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InfeRed update…No Turn On Red official cover

Hope you’re all enjoying the No Turn On Red mixtape. It’s on Datpiff and imeem, along with way too many free file download sites (megaupload|rapidshare|sendspace|zshare|limelinx|filefactory)!
This is just an update with the improved, OFFICIAL No Turn cover.

It just needed some slight improvements. We were set back a bit trying to decide what felt the best, but I think this cover really matches the spirit of the tape and InfeRed’s music in general.
Keep listening and let us know what you think about the music. We’re also looking to do shows so if you know of something and would like to feature InfeRed contact us!

Peace, and no turn on love, cover.


Lupe Fiasco…Enemy of the State: A Love Story [Mixtape]

The new mixtape from Lupe Fiasco has arrived!

Download-HERE|HERE

Oh yea…and another one is coming…

peace! and remember to smile, love.


johnathan boulet…community service announcement

top 5 videos i’ve seen this year. i gotta say, this has been a great year for mtv’s ex-forté.

i really like the song a lot too. i’d never heard of johnathan boulet before but i really like his shit. good good music. and doing things that people haven’t done, pushing boundaries, visually and sonically. keep it up, johnny be good.
don’t kill your self, don’t do drugs.

peace, and psa love.


S>O>T>W>2…black roc on the vista w/ mos def

2nd Song of the Week…i guess it’s more song of the day, cause it’s just a day that i decide to post a dope song. but dig it…
Blackroc – On The Vista feat. Mos Def
This is so ill. I love mos…especially when he teams up with dope production. Just download this and support them when they drop…good shit.

peace, and soul bass love.


InfeRed…No Turn On Red (2009 mixtape)

We made it! Gravity Jones presents InfeRed‘s brand new mixtape No Turn On Red. Pick your favorite file site to download from below the artwork…

InfeRed – No Turn On Red links: megaupload | rapidshare | sendspace | zshare | mediafire | limelinx | filefactory

Gravity Jones presents InfeRed’s 2009 mixtape “No Turn On Red.” MLKjr said, “If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets, even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven played music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry.” Tony ‘InfeRed’ Graves feels his path is leading him to record and perform honest music. If it’s true that your soul should speak truest and loudest through your actions, midwest rapper InfeRed’s soul preaches through every line. In the vein of some of Hip-Hop’s most candid and ground breaking artists, Red works with a passion and dedication to his lyrics and each message they encompass. He is often likened to Jay-Z, Common, Royce Da 5’9, Elzhi, and, more recently, Wale. Download the mixtape, analyze the lyrics, scrutinize the songs, love it and hate it. Peace and much love.

Also, check it out, rate it, comment on it at datpiff.

Please spread it like wildfire!! Feel free to copy any of the links, artwork, music, burn it onto cds, whatever…just get it out there!! Electric grass roots style…
Also, please let us know what you think…
and while you’re at it check the official video for the single
The Higher:

Peace, and much love!!!


lupe fiasco…don’t forget’em interview

It’s actually a pretty long interview but i know you all dig lupe sort of like i dig lupe…so it’s interesting. really it’s mainly him talking about how he felt like he lost his passion (obviously, talking retirement and all) and recently got it back when going through his old mixtape catalogue. he feels like his old shit is still completely relevant and fresh today (which i would mostly agree with).

…it’s like, ‘yo, I was doing that back then?’ That record is almost 6 years old. And it’s still fresh, it still has meaning, and I forgot some of the lyrics so I’m like, ‘that metaphor was kind of crazy.’ It was just like, ‘am I doing that right now? Have I maintained that?…Why would I stray away and not come as hard on every record like I was doing before? That was real. Yeah, I’m gonna go back. I’m gonna go back into the studio and try to beat myself, try to take myself back to where I was.’

Lupe Fiasco: Don’t Forget’em (Ruby Hornet interview)

peace, and remember to smile, love.


drake forever…travis barker remix

this is crazy! imo, it added whatever was missing from the song. it makes it go harder i think…

Drake feat. Kanye, Eminem, Wayne – Forever (Travis Barker remix)

peace, and remember to smile, love.


wale…kanye tracks that never tracked

Wale talks about 4 (potential bp3) tracks Kanye flew in to play for Jay-Z before a show. he wanted a couple of them, specifically “A Star Is Born” for the intro to Attention Defecit (in stores now!! it’s pretty ill!!!)…i would have liked it better with Wale, don’t really like the Jay version HONESTLY.

Kanye producing “Let The Money Fall” for Wale, KiD CuDi, Drake…dope. could still come into fruition??

peace, and remember to smile, love.


lupe fiasco…forever freestyle (live)

here’s a video from a recent show where ‘lu when in over Drake’s “Forever.” my guess is a mp3 of this will be on the new Fahrenheit mixtape coming the end of November.

yea…he is better than all of them except maybe em (maybe!).
peace, and remember to smile, love.


lupe fiasco…fahrenheit 1.15

Lu’s mixtape series expands…Fahrenheit 1/15 number 6 drops November 25th, 2009. The official title will come soon enough…
Be on the lookout! Check out those first 5 if you haven’t heard them yet.

Peace, and remember to smile, love.


lupe fiasco…new mixtape soon

he’s coming with a new mixtape…

any name ideas??

peace, and remember to smile, love.


BET HHA cypher 3…Mos Def, Black Thought, Eminem

Wow…
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props to nahright for the vid and mp3 link (featuring all 3 vids):
DJ Premier feat. Mos Def, Black Thought, Eminem, Nicki Minaj, Buckshot, Crown Royyal, Joe Budden, Wale, Nipsey Hussle, Gsan & KRS-One – 2009 BET Hip-Hop Awards Cyphers (10min megamix)
though, to me, the awards in general are an utter joke…this cypher feature they’ve got going is becoming legendary. ftr, these are possibly my 3 favorite rappers…mixed in with maybe 3 others. who’s in your top 3??

peace, and cypher love.


passion pit: sleepyhead…S>O>T>W>1

Song Of The Week: 1st Edition!
Here’s a great song, from a very good album, with my favorite music video right now!
Passion Pit – Sleepyhead

I love the use of samples, sped up. Plus the dudes voice is GREAT (you just might need to take a little time to get used to it)…i love it though. This is wonderful music, and it is what indie music is right now! Really a great song…enjoy!!!

Peace, and sleepyhead love.

btw…these Song Of The Week editions, if you don’t get it right away, that’s okay. the point is to provide you with songs you might or might not know about, but i think they’re both important and really rad for particular reasons.


francis & the lights…featured pictorial

this is a really dope feature by 160grams, showcasing GREAT photographs, of one of my favorite bands Francis And The Lights fronted by performance and music genius Francis Farewell Starlite.

francisandthelights.com
jstn.cc/post/45538450

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above, the video for the single “The Top” if you haven’t seen it already or are interested in what they sound like (commonly referred to as an updated Prince and Phil Collins..but don’t limit them)…

peace, and open your minds to good music love.


q-tip/norah jones…life is better vid

Here’s a reeaally good video for Q-Tip’s “Life Is Better” featuring Norah Jones.

I like Norah Jones…i think she’s very talented. Great, soulful but unprocessed voice. Plus she’s adorable and i have a big crush on her. The songs great but the video’s better.
I love the idea of taking an effect and being dedicated to it throughout a video. The problem is, my attention span is only so long so sometimes it gets old quickly. That’s the paradox and the risk one takes when taking this approach. This video does a good job with the quick cuts. Nothing seems to get stale ever.

Peace, and life IS better, love.


lupe fiasco…solar midnite

new lupe!!
Lupe Fiasco – Solar Midnite|iTunes

Solar Midnite is my first commercial release that I actually produced as well as wrote. The New Moon team asked me if I could do a song specifically for the film. They invited me to an early screening of the unfinished film from which I pulled different elements that I thought would translate into a great song. I pulled in vocalist and bassist Graham Burris and acclaimed musician Matt Nelson to help fill it out my vision musically and “joila” Solar Midnite was born. The song basically deals with the chaotic love story that takes place between the characters. It’s more on the rock side of my musical catalog and comes straight from my die hard fanhood of Red Hot Chili Peppers and Anthony Keidis, one of my FAVORITE RAPPERS.

it’s from the New Moon soundtrack.
pretty dope. it sounds to me like his two projects (Lupe Fiasco and Japanese Cartoon) coming together into one. featuring the side of him that loves electric distorted guitar, heavy, distorted vocals, rock drums with rapping and catchy choruses. it’ll be interesting to see how this is received by the general population who loves lupe for his previous releases; superstar, daydream, and shining down. no word on whether or not this will be on Lasers or not. it’s a far stray from the first single Shining Down though.

peace, and solar love.


michael jackson…this is it title track

check the first single to michael jackson’s This Is It film and soundtrack.

MJ – This Is It

Peace, and love (is it).


run this town…music beyond the internet

this is a pretty rad video of the PS22 Chorus singing Jay-Z’s Run This Town

” We are Yeah I said it, we are We will be the leaders Look at us. We’re fearless Don’tcha wanna be us? P.S. We’re the chorus 22 is poppin’ Don’t believe that we are stoppin’ Cuz the music that we’re droppin’ You can see that we are rockin’ Out the stage and we ain’t frontin’ Lemme tell ya little something 22’s gon be runnin’ Running this town tonight”

Music (pop music…HIP HOP) reaching beyond the internet, beyond the clubs (as a simple dance music), beyond the ipods, beyond the school doors, into the classroom, to this choir’s curriculum. they do a good job too! i diggs it! very inspirational…

peace, and run this love.


lupe…laser time

here’s a sweet series of recent blogs from codename #WEARELASERS…

apparently shining down was just the first leak but not the first single. perhaps army girl? (see below)
lupe fiasco on to the next one twitter
lupe fiasco twitters "ya'll ain't ready"

the following video:

…Lupe perform at an underpromoted fraternity Step competition Sprite was sponsoring on campus.

Here’s a video I took on my iPhone of Lupe performing his new joint “Fire”; he gives a minute-long intro explaining the track and what it has to do with MTV’s recently released 2009 Hottest MCs List. I believe this is the first time he’s performed the track.

Also, he performed a new track, “Army Girl”, off of his upcoming album Lasers. -WeDoItRight


He talks about how (as previously posted) he’s ok with the list being “right now”…but he’s gonna have to be “two straight solid years” where he’s “like 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 on that mothafucker.” he says he’s just going to put in the work.
i respect a hard worker more that about anything else…so…let’s go!

Peace, and laser love.


lupe…fire

i know how much we all support the fiasco ’round here so…
Lupe Fiasco – Fire
word is it’s a response to the “MTV Hottest MC Debacle.” (via: lupend

Not a diss of the list…knew I wasn’t gonna make it ha!…but I’m using the fact that I wasn’t on it as an excuse to just start wrecking shit on a frequent basis so by the time the next one comes out I’ll be number 1,2,3,4 and 5…

he sampled jimi hendrix’s “fire” which is ironic because i’m taking history of jimi hendrix music class this semester. he pretty much just goes off…he’s a laser.
“my mind was a sponge, but now it’s shamwow”

peace, and fire love.


kweli, madlib, doom, ye…!

what!? check this tweet from kweli…

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woorrrd?????
questlove tweet to kweli (madlib, doom, yeezy)
ooook…here we go then.

peace, and !, !, !, & ! love.


raphael saadiq…let’s take a walk [vid]

yesterday, i posted the Raphael Saadiq Tiny Desk session from NPR…here’s a nice follow up with him music video for “Let’s Take A Walk”
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I love not only the b&w, but the filter they have going throughout to give it a look like it’s from a 60s performance. i’ll say this too about him, not everybody just looks good in a suit. most people can’t just wear a suit and look comfortable. alot of it is about how you wear it, not just what you wear. this dude looks good in a suit. i digs it!

peace, and let’s take a walk love.


mr hudson…time [making of]

this cat is an incredible song writer! this video is a pretty rad look into the studio with little personal one-off comments, recognizing his focus to get the music right, watching him vibe out… but really it’s a better preview of a track from his upcoming album (Straight No Chaser 10.19.09 in UK). please be on the lookout for this shit, i have a lot of confidence this will be a great great album.

“someday, are we gonna wake up? a little bit older…are we out of time, time, time?…tell me where you want to be, when all your friends have settled down in the suburbs on the greener side of town.”
peace, and make time with love.


raphael saadiq…tiny desk concert

This is from this NPR featurette called a “Tiny Desk Concert.” It’s just Raphael Saadiq on acoustic guitar with Rob Bacon accompanying on acoustic. His voice is incredibly soulful and his songs are like old rhythm and blues pop songs from the 60s.
His most recent album ( The Way I See It(2008) ) is a serious classic. Pick it up if you haven’t yet.
raphael saadiq acoustic on npr
Raphael Saadiq – NPR Tiny Desk Concert mini-album
I chopped up the three songs he does in the video and put them into this EP-style acoustic album. Here‘s the video if you want to watch them play through.
Peace, and sure hope you mean it love.