Music and it has unreleased beats from J.Dilla. Fiddler was responsible for teaching Dilla how to use the MPC60 and introducing him to Q-Tip. Dilla co-produces two songs on the new album from beats on a ipZ drive that was stolen from him and retrieved by Fiddler. Dilla gave him the beats to use as a thank you for his mentorship.

“Return Of The Ghetto Fly” is from Amp Dog Knights and it features the smooth Ghetto Fly character who Fiddler describes as:

“Dressed like The Temptations every day and had attitude when they walked, they were almost dancing.”

T3 of Slum Village and vocalist Neco Redd are also on the track making it a pure Detroit collaboration.

Fiddler took a break from music in 2006 after the loss of his son and Amp Dog Knights is his second recording since his return. Last year he released Motor City Booty.

Amp Dog Knights will be released November 10th.

Amp Dog Knights Tracklisting 

  1. It’s Alright I (feat.Waajeed& Ideeyah)
  2. Keep Coming
  3. ReturnOfThe Ghetto Fly (feat. J Dilla, T3 & Neco Redd)
  4. Put MeInYour Pocket (feat. The Dames Brown)
  5. No Politics (feat. Andres &NecoRedd)
  6. Grandma’s Radio (feat. Sound Boy)
  7. I’m Feeling You
  8. It’s Alright II (feat.NecoRedd)
  9. Free Your Soul (feat. JDilla& Bubz Fiddler)
  10. I Get Moody Sometimes (feat.Moodymann)
  11. Funky Say So
  12. Good Vibes
  13. It’s Alright III (feat.Waajeed& Ideeyah)