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Cruel Summer: The Downside of Musical Piracy

With the recent release of G.O.O.D. Music’s Cruel Summer, the problematic nature of musical piracy takes center stage.

Amerigo Gazaway – Bizarre Tribe: A Quest to the Pharcyde (2012)

Amerigo Gazaway explores the hypothetical collaboration of A Tribe Called Quest and the Pharcyde to an effective end. This is a Quest to the Pharcyde.

The Influence of People’s Instinctive Travels And Paths Of Rhythm

We all know the greatness of A Tribe Called Quest, but they’re influence on hip hop is immeasurable.

Marvin Gaye – Here, My Dear (1978)

With the recent release of Nasir’s open letter to Kelis, let’s take a look back at the original black king scorned.

“Songs for Women” and Other Interesting Stories

Of all the conversation surrounding artist Frank Ocean, it always goes back to the music.

Lessons Learned: The Roots Picnic 2012

The Roots Picnic is a staple of the Summer concert circuit. Beyond the live performances, this years event served as an anthropological trip through Hip-Hop’s growing generational gap.

Roy Ayers – Stoned Soul Picnic (1968)

One of Roy Ayers earliest, and best recordings, “Stoned Cold Picnic” is a symbolic album with a legendary cast.

Marvin, Marvin: 10 Overlooked Classics From The Soulful Genius

In looking back at the life and times of Marvin Pentz Gaye, we examine some of his most overlooked, yet exceptionally brilliant, compositions.

Lonnie Liston Smith and Dom Kennedy Are Just Cool (1980/2011)

Lonnie Liston Smith and Dom Kennedy come from two separate sides of the country, and are from two different eras, but they have way more in common than they might think.

Top 10 Roy Ayers Loops

Loops, samples, breaks, rare grooves. Whatever you want to call em, Roy Ayers has got em. There are way too many to name, so here is a narrow list of the 10 best Roy Ayers loops.

Roy Ayers Ubiquity – Vibrations (1976)

“Vibratiions” was produced during the heart of Roy Ayers’ Ubiquity years, and this particular album is monumental for more reasons than one.

Radius – Sleeping Wide Awake (2012) (Download)

New sounds by the Chicago producer Radius, whose hybrid sound is one of a kind.

Rhodes Scholars: 10 Fender Rhodes Songs You Need to Hear

The title says it all, as Brother Hayling gives us 10 Rhodes songs that we MUST hear, as well as audio examples so you can see why these songs are a must for your audio memory bank.

How Does it Feel?: Revisiting Voodoo Twelve Years Later

January 25th, 2012 marks the 12th anniversary of D’Angelo’s legendary album “Voodoo”, and our newest writer Hayling revisits the album and its relevancy even after more than a decade.

Roy Ayers – Feeling Good / Puff Daddy & Mase – Been Around the World (Remix) (1982/1998)

Many hip hop artists have sampled Roy Ayers, but this sample comes from a most unexpected source.

Etta James and Johnny Otis, Our Musical Treasures

We have lost two of our most dearest treasures in a matter of days, and this is another reminder to appreciate the wealth of knowledge that our musicians have given us, and still continue to give.

Donald Byrd – Black Byrd (1972)

Recorded in 1972, Donald Byrd’s “Black Byrd” album was ahead of its time in a variety of ways.

Bobbi Humphrey – Baby Don’t You Know (Produced by Roy Ayers) (1982)

Bobbi Humphrey’s one and only song released on Roy Ayers’ Uno Melodic record label is a great example of what a Roy Ayers production sounds like.

M.E.D. – Blaxican (Video) (2011)

Stonesthrow emcee M.E.D. gives an excellent perspective on Black and Brown unity.