Monthly Archives: February 2008

GRAMMY museum, Miami & Philly launch + a gang of free downloads

The GRAMMY Museum is drawing closer to completion set for the end of the year and to becoming a cornerstone of the new L.A. LIVE project in downtown Los Angeles. This will be a one-of-a-kind, 30,000 square foot museum with interactive, permanent and traveling exhibits. Sign up for the e-newsletter and receive updates at. www.grammymuseum.org

Erykah Badu – Saviors’ Day out now, cop it

Smirnoff Signature Mix Series – “The Light ’08 (It’s Love) by Common and Just Blaze | download the song free

2/3rds of Tanya Morgan release Beat Thieves Volume 2 | free download

KRS One & Stop the Violence | watch the video

Funky People Online All-Inclusive trip to Costa Rica, final reservations must be made by 3/15/08 | book now

008/Shepard Fairey/Upper Playground t-shirts in support of Barack Obama | full info

Fusicology is launching in Miami & Philly next week! Sign up to our WMC guide e-zine going live next week! submit your events if you’re throwing a party.

Fusicology is looking for a Junior Designer and help with our Online Sales. Link to our Jobs page for more info.

ATown VS Htown made history last week. Urb’s Next 1000 – that’s what’s up! View Photos | Read Blog

2008 NBA ALL-STARS hit the BIG EASY 02.15 – 02.17

This past weekend in Nawlins was a trip. Mainly because we don’t usually roll baller-style, but it was actually kinda fun. Somewhat justified with Common and Swin Cash from the WNBA’s Detroit Shock, along with “Everybody Hates Chris” star, Terry Crews, representing for the “Hornets” team on Friday evening @ the 2008 All-Stars Celebrity Game. Not to mention appearances from Maze & Frankie Beverly with, interestingly, Snoop Dogg.
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The weekend kicked-off with the Celeb Game, (after a day of playground & court builds) hosted by McDonald’s and ESPN, and then continued with the ESPN afterparty. Aside from the hype half-time show with Lupe Fiasco, one of our favorite game highlights was at the very end, when it got a little intense, and the “New Orleans” team won by ONE POINT, after two fumbles… one of them being Common allowing his shot to get blocked by a GIRL – that’s right, WNBA San Antonio Silver Star, Ruth Riley, ganked our boy’s game like she was doing laundry. Ouch. S’ok, Common, we know you’re hurtin.
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After the Celeb Game, most rolled to the ESPN party, and some hopped over to House of Blues to catch Biz Markie for a minute. Saturday started out in the afternoon with a trip to the New Orleans World Trade Center (kinda creepy, when you think about it) on the river, and shot to the 31st floor to Ray’s & Club 360 for a Dwayne Wade pre-party featuring DJ Kid Capri and a super-hottt fashion show by up-and-coming NOLA urban designers, Jerk & Jon. Belvedere was a-flowin’ and the view was incredible! Most everyone seemed to have run through this joint just before heading to Saturday night’s Slam Dunk Competition and game.
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Next it was some good ole Crescent City seafood & cocktails, and then onto NBA Association Official Afterparty @ the EM Convention Center where Maze and Snoop shared the same stage – a unique juxtaposition that everyone stuck around for. Packed, the NBA party was certainly the event to be at for the networking guru.Soon it was on to catch a set by rising local soul singer, Tondrae Kemp, and his amazing band, just before heading over to the Playboy party, which, surprisingly, was over by 2:30… and walking out to head to the TNT party only led to the discovery that almost ALL the parties were shutting down early! Even Harrah’s Casino, in the middle of the madness, had security locking the doors, as the Fire Martial had apparently mandated that they hadexceeded capacity, and had to shut down. Insane. The last stop of the night, back @ the NOLA WTC 360, for Wade & Iverson’s afterparty, found shady bouncers trying to get $2G’s outta folks to get in! Now that’s ballerific. And that was a wrap.
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Sunday, of course, involved sleeping in, and many folks heading to the Game, which, for those that attended, was amazing, of course. A mass load of phenomenal human skill on one small court. The afterparty of the night though was hosted by All-Stars West-Coast Team player, Carmelo Anthony of the Denver Nuggets, and celeb actor, Idris Elba, from “The Wire” and most recently, Jay-Z’s “American Gangster.” Put on by Jas Events and several partners, the party featured 3 rooms of fun, including local love with an all-NOLA music line-up with Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Big Sam & his Funky Nation, as well as local DJ legend, Captain Charles. Carmelo & Idris were among the last to leave hanging until the wee hours.
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Now, after all the fun is said and done, we, of course, want to know what the billion-dollar NBA industry is doing to assist New Orleanians re-build, considering the fair city hosted the millionaires all weekend…??? So we would like to take a minute to note some of the programs that the NBA had in place to help some of the city’s people build.
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The NBA organized 3 main projects for the week, which included playground builds, home builds, and youth basketball clinics, all as part of their NBA Cares campaign. These projects deployed over 2,500 NBA players, staff, and volunteers on Friday, February 15 – dubbed their NBA DAY of SERVICE - to playground and home sites to physically build equipment and phases of housing construction, as well as conduct youth and SpecialOlympics NBA & WNBA b-ball clinics @ the convention center.
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Laurel Elementary School in New Orleans received a brand new set of basketball courts courtesy of NBA Cares and Midway, as well as school refurbishments as part of the NBA Cares Day of Service. Additionally, students attended the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam.
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View footage from the NBA Day of Service, as well as commentary & photos by some of the youth involved in the playground builds and basketball clinics here –>http://www.youtube.com/user/NBACaresVideo
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Individual NBA players that were honored this month were: NOLA’s own Chris Paul aka “CP3″ (the Hornets‘ ‘little guy’ that runs through the court like he’s 8 feet tall, making all the moves) for consistently helping his city to re-build over the past 2 years; LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers for his work on building new playgrounds for kids in destroyed areas; and Tracy McGrady of the Houston Rockets for pledging $75,000 to build a school in Chad as part of his “Stand Up for Darfur” project.
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OK, I guess there are some filthy-rich ballers out there that actually care. ;)
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Phew.
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- Jocelyne Ninneman for Fusicology.

NBA All-Stars, Erykah Badu, A3C Festival, DJ Parler & Politik Remixes

Fusicology rolled with the baller life (just for kicks) this past weekend during the NBA All-Stars in New Orleans. Read our Blog

Pre-Order your copy of Erykah Badu’s “New AmErykah, Part One (4th World War)”, in stores this Tuesday | Erykah’s latest video “Honey”

Join the Funky People Online travel group in sunny, exotic Costa Rica this Memorial Day Weekend! Final reservations must be made by 3/15/08 | All-Inclusive vacation trip details

Atlanta’s A3C Festival announces its first 11 featured artists: Del Tha Funkyhomosapien, The Cool Kids, Guilty Simpson, Wale, Blu & Ta’Raach (C.R.A.C.), Tanya Morgan and many more. Speaking of Tanya Morgan, 2/3rds of the group, Ilyas and Donwill, just released their second installment of their highly anticipated compilation project, Beat Thieves Volume 2, featuring Oddissee, The ARE, Wale Oyejide | Download for free

In honor of Black History Month, DJ Parler, a FUSICOLOGY favorite, has cooked up several ill mixtapes to bless us with. Chapters include: J Dilla, Philly Int’l, Kanye West and A Gangsta Chapter, inspired by Jay Z’s American Gangster soundtrack |  Win the CDs here

Bembe Segue and Mark de Clive-Lowe in association with Milan Records, Antipodean Records, Village Again Records + coopr8 welcome you to The Politik Remix Album + Artwork Competition.  For more information, download links for all the files and the submission click here | hear the original on Imeem

GRAMMY parties, Jill Scott DVD + Erykah Badu

GRAMMY Weekend in LA was filled with what we coin as the Soul Diaspora Movement. Pre-Grammy Events like Sounds of Change with Jerry Lee Lewis, Chrisette Michele, Musiq Soulchild (perfecting Bob Marley), Ryan Shaw, DJ Hapa and others celebrated the Music Preservation Project and Living Histories event based on the music for social change and the Civil Rights Movement.

Friday night Kiss N’ Grind Live put on by Garth Trinidad and GRAMMY nominee Vikter Duplaix featured The Brand New Heavies, Caron Wheeler of Soul II Soul, Eric Roberson and DJ Rashida, a great musical journey!

The 5th Annual Roots Jam Session on Saturday sponsored by Rock The Vote featured The Roots playing with the likes of Seal, Doug E Fresh w/ MC Lyte, Bilal, Corrine Bailey Ray, J*DaVeY, Alice Smith, Travis Barker, Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy, Raheem DeVaughn, Jimi James and other guests. View Bilal kill Led Zeppelin and Radiohead covers at Frolab.com

Our friends @ Hybrid Roots, eco-friendly clothing & design firm based in LA, wrapped up their Grammy weekend with green-gifting @ the 1st Annual “Green with Music” VIP Retreat, where they schmoozed with celebs like Mr. Malik (The Roots), Eldar, Omarosa, and more, all the while raising funds for Brad Pitt’s “Make It Right campaign to re-build the 9th Ward in New Orleans. Full Story | Fusicology Green Blog

Congratulations to all the soulful artists nominated and winning GRAMMY’s including award winner Jill Scott. Check out her Jill Scott: Live In Paris + DVD

Next: Erykah Badu drops her new album “New Amerykah – Part One” 02.26 | Pre-Order

Fusicology Spring Sampler, mixed by DJ Rashida comes out in March. Preview it unmixed at fusicology.imeem.com

GRAMMYS, J Dilla & Wendy Goldstein

For the first time in GRAMMY Awards history, the Pre-Telecast awards presentation on February 10 will be broadcast live online. By logging onto GRAMMY.com from 1:00 – 3:30pm PST, Academy members and music fans will be able to view awards given in each category announced during the Pre-Tel.

Grammy Week 2008 commences with our exclusive interview with 1st-time Grammy Nominee, Vikter Duplaix. Learn how he leaped through the door, and made a difference with our Exclusive Interview

J Dilla’s music and spirit is always with us. James Yancey would have been 34 today, February 7th. Rest in Power, Rest in Peace, and yes DILLA CHANGED OUR LIVES! Download DJ Parler’s ‘Samplology’ | Thank You Jay Dee Act #3 Mixed by J-Rocc

Next week we will have the first taste of our Fusicology Spring Sampler, mixed by DJ Rashida, featuring pure underground eclectic grooves by the likes of Aloe Blacc, Rozzi Dame w/ Sa-Ra, 5ELA ft. J Dilla, Maya Azucena, Selan ft. M1 of Dead Prez, Ayro, Roy Davis Jr ft. Clarity Love, Arabian Prince aka Professor X and much more jam packed in this 1 hour, 23 track FREE CD. Preview it unmixed at fusicology.imeem.com

As one of the most powerful and accomplished women in the male-dominated music executive circle, Wendy Goldstein has signed, developed and made stars out of Common, Chingy, The Roots and Mos Def, among many others, while holding top positions at Capitol, Geffen and EastWest Records. Now, the Brooklyn-bred, Los Angeles-based music maverick has established her own Omerta Management company. Read our Exclusive Interview with Wendy here