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InfeRed … HEAVY

InfeRed - HEAVY artwork
InfeRed utilizes the Just Blaze produced track, Exhibit C by Jay Electronica to showcase how HEAVY he really gets. Indianapolis MC, InfeRed, has been likened to Lupe Fiasco, Elzhi, and Black Thought.
HEAVY is a sort of series of quick twitches of his lyrical muscles, flexing the kind brawn he shows on an average day.

InfeRed – HEAVY (Bandcamp listen/download)
InfeRed – HEAVY (Soundcloud listen/download)
HEAVY is the second song (previous: Dracula’s Reflection) from InfeRed’s song-a-week series until his forthcoming 2010 mixtape titled EARS OPEN is completely released. Each song features a unique piece of artwork inspired by the track.

The official HEAVY single artwork and 3 shots of InfeRed are attached.

Thank you for your support!

Additional questions/information feel free to contact manager Will Wertz
EMAIL: WRWertz@gmail.com


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.


KiD CuDi x MGMT x Ratatat – Pursuit Of Happiness (Alternate Version)

I LOVE the original version (See the original version again after the jump) but this video is amazing. Seriously one of the better videos i’ve ever seen as far as its connection to the song. the entire video you feel disoriented. you feel, not just as a viewer but a participant, like you’re messed up (on drugs, emotionally, w/e). really beautifully done.
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Peace, and the constant pursuit of HAPPINESS and much LOVE.
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elzhi…deep video preview


this video looks like it’s gonna be pretty sexy. nice hi-def, slow motion, “drunk” lighting…very fresh.
plus…elzhi will go down as one of the most underrated emcees of time.

peace, and deep love.


fur in my cap…rob roy

just saw this at martian-blog. it is incredible.

it’s ironic, creative, original, current, old, fun, nerdy, cool, structured, hard, simple, complex.
i love it.
this dude‘s first album is called King Warrior Magician Lover.
plus, we share our second name.

peace, and roy love.


producer fran ashcroft…interview

This interview is incredibly interesting. He’s clearly very in tune to music and the way it reaches out. Fran Ashcroft produced for bands i’ve never heard of and The Gorillaz.

Interviewer: The record business is suffering alot from people downloading
Fran: Well that’s what they say! It’s true lots of people download stuff because they can. Lot’s of people used to tape music from the radio because they could. Do you know anybody who kept all the cassette tapes that they taped off the radio in the 70s? I don’t. And the same will be true of downloads, you delete them after a bit….what happens is the stuff that you like and you enjoy and that you would actually put your money down for is the stuff you want to…keep.

I think we’re going to see a big divide between…Top 40 music and everything else. On the one hand, Top 40 stuff will remain in the kind of position it is now with the same kind of money being put behind it…The other 98% of music that’s out there will be able to be marketed to its own particular niche.

EXACTLY!!! I completely agree.

When artists wake up to the fact that if they sold 50,000 albums with a record label, they have a listener base of 50,000 they can draw on. Then what’s the point in having the record label when you can sell it to your fans directly.

I agree though I believe it’s happening now with artists declining to sign with big labels and going Indie or making their own lane to distribute their music. It’s reminds me of a quote from The Office:

“Michael: No, we don’t actually cut the paper. That’s a good question. The paper is sent to us cut, and dyed, from a paper manufacturer, and then we sell it to a business for more than we paid for it.
Abby: That’s not fair. [the rest of the kids agree]
Michael: Yes it is, well, w-w–you need someone in the middle to facilitate…
Jake: You’re just a middleman.
Michael: I’m not just a middle… man…
Melissa: Wait, why doesn’t the saw mill just sell paper directly to people?
Michael: You are describing Office Depot, and they’re kind of running us out of business.
Dwight: We have better service than they do!”

Watch artists come to see this and cut out the middle man.

It’s a question of using the most appropriate tools for the work you’re supposed to be doing.

Autotune anyone? It’s about having tools to your trade and using which ones are appropriate for what you’re going for. It’s NOT about one artist telling the rest of the virtuosic populace that a certain tool is “dead” or out. Let the artist decide for themselves.

Peace and x out the middle love.


lupe fiasco…on drake’s accolades

In the realm of hip-hop, Lupe Fiasco suggested Mos Def had the best album of the year (he’s up for two Grammys, including Best Rap Album) and that Drake should be up for Best New Artist (he only received a nod for Best Rap Solo Performance).

“I think he’s deserving of it,” Lupe said of Drake. “As many accolades as he can accumulate, pre-album, is a phenomenal task. I think that should be rewarded. He has the potential to do great things — not good or mediocre, but great things.”

I just wanted to post this up for those of you who respect Lupe but maybe don’t know about or aren’t ready for Drake. That’s right…that’s what i’ve been saying…not good or mediocre things for music and for hip hop…but GREAT things. watch out.
Also i like how highly Lupe talks about Mos.

mixtape daily interview video with Lupe after the jump…

peace, and respect introspection AND extrospection love.
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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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j cole…rapping “on top of the world”

Based on the 2 or 3 tracks i’ve heard from this cat…he’s my new favorite (coming up) rapper…
Here’s a video from the interview with Angela Yee where he spits to “On Top Of The World”, which is the song he tried to get to Jay-Z for American Gangster. It’s worth a watch! Because too many people deny music based on the fact that most of it is terrible…this is bananas!!!!!

Here’s the vid from the same interview where he is denied by Jay and his entourage. Pretty inspiring actually imo.

if you haven’t heard any of his music…here’s the song “Lights Please” which I think is what eventually got him on with Jay-Z.

yea, i’ve got my eye on him…

Peace, and on top of the world love!


Gil Scott Heron…Me & The Devil vid

wow! you might remember Gil Scott Heron from alot of old spoken word type records in the 70s. he was sort of one of the reasons rapping happened, at least on record. this new cut from him sounds like a blues lyric form set to some super hard music. very very nice…
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peace, and i’m alive love.


Jay Electronica…Exhibit C

this is definitely in my top 3 freshest hip hop songs of 09. a video of Jay performing it live with Mos Def and Diddy and the song on youtube if you haven’t heard it, after the jump.

jay electronica – exhibit c (iTunes)
tell me that cover isn’t fresh as a produce section!! actually do, because it is. this song goes so hard.

peace, and exhibit c, love.

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rhymefest x little brother…how high

super fresh…the El Che album just got mastered and should be out this summer? i like the chorus though the song it’s self is a bit familiar no?
Rhymefest – How High feat. Little Brother

Peace, and how high love?


mos def / talib kweli…history vid

another really simple & beautiful video. mos def has really come into his style. i love that cotton shirt with the tie and jacket…good look.

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peace, and k.i.s.s. 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.


kid cudi…pursuit of happiness vid

this video is beautiful…the story is simple, incorporating the performance aspect into the story itself.

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peace and pursuit of happiness 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.


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.


open mic night…infeRed

Peace! If you’re in the Indianapolis area, stop by to check out InfeRed making an appearance at this open mic night.

Should be a good time, Red never fails to put on a ill live set. If you make it out, let us know what you think on here!

Peace, and open your heart, to 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!!!


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.


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.


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.