Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Pete Rock's Vinyl Collection by Crate Diggers

Crate Diggers profiles people with extraordinary vinyl record collections, with owners displaying and telling the stories behind their collections. In this episode Pete Rock, the legendary DJ and producer for rappers like Nas, Notorious B.I.G, and members of the Wu-Tang Clan, talks about his early days with cousin Heavy D, his love of funk, and a rare Marvin Gaye record.

Saturday, May 26, 2012


With Bilal Salaam, creativity is never-ending. You never know what this brotha is coming with. And trust is never the same, but guaranteed to gravitate! As he begins to set the tone for his next project release, he has blessed us with not 1, not 2, but three new joints you defintely want to grab. "Mercy", "Another Chapter" and his collab with singer Steve Smith giving their spin on the classic Curtis Mayfield "Makings of You". You can listen below and purchase at

J. Pinder::Set to release "Careless" project May 29th

You might remember me highlighting this brotha a few posts back. But just in case you missed it. J Pinder, a Seattle based MC has style and flow that is sure to make waves in the hip hop. He was recently featured on the MTV BUZZ and by no surprise. Once you hear this brotha you will be hooked. The album "Careless" is set to be released at the end of the month. You can expect profound/immaculate lyrical delivery over dope/head-nod/hypnotic type beats!!
Way to go J Pinder!!!!  #Salute


Nicholas Ryan Gant - Making His Mark In Music....New Video...New Album

Whenever I hear the name Nicholas Ryan Gant as it relates to music, I get very excited. This is one talented brotha and definitely a name you want to have in your music library. It's only one way to describe this brotha's voice...."SICK"...You definitely want to purchase his new album titled "Promises". You can preview and purchase below. In addition,here's Gant's new video from the album's debut single "Memory"...Much props to you Nicholas!! Keep Grindin'
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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Introducing Steph, The Sapphic Songstress!!

I stumbled up on something great folks!! Something dope!! The sounds of Steph, The Sapphic Songstress. Let me stress the fact that you need to grab her debut release EP..Beautiful beats and laced lyrics. Just in time for the summer! This Maryland-born Singer/Songwriter/Producer/Fine Artist currently resides in Brooklyn, NY. She has worked with artists such ... more as Substantial and Marcus D (Bop Alloy), Mr. SOS, Tonedeff, PackFM, CunninLynguists, KIN4LIFE, Inverse, Naturel, and a host of others, just to name a few. Visit for more info:

Tuesday, May 15, 2012


Tabi Bonney, native DC hip hop MC, will be releasing his album The Endless Summer on May 17,for free. He has collaborated with Ski Beatz and together they have definitely put in work and created a serious buzz and excitement about whats about to be revealed. Take a look at his latest video titled, Castle On A Cloud" featuring Terri Walker and then listen and download the single “Chop Chop” featuring Yasiin Bey and produced by Ski Beatz today.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

ODDISEE remixes MARVIN GAYE..Certified DOPE!!! New ALBUM on the WAY!!!!

Oddisee has put his creative touch to the Marvin Gaye Classic " Aint That Peculiar". This joint gets high marks in my book. It's not easy to remake classics of greats like Marvin. And though many have tried, they never seem to create the cohesiveness like the kind that Oddisee did on this one...Word is that a teaser/EP is to be released in May titled "Odd Renditions"..More on that when I find out more info.Until then, rock this DOPENESS IN OTHER ODDISEE NEWS!!!!! Oddisee is definitely on the grind. While touring internationally he has managed to also lay groundwork for the release of his next project this year. "People Hear What They See" is slated for June 12th of this year-to be released through Mello Music Group. You can pre-order and preview this release on I-Tunes by clicking the album title.
Words from Oddisee about the new project~"This album is about influence, inspiration, perception & reality. Every song was written in an outside environment, so that I could observe the subjects that would become my subject matter. All too often in Hip Hop, reality is limited to that of the artists own, actual experiences. People Hear What They See is my attempt to liberate the MC from those constraints & allow reality to be penned other than my own. Listening to congressmen & lawyers converse on the steps of the supreme court inspired ‘American Greed’, Watching a couple argue over the phone in a bar inspired ‘Maybes’. By having a visual representation of my subject matter, my hopes are that the listener will see them through the worlds & melodies of my songs."Mello Music Group released the first single from the album today titled "Hustle Off" and its available for FREE DOWNLOAD(see below) Stay Connected!! Visit and Mello Music Group

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

DJ Conscience::TRUE STORY mixtape series.....VOL.2 coming soon!!!!

Thought I would do a re-post for those who have not picked up VOL. 1 of my TRUE STORY mixtape series. Makes sense in order to promote VOL. 2 which is set to be released in JUNE 2012. Previously released on But now you can download directly from this page (see and click on image seen by scrolling down the left side the website in the mixtapes section).
True Story expresses the passion for music and tastemaking coupled with the artist's dedication to the music and their crafts. You will hear syncopated soul with bounce/head-nod frequency. This mixtape premieres Valencia Robinson's hot new single "What You Know" produced by the remarkable Raynier Hodnett for L Blayze Productions. Also featured on this remarkable musical collection are exclusives by ChinahBlac, Jesse Boykins III, Ra-Re Valverde, Choklate and other independent music greats. And just when you thought you've had enough, DJ Conscience gives you a tease for the upcoming release of the Queen Soul Warrior Heavyweight, Yahzarah, who will be releasing the long awaited, highly anticipated The Ballad of Purple St. James in early spring 2010 through The Foreign Exchange. Sit back, relax and let Conscience take you on a journey and give you the "True Story" of musical excellence. Tracks Include:::* Valencia Robinson - What You Know (prod. By Raynier "L Blayze" Hodnett) * Yahzarah's Basement Freestyle (prod. By AppleJuiceKid) * Choklate Freestyle (Musiq Shout) * ChinahBlac Freestyle * Alison Carney Freestyle * Kenny Wesley Freestyle * Jesse Boykins III Freestyle * Tiffany Wilson - Take The Cake * Darien Brockington - SuperWoman * Tracy Cruz - SonShine * Shaun Mykals - Next Time * Ra-Re Valverde - What A Day * Julie Dexter - Transitions (prod. By ZO!) * Yahzarah - Something Special (prod. By ZO!)

Saturday, May 5, 2012


If you haven't heard the name Darryl Reeves,I suggest you take the time and check this brother out. This Mississippi native/ Atlanta based musician is definitely shaking grounds in universe of music and the world of Jazz. He just released what I would consider one of the illest Jazz projects right now titled "Mercury". I got wind of this brother from songstress Valencia Robinson who is featured on this project along with artists like Carmen Rodgers, Kebbi Williams, Rasheeda Ali, Gwen Bunn, Lotuslove and Dashill. Darryl Reeves with his features and his talented band members which include Kenny Banks,Joel Powell, and Kenton Bostick, bring forth the birth of a project that is both definitive and "solid". I view this project as one that picks up where Roy Ayers Ubiquity left off back in the 70's. You will also hear the elements of straight ahead undertones on this album as well. Add this to your library quick!!!CLICK IMAGE ABOVE TO PURCHASE YOU MAY ALSO DIG THIS:::


"Being Bilal" a short film series about the man behind the music, Bilal Oliver. It was filmed in Atlanta by Roni Nicole.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

DC STAND UP!! yU, Raheem Devaughn, Oddisee, Noyeek, Draus, Laelo, Tab...

Some of DC's dopest artists came together to release a joint called"Clock's Ticking" in celebration of the annual Bum Rush the Boards Hip Hop Chess Tournament. This collaboration was organized by DJ RBI (Ill Street Grooves/Diamond Cutterz) with assistance from Theory (PKG), and features Raheem Devaughn, yU, Laelo, Oddisee, Tabi Bonney, Noyeek the Grizzly Bear, Draus, and Choppy Choppe. The video was co-produced by Words, Beats & Life and Nomadic Wax. As Co-Director of the video, it marks DJ RBI's directorial debut.