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Funk/Soul: Thundercat – “Show You The Way” feat. Michael McDonald x Kenny Loggins (Video)

Okay… Thundercat is OUT THERE! See, “Them Changes” was already… er, eccentric. Well, this is a sequel to that; and it is CRAY in the best way. Like features (and actual appearances) from Doobie Bro Michael McDonald and Kenny “Footloose” Loggins. REALLY the best way. Awesomeness from the ’80s travels to the future to continue our tale of the armless Samurai.

(Yeah. Just watch!)

SUPERCAT – DRUNK (ALBUM OUT NOW)

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Alternative/Soul: Iman Omari – “Kama Sutra”

This Iman Omari vibe is one you have to jump into and feel your way around to get. You are not going to ‘nod to it and catch a flow’… song just ain’t built that way. Truly an alternative jazzy approach for his “Kama Sutra” jawn. Click play and get to getting into it. Pre-order link for the album below.

IMAN OMARI – KAMA SUTRA | IHY

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Jazz/Soul: The Baylor Project – “Laugh And Move On” (Video)

You remember Zhané (pronounced Jah-Nay) from back in the day. Well, everybody… can get some more ‘groove your body’ music. But this is some super-warm, super-slow, squeeze-a-sweety and chill music. Jean Baylor got it done with her hubby Marcus. Awesome song and vid. Album out now (linked below).

Married musicians, vocalist Jean Baylor (formerly of the platinum-selling R&B duo Zhané) and Marcus Baylor, former drummer of the Grammy Award-winning Yellowjackets have created a captivating “project” that meets at the 3-way intersection of Jazz, Gospel and Legacy. Reminiscent of classic soul, “Laugh and Move On” speaks to the strength of the human spirit. No doubt, a very unique album that soothes the soul.
The Baylor Project

THE BAYLOR PROJECT – THE JOURNEY (ALBUM)

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Joe Fox – “What’s The Word” (Video)

Pretty funky groove. Joe Fox dropped visuals (above) for this “What’s The Word”… AND did a turbo-boosted version with Nas (stream below).

JOE FOX – WHAT’S THE WORD | WHAT’S THE WORD FEAT. NAS

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Torii Wolf – “Flow Riiot” (Album Stream)

The Wolf! Torii is LOOSE! The “Flow Riiot” is off the damned chain. Searching for something new, different and dope? Have you NOT been following the Torii Wolf x DJ Premier posts on here? Okay, you get a pass. But… er… your search is over. Shut it down! Turn off the vehicle. Press play below for the “Flow.” Full stream of the full LP for the FREE.99? Yes, and you’re welcome!

TORII WOLF – FLOW RIIOT (ALBUM)

DJ Yogi – “Insomniac Show #34” (Mixtape)

All the mixes I get from DJ Yogi are insanely dope! And this “Insomniac Show #34” does not disappoint either. Enjoy!

DJ YOGI – INSOMNIAC SHOW #34 (MIXTAPE)

Common Does A Soulful ‘Tiny Desk Concert’ At The White House (Video)

The White House is often at the center of some controversy, more so nowadays. But there was a recent time when there was less ‘crazy’ – as Keith Olbermann might say (here) – coming from the White House …or, at least, a different type of ‘crazy.’ Even then, something like this probably would not have made headline news. But it was certainly worthy of being documented. And I am glad NPR did. And after you watch, bet money that you will be, too.

We’ve never done a Tiny Desk Concert that wasn’t behind my desk at NPR. But when the White House called and said they were putting on an event called South by South Lawn, a day-long festival filled with innovators and creators from the worlds of technology and art, including music, we jumped at the chance to get involved. We chose Common as the performer and the White House library as the space.

This Tiny Desk Concert was a convergence of art and soul, mixing politics with heart. Common’s choice of songs dealt with incarceration as the new slavery, imagined a time where women rule the world and honored the man he looked up to all his life, his father. For this occasion, Common put together a special six-piece band of close friends that includes the great Robert Glasper, with his eloquent and delicate touch, on keyboards and Derrick Hodge, whose music spans from Hip-Hop to folk and has made a big imprint on the world of jazz, on bass. Common also asked his longtime friend and collaborator Bilal to sing on two songs. The performance includes three brand new songs, along with one classic, “I Used To Love H.E.R.”

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Yooooo! Brother Common and his crew rocked a [Tiny Desk] Concert at The White House. DOPE!

(Oh, and the girl on the flute is Elena Pinderhughes, who played flute on Future’s “Mask Off.” Hella cute! Especially in that form-fitting dress. Yes!)

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R&B/Soul: The Foreign Exchange – “Shelter”

You already know the math: Phonte + Nicolay = The Foreign Exchange = Dope Music Every Time! And this time out is no exception. If you have checked out their latest project, you already know. If not, you already know you are in for a treat… when you play “Hide & Seek” (compilation LP)… in particular, that “Shelter” single. Nice!

THE FOREIGN EXCHANGE – HIDE & SEEK (ALBUM)

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R&B/Soul: Skye Morales – “New One” (Video)

Smooth and mellow melancholy musings about what dude lost… If there is any truth to some dude losing Sky Morales to a “New One”… maaan, you’re an idiot. She is mos def a cutie with some skills that are going to pay some bills. Plus, it’s fall. If you gotta be cuffed down for the cold weather Netflix-and-chill, staying with Skye would be a hot deal!

SKY MORALES – NEW ONE (ITUNES)

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Torii Wolf – “Big Big Trouble” (Prod. By DJ Premier) [Video]

How about one more visual from the team of Preem and Torii before that “Flow Riot” LP drops? Yeah, can do! This is the visual presentation for “Big Big Trouble” (which we posted on earlier here).

TORII WOLF – BIG BIG TROUBLE (PROD. BY DJ PREMIER) | FLOW RIOT (PRE-ORDER)

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Jorja Smith – “On My Mind” (Prod. By Preditah) [Video]

Jorja Smith & Preditah with some UK club jamming dance tunes. Jorja’s gotta tell you about what’s “On My Mind” (um… her mind). Letting it ooze out over the Preditah-produced groove, with soul, and some bop. Nice stuff.

But let her friends tell it: It’s a bit too singy. *Sigh* Haters. Baahahaaa!

JORJA SMITH X PREDITAH – ON MY MIND (ITUNES)

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R&B/Soul: Jayd Ink – “DarkSkin” (Video)

That bathtub water probably tastes like the sweetest mocha latte ever… at least, looking lustfully at this dreamy coffee-n-creamy video it would seem. Jayd Ink dropped off visuals for her “DarkSkin” – no doubt to whet appetites enough to listen and go get that download. And yeah, we linked that below. You know, just in case.

JAYD INK – DARKSKIN (ITUNES)

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Torii Wolf – “Big Big Trouble” (Prod. By DJ Premier)

Sheeezzz! The scratches and that beat come in so hard. Dope out the gate, like a DJ Premier beat is apt to be, but then Torii Wolf coumes in with that haunting airy voice… nothing like the combination. Nothing can beat it. DJ Premier and Torii Wolf in “Big Big Trouble.” Torii’s “Flow Riot” is now available for pre-order at iTunes.

TORII WOLF – BIG BIG TROUBLE (PROD. BY DJ PREMIER) | FLOW RIOT (PRE-ORDER)

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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 RASTA ROOT – ONE MUSICFEST 2017 OFFICIAL MIX (MIXTAPE)

112 – “Dangerous Games”

I don’t wanna play this game of chess anymore.
‘Cause everyone knows when your queen is gone you don’t last long.

Yeah, ATLien and Bad Boy alum act 112 is back at it again. Just a tick faster than a true slow jam, but bet money you and bae can sway to this close together today. Play “Dangerous Games” over and over. And enjoy!

112 – DANGEROUS GAMES (ITUNES)

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Chantè Moore – “Something To Remember” (Video)

Your pleasure is my only mission…

If imagining Chantè Moore say that to you doesn’t make your day (hell, your LIFE), I don’t know if there is a way to make you enjoy this “Something To Remember” video from her. Easily the HOTTEST thing said by arguably one of the HOTTEST women still doing her thing in R&B. Whew!

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Lex Boogie From The Bronx – “Bad Gal RiRi Live From Lexington Station”


Just being creative and decided to do something the ladies might enjoy.

Reeeespect to Lex Boogie From The Bronx for always keeping up looped in with exclusives like this. Nice airy chant style music to this RiRi mix. Vibe, dance, whatever to this.

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The PlayList (DJ Jazzy Jeff et. al.) – “1995” feat. Glenn Lewis [Video]

Yeah. It seems only right that DJ Jazzy Jeff’s PlayList Retreats bear smooth tasty fruit like this. A taste of the full plate “Chasing Goosebumps.” So so dope! The soulful singing of Glenn Lewis over a R&B’d out track. Perfect.

(More on The PlayList after the jump.)

THE PLAYLIST – CHASING GOOSEBUMPS FEAT. GLENN LEWIS (ALBUM)

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R&B/Soul: Musiq Soulchild – “Simple Things” (Video)

We talk about taking it back to a ‘Golden Era’ for Hip-Hop, but how about R&B like this? Not gone go ‘old man’ in this post, this new Musiq Soulchild jawn is that good soulful how-it-should-be music. The instrumentation and vocals. Dope! Video for “Simple Things” off the forthcoming “Feel the Real” album.

MUSIQ SOULCHILD – SIMPLE THINGS (ITUNES)

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R&B/Soul: H.E.R. – “H.E.R. Volume 2” (EP)

If you’re new to music from H.E.R. then you’re welcome! Bringing the dopest music is what we’re all about. And this music from H.E.R. is H.O.T! Soulful. Very nice set. Stream it below, courtesy of the ‘Cloud… This is “H.E.R. Volume 2.”

H.E.R. – H.E.R. VOLUME 2 (EP)

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