Cage Lu hits us with the first track off the ‘SlowBurn’ EP. Produced by the homie Kensaye. The smooth soulful feel is perfect for the weekend, fulljoy the release, and be on the lookout for a video in the near future! Bless up!Read more →
In this instant vintage classic, I show off my unique ability to swap accents at the drop of a dime (no pun intended). Like a chameleon I use my lifetime of traveling and supreme knowledge of cultures to camouflage into any scene. I teamed up with Hoodie Allen’s Producer RJF for a soulful U.K. house feel and top notch Indianapolis video director Jace, for the seductive visuals. Fulljoy the playful nature of the tune and be on the lookout for my debut L.P. Neopolitan which will be realeased May 7, 2012 via Rad Summer. Bless up!Read more →
“You’re mine” is the first single off J.Brookinz highly anticipated Southern Rock inspired 4/20 album #GAT3WAY. The song features Dorsh, Freddie Bunz, Grey Granite , Sean Oreo, C-rayz Walz and Saint Recon (Jesse Reddington ) on the bass. It’s a wonderful display of talent all through -out, and J. Brookinz agrees it’s some of his best work.
“GAT3WAY represents Rebel Music” says Brookinz. “All the samples were inspired by old Southern Rock (Lynard Skynard, Creedance Clearwater Fesitval, etc…) which was a huge challenge in and of itself. The Rebel Music part was actually a nod to the great Bob Marley who had an album with the same name. In this Naptown music scene I always felt like a rebel, bucking trends and pushing the status quo of this beloved genre.I never liked playing by rules set by others. I make my own. That’s what keeps me going. REBEL.” I know you guys will fulljoy the track, and don’t forget to come out to the 20Past4&More and HeavyGun Present The Countdown to 4/20 Party @ The Rock Lobster on the 19th AND cop that #GAT3WAY when it hits the streets!!!Read more →
Ignored Music is Often the Best Music
If you’re a regular on this site you’ll already be aware of the Un.Herd.Of movement, which aims to highlight music that people may otherwise have missed. Why do we aim to do this? Well, mainly it’s because some of the best musicians in history have probably gone their entire careers without ever being heard by more than a hundred people, and that’s an incredibly sad fact.
However, the internet has finally given music fans a way to find new music and help artists get discovered by those who can turn their passion into a (hopefully) well-paid career. But still, a lot of music goes ignored, and now that the gatekeepers are gone and almost anyone’s music can appear on YouTube or the iTunes store, finding new tunes to throw on while you’re knee-deep in work or PartyPoker is just as difficult. So how do you discover the unknowns?
Well, for starters, start using the right resources! iTunes is not going to help you discover obscure artists – certainly not as efficiently as community driven music sources like SoundCloud will. Being able to dig into what the community thinks is amazing, rather than record labels and the press, is going to be a big help when you’re searching for something new to treat your ears to.
It’s also worth considering attending local music events, because people playing local are probably aiming to play national, at some point. Look into the music immediately around you – there are countless globally famous musicians who were once local bands or solo artists, and by delving into their work and in turn promoting it to others who’d otherwise miss it, you’re doing the musician(s) a big favour, too.
Ignored music isn’t always amazing – often, it isn’t, and that’s why it’s ignored. But giving a track with few plays a chance takes minutes of your time, and it seems odd to splash out on new tunes from generic artists you’re informed are the best thing ever, rather than a hidden gem that might really be the best thing ever. Find your own happy tune space, and help make the people who created it for you even bigger in the process.Read more →
Moon Boots entered the world in the mid-1980s via Cape Canaveral. After years of service as the preferred footwear of celebrity astronauts (notably Tom Hanks), Moon Boots came to life during a classified experiment aboard the International Space Station. Little is known of what actually transpired aboard the shuttle, but in short, Moon Boots became a sentient creature, equipped with reason, intuition, and groove. Before long, he grew tired of working for the space-military-industrial complex and found solace in the soothing sounds of underground disco and R&B boogie records. He knew it was only of matter of time before he was hung up like so many boots before him. He abandoned the program and used his savings to build a music-production studio in an unnamed U.S. location, where he is currently working. Fulljoy this wonderful remix of a classic Wayne Wonder, bless up!
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On February 13, I stumbled across an NPR Fresh Air interview with Oscar nominated actress Viola Davis. She discussed the traditional roles of dark-skinned women in Hollywood films and made an incredible point about how ‘media inspires the mulatto from within’. I completely agreed with her position and wrote a song which features poetry from the legendary Gil Scott-Heron and production from RJF. The track is entitled “The Mulatto (Afrodite)” and it depicts the life of a girl who knows she is beautiful but falls victim to societies simulated standard of light-skinned beauty. I am reaching out because I feel that the message covers an important issue that no one is addressing in the hip hop/music community.
“The Mulatto (Afrodite)” is the second release from my debut album Neopolitan which drops via Rad Summer on May 1, 2012. Fulljoy the message, bless up!Read more →