Monthly Archives: January 2008

Black History Month, Jill Scott DVD and tour & more

Read Thoth’s View on the Fusicology Blog and 5 Questions To Take Advantage of a Black Sense of Urgency on The Starting Five

Grammy-winning soulstress Jill Scott takes fans on a journey to Paris, France with Jill Scott: Live In Paris + DVD being release this Tuesday February 5th. Available in both Standard & Deluxe editions, the combo coincides with “The Real Thing” US Tour starting Feb.5th in Seattle. PREVIEW THE DVD | TOUR DATES

Raheem DeVaughn, who recently received a Grammy Award nomination for his current single, “Woman,” debuts at #1 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart and #5 on the Top 200 Albums Chart with his latest effort, ‘Love Behind The Melody’. LISTEN & VIEW TOUR DATES w/ JILL SCOTT

Click here to download an exclusive promo from Black Spade’s highly anticipated debut record, ‘To Serve With Love,’ dropping March 4th on Om Records. A perfect blend of Hip Hop and Soul, Spade delivers a full length that is guaranteed to be one of the best of 2008.

SAMPLOLOGY: J Dilla Chapter. The SAMPLOLOGY mixtape series, mixed by DJ Parler, consists of music & the original blends that inspired them. Each chapter highlights a select artist, producer or genre. DOWNLOAD

Fusicology on Truth Seekers Radio with the first peek at the Fusicology Spring Sampler Mixed by DJ Rashida | LISTEN. Read our exclusive Grammy Watch 2008 interview w/Detroit’s Dwele.

Tomorrow night, check out Snoop Dogg on Larry King Live! Tune in to CNN on Friday, February 1st at 9 PM EST/6 PM PST to watch. Online it will be posted here.

GRAMMY’s, Mos does Dilla, RIP Ron Murphy, Chuck D

The 50th Annual GRAMMY’s will go on, officially, with the Writers Guild agreeing not to picket in front of the Staples Center, an agreement that the WGA and the recording Academy reached just days ago. The Oscars may be another story. Developing… Read our Grammy Watch 2008 Blog

RIP RON MURPHY – An unsung architect of the Detroit Sound, both Motown & Techno, vinyl master engineer and cutter, Ron Murphy of his National Sound Corp., died of a heart attack at age 59 this past weekend. Detroit’s music community will miss him dearly. Full Story

Mos Def J Dilla Tribute: “It’s Professor Def to You”. The University of Michigan’s Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration ended with the dawning of a new era, Professor Mighty Mos Def The Ultra-Magnetic, M.C. stood proud as he received his visiting professor award from the University. He was not only there to celebrate an academic accomplishment, but the life of J Dilla.  Full Story

Read the Exclusive Interview with Chuck D from our Progressive Sport Blog Affiliates at The Starting Five. The music of Public Enemy is fast becoming relevant mainly because of the racial climate we all live in today. Yeah it’s that time. Hopefully the blueprint PE designed will be used en masse as we enter an era of unique consciousness.


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MOS DEF big band DILLA TRIBUTE : “It’s Professor Def to You

Mos Def A2 Dilla

The University of Michigan’s Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration ended with the dawning of a new era, Professor Mighty Mos Def The Ultra-Magnetic M.C. stood proud as he received his visiting professor award from the University. He was not there to celebrate an academic accomplishment, but the life of J Dilla.

As we reach the two-year anniversary of his death, 3,400 students and fans filled the Hill Auditorium on UofM campus in Ann Arbor, MI to pay tribute to one of the greatest producer’s of our time. The “J-Dilla Changed My Life” t-shirts flooded the crowd as they danced and recited the chorus of “MC²”, “Ms. Fat Booty” (Dilla Mix), “The Stakes Is High” and many Slum Village favorites from the “Fantastic, Vol. 2″ LP and other Dilla favs along with the Detroit-coined phrase, “That’s wassup!”

Accompanied by a band which he later named, Watermelon, Def allowed listeners hear Dilla in a different light. Imagine hearing one of your favorite Dilla songs without the DJ to blend in the beat, but just a raw live band improvising to duplicate the feeling you got the first time you realized that what he did was unique. Ma Dukes said this is how her son wanted his music to be heard – with a live band… long live Jay Dee!


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One of Detroit’s true unsung heroes – a technical wizard with an ear for good soul music – Ron Murphy of Sound Enterprises / National Sound Corporation / Archer Record Pressings, located on Detroit’s west side, died this past weekend of a heart attack. He was 59. A native Detroiter, Murphy owned vinyl mastering & cutting equipment as vintage as the 1930s, and was employed by Motown and other ’60s & ’70s Soul/R&B labels to master and cut records for artists such as Marvin Gaye, Eddie Kendricks, and Isaac Hayes. He sat in on many a session to man boards @ the infamous United Sound Studios in Detroit’s New Center area during this hey-day.
The ’80s & ’90s would find Murphy mastering break-out anthems for the first time for the city’s House/Techno pioneers such as Juan Atkins, Derrick May, Mike Banks, Richie Hawtin… and eventually any prolific producer thereafter in Detroit. That golden moment of watching your very first record get pressed, or picking up your first box of your very own vinyl, was shared by nearly every producer in Detroit and 1 person – Ron Murphy.
As Detroit MetroTimes writer, Hobey Echlin, says: His career could be described as standing in the shadows of the shadows of Motown.” Murphy is truly one of the key architects of the Detroit Sound. Who will cut everyone’s masters now? Read Echlin’s full story in the Detroit MetroTimes here. –>
Ron Murphy

Almost 3 years ago, the publisher and editor-in-chief of Detroit Electronic Quarterly magazine, Vince Patricola aka DJ Shortround, had the opportunity to visit with Murphy in his home and mastering workshop, in order to interview Ron for the first time in a very long time about his part in engineering the Detroit Sound. Patricola says this about why he felt is was important to feature Murphy in the premiere issue of DEQ magazine in 2005:
I was looking for the first DEQ magazine interviews back in 2005. I was talking to Patrick Russell and Mike Himes and both said Ron Murphy is due for a feature story. I had heard of him but did not fully realize what work was involved and how much help he was in making the artists’ vinyl sound so good.”
“Like many people, I often took this goodness for granted. Mike Himes and I went to his home and vinyl cutting workshop. I was amazed at the number of records thumbtacked to the wood paneling on the walls. It was a full range of producers from all over the world, not just Detroit.”
“He was busy, but gave us a full hour and a half talking shop. I learned so much that day not only about the vinyl mastering process, but about pursuing in life what you love doing. Ron loved his family and friends. He also loved vinyl… cutting and mastering it with such care. Ears and hearts will miss Ron dearly. -VP
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Written by Jocelyne Ninneman for Fusicology.

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Raheem DeVaughn, Elections + Make Fuel, Not War

Happy Birthday Martin Luther King!

Raheem DeVaughn’s new album Love Behind The Melody came out this week, featuring the GRAMMY nominated song “Woman.” and the current single, “Customer.. Music | Videos | Tour Dates | Exclusive Interview

New This Week: Fusicology launches our new Facebook widget on all event posts, so now you can tag all your fave events & your friends will know where ya’at. Also, check out our widgets + banner codes . Keep track of exclusive nominee interviews on our GRAMMY WATCH.

“Make Fuel, Not War” – The new documentary by Josh Tickell, “Fields of Fuel,”” makes its World Premiere this MLK Day, 01.21.08, @ the Sundance Film Festival. Full Story. Tune into Scion’s Channel 11 Hosted by Loslito & DJ A-Ski and hear Derek McKeith exclusively on Walk Talkin Radio

The Democratic and Republican Presidential nominees are likely to be decided on Super Duper Tuesday, February 5, when 24 states (including California and New York) go to the polls.

In order to participate in this big decision, you have to be registered to vote, and the deadline is coming up fast, in most states it’s Tuesday, January 22nd. Check if you’re registered by going to VotePoke, a new website that, for the first time, lets you quickly and easily check to see whether you are registered to vote, and then invite your friends to do the same.

Charlotte Launch, GRAMMY Watch, R.O.C. Stars Mixtape

Fusicology welcomes the Sol Kitchen crew as our reps in our newest city, Charlotte, North Carolina – our lucky #13! The Video Page is now live thanks to our collaboration with We launch our GRAMMY Watch with relating to the music we love getting major recognition for this years 50th Awards.

Start 2008 off right with the Fusicology Ole Skool playlist. Remember when Electro-Funk, Adidas, Gold Ropes and Gazelles were F-R-E-S-H? Peep the latest Imeem Playlist. For what else is new with View our latest Press Release.

Kenny S. and Green Lantern present The Official “R.O.C. STARS” Street Leak Mixtape available now. This exclusive mixtape features new joints & freestyles from Jay-Z, Kanye, Freeway, Beanie Sigel and more. The mixtape also features the street heat from Jay-Z “Dead Presidents Part 3″. Get it before you miss it here

From Kobe to Dr. J: The Evolution of the Slasher Past and Present. “Every era is focused on the present instead of objectively connecting the past while being able to visualize the future.” more at

Raheem DeVaughn’s new album Love Behind The Melody drops this Tuesday coming 1/15/08 and features the GRAMMY nominated song “Woman”. Pre-Order the album featuring the current single, “Customer”.

Our exclusive interview with Raheem will be posted next week.

Iowa, Dap-Kings, Skillz & NYE in LA & Philly

Will Obama hold his lead? Will Hillary try and still come 1st? Edwards may come 2nd? Who are these darn Republicans? Wherever you are (yes, even you Canadians and those overseas) it is caucus time and the future leader of the US may win Iowa – or will Bloomberg try and step in…as Jon Stewart eloquently puts it, the Clusterf*ck to the White House is moving forward today. Click here for updated tracking on the Presidential hopefuls.

What do Amy Winehouse, Kanye West, Daptone Records, Mark Ronson and Sharon Jones have in common? The Dap-Kings! Catch this Brooklyn-based Northern Soul-inspired jazz-funk band live on tour with their real Queen of Daptone soul, Sharon Jones, this Winter. Check their Fusicology Tour Date Listings

VA-based rapper Skillz continued his year end tradition with a twist for 2007, releasing a video for his annual “Rap-Up.” The clip, directed by Chris Robinson, features appearances by comedians, impersonations and clips of various news events from the year past. Skillz is working on his upcoming album Million Dollar Backpack and touring Japan with The Roots. view video


NYE features photos and blogs rollin’ in…read about the Kiss N Grind LA event Prince was at and how wonderful Philly really is. Cheers to ’08!