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EVENT FEATURE: Hungry Lloyd Banks Leaves Audience Satisfied

By Dashaun Simmons

Some might say G-Unit isn’t much of a unit these days. With Game over on the West Coast still asking for a reunion, Young Buck drowning in tax troubles and sub par sales from each remaining member, times are tough. Lloyd Banks was actually dropped from G-Unit Records distributor Interscope in 2009, but he didn’t let that stop him. Instead Banks went back to the drawing board and pulled out the club smash Beemer, Benz or Bentley featuring Juelz Santana, and went on to earn a gold single independently. This paved the way for his latest release “The Hunger For More 2”.

For almost a full year Banks has prepared this new album dropping multiple singles to get back into the limelight through his new deal with G-Unit/EMI. It is an accomplishment for him to even have an album release show at the Best Buy Theater in Times Square at this point in his career. The audience was comprised of hood cats rocking fitted caps alongside fist pumpers with gel in their hair. All were in the house for some southside Queens hip hop. Banks’ opening acts were both relatively unknown to his fan base and to the industry at large.

The first artist on the bill Theo Martins seems to be cut from the B.O.B. / Lupe Fiasco lineage. He does the same hop step that Lupe is known for on stage accompanied by music that ventures from traditional rap to crossover “Airplanes” type material. The crowd was NOT amused. He was booed offstage with no mercy. The second act Homeboy Sandman did little better to win the crowd. Sandman has created a respectable following in the underground scene in NY (or what’s left of it). He has an album out and can flow for days. However this audience did not care a bit about any of that. If your name wasn’t Lloyd Banks you needed to get off the stage. They let this Queens Homeboy know just that by tossing debris onstage during his performance. It wasn’t pretty.

A full hour after Sandman’s performance Lloyd Banks arrived on stage with DJ Whoo Kid on the 1s and 2s. As Banks and his unnamed hypeman began to rock, the annoyed crowd went right back to fan mode. Banks had the energy of a man on a mission. The mission was to get his spot back in the rap game; even if that spot was a number 2 slot behind a man whose popularity was falling by the second. You have to respect Banks for not resting on 50 Cent’s shoulders and going out on his own to make his projects work. Curtis wasn’t even at this show to support his artist. Banks however did take it back to the old G-Unit days by performing “I Smell Pussy” from their debut group album. The crowd ate it up as if Irv Gotti and Ja Rule were still viable opponents for Banks and his team. The performance of Banks’ debut single “On Fire” still puts the crowd on tilt like it just came out. The spotlight tonight was all on Banks…and well his laundry list of collaborators for the new album. Folks like Ryan Leslie, Red Café, Fabolous and crooner Jerimiah shared the stage at different parts of the night. New addition to the G.O.O.D Music label, Pusha T no doubt in town with his new boss Kanye (who was performing across town at the Bowery) popped in for two quick verses. It was good seeing so many artists supporting Banks and his new project. The songs performed from the new album ranged from mean mug street joints to lady friendly softer jams with a mix of club bangers thrown in for good measure. Banks isn’t straying far from the formula he knows.

When the track for Beemer, Benz or Bentley dropped the ladies went crazy. Juelz taking the stage in a fitted cap so low you couldn’t see his eyes didn’t hurt either. With the energy in the building already high Banks finished up with a song the whole place was yelling for all night, “Start It Up”. The posse cut features almost everybody in the rap world. You’d half expect DJ Khalid to yell out “WE THE BEST” at any moment during the song… but thankfully he doesn’t. Swizz Beats ran out on stage for this one with Pusha T taking Kanye’s spot in the lineup. It seemed like the perfect theme music for Banks breathing new life into his career. Start It Up indeed.

11/29 Music Monday – Chrisette Michele Let Freedom Reign Out Tomorrow + Jazmine Sullivan, Eric Benet, El DeBarge + more

 
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Chrisette Michele’s "Let Freedom Reign" In Stores Tomorrow

Chrisette MicheleCheck out the official tracklisting for Chrisette Michele’s new album "Let Freedom Reign" below

1. Fairy Tales and Castles (Part 1)
2. I’m a Star
3. Number One
4. Fairy Tales and Castles (Part 2)
5. I Don’t Know Why, But I Do
6. Let Freedom Reign (feat. Talib Kweli & Black Thought)
7. Goodbye Game
8. So Cool
9. So in Love (feat. Rick Ross)
10. So in Love (Skit)
11. I’m Your Life
12. I’m from NY (Skit)
13. Unsaid
14. If Nobody Sang Along
15. I Know Nothing

 

LET FREEDOM REIGN Available November 30th!

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11/24 – FREE DOWNLOADS, MIXTAPES & PODCASTS

FREE DOWNLOADS, PODCASTS & DJ MIXES:

Ghostface Killah, Jazzface, Jay-Z Mixtape, Oveous, Depressed Buttons, Lou Alvarez, DJ Dhundee, Lee, Trek Life, Pat Boogie, Okayplayer Presents Sene & J57, Sounds of Ayiti: A Man Called Warwick

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PODCAST/ DJ MIX: Jazzface, “Darkness Lurking

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MIXTAPE: True School Vince: “Jay-Z – Decoded”


PODCAST/ DJ MIX: Lou Alvarez: “House Is A Feelin”

PODCAST/ DJ MIX: DJ Dhundee: Eclectic Relaxtion Volume 3

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PODCAST/ DJ MIX: Pat Boogie: Boogie’s Soulful Experience Mix Sessions volume 1


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Fusicology Radio Presents DJ Kemit Exclusive Fusicology House Mix #22

DJ Kemit returns with another exclusive Deep House Mix for Fusicology. Enjoy!

Intro – Jesse Jackson
Nawe (Original Mix) – Djeff and Silyvi Feat. Mili (SoulGasm)
Fugama Unamathe (Culoe De Song Mix) – Qness Feat Oluhle (Soul Candi)
Relax (Atjazz Remix)* – Rainy Payne & Doc Link (Liberate)
Careless Whisper (Abicah Mix) – George Michael (CD-R)
Past Tense (Diephuis Vocal Remix) – Leroy Styles (Afrozoo)
Let’s Get Jazzy (Blaze Mix) – KC Flight (TMT Records)
Let’s Get Jazzy – Louie Vega ft. Mr. V (Vega Records)
Can You Feel It (CJ Giovanni Remix) – Kem (CD-R)
Stop Wasting My Time – Black Coffee Feat Zakes Bantwini (CD-R)
I Got Life Main Mix – KemeticJust ft. Terrance Downs (NDATL)

Fusicology Is Thankful For…

Each year we scramble around our offices to gather all of the best events for the biggest party night of the year. In 2010, Fusicology decided to let the world know what we are thankful for. Our list goes as follows (in no particular order):

1. Tonight’s party list!
2. Getting our dance on tonight until our legs hurt
3. This year’s DJ Top 5
4. Our parents for making an awesome Thanksgiving meal and for being supportive of our grind
5. The rest of the fam!
6. The whole Fusicology Family worldwide!
7. All of the artists, DJs, bloggers, photographers, promoters and labels that have supported us.
8. Most importantly, YOU for always checking what’s hot and spreading the word about Fusicology.

From our family to yours,

Have a Happy & Safe Holiday Season!

The Soul Train Awards in Atlanta: Airs 11/28/10

Covered by Jodine Dorce of JodinesCorner.com | Follow her @JodinesCorner

The SOULTrain Awards made its stop in Atlanta to celebrate and honor artists that Feed our SOUL. Our hosts Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard kept us entertained throughout the whole ceremony. They sang, dance, did some performing arts and cracked on each other so hard that I stayed in tears. Those two are so funny together. The highlight of the evening for me was the Anita Baker tribute. You talk about honoring a soul singer that has made a huge contribution to music! Who doesn’t know the words to Anita Baker’s catalog of music?  They picked the crème de la crème to give her the tribute she deserves.  Rachelle Ferrell, Lalah Hathaway, Chrisette Michele, El DeBarge, Faith Evans, Goapele, Dionne Farris were some of the singers that serenaded her with her own songs and they did it so beautifully. It was delicious!

When the elegant Anita Baker came to accept the award she brought up a great point that I hope was duly noted. She talked about the tribute having real singers and real musicians playing. She was elated that music was the focus at the Awards.  Not a drum machine but a real drummer holding down the beat. Not auto tune but real vocalists that can sing and carry a note while singing her song. She celebrated the musical aspect of the night and asked us to keep real music alive. I felt her excitement and screamed, “Preach Anita.” People should never forget what real musicians and real music sounds like. That is why the SOULTrain Awards is so important in our culture.

Another highlight was Erykah Badu’s Window Seat performance with the illuminated stage. It was visually stimulating. When I think of Soul Train and what it represents, I think of artists like Ms. Badu finishing her song and Don Cornelius asking her questions like, “Erykah, ummmm how you get those lights to move the way you move?”  Silly I know but that’s what we all can appreciate about Soul Train. The memories of dancing in the line, the artists it introduced us to and the Afro of Don Cornelius.

The SoulTrain Awards will air on Centric on November 28th at 9 PM. Check your local listings for the channel. In the mean time in between time remember, you can bet your last money it’s going to be stone jam honey and as always in parting, we wish you love, peace and SOOOOOOOOOUL!!!!!

To rekindle your memories, Soul Train is releasing “The Best of Soul Train,” a 3-DVD set that is in stores for the first time ever.  This DVD collection released on Time Life celebrates the innovative, cultural influential music show and national launch pad for one of a kind superstar performances, fashion and the iconic soul train dance line.  Exclusive Performances Include The Jackson Five, Marvin Gaye, The Ojays, Smokey Robinson, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Sly & The Family Stone; Eight Hours of Classic Soul, More Than Three Hours of Bonus Material, and 50 Performances also Featured. Scoop it up for the holidays!

11/22 Music Monday – Ne-Yo & Kanye West Out Today + Free Downloads, Tabi Bonney, Curren$y + more…

     
 
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Ne-Yo Libra Scale Album In Stores Today

Ne-Yo3-time Grammy Award-winning superstar Ne-Yo’s movie career over the past five years has had a profound effect on his work as a composer – revealed in the cinematic story-line of his fourth album, LIBRA SCALE.

LIBRA SCALE, scheduled for November 22nd release, is the follow-up to Ne-Yo’s RIAA platinum Year Of The Gentleman, which debuted at #1 on the Soundscan and UK national charts in September 2008. That album spun off a triumvirate of consecutive RIAA platinum hits: “Closer” (#1 U.S. Dance, #1 UK), “Miss Independent” (#1 U.S. R&B, #1 UK R&B), and “Mad” (#5 U.S. R&B, #3 UK R&B).

After a sizzling performance of “Beautiful Monster” on FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance on July 1st, Ne-Yo traveled to London to preview tracks from LIBRA SCALE at the swanky Hospital venue one week later. Tastemakers had a chance to sample the album’s narrative, threading through each of the songs, as explained by Ne-Yo.

The story centers on the misadventures of ‘The Gentlemen,’ the trio of Jerome (played by Ne-Yo), Clyde and Leroy. After encountering a mysterious figure, the three are granted everything they could ever want – money, fame, cars, girls…and superpowers; the only catch being that they cannot fall in love. For Clyde and Leroy, the pre-condition is easy. Not so for Jerome (Ne-Yo), who falls for Pretty Sinclair, a vivacious no-nonsense stunner. He captures her heart and they begin a relationship – which is when she contracts a strain of his super-powers and suffers an adverse reaction that effectively drives her crazy.

The plot thickens as she is transformed into ‘Diamond Eye,’ a monster who sets about destroying the Gotham-like city. At this point, the mysterious figure re-appears. Disappointed in Jerome, he offers him an ultimatum: allow Diamond Eye and Pretty Sinclair both to die, and the city is saved – or allow Pretty Sinclair to live and reverse all the damage Diamond Eye has done, but Jerome must die. Will he choose “the love of his life” or his own “love of life?” We are left with Jerome weighing up the decision on a ‘Libra Scale’…hence the album’s title.

Ne-Yo Records Concept Album About Superheroes
‘Libra Scale’ inspired by Michael Jackson, love of comic books
By Sean Fennessey Rolling Stone

"She will make you love it, even if it hurts," Ne-Yo sings menacingly on "Cause I Said So," a track from his forthcoming fourth album, Libra Scale. Only, the R&B singer-songwriter isn’t singing about a typically forceful romantic encounter, but an evil, possessed villainess named Diamond Eye: Libra Scale is a concept album that chronicles the journey of R&B’s very first superhero team, the Gentleman, and their rise to fame, power, and money — all at the expense of love.

"I am a bit of a comic book/Japanimation/sci-fi geek," Ne-Yo says, not sheepishly, after previewing the album for Rolling Stone at Def Jam’s Manhattan office. "I’ve been in love with this stuff for years, since before I was double digits."

So the 30-year-old singer, born Schaeffer Smith, took his passion for latex-suited superbeings and applied it — loosely — to Libra Scale. "The whole idea to do this for my fourth came from not doing an album in ’09 because I was doing two movies, learning how to write for the screen," he says. "And then, the inspiration was furthered by Michael Jackson’s passing, looking at ‘Thriller,’ ‘Moonwalker,’ ‘Bad.’ Those were more than just videos — those were movies."

Initially, Ne-Yo had dreams of making a companion 45-minute mini-movie to be packaged with the album, but time and cost became insurmountable obstacles, so he’ll settle for a series of extended music videos. A graphic novel may be in the works, too. But even without those visuals, Libra Scale plays like another stellar Ne-Yo album, rich in melody and yearning, with a high-toned pop appeal.

On lead single "Beautiful Monster," he re-teams with StarGate, the Norwegian production duo that has supplied some of his biggest, best hits, including his first, 2006′s "So Sick" and 2008′s "Miss Independent." Other producers include Chuck Harmony, from Ne-Yo’s in-house team, Compound Entertainment, who handles the groove-centric "One in a Million." Luke Laird, a Nashville veteran who has worked with Tim McGraw and Carrie Underwood, chips in the stunning acoustic guitar-led ballad "She Is." "I listen to country music — I like country music," Ne-Yo says. "I feel that’s one of the last genres of music where storytelling is a staple. ‘She Is’ definitely lives in that world."

Broadening his base — to country fans and nerds alike — is a strategic move for the sometime songwriter who has written hits for Beyoncé, Rihanna, and Mary J. Blige, and seen all three of his albums go platinum. He’s not satisfied with his success, and will do whatever it takes to become his own sort of Superman.

"Literally, I’m trying to please all of the people all of the time," he says. "I know people have said it’s impossible, but damnit, I feel like I can do it."


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Skillz x J. Period & DJ Jazzy Jeff, 40Love ft. Zumbi of Zion-I, Bilal remixed by Exile, E Reece, DJ Scrap Dirty, Soul Khan & more

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Music Monday 11/15: What Is Good Music Compilation Pt. 2, Freddie Jackson + Downloads & Podcasts

 
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Our What Is Good Music Compilation comes out every year, with more consistency planned for 2011, and features some of our favorite artists expressing the true essence of Fusicology.com – the Fusion of Good Music. Enjoy!

The 2010 What Is Good Music Compilation playlist Part 1:

1. Proh Mic – Life f/Adad
2. Avery*Sunshine – All In My Head
3. Russell Taylor – 1 U Run 2
4. Johnny Voltik – Do U
5. Abby Dobson – I’m Drownin’
6. Nia Andrews – Empty
7. Julie Dexter – Come On Home
8. E Reece f/Dasha – Confessions of a Dreamer
9. Yoshi f/Buff1 & Darien Brockington – Magnetic
10. Onili – First Kiss
11. Eric Sosa f/Rocki Evans – One You
12. Koan & Sean C – Originators
13. Hasan Salaam – 15 Minutes
14. Om’Mas Keith – Sugar Lady
15. Mark de Clive-Lowe presents Sy Smith – Fast & Curious

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The 2010 What Is Good Music Compilation playlist Part 2:

1. Bloodfire v LTD (Daz-I-Kue) – Love To The World
2. Erykah Badu – Soldier (Rich Medina’s AfroStreet Remix)
3. Armchair Generals – Way Out
4. Rocky Dawuni – Master Plan
5. Luísa Malita – Fulaninha (Maga Bo Remix)
6. Schpilkas – Bobo (Break’n Mix)
7. DJ Center f/Middle Child – In A Song
8. Agile f/Liya – Focused (Starting From Scratch/De la Vega RMX)
9. Chris Rob – Sex.Money. & Drugs
10. The Foreign Exchange – Maybe She’ll Dream of Me

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