Face Off Fridays at MJQ Concourse in Atlanta is celebrating it’s 8th year anniversary. The monthly party has featured hundreds of special guests from recording artists, celebrities, athletes, & more all in the name of good music. The most important element to Face Off Friday’s is the Face Off team, the music, & the overall party itself. Tonight will be no different in Atlanta with many surprise guests scheduled to arrive. JAYFORCE.COM is a proud sponsor of tonight’s party but for now make sure you check out this special mix by DJ Rasta Root to get you right for tonight.
‘Had to link up with the homie Jadakiss again to smash this already hot record!!! K Michelle’s Christmas came early this year. lol’
- DJ TedSmooth
Charlie Wilson Speaks With ‘SoulCulture TV’ On His Musical Longevity, His Battle With Cancer (Video)
The Gap Band’s lead man… Uncle Charlie… four decades and going strong in the music game! Wow. Charlie Wilson is a legend. But in the above interview, Charlie Wilson gives insight on his human side as well – talking about how he’s kept going string in the music industry, his work with Kanye West and admiration for other artists, his battle with prostate cancer and more.
“This past weekend, I met my grandma, Beulah Mae Jarrett Douthit’s family (my dad’s mother) for the first time. My grandma passed in 1965, so I’ve had no connection to her at all. I listened to the elders talk about her all day. One elder in particular, her oldest niece, who’s 78-years-old, told me that her nickname was ‘Bladey Mae,’ because of the blades she carried around in the purse and pockets, to protect her children from a segregated South, one of them being my dad. I was looking for a name for a new beat tape, and that one just came out of nowhere.
Here’s to you Beulah Mae Jarrett Douthit and the blades you carried to protect pops……‘Bladey Mae’…”
- 9th Wonder
Here’s a sampler stream for you to check out. Click the link to purchase the full 73-beat collection.
‘Feels so good it hurts’ is officially what every heterosexual male wants to hear Jennifer Hudson sing into his ear. Cot dam! Well, shout to SoulBounce for bringing her “I Can’t Describe (The Way I Feel)” joint to our attention with her doing just that… with an assist from super-producer Pharrell Williams and consummate southern rhyme-sayer T.I.
“Channeling a bit of the late ’70s/early ’80s R&B sound (think Cheryl Lynn or Evelyn “Champagne” King), the producing dynamo delivers the perfect dance floor groove for Hudson’s larger-than-life vocals. The groove walks the fine line between retro and modern, finally giving us an uptempo track that works with Jen rather than forcing the diva to conform to the song. And the addition of T.I., who could teach a class on how to guest rap on an R&B track, keeps the groove going without distracting from the star of the show.”
Justin Timberlake covers the Jacksons’ “Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground)” in the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge. As Michael Jackson is the King of Pop, an icon like Justin – who’d be heir to that throne – should rock a Jackson hit whenever opportunity presents itself.
Jill Scott doing the promo rounds on radio. We posted her interview at Hot 97, and now we got that Power 105 chit-chat with The Breakfast Club on Power 105 for you. She talks about her upcoming “Baggage Claim” film (which also features Paula Patton, Adam Brody, Djimon Hounsou, Taye Diggs, Christina Milian, and Derek Luke), about a recent trip to Africa, about her acting, her music and more.
I haven’t heard Drake’s new album “Nothing Was The Same” yet, but I do know I really dug this particular soulful single called “Hold On, We’re Going Home”. Great choice to release a brand new video for this song. This mini-movie features cameos from rapper ASAP Rocky as well as actor Steven Bauer who famously starred as Al Pacino’s right hand man “Manolo” in the movie “Scarface”. I still dig the song although this mini-movie didn’t fit what I mentally pictured for such a great R&B record.
Jill Scott Talks About Her New Movie ‘Baggage Claim’, Future, A$AP Rocky, & Reflects On Her Start In Music Business (Video)
Jilly From Philly! Peter Rosenberg (and DJ Cipha Sounds) recently welcomed soul songstress Jill Scott to sit and chat on Hot 97′s The Juan Epstein Show. During the chat Jill plugs her upcoming movie “Baggage Claim,” reveals that she has actually been acting for decades, that she thinks Future and A$AP Rocky are beautiful, that she wrote the hook for The Roots’ “You Got Me” (uncredited, sang by Erykah Badu), ultimately getting her real start in music while staining wood at DJ Jazzy Jeff‘s studio… Great interview. The above video is only part of the interview. Audio for the full interview is available for streaming below.
Scoop Deville refixes the Superhumanoids’ track “Bad Weather” (original version available on the Superhumanoids’ LP “Exhibitionists”) to give it an alternative soul-meets-Hip-Hop feel. Check it out. Pretty dope.
The boom bap hits so hard on this RJD2 track – “Temperamental” (featuring Phonte Coleman) – that you just know somebody is about to rap. But nah… silky vocal vibing. That’s what you’ll get… and like it! You can pre-order the RJD2 LP “More Is Than Isn’t” (due out October 8, 2013).
Salaam Remi lets UK singer Corinne Bailey Rae lace lovely soul vocals all over this track. This “Makin’ It Hard For Me” is from his forthcoming LP “One: In The Chamber” (due out September 30, 2013). You can pre-order that LP at iTunes now.
SALAAM REMI – MAKIN’ IT HARD FOR ME FEAT. CORRINE BAILEY RAE | ONE: IN THE CHAMBER
So, you’ve probably seen Kanye West and Charlie Wilson performing “Bound 2″ on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. We posted that on here about a couple of weeks ago. Now, the duo has taken their act across the big pond – from the US to the UK. Check them out as they do the joint on British host Jools Holland’s show (above).
This is an impactful cut (and video) off J. Cole’s “Born Sinner” LP. “Crooked Smile” features legendary R&B act TLC. Of course, you’ll watch to the end because it’s Cole. But this one will get you! Remember to breathe midway through, and pay attention to the background music as the video draws to a close. American law enforcement should reconsider a lot of things. Deep.
Vinyl Destination | Ep. 19: Vancouver, Canada… That’s A Wrap… Season Finale With The Magnificent DJ Jazzy Jeff (Video)
Man. Even with your bros, even rolling in a luxury tour bus… the road can get old. And too long a trip across the Canadian outback, it can get COLD! Same crappy food… crazy sound setups… gotta ask why a deejay does what he does sometimes. Then, take another look… at the beauty everywhere. The people partying everywhere. It is what Jazzy Jeff, Skillz and the crew were meant to do. Wrapping Canada in Vancouver, with quick stop in Seattle to get the mixer fixed… then a New Year’s Eve extravaganza featuring a drum and DJ set (none other than fellow Philly native Questlove on the drums). THAT’s a season finale! Watch.
This trailer is a stirring first look at the Marvin Gaye biopic “Sexual Healing.” Jesse L. Martin – remember dude from ‘Law & Order’ (without any letters after it)? He’s starring as Marvin Gaye… and on that ‘Law & Order’ vein, Martin’s former ‘L&O’ cast mate S. Epatha Merkerson plays Alberta Gaye. A host of other players put in good work; but the actor playing Marvin’s father – Dwight Henry as Marvin Gaye Sr… whew! The tension!
The biopic video was set to be released April 1, 2014, but funding issues have halted production since June 2013. No word heard on the finishing of this flick yet. We can only hope this work gets done, in the can, and onto the screen soon.