MILES BONNY “4 Phife” / BUSTA RHYMES

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Still sad about the death of one of my heroe. I had the chance to catch Phife Dawg and Tribe Called Quest during their last tour as a unit in Paris…It was legendary ! Too bad we won’t have the chance to hear “Muttymorphosis” his second album he was working on. I really hope that we at least will have the opportunity to hear the complete track “Nutshell” (produced by J. Dilla) because it leaves a taste of becoming an instant classic.

Trompetist Miles Bonny, who in my eyes is also one of the most underrated singer / producer out there and Busta Rhymes (check his Instagram) are paying tribute in their own way to Phife. Rest in power…

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ODDISEE “AlWasta”

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Oddisee decided to kick off 2016 with a new free ep, AlWasta, 7 tracks featuring all new vocals and production. Add to that, Oddisee is ready to unveil his 2016 plans which include a new instrumental album in May, a tour and festival dates with his band Good Compny from May through July, and the heavily anticipated follow up to “The Good Fight”, a new solo album this fall.

Sudanese­-American hip­hop artist Oddisee’s new EP, “Al­Wasta,” takes its title from the Arabic colloquial term used to mean (to use colloquial English) “the plug.” The term “wasta” comes from the Arabic word “wasat,” meaning “middle” or “middleman,” and describes a member of the community who acts as a connector using their wealth of social currency. Understanding the value of social currency & how to use it (for better or worse) is what Amir Elkhalifa aka Oddisee focused on as the primary inspiration for his writings.

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OLIVIER SAINT SOUL “Black Music” EP

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Olivier is no rookie to music. The artist formerly known as Olivier Daysoul has toured the world as part of Oddisee’s band and worked with more then one of your favorite producers, be it Hudson Mohawke, Bibio, C2C, Onra or Oddisee. Now he lives in Berlin and decided it’s time for his own music, no compromises.

His upcoming “Black Music” EP on Jakarta was entirely produced by him, 90% of the instruments were played by him. Time for a new chapter, time for a new name. Get familiar.

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ROSELEAVES feat. KAYE TUNEZ, MOZ ROC, FEREAUX “Mr. NiceGuy remix EP”

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Producer RoseLeaves from Amsterdam drops the “Mr. Nice Guy remix EP”. With the motto thinking outside the box, the creative mind is assisted by the South Africam mc Moz Roc, Kaye Tunez and Fereaux (BangUrang) and deliver a promising effort. Stay to tuned for what next to come.

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MASTA ACE “Disposable arts”: the album documentary

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Originally released in 2001, “Disposable Arts” is a thematic/concept album by Brooklyn emcee Masta Ace. The concept follows that Masta Ace is being released from prison, his return to home and joining “The Institute of Disposable Arts”. The album is one complete story with the skits and songs together. The album contain many guest artists like Masta Ace’s group eMC (Stricklin & Wordsworth), Apocalypse, Greg Nice of Nice & Smooth, Rah Digga, J-Ro of Tha Alkaholiks, King Tee, Jean Grae, Punchline, Young Zee of Da Outsidaz and more. Also a bunch of different producers (Paul Nice of Nice & Smooth, Domingo, Deacon The Villain of CunninLynguists, Xplicit, Ayatollah, Sabor and more), this album is seen as a classic album by most Hip Hop heads.
The CD reissue which came out in October 22nd 2013 on Below System Records, contains a 2 hour DVD documentary where you will see most of the contributors to the “Disposable Arts” album. Interviews, stories behind the tracks and more content about the making of “Disposable Arts”.


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SLONE feat. RACECAR (aka DAYS) “walking on the wildeside”

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Slone is a producer from France who recently released “At The Boom Jazz Café”. A Hip Hop/Jazz album that instantly been climbing the charts even before people get the chance to get a physical copy. Seeing the artists that contribute to this masterpiece it’s not surprising: Rita J, Audessey,Kohndo, Racecar,Melodiq, D.dand & Volition, Chima Anya and many more.
On the track “Walking on the wildeside” the mc Racecar, who goes now under the name Days, is revealing a part of his life and soul compressed in just a few minutes and giving props in his lyrics to the ones that crossed his path. Check it out and purchase the whole project after the jump.

Independent music at it’s finest.

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JAMIL HONESTY feat. FEL SWEENTENBERG “Salute” prod. by COOL FD

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Hailing from two of the most dangerous cities in the US, Jamil honesty Staten Island NY native, with Baltimore MD being his second home, and Fel Sweetenberg, from Camden NJ, come together on the production of Cool Fd hailing from Orleans, France.
The two show off there lyrical ability over the hypnotizing beat.
“SALUTE” is the name of the track counting the 4th single release from “the Missing Flag” project by Jamil Honesty and Cool Fd
also as a treat there is a remix where they bring along a young but talented and amazingly skilled mc Ill Conscious for the ride.

Enjoy the new music

Stay tuned for the project “The Missing Flag”.

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J-ZEN “Managua”

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The french producer J-Zen French signed on Dooinit Music has been traveling a lot. Starting from his hometown Rennes via Paris and half of the globe to finish his trip in Managua where he stayed for a few months. That will be the inspiration of his new masterpice titled “Managua”. This project is another example of how a good album can be well balanced between the vocal tracks and the instrumentals without
being boring. On the featurings it’s good to hear Mr Complex, Theory Hazit, Declaime and Georgia Anne Muldrow, Stro Elliot (The Procussions), MED…
Somehow it takes me back down to memory lane cause I have a special connection with all of them individually.
My first live interview was with Mr Complex (with Mista Sinista). The Procussions was the very first group I started to connect with and to promote on my first website back in 2000… I could go on and on but let’s go back to the album. While I dig further I see that Chief (Feelin Music) and Freddie Joachim (Mellow Orange)are also involve which means that the quality in the mixes is topnotch.
If you like Heavy boom bap beats laced with Soul and Groove don’t wait any further and go cop that.
Highly recommended to put on repeat…Trust me !

Thank you J-Zen for bringing back those memories.

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