R&B(Soul) Thursday’s


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Salem Psalms teams up with The Beatz & Lyrics show with Jayforce to release the 3rd in their A3C mixtape series, Beatz & Lyrics 2 Go Vol 2. The mixtape was recorded entirely during the A3C Hip Hop Festival in Atlanta, GA on site at the venue in the Unique Squared Mobile Studio and also at Salem Psalms Library, an earshot away from the festival grounds. The project is once again executive produced by production duo The Bros Dynamite and features some of the most talented and notable independent hip hop artists around.

The 22 track mixtape is a mash-up of new collaborations between artists and producers that previously may not have worked together. The project features notables MC: J-Live, Reks, Termanology, Sha Stimuli, Focus…, Boog Brown, Stanza, Ultra Beast (Senor Kaos & 4ize), Laws, and many more. There is also a stellar line-up of producers featured on the project. Beats from Focus…, Illastrate, King I Divine, D.R.U.G.S., Shade Cobain, Nefarious!, and many more!

((FREE DOWNLOAD)) ALBUM VERSION + RADIO VERSION + (22) MAXI-SINGLES (Dirty, Radio, Instrumental, Acapella)

That’s right!!! All 22 tracks have free (Dirty, Radio, Instrumental, Acapella) versions available.

                 

BEAT BASHERS COMPETITION: A3C Edition

Listen. Download. Vote & Win.

When you are checking out the mixtape this year pay close attention to which verse, beat, and album artwork you like the best. Your vote in our Beat Bashers competition could win you Spark Microphone courtesy of Blue Microphones and our prize pack filled with gear and albums.
In the Beat Bashers Competition you get to chose which artist had best verse, which producer had the best beat, and which one of the 22 song covers was the best. The winning artist and producer both get a Spark Microphone courtesy of Blue Microphones and a Mudguard from Auralex, the industry leader in studio acoustic treatment products. In addition the producer voted best will receive a copy of Ozone 5‘Mastering System’ by iZotope. The best cover art wins the artist a pair of BEATS™ by Dre “Tours”.

Beatz & Lyrics 2 Go: (Offical) Interactive Photo Journal – A3C 2011

Mannnnnn! What ever happened to the thumbing through photos inside my favorite jewel case? Well… we felt the same way.

This interactive, 74 page full-color photo flipbook by Lens of Life Photography and Salem Psalms was captured entirely during the A3C Hip Hop Festival in Atlanta, GA, on Oct. 6-8, 2011. Lens of Life followed the B&L2GOV2 Team to Salem Psalms Library and the Unique Squared Mobile Studio to document all the behind-the-scenes action of the recording process for all three days. In addition, the includes exclusive “live on stage” photos of Elzhi, M.O.P., Dead Prez, 4IZE, and more.

You can scroll over the icons to find out more about the people in the photo. We have included links to Twitter, Music Pages and songs from Beatz & Lyrics 2 Go Vol. 2. All photos by: Lens of Life Photography, “Capturing the beauty I see within you”

C.Flux.Sing + Goldi Gold + Mister Soul: Connect with 10 visual artists to create the artwork for the album

C.Flux.Sing, Goldi Gold, and Mister Soul combined to form our team of art directors. They gathered an additional ten of the dopest visual artists around to create 22 separate pieces of amazing cover art. They went a step further in coordinating the teams efforts to sculpt the themes of both SalemPsalmsLibrary.com and the Salem Psalms Bandcamp sites to make the project an unforgettable experience. The team was good enough to bless us with a wallpaper version of each of the 22 singles. They are included in your free download of every maxi-single. – 1024 x 768, 1280 x 1024, 1600 x 1200

Sha Stimuli – The Calling (prod Focus) Official Music Video [Beatz & Lyrics 2 Go Vol. 2]

Directed, Filmed & Edited by W. Feagins, Jr. of High Impact Multimedia. Artwork by: Dan The Man of Denominator Graphics. (CLICK HERE)

Lyric Jones – Jones St. 

 

– Illustration and Design by C.Flux.Sing –

Atlanta, GA:  Atlanta emcee, Lyric Jones releases her highly anticipated, first full-length album, Jones St. Featuring the likes of the Grammy Award winning Esperanza Spalding and other established artists such as Phife Dawg (A Tribe Called Quest), Playboy Tre, Aleon Craft and more, this project is packed with good music!

When you think about a street, it can be filled with a variety of different things. It could be different types of people, buildings, cars, different stores, animals, smells, food…etc. Jones St. will take you for a stroll down a one of a kind street, with fundamentals that make up the complex, Lyric Jones. The album displays a day in the life Lyric Jones, both her personal life and the grind of being an independent artist. You will hear her different experiences, feelings, growth, soulful elements and her hip-hop core. Track listing and download links below.

Jones St. is available for purchase on iTunes and Amazon. You can also grab it from Lyric Jones’ Bandcamp page here. Support independent music!

Track listing:

  1. Appetizer Menu
  2. Trapped In The City Lights
  3. Gotta Go (feat Aleon Craft & Playboy Tre)
  4. 23rd St.
  5. Where’s The Rent (Interlude)
  6. Fearless (feat Young Scolla)
  7. Loss On Repeat (feat Esperanza Spalding)
  8. Tin Can
  9. Sunshine (Remix)
  10. Where You At!? – Lil John Roberts (Interlude)
  11. Downtime (feat J-Live)
  12. Mr. DC
  13. Middle of The World
  14. Sha Dop (feat StaHHr & Methuzulah)
  15. Yousa ILL Emcee – Phife Dawg of ATCQ (Interlude)
  16. 20 Mins

Get Jones St. – http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/jones-st.-lp/id499959238

These braddahs here definitely have SOUL. I have been posting some videos of some songs from the EP “Conversations With Her”. They produce some BANGIN’ sounds. FANGSTA!!!!!

Bio (Courtesy of www.mpmsite.com):

Producer Full Crate and singer Mar are two young musicians from Amsterdam. They fuse soul music and hip-hop with a sound design that – excuse the cliché -is best described as futuristic (think Flylo and D’Angelo falling in love with dubstep b-lines while writing the score for a remake of 2001: A Space Odyssey).

Full Crate & Mar have been friends since high school, sharing the same passion for music. Crate has studied classical piano and started dj-ing at a young age. Mar was raised in a musical family too and started drumming at the age of 5.

Today they are both part of the Amsterdam hip-hop / beatmaker scene. They have collaborated with artits like FS Green, Versis, Sir OJ, Hayzee and Suff Daddy (to name a few).

– These are some of the Videos –

– For more info on FullCrate, HERE

Mar also has a site where he does variations of other peoples songs in the way that it effects him. PEEP:

MARVARIATIONS.TUMBLR.COM

A variation is a different version of a song, improved by vocals of Mar. It’s the way Mar is experiencing music in his very own way.

“I grew up with so many different music genres. With my dad as a professional musician and mom literally starting and ending days with the radio as her bible, I got exposed to music as a whole package. With this as the foundation of Mar Variations, I can take any joint or lyric and flip it the way I would love to hear it.” Mar.

– VARIATIONS –

This is another dope artist that I have been knocking for the last month or so. There’s  some FLY music out here. Check her out! FANNGGGGGGGG!

(Photo by Daniel J. Ashes)

Bio (Courtesy of joyamooi.wordpress.com):

The name Joya Mooi is already beautiful on it’s own, and it sounds promising if you understand the Dutch meaning of the word‘Mooi’. This new artist embraced music at an early age by listening to jazz. By the age of eleven she started playing the saxophone, but she got more interested in expressing herself vocally. She started to take vocal classes and got accepted to Artez conservatory where she studied jazz during a preparatory course. At that time she discovered other genres of music and began writing her own songs. After one year she was done with the program and also done with music, temporarily at least.

She started to study communication and began an internship at MC, a theatre production company. She worked on projects with Brian Elstak, who was responsible for previous MC soundtracks. Brian heard a song that Joya recorded with ‘de Javaanse Jongens’ and convinced her that she should start writing music again. So when she was asked to create a soundtrack all by herself for a theatre play “BH” she only hesitated for a second. This project turned out to become a album with a unique sound thanks to the producers SirOj, Presto, Big2, Hayzee, Wan and Full Crate who took ‘Hard Melk’ to a whole new level.

Album:

And she’s dope live:

– Doctor Live –

He was like a dark skin Al b sure that can actually sing. hahaha

Booker emerged in the late 1980s as a prominent urban contemporary R&B artist and producer. He began recording music after being signed by his late godfather Barry White to his production company in 1984. Later, he played keyboards with a band called Tease for three years. Booker, known throughout the industry as a keyboard player, is considered by his music peers to be a bass player.

Chuckii signed a recording contract with Atlantic Records and issued his debut album Chuckii in 1989 in which he played all the instruments and sang all vocals. The album fared well on the strength of hit singles “(Don’t U Know) I Love U” and the #1 R&B single “Turned Away”. The follow-up final album Niice ‘N Wiild was released in 1992 and yielded another chart-topping R&B hit “Games”. Chuckii also wrote, performed and produced the single “Crypt Jam” from the CD soundtrack Tales from the Crypt. Booker also made a cameo in the movie House Party 3 as a piano player in the hotel lobby scenes which starred Kid N’ Play, Bernie Mac & Chris Tucker.

Chuckii has recorded & produced with several prominent recording artist throughout the years, including TROOP which yielded two #1 singles (All I Do Is Think of You & Spread My Wings) his godfather Barry White, Janet Jackson, CJ Anthony, Vanessa Williams, Kool & the Gang and many more. He was the musical director, producer and keyboardist for Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation Tour as well as the opening act, He was music director and keyboardist for TLC & their CrazySexyCool tour as well as New Edition (Coming Home tour). In 1999, Chuckii served as musical director and keyboardist for R&B platinum artist Faith Evans on her “Keep The Faith” U.S. tour. Chuckii was also involved with one of the biggest R&B tours of 2008 as musical director with Mary J Blige on her “Heart Of The City” tour alongside Jay Z as co-headliner.

Chuckii also served as musical director for acts such as Tevin Campbell, Brownstone and recently, Keyshia Cole. In recent production, Booker is one of the producers for Lionel Richie’s album “Coming Home” released in 2007 as well as producer and arranger for Lionel Richie’s Collection of Holiday Classics album for NBC’s “Sounds of the Season” (2007) series of CDs for Christmas. He was also the pianist for Tina Turner for her “Wildest Dreams” tour in 1997 replacing Kenny Moore who succumbed to a heart attack during the tour.

Chuckii has carved a sizeable niche for himself as a record producer for artists such as Lalah Hathaway, Troop, En Vogue, Angela Winbush, Diana Ross, Anastacia, Commissioned, Lionel Richie, and Bette Midler.
Booker also attended the Pasadena Art Center College of Design on a scholarship program specializing in Graphic Arts. He is also known to have one of the most extensive comic book collections ranging from popular Marvel and D.C. comics to obscure paperback novels.
He was also co-owner of Aire L.A. Studios in Glendale CA. which is one of L.A.’s premiere private recording and mixing studios.

Chuckii comes from a vast musical background family which includes his uncle, a jazz flautist, his grandmother, who is a gospel pianist, as well as his mother, who has played and recorded with such Gospel artists as James Cleveland and Norman Hutchins. He is currently working with R&B writer/artist Steve Russell from the group TROOP
To date, Chuckii is one of the most sought after musical directors in the R&B and Pop field.
[edit]Discography

[edit]Albums
1989: Chuckii (Atlantic) – US Pop #116, US R&B #18
1992: Niice ‘n Wiild (Atlantic) – US R&B #13
2011: “CBIII” EPK To be dated
[edit]Singles
1989: “Turned Away” – US Pop #42, US R&B #1
1989: “(Don’t U Know) I Love U” – US R&B #4
1989: “Touch” – US R&B #13
1992: “Games” – US Pop #68, US R&B #1
1993: “I Should Have Loved You” – US R&B #38



(image from www.essence.com)

Bio(Courtesy of Myspace.com/bilal):

Bilal Oliver was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA. Coming from what he describes as a “regular kind of neighborhood”, Bilal was first introduced to music when he attended a small local church. The congregation, made up of mostly family members, became his foremost musical outlet. In his later years, Bilal’s father introduced him to the jazz clubs around the city. It wasn’t until Bilal attended the Philadelphia High School for Creative Performing Arts that he really started taking his music seriously, realizing this was the direction he wanted to go with his life. While at the school, Bilal, along with his peers, began to experiment with songwriting and became completely enamored with Jazz. “I wanted to sing Jazz, play Jazz, and write Jazz tunes.” The effect of being immersed into a creative, music infused environment caused the young Bilal to interpret his voice as an instrument especially in the songs he began to write.

After high school, Bilal was accepted to the New School for Social Research, a prestigious avant-garde university in New York. While there, he studied Jazz and continued to develop his affinity for songwriting. Bilal was able to experience the nightlife of New York City by frequenting night clubs and gaining a true knowledge of the NYC music scene. While frequenting the famed Wetlands’ Nightclub, he became acquainted with The Roots, Q Tip, Common, Erykah Badu and Mos Def. Bilal would also take part in jam sessions with his New School professors and classmates. It was during one of these sessions that Bilal met Aaron Coleman of the Spin Doctors. The two hit it off and soon private jam sessions in Coleman’s home gave birth to a demo of songs that would land Bilal a record deal with Interscope. Bilal was moving in the direction he desired and moving fast. He left the New School, focusing on his musical career and began creating music at the famed Electric Lady Studios. At this time, Common was working on his Like Water for Chocolate album at Electric Lady. Bilal, sitting in on the recording sessions, became an integral part of the album. Later sessions with Questlove of The Roots introduced Bilal to J Dilla and sparked a fruitful working relationship between the two. Once the album was near completion, label pressures coerced Bilal into working with more commercially prominent producers like Dr. Dre and Mike City. The album, First Born Second, was realeased in 2001, displaying a wide range of diverse musicality.

Read more: http://www.myspace.com/bilaloliver#ixzz1311g8GcW

He has one of the flyest albums I ever heard and on his on ish. The adlibbs are bazerk! HAAAAAAAA! FANGGGG!

Bio(Courtesy of  Staxrecords.com and LightintheAttic.com):

Stax Records:

Lou Bond (real name: Ronald Edward Lewis) is still well and alive and living in Memphis. See his interview for more details on the Light In The Attic CD reissue. His only We-Produce/Stax LP is really fascinating and full of atmosphere with his backings a la Isaac Hayes. A rare and underrated late Stax production.

“Lou Bond is not to be categorized he is like no other artist in the business. Past or present.” Thus reads the cover blurb on Lou Bond’s eponymous 1974 LP for the Stax imprint We Produce. Truer words have seldom, if ever, appeared on an album cover. Bond, whose politically conscious, freestyle lyrics brand him a utopian jazzman, was backed on his one and only recording by both “the horns of South Memphis” (whoever they were) and the Memphis Symphony Orchestra’s string section (ditto). It is alternately spare and overproduced, and is far too eclectic to ever attract the ears of the masses. It’s a collection of headphones-only musicianship and new age field hollers. And though it is easy to see why this Stax artist fell between the cracks of music history, for those who have acquired the taste, Lou Bond is a real treat.

How can anyone resist Bond’s raspy answer to Jackie Wilson’s falsetto, married to Grand Master Flash-style flows like “They’re fussin’ ’bout the bussing,” with a straight face? Bond the equitable philosopher warns the snobs of the world to get their noses out of the air, because the air is polluted. His songs are unique, to say the least. They are, perhaps, sometimes unintentionally humorous, but more often than not they are profoundly sweet and addictive. Lou Bond will make a rare appearance at the opening reception for David Julian Leonard’s photo exhibition on Friday, December 1st, at photogallery memphis, 383 South Main Street.” – Chris Davis The Memphis Flyer #615 12/1/2000

Light In The Attic:

Misplaced on the We Produce imprint of the legendary Stax label, soulful troubadour Lou Bond never received the recognition befitting his talent and the strength of his recordings. A voice of conscious strumming an acoustic guitar with a magnetic vocal delivery, Bond should have taken his rightful place among his more lauded peers during the 1960s and 70s. Light in the Attic Records is proud to reissue his eponymous album from 1974, a powerhouse confluence of Bond’s fiery lyricism and Memphis orchestral soul, that even in its nearly four decades of anonymity, managed to influence some of contemporary music’s biggest stars – Outkast and Mary J. Blige each sampled his nearly 12-minute gem, “To The Establishment.” A gifted artist whose luster is finally being restored.

A nearly forgotten classic, Lou Bond’s eponymous 1974 album evokes a feeling of change, a collection of songs touching on a range of topics from civil rights to social injustice to the Vietnam War. This a rare album where the music and the message are in perfect harmony. Released here with four bonus tracks, and for the first time on CD and in its first vinyl reissue. A lost classic brought out of the shadows.

Lou Bond, whose eponymous 1974 album is being reissued by Light In The Attic (available Tuesday in CD, LP and Digital formats), is one of those misfit artists difficult to categorize. He played acoustic guitar and sang songs that brimmed with social commentary, but had the misfortune of recording for the We Produce label during a time its parent company, Stax Records, was in serious decline. He was an incongruous presence on a label that had built its reputation on soul and funk. For such a gifted musician, it was an unfortunate confluence of bad timing and poor fit. And was that cat talented. One listen to his aforementioned self-titled release makes that apparent. Bond had a knack for the kind of conscious songwriting that was insightful and critical but rarely proselytized. His tender vocal delivery gave his songs the effect of a politicized ballad – mournful songs of protest. His acoustic guitar was his primary accompaniment, but the album also includes lush, soulful orchestral arrangements, a nod to the formidable and inescapable Stax legacy Bond was party to. Light In The Attic is proud to reissue Lou Bond. Remastered from original tapes, it will be the title’s first CD release and first vinyl reissue. Four previously unreleased bonus tracks are also available (one on CD, two on a 7″ single with the vinyl release, and all are included in the digital format).

– This is my ish right here –

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