I agree with Drake in many of the points he made in this new Fader mini-documentary. I’ve given advice to artists all the time about similar things as to what’s said in this interview. Most don’t listen which is probably why they aren’t as successful as they’d like to be on their OWN terms. Stay focused.
“Coming up in Toronto, people told Drake to move to New York if he was serious about making it. Instead, he stayed where he was and made history by proving that if you’re a truly multi-layered artist, you can make it from anywhere. “Do it the way I did it,” he says in the above Obey Your Thirst documentary. “Do it from where you’re at. If you have the music, that’s all it takes.”
Now, at the top of his game, Drake says he competes not with established legends or other top-sellers, but with the countless kids itching to take his spot. Now that hip-hop’s playing field is more open than ever before, Drake knows
there are countless kids itching to take his spot. Those up-and-comers are now his competition, not any established rapper. “That’s how I try to keep pushing this forward,” he says. “Just to let that kid know that I’m not done yet.”
Heat! Lyrical assist on “Pleasure Toy” (produced by Adrian Younge) provided by Big K.R.I.T. Bilal has most definitely got himself a hit track off what is sure to be an album full of them (pre-order “In Another Life” via link below). A record that holds maintains the track record, so to speak. Got a throwback feel to it; talking over the ride out portion of the track. Play it and like it.
Janet Jackson is back with a brand new single & it’s dope. Good music produced by her early soundscape collaborators of Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis. This is Janet’s first new song in 7 years & she has a new album on the way! Don’t sleep on this new joint!
Folks doing good with the vocals are said to have rode, rocked, ripped, etc. a beat. Yeah, well, Mélat sorta did that to this; but it seems like she did something more to this Robbie Anthem-produced “Brand New Money” jawn. She was clutch on it. Scratch that… she body-clutched it, with full leg-and-thigh action, and ground it hard! Get it? Play it. You will. Apparently unattached music from Mélat while working on full-length project tracks.
Loosie from the Robbie “God Damn” Anthem spot!
Oh yeah. Heads up: Dope FREE download below!
Kansas City’s The Xtraordinair$ (Leonard Dstroy and Dominique Sanders, collectively) re-ups the D’Angelo classic “Devil’s Pie.” They re-instrumentalized the hell out of the jawn then flipped and freaked it tech-jazzy like. Good head nodding vibes coming out your speakers on this one. Enjoy.
DOWNLOAD: THE XTRAORDINAIR$ – DEVIL’S PIE (REMIX)
Time… we gotta lose it to find it. We all gotta lose some times.
– Stacy Barthe
Timeless! Stacy went deep with this leak from her long-awaited, debut album “BEcoming” (due out July 10, 2015). Touching video for “Flawed Beautiful Creatures,” which we actually posted a while ago. Talent like this on our radar? You knowww we’ve been keepng up with Stacy. Apparently, so has John Legend, executive producer for the LP.
Haaa! Listen. Did you catch that? She sampled Sister Nancy’s reggae classic “Bam Bam” in there. Dope!
And on top of that… she said you can get that “Bum Bum” every hour. Ohhhh wowwww! The level of sexy in this video is beyond compare. No doubt that Kat DeLuna’s “Bum Bum” is bang banging. So’s the song (featuring Trey Songz).
DJ Jazzy Jeff with another Vinyl Destination episode, DJ’s In Paris going hard all across Europe. Top highlights? Number one’s GOTTA be DJ Ferno taking in the first-time-in-Paris experience with childlike wonder. Follow that IMMEDIATELY with Rich Medina talking with the crew right after the Paris leg, just before catching a train to Amsterdam for a break. That’s two. Round out the top three with Jeff’s closing comments about his back-to-nature themed room. Hilarious!
DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Vinyl Destination crew end a 10 show, 10 day run in Paris. It’s DJ Ferno’s first time in the City of Lights, so he explores the city and takes in some sights. After a few verses of “Mama I Made It,” it’s off to the gig. Jeff has a show with a dear friend, Rich Medina. The next stop is Amsterdam. With Rich joining the fun, the guys share some valuable information that makes him rethink his phone service. Feeling refreshed after some much-needed time off, the crew gets back in full gear with shows in Dresden, Germany, Warington, England and Oslo, Norway. Along the way, “Tickle me Ferno” emerges and Jeff finds out a tree grows in his hotel room.
Work hard. Party hard. Sure. But when you DJ, the party’s where you are – the Vinyl Destination (boom)!
— Mr Vinyl Destination (@djjazzyjeff215) June 2, 2015
Woooo daaamn this first track off her “Boy” EP is el fuego HOT! Check out this “Gold Ghost” from BOSCO for yourself and just try to hate. Better way to spend that energy is clicking the link below and copping an EP copy. Hey, if ya gotta have something to do, do right!
So often mixes are either all Hip Hop, all R&B all Rock etc. Then when you hear someone advertise new music you never heard before a lot of times it’s a reason you never heard it and not happy you finally did. Well our friends over at Hometown Heroes have you covered Sayeed & Zee meticulously craft mixes that have Hip Hop, Soul, R&B, Rock, New Age, House, Garage etc. Now you might think well with all of those different genres how does it sound? It sounds good because they make sure that all of the tracks work together so yes you get taken on a musical journey but it’s a smooth ride. Be sure to stay connected with them at their HomeTownHeroesATL site for the next mix and the next show they put together!
Here is a surprise that I’ve been keeping quiet about for a while! The Art Form of Whatever. This is a free album that I wanted to release without any prior promotion or campaign. It’s FREE for all of you!
The Art Form of Whatever is produced by !llmind, The Arcitype, Rain, Lightfoot and myself.
Thank you all so much for sticking with me and continuing to inspire me. You always push me to be even greater than before. So many great things to look forward to!
Love you all endlessly.
– Jared Evan
You say I should leave. You don’t mean it…
Music video for “Satellites,” Bilal’s first single from his forthcoming “In Another Life” project produced by Adrian Younge. High concept visuals (called ‘short film,’ not just a ‘video’) directed Hans Elder. Album due out on June 30, 2015, but you can pre-order the full-length via the link that follows.
Joanna Teters Speaks On Her Band ‘Mad Satta’ & Their Performance During The Atlanta Jazz Festival (Video)
The 38th annual Atlanta Jazz Festival went down Memorial Day Weekend 2015 from historical Piedmont Park. 3 days of great music with talented artists from all over the US and the World performing for thousands of Jazz fans here in Atlanta, GA. The opening night had only two acts the headliner Thundercat and the opening act Mad Satta. If you are not familiar with Mad Satta they are a group out of NYC that have horns, keyboard, and bass players and a front lady named Joanna Teters on vocals. They made their Atlanta debut and immediately had the crowd’s attention with their soulful original music. They also did a classic Curtis Mayfield cover of “The Makings of You” that had the crowd asking to know more about them. Well if you didn’t make their performance no worries the video below has live footage from their show along with an interview by ArtByOdell with Joanna Teters.
Learn more about them at MadSatta.com
“The Brightest Star” is the first single off Nicolay’s forthcoming solo LP, “City Lights Vol. 3: Soweto” (due out June 9, 2015). “Afterglow” is a non-album B-Side. Follow the link to cop the maxi-single download for both cuts.