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lupe fiasco x jay electronica…”collaboration in the works”

Looks like Lupe Fiasco really wants to do a project with Jay Elec…

“I reached out to him a couple of days ago with some real serious ideas,” Lupe said. ” ‘Let’s put a program together. Something that works out and makes sense for the both of us.’ He’s a very talented MC. One of the few MCs that I actually listen to what they’re saying. I don’t listen to 98 percent of the rappers out there. But he’s one of the MCs I listen to and I’m inspired to do so. A collaboration is in the works.”

Lupe Fiasco also wanted to just do 3 albums…so…

Peace, and miss love.


Kanye West…”CREATIVITY”

Kanye‘s most recent blog post…

funny, he’s changing the blog game now…

peace, and CREATIVE love.


Broken Bells…James Mercer x Danger Mouse

I’m so excited about this…super collab between James Mercer (from The Shins) and Danger Mouse (from Gnarls Barkley and producer of The Grey Album). This is seriously one of the greatest combinations i’ve dreamed would never happen. The album is due to come out March 9, 2010. Be ready for a storm.
Broken Bells wiki

Here’s the first single “The High Road” (download after the jump)…

Peace, and broken love…
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colin munroe…interview | performance | download

This is an interview touching on why he (as a white canadian dude) is embraced by the Hip Hop community, is a clear part of the new [urban folk™] (haha) movement (like KiD CuDi, Wale, Drake, Slaughterhouse…etc.), and has a successful alternative mixtape.

I just want to say it first here and now…in the next few years, you will see the mixtape (free ep, free album, samples/remixing other peoples songs projects) embraced by other musics not centralized to Hip Hop!! Watch.

If you don’t know about Colin Munroe you definitely need to download his mixtape…
Colin Munroe is the Unsung Hero mixtape (2008)
It features Drake, Wale, Black Milk, Mickey Factz, even Bob Dylan (remix…it’s INCREDIBLE!!!)

He’s on my “what to look for” list.

Peace, and embrace new love.


reflection eternal / statik selektah…Re:Union Mixtape


Reflection Eternal & Statik Selektah – The RE:Union Mixtape

1. Intro
2. Revolutions Per Minute
3. In This World
4. Hip-Hop (Unreleased)
5. Back Again
6. Wishing On A Black Star
7. Just Begun ft. Jay Electronica, J. Cole, & Mos Def
8. Come Around ft. Termanology & Royce da 5′9 (produced by Statik Selektah)
9. Internet Connection
10. Let It Go ft. Dion
11. Testify ft. Styles P
12. Time
13. The Thrill Is Gone ft. Styles P (produced by Statik Selektah)
14. Can We Go Back The Reflection Eternal Classics:
15. Fortified Live ft. Mos Def & Mr Man
16. Chaos ft Bahamadia
17. The Express
18. Respiration ft. Common & Mos Def
19. Definition ft. Mos Def
20. RE:Defininition ft. Mos Def
21. Move Something
22. Ghetto Afterlife ft Kool G Rap
23. The Blast RMX ft. Erykah Badu
24. Good To You (produced by Kanye West)
25. Get By REMIX ft. Jay-Z, Mos Def, Kanye West, & Busta Rhymes (produced by Kanye west)
26. Back Up Offa Me
27. Piano (Hi Tek ft. Ghostface)
28. Music is Life (Hi Tek ft. Nas)
29. Hang Ups (NEW Reflection Eternal not on album)
30. Outro

new and old reflection eternal tracks. fresh!

peace, and another decade of much love.


lupe fiasco…setting “the record” straight

via: Lu’space

Hi guys…Lupe here…

There seems to be a lot…A LOT…of misconception and misguided info floating around the net…

so for the sake of clarity and so that everyone (HOPEFULLY) will be on the same page let me reaffirm and debunk some things and just turn down the general noise that is surrounding Lupe Fiasco…thats me…

My Third Album is Titled “LASERS” not “WE ARE LASERS” or “LUPE.N.D.”…

MY NEXT ALBUM IS NOT TITLED “LUPE.N.D.”…

“LASERS” is NOT my last and final album…

“LASERS” does NOT drop in 2009…

“LASERS” does NOT HAVE A RELEASE DATE YET…

“SOLAR MIDNITE” is NOT a single off of “LASERS”…Nor was it intended to be apart of “LASERS” project…

“SOLAR MIDNITE” was exclusively done at the request of the Twilight: New Moon Team to be apart of their film, motion picture soundtrack and as a vehicle to promote the film… NOT TO PROMOTE “LASERS”…

I produced “SOLAR MIDNITE”

I’m not SELLING OUT by doing a song for NEW MOON…

People thought I “SOLD OUT” when I did “Kick, Push”…

I LOVE “SOLAR MIDNITE”…

“SOLAR MIDNITE” is NOT a HIP-HOP RECORD…

I’ve done ROCK or ROCK-like records on all of my previous albums…i.e. ” The Instrumental” “Hello/Goodbye”…

I HAVE A PUNK BAND CALLED JAPANESE CARTOON WHICH I SING IN AND PRODUCE FOR…

I DO NOT GO BY “LUPE FIASCO” WHEN I DO SONGS WITH JAPANESE CARTOON…NOR PERCIVAL FATS!!!…I USE MY REAL NAME…

Enemy Of The State was NOT, NOT, NOT meant to be an album…so stop (to the ungrateful among you) TREATING it like one…

Enemy Of The State was short for a reason…I DONT LIKE TO WASTE SONGS…AND IT SHOULDN’T TAKE YOU THAT LONG TO PROVE YOUR NICE IF YOUR “REALLY” NICE…

ENEMY OF THE STATE WAS WATERED DOWN ON PURPOSE…BECAUSE ITS NOT AN ALBUM…

MOST OF ENEMY OF THE STATE WAS DONE IN ONE DAY…

IF YOU DONT HEAR IT FROM ME OR DJ BUSY IT MAY NOT BE THE COMPLETE TRUTH!!!

Its more noise out there and stupid rumor but I really don’t have the stamina…

FNF UP…

peace, and just to set the record straight, love.


mos def…supermagic vid

this video’s incredible! it’s simple, the effect is fantastic, it’s very well produced. i like how dark it is…the contrast between his face and some highlights to the dark background is really evocative. i also think mos uses the flashing/shadow effect really well as he bounces.
great video…i look forward to learning about these kinds things i enter the telecommunications major here at school.

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peace, and video love.


francis and the lights…download all francis’ music

I’ve mentioned before how much i dig Francis et al…Here’s your opportunity to download literally EVERYTHING that has been released by Francis and The Lights…for FREE! The zip file includes live, covers (including kanye west, john lennon, beyonce, more), new songs, eps, etc. It’s like 211mb.

click here to download!


Plus some waffle fries…so click that shit…you’ll dig it.

My apologies for not being on too much this week or next…it’s finals here so i’m in grind mode. Keep your chins up!

Peace, and light 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!!!


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.


KiD CuDi…the man on the moon

KiD CuDi’s album dropped today (click above to buy it on amazon)…here’s some real good interviews, the trailer for the dvd deluxe edition (which, for the record, i watched today and it is terrible and not at all worth the extra 5 bucks), plus a dope performance on Letterman.

Kid Cudi Interview with DJ Swerve on Kiss 100

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Peace, and cudder love!


KiD CuDi…Man On The Moon album art & scene list

It’s set up like a movie dream sequence. Should be interesting.
I LOOOOOOVE the artwork. Both of them.

Album Cover

Album cover

DVD Deluxe edition cover

DVD Deluxe Edition cover

ACT 1 – THE END OF DAY
1. In My Dreams (Cudder Anthem)
2. Soundtrack 2 My Life
3. Simple As…

ACT 2 – RISE OF THE NIGHT TERRORS
4. Solo Dolo (nightmare)
5. Heart of A Lion (KiD CuDi Theme Music)
6. My World f. Billy Cravens

ACT 3 – TAKING A TRIP
7. Day N Nite (nightmare)
8. Sky Might Fall
9. Enter Galactic (Love Connection Part 1)

ACT 4 – STUCK
10. Alive (nightmare) f. RATATAT
11. CuDi Zone
12. Make Her Say f. Kanye West & Common
13. Pursuit of Happiness (nightmare) f. MGMT & RATATAT

ACT 5 – A NEW BEGINNING
14. Hyyerr f. Chip Tha Rapper
15. Up Up & Away (The Wake & Bake Song)

Supposed to be set up and feel like a movie. Hopefully no skits.
I think it’s a fail to put “Make Her Say” and “Day N Night” (the single version) on the album. He should revamp “Day N Night” and maybe put a new verse on, but “Make Her Say” should NOT be on there. We’ve already paid for the single, seen the video, it’s a nice little buzz internet song. For the most part, the album is going straight into iTunes anyways, so why would we want to pay for the song again? I’d much rather pay for a comparable song (or another one that is BETTER). I hope he reads this and makes an executive decision (ha!).
Still pumped for this none the less…but i’m givin him my thoughts when i meet the dude.
Peace, and man in the moon love.


KiD CuDi album interview…”Man On The Moon”

KiD CuDi speaks about his upcoming first album, Man On The Moon: The End of the Day. Really profound things said in this interview. I’m telling you, this dude is about to make a classic. He is making that next shit.

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What i’m doing is trying to end the segregation between genres…and fusing them together and make one “super-song” so to speak. But just do it in a way that’s appropriate. Not just, (mockingly) “Oh man i want to do a record with ‘this band,’ because it’s a band, and we need to fuse hip hop with alternative rock because that’s ‘the new thing to to.’…No. That’s been done before. What’s the next shit?….
I know alot of people say, “Yo man my album’s going to be crazy, it’s going to be like nothing you’ve ever heard before.” Literally, i’m not lying. It’s the truth. You’re probably going to hear alot of people trying to duplicate these sounds man…I just hope people have an open mind because it’s some next level shit, for real.

I saw in an interview CuDi talking about how he’s making music for people who listen to all types of music. How there is of course people who listen to just acoustic, or just pop, or just soul, or JUST hip hop. But that he makes music for people (like him, sidebar: like me) who listen to all different types of music. To the music that inspires. To the great music being made whatever its medium. This is exactly the artist I’ve been waiting for…which is really fucking exciting as it should be for you if you truly listen to and dig all kinds of music. WOrd Up.

Peace, and great music love. JOIN THE MOVEMENT! END GENRE SEGREGATION!


Chali 2na…Fish Outta Water

front cover

front cover


back cover

back cover


Aha…finally. This album has been in the works for (my estimate) 5 years. I am looking forward to it, and for all of those in doubt, check the tracklist and song samples (link below) for the features/producers on this!
Chali 2na Fish Outta Water
Because i know a certain most of you are lazy…how about names like; Elzhi, Kweli, Damien Marley, DJ Babu, Jake One, Emile, DJ Nu-Mark…yea.
I might drop a mini review when i get it this week to let you know how it is.
Peace, and fish love.


Skyzoo…making of album vid

I know Red has been into Sky, and i’m sure others digg him on here too so check out the first vid of a series called The Making of the Saving. He talks about how he feels now, The Salvation being his first album, plays a snippet of a track called “The Beautiful Decay” (9th Wonder), talks about his goals for the album, and plays a “For What It’s Worth” (Eric G) snippet.

The 9th Wonder produced snippet “The Beautiful Decay” sounds pretty w/e to me. Sounds like it should have been on a mixtape. “For What It’s Worth” sounds okay…in the same vein i guess. Both tracks sound very hollow to me, which is good because he has a pretty hollow voice so he’s not overpowered, but it gets a bit boring. I like him because he’s a thinker, just predictable is all so.
Peace, and much love.


The Soulution…mixtape covers

I just uploaded The Soulution to Datpiff so more people will here it. We never did do a cover for it so I went ahead and put this together. Which one do you like better?? (obviously, the only real difference is the effect on Red’s face on the first version)
Soulution Cover 1.0
Soulution Cover 2.0
Peace, and cover love.


no I D …no more albums

Brief interview snippet with No I.D. about the death of albums.

it just started…93, 94…before that there was no albums with 10 producers…it’s a new concept they came up with…they sound like audio compilations.

I actually think that’s a really good point. that music used to be (and SOME still is today) put together by one artist and their producer IN the studio, creating that cohesive feel to an album. i think that’s one of the biggest appeals to the music guys like Ryan Leslie, The Neptunes, and Kanye West make. It has a really consistent, entire feel to it because everything comes from themselves.
i disagree with him in that i don’t think it KILLED music, because i think a number of artists have become quite good at picking different producers to put together a whole album. BUT, there is no way it can match that feel of one producer, one artist (or even the producer being the artist as stated before). keep this in mind as you move forward in making music. become the complete artist you can become. master your craft, and music is your craft. dig?
peace, and bare butt love.