Monthly Archives: January 2012



Aaron Evo, Chels featuring Ace Boogie, Mansions on the Moon, Los Rakas featuring E-40, Carmen Lundy, Conya Doss, Sha Stimuli, Mike Snow featuring Lykee Li


DJ Rahdu, Future Soul Records, Don Rogall, DJ Muro, Stones Throw Podcast 70, DJ Chicus, Joe Kay, Gensu Dean Mixed By DJ Chief-One

FREE DOWNLOAD: Aaron Evo, “Logbook Teaser”

FREE DOWNLOAD: Chels featuring Ace Boogie, “The Lesson”

FREE DOWNLOAD: Mansions on the Moon, “Athens”

FREE DOWNLOAD: Los Rakas featuring E-40, “Pimpin’ Smokin’ Dro”

FREE DOWNLOAD: Carmen Lundy, “So Beautiful”

FREE DOWNLOAD: Conya Doss, “Don’t Change”

FREE DOWNLOAD: Sha Stimuli, “The Calling”

FREE DOWNLOAD: Mike Snow featuring Lykee Li, “Black Tin Box”

PODCAST: DJ Rahdu, “A Tribe Called Quest Mix”

PODCAST: Future Soul Records, “Episode 11″

PODCAST: Don Rogall, “Jimmy Castor: Luther The Anthropoid Tribute Mix”

PODCAST: DJ Muro, “Tribe Vibes Side B: Love Side”

PODCAST: Stones Throw Podcast 70, “JRocc Mixes Stones Throw 2012″

PODCAST: DJ Chicus, “After Hours Aerobics”

PODCAST: Joe Kay, “Deep Thoughts”


PODCAST: Gensu Dean Mixed By DJ Chief-One, “Jointz”


Announcing: STONES THROW Digital Discography & more

Stones Throw has partnered with to launch the Stones Throw Digital Discography, a subscription music service where we share every new Stones Throw release, delivered right to your inbox. Members get every new Stones Throw album, single and EP as they are released, select music from the catalog, and exclusive advance material.  The subscription price is $10 a month.

For full info, go here.

For more on Homeboy Sandman‘s new release, Jonwayne getting signed to Stones Throw & other news, go here.

MTV2 Honors Hip-Hop’s Past, Present and Future when “Yo! MTV Raps Classic Cuts” and “Hottest MCs In The Game VII” Join “Sucker Free Countdown” on Sunday 2/19/12

MTV2 will honor hip-hop’s past, present and future with a special night of programming on Sunday, February 19th, kicking off at 10pm ET/PT with the next installment of “MTV2 Presents: Yo! MTV Raps Classic Cuts.” Immediately following, MTV News will reveal its highly-anticipated crowning of the “Hottest MCs In The Game VII” at10:30pm ET/PT. The night will close out with a special “Sucker Free Countdown” that will name five “Sucker Free Certified” up-and-coming artists to watch beginning at 11pm ET/PT.


“MTV2 Presents: Yo! MTV Raps”  (Premiere: Sunday, February 19th at 10pm ET/PT):

The return of one of hip-hop’s most-celebrated and influential music shows ever continues with the second installment of “MTV2 Presents: Yo! MTV Raps Classic Cuts.” Hosted by Sway Calloway, the 30-minute retrospective will feature three new classic tracks that will take viewers back to the era that helped shape and define hip-hop as the dominant music form that is today.


“Hottest MC’s In The Game VII” (Premiere: Sunday,  February 19th at 10:30pm ET/PT):

MTV News presents the next installment of its popular, provocative and controversial series, “Hottest MCs In the Game VII.” Hosted by MTV News Correspondent Sway Calloway, the Hottest MCs Hip-Hop Brain trust will convene once again to debate, dissect and ultimately declare the MCs who are making the greatest impact in hip-hop today.


“Sucker Free Certified” (Premiere: Sunday, February 19th at 11pm ET/PT):

“Sucker Free Countdown,” the #1 hip-hop authority, is set to launch its brand new “Sucker Free Certified” franchise, featuring a list of the hottest new artists set to make big noise in the coming year. During this special episode, five of the most talented and buzz-worthy artists gearing up to take over the game will be unveiled.


CONFERENCES: Winter & Spring 2012


February 13 – SF MusicTech Summit #10
San Francisco, CA | Event Detail


February 22 & 23 – Digital Music Forum East
New York, NY | Event Detail


March 7 & 8 – Media Summit NY
San Francisco, CA | Event Detail


March 9 – 18 South by Southwest
Austin, TX | Event Detail

Interactive: March 9–13
Film: March 9–17
Music: March 13–18


March 16 – 25 Winter Music Conference
Miami Beach, FL| Event Detail


March 17 & 18 – Jazz in The Gardens
Miami, FL| Event Detail


March 21 – 22 – Digital Media Summit
Toronto, ON | Event Detail

April 23 – The Future of Money & Technology
San Francisco, CA| Event Detail


April 24 – LA Games Conference
Los Angeles, CA | Event Detail


April 30 – May 3 – Digital Hollywood Spring
Los Angeles, CA | Event Detail


RIP Etta James: A Playlist Tribute + The Rhythm & Blues Foundation Mourns the Loss

RIP Etta James: A Playlist Tribute c/o

At Last

In The Basement, Part One (Single Version)

My Mother-In-Law

842-3089 (Call My Name)


Do I Make Myself Clear featuring Sugar Pie DeSanto (Single Version)

Back In The U.S.A. (Single Version)

Seven Day Fool

The Wallflower (aka Roll With Me Henry) (Single Version)

A Sunday Kind Of Love

What’d I Say

Almost Persuaded

Two Sides To Every Story

Something’s Got A Hold On Me

Let Me Down Easy

Let’s Burn Down The Cornfield

REST IN POWER | January 25, 1938 – January 20, 2012


January 26, 2012

The Rhythm & Blues Foundation

Mourns the Loss of

Etta James

Family of 1989 Pioneer Award Winner & Former Board Member to Continue Her Legacy through R&B Foundation Memorial Contributions


PHILADELPHIA – As legendary blues singer Etta James is laid to rest tomorrow in Los Angeles, the Rhythm & Blues Foundationwishes to express its sorrow at the loss of “our friend and Rhythm & Blues Pioneer” and its deep appreciation to her family, which is asking for all donations to be made out to the organization. All contributions in her memory go to the Doc Pomus Fund to help artists in need of financial or medical assistance.


A recipient of the R&B Foundation’s first Pioneer Awards ceremony in 1989, Etta James also served on the Board of Directors of the Rhythm & Blues Foundation during the formative years. A statement from Damon Williams, Chairman of the R&B Foundation reads:


“Etta’s lifelong contributions to Rhythm & Blues music have paved the way for generations of artists, and we are grateful to her family for furthering her impact by selecting our organization as the recipient of memorial contributions to help our mission to preserve and celebrate the music and its artists. Etta James was a one-of-a-kind artist with a one-of-a-kind voice; she was an absolute Rhythm & Blues Pioneer. Etta was part of the fabric and spirit in which the Rhythm & Blues Foundation was built on. Awarding Etta James the Rhythm & Blues Foundation’s Pioneer Award in 1989 was one of the finest moments in our mission to celebrate the legacy of Rhythm &Blues artists. Our hearts go out to Etta James’ family and her long time manager, Lupe De Leon.”


The Rhythm & Blues Foundation is the only non-profit organization solely dedicated to preserving Rhythm & Blues music and celebrating the artists who create it.


The Rhythm & Blues Foundation’s Pioneer Awards Program has recognized over 150 legendary artists whose lifelong contributions have been instrumental in the development of Rhythm & Blues music. The award honors the career achievements of solo artists, vocal groups, songwriters and producers who are nominated and selected by members of our board of directors.  As part of the Pioneer Awards, most recipients receive an honorarium.  Since 1989, the Pioneer Awards Program has given over $1.5 million to worthy honorees and will continue to celebrate legendary Rhythm & Blues artists.


Contributions to the Rhythm and Blues Foundation can be sent to:

Rhythm & Blues Foundation

P.O. Box 22438

Philadelphia, Pa. 19101

SMOKEOUT FESTIVAL Adds Thievery Corporation, Rusko, Curren$y, More To 2012 Line-Up

Cypress Hill & Guerilla Union In Association with Live Nation Present


March 3 at NOS Events Center In Southern California

Thievery Corporation and Rusko To Headline The Massive Stoned Garden Stage

Low End Theory (Daddy Kev, Nobody, Gaslamp Killer, D-Styles, Nocando),

DJ Muggs, Curren$y and Daedelus Also Added To Line-up

Joining Previously Announced Performers

Headliners Sublime with Rome and Korn, Wiz Khalifa, Cypress Hill, Café Tacuba, The Dirty Heads

Also Features The Medical Marijuana Expo And Patient Consumption Area;

Topics for the 2012 Expert Panels Announced


Thievery Corporation, RuskoLow End Theory (Daddy Kev, Nobody, Gaslamp Killer, D-Styles, Nocando)DJ Muggs,Curren$y and Daedelus have been added to the performers at CYPRESS HILL SMOKEOUT FESTIVAL—taking place March 3 at the NOS Events Center in San Bernardino, CA. They are set to join previously announced artists Sublime With Rome, Cypress Hill, Korn, Wiz Khalifa, Café Tacuba and The Dirty Heads


The CYPRESS HILL SMOKEOUT FESTIVAL is presented by Cypress Hill and Guerilla Union–the independent live events company behind world-class platforms including ROCK THE BELLS and PAID DUES. Headlining the dance music-focused Massive Stoned Garden Stage is Thievery Corporation–one of the most influential and respected names on the electronic/dance music scene–and UK dubstep producer and deejay Rusko. Cypress Hill’s DJ Muggs–who is set to release new solo album Bass For Your Face–notes: “I am extremely proud to present the 2012 Smoke Out Massive Stoned Garden Stage and I’m very, very excited about this year’s line up. We have the Low End Theory and myself joined under a tent by the one and only Rusko and Thievery Corporation, bringing the energy like no one else. It’s going be a high energy night full of surprises and special guests.”


In addition to the two stages of music, some of the unique attractions at the CYPRESS HILL SMOKEOUT FESTIVAL include the Medical Marijuana Expo featuring the leading hemp industry exhibits and expert panel discussions, and the Patient Consumption Area providing private and peaceful area for registered California medical marijuana patients. There will also be a Massive Munchie Garden, interactive vendor village and more.


The expert discussion panels at the festival will feature educational and informative conversations led by the most influential and dedicated speakers on the topic. Audience Q&A sessions will follow each panel. This year’s panel topics include:


  • Cannabis Activism: With elections approaching and cannabis being in the media limelight more and more each day, it is imperative we represent ourselves as professional cannabis connoisseurs.
  • Cannabis as Medicine: Young medical cannabis patients and their parents come together to tell incredible stories of how cannabis is saving their lives. Joining them will be an Expert Patient Consultant from an LA Collective and the President of a Cannabis Testing Laboratory.
  • Does Prohibition Work?: Cannabis experts discuss the devastating effects of prohibition and how it might be doing more harm than good.
  • Artist Panel: Medicine and music create a powerful force of influence when combined.


Tickets for the Smokeout Festival are available now via Guerilla Union advises fans to sign up for the official mailing list on to receive the most up-to-date festival information and new announcements.



Smokeout 2012 Line-up

Sublime with Rome


Wiz Khalifa

Cypress Hill

Thievery Corporation


Café Tacuba

The Dirty Heads

Low End Theory (Daddy Kev, Nobody, Gaslamp Killer, D-Styles, Nocando)

DJ Muggs




+Additional Acts to be announced






Computer Jay, Robert Glasper featuring Musiq Soulchild & Chrisette Michele
Johnny Popcorn, Parable vs. Mac Soto, B.O.B featuring Andre 3000, ¡Mayday! featuring M1 & Reks, Boog Brown, The Funk League featuring Large Professor


Himanshu Suri of Das Racist, DJ Sake One & Blvck Scale, DJ Life, Conspiracy Worldwide Radio, Classified, Sonnymoon, The Practice Room, Chocolate Soul, First Serve

FREE DOWNLOAD: Computer Jay, “Whip”

FREE DOWNLOAD: Robert Glasper featuring Musiq Soulchild & Chrisette Michele, “Ah Yeah”

FREE DOWNLOAD: Johnny Popcorn, “Hello To The Bad Guy!”

FREE DOWNLOAD: Parable vs. Mac Soto, “Soul”

FREE DOWNLOAD: B.O.B featuring Andre 3000, “Play The Guitar”

FREE DOWNLOAD: ¡Mayday! featuring M1 & Reks, “Internal Wars”

FREE DOWNLOAD: Boog Brown, “Detroit”


FREE DOWNLOAD: The Funk League featuring Large Professor, “Through Good & Bad (45 Remix)”

PODCAST: Himanshu Suri of Das Racist, “Nehru Jackets”

PODCAST: DJ Sake One & Blvck Scale, “White is the Lightest Shade of Black”

PODCAST: DJ Life, “Baby Powder XIV”

PODCAST: Conspiracy Worldwide Radio, “Slaughterhouse with Eminem, Crooked I & more”

PODCAST: Classified, “The Joint Effort”

PODCAST: Sonnymoon, “2012 EP”

PODCAST: The Practice Room, “Forward Listening 21″

PODCAST: Chocolate Soul, “Sophisticated S.O.U.L.”

PODCAST: First Serve, “The Goon Time Mixtape”


DOCTOR L “The Great Depression” New Album out in February 2012 on Comet


« I wait for the day that music will be the food of love, I wait for the day that I will sleep without laws.»

Asa -lyrics from “Total Chaos”


As a committed sound activist for the past twenty-five years, DOCTOR L moves through musical galaxies like an incandescent comet, ceaselessly fusing. From 80s punk rock to French hip hop, from the start of electronica to the rebirth of international afro-beat…

In 2000 – already on the label Comet Records – he managed to bring Lagos´ afro-beat into the third millennium with album “Black Voices” by Tony Allen, and even send it orbiting around the moon with record Psyco on Da Bus.

For the past ten years, Doctor L has been making music continuously in his home studio in Saint Ouen (Paris) and collaborated with many artists from around the world: New York, Paris, London, Lagos, Berlin, Bamako, Marseille…

THE GREAT DEPRESSION is the first piece of an album trilogy featuring among others Tony Allen, Martin Perna and Antibalas, Asa and more.

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For more, go here.

Open Call for Collaborations :: ¡WEPA! NYC

First thing is first; THANK YOU for your ongoing LOVE and SUPPORT…
WE are truly GRATEFUL.
We wouldn’t be making the following announcement without YOU.

We are excited to announce that this year has begun with a lot of new upcoming opportunities to create and collaborate with other creative minds.

If you would like to participate or recommend anyone, please pass this along.
Or, if you have come across anything interesting,
send us the information and we will follow up.

Here’s what we are looking for
Artists (film, painters, sculptors, experimental)
Autobiographers & Documentarists
Dancers & Instructors (House, Latin, Afro, Free-style, etc.)
Designers (Graphic, Set, Costume, etc.)
Musicians (vocalists and all instruments)
Performance Artists
Space for Events, Classes, Art Exhibitions, Screenings, Outdoor Parties
Thank you all in advance for your time and participation.

We look forward to building a relationship of
community, love, creativity and prosperity for all.

Joann & Antonio (WEPA NYC)

For more info, go to