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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.

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Erule – Listen Up (1994) (Video)

Erule is not a household name in hip hop, but this could be the best Hip Hop song that has ever been produced using a Roy Ayers sample.

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Roy Ayers – He's Coming / Smif n Wesson – Dah Shinin'

While Roy Ayers was a heavy influence for many Hip Hop artists in the 90's, Smif n Wesson sampled more than just Roy Ayers' music.

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Roy Ayers Project Beat Submission: Jolin Ras

Our first beat submission from Vancouver, BC is Jolin Ras, blessing us with his musical talents using Roy Ayers as his inspiration.

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Roy Ayers Project Beat Submission: Yestoday

This producer from England has a great rendition of Roy Ayers tribute to Martin Luther King entitled Holiday. Check out the smooth sounds of Yestoday

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Wendell B. Harris/Black Star – Chameleon Street/Brown Skin Lady (1989/1998)

Sampling from the world of cinema, Black Star adds another layer of social commentary via the understated brilliance of independent film, Chameleon Street.

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Roy Ayers Project Beat Submissions: Vol. 3 Extras

Thanks to these producers, for the Beat Submission Compilation wouldn't have been the same without them.

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Roy Ayers Project Beat Submission – EvillDewer

Boston is on the map today, as producer EvillDewer gives a beautiful reconstruction of this Roy Ayers song. We also have to recognize the custom artwork as well!

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Roy Ayers Project Beat Submission – F.C. the Truth

This week's beat submission comes from the musically rich city of Dayton, Ohio, as F.C. the Truth represents well on his interpretation of Roy Ayers' "Sunshine".

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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.

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The Blackbyrds / Wiz Khalifa – Mysterious Vibes / Ink My Whole Body (1977/2008)

Wiz Khalifa's tattoo anthem may sound arrogant to some, but one thing is for sure is that this song couldn't have been made without this 1970's classic song by The Blackbyrds.

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Roy Ayers Project Beat Submission – Black Noi$e

From Detriot, Michigan, we dig in the archives of producer Black Noi$e, who is developing a grand reputation since creating this Roy Ayers tribute beat.

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Big K.R.I.T., 4evaNaDay, and Southern Sensibilities

The South has been castigated for its colorful stories and upbeat rhythms and undervalued for its exploration of everyday struggles and soulful production. Situated in the middle is Big K.R.I.T.

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Roy Ayers Project Beat Submission: Mystro

Check out this weeks beat submission from Inglewood, Ca, as Mystro's beat is sure to take your thought process to another level.

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The Notorious B.I.G. – Ten Crack Commandments (Recited by Adrien Brody) (2011)

A moment of respect for one of the most effective storytellers in American literature.

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Ayentee – Mos Common Thought (Remix) (Download) (2012)

Ayentee produces a great conceptual project, as he fuses the minds of three of the greatest emcees in the game.

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REL – Out Of View (Instrumental) (Download) (2012)

The crew of the Roy Ayers Project are respectively involved in other ventures, and camera man / editor REL has just released his instrumental project entitled "Out Of View".

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Roy Ayers Project Beat Submission: Chris ∆re

Check out this magnificent instrumental produced by NYC producer Chris ∆re, who samples one of Roy Ayers' most lovable songs.

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Radius – Sleeping Wide Awake (2012) (Download)

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

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1-O.A.K. – Special Request (Album) (Download) (2011)

The extremely talented 1-O.A.K. breaks out of the box in his debut album entitled "Special Request".

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