Monthly Archives: December 2008

RIP Music Legends – Lets Shine in 09

Rest in Peace, Rest in Power Eartha Kitt and Freddie Hubbard

MANIFEST HOPE:DC and its partners MoveOn PAC, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and Obey Giant launches a contest today, calling for entries of visual artwork from artists across the country in an online contest. The online contest calls for works that use positive messaging to convey the urgency and importance of encouraging a national dialogue about three themes – Health Care Reform, the Green Economy and Workers’ Rights. Winners’ Work to be Shown at “MANIFEST HOPE:DC Gallery” During the Presidential Inauguration in D.C.

Submissions will be reviewed by a panel of judges including famed artist, Shepard Fairey; Director, Spike Lee; Washington DC based musician, Eric Hilton of the Thievery Corporation; Curator of Contemporary Art at the Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Anne Ellegood and other notables. Creating an inviting and inspiring destination for both those in town to celebrate the inauguration and for residents of Washington DC and the area, MANIFEST HOPE:DC will be open to the public from Friday 01/16 through Monday 01/19 from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm.

Techcrunch.com End-of-Year Music Biz Game Changers:

The digital mixtape is dying on the Web. The RIAA is killing it just like it tries to kill anything that smacks of consumer-driven innovation. Digital mixtapes are nothing more than shared playlists. Sites that make it easy to create and share music in this fashion are shutting down left and right. Muxtape bowed to legal pressure from the RIAA earlier this year, and now Mixwit is shutting down as well. The service shut down this week more…

After suing tens of thousands of customers to no avail, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has decided to change tactics. Instead of dragging music downloaders and file-sharers into court, it has somehow convinced ISPs to take on the role of digital policeman (and jury and judge)more…

Plus: The Year In Questions

New Years Eve Event Listings | Tickets

Inauguration Events

Latest Fusicology Promoter Blast with site upgrades and updates.

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HAPPY NEW YEAR! NEW, FREE MUSIC:

The Bailout Debut Mixtape “Kev Choice is here to lift the people looking for answers”. Oakland-based artist Kev Choice makes a bid to rescue the troubled yet resilient hip hop genre from itself with The Bailout. Representing his official introduction as a solo artist, Choice’s concept-driven mixtape showcases his versatility not only as an emcee and musician, but also as composer, arranger, and producer.

With so much at stake for 2008 and beyond, Choice offers the “Kevolutionary” change we need — this is hip-hop we can believe in. Consider The Bailout a cultural stimulus package, a musical mandate which raises fists and spirits at a time we need it most. The holder of a master’s degree in music, Choice’s background in jazz and classical blends fluidly with contemporary funk, R&B and rap, resulting in a stylistic tour-de-force – Download

New music from LA-based MC E Reece and his powerful live band Core Elements! “How We Do” is the first single from their new LP entitled “L.I.S.n 2 This Live.In.Studio.” US release date is Jan. 27th, 2009 on Elevated Mental Recordings. Music video and behind the scenes footage coming soon Download here

URB.com FEATURES:

URB & Friends : Best of 2008

Readers’ Poll Winners!!!

Win a Limited Edition Murs 8GB Zune!

Muja Messiah :: The Straight Dope: Interview

Happy Holidays!

Disco and Old School Hip-Hop Channels Back by Popular Demand on SIRIUS XM Radio – The Strobe and Backspin return on January 15 plus The Beat Morning Show launches on BPM featuring popular dance hits, hosted by former Beat program director Geronimo.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS! NEW, FREE MUSIC:

Jalyn (electro soul music) is giving his music away for a limited time, for free! Get some tracks for your playlist and to ring in 2009 including this Kanye West remake of Love Lockdown Download here | Video

New music from LA-based MC E Reece and his powerful live band Core Elements! “How We Do” is the first single from their new LP entitled “L.I.S.n 2 This Live.In.Studio.” US release date is Jan. 27th, 2009 on Elevated Mental Recordings. Music video and behind the scenes footage coming soon Download here

New Years Eve Event Listings | Tickets

James Brown Jams

Inauguration Events

Latest Fusicology Promoter Blast with site upgrades and updates.

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World AIDS Day Final December Events

ORLANDO’S JOINT out now on DVD! All the webisodes of the outrageous animated comedy are collected together for the first time on “Orlando’s Joint Vol. 1″. The internet series follows the misadventures of slacker Orlando Reed and his crazy homies as they try to run a coffee shop in South Los Angeles.

The DVD is available at www.orlandosjoint.com and on Amazon.com

Groove Junkies feat. Rick Keller ‘Black Man In The White House’. Including Mixes from Groove Junkies, Stuttering Munx, Scott K., & Outer more…

URB.com FEATURES:

URB Best of 2008 Readers Poll Winners

New Balance and URB.com Are Giving Away 3 Pairs of Vintage TrainersMore…

Thievery Corporation in SF: Win Tix

Best of ’08: DJ Benzi’s Top 10 Singles of 08

Best of ’08: jeffstaple’s Top 10 Fonts of 08

Orlano's Joint DVD, Anthony Hamilton, Femi & Groove Junkies

ORLANDO’S JOINT out now on DVD! All the webisodes of the outrageous animated comedy are collected together for the first time on “Orlando’s Joint Vol. 1″. The internet series follows the misadventures of slacker Orlando Reed and his crazy homies as they try to run a coffee shop in South Los Angeles.

The DVD is available at www.orlandosjoint.com and on Amazon.com

Anthony Hamilton’s brand new album, The Point Of It All Out Now! Exclusive Interview

FEMI: Sweet Water Soul Exclusive InterviewListen & Purchase CD

Groove Junkies feat. Rick Keller ‘Black Man In The White House’. Including Mixes from Groove Junkies, Stuttering Munx, Scott K., & Outer – Listen & Buy| Video | MoreHouse Records Imeem

New VIMBY clips from K-Salaam, ATL’s Proton and the visual artist Dubelyoo plus much more on our Video Page

Fusicology’s latest Promoter Blast went out this morning, click here to view our many updates.

Our picks for Best of 2008 streaming on our Imeem player via the homepage

New Years Eve Event Listings | Tickets

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Obama shirt in time for Inauguration Day

World AIDS Day More December Events

URB.com FEATURES:

URB.com Best of 2008 Readers Survey

URB & Friends: Best of 2008

Win A Pantech Slate

Win Tix to See Wu-Tang Clan in NYC on December 23rd

New Orleans MC Truth Universal Releases Bonus Single,"Serve & Protect" + video, "Work"

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SELF DETERMINATION.
2 words that sum-up the grassroots Hip Hop soldier that is Truth Universal.
Also happens to be the title of his current album, which should already be in your vault.

/// A Natural Born Leader Rises From The Rubble ///

Born in Trinidad and raised in New Orleans, Truth represents that “other side” of Big Easy Hip Hop.  Differing by leaps and bounds from his hometown counterparts, Lil Wayne, Juvenile, Birdman, and the rest of the Hot Boys / Cash Money phenomenon now ruling the airwaves and riding Grammy territory, he remains militant in his calling to expose and discuss relevant social issues of today.  No newbie to this game, Truth began publishing music in 2000, followed by “The Naked Truth” EP in 2001, and released a string of singles between 2000 – 2005.  2006 saw the “Move the Crowd” mixtape, and after 2 years in the kitchen, Truth unleashed the full Self Determination on Dragons Breath Records.

Highly political, Truth does not waste a beat using his talent, and music in general, as a tool for social awareness and change.  He believes firmly in the traditions of grassroots Hip Hop culture and continues to be a true leader in the underground New Orleans scene.  Yet, his music and his messages are universal topics that people from all corners of the Earth can relate to in their own way, making him a solid collaborator with an array of MCs and producers you already know.  An advocate of peaceful resistance through education, Truth Universal is an important link in the chain of the conscious Hip Hop movement.

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Truth Universal is leading a movement from the Crescent City side of things, and with all eyes on New Orleans in the wake of Katrina and since the seemingly overnight stardom of the Lil Wayne cadre, it is refreshing and inspiring to see the flipside of the NOLA coin.  Just as every city gets blanketed and stereotyped in light of its few celebrities, so too is New Orleans experiencing what Truth Universal is here to balance out.  Like anything, there are two sides to any story, and many ways to tell it.

Recently, Truth was able to put forth his “Angola 3″ song in a context with open ears when Mos Def and the MXGM / Black August movement organized shows in several cities to raise awareness about the 3 Louisiana men incarcerated at Angola Prison in solitary confinement without proper conviction since the early 1970s, and 1 of their releases in 2008.

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>This season, as part of his police brutality and corruption awareness project, Truth drops his Self Determination bonus track, “Serve & Protect,” along with his latest video for the 2nd single off the Self Determination LP, “Work.” After spending the month of August touring as part of the Black August collective (now also a commemoration project for Katrina victims – http://www.mxgm.org/blackaugust/), opening shows for Mos Def, and appearing for cameos in several cities, including Rock the Bells weekend in San Francisco, Truth Universal has been back in the lab already working on his next album, due out in spring 2009.  He is also working on a youth education and music workshop program in New Orleans.

Listenhttp://sonicbids.com/epk/epk.aspx?epk_id=36496 |  “Self Determination”

Watchhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6t7nuvzhQ4 |  “Work / Black Culture”

SELF DETERMINATION: worth your support.
12 powerful, independently produced tracks featuring stic man of Dead Prez, Doodlebug of Digable Planets, Wise Intelligent, Sula of Zion Trinity, and rising New Orleans Soul/Funk artist, Tondrae Kemp.  With guest production from Strange Fruit Project and more.
Get it: http://www.truthuniversal.com

Extras:

> “Mind Frame” (2005) feat. Zion I & Inspiration + DJ Dynamite Dave Soul video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSgGT7hwXk8

> Truth Universal Press Kit: http://truthuniversal.com/pk/TruthUniversalSDx.zip

> Truth Universal on Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/truthuniversal

*DJs! — Email jocelyne@fusicology.com for Self Determination promos!*

— Jocelyne Ninneman for Fusicology

Common: Universal Mind Control and The Starting Five

Common’s New Album ‘Universal Mind Control’ Out Now! Listen & Cop It | Review by Nu-Soul Mag | S.T.O.R.Y Mixtape by Beatnick & K-Salaam.

Rappers may be good actors like our man Common but sometimes Actor’s shouldn’t be rappers – case in point, Joaquin Phoenix (dressed like The Dude) debuts rap career at Dam Funk’s Funkmosphere: Watch

New Orleans MC, Truth Universal, drops Self Determination bonus single, “Serve & Protect” + video for “Work.” More

Fusicology’s Best of 2008 streaming on our Imeem player via the homepage

New Years Eve Event Listings | Tickets

Obama shirt in time for Inauguration Day

Looking for an internship in a fun and education environment focusing on soulful events, Web 2.0 and PR? click here – US and Canada.

Recent writings by Michael Tillery on TheStartingFive.net and SLAMonline.com on Derrick Rose, Dwayne Wade, Mike Beasley, the Election that Changes Everything and much more

A GOOD DAY TO BE BLACK AND SEXY out now in theaters. An Official Selection at the 2008 Sundance and AFI Film Festivals, it picks up where Spike Lee’s “She’s Gotta Have It” left off. Check for at: Screening times, Trailer and Updates

Anthony Hamilton’s brand new album, The Point Of It All hits stores next week on 12/16/08. | Exclusive Interview

Single: Cool feat. David Banner: Anthony Hamilton - Cool (feat. David Banner) - Single

VH1 Soul’s “Soul Cities” hosted by Nelson George. Past Tuesdays in Bay Area, Philadelphia, Chicago, New Orleans and Memphis. The last show of the season wraps in Los Angeles – Tuesday, December 16 at 9PM ET/PT

World AIDS Day December Events

URB.com FEATURES:

Win: An Evidence Layover Prize Pack

Win: Tix to See Wu-Tang Clan in NYC on December 23rd

URB.com Best of 2008: Readers Survey

URB & Friends: Best of 2008

Review: Justice-A Cross the Universe

The Black & Sexy Movie, WAD 2008, Venture Summit

Movie Opening Friday November 5th, an Official Selection at the 2008
Sundance and AFI Film Festivals, A GOOD DAY TO BE BLACK AND SEXY
picks up where Spike Lee’s “She’s Gotta Have It” left off. From the opening sequence, the needle drops on this collection of six vignettes spinning the sexual politics and intimacies between black men and women, played out in bedrooms, couches, and the back seats of cars. Captured with raw unflinching eye, these gritty snapshots of urban pillow talk offer a rare, voyeuristic glimpse of black love and sexuality that does not exist in American films today.

Directed by Dennis Dortch (Honey), A GOOD DAY to be BLACK and SEXY is comprised of several chapters of deftly arranged vignettes on black love, sex and reciprocity. The interconnected stories unfold over a single day in Los Angeles. Each themed story is irreverent and unconventional, with sensual chapters entitled: “Reciprocity,” “Reprise,” “American Boyfriend,” “Her Man,” and “Tonight.”

The film is daring in its choices, carefully depicting intimacy in black relationships and exploring new ground in storytelling.

Check for screening times, trailer, and updates at: www.TheBlackandSexyMovie.com

Fusicology attended the Venture Summit Silicon Valley this week, we Twitter’d the experience, follow us.

King Britt ft. Damon Bennet: Sasha Fierce’s “Single Ladies Put a Ring on It)” Remix: Limited FREE Download!

World AIDS Day December Events + Fusicology City Listings

Anthony Hamilton’s brand new album, The Point Of It All hits stores on 12/16/08. Experiencing his music live is a once in a lifetime opportunity so make sure you enter to win tickets to see Anthony in a city near you! | Exclusive Interview

Single: Cool feat. David Banner: Anthony Hamilton - Cool (feat. David Banner) - Single

VH1 Soul’s “Soul Cities” hosted by Nelson George.  Past Tuesdays in Bay Area, Philadelphia, Chicago and New Orleans upcoming dates:

• Memphis – Tuesday, December 9 at 9PM ET/PT
• Los Angeles – Tuesday, December 16 at 9PM ET/PT

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URB.com FEATURES:

Download: Colin Munroe’s “Unsung Hero”

Download: New Prodigy, “Invaders Must Die”

Download: Jay-X ft Santogold for “Notorious”

URB’s 17-City Tix Giveaway

The Nina Sky / Serato / DubSpot Contest