Monthly Archives: September 2011

MIXTAPE & EVENT REVIEW: Casey Veggies-Sleeping In Class, NYC

At the foot of Times Square with concrete and skyscrapers all around a scene is being nurtured. In the offices of Jay-Z‘s Roc A Wear clothing company (and the cooler less pushed Artful Dodger) “swag” rapper Casey Veggies is unveiling his re-upped Sleeping In Class. A reintroduction of sorts with new songs added to a project he released in 2010.

The location was a warm showroom with a few outfitted mannequins, free mixed drinks and a bunch of “cool” people. From the looks of things it seemed that some people where there for “I was there” points, others looking for a possible Jay Z sighting. However, Hov was nowhere to be found. Which begs the question, why exactly was this listening party held in the RocAWear offices? Could there be a Casey Roc Nation signing happening in the future? Who knows? But for this evening one thing was made official Casey is making a name for himself.

As he moved from track to track on his project explaining the inspiration for some, and just diving right into others, the crowd bopped along. Most held conversations to pass the time. The few ladies in the place made for good distractions and the free booze kept folks entertained.

Some of the songs on Sleeping In Class showed promise. It’s all LA throughout, which is a good thing. It’s always respectable when a rapper puts their experience in their music, instead of trying to live out a foreign one. A few other artists bubbling below the surface like Navegante and The Oxymorons were in the spot.

The vibe of the music being played reflects a carefree yet troubled mind state of today’s youth. Sounds like most youth since the beginning of time, and with that Casey often sounds like most hip hop in the market. His production choices work most of the time, although on the system in this office it doesn’t shine through. The project features guests like Dom Kennedy, Mac Miller and Tyler The Creator. Very strategic being that most casual rap fans will have heard of these guys (except maybe Dom BUT YOU SHOULD) before Casey.

By the end of the session people were more than ready to move on to see what else the night had to offer. It’s a tough task keeping the attention of your target audience in this day and time. An event like this at least gets people mentioning Casey’s name. The thing is now what do you do with the conversation.


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Don Cheadle: The Time Is Right for a Miles Davis Biopic

From The Hollywood Reporter:

Don Cheadle is hoping Hollywood jumps aboard the Miles Davis train. The Iron Man 2 actor helped shape the screenplay for a Davis biopic in which he would star as the legendary jazz trumpeter and musical innovator. Herbie Hancock has reportedly been tapped to score the film.

“We just turned in the script and we’re going to find some money to make this thing,” Cheadle told The Hollywood Reporter at a party to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Bitches Brew, Davis’ game-changing improvisational double album. “Now is a good time, 10 years ago would have been a good time, and 10 years from now it will still be a good time to see a dynamic, entertaining movie that’s wall-to-wall Miles Davis where the music will hopefully spark some desire to know more about the man.”

Said screenwriter Steven Baigelman: “There would not be a screenplay without Don Cheadle. We’ve had our nose to the ground doing a lot of researching, talking, walking, watching and listening. … It’s been an enlightening experience, to say the least.”

Being so close to the project posed extra pressure for Cheadle, who’s not just a friend to Davis’ son Erin and the estate, but a diehard fan. “We’re trying to do what Miles Davis would have wanted us to do, which is approach it as artists with his life as the canvas,” he said. “In being successful, some people say he sold out, but it’s the opposite. You can stay in one place forever and try to make the same money from the same core fans, but saying to your audience, ‘I’m going here now, come along or don’t,’ that’s brave, risky and dangerous. That’s what he did, and that’s what we’re trying to honor in this story — that kind of spirit.”

“You can stay in one place forever making the same money from the same core fans, but saying to your audience, ‘I’m going here now, come along or don’t,’ that’s brave, risky and dangerous.” —Don Cheadle on Miles Davis

“Like Bitches Brew and Miles’ music in general, it’s not about reaching perfection,” added Baigelman. “Miles never wanted that, he was looking for the mistake to allow the person into the process. You want to know everything about Miles Davis? There are books and documentaries; we wanted to create an interesting character for an audience today. Miles was at a juncture in his life where, if he didn’t rediscover the art, he would die, and Don has this point of view about bringing in other hip-hop artists, to play with Miles Davis’ music so the idea is for somebody to hear Jay-Z’s version then turn to the original to learn more about Miles Davis.”   That’s a hypothetical Jay-Z, as the rapper has yet to be secured for the project, but Cheadle has plenty of artists in mind to play some sort of role in the biopic. “When Miles left this Earth, he was already working with PrinceSnoop Dogg understands the music. … Miles always wanted to do what was happening now. If you said the word ‘jazz’ to him, he’d give you a smack — social music, that’s what it’s called.”

Promising a movie that’s “on the edge and feels a little bit dangerous,” the two are hoping studios both major and indie will appreciate the need to recognize the legendary musician with an atypical biopic. “I think audiences are really sophisticated now and can understand that this is the kind of story that flips the biography on its head.”

EVENT RECAP: Blvd Arts Post, LA


Celebrating Los Angeles’ unique and creative arts culture, The BLVD Hotel + Spa, teamed with The 1881 Project to present BLVD ARTS, a live mural painting competition held this past Saturday at The BLVD Hotel + Spa in Studio City.

Several hundred visitors watched over the weekend as eight local artists created unique 4-by-7-foot murals along the 80-foot wall of BLVD Hotel’s east-side patio. The artists painted their interpretation of Los Angeles landscapes and scenes, using different mediums from projections to pencil sketching to free-hand spray painting in their designs. Collective Aesthetics and Piece Riot, both prominent Los Angeles artist communities, and international arts network Blue Canvas, were present to show support for the event, as well as some of their artists. The lively scene was topped off with live music, beverages from BAR BLVD and mobile gourmet fare from The Flying Pig.



“This event turned out better than ever expected. The art is looking amazing. I am so happy that we were able to create this kind of opportunity for local artists”, says Sagar Kumar, owner of The BLVD Hotel and Spa.

The winning mural will be chosen by public vote at Voting closes at 11:59 on October 16th. Everyone who registers and votes will be entered into a raffle for a free iPad 2 as well as a 15% off coupon for a room at The BLVD Hotel + Spa. The winner will be announced at a reception at BLVD Hotel + Spa at a date TBD and will receive the grand prize of $1,500. The finished pieces are displayed on the patio wall adjacent to the hotel and will be accessible through the poolroom.



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Mayer Hawthorne – How Do You Do PSA #2

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Watch Snoop, Erykah Badu, Deepak Chopra & others have a bit of an identity crisis, care of Mayer Hawthorne:

Here are more artists having a Hawthorne identity crisis, including Bruno Mars, Asher Roth, Questlove, Busy P, Elijah Wood, The Cool Kids and more:



Oveous Maximus featuring Kele Le Roc, Quadron, Willie Evans Jr,
T.iM.E featuring Joy Jones, Kool G Rap & A-Alikes, Mayer Hawthorne, Miguel Migs featuring Evelyn “Champagne” King, Captain Planet Featuring Brit Lauren, Florence & The Machine featuring Wale Remixed by DJ Journey, J-Boogie’s Dubtronic Science featuring Lateef the Truthspeak



DJ Shadow, DJ ScrapDirty, DJ Gatsby, Future Soul Podcast, DJ Lord Ron, Brownswood Bubblers Seven, Oveous Maximus, Mark de Clive-Lowe, Africa In Your Earbuds Vol. 3 & more

FREE DOWNLOAD: Oveous Maximus featuring Kele Le Roc
FREE DOWNLOAD: A3C Vol. 1: Willie Evans Jr, “Never Be Free”
FREE DOWNLOAD: T.iM.E featuring Joy Jones, “Breakthrough”
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FREE DOWNLOAD: Miguel Migs featuring Evelyn “Champagne” King, “Everybody”
FREE DOWNLOAD: Kool G Rap & A-Alikes, “To Live And Die In NY”
FREE DOWNLOAD: Captain Planet Featuring Brit Lauren, “Get You Some”
FREE DOWNLOAD: Florence & The Machine featuring Wale Remixed by DJ Journey,
FREE DOWNLOAD: J-Boogie’s Dubtronic Science featuring Lateef the Truthspeak, “It’s On Fire”
FREE DOWNLOAD: T.iM.E, “Sky Walker”
PODCAST: DJ ScrapDirty, “Dirty Soul Vol. 24″
PODCAST: DJ Gatsby, “HeartBeats Per Minute”
PODCAST: Future Soul Podcast, “Episode 6″
PODCAST: DJ Lord Ron, “Scienz Of Life Tribute Mix”
PODCAST: Brownswood Bubblers Seven, “Album Teaser”
PODCAST: Oveous Maximus, “A Blend Of L’ove”
PODCAST: Qool DJ Marv, “Africa In Your Earbuds Vol.3″
PODCAST: Mark de Clive-Lowe, “Church Vol.3″

Red Bull Music Academy presents 9th Wonder | Listen & Love

9th Wonder and True School Corp
Asylum, North Carolina

Born, raised and still residing in North Carolina, 9th Wonder is the ‘production’ third of the state’s biggest hip hop export, Little Brother. Heavily informed by the golden era producers, the soulful warmth of his production technique has seen him work with underground stars like Murs and Jean Grae as well as producing for US pop royalty like Jay Z and Destiny’s Child. Nowadays, 9th Wonder lectures on hip hop history with Christopher ‘Play’ Martin (From Kid’n’Play) at North Carolina Central University. He also doesn’t go anyway without his crew The True School Movement so this Headphone Highlights is presented by 9th himself alongside three True School DJs, Cuzzin B, DJ Face and Jay Clip. Opening up with one of the most surprising selections we’ve witnessed in recent times, this show nevertheless rolls into some of the hip hop classics that have been important to 9th and his crew over the years…


9th Wonder
Bon Jovi – Wanted Dead Or Alive – Vertigo
Steve Miller Band – Abracadabra – Mercury
The Beatles – Here Comes The Sun – Apple Records
N.W.A – Straight Outta Compton – Ruthless/Priority

DJ Face
The Notorious BIG – Unbelievable – Bad Boy Entertainment
Public Enemy – Black Steel In The Hour Of Chaos – Def Jam
Eric B & Rakim – Paid In Full – Fourth & Broadway
Earth Wind & Fire – Fantasy – CBS
Stevie Wonder – All I Do (Is Think About You) – Motown

DJ Cuzzin B
Jazzanova- Lucky Girl – Verve Records
Little Brother – Nighttime Maneuvers – ABB
Shanice – It’s For You – Motown

Jay Clipp
BDP – South Bronx – Jive Records
Brand Nubian – All For One – Elektra
James Brown – Funky President – Polydor
Little Brother – The Yo-Yo – ABB

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9/26 – Music Monday – NEW MUSIC ALERT | sOuL The Unspoken Word, 9th Wonder, Phonte, Blu, Van Hunt & More…

Music Monday
Nobody gave sOuL permission to make his brand of Hip-Hop, and he likes it
this way. His sophomore release “The Unspoken Word” is a 7 track EP that
finds a beat against the grain. Sparked by the tragic events of a murdered
transit rider by transit police in his home town of Oakland Ca; the need to
escape the expected rap narrative appeared, and The Unspoken Word was born.
Pulsating from the opening track’s “Copx” – a psychedelic trip-hop song that
expresses lyrics of outrage while searching for justice, to the nostalgic
70′s infused “Go Back” that longs for simpler times and illusions of the
past. On tracks such as “Black Mahogany Frost” finds sOuL flipping words and
images traveling deeper in a world all his own “b4 garbage men come come
clean the streets/pickin up pieces of dreams and pieces of me/across them
cold kitchen floors on them bended knees/just hope my kids wait to discover
the scene” This album succeeds in being as outwardly political as it is
introspective and futuristic, because of this it is a must listen for
Hip-Hop music lovers everywhere!

Upon release on 9/29/2011 The Unspoken Word can be heard or purchased at


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Red Bull Music Academy presents Angie Stone | Listen & Love

Stax Records, USA

A native of Columbia, SC, Angie Stone began singing gospel music at a young age at First Nazareth Baptist Church. Her father, a member of a local gospel quartet, would take his only child to see performances by gospel artists such as the Singing Angels and the Gospel Keynotes. While working dead-end jobs as a young woman, Stone began saving money to record her own demos at a local studio called PAW before she later joined Gwendolyn Chisolm and Cheryl Cook in the rap trio the Sequence, who recorded hits for Joe and Sylvia Robinson’s Sugarhill label. Soon after, Stone was working with futuristic rappers Mantronix and rocker Lenny Kravitz and also formed the neo-soul trio Vertical Hold. Her solo career began in 1996 with Black Diamond on Arista Records, and she has since released several albums all on major labels charting with singles Stone Love and Brotha. Her latest album was released on the newly re-launched Stax imprint and recorded in Marvin Gaye’s studio. What is less known about Angie is that she is a formidable songwriting talent – sharing writing credits on both of D’Angelo’s classic albums. She isn’t kidding!

The Sequence – Funk You Up – Sugarhill
Mantronix – Don’t Go Messin’ With My Heart – Capitol
Angie Stone – No More Rain (In This Cloud) – Arista
Angie Stone – Brotha – J Records
Angie Stone feat. D’Angelo – Everyday – Arista
Angie Stone – Wish I Didn’t Miss You – J Records
Angie Stone – What U Dyin’ For – J Records
Angie Stone – I Wasn’t Kidding – J Records
Angie Stone – My People – Concord/Stax
Angie Stone & Floetry – My Man – J Records
Angie Stone & Snoop Dogg – I Wanna Thank Ya – J Records
Angie Stone & Guru – Keep Your Worries – Virgin

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Freestyle Fellowship, Proh Mic featuring Tone Trezure, Jedi Mind Tricks, Evidence featuring Slug & Aesop Rock, Kissey, Mark de Clive-Lowe featuring Nia Andrews, The Park, DTMD, Pollyn featuring Roc Marciano, M.O.P. & Snowgoons & more


DJ Destroyer, Mayer Hawthorne, J. Bizness, Martin Luther & more

FREE DOWNLOAD: Freestyle Fellowship, “Step 2 The Side”
FREE DOWNLOAD: Proh Mic featuring Tone Trezure, “Sleep In Girl”
FREE DOWNLOAD: Jedi Mind Tricks, “Target Practice”
FREE DOWNLOAD: Evidence featuring Slug & Aesop Rock, “Late For The Sky”
FREE DOWNLOAD: Kissey, “Cry”
FREE DOWNLOAD: Mark de Clive-Lowe featuring Nia Andrews, “The Why”
FREE DOWNLOAD: The Park, “Belleville”
FREE DOWNLOAD: DTMD, “Makin’ Dollas”
FREE DOWNLOAD: Pollyn featuring Roc Marciano“Cold Sweat”
FREE DOWNLOAD:  M.O.P. & Snowgoons, “Anybody Can Get It”
PODCAST: DJ Destroyer, “Strictly Social Mixed Vol. 8″
PODCAST: Mayer Hawthorne, “Hawthorne Radio Episode 4″
PODCAST: J. Bizness, “Flips”
PODCAST: Martin Luther, “Extra Terrestrial Brother”
PODCAST: Dam-Funk, “InnaDocusedDaze”