Monthly Archives: January 2014


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Freddie Gibbs & Madlib ft. Earl Sweatshirt & Domo Genesis, Tunde Olaniran, Emily King, Blanco & The Jacka, Iamsu! ft. 2 Chainz & Sage The Gemini, Doley Bernays & Raven Sorvino, SMR Radio “Fusicology Mix”, Cam’ron & A-Trak, Pharoahe Monch, Funk Style Quality (FSQ), Lars Behrenroth, Blaq Soul, Daz-I-Kue, DJ 88, Marcia’s Mixed Bag, Jazzcat, Napoleons, DJ CeeBrown & more!

STREAM: Freddie Gibbs & Madlib ft. Earl Sweatshirt & Domo Genesis, “Robes”

STREAM: Tunde Olaniran, “Brown Boy”

FREE DOWNLOAD: Emily King, “Distance”

FREE DOWNLOAD: Blanco & The Jacka, “Misfits”

STREAM: Iamsu! ft. 2 Chainz & Sage The Gemini, “Only That Real”

FREE DOWNLOAD: Doley Bernays & Raven Sorvino, “Ghetto Grammys”

MIX: SMR Radio “Fusicology Mix”

STREAM: Cam’ron & A-Trak, “Humphrey”

STREAM: Pharoahe Monch, “Bad MF”


MIX: Funk Style Quality (FSQ), “Zulu Congo Call”


STREAM: Lars Behrenroth presents Blaq Soul, “Vision (Black Soul Dance Remix)”


MIX: Daz-I-Kue, “Acid Jazz Revival”

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MIX: DJ 88, “Cocktails & Conversations”

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MIX: Marcia’s Mixed Bag, “1/27/14 Mix with Dwele”


MIX: Jazzcat, “Jazzy Flavours 03″


MIX: Lars Behrenroth presents Napoleons, “Oceanic Shades”


MIX: DJ CeeBrown, “Bodega 2014: #1″

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THE LEGO® MOVIE “Prize Pack” Sweepstakes


Fusicology presents ‘THE LEGO® Movie’ Prize Pack sweepstakes from Warner Bros. Pictures.

“The LEGO® Movie,” the first-ever, full-length theatrical LEGO® adventure, from Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures, opens in theaters February 7, 2014.

Directed by Phil Lord & Christopher Miller (“21 Jump Street,” “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs”), it stars Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Alison Brie and Charlie Day, with Liam Neeson and Morgan Freeman.

The original 3D computer animated story follows Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average LEGO minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared.

Watch the trailer below and then enter to win promotional items and movie passes on behalf of the film by answering the following movie question:The LEGO® Movie is the first ever theatrical adventure inspired by this legendary line of construction toys that were introduced to the world in Denmark in 1949. Name this line of toys. 

Email the answer to submit(at)fusicology(dot)com and if you will, we will notify you by 2/7/14.

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1 grand prize including:

  • THE LEGO MOVIE Adult T- shirt
  • THE LEGO MOVIE Sticker Book
  • THE LEGO MOVIE LEGO Keychain Emmet
  • THE LEGO MOVIE LEGO Keychain Wildstyle
  • THE LEGO MOVIE One Sheet
  • Admit Two) – THE LEGO MOVIE Hollywood Movie Money

o   Hollywood Movie Money is a free admission voucher to see a predetermined film (THE LEGO® MOVIE) redeemable nation wide starting 02/06/14 through Thursday., 03/06/14 in any theater excluding AMC Theaters.

1 runner up prize including:

  •  THE LEGO MOVIE Adult T- shirt
  •  (Admit Two) – THE LEGO MOVIE Hollywood Movie Money

o   Hollywood Movie Money is a free admission voucher to see a predetermined film (THE LEGO® MOVIE) redeemable nation wide starting 02/06/14 through Thursday., 03/06/14 in any theater excluding AMC Theaters.

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Director: Phil Lord & Christopher Miller

Screenplay: Phil Lord & Christopher Miller

Story by: Dan Hageman & Kevin Hageman and Phil Lord & Christopher Miller

Producers: Dan Lin & Roy Lee

Executive Producers: Jill Wilfert, Matthew Ashton, Kathleen Fleming, Allison Abbate, Zareh Nalbandian, Jon Burton, Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan, Seanne Winslow, Matt Skiena and Bruce Berman



NEW RELEASE: Angélique Kidjo – EVE + US Tour Dates


For Angélique Kidjo, “Eve” represents a fresh start. Produced by Patrick Dillett (David Byrne, Fatboy Slim), “Eve” is an upbeat, celebratory set. It’s a collection of songs dedicated to the power of African womanhood, and in particular to those women she grew up with in her native Benin. And it’s rich with melody and rhythm.

On “Eve,” Kidjo performs in an array of native Beninese languages including Fon, Yoruba, Goun and Mina, and she introduces women’s choirs from several African villages in Benin and Kenya. Kidjo gathers an eclectic line-up of talents, from Dr. John to Rostamm Btmanglij (Vampire Weekend), The Kronos Quartet and the Orchestra Philharmonique du Luxumbourg.  “Eve,” explains Kidjo, is an album “of remembrance of African women I grew up with and a testament to the pride and strength that hide behind the smile that masks everyday troubles.”

Anchoring the new recording are guitarist Lionel Loueke, drummer Steve Jordan, bass player Christian McBride and Senegalese percussionist Magatte Sow.  For Kidjo, 2014 is shaping as a particularly big year. The Grammy-winning artist is touring the United States and she will promote the release of her upcoming autobiography, “Spirit Rising: My Life, My Music” written with Rachel Wenrick and published by Harper Collins, which was released on Jan. 7, 2014 as a prelude to “Eve” — named after Kidjo’s mother.

A UNICEF goodwill ambassador, Kidjo’s star-studded 2007 recording “Djin Djin” won a Grammy for Best Contemporary World Music Album. The follow-up, “Õÿö” from 2010, was nominated for Best Contemporary World Music Album at the Grammys.

“Eve” track listing:

1) M’Baamba (Kenyan Song)
2) Shango Wa
3) Eva (featuring ASA)
4) Interlude: Agbade
5) Bomba (featuring Rostam Batmanglij)
6) Hello (featuring Trio Teriba)
7) Blewu
8) Kamoushou
9) Kulumbu (featuring Dr. John)
10) Interlude: Kletedjan
11) Ebile (featuring Kronos Quartet)
12) Awalole (featuring the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg)
13) Bana (featuring Yvonne Kidjo)
14) Orisha
15) Interlude: Wayi
16) Coari


Afro-funk, reggae, samba, salsa, gospel, jazz, Zairean rhumba, zouk, and makossa are combined through the music of soulful Benin-born, Paris-based vocalist Angélique Kidjo. Since the release of her self-produced debut solo album, Pretty, in 1988, Kidjo has been embraced by the international press.

Her albums have been strengthened by contributions from top-notch guest musicians and producers. Parakou, her first internationally distributed album, featured jazz keyboardist Jasper van’t Hof, the leader of Pili Pili, a Holland-based Afro-jazz band with whom Kidjo had performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1987. Logozo, recorded in Miami in 1991 and produced by Joe Galdo of Miami Sound Machine, featured Branford Marsalis on saxophone. Marsalis later performed on Kidjo’s album Oremi.

The album features Kidjo singing duets with Cassandra Wilson (“Never Know”) and Kelly Price (“Open Your Eyes”). Kidjo’s most ambitious album, Fifa (1996), featured more than 100 percussionists, flutists, cowbell and berimbau players, singers, and dancers from Benin and one track featuring Carlos Santana. Kidjo’s husband, Jean Hébrail, a French bass player and composer she met in 1987, has played a major role in the recording of her albums.

The daughter of an actress, dancer, and theatrical producer, Kidjo was born in Quidah, a coastal city in the West African country of Benin. Inheriting her mother’s love of performing, she made her stage debut with her mother’s theatrical troupe. Inspired by the rock, pop, and soul music of Jimi Hendrix, Santana, Miriam Makeba, James Brown, and Aretha Franklin, she was singing professionally by her 20th birthday. Although she recorded an album, Pretty (produced by Cameroon-based vocalist Ekambi Brilliant), that yielded a hit single, “Ninive,” the oppressive political environment of Benin led her to relocate to Paris in 1980. Although modern technology and electronics played an important role in the recording of her first four albums, Kidjo returned to her traditional roots with Fifa. Armed with eight-track tape recorders and microphones, Kidjo and a team of engineers traveled to Benin to record traditional musicians, singers, and dancers. The album was completed during recording sessions in Paris, London, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. With her next album, 1998′s Oremi, Kidjo returned to her futuristic approach. Incorporating elements of hip-hop and Afro-Celtic grooves, Oremi featured a reconstructed interpretation of Jimi Hendrix’s “Voodoo Child (Slight Return).”

Kidjo’s enthusiastic presence was evident on the video of her international hit “Agolo,” from her album Aye (1994). Produced by Will Mowatt of Soul II Soul and longtime Prince collaborator David Z, the video was nominated for a Grammy Award. Kidjo’s songs have been featured on the soundtracks of such films as My Favorite Season, Street Fighter, and Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls. As the new millennium got underway, Kidjo signed to Columbia and prepped for her major-label debut. Exploring musical elements of her native Benin to that of northeastern Brazil, Black Ivory Soul was released in 2002. Oyaya!, which featured a collaboration with Dave Matthews, was issued two years later. Kidjo then joined forces with Razor & Tie for the May 2007 release of Djin Djin. A second Razor & Tie album, Õÿö, followed in 2010 and featured guest spots from Roy Hargrove, John Legend, and Dianne Reeves. Spirit Rising, a CD and DVD representation of an uplifting live special Kidjo taped at WGBH studios, appeared from Razor & Tie in 2012. The album Eve, her tribute to the women of Africa, is out now.



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J Rocc, Unjust, DeepJust vs. Soweto Gospel Choir, Ezel, G.Dot & Born ft. Grap Luva, Rob-O & Edo.G, Parable vs. Mac Soto, D-Hype & Cynical Minded, Murs & Apollo Brown, Intergalactic FM, DJ Kemit, DJ Kervyn Mark, I’Bee Sunny Millio, Quelle Chris & more!

MIX: J Rocc, “Thank You Jay Dee, Act 3″

STREAM: Unjust, “Full Melt (Instrumental)”

FREE DOWNLOAD: DeepJust vs. Soweto Gospel Choir, “In The Name Of Love (Haitian Space Station Dedication)”

MIX: Ezel, “Chakra Dance (DJ Mix)”

STREAM: G.Dot & Born ft. Grap Luva, Rob-O & Edo.G, “Living Legend (Tribute to Pete Rock)”

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

STREAM: D-Hype & Cynical Minded, “The Lone Wolf Project”

FREE DOWNLOAD: Murs & Apollo Brown, “The Pain Is Gone”


MIX: Intergalactic FM, “Africanyoufeelit – Organic”


MIX: DJ Kemit, “Winter 2013/2014 House Mix A”


MIX: DJ Kervyn Mark, “The Real Pt. 2″

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MIX: I’Bee Sunny Millio, “Mill$”


FREE DOWNLOAD: Quelle Chris, “Going Swell”



CES Highlight: SPECK “Closing the Gap Between Protection and Style”

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Speck, the leading designer of award-winning, slim-fitting protective cases announced at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) two new cases for smartphones and tablets, CandyShell Inked for iPhone 5s and DuraFolio for iPad Air and iPad mini/mini with Retina display. Both are skillfully designed for style, while also guaranteeing military grade protection in a slim-profile case.

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CandyShell Inked is Speck’s legendary CandyShell case now wrapped with high- resolution graphics in vibrant colors, for a bold new Speck look that guarantees military-grade protection. The printing process that our CandyShell Inked cases undergo uses an incredibly high print quality to achieve sharp graphics and brilliant colors resulting in a durable coating that resists scratches. The CandyShell has patented dual-layer casing in a single-piece construction that combines a hard outer shell which guards against impact, and a soft inner layer, which absorbs shock. Additionally, a raised bezel around the perimeter of the phone protects the screen from impact.

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The ultra-protective DuraFolio is an innovation on Speck’s award winning folio case design for tablets. It is Speck’s most protective tablet case with an innovative dual-layer design that delivers unsurpassed impact protection harnessed into a slim, functional, and versatile folio. Unlike other protective iPad cases, DuraFolio only adds a slight .3” depth to the device and its sleek, mighty construction is reinforced with a hard polycarbonate inlay and textured, grid finish for better grip. The impact absorbing, dual-layer construction combines a hard shell exterior and a soft, cushiony interior to enable more sophisticated style and strong protection. It is fully adjustable for a range of typing or viewing positions, and a magnetic closure works with the iPad’s sleep/wake function to turn it on and off automatically.

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“We’re Speck. And we’re obsessed with creating a more perfect union between humans and machines. That’s why we design award-winning, mighty slim protective cases for mobile devices, including smartphones, tablets and MacBooks. That’s why we insist on designing every case in-house and lab testing our products down to the details, often against rigorous military-grade standards. And that’s why we hold patents on functional innovations that enhance the relationship between you and your devices—all without sacrificing protection or style. Since 2001, Speck has created cases with sleek lines, radiant colors, and military-grade protection that make your devices live longer: LONG LIVE THE MACHINES™. Get to know us at or follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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DJ Rhettmatic, RBMA, MF Doom, Soul Khan, Plann B, A-Plus & Aagee, LeFtO, DJ Kemit, The IGive & ill Clinton, Apollo Brown & Planet Asia, Gensu Dean & Guilty Simpson, Talib Kweli & more!

MIX: DJ Rhettmatic, “The Wedding Mixer”

MIX: Various Assets – Not For Sale, “RBMA NYC 2013″

STREAM: MF Doom, “Rhymes Like Dimes”

FREE DOWNLOAD: Soul Khan, “Supreme Righteous”

MIX: Plann B, “Tried & True Co. Selector Series Mix”

STREAM: A-Plus & Aagee, “Molly’s Dirty Water”

MIX: LeFtO, “Show #567″


MIX: DJ Kemit Is Kickin’ Up Dust, “January 2014 Mix”

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STREAM: The IGive & ill Clinton, “Bastard Black”


STREAM: Apollo Brown & Planet Asia, “Abrasions: Stitched Up”


STREAM: Gensu Dean & Guilty Simpson, “Dice Game: Shaken”


FREE DOWNLOAD: Talib Kweli, “Violations B/W State of Grace (DJ Pack)”


Grow Music Project: Hot spot for the indie music community


Grow Music Project (GMP), the newest launch pad and hub for emerging independent music artists and bands, released the first trailer for its music web series, “GMP – The Session Diaries,” which chronicles the stories of aspiring musical artists through documentary style footage.

After being chosen as the first round of GMP musicians through a competitive submission process, each artist spent time with founder Christopher Tyng (composer, songwriter, producer for popular shows such as “Suits,” “Futurama,” “The OC,”) and the talented GMP team of producers, engineers and session musicians, to bring one of their original songs to life at the state-of-the-art Star Hill Studio in Santa Barbara, Calif. GMP aims to fill a void in the current music industry by providing artist development, production resources and exposure for promising artists.

Through GMP, every artist walks away with a professionally produced, mixed and mastered song that they can use however they want, for free and with no strings attached. For more information or to submit your work, please visit:

DILLA DAY 2014: J. Dilla Tribute Concert in Detroit February 7th


J. Dilla Tribute Concert Live @ The Fillmore Theater in Detroit

On Friday February 7th celebration of the life of James ‘J Dilla’ Yancey. ‘Dilla Day Detroit
2014’ will feature live performances from internationally acclaimed artists.

James ‘J Dilla’ Yancey succumbed to Lupus in the year 2006 at the age of 32. After his untimely passing, the Detroit Free Press,, Source Magazine, Los Angeles Times and countless others published articles which hailed his short career of 12 years as one of the most prolific in the history of hip hop. From his work on chart topping singles for Common, The Roots, Erykah Badu, A Tribe Called Quest, Janet Jackson, etc. to his own genre redefining solo releases, J Dilla’s work touched all as he was a true innovator.

This year’s Dilla Day Detroit concert coincides with J Dilla’s birthday and enlists several legends of hip hop to pay tribute. DJ’s Premier and Pete Rock will anchor the wheels of steel for Dilla Day. De La Soul, and Slum Village, two groups which are pillars of Hip Hop culture, are also performing. Phife Dawg from A Tribe Called Quest will be in attendance to debut the video to his new single ‘#DearDilla’. Other acts will be announced soon. Dilla Day Detroit will also launch the ‘Welcome to Dillaville’ World Tour, canvassing 20+ cities in 13 countries during the month of February 2014.

The Yancey Media Group is a music publishing, licensing and merchandising entity built to honor J Dilla within his family’s image and likeness.

More information about this event go to and




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SMR Radio “Fusicology Kickstart Mix”, Ras G, Common, J-Live, J Nolan, Elaquent, Verbal Kent, LeFtO, Zuzuka Poderosa & Burt Fox & more!

MIX: SMR Radio, “Fusicology Kickstart Mix”

STREAM: Ras G, “GMO Hoes”

STREAM: Common, “War”

STREAM: J-Live ft. J Nolan, “Fountain Of Youth (Freestyle)”

STREAM: Elaquent, “Green Apples and Oranges”


FREE DOWNLOAD: Verbal Kent, “Raponomics”


MIX: LeFtO, “Show #566: Best of 2013″


FREE DOWNLOAD: Zuzuka Poderosa & Burt Fox, “Baile Crunk”


HER “Prize Pack” Sweepstakes


Set in Los Angeles in the slight future, “Her” follows Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix), a complex, soulful man who makes his living writing touching, personal letters for other people. Heartbroken after the end of a long relationship, he becomes intrigued with a new, advanced operating system, which promises to be an intuitive and unique entity in its own right. Upon initiating it, he is delighted to meet “Samantha,” a bright, female voice (Scarlett Johansson) who is insightful, sensitive and surprisingly funny. As her needs and desires grow, in tandem with his own, their friendship deepens into an eventual love for each other.

From the singular perspective of Oscar®-nominated filmmaker Spike Jonze comes “Her,” an original love story that explores the evolving nature—and the risks—of intimacy in the modern world.

Opening wide on January 10 (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Exclusive giveaway!  Enter to win HMM (movie passes) and thematic promotional film items on behalf of the film by answering the following thematic question: Watch the HER trailer and tell us the name of the operating system Theodore meets. Email submit(at) with the answer to enter to win.

1 grand prize including:

·         01 – HER One Sheet
·         01 – HER Ear Buds
·         01 – HER Women’s T-shirt
·         01 – HER Men’s T-shirt
·         01 – HER Hoodie Jacket
·         01 (Admit Two) – HER Hollywood Movie Money

o   Hollywood Movie Money is a free admission voucher to see a predetermined film (HER) redeemable nation wide starting 01/09/14 through Thursday., 02/06/14 in any theater excluding AMC Theaters.

1 runner up prize including:

  • ·         01 – HER Ear Buds
  • ·         01 (Admit Two) – HER Hollywood Movie Money

o   Hollywood Movie Money is a free admission voucher to see a predetermined film (HER) redeemable nation wide starting 01/09/14 through Thursday., 02/06/14 in any theater excluding AMC Theaters.

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Director: Spike Jonze

Screenplay: Spike Jonze

Producers: Megan Ellison, Spike Jonze and Vincent Landay

Executive Producers: Daniel Lupi, Natalie Farrey and Chelsea Barnard

Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde, and Scarlett Johansson

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