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NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert Series Presents: Smif N Wessun (Video)

Not like they don’t belong on this forum. They do. Just did not expect to see them featured in their own Tiny Desk Concert. Very glad Smif-N-Wessun are though!

Brooklyn-bred Hip-Hop duo Smif-N-Wessun – consisting of partners in rhyme, Steele and Tek – illuminated the Tiny Desk with their signature, 80-proof poetry: straight, no chaser. Their music, inspired by their gritty and pre-gentrified Bedford-Stuyvesant and Brownsville neighborhoods, offers the vocabulary of veterans who survived the grimy streets. These original members of the Duck Down Records group Boot Camp Clik represent quintessential ’90s true-school Hip-Hop from the bedrock, when Timberland boots were standard issue. Backing Steele and Tek for the first time is D.C.’s own Black Alley band.
Abby O’Neill, NPR Music

(That “One Time” they wrapped with sounds extra nice.)

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NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert Series Presents: Mac Miller (RIP) [Video]

One more time for Mac Miller man. RIP to the young emcee we will sorely miss. He did leave us with a dope Tiny Desk Concert. Small comfort, but good stuff nonetheless.

Aug. 6, 2018 | There was a shift in Mac Miller’s boisterous demeanor as he started the third of his three-song Tiny Desk set. It’s the first time he’s performed tracks from his new album, Swimming, in front of an audience. On “2009,” he rubbed his chin with clenched eyes, looking like a young man who’s beginning to crack the code. Backed by a piano loop and a string quartet, he reflected on his journey’s peaks and valleys…
– NPR Music

Got Thundercat in there, too. Nice!

@ojones1

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NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert Series Presents: Erykah Badu (Video)

Robert Glasper did mention Erykah Badu in that last scorcher interview he did. Fellow Texan. And she is well beyond worthy on ‘honorable mention.’ See her Tiny Desk Concert performance for a reminder if you need one; or even if you don’t!

Erykah Badu is an artist for the ages. To old-school jazz fans like myself, names like Nina Simone, Betty Carter and Shirley Horn come to mind as much as Billie Holiday because of Badu’s singular approach to a lyric. They all cut their own creative path and left behind a legacy that you can identify with just one note. Erykah Badu is on that same path, and one day her name will be mentioned along with the other Elders who share her spirit of musical adventure.
Felix Contreras, NPR

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T.I. Meets With Students From The Atlanta Music Project And Prepares For His NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert (Video)

Has there ever been a behind-the-scenes type video put out for a Tiny Desk Concert? Well, there’s at least one now. Leave it to Tip Harris to do it big AND do it differently! Should be good.

T.I. rehearses for upcoming NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert performance at Crossover Studios with students from the Atlanta Music Project.
DJ Blak Magic

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NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert Series Presents: Rakim (Video)

That’s right. The G.O.D.M.C. Rakim Allah (and a full band) came through the intimate venue and gave a Tiny Desk Concert… to the world! And if you look close enough at the band, you might recognize some heavy hitters in there, too. Pure dopeness!

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NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert Series Presents: Khalid (Video)

Can’t help but love the music. Can’t help but root for the singer. Well, here he is with an NPR Tiny Desk Concert. Khalid is here (above), so wait no longer… click that play button and reward your soul with music from a young spirit.

Khalid’s music narrates life’s awkwardly necessary moments: the butterflies of young love, the angst of craving freedom, the apprehension of teetering on that next step in life. He creates honest, comforting pop for teens and young adults that speaks to the kid in all of us. Accompanied only by acoustic guitarist Jef Villaluna, the 20-year-old sensation captured this fleeting fearlessness of youth and brought it to the Tiny Desk for a heartfelt serenade session. The way his voice glided calmly over the guitar notes, switching between baritone and tenor, was fitting given that he sings about teenage peaks and pitfalls. Khalid’s sense of wide-eyed yet humble wonder permeates through the entire set.
– NPR Music

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NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert Series Presents: GoldLink (Video)

Just got that “Got Friends” joint from GoldLink posted and here he goes with the Tiny Desk Concert. Not mad. Actually saluting the grind mode of bro. Do you, sir.

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NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert Series Presents: Jorja Smith (Video)

Jorja Smith brought her groovy voice and those ‘soothy’ eyes to the set. To an intimate set, for an NPR Tiny Desk Concert, just for you (you and you). Lucky you… thanks to us… you’re welcome!

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NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert Series Presents: Daniel Caesar (Video)

Maaan! Good soulful music and performance to get you going, keep you going, or enjoy the day’s end when you’ve been going all day. Daniel Caesar and the band got you on NPR with the Tiny Desk Concert on this ep.

Daniel Caesar and his band had a clear vision for their Tiny Desk performance. While already confined to a small space, they opted to congregate at the piano, where producer and music director Matthew Burnett sat to create what feels like a fly-on-the-wall moment. We’re presented a purity that’s nearly impossible to capture on an album.
– NPR Music

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NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert Series Presents: GZA (Video)

Hold up. GZA did a Tiny Desk Concert, and you think there is even a slight chance that we don’t post it immediately if not sooner?? HA! When exactly did you forget what we were all about over here? The Wu emcee got it in with The Soul Rebels (outta New Orleans) and did dope business on the set! Watch up.

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NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert Series Presents: O.C. (Video)


Sure the warning says “explicit language” but NPR, could we please get “explicit DOPENESS” added to that warning? Because heads from the 90s already know and will appreciate, and cosign to the younger squires… and it’ll let the SUCKAZ know that “Time’s Up” for the wackness.

(Ha! See what I did there? Because that song is part of O.C.’s Tiny Desk Concert and… maaaaan, just click play!)

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Big Daddy Kane Blesses NPR Music With A Mini Concert (Video)

Don’t know what’s wrong with your soul if this set from the Golden Era great doesn’t rock you. The B-I-G-D-A-D-D-Y-K-A-N-E in concert… a Tiny Desk Concert at that!

One of the greatest to ever bless the mic, Big Daddy Kane treated Tiny Desk to an office block party in the true essence of Hip-Hop. He performed a short set of classics, including “Smooth Operator,” “Ain’t No Half Steppin’,” “Raw” and a bonus freestyle. Through his warm, engaging and devilishly self-effacing style, the pioneer used an interlude between songs to address the intergenerational divisiveness defining rap today and the importance of fans of all ages supporting whatever they like, while “focusing on what’s positive and keeping that in the spotlight.”
– NPR Music

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Nas Speaks On His Upcoming “Live From The Kennedy Center” Special On PBS (Video)

That “Nas: Live From The Kennedy Center” will be on PBS before you know it. You saw the trailer on here (link). Well here’s an NPR interview regarding that with the G.O.D.M.C.

CyHi The Prynce – “No Dope On Sundays” (Album)

Yep. We are living in a time when NPR is repping the realest real music. G.O.O.D. Music in this case, as CyHi’s forthcoming “No Dope On Sundays” LP is the focus of this “First Listen” ep. And they are FEELING the words of The Prynce over there.

CyHi The Prynce brings Jesus to the trap and spits a testimony full of raw human contradiction.
Rodney Carmichael, NPR

Ahhh, that explains the preacher’s collar CyHi’s been rocking lately.

CYHI THE PRYNCE – NO DOPE ON SUNDAYS (PRE-ORDER)

Activism/History: Theresa Burroughs Would Not Be Denied The Right To Vote (Video)

Being from Alabama, growing up in Tuskegee (and in the shadow of Montgomery and Selma), with Civil Rights figures (Dr. Bernard LaFayette, Attorney Fred Gray, Rosa Parks, Dr. Charles Gomillion) as neighbors, this story hits home… hard! Not even going to hit y’all with a ‘VOTE DAMMIT’ rant today. Just watch, and maybe stop taking our ‘privileges’ for granted. Folks had to FIGHT for our rights; and even then, others tried to keep us from exercising them.

When Theresa Burroughs came of voting age in Alabama during the Jim Crow era, she was determined to cast her ballot — but she had a long fight ahead of her.
– StoryCorps

(And I can recite the Preamble To The U.S. Constitution, too. Salute, Ms. Burroughs. Respect!)

@ojones1

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Watch The Roots, Getting LIVE At The Tiny Desk (Video)

The Legendary Roots Crew. The get LIVE every night with Jimmy Fallon. But for the tiny crowd gathered for The Tiny Desk… Well, let’s see if they take things up another tick!

(C’mon son, it’s The Roots, Sun!)

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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.”

Bob Boilen

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!)

@ojones1

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DJ Premier On The Turntables For His Very Own ‘Tiny Desk Concert’ (Video)

DJ Premier with The Badder Band doing a short set for NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert Series. Yeah, you read right. Preem on NPR! And now you are so intrigued you MUST press play above, right? Well, do that now, so we don’t spoil things for you. So worth it!

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Killer Mike And George Clinton Swap Stories At The SWAG Shop (Video)

Good conversation. And hella cool? Which part, you ask, is cool? That funk pioneer George Clinton and Killer Mike have a barbershop sit down? That they do it at Mike’s place – the SWAG Shop? That two legends still living the dream thought enough of us to film this realness?

Yes. All of that is hella cool. Watch!

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Winning Performance: Tank And The Bangas (Video)

Meet New Orleans’ Tank and The Bangas — winner of the 2017 Tiny Desk Contest.
– PBS

Now you know we are all about the PBS ‘Tiny Desk Concert’ series on here. But who knew there was a contest and that a winning group like this would get pulled into the national spotlight?? Easy bet that Tank and The Bangas will be hitting more than a few more stages as more and more folks see what they can do in this clip. Looks like they are having fun and that they can bring the fun to any function. Check ’em out!

@ojones1

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