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Performance: The Incomparable Jill Rock-Jones Covers Songs From The Legend Aretha Franklin (Video)

That’s my baby right there!! I have been a real life ‘STAN’ for JRJ all day, every day, for more than a decade of days!! And it’s not just me. But do your due diligence and Googles to learn for yourself. I’ll put a li’l something after the jump so you’ll know why Jill Rock Jones is a big damn deal. Enjoy her doing justice to a legend above, and follow/subscribe/share everywhere!!



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Prince – “Why The Butterflies”

Wowww, this is like being in the room when Prince (RIP) laid this down. Sometimes you don’t need a “finished” track to appreciate the genius of an artist like The Purple Rocker. Previously unreleased; held by Prince’s estate until now.


DJ Fudge – “Freeplay Friday” (May Edition) [Mixtape]

So this runs like a Mother’s Day mix, but it’s a May mix. This extended holiday being the start of the ending for May… we ought to be able to rock out to this. Yeah, shout to DJ Fudge, One Captain Productions, and I Lex Project for this!


Queen’s New Biopic, “Bohemian Rhapsody” (Trailer)

Okay, so we can mark one dope film coming out in November. Looks like the film will be an epic retelling of the come-up story of Freddie Mercury and Queen.

“Bohemian Rhapsody” is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music, and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury, who defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. The film traces the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound, their near-implosion as Mercury’s lifestyle spirals out of control, and their triumphant reunion on the eve of Live Aid, where Mercury, facing a life-threatening illness, leads the band in one of the greatest performances in the history of rock music. In the process, cementing the legacy of a band that was always more like a family, and who continue to inspire outsiders, dreamers and music lovers to this day.


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Lenny Kravitz – “It’s Enough” (Video)

Wow. A LOT to unpack. Be ready to watch a couple of times to ingest all the themes covered in this visual. The song itself is dope on first listen, but hearing (really hearing) it again would be recommended, too.

Interesting, and expected, that this new Lenny Kravitz joint would garner reaction in general. It’s Kravitz, a true craftsman of music. But even more interesting is the breadth and depth of reactions to the Rolling Stone tweet (seen below) about it. Some like it, others LOVE it; and some of the rest came down with a hard case of HATE… even given the release caption that accompanies the video: “IT’S ENOUGH! Let Love Rule.” Too bad for the haters. This is good work. Compelling and heartfelt!

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Rock/Funk: Prince – “Automatic” (Video)

Ah, old school Prince. Man.

Visuals for “Automatic” by Minnesota’s (and the world’s) own Prince. May the Purple Rocker reign forevermore #RIPPRINCE

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U2 – “Get Out Of Your Own Way” feat. Kendrick Lamar

Interesting. U2 bringing on Kendrick Lamar for this “Get Out of Your Own Way” is good business; even a damn decent song. Listen to the stream and judge for self. Strange to not credit K. Dot on the Spot stream (to draw in his fanbase) though. Just saying.


Watch A PBS Documentary On The Late Rock & Roll Pioneer, Fats Domino (Video)

Man oh man. Rest in peace to the legendary Fats Domino!

Fats Domino was one of the most popular rockers of the 1950s and early 60s. His achievements and record sales during that time were rivaled only by Elvis Presley. With his boogie-woogie piano-playing rooted in blues, rhythm & blues, and jazz, he became one of the inventors, along with Presley, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard of a revolutionary genre of music, rock ‘n’ roll.

We might argue about that list of rock ‘n’ roll architects, but PBS is on point with this documentary. Good fodder for discussion and/or a primer for those who need to backfill knowledge about who the world just lost.

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Prophets of Rage – “Hail To The Chief” (Video)

Hells yeah! Throw some things and call him ’45’ in this bih (hahaaaaa)! If you saw the title and thought someone cleverly flipped the Presidential entrance theme… Naaaah son. This is NOT that.

Raw rip rock at its best!

#ProphetsOfRage #HailToTheChief

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Prophets Of Rage Speak On The New Album And On Trump Not Being The Sole Reason For The Group’s Being (Video)

Bahaaa! Timmy C. with the ex-girlfriend level of intensity in getting controversial documentarian (and fan of Rage Against The Machine, Cypress Hill, and Public Enemy) Michael Moore to do the Prophets Of Rage music video… pays off.

Prophets Of Rage (Tom Morello, Tim Commerford, Brad Wilk, Chuck D, B-Real and DJ Lord) came together during 2016’s tumultuous election to combat the coming storm. Fresh off the road and riled up following last summer’s highly successful “Make America Rage Again” tour, the group knew it could evolve from protest performance art with a tactical mission, to a stand-alone entity with creative ideas all its own. At its core, Prophets Of Rage functions not only on a love of music, but a deep belief in its power as a tool, and a weapon. The group stopped by the BUILD Studio to discuss their new self-titled album.
– BUILD Series

Egos put aside for the music and the mission and the creative process. Hear the supergroup talk about it all above. Shout out to ATL’s own DJ Lord in there, too.

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DJ Rasta Root – “One Musicfest 2017 Official Mix” (Mixtape)

The homie Rasta Roooot! Dude went across the spectrum, up & down the music levels, and swept the corners out the club for this mix! J.I.D. to Jill Scott… with some Thundercat, Kaytranada, Syd, Tank And The Bangas, Too $hort, and even Migos in here. Definitely a trip. A hip trip cued up for you to enjoy.


DJ Yogi – “The Brunch Mix 04 08 2017” (Mixtape)

Time for some more dopeness from the homie DJ Yogi! Says it’s a “Brunch Mix,” but with AV8, KRS-ONE, Eric B. & Rakim, Xzibit, Peedi Crack, Freeway… must be planning an amped brunch. Click play. Start jamming. Protect that neck! Heavy nod factor.



DJ Yogi – “The Brunch Mix 12182016” (Mixtape)


DJ Yogi has cheffed y’all up a quality blend of TIScarfaceQuad City DJs, 69 Boyz & K-NockAretha FranklinTears For FearsSadeBig Sean… and… and… some more! Is it Hip-Hop, Soul, Christmas, Gospel, Twerk, Bass music or what?? Well… YES!

The Brunch Mix goes all over the place like runny eggs.
DJ Yogi


DJ Yogi – “The Brunch Mix 09252016” (Mixtape)


How can a DJ blend tracks from Billy Holiday, Foreigner, George Benson, OutKast and GZA… and still not be done? Easy. Be DJ Yogi! But see, that’s where they eff’d up. NOBODY can be DJ Yogi except DJ Yogi.

Now that that’s settled, “Brunch Mix” anyone?


Prophets Of Rage To The RNC: ‘Make America Great Again?’ Nah, Make America RAGE Again! (Video)

Combine Rock, Funk, Hip-Hop, Tom Morello (of Rage Against The Machine), B-Real (of Cypress Hill), Chuck D & DJ Lord (of Public Enemy); and you get Prophets Of Rage. Then discover that their first tour stop will be to crash the upcoming Republican National Convention (RNC), and you’ve got yourself a socio-political powder keg that could very well explode! And for many the sentiment is, “It’s about damned time!”

Tom Morello: I’m here to “make America rage again.”

Epic July on deck. And this will only be the beginning. Watch the clip above, and get the in-depth scoop at



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Red Hot Chili Peppers – “The Getaway”

Dope and still doing their thing, Red Hot Chili Peppers get a new hot batch of jawns ready for release – “The Getaway.” Here’s the title track for streaming. You can pre-order the new album (due out coming June 17, 2016) and get an instant download of “The Getaway” via the link here.


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Run WRC – “The Prince Master Mix” (Mixtape)


Man, shout out to the homie Run WRC aka Everett Whiteside. Another incredible mixtape session my bruddah! JayForce gave me the green light, so I am posting this jawn for ALL to enjoy… It’s a short and powerful Prince mega-tribute y’all. You’re welcome. Now back to you EverettHit It Run!


Peep the back story for this mix after the jump.


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RIP Prince


The Rock Soul R&B Funk Pop music world was rocked to its mantle and core today as news of the passing of a legend spread: The Purple Rocker, Prince, suddenly left this earthly plane today. Details are still being revealed, and we certainly need the time to process the information and our feelings; but we have the gist. We know, sadly, the mourning can begin.

Only now can we truly know what it will be like to hear ‘that’ Prince song/album/collection, knowing that he is no longer with us. At least with Prince… He knew… he HAD to know… that he was and will forever be loved & admired by millions; and acclaimed at every strata of the industry – casual listener to sternest critic. Hit the jump to see sentiments to that effect expressed across the Interwebs honoring and bidding farewell to the 57-year-old Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame performer.

Prince Rogers Nelson of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Born to make music, make a ruckus, and make history. What a life! You did that and lived that, Sire. Thank you blessing and bringing us along all these years. And now Your Royal Badness, rest in peace.

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Lenny Kravitz Live: Just Let Go (Documentary Trailer)

On the road, on the stage, behind the scenes, in the personal space, and even in the mindspace of Lenny Kravitz. Sure, it’s a documentary; but it’s a trip. And like you heard Lenny say: It’s all about the trip, man!

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David Bowie And The Story Of Ziggy Stardust (Documentary)

Man. Rest In Power to rock legend David Robert Jones pka David Bowie. We are going to be sad for a bit, knowing that the guy who brought such surreal music and mania to the music world since the 1970s will no longer be here with us.

But his music (and film) work…they will live forever here on this plane with us. Speaking of films, check out this documentary from BBC; detailing the early times of David Bowie and Ziggy Stardust.

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