VIDEO: COMMON- "Universal Mind Control"

Check out the new video from Common "Universal Mind Control" from the album of the same name due December 9th. Produced by the Neptunes, it channels an eighties Soulsonic Force vibe..


RED BULL MUSIC ACADEMY presents a great interview session with Grammy winning super producer DJ TOOMP. Atlanta native DJ Toomp is the mastermind behind some of the biggest hits from T.I., Kanye West, Ludacris, Jay-Z, Young Jeezy, Nas and others.


MIXTAPE: Dub MD & Fresh Daily Presents "Winter Fresh"

Winter Fresh, is the exclusive new mixtape project from the incomparable Brooklynite Fresh Daily and Dub MD, this AOK Collective presentation is available right here, for free download. This new project features rarities, exclusives, remixes, unreleased joints, collabos and freestyles from 2005-2008, it features tracks with Supastition, Jesse Boykins III, Substantial, Mickey Factz, SiLent Knight and more, with production from the likes of Illmind, Analogic, M-Phazes, 9th Wonder, Madlib the list goes on, all unlocked from the vault for your listening pleasure.


01. Winter Fresh (Intro)
02. Raw Hip Hop (Produced By DJ Evil Dee)
03. How Good Is Ya Game (feat. Emilio Rojas) (Produced By Muneshine)
04. Next In Line (feat. Supastition & Outburst) (Produced By Analogic)
05. Assassination Tango (Produced By 2 Hungry Bros)
06. Fresh (feat. 8thW1) (Produced By Nas550)
07. That Damn Good (feat. Substantial) (Produced By Algorythm)
08. Kill A Brand (Produced By M-Phazes)
09. False Teeth (feat. Svengali Bros)
10. Keep Moving (feat. Mickey Factz)
11. Fast Lane (feat. East & SiLent Knight) (Produced By 9th Wonder)
12. Winter Fresh (Interlude)
13. Gimmie My Props (Produced By The Applejuice Kid)
14. HBO (Heart Barely Open) (feat. Jesse Boykins III) (Produced By The Architect)
15. Ricky Vaughn (The Major Leagues) (feat. XV) (Produced By Nottz)
16. Supaspectacular! (Produced By 2 Hungry Bros)
17. Rising (feat. Supastition & Deacon the Villian) (Produced By Tonedeff)
18. Get Over (Produced By Illmind)
19. Boom! (feat. P. Casso) (Produced By 2 Hungry Bros)
20. To My Homie (feat. 8thW1) (as Charlie Browns Field Goal) (Produced By Nas550)
21. Figaro (Fresh Daily Remix) (Produced By Madlib)
22. What It Is (feat. SiLent Knight & Shabaam Sahdeeq) (Produced By Erv Ford)
23. New Blood v2 (feat. Skyzoo, Emilio Rojas & Torae) (Produced By Illmind)
24. Winter Fresh (Outro)



Big Daddy Kane 20th Anniversary Tomorrow Night In NYC

Big Daddy Kane celebrates 20 years in the game hosted by comedian Talent with DJs Mister Cee, Biz Markie, J.Period and Skaz Digga. Come celebrate with him tomorrow night, Friday Nov 14th at BB King's in NYC. Tix are $30 in advance and more at the door.


OK..due to Beth The Superfan's praiseworthy approval of new wave soul artist JANELLE MONAE, I could not continue to front on this super creative talent. The above video to her single "Many Moons" is a great peek into the creative energy and artistic direction of one of the most exciting new singers to emerge. Equal parts Grace Jones, Funkadelic, Outkast and B-52s, Janelle Monae is tearing down expectations. I'm excited to hear more from this ingenue. Check youtube and the above myspace link for more on Janelle Monae.


VIDEO: FAMOUS- "President Too"

Toronto emcee FAMOUS, drops a short video from the heart celebrating President-Elect Obama.

COLLECTIBLES: Ltd. Edition Fine Art Screen Print Posters of AFRIKA BAMBAATAA

A fine art screen print in honor of Afrika Bambaataa, the godfather of Hip Hop, is is now available to coincide with the official birthday of Hip Hop and the anniversary of the Zulu Nation. The image is a portrait of Hip Hop DJ pioneer and 1st Hip Hop activist: Afrika Bambaataa by photographer Theo Jemison and remixed by graf artist Kofie One. This 18" x 24" limited edition screen print was printed with 8 colors (including metallic gold ink) at Hard Pressed Studios in Los Angeles CA and signed by Afrika Bambaataa, Kofie and Theo Jemison. Each of the 100 prints is priced at $135. Available at YODEPOT.COM



One of our SPOTLIGHT artists, EDREYS, drops a video for his song "Get Free" that features his illustration and directorial skills. Check an earlier post on Edreys HERE


Come out to the Knitting Factory this Friday to witness the skills of CYMARSHALL LAW and to celebrate the long awaited release of his new album with producer MR. JOEKER- HIP HOP IN THE SOUL. Featured performers include Silent Knight, John Robinson, Pryme Prolifik and Tiye Phoenix. Sucio Smash hosts while DJ Ings is featured on the 1s and 2s. $10 at the door. Check KNITTING FACTORY for more info.

VIDEO: RUGGED N RAW feat. HASAN SALAAM- "I'm Broke and Proud"

South African Music Legend Miriam Makeba Collapses Onstage, Dies

From The Huffington Post:

She died just how she wanted to _ singing on stage for a good cause. And her recorded songs wafted out of taxis and radios, as fellow Africans struggled with their grief at her passing.

Miriam Makeba, the "Mama Africa" whose sultry voice gave South Africans hope when the country was gripped by apartheid, died Monday of a heart attack after collapsing on stage in Italy. She was 76.

In her dazzling career, Makeba performed with musical legends from around the world _ jazz maestros Nina Simone and Dizzy Gillespie, Harry Belafonte, Paul Simon _ and sang for world leaders such as John F. Kennedy and Nelson Mandela.

Makeba collapsed after singing one of her most famous hits "Pata Pata," her family said. Her grandson, Nelson Lumumba Lee, was with her as well as her longtime friend, Italian promoter Roberto Meglioli.

"Whilst this great lady was alive she would say: 'I will sing until the last day of my life'," the family statement said.

Read more at the link above.
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